Avalon Risk Management
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 has been 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. 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 Rev-enue, 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 Sub-committee.
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 involve-ment, 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.
When not consumed with her passion for international trade, Lisa loves spending time and traveling with her family. She is actively involved in giving back to the community through various charities, such as serving on the Board for Play for Peace and the Parent/Teacher Organization at her son’s elementary school in Bartlett, IL to fund education.