June 22

Speakers coming soon

June 24
  • Steve Bash
  • Senior Vice President and Manager
  • Department of 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, supply chain programs, international credit and portfolio management, risk mitigation, global correspondent banking, and trade advisory services. Throughout his career, he has held a variety of leadership roles with other global financial institutions, including a posting as Managing Director, Hong Kong Branch for CoreStates Bank from 1989-1992. He currently serves as an appointee to the U.S. Department of Commerce Trade Finance Advisory Council (TFCA.), a nonpartisan group of 20 private sector individuals, working on recommendations to increase access to export financing for U.S. small and medium size companies. Mr. Bash is a past president of the Bankers Association of Finance and Trade (BAFT).

  • Normand Girard, CDCS
  • Director, Global Trade Operations
  • BMO Financial Group
  • Mr. Normand Girard is Director, Global Trade Operations for BMO Financial Group. He is responsible for the Bank’s processing of all trade finance products in North America as well as process oversight in Europe and Asia. Mr. Girard has 30 years of experience in Global Trade 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 National Commercial Letter of Credit Committee.

  • Paula Greaves
  • Consultant
  • US Bank
  • 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 an Editorial Advisory Board member of Documentary Credit World and is the past Chair of the BAFT National Commercial LC Committee.

  • Raja Hafeez
  • Vice President, Global Trade Services
  • Frost Bank
  • Mr. Raja Hafeez is Vice President, Global Trade Services Division of Frost Bank, San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Hafeez has been with Frost for the last 7 years and is a key person for GTS initiatives and expansion. Mr. Hafeez brings more than 25 years of banking experience in different roles and levels from multiple banks and countries. He has a solid network with other bankers in the region, Asia and Europe. Mr. Hafeez holds the Certified Documentary Credit Specialist (CDCS) designation from BAFT.

  • Agnes Martinez
  • Vice President, Department Manager
  • City National Bank
  • Ms. Agnes Martinez is Vice President and Department Manager for International Trade Services at City National Bank, responsible for managing day-to-day activities associated with Trade Finance. Agnes worked at J. P. Morgan managing their Global Trade West Coast Division prior to joining City National Bank. Ms. Martinez also worked at HSBC as supervisor in their letter of credit department. She is the Past Chairperson for BAFT South West Regional Letter of Credit committee that she chaired for four years, and is currently Vice Chair for BAFT National Commercial Committee.

  • Francisco Rodriguez, CDCS
  • Vice-Chair SWR L/C Committee
  • Client Services Consultant
  • Wells Fargo Bank NA
  • Mr. Francisco Rodriguez has over thirty-five 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 Chair of BAFT West Coast Regional L/C Committee

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