West Coast Trade Finance Workshop
July 20 - 21, 2017
City National Bank
555 South Flower St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Michael Baker
University of California

Mr. Michael Baker has practiced international trade law for the past 39 years. He teaches classes at UCLA (for the past 26 years) such as ‘International Business Law’; ‘Advanced Import techniques’; ‘Export documentation Banking and Transportation’; ‘Global Currency Management.’  He has had an FMC freight forwarders license and a Customhouse Brokers license. Michael’s practice is concentrated in international trade, customs, and corporate law. He has set up international businesses in China, Japan, Mexico, and Latin America. He acts as general counsel for 4 companies in the Los Angeles area.

Steven BashSteven J. Bash
Senior Vice President and Manager
International Banking & Trade Finance
City National Bank

Mr. Steven Bash is senior vice president and manager of City National Bank’s International Banking & Trade Finance department. He oversees the bank’s trade finance, trade services, structured trade finance, risk mitigation and distribution, global correspondent banking, and trade advisory services. Prior to City National, Mr. Bash managed Wells Fargo’s Global Financial Institutions and Overseas Client Management Group in San Francisco. From 1995 through 2005, he was a managing director at Wachovia Bank, where he held a variety of leadership roles in its global financial institutions, global government banking, and trade finance units. Mr. Bash is a past president of BAFT.

Stephen Cheung
World Trade Center Los Angeles

Mr. Stephen Cheung was appointed president of World Trade Center Los Angeles in 2015. Previously, the Secretary General of Foreign Affairs and Trade for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, he was responsible for managing policies and programs related to Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airports, International Affairs and Global Trade. Concurrently, Mr. Cheung was the Director of International Trade for the Port of Los Angeles. Prior to that, Mr. Cheung served as Managing Director of International Trade and Clean Technology for City of Los Angeles and served as the City’s lead organizer for the historic visit to Los Angeles by Chinese President, Xi Jinping in 2012. Mr. Cheung holds a Bachelor’s in Psychobiology and Master’s in Social Welfare from UCLA. He is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.

David W. Clements
Quality Letters of Credit, Inc.  

Mr. David Clements is a product of the Massachusetts Public School system.  He graduated with a Business Degree and minored in Economics from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst in 1981.  He spent 12 years in Logistics both domestically and internationally before opening Quality Letters of Credit, Inc.  

Stacey Facter
Senior Vice President

Ms. Stacey Facter is a Senior Vice President, Trade Products where she has oversight of all trade-related advocacy, education and product-related initiatives for the association and its membership. She participates in BAFT trade committees and regional councils to advance the trade finance agenda of member institutions, including working toward standardizing trade definitions, documentation and regulations for industry adoption and consistent use. She has more than 25 years of experience in international banking, including over 20 years with JP Morgan Chase, covering emerging markets, international trade finance, cash and risk management, and securities collateral management.


Normand Girard, CDCS
Director, Global Trade Operations
BMO Financial Group

Mr. Normand Girard is Director, Trade Finance Operations for BMO Financial Group. He is responsible for the Bank’s processing of all trade finance products in Canada and the United States. Mr. Girard has over 25 years of experience in Trade Finance Operations at BMO Financial Group. During his career with the Bank, he has covered every role in Import, Export, Standby Letters of Credit and Collections as well as integral operations leadership roles throughout the evolution of BMO’s trade finance business. He is a Certified Documentary Credit Specialist and Chair of the BAFT Southeast Letter of Credit Committee.

Paula Greaves, CDCS
Senior Vice President, Global Trade Operations
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Ms. Paula Greaves is a Global Trade Operations - Control Team Technical Consultant, responsible for the development of policies and procedures for Trade products/services; providing consultation to internal business partners and clients regarding complex trade products/transactions; and providing specific expertise with regard to ICC rules of practice that govern many trade products. She is the current Americas Advisory Council Chair– International Institute of Banking Law and Practice and is the past Chair of the BAFT National Commercial LC Committee.

Yasmin KermalliYasmin Kermalli
Assistant Vice President
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Ms. Yasmin Kermalli is Assistant Vice President in the Commercial Letters of Credit department at Bank of America in Los Angeles. She joined Bank of America twenty nine years ago, and has been in Trade Finance over twenty five years. She started as an assistant in Trade Sales and is currently Service Center Coordinator in Global Trade Operations. Prior to Joining Bank of America, Ms. Kermalli was with The HSBC Group as Office Manager in their merchant banking arm in Dubai.

Donald E. Kurtz
Vice President,
Trade Sales & Advisory Group City

National Bank, Los Angeles, CA Donald Kurtz is vice president in City National Bank’s International Banking Department with 30 plus years international banking experience, including 20 years with City National Bank. As part of the Trade Sales & Advisory Group, he is responsible for the development and direct sales of trade products and services to new and existing client relationships. Prior to joining City National, he held a variety of management roles on both marketing and operations sides for foreign and domestic banks. In these capacities, he has been responsible for new business development, and accountable for maintaining internal controls and compliance risk, while assuring that the Bank customer service standards are maintained.

Jim MacLellan
Director of Trade Development
Port of Los Angeles

Mr. Jim MacLellan is responsible for trade promotion programs to encourage increased trade through the Port of Los Angeles and the Southern California Gateway. This includes the Trade Connect programs to assist local businesses enter global export markets. Trade Connect was awarded the Presidential E Star Award on May 20, 2013 for service to the nation’s exports. He previously was Director of Marketing, at which time he worked with customers and service providers to help build the Port’s long-term clientele. A member of several local and international organizations, he currently serves as Chair of the Pacific Chapter of the United States – Mexico Chamber of Commerce, as well as Board Member of the L.A. Regional Export Council. As Adjunct Professor, he has taught international shipping and trade at the Monterey Institute Graduate School of Business Studies. He has also taught international shipping at the UCLA Anderson School of Business capstone program for international MBA’s.

Moises Luque
Trade Finance

Moisés Luque is the General Director of MLConsulting Ecuador and has integrated the ICC DOCDEX Experts Specialized in Demand Guarantees of the ICC banking commission since 2010. He is specialized in international sales contracts and is certified in payment instruments and guarantees. Formerly managing foreign trade divisions in major corporate groups in Ecuador, Mr. Luque is a Foreign Trade Advisor for law firms and banks globally, as well as a Trade Finance Trainer. He also worked in Filanbanco Ecuador for 11 years (until 2001) in the International Division and is the former executive director of the Ecuadorian National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce ICC-Ecuador (until 2010).

Agnes Martinez
Vice President and Operations Manager

Ms. Agnes Martinez is a Vice President and Operations Manager for Global Trade West Coast Division at JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. responsible for managing day to day activities associated with Global Trade particularly Letters of Credit. Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. about fifteen years ago, Ms. Martinez worked at HSBC as supervisor in the letter of credit department. She is the Chair person for BAFT South West Region Letter of Credit committee which she Co-Chaired for two years.


Barbara Mendelson
Morrison & Foerster LLP

Barbara Mendelson is a partner at Morrison & Foerster. She advises foreign and U.S. banks in complex regulatory matters, including under the Bank Holding Company Act, the International Banking Act and the Dodd-Frank Act and other key federal and state banking and related laws and regulations. Along with her colleagues in the firm's investigations practice, Ms. Mendelson represents financial institutions and other companies in enforcement actions, including those arising under the Bank Secrecy Act and U.S. economic sanctions laws and regulations. Ms. Mendelson recently was the winner of the “Best in Financial Regulation” award at the Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards.


Walter J. Mix III
Managing Director and Financial Services Practices Group Leader
Berkeley Research Group LLC

Mr. Walter J. Mix III is a Managing Director and heads the Financial Services practice at Berkeley Research Group. He is a former commissioner of the California Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) and also previously served as a banking executive at Union Bank of California. He advises domestic and international bank clients on corporate governance, risk management, strategic planning, and financial advisory assignments. He has significant experience in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, enterprise risk management, regulatory compliance, and capital planning. He joined BRG from LECG, LLC and before that The Secura Group; serving as managing director in both firms. He serves as chairman of the International Bankers Association of California.

Rita Ricci
Global Head of Trade Expertise Desk|
BNP Paribas

Ms. Rita Ricci is the Global Head of the Trade Expertise Desk of BNP Paribas with over 30 years of experience in trade finance operations. She joined BNP Paribas in 2003. Prior to then, she worked for CIBC based in Montreal with the responsibility for operational delivery of trade products, acting as a Trade Consultant, providing workshops, and advising legal counsel on trade-related matters. She is Chairman of BAFT’s National LC Committee. She was also Chairman of BAFT’s National Bank to Bank Reimbursements Committee and the CDCS Item Writing Committee. She is also a Member of the ICC Banking Commission, the ICC Belgium National Committee and the IIBPL Council on International Standby Practices.

Francisco Rodriguez, CDCS
Officer and Client Services Consultant
Wells Fargo Bank NA

Mr. Francisco Rodriguez has over thirty years of experience working in Global Trade Operations of several major banks. His interaction with custom brokers, document preparation services, freight forwarders, among others has enabled him to help the banks customers in the import, export trading areas, as well as Standby L/C’s Mr. Rodriguez is a current certified documentary credit specialist sanctioned by BAFT. He received his Global Logistics Specialist’s certification from California State University –Long Beach. He is the current Secretary of the South Western Regional LC Committee.

Hermann Schutterle
Vice President, Senior Operations Manager
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Mr. Hermann Schutterle is a Vice President and a Senior Operations Manager and Consultant for Global Trade Operations at Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s (BAML) Trade Operations unit in Los Angeles. He is the senior consultant for BAML’s global standby activities. He has approximately 35 years of experience in International banking and Trade Finance. Prior to joining BAML, he has been in various international banking positions with Commerzbank for over twenty years. There he spent a large part of his professional career in trade services operations, correspondent banking, international project financing. He is currently an active member of BAFT National Standby Letter of Credit Committee.

Carolina S. Sityar
Vice President, El Monte Trade Customer Connection Manager
U.S. Trade Services
Wells Fargo Bank NA

Carolina Sityar is presently vice president and manager for U.S. Trade Services and Trade Customer Connection at Wells Fargo Bank in El Monte, CA. She has extensive banking experience in International Trade Services with Wells Fargo and predecessor institutions. Ms. Sityar celebrates her 25th year with Wells Fargo Bank this year. She is currently the Vice Chair for BAFT South West Regional Committee.


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