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Amanda McDonald, President

Amanda McDonald has a Customs Broker License (LCB) from US Customs and Border Protection. She is currently working as The Trade Compliance Manager at Smiths Medical. She is responsible for all U.S. import and export activities. She also manages Smiths Medical’s Importer Self-Assessment (ISA) program and Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program.

Her experience over the past several years has included importer self-filing, ISF Filing, Customs Reconciliation programs, ADD/CVD, Free Trade Agreements, domestic and international agriculture shipments, Letters of Credit, Refrigerated rail & ocean transportation, over dimensional ocean and truck loads, imports and exports management. She has extensive experience monitoring inbound and outbound shipments, evaluating domestic and International freight costs and identifying cost saving initiatives.

With her unique background, she has a passion for educating others on Trade Regulations as well as a drive to streamline processes to assist companies in working smarter not harder.

Chad Smith, Vice President

Chad Smith is a Trade Management Executive with Livingston international. Livingston International provides customs brokerage, trade consulting and international freight forwarding services to importers and exporters throughout North America and around the globe. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with U.S. headquarters in Chicago, Livingston has over 3,200 employees located at more than 125 border points, seaports, airports and other locations across in North America, Europe and Asia. Livingston is currently Canada's largest customs broker and third-largest in the United States.

As a Trade Management Executive. Chad partners with large organizations to understand their global supply chains, strategic initiatives, and long-term strategy. He is able to recommend effective solutions to help mitigate trade risk, drive operational efficiency, reduce customs & supplier costs, and deliver ROI to the bottom line.

John Novak, Treasurer

John Novak is Vice President and Manager of the International Department at Bremer Bank N.A., Minneapolis, MN. and is responsible for sales, marketing, training and consulting of all International services. With more than 45 years of International finance and banking experience, John previously worked for Citibank, NYC, National City Bank, Cleveland, Ohio [now PNC], U.S. Bank Minneapolis, MN and Polaris Industries Inc., Medina, Minnesota.

In addition to being a Board Member of the MGTA, John is an appointed member of the Minnesota District Export Council [MN DEC], the North Dakota District Export Council [ND DEC] and is currently serving as the Chair of the Business Programs Advisory Committee at St. Paul College, St. Paul, MN.

Danae Helgeson, Secretary

Danae Helgeson is a Senior Specialist Customs and Import Operations at Vista Outdoor, a leading provider of innovative outdoor products. Vista Outdoor operates in two primary business segments: Shooting Sports and Outdoor Products. Their portfolio includes well-respected and highly recognized brands including Federal Premium®, CamelBak®, Savage Arm™, Bushnell®, Primos®, BLACKHAWK!®, Bollé®, Bell, Giro and many others designed to bring the world outside.

In her current role with Vista Outdoor, Danae oversees the compliance aspects of the Shooting Sports business segment. She began her career in 2011 as an International Sales Coordinator at Minnetonka Moccasin with a focus on air exports, documentation and compliance. She then transitioned to CH Robinson and during her four years there her responsibilities shifted to import customs brokerage where she oversaw a team of entry writers and worked in a wide variety of areas including foreign trade zones, quota/visa imports, textiles, fresh produce, PGA regulated commodities, HTS classification work, binding rulings, entry audit and post summary corrections.

Danae holds a B.A. in International Business and Human Resource Management from Bethel University, has her Customs Broker License (LCB) from US Customs and Border Protection and maintains a Certified Customs Specialist (CCS) qualification from the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America, Inc. She has been a MGTA member since 2014 and is currently a volunteer on the MGTA Membership Committee.

Ania Adamczyk, Director

Ania Adamczyk is an International Logistics Manager at Ecolab which offers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use, and improve operational efficiencies for customers in more than 170 countries.

In her position, Ania oversees Ecolab’s export supply chain activities supporting global clients and affiliates.

Previously, during her 18 year career at Target she held a number of positions including oversight of the import compliance program, management of the network of domestic carriers and 3PLs. Ania also spent time in inventory planning and in project management roles.

She holds a B.S. in Business in Operations Management from Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Six Sigma Green Belt and the Certified Professional Project Manager (CPMM) Certifications from University of St. Thomas. In addition, she is a Licensed Customs Broker (LCB).

Nathan Dorschner, Director

Nathan Dorschner has been interested in international trade ever since buying a company which imported airsoft toys from China and Japan in 2004, which he sold in 2014 to fund his education. Nathan received a Juris Doctor from Mitchell Hamline School of Law with the school’s rigorous Business Law Certificate in 2016, and is completing his MBA in International Management at Hamline University. During school, Nathan studied abroad at Bucerius Law School, Germany’s top law school, and the six-century-old University of Vienna, Austria, in their international European Union Law and Business programs. Nathan interned in 2015 at a business law firm in Budapest, Hungary, focused on cross-border mergers, acquisitions, competition/antitrust and intellectual property matters. Nathan’s studies have put him in touch with members of the Minnesota Trade Office, International Chamber of Commerce, Hennepin County Bar Association, International Bar Association, Export-Import Bank of the United States, Global Minnesota, and various other local international trade organizations. While in school, Nathan wrote papers on the global shipping industry, NAFTA and the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

Nathan’s business experience and studies stimulate him to support the modern international trade system and the benefits of free trade to WTO nations. Nathan is currently employed as a director at a local television station and pursuing employment in the trade field. In his spare time, he likes to play board games and attend the opera.

Susan Senger, Director

Susan Senger is a business faculty member at Saint Paul College, A Community and Technical College with 25 plus years of teaching. Saint Paul College empowers students to navigate their pathway through career and technical training, academic transfer, and gaining skills to become a better employee. Susan currently teaches courses in global trade, supply chain, and project management. Her educational leadership experience includes business department chair, faculty president and Dean of Business and Technical Careers. Susan began her career in international banking.

Susan holds a Master's degree in Business Management from the College of St. Scholastica. She has been past president of MGTA and member for 18 years.


Non-Voting Board Member Bio

Mark McNeil

Mark S. McNeil is an experienced attorney in general international practice as sole proprietor of McNeil Global Law LLC. He advises businesses in the fields of international transactions and structures, including licenses, sales, leases, franchises, manufacturing, acquisitions, foreign offices, subsidiaries, joint ventures, agency relationships, distributorships, and others. His background includes several years of in-house legal work at Medtronic, Inc. and supercomputer maker Cray Research, Inc., as international counsel or in related positions and, more recently, over 15 years as the leader of the International Practice at Minneapolis-based law firm Lindquist & Vennum,. He worked with a Japanese law firm and a major Japanese trading company during a lengthy stay as researcher at Kyoto University and he has negotiated contracts in Japan, Korea, China, Western Europe, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, and the Pacific Rim. He has engaged in substantial studies in German, French, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese. Mark assists United States companies in advancing their positions abroad and represents Asian, Canadian, and European companies in the United States and elsewhere.

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