PRIVATE SECTOR EXPERIENCE

Current
  • 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.
Previous
  • 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.

PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS

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.

BOARD & PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • 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

EDUCATION & ACCREDITATION

  • 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
MORE RYAN EXPERTS