Livonia, Michigan (February 15, 2024) – Copper Hill Inc., a leading trade compliance managed services provider, announced five promotions to its leadership team. In their elevated roles, these individuals bring a wealth of experience, innovation, and strategic leadership to our organization, further enhancing our commitment to excellence and growth. With diverse backgrounds and proven track records in their respective fields, these executives will continue to play pivotal roles in steering Copper Hill toward new heights.
Mike Yates, Vice President of Technology:
Mike Yates continues to lead the IT team as Vice President of Technology. In his previous position as IT Director, Yates was pivotal in steering the design, development, and management of Copper Hill’s internal software systems and technical infrastructure.
Since joining Copper Hill in 2022, Yates has showcased unparalleled leadership in overseeing a team of skilled engineers providing process automation, efficiency tools, data storage solutions, and client integration support. His wealth of experience creating software solutions within the Customs and global trade management field, dating back to 2010, has significantly contributed to the company’s technological advancements.
Yates holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan. His educational background, coupled with a decade of hands-on experience, has equipped him with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the complexities of the technology landscape.
As Vice President of Technology, Yates will spearhead the strategic vision for Copper Hill’s technology division, aiming to enhance product development further, optimize operational efficiency, and drive continuous technological innovation. His promotion signifies his personal achievements and Copper Hill’s commitment to recognizing and nurturing talent within its ranks.
Bill Anderson, Vice President of Foreign-Trade Zone Operations & Brokerage:
In his new role, Bill Anderson will provide strategic guidance, oversee operations, and lead the direction of FTZ projects, further solidifying his pivotal role within the organization.
With a distinguished career marked by steadfast dedication and unmatched expertise, Anderson has been an invaluable asset to Copper Hill. He has consistently exhibited astute leadership skills and a comprehensive understanding of the nuances within the foreign trade zone landscape. Anderson’s exceptional capabilities in providing strategic direction and ensuring the successful operations of FTZ projects have been instrumental in the company’s success.
Anderson’s extensive experience across diverse FTZ environments has equipped him with an acute awareness of regulatory changes within the foreign trade zone and trade and customs industry. His commitment to staying abreast of the latest developments enables him to guide his team effectively, ensuring operational excellence daily.
A Licensed Customs Broker, Anderson holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Illinois State University. His dedication to professional development and industry involvement is evidenced by his membership in the National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones (NAFTZ).
Hayley Dege, Vice President of FTA Operations & HTS Classification:
With 20 years of experience in customs and trade management consulting, Hayley Dege has consistently demonstrated her expertise in Free Trade Agreement (FTA) qualification, country of origin determination, and supplier solicitation. Her journey in the industry began with hands-on experience at a major automotive supplier, providing her with a unique perspective that has proven invaluable throughout her career.
In her new role as Vice President of HTS Classification, Dege will bring her wealth of knowledge and experience to oversee the classification of Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) codes, a critical aspect of international trade. This expansion reflects Copper Hill’s confidence in Hayley’s capabilities and dedication to delivering top-notch solutions to clients.
Dege is a Licensed Customs Broker, highlighting her commitment to professionalism and compliance within the industry. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Eastern Michigan University.
Copper Hill is excited about this strategic move, believing it will enhance its capabilities and strengthen its position as a customs and trade management consulting leader. Dege’s dual role as Vice President of FTA Operations and Vice President of HTS Classification will undoubtedly contribute to the continued success of Copper Hill and its clients.
Julissa Jaime, Corporate Governance and Compliance Leader at Copper Hill:
Copper Hill is thrilled to announce the appointment of Julissa Jaime as the new Corporate Governance and Compliance Leader. In this vital role, Julissa will spearhead the company’s compliance efforts, overseeing the compliance department and all customer compliance audits.
With an impressive career spanning over 19 years, Jaime brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her new position. She has a proven track record in managing Trade Compliance Programs and Brokerage Operations, making her a valuable addition to the Copper Hill team.
One of Jaime’s primary responsibilities is to lead Copper Hill’s compliance committee, ensuring the company stays abreast of all new and updated regulations. Her strategic vision and meticulous approach will play a pivotal role in maintaining Copper Hill’s commitment to the highest standards of corporate governance and regulatory compliance.
Before joining Copper Hill, Julissa successfully managed compliance programs for multinational companies across various industries, including automotive, heavy equipment, and industrial machinery. Her extensive experience positions her as a trusted leader capable of navigating the complex compliance landscape in today’s business environment.
Jaime is a Licensed Customs Broker, underscoring her deep understanding of international trade regulations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies: Business Management from the University of Michigan.
Julissa Jaime’s appointment is a testament to Copper Hill’s dedication to fostering a compliance and corporate responsibility culture. Her strategic leadership is expected to reinforce Copper Hill’s position as an industry leader.
Kathleen Hernandez, Vice President of Product Management:
Copper Hill proudly announces the appointment of Kathleen Hernandez to the position of Vice President of Product Management. In her new role, Hernandez will be pivotal in shaping the future of Copper Hill’s product landscape, overseeing the product vision, roadmap development, and feature prioritization.
With over a decade of trade compliance experience, Hernandez brings industry knowledge, problem-solving understanding, and decision-making skills to her role. Her diverse background includes supporting clients across various industries, including apparel, electronics, machinery, natural gas, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, automotive, and manufacturing.
Hernandez’s expertise extends to core compliance components such as classification, country of origin, free trade agreements, duty drawback, post-entry audit, broker management, and CTPAT. As a licensed customs broker and certified customs specialist, she has demonstrated her proficiency in managing large teams with a strong emphasis on effective global collaboration.
Her exceptional leadership and strategic vision make her the ideal candidate to drive Copper Hill’s product management initiatives. Hernandez’s ability to establish products that ensure success in any new endeavor aligns seamlessly with Copper Hill’s commitment to innovation and excellence.
In her new capacity, Hernandez will be instrumental in charting the course for Copper Hill’s product development strategy, ensuring the company remains at the forefront of the industry.