The BTA committees are the source of our grassroots advocacy. The eight committees of the Border Trade Alliance tackle the issues facing the Canadian border and Mexican border trade communities. Our committees are comprised of BTA board members and experts in their respective fields.
Trade and Security Committee
Chair, Kirk Lanz, Booz Allen Hamilton, San Diego, California. The Trade and Security Committee is responsible for guiding the Border Trade Alliance’s positions on border security and trade and travel facilitation. This committee’s work is guided by the belief that increased security along North American borders and at the ports of entry can, if properly implemented, result in improved facilitation of legitimate cross-border trade and travel. The Trade and Security Committee’s policy recommendations pay special attention to the policies of the Department of Homeland Security and its US Customs and Border Protection component, which has the lion’s share of responsibility for border security in the United States.
Chair, Kathy Neal, Regal Beloit, Corp., El Paso, Texas. The C-TPAT Subcommittee is charged with making recommendations that improve the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, and strengthen the supply chain while facilitating passage of legitimate trade through the ports of entry.
Chair, Jesse Hereford, S&B Infrastructure, San Antonio, Texas. The Transportation Committee guides the Border Trade Alliance’s work in the area of transportation policy and its affect on the efficient cross-border and interior movement of goods. The Transportation Committee leads the BTA’s work on issues like transportation appropriations, specifically the federal borders and corridors program and cross-border trucking regulations under the NAFTA.
Public Policy Committee
Chair, Sam Vale, Starr-Camargo Bridge Company, Rio Grande City, Texas. The Public Policy Committee serves as the policy advocacy arm of the Border Trade Alliance. The committee is responsible for shaping the advocacy strategy used to present to policymakers the committee positions approved by the BTA’s board of directors. The committee helps guide the BTA’s external communications by shaping the organization’s position papers, congressional testimony and overall presence on Capitol Hill.