Harold Brauner Named Recipient of 2011 NCBFAA Centurion Award

Jeff Coppersmith
Phone: (310) 607-8000

barbara reilly
Phone: (202) 466-0222

For Immediate Release

Washington, DC:

        The National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America, Inc. (NCBFAA) has named former NCBFAA President and current Senior Counselor, Harold Brauner as the 2011 recipient of its coveted NCBFAA Centurion Award. Mr. Brauner has been a tireless and long-standing champion of the NCBFAA and the Association is very pleased to be able to bestow this well deserved honor on a very dear friend.
        “Harold’s long, illustrious career in our business, coupled with his involvement and leadership in Association issues over many years, made his selection as 2011 NCBFAA Centurion an obvious one,” said NCBFAA President Jeffrey Coppersmith, who chose Mr. Brauner for this prestigious honor. “Harold’s many industry friends have, time and again, benefited from his sage counsel, which has also proven immensely valuable to the Association’s efforts on behalf of the transportation logistics industry.”
        Mr. Brauner is the latest in a distinguished line of honorees that includes NCBFAA Senior Counselor Arthur Litman, the late NCBFAA Customs/General Counsel Harvey Issacs, NCBFAA Senior Counselor Paul Wegener, the late NCBFAA Senior Counselor Leonard M. Shayne, and NCBFAA Senior Counselor Peter Powell, Sr.
        Celebrating 80 years in business, Mr. Brauner’s company, Brauner International, has been a licensed customs broker and international freight forwarder since 1931. He served as NCBFAA President from 1992-1994 after which he was NCBFAA Chairman until 1998. From 1977-1979, he was an Executive Committee Director, precursor of the current Board of Directors, a 1984 member of the Annual Conference Committee, and he chaired the NCBFAA Budget and Finance Committee for many years. His son, Matthew, following in Dad’s footsteps, was elected to the Board of Directors in 2010 to represent NCBFAA Area 2, the New York/New Jersey region.
        The Award will be presented during the Wednesday evening closing reception for the 2011 NCBFAA Annual Conference, April 6 at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona, where everyone will have an opportunity to get to know Mr. Brauner and his lovely wife, Betty.
        Headquartered in Washington, DC, the NCBFAA represents nearly 800 member companies with 100,000 employees in international trade - the nation's leading freight forwarders, customs brokers, ocean transportation intermediaries (OTIs), NVOCCs and air cargo agents, serving more than 250,000 importers and exporters. Established in 1897 in New York, NCBFAA is the effective national voice of the industry. Through its various committees, counsel and representatives, the Association maintains a close watch over legislative and regulatory issues that affect its members. It keeps them informed of these and other related issues through its weekly Monday Morning eBriefing, and various meetings and conferences throughout the year.