Board of Governors

 

 

President, William Skinner III

In 1986 Bill graduated Magna Cum Laude from Niagara University with BS in Transportation and Logistics Management. At the same time he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Reserve and served a 4 year tour of duty with the Army in the Transportation Corp. out of Fort Eustis, VA and Fort Story, VA. As an Executive Officer of a Stevedoring company, and platoon leader of a hovercraft lighterage company, Bill supervised in LOTS (Logistics Over the Shore) operations in Honduras, Honolulu, Virginia, and Turkey.

In 1990 Bill ended his tour of duty and started working as a proud “S-O-B” or “Son-Of-a-Broker” for William B Skinner Inc. In February of 1991 he helped the company become licensed by the FMC as a freight forwarder.  He passed the Customs Broker Exam and received his License in  1992. 

In 1998 Bill earned a Masters in Business Administration in Finance from Seton Hall University. He was named President of William B. Skinner Inc. the same year.

Bill served as the Area 2 Representative on the NCBFAA’s Customs Committee from 2007-2009.

He was elected in June of 2017 as the President of the NY and NJ Brokers Association and prior to that served as VP-Imports and Dinner Chair.

Bill lives in NJ with his wife Timolyne and three kids: Ryan, Kelsey and Robbie.  He enjoys running marathons and coaching youth sports. 

 

Chairman, Charles Riley

Charles Riley is a Vice-President with John A. Steer Co., a Customs Brokerage and Forwarding company founded in 1905.  He started at John A. Steer Co. in 2001 and has led John A. Steer’s New York operation since 2002.

He is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University.  Charles obtained his broker’s license in 1989.

Charles has served on the Board of Governors of the New York/New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association since 2005.  He was elected as the Treasurer in 2007.  He served as the Vice President, Imports from 2009 to 2013 and then was elected as the President and served from 2013 to June of 2107.  He is currently serving as the Association’s Board of Governors Chairman.

Charles served from 2009 to 2012 as the NCBFFA Customs Committee Representative for Area 2.   Charles was chosen as the NCBFAA Legislative Chairman in 2014. 

    Vice President Export, Jeanette Gioia

Jeanette R. Gioia is President of both Serra International, Inc., a freight forwarding, customs brokerage, and 3PL company originally established in 1919 as Luigi Serra, Inc., and Serra Shipping, Inc.,  its' NVO affiliate.

She holds a BA from Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY and a MIA from Columbia University, NY, NY.  Before joining Serra in 1984, Jeanette worked as an international economist with the foreign exchange advisory service of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co; the international lending division of Mellon Bank; the international finance group of Kidder Peabody & Co.; and with the private consulting company Nakagama & Wallace.   She has written and been a guest speaker on international economic and foreign exchange issues.

Although Jeanette was just recently elected Vice President of Exports, Serra has been a member of the NY / NJ FFF & BA since its inception.  Previously, she had served on the Board of Directors for the Executive Association of Greater New York. 

  Vice President Import, Al Raffa

Al Raffa is Vice President of Operations with Seafrigo USA, Inc., a global logistics provider dedicated to food and beverages established in 1976.  Al has been with Seafrigo for over fifteen years and is personally responsible for the development of the organizations US market.  He spearheaded a satellite location for the French Headquarters starting with five people growing to 200 plus employees and two 175,000 square foot refrigerated warehouses based in Elizabeth, New Jersey port area.

Prior to joining Seafrigo, Al worked for 22 years in various capacities in the brokerage industry.  He received his Customs Broker license in 1997 and is also licensed for FMC / NVOCC services.

Al was elected as a board member in 2015 to the NY NJ Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association and in June of 2017 elected as the Association Vice President of Import.

   

Vice President Education, Michelle Maslow-Hauser

Michelle Maslow-Hauser started in the brokerage and forwarding industry as a file clerk at JFK Airport in the 1960s.  She has been a licensed Customshouse Broker since 1990 and purchased Martin Strauss Airfreight Corp in 1992.  Currently she is the compliance manager for Brauner International Corp.

Through the years she has had an active role within the New York Association as a member of the board of governors and has served on several committees. Michelle has received her CCS and CES and continues to focus on education for the profession.

She is an active member of various other industry associations and committees currently serving as the VP of Education for the NY/NJ Foreign Freight Forwarders & Brokers, the Area 2 representative to the NCBFAA Education committee. She also is involved in the JFK Airport Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders association and serves as the scribe for our Port Users Group in Newark, NJ. 

 

Secretary, Christine Solorzano

Christine Solorzano is General Manager New York/Boston with Shipco Transport, Inc., a global neutral NVOCC.  Christine has been with Shipco Transport for over twenty years serving the company in several capacities; Trade Lane Coordinator,  Operations Manager, Lcl Export Manager, and in her current position as General Manager.  Christine’s background spans over 23 years in the NVOCC and management experience. 

Prior to joining Shipco Christine started her career with Conterm Consolidation Services in 1994 and held various positions under the NVOCC services the most current as Operations Manager in charge of handling the export consolidations.  

Christine has served on the Board of Governors for the New York/New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association since 2013 and participated on the Transportation Committee.  She was elected in June of 2017 as the Association Secretary.

Christine currently resides in Bayonne, New Jersey with her husband, Marcio and three boys, Alex, Christian and Eric.

        
   

Treasurer, Dave Corn

David Corn is a Vice President with Comstock & Theakston, Inc., starting his drawback career in 2011. With years of experience in the market research field, he has a successful history with large commodity clients and has created, managed, and presented projects in consumer research, sales and statistical analysis, and marketplace dynamics.

David was appointed to the co-chair position of AAEI's Drawback and Duty Deferral Committee in 2015 and is the drawback liaison for the AAEI Automated Commercial Environment Task Force. He was recently selected through CBP’s Trade Support Network along with a small number from the trade to take part in writing the new drawback regulations from the passage of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015.

He was elected to the board of governors for the New York/New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association in 2013 and was recently appointed to the office of Treasurer in 2016. David organizes the congressional meetings for NY and NJ on Capitol Hill for the NCBFAA Government Affairs Conference each September.

Mr. Corn has a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University in Consumer Affairs and is both a Licensed Customhouse Broker and Certified Customs Specialist. He resides in Morris County, NJ with his wife Danielle and their three daughters, Natalie, Charlotte, and Evelyn. 

 

Board Member (term expires): 

Darryl Blankenship, Helstrom International (2020)

Brad Broder, ECU Worldwide USA (2018)

Bob Connor, Mallory Alexander Int'l (2018)

Kelly Delle Fave, Transgroup Global Logistics (2019)    

Mary Jo Muoio, Geodis (2019)    

Brian C. Wills, Sobel Shipping Co., Inc. (2020)

John Vischio, BDP International (2018)      

Jed Kretschmer, UTC Overseas (2020)         

Senior Counselors:

Matthew Brauner, Brauner International Corp.

David Schlenger, American Cargo Express, Inc.

Board Member Emeritus:

Louis Policastro, Jr.

Stewart Hauser

Customs Counsel:

Robert Silverman, Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt, PC

Transportation Counsel:

Carlos Rodriguez, Husch Blackwell LLP

Executive Director:

Michele Farrell      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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