Ken Montgomery

Master of International Customs Law and Administration (MICLA) – May 2013

Current Job Position: Vice President, International Trade Regulation, TechAmerica

TechAmerica is the public policy department of CompTIA, the IT industry trade association.  In my current role I provide policy and regulatory guidance to technology companies in order for them to ensure compliance with global customs and export laws and regulations.  I also advocate government agencies on behalf of the member companies for streamlined regulations which provide for greater transparency and trade facilitation.  The MICLA curriculum assisted in providing a solid foundation of international customs laws and regulatory compliance methodologies.  It also strengthened my knowledge in international supply chain management and taxation.  I also represent industry as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) observer at the World Customs Organization Harmonized System Committee (HSC) and Review Subcommittee (RSC) meetings.  The MICLA course in classification and the Harmonized System nomenclature helped to strengthen my understanding of this critical Customs foundational topic.

I am a strong proponent of ongoing education and training.  As part of my current professional role I also organize and facilitate global trade compliance best practices conferences in the US and China.  Industry and government officials discuss recent changes to customs and export regulations and the best practices for companies to ensure compliance.  During my program of study, I found the CCES instructors to be extremely knowledgeable in their Customs topic areas and the ability to complete the required coursework via the online platform was very valuable since I am located in the US.