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New York Trade Finance Workshop
  • John Baranello
  • Director, Trade Product Manager
  • Lloyds Banking Group
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  • Stacey A. Facter
  • SVP, Trade Products
  • BAFT
  • Ms. Stacey Facter, has spent the last four years as Senior Vice President responsible for Trade Products at BAFT (“Bankers Association for Finance and Trade”), an affiliate of the American Bankers Association. 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, product and regional councils as well as many other industry initiatives to advance the trade finance agenda of member institutions, including working toward standardizing trade definitions, documentation and regulations for industry adoption and consistent use. Ms. Facter has more than twenty-five years of experience in international banking, including over twenty years with JP Morgan Chase Bank in sales, product, secondary market distribution and risk management covering emerging markets, international trade finance, cash and securities collateral management.

  • Leonard Frady
  • Sanctions Compliance Officer, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)
  • U.S. Department of Treasury
  • Mr. Leonard Frady is a Sanctions Compliance Officer with the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in their Sanctions Compliance & Evaluation Division. Previously, Mr. Frady worked as a Senior Bank Examiner and Bank Examiner with the New York State Department of Financial Services, New York State Banking Department, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Also, he has worked as a Senior Enforcement Case Specialist with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) on BSA/AML matters, and as a Securities Compliance Examiner with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission. In addition, he worked in the BSA/AML/Sanctions Compliance Department of Eagle Bank located in the Washington, DC metro area.

  • Jerry Glock, CDCS
  • Vice President and Trade Advisor
  • Citi
  • Mr. Jerry Glock comes to us with over 50 years of experience in Global Trade Operations, with 25 years at Citi in various positions. For the last 14 years he has been one of Citi’s Global Trade Advisors, assisting with providing guidance in all functions of Letters of Credit (Advising Commercial / Standby L/C’s and Examination of Documents), Import and Export Collections, Reimbursements and Compliance and Potential Risk items. Mr. Glock is CDCS (Certified Documentary Credit Specialist) certified and also represents Citi as the Vice Chair on the Southeast Letter of Credit Committee which includes the Collection Committee.

  • Talal Mahmud
  • Regional Head, FCC Trade
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • Mr. Talal Mahmud is responsible for financial crime compliance (FCC) function at Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) for Trade Finance business in Americas. He started his banking career with Citibank N.A. under their Management Associate (MA) program and has over 16 years of experience across Trade Finance, Treasury Operations, Transaction Banking Sale, Product Management, Corporate Banking Relationship Management, Operational Risk and now FCC. His career has seen him work in South Asia, Middle East and ASEAN before his move to USA in July 2015. In his previous role in Singapore he was one of the three main drafters of SCB’s new Trade AML Target Operating Model.

  • Robert Marchal
  • Standards Business Specialist
  • SWIFT
  • Mr. Robert Marchal is the Facilitator of the Trade Finance Maintenance Working Group, and he is responsible for the evolution of the SWIFT MT messages category 4 (Collections) and 7 (Documentary L/Cs, guarantees and standby L/Cs). Mr. Marchal is also the Facilitator of the Trade Finance MT 798 Working Group, where he is responsible for bank to corporate communication. He is a member of the Legal and Digitization groups in the BPO Project’s International Chamber of Commerce, the Council on International Standby Practices (CISP), the ISO 20022 Trade SEG (Standards Evaluation Group), and the ISO 20022 Payments SEG.

  • Mary Ann McCarty
  • Vice President
  • PNC
  • Ms. Mary Ann McCarty is with PNC Bank and has over 38 years of experience with trade products. She currently manages the Standby Operations for PNC which includes management of all aspects of syndications. Ms. McCarty’s expertise is with Standby Letters of Credit and is very involved with risk management issues. She is currently an active member of the BAFT National Standby Letter of Credit Committee.

  • Bill Nartker
  • Vice President, Standby Letter of Credit Product Specialist, Asst
  • Fifth Third Bank
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  • Cathleen Ryan
  • Director of Enforcement
  • Office of Antiboycott Compliance
  • Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Ms. Cathleen Ryan is the Assistant Director of Enforcement in the Office of Antiboycott Compliance (Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce) (OAC), responsible for investigations and administrative enforcement actions. Ms. Ryan joined OAC in 1993, after several years in various financial, administrative and legal functions with a U.S. multinational, both in New York and Paris.

  • Kristine Siebel
  • Chair, North American Standby Letter of Credit/Guarantee Committee
  • Société Générale
  • Ms. Kristine Siebel is currently at Société Générale in their Trade Finance Group, previously she had been a Senior Credit Officer for Royal Bank of Canada responsible for their Captive Reinsurance Business in New York. Prior to joining RBC, Ms. Siebel was Assistant Vice President and Standby Letter of Credit Risk Officer for JPMorgan Chase Bank in New York. Ms. Siebel has been in Trade Services for over 35 years beginning with JPMorgan Chase’s predecessor bank Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company. Ms. Siebel has extensive experience in both the issuance and the risk aspects of Standby Letters of Credit. She has been a member of the BAFT National Standby Letter of Credit Committee since its inception in 1994 and is currently the Chair.

    West Coast Workshop
  • Steven 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, 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.

  • Stacey Facter
  • Senior Vice President of Trade Products
  • BAFT
  • Ms. Stacey Facter has been the Senior Vice President responsible for Trade Products at BAFT (“Bankers Association for Finance and Trade”), an affiliate of the American Bankers Association. 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, product and regional councils as well as many other industry initiatives to advance the trade finance agenda of member institutions, including working toward standardizing trade definitions, documentation and regulations for industry adoption and consistent use.

  • 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 over 28 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.

  • Raja Hafeez, CDCS
  • Vice President, Global Trade Operations
  • BMO Financial Group
  • Mr. Raja Hafeez is Vice President, Global Trade Services Division of Frost Bank, San Antonio, Texas. He 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.

  • Yasmin Kermalli, CDCS
  • Assistant Vice President
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Ms. Yasmin Kermalli is Assistant Vice President and Service Center Coordinator in Global Trade Operations, Commercial Letters of Credit department at Bank of America in Los Angeles. She joined Bank of America thirty years ago, and has been in Trade Finance over twenty five years. Prior to joining Bank of America, Ms. Kermalli was with The HSBC Group as Office Manager in their Merchant Banking arm in Dubai, UAE. Ms. Kermalli is currently Vice Chair for West Coast BAFT Regional Letter of Credit Committee.

  • Don Kurtz
  • Vice President
  • City National Bank
  • Mr. Donald Kurtz is Vice President in City National Bank’s International Banking Department with 30 plus years’ international banking experience, including 25 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 by supporting and coordinating the international business development activities of CNB Southern California line units. Prior to joining City National Bank, Mr. Kurtz held a variety of management roles on both marketing and operations side for foreign and domestic banks, including Mitsubishi Bank, Westpac Banking Corporation, and Bangkok Bank.