International logistics, the chain that stretches through a number of different businesses, connecting the experts and professionals across the chain, the supply chain. Coppersmith has been a strong link in the supply chain for more than seven decades precisely because we’re dedicated to empowering our team when they are working, volunteering, or advocating for the industry. One of the largest advocacy organizations in logistics is the NCBFAA (National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America). As an association that acts as the voice of the more than 1000 companies and 100,000 employees in the Customs Brokerage and Freight Forwarding industry since 1897, the NCBFAA “Through its various committees, counsel and representatives, the Association maintains a close watch over legislative and regulatory issues that affect its members.”
Understanding the size and scope of the NCBFAA, it is with overwhelming pride and congratulations that we at Coppersmith applaud our very own Victoria Lane, Vice President of Corporate Compliance, and recently elected Vice President of the NCBFAA.
After many years of leading the Columbia River Brokers Association and serving as the President of the Pacific Coast Council, Victoria was recommended to the NCBFAA by recent Vice President Renee Romero. The association is always looking for active leadership and because Victoria had taken an active role in the professional advocacy side with the PCC, the NCBFAA was eager to bring her on board. She gained experience serving on the Customs Committee and as an Area Representative, and was soon elected as Secretary for a two year term before becoming Vice President.
“I really wanted to work closely with current President, Jose JD Gonzalez to focus on the 21st century and beyond. We want the NCBFAA to be at the forefront of government agency policymaking, but the only way we can do that is by keeping our roster growing and our ideas fresh – the drive toward finding the next generation of greatness in our industry is my focus,” Victoria explained.
That focus isn’t a campaign promise made recently. Victoria and her fellow board members have a long term plan to recruit and attract new members that might one day turn into committee people and board members. Rolling out with a fresh new website, the NCBFAA keeps moving forward.
“These are the future thought leaders of our industry. We need them to think and to inspire thinking so we find modern ways to work together, continue our education, teach others about compliance, and stay open to new ideas,” Victoria said.
Arriving at a career in logistics by way of the accounting department before becoming a licensed customs broker, branch manager, and now company VP, she has a unique understanding of how this industry attracts talent from all different paths.
“I’ve seen people come and go, but it’s encouraging to see people coming to work and developing a love of logistics like we do. Both Coppersmith and the NCBFAA have a mission to work with people who are passionate, educated and dedicated to this life. Once you’re in, it’s hard to get out and that’s because it’s really a great career with so many paths that people can experience to find their niche. If you’re like me, someone who sees the glass as half full, we want to hear your perspective. Let’s build something great together.”
Victoria is building greatness, indeed. Madame Vice President, each and every one of us at Coppersmith, and beyond, salute you and look forward to seeing what more you will do for our industry. Congratulations!