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About the Global Trading Resources, Inc. Team

Patti Iverson-Summer -
President, Owner

Patti Summer is a licensed Customs Broker since 1979, Patti founded Global Trading Resources in 1994 to serve clients shipping needs; specializing in tailoring programs to smaller to mid-size companies.

Patti has twice served as the President of The Columbia River Customs House Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association, is a member of the Export Council of Oregon & Southern Washington, the Trade Support Network and is the 2004 recipient of Small Business International Trade Advocate of the Year Award.
Romy Hamilton -
Accounting Manager

Romy HamiltonRomy brings over 25 years of professional office experience to our GTRI family. She's a flexible accounting and office manager with experience working in interior design, architecture and general contracting firms.

Romy is highly organized and a great team member. She's interested in her Hawaiian culture and is a feline lover. CC, our in-house feline, appreciates this!
Sarah High -
Brokerage Compliance Specialist

Sarah HighSarah is a licensed Customs Broker and holds a B.A. in International Business and Economics.

Sarah has been with GTRI for over 10 years and enjoys working directly with her customers to help streamline their importing process and ensure compliance.

Sarah also manages the CTPAT program between U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Global Trading Resources.
Sofia Vela -
Import Specialist

Sofia VelaSofia has worked in the International Trade Industry since 1988 and has highly technical knowledge in Import Security Filing and Manufacture ID procedures and specializes in shipments requiring multiple government agencies (i.e. FDA, USDA, ODOT).

Sofia is currently working toward HAZMAT certification.
Jay Jacobsen -
Import Account Representative – OR

Jay Jacobsen Born and raised in Portland, OR, Jay is our most recent transfer to the International Trade Industry.

Formerly with Frito Lay for 12 years as well as being a Master Florist for 25 years, Jay has completed training through the International Import/Export Institute in Import Procedures and is currently studying for his Customs Brokerage License as well as training with Sandi in Export procedures.
Evelyn Appel-Schaefer – Customs Compliance
& Special Projects Manager

Evelyn Appel-SchaeferEvelyn is a licensed Customs broker with more than 25 years of experience and a special focus on textile and compliance issues.

Evelyn's a past board member and officer of the Columbia River Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association, and has served as an instructor for the association's “Importing 101” classes. She's also served on several lobbying trips to Washington DC, to bring focus to our industry, and client's, issues.

Previously a Transportation and Logistics Officer in the United States Army, Jeff has worked for Maersk-Sealand and Northwest Airlines Cargo, where he worked in both Operations and Sales.
Ben Yamaguchi – Global Logistics Agent

Ben has been in the transportation industry for over 20 years.
He worked for both freight forwarding and Customs brokerage services.
He currently manages both import clients and export clients.
His knowledge in both logistics is a great asset to Global Trading Resources Inc and we are glad to have him in our team.
Born in Japan, Ben has lived in Oregon for over 25 years where he and his wife have raised their two sons. He loves the outdoor life in Pacific NW.
CC – ‘Cargo Cat'

CC Short for ‘Cargo Cat' camped on our doorstep over 11 years ago and thinks living in the office is the greatest.

She greets new clients with a leg rub and, occasionally, a drooling purr. Her favorite foods are chicken and ranch dressing and she refuses to chase mice.
Marlene Moffett, Airfreight Manager

Marlene is a native of Guam where she lived for 32 years before making the decision to move to Portland, Oregon in 2000 where she also made a career change from Life and Health Insurance sales to the world of International airfreight. She worked directly with airlines at ATS giving her experience with direct air carriers, Customs & Border Protection as well as the TSA and line haulers. Marlene adds a wonderful depth to the GTRI airfreight department as its new manager and IAC security coordinator.

With Marlene on board we are targeting far more carriers and better spot rates than ever.
Naomi Brefeld, International Transportation Specialist

Naomi has been working in international trade since she graduated from college in Wisconsin. She's worked for various NVOCC's including Vanguard and FedEx Trade Networks handling air and ocean export shipments, as well as air import and documentation services. Naomi is Hazmat certified in IMDG, DOT & IATA. Now that she's joined the GTRI family, she's working to gain expertise in all aspects of Customs brokerage and logistics services.

Momo, the Go Get The Mail Dog