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OUR TEAM
Rob Gardenier
Chairman

Rob Gardenier proudly served as M.E. Dey’s fourth generation President from 1993 to 2019 when he transitioned to Chairman. Rob’s primary focus has been strategic planning and fiscal responsibilities for the company. His focus on exploiting technology to better serve our customers and our staff has provided enhanced efficiencies and added-valued services. Rob is well known in the community for his involvement and collaboration with Government agencies, universities and trade groups as a speaker on trade-related topics. He is a Licensed Customs Broker and Certified Customs Specialist with over 40 years’ experience in the industry.

Sandi Siegel
President, Managing Partner

Sandi joined M.E. Dey in 1983 as an entry writer and obtained her Customs Brokers License in 1986. She served as Executive Vice President of the Customs Brokerage and Logistics Division until she assumed the role of President in 2019. In addition to providing strategic leadership for the company, Sandi works closely with key Import accounts and with the executive team on operations, compliance and transportation issues. Sandi has over 36 years’ experience in International Banking, Trade and Customs Brokerage.

Randy Kupfer
Vice President, Export Division

Randy has been with M.E. Dey & Co. for over 33 years and helped develop our Export department in the early 80’s. Since it’s beginning, Randy has helped expand our export services to include air and ocean forwarding, and compliance and consulting services. Randy is a Certified Export Specialist and works closely with the Export team in managing daily operations.

Sarah Azar
Vice President, Business Development

Sarah spent her first years at M.E. Dey learning every aspect of the business and helped transition the company to a new operating system. She works closely with overseas partner offices to collaborate, develop and streamline import and export processes for customers by providing pricing and routing options to meet customer objectives. In addition to developing M.E. Dey’s international partnerships, Sarah works directly with clients to provide technological solutions to increase efficiencies within their supply chain. Sarah is a Certified Export Specialist (CES) and Certified Customs Specialist (CCS) as well as CargoWise Certified Professional.

Carrie Fix
Vice President, International Trade Development

Carrie has been with M.E. Dey over 20 years. Her primary role is account management of our key accounts in both the Import and Export Division. She is active in Wisconsin’s trade community, offering M.E. Dey as a resource for trade initiatives on the state and city level. Carrie is both a Certified Export Specialist and a Certified Import Specialist.

Nicole Hess
Vice President, Import Operations and Long Beach Branch Manager

Nicole Hess joined M.E. Dey at their Milwaukee office in 2008. In 2016, she moved to the Los Angeles area to run the Long Beach office. She is a Licensed Customs Broker and Certified Customs Specialist. Nicole has a B.A. in history from Concordia University Chicago and a second B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She works closely with import customers and the operations team to facilitate the clearance of import shipments and assists new clients with the import process. Nicole loves that she’s always learning something new in her role as the business is always changing.

Margaret Lange
Director of Compliance

Margaret Lange joined M.E. Dey in 2018 as the Compliance Director with over 28 years of experience developing and leading Import and Export programs and teams in the manufacturing and retail industries. She supports M.E. Dey’s commitment to high compliance standards as a Customs Broker and keeping customers informed by keeping current on trade regulations and policy. Margaret utilizes her years of trade experience and knowledge to assist our customers in compliance and consulting needs, including developing Import and Export Compliance Programs and Procedures, compliance audits, gap analysis and corrective action planning, training, supply chain security, product classification, trade agreement validations, and country of origin determinations. Margaret is a Licensed Customs Broker (LCB) and a Certified Customs Specialist (CCS).

Ron Vincent
Director of Logistics

Ron is the Director of Logistics and Freight Forwarding, responsible for strategic development of our import and export freight forwarding services. He works closely with our vendors, carriers and overseas offices to ensure competitive pricing and service options. Ron also works directly with our clients to develop their unique Logistics programs. He has over 30 years of industry experience in import and export forwarding, as well as in warehouse management and 3PL.

Jeff Stapleton
Import Compliance Manager

Our Import Compliance Manager, Jeff Stapleton, has been with M.E. Dey & Co. for over 20 years as a Licensed Customs Broker and Certified Customs Specialist. He counsels clients on both transactional issues as well as large compliance projects, including classification work, other government agency research, entry audits and developing compliance procedures. Jeff spends much of his time off site at our customer’s facilities, focusing on in-depth, project-related work.