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Bruce A. Wilson, Chairman, Kernow Capital Corporation

Mr. Wilson’s career in surety (specializing in customs), international trade insurance, ATA Carnet, customs brokerage, freight forwarding and sales spans 45 years. He is world-renowned specialist in ATA Carnets, Carnet bonds and U.S. Customs bonds.

In addition to developing innovative distribution channels through customs brokers and freight forwarders for U.S. Customs bonds in the 1960’s, he is also responsible for assisting in authoring the vast majority of customs bonds and carnet bonds in the United States. While CEO of “The Roanoke Companies” from 1969 to 1985, the company’s annual revenue from US$2,000,000 to US$45,000,000 and became a market leader in U.S. Customs bonds and marine cargo insurance.

During that time, Roanoke established six captive insurance companies, all of which survive today as mainstream companies in the US and international surety market.

From 1969 to 1982 Mr. Wilson also served as Chairman and CEO of J.E. Bernard and Co., Inc., the largest customs broker/freight forwarder in the Chicago metropolitan area with a large office and presence in New York City as well.

During that same period he was Chairman of J.E. Bernard, Ltd, a leading UK forwarding and logistics management company. He has continued as a Director of that company, now named Bernard Group Plc. The Bernard Group had a turnover of £54.7 million in fiscal year ending March 31, 2001.

Bernard Group has received gold and silver “Freight Service Awards” from the British Institute of Freight Agents (BIFA) each year since 1992, including January 2002.

Mr. Wilson’s contribution to the United States Council for International (USCIB) Business established the USCIB as the premier national guaranteeing association in the ATA Carnet system of 60 countries. He has traveled extensively internationally representing the USCIB in International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and World Customs Organization (WCO) gatherings. Through that effort he has developed a deep understanding of both North American and international surety markets.

One of his many accomplishments at USCIB was the development and implementation of a bi-lateral agreement between the United States and Taiwan that mirrors the ATA Carnet system thus opening up Taiwan to additional U.S trade and trade promotion.

Although Mr. Wilson is regarded as an expert in his fields, he is first and foremost a successful entrepreneur. His latest venture, TRG Direct, is making direct filing of US customs entries a reality for SMEs and revolutionizing the way customs entries are handled in the US as a result.

Work History

1986 to present Founder/Chairman/Co-OwnerCorporation for International Business, Barrington, IL
1985-2000 Director, Carnet and Customs Operations, United States Council for International Business, New York, NY
1969-1985 President and Chairman, The Roanoke Companies, Washington International Insurance Company and other Subsidiaries, Schaumburg, IL

Education, Professional and Military Credentials

1968-to present Licensed Insurance Broker – State of Illinois
1949-51/54-58 Michigan State, Wayne State and Northwestern Universities
1951-1953 United States Army


Leslie Levy August, Director

1996-to present Senior Vice President/Co-Owner, Corporation for International Business, Barrington, IL

Ms. August is responsible for all aspects of marketing and communications including new product development, marketing partnerships and alliances, revenue and market share growth and corporate identity. Most recently she is serving in the role of Secretary General for Trade Bridge International. Inc., an organization for US SME importers and exporters.

1990-1996 Co-Owner, Digipix Editorial, Inc., New York

Ms. August, along with her partner, introduced the digital revolution in film and video editing to New York City in 1990. Beginning with no clients and new technology, Digipix become a multimillion-dollar editorial company within 3 years. Clients included Woody Allen, Martin Scorcese, Children’s Television Network, Stephen King, Dow Jones and countless advertising agencies, music video producers and documentary producers.

1981-1990 Assistant to the President to President (NY)/Board of Directors, The Roanoke Companies, Schaumburg, IL and New York, NY

Ms. August began her marketing career assisting Roanoke’s President in the development and implementation of customer servicing programs and captive insurance company proposals. Following her work as a corporate staff member she went on to manage what became the largest and most profitable regional office of the organization. During this time she participated in a management buy-out and also served on the Board of Directors representing major shareholders.

Education and Professional Development

1983 Masters of Arts, Economics, De Paul University, Chicago, IL
Graduated Magna Cum Laude.

1981 Bachelors of Arts, Economics, De Paul University, Chicago, IL
Graduated Summa Cum Laude. Awarded coveted graduate assistantship in economics. Served as appointed student representative to the faculty committee for tenure for the Economics Department with full voting rights.

1977-1979 Goodman School of Drama, Art Institute of Chicago, Professional Acting Student, Chicago, IL
Accepted “by audition only”. One of fifteen actresses selected out of 250 in the entering class of 1977.

1981-1983 Internships, Ropner Insurance Services and Bernard Group PLC, England
1981-1990 Licensed Insurance Broker – State of Illinois
2004 - to date Licensed Insurance Broker - State of California


Curt E. H. Wilson, Director

1988 to present President/Co-Owner, Corporation for International Business

Responsible for overseeing all aspects of CIB’s carnet operations, Mr. Wilson implemented the transition from a claims handling company to a major U.S. carnet issuing office. Under his management the surety operations of CIB have grown from zero in 1988 to US$150,000,000 of bond penalty amount in 2005.

1985-1988 Washington International Insurance Co., Claims/Special Projects Manager

In addition to day-to-day carnet and customs bond claims; Mr. Wilson managed a $100,000,000 claims clean-up project due to the improper importation of gray-market automobiles.

1984-1985 The Roanoke Companies (SF), Carnet & Customs Bonds, Marine Insurance Sales/Asst Underwriter

Assisted in the sales of carnets, marine insurance and customs bonds. Also assisted in the underwriting of customs and carnet bonds.

1974-1980 J.E. Bernard & Co., Traffic Dept.

Various responsibilities for assisting the Traffic Manager in a large customs broker/freight forwarder operation.

Education and Professional Development

1980-1984 Bradley University, Peoria, IL
1982-1983 Ropner Insurance Services & Lloyd’s of London - Bloodstock, Hull, Marine Insurance Internship


Michael L. Host, Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Host is a senior financial executive who has served as a value-adding partner to chief executive officers and other top management in a variety of industries including manufacturing and distribution, business services, financial services and retailing. He has strong problem-solving, business and leadership skills coupled with a sound technical background and an ability to learn quickly have enabled this individual to drive change in profitability improvement, strategic direction, organizational staffing and control and the upgrading of financial department and information technology functionality.Shown below, he is well credentialed with MBA degree, CPA status and “Big 5” public accounting experience.

2001 to present Chief Financial Officer, Kernow Capital Corporation, Barrington, IL

1998-2000 Vice President of Finance (holding company and surety underwriter) and Senior Vice President and Member of the Board of Directors (collections company), Washington International Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries
1996-1998 Owner and President, MLH Consulting, Inc.

1992-1996 Co-owner, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, The Logan Group
1989-1992 Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Uniforms To You & Company
1987-1989 Financial Consultant and Contract Chief Financial Officer, Buccino & Associates
1985-1986 Vice President of Finance, Information Resources, Inc.
1979-1985 Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer, The Roanoke Companies
1977-1979 Controller, Material Service Corporation
1967-1977 Staff Auditor through Manager, Arthur Andersen LLP

Education And Professional Credentials

MBA, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
BS (magna cum laude), John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio
Certified Public Accountant, Illinois
Illinois CPA Society
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Member Financial Executives International