Gary Ryan - Chariman of the Board

Gary Ryan started in the customs brokerage industry in 1964 while a student at Seattle University. He became a licensed customs broker in 1978.

Mr. Ryan was the President of Airport Brokers Corporation, a customs brokerage and foreign freight forwarding firm in Seattle, WA, since 1981. Airport Brokers Corporation was a full service customs brokerage and international freight forwarding firm handling both ocean and airfreight - export and import. It was recently purchased by Frontier North America.

According to Gary, the CBIFFAWS is important because it represents the interests of customs brokers and international freight forwarders in Washington State. While the importers and exporters have AAEI, BACM, JIG, COAC and a number of other organizations and associations representing their interests, customs brokers and international freight forwarders in Washington State only have our local CBIFFAWS, our regional Pacific Coast Council (PCC) and our National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America, Inc. (NCBFAA). Only the PCC and the NCBFAA have lobbyists representing our interests. The role of the customs broker and the international freight forwarder is changing with new laws, regulations and technology.

Gary is involved with the various customs brokers and freight forwarders associations to try to protect and promote our industry. While other jobs and firms are moving geographic locations in and out of the country, we need to protect our industry as much as we can. The CBIFFAWS is the only association in the State of Washington representing our industry. The PCC is the only regional association on the West Coast representing our industry and the NCBFAA is the only national association representing our industry. We need to get more local customs brokers and international freight forwarders actively participating in all three organizations.

Mr. Ryan is a past president of the Customs Brokers and International Freight Forwarder’s Association of Washington State and is currently the vice president of the organization. He served two terms on the Board of Directors of the National Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association of America, Inc. (NCBFAA) and is a current member of the Customs Committee for the NCBFAA).  Mr. Ryan is also a NCBFAA Certified Customs Specialist (CCS).

Airport Brokers
PO Box 68668
Seattle, WA 98168
Phone:  (206) 246-6580
Fax:  (206) 242-7410

Dale Vander Yacht- President




Michele Taylor - Treasurer

Michele Taylor, Import Analyst with Livingston International, began her career in Customs Brokerage in 1999 in Blaine, WA. She worked for a small family owned company for a few years and then moved on to work at Fedex Trade Networks for 8 years. Michele received her Brokers License in 2005 and moved to Affiliated Customs Brokers as Branch Manager in 2011, and the as the Import Manager at Blaine DHL Global Forwarding for 3 years before moving to Livingston International. In March of 2017, she moved to Tacoma, WA from Blaine to be closer to her family. 

Michele Taylor, LCB, CCS

Import Manager

Robert E Landweer & Co., Inc

19415 Int'l Blvd, Ste 412

SeaTac, WA 98188

206-623-5335 ext. 8

Lacey Watson - Vice President



Lacey Watson started in the brokerage industry in 2005 at International Brokerage Inc. After 8 years, she moved to Livingston International and mentored under former CBIFFAWS President, Debbie Fischer. After Debbie's retirement, Lacey stepped into the Branch Manager position. In June 2019,  Lacey accepted the position of Branch Manager for James J. Boyle & Co. in their Seattle operation.

After 3 terms as Secretary, Lacey was elected Vice President for the 2018-2019 CBIFFAWS term. After obtaining her MBA in December of 2018, Lacey began Adjunct Professorship in supply chain and transportation at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland, WA.

Lacey Watson
Laufer Group International