2019 ACE Exports Compliance Seminar – Speakers

Gerry Horner

Census Bureau

Gerry Horner re-joined the Census Bureau (Census) in the Trade Regulations Branch in December 2019, where he is responsible for responding to Voluntary Self Disclosures filed by the trade, processing National Interest Determinations, Interagency Agreements and Memorandums of Understanding between Census and other federal agencies, and assisting in maintaining the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR).

Prior to re-joining Census, Mr. Horner spent seven months in the private industry, working as the Director of Training and Onboarding for OCR services, a trade-compliance software provider.

Between 2006 and 2018, Mr. Horner worked for the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), where he led BIS’s data mining responsibilities, and was the liaison with Census and U.S. Customs and Border Protection on all matters related to the Automated Export System (AES) and the U.S. Government’s single window system - the Automated Commercial Environment.

Mr. Horner began his career at Census in 1989, where he worked until 2006. In those 17 years, he was a major player in the multi-agency team that developed and implemented AES, formulated the AES outreach program, AES customer service call center, and AES compliance programs, and contributed to the FTR rewrite addressing AES requirements.

Noel Isom-Horner
Census Bureau

Noel Isom-Horner joined the US Census Bureau in February 2017 as a survey statistician for the Economic Indicators Division-Micro Analysis Branch. Noel earned her dual bachelor’s degrees in International Studies and Gender Studies in 2012, then earned her master’s degree in Sociology in 2016 at the University of Oklahoma. She currently lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Chad, and Great Dane, Paul.

Stephen Jackson

Census Bureau

Stephen Jackson began his career at the U.S. Census Bureau in 2012 as part of the Data Collection Branch (DCB) in Governments and Trade Management Division (GTMD). As a member of the AES Compliance Team in DCB, he leads the annual AES Compliance Review Program. Mr. Jackson led and contributed to GTMD’s testing, outreach, and training initiatives related to the transition of the legacy AESDirect applications into the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), a component of the International Trade Data System (ITDS) Presidential Initiative. His efforts include determining, coordinating and reviewing requirements to maintain and enhance the AESDirect applications per the Foreign Trade Regulations and other partnership government agencies (PGAs) specifications.

Mr. Jackson is now the supervisor of the AES Compliance Team and serves as part of the AES Seminar team, conducting presentations to trade audiences around the country on how to comply with Foreign Trade Regulations and the Automated Export System compliance practices.

Mayumi Brewster
Census Bureau

Ms. Mayumi Brewster embarked upon her career in the International Trade Management Division (ITMD) at the U.S. Census Bureau in 2015 as a Survey Statistician. She began working in the Trade Outreach Branch (TOB) coordinating and facilitating a number of webinars and Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) exports compliance seminars in support of the ongoing outreach efforts to the export trade community. In addition, Ms. Brewster continues to provide guidance to exporters requiring ACE export reports access through the Census Bureau’s verification process.

In TOB, one of her key contributions was creating export reports training resources. She worked directly with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and provided a thorough presentation that discussed various features within the ACE export reports application. In just 2 years of serving within this capacity, Ms. Brewster has trained over 2,000 people in utilizing the export reports feature. She is enthusiastic about serving the export trade community both in-person and virtual training, and improving outreach efforts that lead to higher productivity and competitiveness.

Ms. Brewster has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Undergraduate Certificate in Management Foundations and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Maryland University College. She also has completed coursework towards her Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) at Walden University.

Michael Ford

BDP International
Mid-Atlantic DEC

Michael Ford is a career professional in international transportation, specializing in import/export documentation and regulatory compliance. He is responsible for partnering with Governments to understand the changing world of regulations

Mr. Ford's activities include developing and administering the company's consulting arm in value-added product offerings such as Regulatory Compliance, Supply Chain Security, Duty Drawback, Customer Education and Logistics Process Analysis/Management, and all topical governmental issues connected with the handling and administration of export and import cargo.

Mr. Ford's leadership in communication and system logic on governmental rules and regulations is central to BDP's ability to understand and resolve complex regulatory issues quickly, decisively and with minimal impact upon customers.

Mr. Ford has been associated with BDP for more than 40 years, Prior to his current role; he headed the company’s regional ocean export service division as Vice President. For the past 19 years, he has worked with and served as an advocate for some of the world’s leading companies, interacting with the U.S. Customs and the Department of Commerce/Census Bureau, in the development, piloting and automation of import and export programs. Among his other affiliations, Mr. Ford is the Co-chair for Trade on the Export Committee in the development of the new Customs ACE system and has served with Customs as a member of COAC (Commercial Operations Advisory Council), Chair of the Mid-Atlantic District Export Council, and chairs the Partner sector with the American Chemistry Council, Responsible Care Committee. He also teaches an MBA international Logistics course at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

Ken Whaley
Bureau of Industry & Security

Ken Whaley is an Export Administration Specialist who has worked for the Bureau of Industry and Security of the Department of Commerce for more than 25 years. He has been with the Bureau of Industry and Security (formerly the Bureau of Export Administration) since 1990, starting as a Computer Specialist with the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). He then served as an Export Counselor with the Office of Outreach and Educational Services and is currently a member of the Effectiveness Team for the Bureau’s Office of Technology Evaluation (OTE).

Mr. Whaley’s awards include a Department of Commerce Silver Medal and four Department of Commerce Bronze Medals for “Superior Federal Service” for a number of projects in which he has been involved.

Mr. Whaley holds a BA in Computer and Information Technology from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Whaley is also a graduate of the Department’s Executive Leadership Development Program and holds a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from the George Washington School of Business.

Margaret Gatti

Mid-Atlantic DEC
Vice Chair

Margaret Mc Clellan Gatti, Esquire is an international business lawyer engaged exclusively in the practice of Customs law, export controls (International Traffic in Arms Regulations and the Export Administration Regulations), economic sanctions regulations (OFAC) and anti-corruption laws (the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act). Ms. Gatti is currently International Trade and Sanctions Counsel at AMETEK, Inc. Prior to joining AMETEK, Ms. Gatti was a partner at a major international law firm where she advised corporate clients in international trade, sanctions and anti-corruption matters and conducted due diligence reviews for clients involved in mergers and acquisitions.

Ms. Gatti is licensed to practice law in in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia, She has over 30 years of practical international business experience. In addition to engaging exclusively in the practice of international business law since 1992, Ms. Gatti held the position of Senior Vice President in the International Banking Department of Mellon Bank and also founded and managed her own import \ export company. Ms. Gatti has managed several offshore business offices and has traveled overseas extensively.

She is a frequent lecturer on international trade topics and is co-author of Trading in America, Incoterms for Domestic Use. Additionally, she is also the author of many published articles dealing with international trade and international corruption, including articles in the Customs House Guide, the Official Export Guide, the North American Trade Guide and the Journal Treasury Management Association. Ms. Gatti is Vice-Chair of the Mid-Atlantic District Export Council, a Regional Coordinator of the Export Legal Assistance Network (ELAN), and a member of the National Council on International Trade Development (NCITD) and the Society for International Affairs (SIA).


Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, CBP, is one of the world's largest law enforcement organizations and is charged with keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. while facilitating lawful international travel and trade.

As the United States’ first unified border entity, CBP takes a comprehensive approach to border management and control, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection into one coordinated and supportive activity.

The men and women of CBP are responsible for enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations. On a typical day, CBP welcomes nearly one million visitors, screens more than 67,000 cargo containers, arrests more than 1,100 individuals, and seizes nearly 6 tons of illicit drugs. Annually, CBP facilitates an average of more than $3 trillion in legitimate trade while enforcing U.S. trade laws.

Homeland Security Investigations

HSI is a critical investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security and is a vital U.S. asset in combating criminal organizations illegally exploiting America's travel, trade, financial and immigration systems.

HSI’s workforce includes special agents, analysts, auditors and support staff. Its men and women are assigned to cities throughout the United States and to offices around the world. HSI’s international force is the department’s largest investigative presence abroad and gives HSI one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

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