Mr. Vincent Annunziato

Director, Office of Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Ten plus years experience in managing large successful government IT projects. Successfully delivered Single Window which brought 14 government agencies into the fold. Delivered Cargo Release on the ACE Project and completely changed the way CBP does business. Delivered first mobile app for cargo systems successfully reducing costs by 2.5 million a year. String of successful projects: Free and Secure Trade (FAST), Cargo Release, Truck Manifest (R4), Ocean and Rail Manifest (M1).

Specialties: Leading multiple agile teams and developing strategic business vision with large scale IT projects. Coordinating large scale projects and bringing them in on time and on budget. Public speaking.

At XChain2, Mr. Annunziato will be discussing:

Customs Border and Protection: Optimizing American Free Trade with Blockchain

--Simplifying the verification process for certificates of origin used by North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) participating countries

--Establishing standards of interaction between different blockchains to ensure easy connections between businesses and customs

--Ensuring a complete technical and regulatory framework to simplify cargo processing

--Implementing a standard for blockchain interoperability

Mr. Annunziato will also be a panelist discussing:

Lessons Learned: Getting Started with Blockchain Today - Advice for Early Adopters

--Weighing the tangible and intangible costs and benefits of blockchain investment

--Deciding whether to create a blockchain or join an existing one

--Building a business case for internal and external stakeholder buy-in

--Developing strategies to address roadblocks as they arise during the planning process