Southeast Trade Finance Workshop
February 16 - 17, 2017
Citibank Conference Center
3800 Citibank Center
Tampa, FL
Hosted and Sponsored by

Ahmed Baraka
Vice President
JPMorgan Chase Bank

Mr. Ahmed Baraka is a Vice President with JPMorgan and serves as a Transaction Control Manager for Global Trade Operations. He has 28 years of banking experience with a vast knowledge of Trade Finance, OFAC, AML, and Anti-Boycott regulations. He has worked for two major U.S. banks, and three International overseas banks. In his current role, Mr. Baraka is responsible for managing trade risk, trade regulatory compliance and sanctions screening for Trade Operations.

Tod Burwell
CEO and President

Mr. Tod Burwell is the CEO and President of BAFT. He is responsible for leading the association in its mission to provide advocacy, education and training, and a common industry voice for the global transaction banking community. 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 23 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.

Sandra Campbell
Tampa Bay Export Assistance Center
U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce

Ms. Sandra Campbell is the Director of the Tampa Bay Export Assistance Center of the U.S. Department of Commerce in Clearwater, Florida. Since 1998, she has counseled and developed export strategies for small and medium-sized companies with U.S. products and services throughout the Tampa Bay and Southwest Florida regions. International projects/missions have included Brazil, Panama, Czech Republic, Canada, Poland, Germany, Spain and Italy. Ms. Campbell is a cum laude, honors program graduate from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Marketing and International Business, and minor in Italian. Sandra also attended Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, England and the Università per Stranieri di Perugia in Perugia, Italy.

Cynthia Carson, CDCS
Vice President, Operations Manager

Ms. Cynthia Carson has 30 years of Global Trade Operation experience. Her career started in Kansas City, Missouri with Commerce Bank and Boatmen’s Bank before moving on to JPMorgan Chase Bank, Tampa, FL. She has thorough knowledge of Export, Import and Standby LC and worked in many roles in Operations throughout her career. She is a Certified Documentary Credit Specialist and a past Secretary for the Southeast Regional Documentary Credit Committee. For the last 10 years she has been managing the Export LC Doc Prep team.

Bob Foutts
Executive Director
J.P. Morgan

Robert Foutts is an Executive Director with JPMorgan Chase Bank and serves as the Global Transaction Control Manager for Global Trade Operations. Based in Tampa, Florida, he supports the trade products offered by JPMorgan globally, including import, export and standby letters of credit, documentary collections, banks to bank reimbursements, bank guarantees, loans and open account transactions, from a Product, Risk, Regulatory and Compliance perspective and has over 38 years of Trade experience. He has worked for three major U.S. banks, during which time he has held a variety of positions, both as an individual performer and as a manager. In his current role, he is responsible for managing trade transaction risk, trade operational risk, trade regulatory and compliance issues and sanctions screening for Trade Operations. He is an active participant in BAFT-IFSA is a member and past Chair of the National Standby LC Committee, a member of the Commercial Letter of Credit Committee, a past Chair of the Southeast Regional Documentary Credit Committee, a member of the Trade Compliance Committee, a member of the Americas Advisory Board of the International Institute of Banking Law and Practice and is an Appointed Expert in Documentary Instruments Dispute Resolution disputes administered by the ICC.

Normand Girard, CDCS
Director, Trade Finance Operations
BMO Financial Group

Mr. Normand Girard is Director, Trade Finance Operations for BMO Financial Group. He is responsible for the Bank’s processing of all trade finance products in Canada and the United States. He has over 25 years of experience in Trade Finance Operations at BMO Financial Group. During his career with the Bank, he has covered every role in Import, Export, Standby Letters of Credit and Collections as well as integral operations leadership roles throughout the evolution of BMO’s trade finance business. He is a Certified Documentary Credit Specialist and Chair of the BAFT Southeast Letter of Credit Committee.

Jerry Glock, CDCS
Vice-Chair, BAFT Southeast Region Letter of Credit Committee
Vice-President, Trade Advisor

Mr. Jerry Glock comes to us with over 44 years of experience in Global Trade Operations, with 21 years at Citi in various positions. For the last 12 years he has been one of Citi’s Global Trade Advisors, assisting with providing guidance in all functions of Letters of Credit (Advising Commercial / Standby L/C’s and Examination of Documents), Import and Export Collections, Reimbursements and Compliance and Potential Risk items. Mr. Glock is CDCS (Certified Documentary Credit Specialist) certified and also represents Citi as the Vice Chair on the Southeast Letter of Credit Committee and a member of the Collection Committee.

Thomas Hrubecky, CDCS
Assistant Vice President, Financial Crimes Compliance Officer

Mr. Hrubecky is a 25+ year experienced Global Trade practitioner with extensive experience in documentary letter of credit and documentary collection operations, support, sales and training & advisory services. Representing HSBC Bank USA, he leverages his Global Trade experience as a Financial Crimes Compliance Officer supporting HSBC’s Global Trade & Receivables Finance business. Prior to joining HSBC Bank USA in 2016, he has worked in the banking industry with Fifth Third Bank, RBS Citizens, Comerica, ABN Amro, Bank of America, and National Westminster Bank. He has also worked with Spry Solutions Group as a consultant and, in the corporate space, with True Value International.

Sandro Murtas, CICP, CGBP
Regional Manager, Central & Northern Florida
Office of International Trade, U.S. Small Business Administration
U.S. Export Assistance Center

Charnell Williams
Director, Global TTS- Product Management

Ms. Charnell Williams is a Director in Citi’s Transactions Services where she is the Global Trade Services Product Manager responsible for covering all Trade products and services, risk and controls, and global technical training. She has been with Citi for 17 years and in the Global Trade Business for over 36 years. She is recognized as an industry expert in the Global Trade Services community. In 2003 and 2010 Ms. Williams was named Conference Chair for the BAFT Annual Conference Committee, a member of the 2007 and 2009 Conference Committee, and in 2006 - 2011 she served as a member of BAFT’s Board of Directors.