Annual International Trade Symposium: Educational, Networking Events

NEW ORLEANS – The International Freight Forwarders & Customs Brokers Association of New Orleans brings together top executives and decision makers to their 37th Annual International Trade Symposium.

         This two-day symposium, “Mastering The Tides Of Change,” which takes place Thursday, May 28 – Sunday, May 31, 2015, will be packed with educational and networking events and provide the latest information on transportation trends.

         The event will convene at the Grand Hotel Point Clear Resort & Spa Marriott, in Point Clear, AL.

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The 2015 International Trade Symposium speaking lineup includes:


• Kristi App, President – IFFCBANO

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• Michael Olivier, CEO – C100 Louisiana

• Billy App, President – J. W. Allen & Co.

• Ana Menes, Commercial Manager – Port of New Orleans

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• Luis Llamas, Associate – Fowler Rodriguez Law Firm

• Ken Duncan, President – Duncan and Associates

• Paul Aucoin, Executive Director – Port of South Louisiana

• Mario Pacheco, Senior Vice President – Chiquita Brands International and President – Great White Fleet

• Jeff Louis, President – TCI Trucking & Warehousing

• Donna Lemm, Vice President Marketing & Sales – Mallory Alexander

• David Gazzetta, General Director International Intermodal – Union Pacific Rail Road

• Stuart Sandlin, Senior Vice President Sales & Customer Service – Hapag Lloyd (America)

• Jerry Becnel, Vice President – J. W. Allen & Co.

• Geoff Powell, President – CH Powell & NCBFAA

• Merlin Hymel, Assistant Port Director – U. S. Customs & Border Protection New Orleans


Organized in 1913, the IFFCBANO, a nonprofit organization, has grown over the years to encompass U.S. Treasury licensed customs brokers and Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) licensed international freight forwarders (IFF) who are Regular Members of the Association and Associate Members who are individuals regularly engaged in transportation related business or international trade services. The customer base of member firms includes thousands of importers and exporters in North America. IFFCBANO Member firms have acquired a reputation for providing a reliable, efficient and honest service, handling cargo through all U.S. Ports.

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