This seminar series provides both novice and experienced export compliance professionals with a comprehensive education on complying with United States export regulations. We will review recent Export Control Reform (ECR) changes as well as new trade and enforcement priorities from the Trump administration and what they could mean for your compliance programs. ECR changes have relaxed the controls on some defense-related items and technology, but made understanding and complying with the regulations even more complicated. The shift of many military and space items from the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) obliges exporters to learn the challenging ins and outs of the EAR. There is good news in the fact that the complex rules impose significantly fewer compliance burdens and fewer compliance-based export delays.
Expect to leave these seminars with an understanding of the rules that will allow you to minimize any delays in your exports, minimize your costs of compliance, reduce the risk of inadvertently violating the law, and give your organization a competitive advantage and a compliance program on solid footing.
JOHN R. BLACK is a Principal of BSG Consulting and has been involved in US export and trade control matters since 1984. He advises US and foreign companies, law firms and governments on US export controls and has earned a reputation as one of the leading experts in the field. From 1984-88 he worked for the US Commerce Department, where he wrote the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and interpreted it for government and industry. He uses his comprehensive knowledge of the US rules that impact military and commercial companies to help his clients stay in compliance without missing legitimate business opportunities. He has been a featured speaker at hundreds of conferences around the world and has written numerous articles and several books on the subject.
SCOTT M. GEARITY is a Principal of BSG Consulting, bringing over a decade of consulting, training and corporate export compliance program management experience to bear for his clients. Mr. Gearity has substantial experience in military, dual-use and commercial export controls. His clients have ranged in size from small start-ups to some of the world's largest companies, with a particular focus on the information technology, telecommunications, networking and software industries. Mr. Gearity joined BSG from Microsoft Corporation, where he was based in Ireland and managed the company's export compliance program for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Mr. Gearity holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies and economics from American University. He is a licensed US customs broker.
GREGORY CREESER is a partner with International Trade Compliance Strategies and a consultant to BSG Consulting. Prior to joining ITC Strategies as a compliance consultant, Mr. Creeser held the position of Corporate Director for International Trade Compliance with Goodrich Corporation's Washington Operations Office. Mr. Creeser began his career in the export arena by serving for 2 years as a licensing officer within the Office of Defense Trade Controls at the Department of State. Mr. Creeser held the position of President of the board of directors of the Society for International Affairs (SIA) from 2004-2006. He also held the positions of Vice President, Communications Director, and Conferences Director for SIA. Mr. Creeser received his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Economics from Texas A&M University in 1987.
MARC BINDER is a partner with ITC Strategies. Prior to joining ITC Strategies, Marc was the Director of Customs Compliance for Goodrich Corporation, where he was responsible for managing the Corporate Customs Compliance program. Prior to that, Marc held trade compliance management positions at TRW and Lockheed Martin - Government Electronics Systems. Marc is a former two term member of the Department of Commerce Regulations and Procedures Technical Advisory Committee (RPTAC) and a former three term member of the Department of State, Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG). Marc is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for International Affairs (SIA), where he is a Director of Planning and Education. Marc is a licensed Customs Broker, and is certified in the field of Hazardous Materials Transportation. Marc holds a bachelor's degree from Villanova University and has graduated from the Wharton Management Program, University of Pennsylvania.
MELISSA PROCTOR, founder of Miller Proctor Law PLLC in Scottsdale, Arizona, has been advising Fortune 500 companies, small and medium-sized companies, and startups on the full range of issues involving international trade (i.e., export controls, embargoes and economic sanctions, customs laws, anti-corruption compliance, and other government regulations) for over 20 years. Melissa focuses her export practice on the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Foreign Assets Control Regulations, and the Foreign Trade Regulations. In terms of her import practice, she advises clients on a wide variety of import and customs compliance issues. Previously, Melissa worked for two international trade boutique law firms and KPMG, served as Senior Corporate Counsel-Compliance for Amazon, and was a Shareholder at the law firm of Polsinelli P.C. Melissa holds an LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from the Georgetown University Law Center, a J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law, and a B.A. in Spanish and Russian from Indiana University.
Date: May 13, 2019