Our company, with headquarters in Southern Michigan, has managed both smaller and larger projects. For larger projects we team with other reputable consulting firms and law firms around the country. We have provided support to both clients in the U.S. and abroad in over ten countries.
Lisa Bencivenga is a consultant with twenty-five years of experience in export/import licensing and compliance activities. She has had the leading role in developing and implementing internal compliance programs, providing regulatory guidance, instituting license databases, training personnel at all corporate levels, conducting audits requested by clients and/or directed by the U.S. Department of State, coordinating investigations and working closely with legal departments while administering the full spectrum of corporate international export/import activities. She has experience in various complex issues (e.g., unmanned aerial vehicles, space-related activities, foreign government licensing/compliance strategies) including obtaining and implementing complex licensing arrangements and meetings/briefings to key U.S. government officials to support program management business plans. As a result of her employment with Orbital Sciences Corp. (now Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems), The Boeing Company, and owning her own consulting company since 2004, she has experience in developing and implementing licensing strategy plans within complex U.S. export control policies.
Since establishing her consulting business, Lisa Bencivenga, LLC, she has represented over 150 U.S. and foreign companies with the U.S. Government on a wide range of regulatory and policy-related matters working closely with the Departments of State, Defense, Commerce, Treasury, and Justice. Her experience includes assisting companies and a foreign government agency in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, and the United Kingdom by working directly at their facilities providing auditing and training services and/or various compliance requirements such as obtaining required U.S. export/re-export/import authorizations. Approved by the State Dept. to conduct directed audits and monitoring activities for companies operating within the requirements of Consent Agreements.
She was an officer and member of the Board of Directors for two 2-year terms, including a term as Director of Planning and Education, of the Society for International Affairs, a Washington D.C.-based government-industry, non-profit educational organization concerned with defense trade export control matters.
As a member of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs’ Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG) from 2008-2016, Lisa advised the Bureau on various regulatory and policy defense trade issues. Members are appointed by the Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs.
She has been a speaker for Society for International Affairs, Export Compliance Solutions, Association of University Export Control Officers, and other various organizations. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from National-Louis University.
Kristy Hammond, Trade Compliance Manager, Lisa Bencivenga, LLC, and has over ten years of experience in export/import licensing and compliance activities.
Her experience includes drafting U.S. Government export/import applications to include various complex agreements, licenses, amendments, rebaseline agreements, and proviso reconsiderations. She has worked with various companies to include start-up companies to Fortune 500 companies providing assistance with their U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) registration requirements and the development of export/import compliance manuals, detailed work instructions, and various checklists. Her experience includes both the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), U.S. Department of State and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), U.S. Department of Commerce.
Kristy’s compliance experience has also included investigations into violations, developing Voluntary Disclosure Notifications/Disclosure Letters, assessments and audits. Kristy has supported various audits primarily remotely. Her audit experience includes supporting large audit activities relating to the transactional portions. This includes such tasks as reviews of shipping records (commercial invoice, Electronic Export Information Summaries, destination control statements, etc.), compliance with the reporting requirements (initial export, annual reports, etc.) and record keeping requirements, as examples. She has managed the transactional portions working within complex Excel matrixes that track and calculate statistical results to support the audit reports, including those conducted and required pursuant to DDTC Consent Agreements.
Kristy is married, has two sons and lives in Brooklyn, Michigan. She holds an A.S. in Business Administration from Jackson College, Jackson, Michigan, where she was the recipient of the Foundation Excellence Scholarship.
Brent Jones, Trade Compliance Manager, Lisa Bencivenga, LLC, and has over seventeen years of experience in export/import licensing and compliance activities. His experience includes working in industry for General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies, Inc., Esterline Technologies, General Dynamics Land Systems, nd working as an export consultant to include working for Lisa Bencivenga, LLC, since 2018.
As an Empowered Official, Brent has held the leading roles in various positions to ensure compliance to applicable import/export and domestic trade laws and regulations, including, but not limited to Arms Export Control Act and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Act and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), Gun Control Act, National Firearms Act, Organized Crime Control Act and the implementing regulations of the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, National Security Act, National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM) and the implementing regulations of the US Department of Defense, Defense Security Service.
He has been involved in implement licensing specific policy/requirements by the organizations (arrangements, procedures, systems, etc.), interpret and explain compliance/licensing requirements and regulations, assist in resolving issues, and provide guidance and clarifications and suggest alternative courses of action to include developing and implementing import/export authorization strategies.
As a manager he was responsible for the development and processing of import/export authorizations by his Licensing Team, prepare and submit authorizations requests in accordance with regulatory requirements and business objectives, including the preparation of general correspondences (retransfer requests, advisory opinions, proviso reconsiderations, etc.), review of applications to ensure they meet business objectives and the evolving requirements published in the Federal Register and/or US Department of State Agreements Guidelines, lead and executed key projects related to Trade Compliance, to include amending authorizations pursuant to Export Control Reform, and lead the review in Jurisdiction and Classification determinations with Engineering Departments to include the development of procedures and detailed processes.
Brent has been responsible for training, motivating and supervising export compliance staff. In addition he has lead, trained and mentored direct reports and senior management on their responsibilities in an effort to increase the “Culture of Compliance” within each company.
Brent was a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security Information Technical Advisor Committee (ISTAC) from 2012-2016 and advised the committee on various issues relating to sensitive technologies such as telecommunications, electronics, etc. that fall within the jurisdiction of the EAR.
Brent holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Letourneau University, Longview, Texas.