Our Team

Core Values – Integrity, Passion, Knowledge and Respect.

Meet Our Team

Martin Hellwig

Martin B. Hellwig

I like everything about my role at Trans-Border and working with so many talented people from so many diverse families and cultures. Our +20 years in business is proof that we do have the best employees in the industry. I’m very proud and honored to be part of such an incredible group.

  • Years in Industry: 36 years
  • Industry Focus: Global Sales & Business Development
  • Random Fact: I was once locked in a dryer for two hours.
  • Phobia: Flying
  • Favorite Food: Italian
  • Favorite Movie: Jaws
Jeff Millens, COO, Trans-Border Global Freight Systems, Inc.

Jeffrey M. Millens
Chief Operating Officer

I never knew what I was going to do when I grew up (some people say I still haven’t!), but I found a career that allows me to utilize multiple skill sets (multi-tasking, time management, creativity and much more) and work with some of the smartest, hardworking and dedicated people that I have ever met. Bottom Line – I feel lucky and privileged to be at Trans-Border and spread the freight MOJO… bam – bam – bam !!

My enjoyment in working with customers is that we have the ability at Trans-Border to offer real value that helps them be more profitable. What’s that mean? That means we allow our customers to focus on their core business and we offer the highest level of professional guidance and service in regard to freight & compliance. On a personal level, I greatly enjoy the friendships I have made with many customers. They are great people with whom we have the privilege to be working with. One last thing – it is really interesting to hear the history of how all of these businesses started – some in basements, some in garages, but all with energy, creativity and the great American spirit!

  • Years in Industry: 31 years
  • Industry Focus: Sales, Operations and Marketing
  • Random Fact: At a bar I never get fruit in my vodka as lemons & limes are the dirtiest thing in the bar!
  • Phobia: Way too many to count – it’s exhausting….
  • Favorite Food: Only 1, no way! – Filet Mignon/chicken parm/Calamari Steak (Joey’s in Syracuse)
  • Favorite Movie: Grandma’s Boy / Gladiator / Saturday Night Fever
Joshua Spiegel

Joshua A. Spiegel
Chief Financial Officer

One of my favorite aspects of Trans-Border is working with our many overseas partners and dealing with so many different cultures, all in the same industry. I often get to travel to their locations all over the world as well as welcome them here to the U.S.

I also enjoy helping customers build and succeed at their business. We are truly an extension of their company and when they do well, we do well!

  • Years in Industry: 34 years
  • Industry Focus: U.S. Customs, Agent Relations and Finance
  • Random Fact: I have been cage diving with great white sharks off the coast of South Africa
  • Phobia: See above!
  • Favorite Food: Italian or a nice thick, juicy rib-eye
  • Favorite Movie: Dumb and Dumber

Sumar Bhatti
Director of Freight Operations

What I enjoy most about my role here is the diversity on the Trans-Border team and amongst our customers.

  • Random Fact: I’m a little shy…
  • Phobia: Heights and scary movies
  • Favorite Food: Steak
  • Favorite Movie: Fireproof
Kevin Calkins

Kevin Calkins
Director of IT & Systems Management

What I enjoy most about my role is being a technological problem solver for every person on the Trans-Border Team! I also enjoy being able to provide data to our clients to help them with their day to day business decisions.

  • Random Fact: Family name is assigned to two roads in the North Country New York.
  • Phobia: Arranged photos
  • Favorite Food: Buffalo Chicken Pizza
  • Favorite Movie: Deadpool

Brunilda Carroll
Director of Exports 

What I enjoy the most about my role here on the Trans-Border team is that we are a family!

  • Random Fact: I get nauseous at the sound of the word moist…
  • Phobia: Snakes
  • Favorite Food: Pizza
  • Favorite Movie: Gone with the Wind

Dianne Klamm
Director of National Accounts

I like training new salespeople but I especially love selling Trans-Border’s services, meeting with clients and providing solutions to their needs.

  • Random Fact: When I was five years old, I was the “Weather Girl” on the children’s TV show – Romper Room
  • Phobia: Must have all things in order – neat freak!
  • Favorite Food: Raw Oysters
  • Favorite Movie: Dirty Dancing

Kelly Jackson
Director of Operational Excellence

What I enjoy most about working here at Trans-Border is solving problems & finding a way to make it happen!

  • Random Fact: I ❤️ Genealogy!
  • Phobia: Being Late
  • Favorite Food: Steak Tacos
  • Favorite Show: Schitt’s Creek

Yateen Patel
Director of Export Compliance & Project Management

  • Random Fact: I’m british
  • Phobia: will advise
  • Favorite Food: Goat
  • Favorite Movie: Exorcist

Jonathan Schwartz
Director of Domestic Operations

What I enjoy most about my role on the Trans-Border team is working in a fast paced environment where every day holds a chance to learn and rise above.

  • Random Fact: Volkswagen enthusiast
  • Phobia: Clowns and lost opportunity
  • Favorite Food: My Aunt’s Mazto ball soup
  • Favorite Movie: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Karyn Kokernak, Trans-Border Global Freight Systems, Inc.
Department Manager

Karyn Kokernak
Accounting Manager

I enjoy working with everyone here at Trans-Border and I especially enjoy seeing the growth we have had over the last 20 years. Who knew we would go from 6 to almost 70 in such a short time period! I am honored to have been here since the beginning and I value all of our customers and vendors, they have made us who we are today.

  • Random Fact: I knit .. all of the time … but not during work.
  • Phobia: Bridges – especially if I have to drive over them!
  • Favorite Food: Anything seafood
  • Favorite Movie: The Sound of Music
Lori Cotillo

Lori Cotillo
Credit & Collections

Tina Kenyon

Tina Kenyon
Administrative Assistant & Accounts Payable

Dan Hollenbeck
Department Manager

Dan Hollenbeck
Agent Pricing & Routing Manager

I have been here at Trans-Border for almost 14 years and one of the things I enjoy the most, is coming up with clever ways to route our customers freight so we can save them time and money.

  • Random Fact: I have never drank a cup of coffee.
  • Phobia: Arachibutyrophobia
  • Favorite Food: Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas
  • Favorite Movie: Gone in 60 Seconds

Alex DiLaura
Agent Pricing & Routing

Sean O’Neil
Agent Pricing & Routing

Nicole Surani
Agent Pricing & Routing

For international shipment queries, please reach out to agentpricing@tbgfs.com.

Stormy Lesperance

Stormy Lesperance
Customs House Brokerage Manager

What I enjoy most about working at Trans-Border is that we are all working toward a common goal.  I am surrounded by a lot of highly driven and successful people who genuinely care about those they work with and the customers they represent.  I enjoy the everyday challenge and working with a team who is gifted and fun!

  • Random Fact: I had the privilege of being stage manager for the production of Modern Millie in 2011-12.  It was one of the most challenging and rewarding experience I’ve ever had.
  • Phobia: Pteronophobia
  • Favorite Food: Soul food
  • Favorite Movie: Sandlot
Lauren Benway

Lauren Benway
Customs House Brokerage
Licensed Customs Broker


Kaitlyn MacMannis
Customs House Brokerage

Jacqui Votra
Customs House Brokerage

Jose Garcia
Customs House Brokerage

Anthony Orta
Customs House Brokerage

Department Manager

Conor Begley
Domestic Manager

Bruce Bashaw
Domestic Operations

Joe Zeglen

Joe Zeglen
Domestic Operations

Kevin Lee
Domestic Operations

Department Manager

Will Fitzgerald
Export Operations Manager

I love the people I work with. We have a great team that is full of industry knowledge and we challenge each other every day to learn more.

  • Random Fact: I waste about 3 hours every Sunday during football season watching the New York Jets.
  • Phobia: Fear of blood. From a young age, I knew I wasn’t going to be a doctor.
  • Favorite Food: Anything Italian (specifically veal parm)
  • Favorite Movie: Best In Show 
Department Manager

Zachary Pyle
Export Operations Manager


  • Random Fact: I have been to 40 of 50 states in the US
  • Phobia: The Unknown
  • Favorite Food: Pizza
  • Favorite Movie: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Andrew Thomas
Export Operations

Marcel Bruckmann
Export Operations

Sandra Retell
Export Operations

Chris Jupin

Chris Jupin
Export Operations

Chris Manning
Export Operations

Javed Khan
Export Operations


Alyssa Delaney
Export Pricing Manager
Certified Dangerous Goods Specialist


What I enjoy the most about working at Trans-Border is … The family atmosphere!

  • Random Fact: I probably have over 200 pairs of shoes.
  • Phobia:  Driving off a bridge and drowning in my car.
  • Favorite Food: Pizza or Mashed Potatoes
  • Favorite Movie: “Grandmas Boy”

Isabella DiLaura
Export Pricing & Routing

Dorina Neli
Export Pricing & Routing

Malisa Safie
Export Pricing & Routing

Mathew Anthanial
Export Pricing & Routing


Noelle Cave
Assistant Import Operations Manager

What I enjoy most about working at Trans-Border is that there is always something to do… helping colleagues, answering questions, learning new things, and most importantly, making customers happy!

  • Random Fact: I lived in a 20 FT shipping container (how ironic) for 10 months while deployed overseas with the Army!
  • Phobia: Snakes and Drowning
  • Favorite Food: Lasagna
  • Favorite Movie: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
stephanie weissman

Stephanie Weissman
Assistant Import Operations Manager

I love that every day there is something new to learn and a new problem to solve. I never get bored working here.

  • Random Fact: I share a birthday with my sister, but we are not twins.
  • Phobia: Heights and fire
  • Favorite Food: Sushi
  • Favorite Movie: Mystery Alaska

Bethany Uber
Import Operations

Allison Brown

Allison Brown
Import Operations

Kettie Lazzara

Kitty Lazzara
Operations & Claims Specialist

Tiffiny Came
Import Operations

Kelly Tiberio
Import Operations

Deepti Dixit
Import Operations

Amy Hall-Clothier
Import Operations

Waheed Hameed
Import Operations

Rahim Karim
Import Operations

Corey Rybicki
Import Operations

Anup Jhagroo
Import Operations

Audrey Miller
Import Operations

Humaira Shahzad
Import Operations

Megan Bloom
Import Operations

Department Manager

Tyler Samborin
Import Pricing Manager

What I love most about working at Trans-Border is the family-oriented environment and amazing people we are surrounded by every day.

  • Random Fact: I have 7, yes 7 cats.  2 of them being pure breed Bengals.
  • Phobia: Overflowing Garbage
  • Favorite Food: Chicken Marsala
  • Favorite Movie: The Town
Cody Acker

Cody Acker
Import Pricing & Routing

Ashley Rutz
Import Pricing & Routing

Reba Leahy
Software Support  

Emma Atkinson
Corporate Communications

Bill Carey

Bill Carey
Import Compliance & Systems Manager

What I enjoy the most about working at Trans-Border is the satisfaction of helping customers through difficult situations.

  • Random Fact: The drummer from Def Leppard only has one arm.
  • Phobia: Atychiphobia
  • Favorite Food: Chicken Wings
  • Favorite Movie: The Goonies
Lisa Howard

Lisa Howard
Import Business Development Manager

Working directly with the customers is the best part of my job. When assisting and educating them on the industry, they are so appreciative. Getting a “Thank you” from them just motivates me to work that much harder for them.

  • Random Fact: During your lifetime, you will produce enough saliva to fill two swimming pools
  • Phobia: Claustrophobia
  • Favorite Food: Conch Fritters with Caribbean dipping sauce. Mmm mmm good!
  • Favorite Movie: Mel Brooks Young Frankenstein
Jonathan Mongin

Jonathan Mongin
Strategic Account Manager

What I enjoy most about my role here on the Trans-Border team is getting to work with a lot of different people on their important projects.

  • Phobia: Bugs (yuck)
  • Favorite Food: A good beef stew and apple pie
  • Favorite Movie: Star Wars

Paul Clark
Export Compliance Manager

What I enjoy the most about working at Trans-Border is the positive team environment.

  • Phobia: None
  • Favorite Food: Pizza
  • Favorite Movie: Pulp Fiction

David Usher
Agent Business Development Manager

I enjoy the teamwork and camaraderie we have within Trans-Border. Our customers are knowledgeable, and experienced in their field and are a pleasure to work with.

  • Random Fact: I am a ping pong master!
  • Phobia: Great White Sharks
  • Favorite Food: Anything Ethnic (Indian, Moroccan, Thai, Mexican)
  • Favorite Movie: Shawshank Redemption
Department Manager

Damien Jarrett
Sales Manager

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Ivo Marsak
Account Executive — Northern, Central, NY and Pennsylvania 

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Jared B. Millens
Account Executive — NY Capital Region and Vermont

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Anthony Torres
Account Executive — Western NY, Ohio and Pennsylvania

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Jennifer Valls de los Reyes
Logistics & Freight Consultant 

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Department Manager

Kate Klein
Trade Finance Manager

What I enjoy most about my role with Trans-Border is that every day I learn something new!

  • Random Fact: Only 2% of the population have naturally green eyes (I have green eyes!).
  • Phobia: Beetle-y type bugs totally freak me out…
  • Favorite Food: Lasagna
  • Favorite Movie: Shawshank Redemption

Sherri Dugan
Trade Finance Administrative Assistant  

Loretta Roddy
Trade Finance Administrative Assistant  

Erich Stuthmann
Trade Finance Administrative Assistant