C-TPAT:  Is it Evolving?

Session Speakers

Allen Gina


CT Strategies

Mr. Allen Gina is the President and Co-Founder of CT Strategies which provides strategic services to clients seeking current and innovative insight into border management and supply chain challenges in the U.S. and around the world.

Prior to establishing CT Strategies, Mr. Gina served as Assistant Commissioner for International Trade at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). As Assistant Commissioner, Mr. Gina oversaw a workforce of over 1,000 employees and a budget of over $300 million and was responsible for leading the most extensive trade transformation initiative in CBP’s history.

Prior to serving as Assistant Commissioner for International Trade, Mr. Gina served as the Assistant Commissioner for International Affairs; (A) Assistant and Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Intelligence and Operations Coordination, and (A) Executive Director for the Joint Operations Directorate at CBP. Mr. Gina was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2004 as the Executive Director of the Container Security and Secure Freight Initiatives. Prior to entering the Senior Executive Service, Mr. Gina served as Customs Inspector, Supervisory Customs Inspector, Chief Customs Inspector, and Area Port Director, as well as the Director of various offices including: the Customs Industry Partnership Program, the Customs Outbound Program, and the Customs Office of Border Security.

Mark Isaacson

U.S. Customs Border and Protection

Mark Isaacson has been employed with the US Customs Services, now Customs and Border Protection for over 25 years.  Mr. Isaacson has served in many roles during his tenure to include being an Inspector/Officer at the Port of JFK International Airport, primarily with the Passenger Enforcement Rover Team/Narcotics Interdiction unit from 1998-2003 where he was awarded a Unit Citation Award from the Commissioner of the US Customs Service.  Mr. Isaacson also volunteered his time to participate in the recovery efforts in the immediate aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11 and was honored along with others who responded in a pre-opening event of the 9/11 memorial, hosted by then Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani and NY State Governor George Pataki. Mr. Isaacson also served as a Senior Officer at the Pre-Clearance Port of Montreal, Canada from 2003-2005 where he was then promoted to Supply Chain Specialist for the CTPAT program at JFK International Airport. 

Richard Di Nucci

U.S. Customs Border and Protection

Mr. Di Nucci started his career in the United States Customs Service in 1989 in the Port of Baltimore, working in both Commercial Operations and Inspection and Control Divisions. In 1992 he transferred to U.S. Customs Headquarters Office of International Affairs where he served as a Program Manager overseeing Customs cooperative work with partner customs services at the Customs Cooperation Council (now the World Customs Organization) in Brussels.  Mr. Di Nucci worked on commercial cargo issues and customs enforcement matters in Brussels and was the original U.S. representative presenting the first draft of the revise Kyoto Convention on Customs Clearance Procedures.

Mr. Di Nucci returned to the field overseeing commercial compliance operations in the Mid-Atlantic region for the Customs Management Center in Baltimore, Maryland.  He returned to Headquarters in 2000 to verse commercial enforcement operations on the Southwest Border focusing on highly compliant operators in the maquiladora sector. In the aftermath of 9/11, Mr. Di Nucci was assigned to the original team that created the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program.  In addition to working on the first security criteria for C-TPAT partners, Mr. Di Nucci drafted and secured OPM approval of the original position description for the Supply Chain Specialist position that is the cornerstone of C-TPAT.