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  • Michael Evan Avidon, Esq.
  • Partner and Co-Chair, Banking and Finance Group
  • Moses & Singer LLP
  • Mr. Michael Avidon is a partner in Moses & Singer LLP, a New York City law firm, where he co-chairs the Banking & Finance Practice Group. He is widely recognized for his knowledge of letters of credit and secured transactions. His practice emphasizes secured and unsecured lending transactions, letter of credit transactions, supply chain finance, and letter of credit litigation. His letter of credit work involves standby, direct pay and commercial credits, as well as demand guarantees and bank payment obligations. Mr. Avidon’s clients include money center banks (often acting as administrative agent for a syndicate of lenders) and other financial institutions.
  • Tod Burwell
  • President and CEO
  • BAFT
  • Mr. Tod Burwell is the President and Chief Executive Officer of BAFT. Prior to being promoted to CEO, he served as the Senior Vice President of Trade Products with oversight of all trade-related initiatives including the Global Trade Industry Council, Trade Committees, and other strategic initiatives of the organization. Mr. Burwell has over 25 years of trade, supply chain and cash management experience as a banking practitioner, as well as serving as a consultant to global corporations and suppliers of strategically integrated trade solutions. Prior to joining BAFT, Mr. Burwell was a Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase and held senior global management roles responsible for trade operations, launching the logistics business and managing global product sales for trade finance and logistics management.
  • Sam Jebamony
  • Vice President
  • JPMorgan
  • Mr. Sam Jebamony, based in Chicago is the Manager for Standby LC Operations at JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A. Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase in June 2009, Mr. Jebamony has headed International Trade Operations departments at various major domestic and international banks. With 30+ years trade product and operations experience, Mr. Jebamony has been an active participant in national and regional Standby LC Committees and is a member of the Council on International Standby Practices (CISP).
  • Marry Ann McCarty
  • Vice President - Manager
  • TM International Trade Product Delivery
  • PNC Bank NA
  • Ms. Mary Ann McCarty is with PNC Bank and has over 38 years of experience with trade products. She currently manages the Standby Operations for PNC which includes management of all aspects of syndications. Ms. McCarty’s expertise is with Standby Letters of Credit and is very involved with risk management issues. She is currently an active member of the BAFT National Standby Letter of Credit Committee.
  • William Nartker
  • Vice President
  • Standby Letter of Credit Product Specialist
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Mr Bill Nartker is a Vice President and the Standby Letter of Credit Product Specialist at Fifth Third Bank. Mr. Nartker has 20 years of experience in international banking and has served as the Chair of the BAFT Central Letter of Credit Subcommittee (January 2014 – December 2016), is a member of the BAFT National Standby Letter of Credit/Guarantee Committee and also serves on the Institute of International Banking Law and Practice Council on International Standby Practices.
  • Rita Ricci, CDCS
  • Global Head, Trade Expertise Desk
  • BNP Paribas
  • Ms. Rita Ricci is the Global Head of the Trade Expertise Desk of BNP Paribas with over 30 years of experience in trade finance operations. Previously with CIBC in Montreal, responsible for operational delivery of trade products, acting as a Trade Consultant, providing workshops, and advising legal counsel on trade-related matters. She is Chairman of BAFT’s National LC Committee and BAFT’s National Bank to Bank Reimbursements Committee. She is also a Member of the ICC Banking Commission & Belgium National Committee.
  • Cathleen Ryan
  • Assistant Director of Enforcement
  • Office of Antiboycott Compliance
  • Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Ms. Cathleen Ryan is the Assistant Director of Enforcement in the Office of Antiboycott Compliance (Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce) (OAC), responsible for investigations and administrative enforcement actions. Ms. Ryan joined OAC in 1993, after several years in various financial, administrative and legal functions with a U.S. multinational, both in New York and Paris.
  • Michael Sachs
  • Executive Assistant District Attorney
  • Chief of the Investigation Division
  • New York County District Attorney’s Office
  • Mr. Michael Sachs is an Executive Assistant District Attorney and Chief of the Investigation Division of the New York County District Attorney’s Office. In his current position, Mr. Sachs is responsible for supervising the Asset Forfeiture Unit, the Counter Terrorism Program, the Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau, the Financial Frauds Bureau, the Major Economic Crimes Bureau, the Rackets Bureau, the Public Corruption Unit, and the Tax Crimes Unit. In addition, he assists the District Attorney with major initiatives such as the Global Cyber Alliance and the efforts surrounding encryption. Prior to his current assignment, from February 2014 to August 2016, Mr. Sachs was the Chief of the Financial Frauds Bureau where he oversaw a team of ADAs, analysts, and investigators who investigated and prosecuted financial frauds including schemes to defraud, employee thefts, fraudulent document crimes, thefts committed by attorneys and other professionals, offenses related to real estate and housing, and the theft of public funds.
  • Valeria Sica
  • Managing Director, Global Trade Services Head
  • Citibank, N.A.
  • Valeria has over 20 years of experience in Trade, based in New York and is currently the Global Trade Services Head for Citi. She is responsible for the product management of all trade services products around the globe for Corporate and Financial Institution’s Citi clients. She works with product managers in the regional teams in Asia, EMEA, NA and Latin America to ensure global consistency and quality delivery to the clients. As Global Trade Services Head she is focusing on key initiatives to drive efficiency into the business like the deployment of OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technology. Valeria is now leading a project that will use Enhanced Analytics to detect red flags, compliance concerns and resolution of sanctions hits in the trade business.
  • Kristine Siebel
  • Chair, North American Standby Letter of Credit/Guarantee Committee
  • Société Générale
  • Ms. Kristine Siebel is currently at Société Générale in their Trade Finance Group, previously she had been a Senior Credit Officer for Royal Bank of Canada responsible for their Captive Reinsurance Business in New York. Prior to joining RBC, Ms. Siebel was Assistant Vice President and Standby Letter of Credit Risk Officer for JPMorgan Chase Bank in New York. Ms. Siebel has been in Trade Services for over 35 years beginning with JPMorgan Chase’s predecessor bank Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company. Ms. Siebel has extensive experience in both the issuance and the risk aspects of Standby Letters of Credit. She has been a member of the BAFT National Standby Letter of Credit Committee since its inception in 1994 and is currently the Chair.
  • Don Smith
  • President
  • Global Trade Advisory
  • Mr. Donald Smith has over 43 years of experience in letters of credit starting with the UCP 222. He is retired from Citibank New York and is currently President of Global Trade Advisory, a Charlotte NC based consulting firm focused on training in the traditional trade products, regulatory compliance and dispute resolution. He has been a member of the US delegation to the ICC Banking Commission since 1998, chaired the ICC’s Uniform Rules for Forfaiting drafting group, co-chaired the International Standard Banking Practices drafting group, and was a member of the group which produced the International Standby Practices ISP98.
  • David Stewart, CAMS
  • Director, Banking Industry
  • SAS Fraud & Security Intelligence Practice
  • SAS
  • Mr. David Stewart drives strategy, collaborates with product management and provides key marketing counsel for fraud and compliance solutions worldwide. In addition to working closely with many of the world’s leading financial institutions and regulatory agencies, Stewart leads a team of global subject matter experts who are instrumental in delivering industry best practices for fraud prevention and anti-money laundering compliance. During the past 10 years, Mr. Stewart has hosted SAS’ annual Counterterrorism and Financial Crimes Forum co-sponsored by the US Department of Justice and a number of global financial institutions. Prior to 2005, Mr. Stewart served as the Global Account Manager for one of the world’s largest financial institutions. He has worked extensively with industry to bring data mining and machine learning capabilities to market for credit analytics, customer intelligence and financial crimes applications.