HISTORY AND MEMBERSHIP 
  
The Northern Border Customs Brokers Association had one of its first meetings in June 1959 at the Georgia Hotel in Vancouver, BC, Canada.  In attendance were the following individuals and the firms they represented:
  
       
Attendee
Brokerage Company
Location
Jack Hurley
A.N. Deringer, Inc.
St. Albans, VT
Art Humphreys
Arthur J. Humpherys Inc.
Sumas, VA
Peter Tower
C.J. Tower & Sons
Buffalo, NY
Carl Liebert
C.F. Liebert, Inc.
Blaine, WA
Al Grasher
Border Brokerage Co., Inc.
Blaine, WA
Dick Vander Yacht
Border Brokerage Co., Inc.
Blaine, WA
Hal Ladwig
H.E. Ladwig
Eastport, ID
Bob Marr
John V. Carr & Son, Inc.
Detroit, MI
Norman Jensen
Norman G. Jensen, Inc.
Pembina, ND
Waldo Moberly
W.Y. Moberly, Inc.
Sweet Grass, MT
John Kramer
Union Brokerage
Portal, ND
George McIntyre
F.E. MacCartney, Inc.
Rainer, MN
  
  
The eleven firms represented all of the major northern border ports of entry: Blaine & Sumas, WA; Eastport, ID; Sweet Grass, MT; Portal and Pembina, ND; Detroit, MI, Champlain and Buffalo, NY.  For many years, these same member firms made up the body of the association. 
  
Association Presidents and Secretaries have come from numerous firms over the years, including the following firms not mentioned above:  F.W. Myers, Inc., H.A. & J.L. Wood, Inc., W.R. Filbin, Inc., Trans-Border Customs Services, Inc., PBB USA Inc., McClary Swift & Co., W. F. Whelan, Inc. and Livingston International, Inc. 
  
Through acquisition and expansion, our membership has evolved.  We now have thirty-six member firms along the U.S. northern border.  Of the original member firms, only one firm still bears the same name as they did in 1959.  New entrants into the mainstream Customs brokerage market acquired other member firms:  DHL, FedEx Trade Networks and UPS.  Canadian Customs brokerage firms also entered the US brokerage market to better serve their clients.  At least 10 member firms have their roots in the Canadian brokerage industry.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
  
The Association holds three meetings every year.  The Annual Meeting is usually scheduled in February, preferably in a warm location to provide a brief respite to the northern border winters.  The May meeting is scheduled in Washington, DC as a follow up to the Annual Meeting of the Association.  The three day Fall Meeting is also held in Washington, DC and traditionally starts on Columbus Day.  U.S. Customs & Border Protection is invited to attend the Association meetings on designated “Customs Day.” 
  
The Association has always been a powerful voice for U.S. northern border brokerage issues and concerns.
  
PAST MEETINGS
  
The first (or possibly second) meeting was held in June 1959 at the Georgia Hotel in Vancouver BC:
  
  
CONVENTION SITES
  
Date
Convention Site
President/Secretary
Firm
1959
Vancouver, BC    
Georgia Hotel
Organizational Meeting
  
1965
Buffalo, NY            
(With A.I.B.A.)
Peter Tower or Bill Casey?
  
1970
San Francisco, CA    
St. Francis Hotel
Jim Todd, President
C.J. Tower & Son
1971
New Orleans, LA
Fairmont Roosevelt Hotel
Jim Todd, President
C.J. Tower & Son
1972
San Juan, P.R.       
San Geronimo Hotel
Larry Kelly, President
A.N. Deringer, Inc.
1973
San Diego, CA  
Sheraton Harbor Island Hotel
Dick Lowrie, Sr. President
John V. Carr & Son Inc
1974
Tarpon Springs, FL
Innisbrook Hotel
Dick Lowrie, Sr. President
John V. Carr & Son Inc
1975
Scottsdale, AZ
Holiday Inn
Gordon W. Jensen, President
Norman G. Jensen, Inc.
1976
Las Vegas, NV        
MGM Grand Hotel
Gordon W. Jensen, President
Norman G. Jensen, Inc.
1977
Key Biscayne, FL
Sonesta Beach Hotel
Moe Green, President
A.N. Deringer Inc.
1978
Phoenix, AZ
Pointe West Hotel
Bob Casey, President
F.W. Myers, Inc.
1979
Boca Raton, FL        
Boca Raton Hotel & Club
Dennis Holmstorm, President
Arthur J. Humphreys, Inc.
1980
Palm Springs, CA
Canyon Hotel Racquet & Golf
Jack Wood, President
Burt Anderson, Secretary
H.A. & J.L. Wood, Inc.
C.J. Tower & Sons
1981
Scottsdale, AZ    
Registry Resort Hotel
Jack Wood, President
Burt Anderson, Secretary
H.A. & J.L. Wood, Inc.
C.J. Tower & Sons
1982
Key Biscayne, FL
Sonesta Beach Hotel
Ken Holzscheiter, President
Mary Ann Comstock, Secretary
A.N. Deringer, Inc.
W.Y. Moberly, Inc.
1983
Las Vegas, NV      
Desert Inn
Ken Holzscheiter, President
Mary Ann Comstock, Secretary
A.N. Deringer, Inc.
W.Y. Moberly, Inc.
25th Anniversary
1984
Maui HI          
Kaanapali Beach Hotel
Burt Anderson, President
Jim Durance, Secretary
C.J. Tower & Sons
W.R. Filbin, Inc.
1985
New Orleans, LA
Maison Dupuy Hotel
Burt Anderson, President
Jim Durance, Secretary
C.J. Tower & Sons
W.R. Filbin, Inc.
1986
W. Palm Beach, FL  
PGA Sheraton Hotel
Ron Neal, President
Dale Vander Yacht, Secretary
F.W. Myers, Inc.
Border Brokerage Co. Inc
1987
Carlsbad, CA             
La Costa Resort Hotel
Ron Neal, President
Dale Vander Yacht, Secretary
F.W. Myers, Inc.
Border Brokerage Co. Inc
1988
Naples, FL          
Registry Resort Hotel
Dick Lowrie, Jr., President
Dale Vander Yacht, Secretary
John V. Carr & Son, Inc.
Border Brokerage Co., Inc.
30th Anniversary
1989
Maui, HI              
Westin Kaanapali Beach Hotel 
Dick Lowrie, Jr., President
Dale Vander Yacht, Secretary
John V. Carr & Son, Inc.
Border Brokerage Co., Inc.
1990
Captiva Island, FL  
South Seas Plantation
Arthur S. Spiegel, President
Burt Anderson, Secretary
Trans-Border Customs Services
Tower Group International
1991
Tucson, AZ          
Lowes Ventana Canyon Hotel
Arthur S. Spiegel, President
Burt Anderson, Secretary
Trans-Border Customs Services
Tower Group International
1992
Islamorada, FL    
Cheeca Lodge
Mary Ann Comstock, President
Burt Anderson, Secretary
W.Y. Moberly, Inc.
Tower Group International
1993
Maui, HI                
Royal Lahaina Resort
Mary Ann Comstock, President
Burt Anderson, Secretary
W.Y. Moberly, Inc.
Tower Group International
35th Anniversary
1994
St. Thomas, USVI,
Bolongo Beach Resort
Burt Anderson, President
Frank Murphy, Secretary
Tower Group International
John V. Carr & Son Inc
1995
La Quinta, CA          
La Quinta Resort
Burt Anderson, President
Mary Ann Comstock, Secretary
Tower Group International
W.Y. Moberly, Inc.
1996
Captiva Island, FL  
South Seas Plantation
Robert Perkins, President
James Wiser, Secretary
A.N. Deringer, Inc.                    
PBB USA Inc.
1997
Maui, HI              
Westin Kaanapali Beach Hotel
Robert Perkins, President
James Wiser, Secretary
A.N. Deringer, Inc.                    
PBB USA Inc.
1998
Key Largo, FL        
Ocean Reef Club
James Wiser, President
Byron Johnson Secretary
PBB USA Inc.
McClary Swift & Co., Inc.
40th Anniversary
1999
Puerto Vallarta, MX
Sheraton Buganvillas 
James Wiser, President
Byron Johnson Secretary
PBB USA Inc.
McClary Swift & Co., Inc.
2000
Playa Vallarta, MX    
La Jolla de Mismaloya
Bryon Johnson, President
Chip Bown, Secretary
McClary Swift & Co., Inc.
Tower Group International
2001
Puerto Vallarta, MX  
La Jolla de Mismaloya
Bryon Johnson, President
Chip Bown, Secretary
McClary Swift & Co., Inc.
Tower Group International
2002
Cancun, MX      
Westin Hotel
Chip Bown, President
Maryanne Webb, Secretary
FedEx trade Networks
W.F. Whelan, Inc.
2003
Puerto Vallarta, MX
Riu Jalisco Hotel
Chip Bown, President
Maryanne Webb, Secretary
FedEx trade Networks
W.F. Whelan, Inc.
45th Anniversary
2004
Cancun, MX,            
Riu Cancun Hotel
Chip Bown, President
Maryanne Webb, Secretary
FedEx trade Networks
W.F. Whelan, Inc.
2005
Los Cabos, MX        
Riu Cabos San Lucas Hotel
Chip Bown, President
Jake Holzscheiter, Secretary
FedEx Trade Networks          
A.N. Deringer, Inc.
2006
Playa del Carmen, MX
Barcelo Maya Carbide
Jake Holzscheiter, President
Maureen Celmer, Secretary
A.N. Deringer, Inc.
Livingston International Inc.
2007
Cabo San Lucas, MX
Riu Cabos San Lucas Hotel
Jake Holzscheiter, President
Maureen Celmer, Secretary
A.N. Deringer, Inc.
Livingston International Inc.
2008
Qunitana Roo, MX
Riu Palace Riviera Maya
Jake Holzscheiter, President
Maureen Celmer, Secretary
A.N. Deringer, Inc.
Livingston International Inc.
50th Anniversary
2009
Sanibel, Florida
Sanibel Harbour Hotel 
Mark Johnson, President
Amy Magnus, Secretary
McClary Swift
A.N. Deringer, Inc
2010
Palm Springs, California
La Quinta Resort
Mark Johnson, President
Amy Magnus, Secretary
McClary Swift
A.N. Deringer, Inc
2011
Tucson, AZ
Lowes Ventana Canyon
Amy Magnus , President
Dave Bissette, Secretary
A.N. Deringer, Inc
Willson International
2012
Ft. Myers, FL
Pink Shell Resort
Amy Magnus , President
Dave Bissette, Secretary
A.N. Deringer, Inc
Willson International
2013
Palm Springs, CA
La Quinta Resort
Dave Bissette, President
Travis Hull, Secretary
Willson International
Livingston International
55th Anniversary
2014
Cape Coral, FL
Westin Resort       
Dave Bissette, President
Travis Hull, Secretary
Willson International
Livingston International
2015
Tucson, AZ
Loews Ventana Canyon
Travis Hull, President
Marty Bloch, Secretary
Livingston International
Dell Will Customs Brokers
2016
Cape Coral, FL
Westin Resort       
Travis Hull, President
Marty Bloch, Secretary
Livingston International
Dell Will Customs Brokers
2017
San Diego, CA
Rancho Bernardo
Mark Johnson, President
Frank Schmitt, Secretary
McClary Swift
BCB International, Inc.