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About BSG Consulting

BSG Consulting is a global trade consulting firm that advises companies on how best to comply with export, import, transaction and activity regulations administered by the US Departments of Commerce, State and Treasury.

BSG’s consultants have extensive industry and government experience.  Our wide range of services include providing day-to-day compliance consulting, conducting export compliance assessments, assisting companies with drafting and implementing export procedures. Our consultants also conduct public compliance seminars through the Export Compliance Training Institute.

BSG is a partnership of John Black and Associates, Ltd., Albemeer, Inc., and Gearity Consulting Group, Inc.


John R. Black

Principal Consultant

John BlackJohn R. Black has been involved in US export and trade control matters since 1984. He advises a wide range of US and foreign companies, ranging in size from Fortune 10 to small companies in nearly every industrial sector. He also serves as an expert export control adviser to several major US law firms and their clients, and has advised several foreign governments on US export control matters. Within the export compliance field, he has earned a reputation as one of the leading experts on US export and trade controls.

From 1984 through 1988 he worked for the Bureau of Export Administration, where he was responsible for writing the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and interpreting the EAR for government and industry. From 1988 to the present, Mr. Black has been an export/trade control compliance consultant.

Mr. Black has developed a comprehensive knowledge of the Export Administration Regulations (including the antiboycott provisions), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, and the trade control regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Accepts Control. He uses his depth of expertise in multiple US trade control regulations to help his clients ensure they comply with the entire scope of US trade controls.

Mr. Black has advised major US exporters on export control internal compliance policies, processes, and procedures. He has also conducted many export control compliance audits for his clients and worked with them to implement remedial measures to address deficiencies found in the audits. Mr. Black has worked with companies involved in export enforcement actions and has helped them to develop comprehensive remedial compliance policies, processes, and procedures which have successfully mitigated the penalties imposed for their violations.

Mr. Black’s comprehensive knowledge of US regulations and his understanding of practical business requirements enable him to develop targeted in-house training programs for US and foreign companies. He has been a featured speaker at well over 100 conferences and seminars on US export controls throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has also written numerous articles for various legal and export publications regarding US export/trade controls and has written several books on the subject.

Email: Tel: +1 540 433 3976

Maarten Sengers

Principal Consultant

Maarten SengersMaarten Sengers runs the Washington, DC office for BSG Consulting. Since entering the field in 1993, Mr. Sengers has worked with a variety of corporations, both large and small, in all aspects of export compliance, particularly in the IT industries. He has mastered the EAR, ITAR, and OFAC regulations. Mr. Sengers has advised numerous companies on computer, telecommunications, software, encryption, chemicals, and defense controls. He has conducted numerous export compliance audits for both US and international companies. He is fully familiar with the latest regulatory developments.

Mr. Sengers has worked as an advisor to over 100 domestic companies in diverse industries. He has also served as the interim Export Compliance Director for a major PC company and a satellite telecommunications company. His work includes classifying thousands of products to determine their export control restrictions, obtaining export licenses, and constructing and implementing related compliance procedures, and providing practical day-to-day export compliance advice.

Mr. Sengers’ experience also includes drafting and implementing internal compliance programs and auditing some of the most sophisticated export compliance programs globally. Mr. Sengers in a regular seminar speaker on export controls and a regular contributing author to several export compliance publications. He received his Juris Doctor from the College of William & Mary and is admitted to the New York, Washington DC, and Maryland bars.

Email: Tel: +1 202 293 8010

Scott M. Gearity

Principal Consultant

Scott GearityScott M. Gearity runs the Cleveland, Ohio office for BSG Consulting. Scott joins BSG Consulting from Microsoft Corporation, where he held a variety of international trade compliance roles. Most recently, Mr. Gearity was based in Dublin, Ireland where he served as Microsoft’s export compliance manager with overall responsibility for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Prior to joining Microsoft, Mr. Gearity was a consultant at two boutique Washington-based export control consulting firms, MK Technology and Export Strategies, LLC.

Mr. Gearity’s clients have ranged in size from small start-ups to some of the world's largest companies, in industries including software, computer hardware, telecommunications, aerospace, and energy. Mr. Gearity is practiced in designing and implementing compliance programs, integrating controls into enterprise resource planning systems, conducting audits, and seeking export authorizations from government agencies. In addition to a broad knowledge of US export controls, Mr. Gearity is also well-versed in the European Union system, as well as the challenges facing multinational companies operating under the complex, overlapping, and sometimes contradictory regulations of various countries.

Mr. Gearity holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies and economics from American University. He is also a licensed US customs broker.

Email: Tel: +1 216 923 1378

Marc D. Binder

Senior Consultant

Marc Binder is a partner with International Trade Compliance Strategies and a consultant to BSG Consulting. Prior to joining ITC Strategies as a compliance consultant, Mr. Binder was the Director of Customs Compliance for Goodrich Corporation, where he was responsible for managing the Corporate Customs Compliance program. Prior to joining Goodrich, Mr. Binder was Director of Customs and Export Compliance for TRW Automotive, and prior to that he was Manager of Import and Export Licensing and Compliance for Lockheed Martin – Government Electronics Systems in Moorestown, NJ.

Mr. Binder is currently a member of the Department of State, Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG), where he is the co-chair of the ITAR Working Group, and the Department of Commerce Regulations and Procedures Technical Advisory Committee (RPTAC). Mr. Binder is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for International Affairs (SIA), where he is a Director of Planning and Education. He is a licensed Customs Broker, and was certified in the field of Hazardous Materials Transportation. Mr. Binder has been active in the International Logistics field for the past 25 years. He has spoken at numerous conferences and seminars both in the US and Internationally on Export Issues.

Mr. Binder holds a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University and has graduated from the Wharton Management Program, University of Pennsylvania. He also received certificates in Transportation and Distribution Management from Pennsylvania State University as well as training in Defense Packaging of Hazardous Materials for Transportation.

Email: Tel: +1 443 995 4598

Felice Laird

Senior Consultant

Felice Laird has over twenty years experience helping companies comply with the US Export Administration and International Traffic in Arms Regulations. Felice specializes in transactional work, reviewing client's product lines to establish licensing requirements and then providing guidance on how best to deal with any government restrictions on export. Felice is a subject matter expert in encryption export controls and has helped both large and small firms navigate the complex restrictions on data security technologies.

Prior to becoming a consultant, Felice worked at the Department of Commerce in what is now the Bureau of Industry and Security. She also worked as an International Trade Analyst at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison and as an Export Compliance Administrator for GTE Corp (now Verzion).

Felice served on the encryption working group of the President's Export Council Subcommittee on Export Administration (PECSEA), as well as serving as a PECSEA member during the Bush Administration. Felice is active in the National Council on International Trade and Development and TechAmerica’s Export Committee. She has a BA from the University of New Hampshire and a MS in International Business from the American University.

Email:   Tel: +1 301 229 2573

Gregory J. Creeser

Senior Consultant

Gregory Creeser is a partner with International Trade Compliance Strategies and a consultant to BSG Consulting. Prior to joining ITC Strategies as a compliance consultant, Mr. Creeser held the position of Corporate Director for International Trade Compliance with Goodrich Corporation’s Washington Operations Office. In this position, he was responsible for assisting the export and import compliance programs, and international trade requirements for 3 major sectors with over 100 facilities located throughout the United States and overseas. Prior to Goodrich, he worked for four years as the Corporate Manager for Export and Import Compliance within TRW’s Washington Operations office.

Mr. Creeser began his career in the export arena by serving for 2 years as a licensing officer within the Office of Defense Trade Controls at the Department of State. In that role he adjudicated export applications relating to categories I, II, III, XI and XII as well as Commodity Jurisdiction requests. Prior to his days as a licensing officer, Mr. Creeser spent 8 years with the State Department’s Office of Administration, traveling internationally with various Presidential administrations to arrange the financial and logistic requirements for foreign policy visits made by the Executive Branch.

Mr. Creeser held the position of President of the board of directors of the Society for International Affairs (SIA) from 2004-2006, a volunteer non-profit educational organization dedicated to the education of the export community on all aspects of technology transfer. He also held the positions of Vice President, Communications Director, and Conferences Director for SIA. He has spoken at numerous conferences and seminars both in the US and Internationally on Export Issues.

Mr. Creeser received his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Economics from Texas A&M University in 1987.

Email: Tel: +1 703 597 2517


is now BSG

We are pleased to announce Black, Sengers & Associates is now BSG Consulting, a partnership of corporations. We will continue to offer the same export compliance consulting services, and look forward to continuing to assist the exporting community.

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