• Principal, Ryan, Arlington office
    • Specializes in providing duty minimization, elimination and recovery services, global trade management, trade compliance assistance, trade audit defense, and transportation cost recovery projects.
  • Vice President, Global Customs and Trade Policy, global logistics firm
    • Managed the Customs and Trade operations for all 305 global offices.
    • National Permit Holder for the fourth largest customs broker in North America.
    • Oversaw the global Trade Policy consultancy and duty recovery team.
    • Sought after lecturer on trade issues, presenting at more than 200 public seminars and symposiums.
    • Successfully argued trade policy issues in 81 customs jurisdictions.
  • Principal Managing Consultant, global logistics firm
    • Implemented duty minimization strategies that recovered more than $750 million in duties, value-added tax, and transaction fees.
    • Managed more than 800 C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) anti-terrorism projects and more than 300 customs audit defenses.
    • Wrote numerous significant ruling requests on customs valuation and classification.
  • Senior Manager, National Practice Leader, Global Trade Practice, national accounting firm
    • Pioneered the use of global trade optimization projects to pursue global duty recoveries for clients.
    • Managed successful duty recovery and avoidance projects in 54 customs jurisdictions.


Mr. Mento is one of the most sought after speakers on topics of international trade in the world. A former professional standup comedian, his ability to mix humor with economics, history, and regulatory insight have resulted in lectures to sold out crowds in 30 countries in six continents.


  • Association of Exporters and Importers
  • International Compliance Professionals Association
  • National Customs House Brokers Freight Forwarders Association
  • Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Security Council
  • United States/Indian Business Council


  • Master of Liberal Arts Degree, Government Trade Theory, Harvard University
  • Bachelor of Science Degree, Marine Transportation and Technology, Maine Maritime Academy
  • United States Licensed Customs House Broker, National Permit Holder for Ryan, LLC