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Leaphart + Associates, Inc., founded in 1988 in San Francisco, is licensed by the Treasury Department of the United States. Our educational programs emphasize the integration of government compliance and professionalism, with international business strategy. We specialize in U.S. Customs (CBP) and other agency regulatory training and international trade consulting. Leaphart + Associates is an authorized representative of Peritus Precision Translations, Inc.

Ro Leaphart founded Leaphart + Associates in 1988 as an international training and consulting corporation. She started her career in 1973 at Mennen Electronics (formerly Mennen-Greatbatch) in international sales, moving to the international finance department to handle all aspects of import and export transactions. As a Customs broker, she worked at the US-Canadian border and at the Port of San-Francisco/Oakland for two large brokerage firms, giving her a diverse back-ground in import trade and transportation operations. During her career, she held the position of Sr. Director of International Logistics for 5 years at the Gap, Inc. Her responsibilities included global customs operations, international transportation and procurement systems. After successfully launching a new Gap business entity in Japan with the International Strategy Team, she took the position of Sr. Director of International Finance within Gap Inc.'s International Division, where she was responsible for strategic financial growth initiatives. Ro Leaphart is a foremost expert in global customs regulations, international trade development and related systems. She obtained her undergraduate B.S. at U.C. Berkeley and attended Stanford for formal finance training.

Ro lives with her husband, Tim in Alameda, CA, where she avidly hikes the California hills and coastal trails. As a former board member of the Oakland Strokes, an award winning Junior USRowing team from 2001-2003, Ro organized recruiting and registration processes, resulting in a doubling of Oakland resident members. She was a founder of WIT-NC and served as Treasurer for two years. She is a member of CBFANC. She was a former member of the San Francisco Art Institute Council. She has traveled to over 20 countries on business and for pleasure.

Tim Leaphart  joined Leaphart + Associates in 1989 as Vice President of Systems and General Manager. He studied Information Systems at UC Berkeley Extension, including project management for systems development, and Internet strategies. He is accomplished in C/C++, HTML, PHP, JavaScript, Pascal, Basic, X-Base, and Assembly languages, with experience on Unix and Windows operating systems.

 

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