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OUR CLIENT SOLUTIONS TEAM

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Jenae Ciecko
President & CEO

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Martin Spencer
Executive Vice President

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Brett Stanaway
Vice President, Post Entry

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Hayley Dege
Vice President, Operations

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Julissa Jaime
Vice President, Brokerage

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Bradley Patton
Vice President, Zone Operations

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Agnieszka Borowka
Director, European Operations

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Michael Yates
Director, IT

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Eric Berry
Director, Client Solutions

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Ann McDonald-Hintze
Senior Integration Advisor

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Mary Cagle
Senior Auditor

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Andrew Murray
Manager, Client Solutions

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Cindy Gartz
Controller

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Adam St. George
Learning and Development Leader

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Amy Slusser
Marketing Coordinator

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Jake Sedon
Client Solutions

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Jenae Ciecko
President & CEO

Jenae Ciecko has over 20 years of customs and trade management experience and is the President of Copper Hill Copper Hill provides specialized services to its customers in the area of Customs and trade management. Jenae founded Copper Hill with the goal of delivering the ultimate trade solution to its customers. Prior to starting Copper Hill, she held the position of Customs Compliance Manager for Magna. In this position she was the spokesperson for Customs compliance within her organization and convinced a culture built on de-centralization to centralize its customs compliance efforts in the spirit of creating a true culture of compliance for the organization. Jenae is a licensed Customs Broker and is the Corporate License Holder for Copper Hill. She also holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Michigan and an MBA in Strategic Leadership from Walsh College of Business.

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Martin Spencer
Executive Vice President

Martin Spencer is Executive Vice President, for Copper Hill, resident in the firm’s Detroit office. He has over 20 years of experience managing worldwide import and export compliance programs for multinational corporations in high-volume and time-sensitive industries.

A transformational and strategic compliance executive and operations leader, Mr. Spencer has experience in all aspects of import/export operations and has managed global trade activities for companies in a variety of industries, including automotive, defense, aerospace, healthcare, pharmaceutical, industrial machinery and raw materials. A licensed U.S. customs broker and a certified customs specialist, he has worked extensively in the areas of import and export classification, country of origin marking, duty preference eligibility, duty/fee optimization programs, border operations, post-entry audits, export controls on defense and dual-use goods, economic sanctions, anti-corruption policies, compliance with partner government agency requirements, and training.

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Brett Stanaway
Vice President, Post Entry

Brett Stanaway is the Vice President of Consulting at Copper Hill  He is an experienced Customs Professional with 22 years of experience in the areas of free trade and value reconciliation, drawback, and post entry services.  After graduating from Michigan State University in 1999 earning bachelor’s degree in Marketing, with an influence in Supply Chain Management, he spent the first ten years of his career performing valuation reviews assisting US importers with their Value Reconciliation programs.  He then shifted his focus to Drawback, where he successfully implemented drawback programs by assisting importers with the preparation of their drawback applications and filing drawback entries for refunds.  For the past eight years, he has worked with numerous companies to implement and maintain processes that monitor the accuracy of their US imports.  In this capacity, he developed processes to identify compliance risks and opportunities for refunds.  Brett and his team of Customs Compliance Professionals at Copper Hill enjoy working with clients to conduct US entry audits, Free Trade Agreement Reconciliation, Value Reconciliation, Post Summary Corrections, Protests, and Voluntary Self Disclosures.  In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, exploring the great state of Michigan, attending travel baseball games, watching his daughter perform in children’s musicals, riding ORVs, and playing golf.

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Hayley Dege
Vice President, Operations

Hayley Dege is Vice President of FTA Operations for Copper Hill, resident in the firm’s Detroit office. She has over 18 years of experience in customs and trade management consulting. Her expertise is with Free Trade Agreement qualification and country of origin determination as well as supplier solicitation. She gained the majority of her knowledge by working directly with a major automotive supplier as a client early in her career. Since then, Hayley has worked with a wide range of clientele and commodities ensuring compliant FTA determination for an extensive variety of trade programs. In 2020 she was an integral part of the implementation of USMCA for all of Copper Hill’s clients, overseeing the execution and conformity with the new requirements.

Hayley is a Licensed Customs Broker and received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Eastern Michigan University.

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Julissa Jaime
Vice President, Brokerage

As Vice President of Brokerage Operations, Julissa is responsible for the oversight, development, and growth of Copper Hill’s Customs Brokerage Operation.  With over 18 years of experience managing Trade Compliance Programs and Brokerage Operations, Julissa is a wealth of knowledge. She has significant experience managing compliance programs for multinational companies in varying industries including automotive, heavy equipment, and industrial machinery. Most recently she served as Global Customs Compliance Manager for an automotive original equipment manufacturer, where she was responsible for oversight of North American Import/export activity, compliance with applicable regulatory requirements, and standardization of global partner supply chain requirements.

Julissa is a licensed Customs Broker and holds a BA in International Studies: Business Management from the University of Michigan.

In her spare time, Julissa plays competitive tennis and less competitive golf.

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Bradley Patton
Vice President, Zone Operations

Bradley Patton is the Vice President of Zone Operations. Mr. Patton is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, implementation, and execution of foreign-trade zone projects in a wide range of industries, aiming to ensure consistency with regulations and industry best practices.

As a software systems professional, he is knowledgeable in the design, development, and operation of software systems with a focus on foreign-trade zone systems.

A Licensed Customs Broker, Mr. Patton holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Troy University and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of West Florida. He is also a member of the NAFTZ.

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Agnieszka Borowka
Director, European Operations

As Director of Operations for Copper Hill Europe, Agnieszka has oversight of the company’s European operations, strategic initiatives, and growth in the region.  With over 12 years of experience in Customs & Trade Compliance, she’s developed and managed programs for multinational companies in various industries in the EMEA region. She has significant experience in the areas of global FTA Management, duty optimization and savings opportunities, post declaration audits, Harmonized Tariff Classification, process integration, and GTM Systems implementation.  Agnieszka holds a MA in International Trade and Post graduate studies in Management and Logistics.  She is a Licensed Customs Broker, and speaks English, Russian and Polish.

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Michael Yates
Director, IT

Michael Yates is the IT Director for Copper Hill, Inc where he oversees the design, development, and management of Copper Hill and Point Trade Services’ internal software systems and technical infrastructure. His experienced team of engineers provides process automation and efficiency tools, data storage solutions, and client integration support.

Mr. Yates joined Copper Hill in 2022 and has been creating software solutions in the Customs and global trade management field since 2010. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.

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Eric Berry
Director, Client Solutions

Eric Berry supervises a wide range of programs, leveraging his broad knowledge of program management principles and a strategic mindset to lead and develop team members.

He is a Licensed Customs Broker who provides foreign-trade zone consulting with the goals of achieving excellence in the areas of compliance and operational efficiency for Copper Hill’s clients.

Mr. Berry is experienced in providing consulting services related to the preparation of foreign-trade zone feasibility analyses, compliance reviews, prior disclosures, review and development of procedure manuals, FTZ activation and CBP security surveys, research for other zone related studies, and project management. He also has experience administering the day-to-day operations of foreign-trade zones. His operational experience includes FTZ admissions, transfers, adjustments, shipments, systems reviews, reconciliation, and issue troubleshooting and resolution. With a customer service mindset, he collaborates with the Sales and Marketing Division to support Copp Hill’s growth.

Mr. Berry has a B.A. in Business Administration from Huntingdon College including concentrated studies in marketing and international business, as well as a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary.

Mr. Berry is an Accredited Zone Specialist and an active member of the NAFTZ, serving on the Board of Directors.

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Ann McDonald-Hintze
Senior Integration Advisor

Ann McDonald-Hintze, Senior Integration Advisor at Copper Hill, is a Trade Compliance Professional with 27 years of experience, has been a Licensed Customs Broker since 1997, and received her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University.

Throughout her career, Ann has developed extensive expertise in tariff classification, FTA eligibility analysis and other duty optimization programs, US country of origin marking regulations, and has developed and managed the first phase of a large drawback program for an OEM at the initial USCBP implementation of TFTEA.  While developing and managing global and regional service centers to perform key trade compliance functions, she drew upon her ability to establish standards and remove waste from any process.

Ann has successfully worked in partnership with IT professionals to design and implement Customs and International Trade Systems in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Korea, Brazil, Argentina and the U.A.E. and is currently assisting Copper Hill clients as they transition from existing processes and tools into new trade compliance software solutions.

In both her personal and professional life, Ann is a naturally curious person who enjoys sharing her knowledge and skills with others.

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Mary Cagle
Senior Auditor

Mary Cagle is an experienced, former U.S. Customs auditor and can assist clients through a variety of services.  Her experience allows her to conduct mock Customs audits to aid clients in general trade compliance improvements, risk assessments, or prior to official Customs audits to ensure zero surprises along the way.    She also preps clients for Customs interviews, Customs expectations, and will act as the buffer between Customs auditors and clients during Customs audits.

Mrs. Cagle spent the first 10 years of her career working as a U.S. Customs auditor in the Charlotte, North Carolina Field Office.  She then transitioned to the manufacturing industry and worked for an importer managing the relationships with the brokerage firms.  From there she spent years working as a Customs auditor/consultant for an international law firm and also at a consulting practice.  Mary joined the Copper Hill team in February 2021.  She obtained a BSBA Accounting Degree from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina in 2004.  In 2005, she obtained her MBA Accounting Emphasis from Winthrop University, located in Rock Hill, South Carolina. In 2015, Mary became a Licensed Customs Broker.

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Andrew Murray
Manager, Client Solutions

Andrew Murray is an Account Manager and licensed customs broker at Copper Hill with over 10 years of experience in the Trade Compliance industry.  Andrew has an extensive background in operations within the Free Trade Agreement world as well as experience in import classification, duty preference eligibility, duty optimization programs, and post entry, as well as other areas.  With a customer service mindset, he collaborates with the Sales and Marketing teams to support Copper Hill’s growth.

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Cindy Gartz
Controller

Cindy Gartz has over 36 years of experience in accounting and finance. Throughout her career, Cindy has worked in both accounting and financial auditing and has developed expertise in growing small to medium-sized businesses as a controller. Cindy currently serves Copper Hill as the controller, manages accounting operations and billing, and oversees trade compliance training. She has a passion for numbers and ensuring compliance within Copper Hill, so that we can ensure compliance for our clients.

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Adam St. George
Learning and Development Leader

Adam has over 14 years of experience in customs compliance. He is a licensed customs broker and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Michigan State University. Adam has worked on both the consulting and importer sides of customs business. He has several years of account and team management experience and has primarily worked in the areas of harmonized tariff classification, FTA qualification and country of origin determination. Adam has also conducted various training courses and seminars to internal and external attendees. He has recently taken on a new role as Learning and Development Leader at Copper Hill where he will be responsible for training, development, and continued education of our employees.

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Amy Slusser
Marketing Coordinator

As Marketing Coordinator, Amy Slusser uses her 14 years in the FTZ Managed Services industry to promote Copper Hill’s breadth of services through a variety of means, including industry conferences, Copper Hill’s website and via social media. She works hand in hand with the Operations team to promote an exceptional workplace, leading company forums and events.

Ms. Slusser has a B.S. in Business Marketing from Florida State University.

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Jake Sedon
Client Solutions

Jake Sedon works directly with Copper Hill’s client solutions, his goal is to deliver a high level of service to all clients and build sustainable relationships predicated upon trust and expertise. Jake also helps by optimizing complex opportunities by using data and analytics to build consultative solutions for our customers. Jake received his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from NC State and brings many different skills sets to the table. He has ample experience in both the Agriculture and Construction industry where he has spent most of his career. Jake was ranked as one of the fastest growing Account Manager’s at his last company, John Deere. Outside of work, he is part outdoor enthusiast and part book geek. One of Jake’s favorite historical figures was the colossus Alexander the Great.