Tips on Navigating the Trade Compliance Waters
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While working with hiring managers and candidates looking for new career choices, our team has noticed that many are struggling to communicate a clear career path for their employees.

We believe that it is both helpful and inspiring for others to hear about how some of the most respected individuals in the Trade Compliance arena got their start and how they worked their way up the International Trade ladder.

I am excited to announce our new series, Interviews with Gurus! Throughout my career, I have been blessed with incredible mentors and role models. Interviewing some of them has been one of my greatest joys.

As you read through the interviews you will see why these men and women are where they are today and why I have so much admiration for them!  

Keep reading for highlights from our first Guru Interview...

- Rachel Pisani

Kevin Smith is a retired Customs professional with a 35-year career which began as a US Customs officer and ended as Global Director of Customs for General Motors Corporation, with responsibilities for Customs matters in 22 countries.

How did your International Trade Career begin?
My career began as a US Customs Officer. My position with Customs peaked my interest in this industry and provided me with a great deal of training and experience. While the payment of duties and import/export requirements has existed since people first began trading, it has been only in the last forty years that we have had a global economy. Fortunately for me, this coincided with the beginning of my career.

What were some of the biggest lessons that have impacted the way that you work? 
1. Do not run away from problems or try to hide them.
2. The world is full of managers, what is needed is more leaders.
3. Treat everyone with dignity and respect.

What habits helped make you successful? 
Take advantage of every learning opportunity, whether it is training, work or life experience, or just observing people and the world around you. One of the easiest things to do is to blame others for your personal or collective mistakes. The hardest person to hold accountable is the one in the mirror.

You can read Kevin's full interview and learn more about what makes a successful international trade career on our blog.
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