David N. Simcox is Chief Executive Officer of Comstock & Theakston, Inc. and C.J. Holt & Co., Inc. He has served in this capacity since joining the firm in 1975 and is the third generation of family management. He obtained his Customs Broker License in 1977 and moved the business from New York City to New Jersey in 1985. Mr. Simcox orchestrated the purchase of competitor drawback specialist, C. J. Holt & Co., Inc. in 1987 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Comstock. Mr. Simcox was instrumental in getting the drawback portion of the Customs Modernization Act introduced into Congress. He has served on the Drawback Committees of NCITD and NCBFAA and represented the broker’s association on the Drawback Regulations Team that wrote the current drawback regulations. He has also testified before the House Ways and Means Committee about the importance of duty drawback as one of this nation’s only remaining export incentive programs.
Mr. Simcox has assembled a team of qualified, experienced associates to offer the highest level of drawback knowledge and service possible. Having been an educator himself, he has provided training and instruction for his staff, many of which are now licensed brokers. He has also incorporated education as one of the firm’s service offerings, as evidenced by the fact that Comstock is one of the few drawback specialists that provides courses in drawback and import compliance to clients and the general public at their facilities and through various organizations. Mr. Simcox has been active in lobbying to influence and change the nature of drawback and is highly involved in the ongoing efforts to streamline and modernize this long-established trade policy.
Steven J. Conti is the Administrative Vice President and Treasurer of Comstock & Theakston, Inc. and Treasurer of C.J. Holt & Co., Inc. He has served in this capacity since joining the firm in 1979. Previously, Mr. Conti was employed by Fox and Company Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Conti is also the Chief Programmer and Systems Developer for both companies. He has designed and developed the proprietary Drawback Software used today. These Drawback systems have been reviewed, modified, and revised over the years to provide the most up to date and efficient methods to prepare and submit drawback claims. Mr. Conti has worked closely with members of U.S. Customs in the design and implementation of various systems used by the Trade and Customs to facilitate the drawback process.
Mr. Conti manages many of the more complex and involved drawback accounts and is well acquainted with the intricacies of large and detailed operations.
Margo (Simcox) VanHeusden is President of Comstock and Holt, starting her drawback career in 2013 and receiving her Customs Broker License in 2014. She is the fourth generation of family management for Comstock and has successfully managed programs for all types of drawback. Ms. VanHeusden specializes in analyzing data to identify new opportunities for clients and has led the companies in the transition to TFTEA, particularly in educating clients and prospects on how the new regulations will benefit their drawback efforts.
Chris Rittinger is a Vice President of Comstock and Holt and has been with the company since 1997. He has managed some of the largest drawback programs in the chemical industry and has enabled many other diverse companies to maximize their drawback programs. He regularly conducts on-site training for clients. Mr. Rittinger holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and has been a Licensed Customs Broker since 2004.
Michael Kerlen is a Vice President of Comstock and Holt. He joined the firm in 1988 and became a Licensed Customs Broker in 1991. Mr. Kerlen has developed and managed complex drawback programs for clients in various industries including transportation, apparel and footwear, jewelry, alcoholic beverages, chemicals and petroleum. He has taught drawback and compliance courses for our client seminar series each year and for outside organizations such as the World Academy. He has made presentations at various trade associations and individual companies. Mr. Kerlen has published a number of articles on duty drawback and has been the company’s representative at AAEI, American Petroleum Institute, and other organizations’ conferences devoted to improving trade programs and expanding duty drawback. His engineering and business background serves him well in this interesting and unique business.
David Corn is a Vice President of Comstock and Holt, starting his drawback career in 2011. With years of experience in the market research field, he has a successful history with large commodity clients and has created, managed, and presented projects in consumer research, sales and statistical analysis, and marketplace dynamics. Mr. Corn has developed several drawback clients from first contact to final liquidation across a range of industries, including: agriculture, apparel, automotive, chemical, energy, machinery, and sports products.
David was appointed to the co-chair position of AAEI’s Drawback and Duty Deferral Committee in 2015, he is the Vice Chair for the NCBFAA Drawback Subcommittee and he is active as the Treasurer for the NYNJFFF&BA. In 2014, David joined the Trade Support Network Drawback Subcommittee to assist Customs and Border Protection with the transition of drawback to the Automated Commercial Environment. In 2016, David was selected to join a small team from the trade to work with CBP in shaping the concepts for new drawback regulations that became necessary with the passage of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act. David is a lead member of the drawback trade team that has been working closely with CBP on the transition of drawback to ACE that was effective February 24, 2018. He is a key member of the Duty Drawback Coalition that is currently involved in the negotiations to expand drawback for claimants that export to North American Free Trade Agreement countries. Mr. Corn actively discusses drawback with congressional representatives from NJ and NY, the House Ways and Means Committee, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office and the Senate Finance Committee.
Mr. Corn has a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University in Consumer Affairs and is both a Licensed Customs Broker and Certified Customs Specialist.