Virginia International Business Council



Upcoming events

    • September 26, 2018
    • 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Delta Hotel Downtown Richmond – 555 East Canal Street, Richmond, VA 23219


     Enabling International Trade Success Since 1948™


    NEW LOCATION: Delta Hotel Downtown Richmond – 555 East Canal Street, Richmond, VA 23219


    Join us at our Monthly Luncheon Program on Sept. 26th for:

    "2020 Vision - Unpacking US Customs’ Top Priorities"


    Featured Speaker:  Lisa Gelsomino - President/CEO and founding partner of Avalon Risk Management and 30-year international trade & logistics professional.


    Presentation to include a comprehensive update on CBP’s top priorities and 2020 Vision on the key components of the Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act.  Topics will include: Intelligent Enforcement (Priority Trade Issues, AD/CVD, eCommerce), Trade Wars and Customs Bond Sufficiency, and new C-TPAT Criteria.  There will be a period for questions after the presentation.


    Details:    Wednesday, September 26, 2018  

    11:45am - 12:00pm:       Registration & networking

    12:00pm - 1:30pm:         Luncheon meeting and program     

    NEW!!! Venue for this Luncheon Meeting:


    Delta Hotel Downtown Richmond – 555 East Canal Street, Richmond, VA 23219


    Cost:   Early registration [by September 13th, 2018]: 

    $25 for VAIBC members

    $35 for non-members

    Registration after September 13th:  $35 members, $45 non-members

    Register online:


    About the speaker:

    Lisa Gelsomino is the President/CEO and founding partner of Avalon Risk Management (Avalon), a leading provider of customs bonds and insurance solutions for the international trade and logistics industry. With 30 years’ experience, Lisa brings strong leadership skills and knowledge to the trade. Under her leadership, Avalon was selected as Commercial Agency of the Year, Best Places to Work for five consecutive years, and Shining Star for overall excellence and community service.


    Lisa was appointed to the 14th term of COAC in April 2015 and currently co-chairs the TERC Subcommittee, AD/CVD, Bond, Forced Labor, IPR and Pipeline Working Groups. She also serves on the COAC 1USG, Global Supply Chain and Trade Modernization Subcommittees, which provide guidance to CBP on ACE, C-TPAT, Centers of Excellence and Expertise, International Engagement,

    In-Bond Regulations, and other important trade matters. Ms. Gelsomino was reappointed to COAC for the 15th term.


    Lisa has also been active in the Trade Support Network (TSN) since 2009. She currently co-chairs the TSN Supply Chain Security Subcommittee helping CBP with C-TPAT Portal 2.0 outreach and serves on the TSN Revenue, eBond, and Surety Account Subcommittees. Lisa is actively involved in the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association (NCBFAA), Pacific Coast Council (PCC), and serves on the NCBFAA ISF Subcommittee.


    Lisa is Secretary and Board Member for the International Trade Surety Association (ITSA), which works closely with CBP through the Customs Surety Executive Committee (CSEC). Through her industry involvement, Lisa helps CBP conduct extensive trade outreach to better understand trade and enforcement initiatives.  


    During her 30-year career in international trade, Lisa has held numerous positions in the insurance industry on both the agency and company side and was highlighted by the Journal of Commerce as one of 25 Successful Woman in International Trade. Lisa is the licensed corporate insurance holder for Avalon nationwide and pursuing her ARM, CPCU, and CCS professional designations. Lisa holds an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business and Bachelor’s of Science Degree (Magna Cum Laude) from Northern Illinois University.  

Past events

June 11, 2018 You are invited! Virginia Maritime Meeting & Mixer - June 11, 2018
May 23, 2018 "NAFTA: Virginia’s Canada Connection"
May 17, 2018 VAIBC Scholarships Awarded on April 25, 2018
April 26, 2018 22nd Annual VAIBC Golf Outing & Scholarship Fundraiser
April 25, 2018 Universal Leaf – Business Update and Reformed Tax Policy Insights
April 12, 2018 State of the Port
March 28, 2018 Competing in the Online Global Marketplace
March 02, 2018 Brazil: Open + Ready for Business (Click here to see Presentations from this event)
December 07, 2017 VAIBC Annual Holiday Celebration
October 18, 2017 Virginia Maritime Mixer-Shenandoah Valley Chapter
October 04, 2017 VCU to host the 2017 Business and Entrepreneurship in Africa Conference
September 27, 2017 Lithuania – Gateway to Eastern Europe. A Discussion on Trade & Defense Procurement in Lithuania
September 21, 2017 Virginia Maritime Mixer Central Chapter
May 24, 2017 Monthly Luncheon Program on May 24, 2017
April 25, 2017 Richmond Region State of the Port Luncheon April 25, 2017
April 20, 2017 21st Annual VAIBC Golf Outing & Scholarship Fundraiser
March 22, 2017 Monthly Luncheon Program on March 22, 2017
February 22, 2017 An Open Conversation with Export-Import Bank: Learn about tools available to small businesses to expand overseas sales.
January 25, 2017 Changing Tides: Trade Compliance in a New Political Era
December 06, 2016 Holiday Party
November 16, 2016 Settling Your Ocean Shipping & Cruise Line Disputes – For Free! Alternative Dispute Resolution Services – Using the Office of Consumer Affairs & Dispute Resolutions (CADRS), Federal Maritime Commission (FMC)
September 28, 2016 Challenges to International Trade and Global Trade Pacts: What we can learn from BREXIT
June 16, 2016 20th Annual VAIBC Golf Outing & Scholarship Fundraiser
May 23, 2016 "The Importance of International Trade: Virginia's Place on the World Stage" featuring The Honorable Terry McAuliffe, Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia
April 20, 2016 Sustainability: How to Achieve Meaningful Progress towards a Circular Economy
March 23, 2016 Richmond Region State of the Port Luncheon March 23, 2016
February 24, 2016 TPP: What do you need to know and what will it mean for your business?
January 27, 2016 Washington Dulles International Airport - Virginia's Air Cargo Gateway
December 14, 2015 Holiday Party
November 18, 2015 Does Your Current Insurance Cover All of Your International Risks?
October 28, 2015 Virginia versus the World Wine Tasting Networking Event
September 23, 2015 Compliance Workshop on Export Control Reform and Networking Luncheon "CPB Trade Transformation Update"
May 27, 2015 How to Unlock Major Opportunities for your Business with Trade Agreements
April 30, 2015 19th Annual VAIBC Golf Outing
April 22, 2015 How to Build Strategic Partnerships in Latin America
March 25, 2015 Aligning Economic Opportunity - Hampton Roads to Richmond
February 25, 2015 Global Fulfillment the Amazon Way
January 28, 2015 Service Center Metals … A Virginia Company with Global Reach
November 19, 2014 "Foreign Trade Zones and the Alternative Site Framework" and “Virginia Port Incentives, Port Tools for Business”


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