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We’re more than trade advisors. We’re true experts.

There’s no substitute for experience. And at Mohawk Global Trade Advisors, our team has plenty of it. We are expert practitioners who work in the industry every day, delivering results to our clients. We believe that this level of real-world, every day experience is what separates us from other trade consulting organizations.

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Gar Grannell

President

Gar Grannell is a global trade entrepreneur and logistician known for his leadership and expertise in supply chain and transportation management. He is a guest lecturer for the Export New York speaker series and serves on Syracuse University’s Franklin Supply Chain Advisory Board. He’s served as president of the Transportation Club of Central New York and has been recognized as a Top 40 Under 40. Gar graduated from Syracuse University with a double major in supply chain management and marketing management and is a 2004 graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse. He is currently President & CEO, as well as co-owner of Mohawk Global Logistics, an international logistics service provider. His company has received numerous awards, including, Fast Track 50 (Central New York Business Journal), Trade Partner of the Year (Capital Region Global Business Network), and International Service Provider of the Year (International Business Council of Greater Rochester NY).

Gar Grannell

President

Gar Grannell is a global trade entrepreneur and logistician known for his leadership and expertise in supply chain and transportation management. He is a guest lecturer for the Export New York speaker series and serves on Syracuse University’s Franklin Supply Chain Advisory Board. He’s served as president of the Transportation Club of Central New York and has been recognized as a Top 40 Under 40. Gar graduated from Syracuse University with a double major in supply chain management and marketing management and is a 2004 graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse. He is currently President & CEO, as well as co-owner of Mohawk Global Logistics, an international logistics service provider. His company has received numerous awards, including, Fast Track 50 (Central New York Business Journal), Trade Partner of the Year (Capital Region Global Business Network), and International Service Provider of the Year (International Business Council of Greater Rochester NY).

Beverley Seif

Vice President & General Manager

Beverley Seif is one of the country’s leading experts on C-TPAT and Vice President & General Manager of Mohawk Global Trade Advisors. From 2004-2013 she operated a highly successful C-TPAT consulting company, where she gained a notable reputation with Customs officials and the business community for her guidance and expertise on supply chain risk and security assessment. In addition to overseeing the staff and operations of Mohawk Global Trade Advisors, her duties include assisting clients with C-TPAT certification, conducting import compliance audits, and presiding over various client training programs. Beverley is a licensed Customs broker, certified Customs specialist, and Vice President, Consulting for Mohawk Global Logistics. She is a graduate of Centenary College (B.S., Business Administration and Management).

Beverley Seif

Vice President & General Manager

Beverley Seif is one of the country’s leading experts on C-TPAT and Vice President & General Manager of Mohawk Global Trade Advisors. From 2004-2013 she operated a highly successful C-TPAT consulting company, where she gained a notable reputation with Customs officials and the business community for her guidance and expertise on supply chain risk and security assessment. In addition to overseeing the staff and operations of Mohawk Global Trade Advisors, her duties include assisting clients with C-TPAT certification, conducting import compliance audits, and presiding over various client training programs. Beverley is a licensed Customs broker, certified Customs specialist, and Vice President, Consulting for Mohawk Global Logistics. She is a graduate of Centenary College (B.S., Business Administration and Management).

Jim Trubits

Vice President

Jim Trubits has over 35 years of experience in compliance consulting and supply chain management. He is a regular speaker for international trade groups, including Ontario Exports and the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA). As a leader in the global business community, he currently serves as an officer of the World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara. Jim graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY Buffalo and went on to complete the executive program in supply chain management at the Laurier Institute, as well as the International Air Transport Association’s air cargo training program, passing “with distinction.” He is a licensed Customs broker, certified Customs specialist, and endorsed by the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE) as a Certified Global Business Professional.

Jim Trubits

Vice President

Jim Trubits has over 35 years of experience in compliance consulting and supply chain management. He is a regular speaker for international trade groups, including Ontario Exports and the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA). As a leader in the global business community, he currently serves as an officer of the World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara. Jim graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY Buffalo and went on to complete the executive program in supply chain management at the Laurier Institute, as well as the International Air Transport Association’s air cargo training program, passing “with distinction.” He is a licensed Customs broker, certified Customs specialist, and endorsed by the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE) as a Certified Global Business Professional.

Robert Stein

Vice President

Robert Stein’s extensive experience in Customs brokerage and freight forwarding is spread across a multitude of roles, giving him an unique perspective on the field. Working at the northern border, in both release and entry roles, helped him to learn a great deal about cross border trade and NAFTA; while his work as a regional FDA trainer and vice president for a brokerage/freight forwarding firm gave him a deeper understanding of trade compliance. As an FTZ consultant, he has guided importers through FTZ savings analysis, training, activation, and systems integration. Most notably, he’s worked with the FTZ Board in Washington D.C. to expedite FTZ applications and assist in obtaining interim production authority. Robert is also an active speaker to the trade community, lecturing throughout the year on Incoterms, import compliance, and NAFTA. He is a licensed Customs broker, certified Customs specialist, and Vice President, Customs & Trade Compliance for Mohawk Global Logistics.

Robert Stein

Vice President

Robert Stein’s extensive experience in Customs brokerage and freight forwarding is spread across a multitude of roles, giving him an unique perspective on the field. Working at the northern border, in both release and entry roles, helped him to learn a great deal about cross border trade and NAFTA; while his work as a regional FDA trainer and vice president for a brokerage/freight forwarding firm gave him a deeper understanding of trade compliance. As an FTZ consultant, he has guided importers through FTZ savings analysis, training, activation, and systems integration. Most notably, he’s worked with the FTZ Board in Washington D.C. to expedite FTZ applications and assist in obtaining interim production authority. Robert is also an active speaker to the trade community, lecturing throughout the year on Incoterms, import compliance, and NAFTA. He is a licensed Customs broker, certified Customs specialist, and Vice President, Customs & Trade Compliance for Mohawk Global Logistics.

Rich Roche

Vice President

Rich Roche is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Nautical Science and Marine Transportation. Rich is uniquely qualified in the maritime industry, having held licenses as a New York State Property and Casualty Broker, Chief Mate upon Oceans, Master of Pilot Vessels of any gross tons, and First Class Pilot on Upper Bay of New York Harbor. His extensive career in the logistics industry has shaped him to be an expert in cargo claims, shipper’s interest insurance, carrier contracting, and overseas agent management. In 2001, he started Diplomat Global Logistics, a freight forwarding company which was sold to Mohawk Global Logistics in 2009. Rich has appeared as an expert witness on several occasions, including a multinational arbitration involving a top-tier accounting firm and other maritime cases. He currently serves as Chairman of the NVOCC Committee for the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA), where he works closely with top industry representatives and the Federal Maritime Commission on NVOCC regulations. Today Rich is Vice President, International Transportation at Mohawk Global Logistics.

Rich Roche

Vice President

Rich Roche is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Nautical Science and Marine Transportation. Rich is uniquely qualified in the maritime industry, having held licenses as a New York State Property and Casualty Broker, Chief Mate upon Oceans, Master of Pilot Vessels of any gross tons, and First Class Pilot on Upper Bay of New York Harbor. His extensive career in the logistics industry has shaped him to be an expert in cargo claims, shipper’s interest insurance, carrier contracting, and overseas agent management. In 2001, he started Diplomat Global Logistics, a freight forwarding company which was sold to Mohawk Global Logistics in 2009. Rich has appeared as an expert witness on several occasions, including a multinational arbitration involving a top-tier accounting firm and other maritime cases. He currently serves as Chairman of the NVOCC Committee for the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA), where he works closely with top industry representatives and the Federal Maritime Commission on NVOCC regulations. Today Rich is Vice President, International Transportation at Mohawk Global Logistics.

Adrienne Graddy

Senior Advisor

Adrienne Graddy is a licensed Customs broker, certified Customs specialist, and author of a myriad of trade compliance and training programs used by companies throughout greater Chicago. A native to the windy city, Adrienne has extensive experience leading the charge of import and export teams. Her background includes managing regulatory compliance programs across 31 business units for a Fortune 500 company, obtaining multiple millions of dollars in duty refunds for her clients at a multinational logistics provider, as well as owning her own trade consulting firm. In her current role as Senior Advisor for Mohawk Global Trade Advisors, she provides training, audits, compliance manuals, and cost-savings initiatives to import and export clientele. Adrienne holds a B.S. in education from Northern Illinois University. She is a charter member of the International Compliance Professionals Association (ICPA). When not engaged in regulatory pursuits, she can be found swing dancing, golfing, or trotting the globe.

Adrienne Graddy

Senior Advisor

Adrienne Graddy is a licensed Customs broker, certified Customs specialist, and author of a myriad of trade compliance and training programs used by companies throughout greater Chicago. A native to the windy city, Adrienne has extensive experience leading the charge of import and export teams. Her background includes managing regulatory compliance programs across 31 business units for a Fortune 500 company, obtaining multiple millions of dollars in duty refunds for her clients at a multinational logistics provider, as well as owning her own trade consulting firm. In her current role as Senior Advisor for Mohawk Global Trade Advisors, she provides training, audits, compliance manuals, and cost-savings initiatives to import and export clientele. Adrienne holds a B.S. in education from Northern Illinois University. She is a charter member of the International Compliance Professionals Association (ICPA). When not engaged in regulatory pursuits, she can be found swing dancing, golfing, or trotting the globe.

Kristen Morneau

Senior Advisor

Kristen Morneau has worked in international trade compliance and logistics for over two decades. Before joining Mohawk, Kristen worked for Microsemi FTD in Beverly, MA as the Senior Manager of Global Logistics and Compliance. Her background includes import entry, Commerce and State (ITAR) licensing, C-TPAT, and import and export classification. She has provided training on commercial documentation, antiboycott regulations, AES filing, and Incoterms. As a former logistics and trade compliance manager, she implemented an export compliance program and created a process for automation of order holds for export controlled goods. During her time as a manager, she established an entry program to reduce transit times for U.S. customers by 33 percent. As Senior Advisor at MGTA, Kristen’s duties include import and export gap analysis, compliance manual development, product classification, and ITAR licensing assistance. Kristen’s expertise services the New England global trade industry.

Kristen Morneau

Senior Advisor

Kristen Morneau has worked in international trade compliance and logistics for over two decades. Before joining Mohawk, Kristen worked for Microsemi FTD in Beverly, MA as the Senior Manager of Global Logistics and Compliance. Her background includes import entry, Commerce and State (ITAR) licensing, C-TPAT, and import and export classification. She has provided training on commercial documentation, antiboycott regulations, AES filing, and Incoterms. As a former logistics and trade compliance manager, she implemented an export compliance program and created a process for automation of order holds for export controlled goods. During her time as a manager, she established an entry program to reduce transit times for U.S. customers by 33 percent. As Senior Advisor at MGTA, Kristen’s duties include import and export gap analysis, compliance manual development, product classification, and ITAR licensing assistance. Kristen’s expertise services the New England global trade industry.

Sue K. Nans

Senior Advisor

Sue K. Nans has over 20 years of experience as an Empowered Official in the manufacturing industry as an export professional. Before joining Mohawk, Sue was a Lead International Licensing Analyst overseeing U.S. export licensing, technical assistance agreements, and manufacturing license agreements. For over 15 years, she mentored and trained employees at Anaren, Saab Sensis, M.S. Kennedy and all new export control employees at Lockheed Martin. She has led, initiated, and performed live export control training to thousands of manufacturing industry employees. She has performed countless audits, which produced more fortified export compliance programs for her clients through improved policies, procedures, forms, and work instructions. She spent several years as a consultant assisting local companies through voluntary disclosures, auditing export programs, formulating new compliant processes, and training personnel. She feels passionate about teaching and sharing pertinent knowledge to those who are willing and eager to learn. Sue has a B.S. in International Trade Management through the International Import-Export Institute at Dunlap-Stone University and a B.A. in Business Administration from Columbia College.

Sue K. Nans

Senior Advisor

Sue K. Nans has over 20 years of experience as an Empowered Official in the manufacturing industry as an export professional. Before joining Mohawk, Sue was a Lead International Licensing Analyst overseeing U.S. export licensing, technical assistance agreements, and manufacturing license agreements. For over 15 years, she mentored and trained employees at Anaren, Saab Sensis, M.S. Kennedy and all new export control employees at Lockheed Martin. She has led, initiated, and performed live export control training to thousands of manufacturing industry employees. She has performed countless audits, which produced more fortified export compliance programs for her clients through improved policies, procedures, forms, and work instructions. She spent several years as a consultant assisting local companies through voluntary disclosures, auditing export programs, formulating new compliant processes, and training personnel. She feels passionate about teaching and sharing pertinent knowledge to those who are willing and eager to learn. Sue has a B.S. in International Trade Management through the International Import-Export Institute at Dunlap-Stone University and a B.A. in Business Administration from Columbia College.

Cindi Kavanaugh

Senior Advisor

Cindi Kavanaugh’s experience in the global trade industry spreads across the fields of logistics, freight forwarding, and Customs brokerage. Before working for Mohawk, she was a Trade Compliance Manager at a Fortune 500 firm for almost 11 years. Her background includes drawback processing, as well as import and export compliance training, auditing, and procedure writing. She also has expertise in qualifying products for free trade agreements. Cindi has an Associate of Science degree in Business Management from SUNY Niagara County Community College, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in International Trade Management from SUNY Empire State College. She is a licensed Customs broker, certified Customs specialist, certified classification specialist, and certified export specialist. She is an active member of the International Compliance Professionals Association.

Cindi Kavanaugh

Senior Advisor

Cindi Kavanaugh’s experience in the global trade industry spreads across the fields of logistics, freight forwarding, and Customs brokerage. Before working for Mohawk, she was a Trade Compliance Manager at a Fortune 500 firm for almost 11 years. Her background includes drawback processing, as well as import and export compliance training, auditing, and procedure writing. She also has expertise in qualifying products for free trade agreements. Cindi has an Associate of Science degree in Business Management from SUNY Niagara County Community College, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in International Trade Management from SUNY Empire State College. She is a licensed Customs broker, certified Customs specialist, certified classification specialist, and certified export specialist. She is an active member of the International Compliance Professionals Association.

Robyn Moore

Duty Drawback Manager

Robyn Moore has joined the Mohawk team as a Duty Drawback Manager. Prior to working in trade compliance consulting, Robyn spent time working closely with Customs on the northern border, helping truckers at the Canadian border process import entries. She also has past experience in retail management and assisting in inventory controls. Her expertise with drawback includes working on behalf of a prestigious cosmetic manufacturer and a luxury fashion designer. At Mohawk, Robyn is in charge of implementing and assisting in creating drawback programs for an array of clients. Robyn provides audit solutions to ensure record retention requirements and complete compliance with U.S. Customs rules and regulations regarding duty drawback. She trains sales staff in determining eligibility of duty drawback recovery, in addition to teaching and training U.S. Customs compliance for duty drawback clients.

Robyn Moore

Duty Drawback Manager

Robyn Moore has joined the Mohawk team as a Duty Drawback Manager. Prior to working in trade compliance consulting, Robyn spent time working closely with Customs on the northern border, helping truckers at the Canadian border process import entries. She also has past experience in retail management and assisting in inventory controls. Her expertise with drawback includes working on behalf of a prestigious cosmetic manufacturer and a luxury fashion designer. At Mohawk, Robyn is in charge of implementing and assisting in creating drawback programs for an array of clients. Robyn provides audit solutions to ensure record retention requirements and complete compliance with U.S. Customs rules and regulations regarding duty drawback. She trains sales staff in determining eligibility of duty drawback recovery, in addition to teaching and training U.S. Customs compliance for duty drawback clients.

Abigail Frank

Associate Advisor

Abigail Frank is Associate Advisor for Mohawk Global Trade Advisors, where she assists clients with C-TPAT certification preparation and Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) project management. As a C-TPAT consultant, she aids clients in applying to the program and advises them on annual reviews through conducting supply chain, vulnerability, and country threat assessments; writing security profiles; and creating cargo flow tables. Her FTZ responsibilities include writing client FTZ manuals, project planning, and security evaluations. Abigail is a certified Customs specialist, member of the National Association of Foreign Trade Zones (NAFTZ), and co-creator of her company’s mentorship program, MohawkONE CONNECT. A graduate of St. Lawrence University, she holds a B.A. (English and Psychology).

Abigail Frank

Associate Advisor

Abigail Frank is Associate Advisor for Mohawk Global Trade Advisors, where she assists clients with C-TPAT certification preparation and Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) project management. As a C-TPAT consultant, she aids clients in applying to the program and advises them on annual reviews through conducting supply chain, vulnerability, and country threat assessments; writing security profiles; and creating cargo flow tables. Her FTZ responsibilities include writing client FTZ manuals, project planning, and security evaluations. Abigail is a certified Customs specialist, member of the National Association of Foreign Trade Zones (NAFTZ), and co-creator of her company’s mentorship program, MohawkONE CONNECT. A graduate of St. Lawrence University, she holds a B.A. (English and Psychology).

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