Meet the Team

Core Values – Integrity, Passion, Knowledge and Respect.

Allison Burak

Allison Burak

Director of Business Development & Process Management
aburak@tbgfs.com

Biography

Allison Burak is Trans-Border’s Director of Business Development & Process Management. Allison has been with Trans-Border for 15 years and now oversees business development, operational infrastructure, and project management throughout the company.

Allison holds a bachelor’s in communications from Le Moyne College and was named Trans-Border’s Employee of the Year in 2013. In her spare time, Allison volunteers with and advocates for homelessness initiatives in the region.

Fun Facts
  • What is your favorite place to travel to (even if you have never been there)?
    • There is an island out in the Bahamas called Eleuthera. It is pristine, calming and an incredible place to visit.
  • What is your personal motto?
    • Life is short.
  • If you had a yacht, what would you name it?
    • Where the Wild Things Are
  • If you could get a new skill in 10 minutes, what would it be?
    • Surfing and Spanish. One to work the body, one to work the mind.

Get in touch with Allison!
aburak@tbgfs.com

Sumar Bhatti

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Director of Freight Operations
sbhatti@tbgfs.com

Biography

Sumar Bhatti serves as Trans-Border’s Director of Freight Operations. Sumar has 15 years of supply chain experience in the U.S. and Pakistan. Beginning in Trans-Border’s import operations department, Sumar now oversees the daily management of all of Trans-Border’s operations, pricing, and brokerage departments.

Sumar holds a bachelor’s in international business and was named Trans-Border’s Employee of the Year in 2015. Sumar also serves as a youth leader and head usher at his church, City Harvest Family Church.

Fun Facts
  • What is your favorite place to travel to (even if you have never been there)?
    • Cypress & England
  • Name three words that best describe you.
    • Dedicated, Hardworking, Compassionate
  • What is your personal motto?
    • God above all
  • If you could get a new skill in 10 minutes, what would it be?
    • Speed Reading

Get in touch with Sumar!
sbhatti@tbgfs.com

Yateen Patel

Yateen Patel

Director of Export Compliance & Project Management
ypatel@tbgfs.com

Biography

Yateen “Yatz” Patel serves as Trans-Border’s Director of Export Compliance. Yateen has nearly 20 years of supply chain experience in both the U.S. and U.K. and is responsible for Trans-Border’s export law compliance, regulatory affairs, and insurance and risk management.

Yateen holds a bachelor’s in business IT and multimedia. Yateen is also one of Trans-Border’s most public faces, providing consulting and training services to our clients regularly.

Fun Facts
  • What is your favorite place to travel to (even if you have never been there)?
    • Australia
  • Name three words that best describe you.
    • Witty. Professional. Badass.
  • If you had a yacht, what would you name it?
    • The Flying Yatz
  • If you could get a new skill in 10 minutes, what would it be?
    • To fly a plane

Get in touch with Yateen!
ypatel@tbgfs.com

Kevin Calkins

Kevin Calkins

Director of IT & Systems Management
kcalkins@tbgfs.com

Biography

Kevin Calkins serves as Trans-Border’s Director of Information Technology & Systems Management. Kevin has been with Trans-Border for 15 years working in a variety of operational and IT roles, now leading Trans-Border’s technology management and implementation.

Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in business marketing from SUNY Plattsburgh and is a CargoWise Certified Specialist through WiseTech Global. Kevin was named Trans-Border Employee of the Year in 2014.

Fun Facts
  • What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
    • Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to accept the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.
  • If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be
    • Telekinesis
  • What is your favorite place to travel to (even if you have never been there)?
    • I like to travel back in time to when I was kid, prior to school, just playing with my Tonka trucks the front sidewalk. Enjoying life without the fuss of TV, Internet, or smart phones.
  • What’s your favorite music genre?
    • Hard Rock / Heavy Metal

Get in touch with Kevin!
kcalkins@tbgfs.com

Dianne Klamm

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Director of National Accounts
dklamm@tbgfs.com

Biography

Dianne Klamm has been with Trans-Border for over 20 years and now serves as our Director of National Accounts. With an enthusiastic and sincere sales approach, Dianne provides efficient and thoughtful logistics solutions to our clients. In her leadership capacity, Dianne also oversees the training and management of new sales staff.

Dianne holds an AAS from Bryant & Stratton College and supports the City Harvest Church in her free time.

Fun Facts
  • What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
    • “Surround yourself with honest people; keep your word; establish a solid reputation based on your integrity.”
  • What is your favorite place to travel to (even if you have never been there)?
    • Anywhere on the coast
  • Name three words that best describe you.
    • Sincere, ethical, and loyal
  • What is your personal motto?
    • “Do the right thing and the right thing will happen to you.”

Get in touch with Dianne!
dklamm@tbgfs.com

Martin B. Hellwig

Martin Hellwig

President
mhellwig@tbgfs.com

Biography

Martin Hellwig is one of the partners and founders of Trans-Border currently serving as its President. Marty has over 30 years of experience in the supply chain industry with a particular focus on global sales and business development.

Fun Facts
  • What is a fun fact about you?
    • I was once locked in a dryer for two hours.
  • Do you have any phobias?
    • Flying
  • What is your favorite cuisine?
    • Italian
  • What is your favorite movie?
    • Jaws

Get in touch with Marty!
mhellwig@tbgfs.com

Jeffrey M. Millens

Jeff Millens

Chief Operating Officer
jmillens@tbgfs.com

Biography

Jeffrey Millens is one of the partners and founders of Trans-Border currently serving as its Chief Operating Officer. Jeffrey boasts 26 years in the supply chain industry with specific expertise in sales and logistics operations. Jeff’s straightforward and creative approach to management and business development makes him one of Trans-Border’s greatest assets.

Jeffrey holds a bachelor’s in communications from Emerson College and an MBA in international marketing from SUNY Albany.

Fun Facts
  • What is your personal motto? 
    • Be Kind & Be Real
  • If you could get a new skill in 10 minutes, what would it be?
    • Reading Minds
  • What’s your favorite music genre?
    • Alternative & Pink Floyd
  • What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? 
    • Stop thinking about it and do it!

Get in touch with Jeffrey!
jmillens@tbgfs.com

Joshua A. Spiegel

Joshua Spiegel

Chief Financial Officer
jspiegel@tbgfs.com

Biography

Joshua Spiegel is one of the partners and founders of Trans-Border currently serving as its Chief Financial Officer. Joshua has industry experience spanning 30 years and has dealt with nearly every aspect of the logistics industry. His primary focus at this time is U.S. Customs Brokerage, international agent relations, and company finance. Josh is also a licensed U.S. Customs Broker.

Joshua holds a bachelors in English literature from Ithaca College.

Fun Facts
  • What is your favorite place to travel to (even if you have never been there)?
    • I’ve probably been to Mexico more than any other place. The people are so nice, the food is fantastic, and the weather is great!
  • What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
    • A fair deal is one where all parties gain something.
  • What’s your favorite music genre?
    • Can’t pick just one: Classic Rock, Punk, 80s/90s Rock, Blues, Bluegrass, Jam Bands
  • If you could get a new skill in 10 minutes, what would it be
    • Piano

Get in touch with Josh!
jspiegel@tbgfs.com

Brunilda Carroll

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Strategic Account Manager
bcarroll@tbgfs.com

Biography

Brunilda Carroll serves as a Strategic Account Manager at Trans-Border. Brunilda has held a range of positions in her nine-year journey at Trans-Border, most recently serving as Export Operations Manager before moving into her current role. As Strategic Account Manager, Brunilda serves a unique business development role negotiating and overseeing rates for import and export clients.

Brunilda holds an associate degree in medical assisting and a bachelor’s degree in communications. Brunilda was named Trans-Border’s Employee of the Year in 2018.

Fun Facts
  • What is your favorite place to travel to (even if you have never been there)?
    • Spain!
  • Name three words that best describe you.
    • Inquisitive, Diligent, Motivated
  • What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done or seen?
    • Moved to the US at the age of 12 without speaking a word of English!
  • If you could get a new skill in 10 minutes, what would it be
    • Ability to learn more languages

Get in touch with Brunilda!
bcarroll@tbgfs.com

Damien Jarrett

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Sales Manager
djarrett@tbgfs.com

Biography

Damien Jarrett serves as the Sales Manager at Trans-Border and is located in Salem, MA. Damien has over 10 years of experience in logistics sales and operations across the U.K. and U.S. 

Damien’s sales territory extends through most of New England, beginning in Connecticut and stretching all the way north through Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine.

Damien received his APICS equivalent in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport in the U.K. Damien is an active member of his local chapter of Business Network International (BNI) and coaches youth and high school football in his community.

Fun Facts
  • What is your favorite place to travel to (even if you have never been there)?
    • Morocco – the best food, and I got to hike the Atlas Mountains and spend time with the Berbers!
  • What is your personal motto?
    • Good things come to those who wait, great things come to those who go get it!!
  • If you had a yacht, what would you name it?
    • Seaduction
  • If you could write a book about your life, what would the title be and why?
    • Organized Chaos

Get in touch with Damien!
djarrett@tbgfs.com

Alexis Barry

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Account Executive
abarry@tbgfs.com

Biography

Alexis Barry is an Account Executive at Trans-Border located in Miami, FL. Alexis is an experienced supply chain professional knowledgeable in providing import, export and domestic logistics solutions across modes. Alexis’ sales territory includes the entire state of Florida, including the Miami, Tampa, and Jacksonville metro areas.

Alexis graduated with a B.S. in Theoretical and Statistical Mathematics from Bridgewater State University and is currently pursuing both a master’s degree and her US Customs Broker License. In her free time, Alexis runs a local off-roading group in Miami involved in organizing group rides and charity events for the community.

Fun Facts
  • If you could gain a new skill in 10 minutes, what would it be?
    • I would really like to learn to stunt-ride a motorcycle.
  • Name three words that best describe you.
    • Eccentric, energetic, and thoughtful.
  • If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?
    • Invisibility, for sure.
  • What is your favorite place to travel to?
    • Washington State. There are so many exciting things to do outside and inside, as well as great food!

Get in touch with Alexis!
abarry@tbgfs.com

Marc Godard

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Account Executive
mgodard@tbgfs.com

Biography

Marc Godard is an Account Executive at Trans-Border located in Chicago, IL. Marc has worked in logistics services sales for the past 9 years, and before that ran his own small business.

Marc’s sales territory includes the greater Chicago area, stretching out through the larger U.S. Midwest.

Marc attended Johnson County Community College on a golf scholarship and earned an associate degree in turf management. Marc is also an active member of the First Tee Program, a youth development organization that impacts the lives of young people by providing educational programs through the game of golf.

Fun Facts
  • If you could write a book about your life, what would the title be and why?
    • My book would be titled “The Golden Ticket.” In my life I have been able to develop relationships with people from all walks of life and levels of society. This gift has taken me places I would’ve never thought possible.
  • What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
    • Get busy living or get busy dying.
  • If you had a yacht, what would you name it?
    • Galaxy and Beyond
  • What is your personal motto?
    • There is no second place. There’s only first last.

Get in touch with Marc!
mgodard@tbgfs.com

Troy Goergen

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Account Executive
tgoergen@tbgfs.com

Biography

Troy Goergen is an account executive at Trans-Border located near Rochester, NY. Troy has been with Trans-Border for nearly a decade providing effective logistics solutions and top-notch customer service to our Rochester-area clients.

Troy’s sales territory includes western New York from Utica to Buffalo, and stretches up to the Canadian border around Lake Ontario.

Troy earned his MBA and bachelor’s degrees from St. John Fisher College. He was recognized as Trans-Border’s Salesperson of the Year in 2017.

Fun Facts
  • What is your favorite place to travel to (even if you have never been there)?
    • San Diego, California
  • If you had a yacht, what would you name it?
    • Keep’n it Reel
  • If you could get a new skill in 10 minutes, what would it be?
    • Learn to Juggle
  • Name three words that best describe you.
    • Genuine, organized and persistent

Get in touch with Troy!
tgoergen@tbgfs.com

Jake Oswald

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Account Executive
joswald@tbgfs.com

Biography

Jake Oswald is an account executive at Trans-Border located at our headquarters in Round Lake, NY. Jake began his journey at Trans-Border in an operational role before becoming a member of the sales team.

In his current role, Jake represents and cultivates our business in the NY Capital Region. Jake’s sales territory stretches from Newburgh, NY, up to the Canadian border. Jake also oversees western New York and Vermont.

Jake holds bachelor’s degrees in supply chain management and business administration from SUNY Plattsburgh. Jake is an active member of the Saratoga Chapter of Business Network International (BNI).

Fun Facts
  • If you could write a book about your life, what would the title be and why?
    • Jake’s Take
  • If you could get a new skill in 10 minutes, what would it be?
    • Hit a golf ball straight
  • What is your favorite place to travel to (even if you have never been there)?
    • Colorado
  • What is your personal motto?
    • “You gotta suck to get better” — I learned this while playing (failing at) sports as a child. You will never be the best at anything the first time you do it; hard work and dedication is how you get better.

Get in touch with Jake!
joswald@tbgfs.com

Dave Usher

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General Manager of Pricing & International Agent Development
dusher@tbgfs.com

Biography

Dave Usher serves as Trans-Border’s General Manager of Pricing. Dave has been with Trans-Border for nearly 9 years and now oversees the day-to-day operations of our various pricing departments. Dave is also responsible for the account management and business development of our international agent partners and represents Trans-Border in a number of international freight networks.

Dave holds a bachelor’s in international business from the Sage Colleges of Albany. In his spare time, Dave enjoys coaching Special Olympics athletes in golf, playing tennis, and spending time on the water fishing.

Fun Facts
  • If you had a yacht, what would you name it?
    • Unsinkable II
  • Name three words that best describe you.
    • Hardworking, dedicated, motivated
  • If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?
    • Predict the future
  • What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done or seen?
    • Scuba diving in the Galapagos Islands during the great hammerhead migration

Get in touch with Dave!
dusher@tbgfs.com

Kate Klein

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Trade Finance Manager
kklein@tbgfs.com

Biography

Kate Klein oversees the Trade Finance department at Trans-Border. Kate has been a member of the Trans-Border team for the past 13 years, including serving as a member of our ocean export department. She was named Trans-Border’s Employee of the Year in 2019 for her dedication, professionalism, and initiative.

In her role managing Trans-Border’s Trade Finance team, Kate helps our clients get paid on time and within compliance for their international business. From letters of credit to contract reviews, Kate and her team assist our clients with navigating the complex world of international trade finance.

Kate earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the State University of New York at Albany.  In her spare time, Kate enjoys spending time with her two sons.

Fun Facts
  • If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?
    • Telepathy
  • Name three words that best describe you.
    • Sincere, Reliable, Hardworking
  • If you had a yacht, what would you name it?
    • Blissful Tranquility
  • If you could gain a new skill in 10 minutes, what would it be?
    • To be able to speak French

Get in touch with Kate!
kklein@tbgfs.com