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VAIBC International Business Council Luncheon
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When: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
11:45 Registration; 12:00 Luncheon
Where: Delta Hotel Downtown Richmond
555 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA  23219
United States

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NEW LOCATION: Delta Hotel Downtown Richmond – 555 East Canal Street, Richmond, VA 23219


Join us at our Monthly Luncheon Program on Sept. 26th for:


2020 Vision - Unpacking US Customs’ Top Priorities

Featured Speakers:        Lisa Gelsomino - President/CEO and founding partner of Avalon Risk Management and 30-year international trade & logistics professional

Presentation to include a comprehensive update on CBP’s top priorities and 2020 Vision on the key components of the Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act. Topics will include: Intelligent Enforcement (Priority Trade Issues, AD/CVD, eCommerce), Trade Wars and Customs Bond Sufficiency, and new C-TPAT Criteria. There will be a period for questions after the presentation.

Details:  Wednesday, September 26, 2018  

11:45am - 12:00pm:       Registration & networking

12:00pm - 1:30pm:          Luncheon meeting and program

NEW!!! Venue for this Luncheon Meeting:

Delta Hotel Downtown Richmond – 555 East Canal Street, Richmond, VA 23219

Cost:   Early registration [by September 12th, 2018]: 

$25 for VAIBC members

$35 for non-members

Registration after September 12th:  $35 members, $45 non-members

Register online:

About the speakers:

Lisa Gelsomino is the President/CEO and founding partner of Avalon Risk Management

(Avalon), a leading provider of customs bonds and insurance solutions for the international trade and logistics industry. With 30 years’ experience, Lisa brings strong leadership skills and knowledge to the trade. Under her leadership, Avalon was selected as Commercial Agency of the Year, Best Places to Work for five consecutive years, and Shining Star for overall excellence and community service.

Lisa was appointed to the 14th term of COAC in April 2015 and currently co-chairs the TERC Subcommittee,

AD/CVD, Bond, Forced Labor, IPR and Pipeline Working Groups. She also serves on the COAC 1USG, Global Supply Chain and Trade Modernization Subcommittees, which provide guidance to CBP on ACE, C-TPAT, Centers of Excellence and Expertise, International Engagement, In-Bond Regulations, and other important trade matters. Ms. Gelsomino was reappointed to COAC for the 15th term.

Lisa has also been active in the Trade Support Network (TSN) since 2009. She currently co-chairs the TSN Supply Chain Security Subcommittee helping CBP with C-TPAT Portal 2.0 outreach and serves on the TSN Revenue, eBond, and Surety Account Subcommittees. Lisa is actively involved in the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association (NCBFAA), Pacific Coast Council (PCC), and serves on the NCBFAA ISF Subcommittee.

Lisa is Secretary and Board Member for the International Trade Surety Association (ITSA), which works closely with CBP through the Customs Surety Executive Committee (CSEC). Through her industry involvement, Lisa helps CBP conduct extensive trade outreach to better understand trade and enforcement initiatives.  

During her 30-year career in international trade, Lisa has held numerous positions in the insurance industry on both the agency and company side and was highlighted by the Journal of Commerce as one of 25 Successful Woman in International Trade. Lisa is the licensed corporate insurance holder for Avalon nationwide and pursuing her ARM, CPCU, and CCS professional designations. Lisa holds an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business and Bachelor’s of Science Degree (Magna Cum Laude) from Northern Illinois University.  

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