Jenny joined FD Associates in 1992 and is involved in all aspects of export compliance and licensing. As President, Jenny oversees our associates in licensing and compliance requirements for our clients and works with clients directly providing training in the ITAR and EAR, and aids our clients with navigating the complex requirements of Export Control Reform, helping companies establish their export compliance programs and auditing existing programs. Jenny is well versed in the export requirements of the ITAR and EAR for a variety of technologies including infrared, aerospace, ballistic/armoured equipment, firearms/ammunition, missile motors, ISR Platforms, and various weapon systems. Jenny assumed the role of President of FD Associates when its founder and former President, Fae Daniels, retired in 2014. Jenny is available to provide clients company-specific, on-site export training and to assist in establishing internal company trade compliance programs including conducting audits of export procedures for compliance with the ITAR, EAR, and FTR and assisting with voluntary disclosures and corrective actions plans.
Keil Ritterpusch, ESQ
Vice President – Compliance
Keil J. Ritterpusch, Esq. joined FDAssociates in 2015. Keil has more than 15 years of experience in trade compliance gained from private practice and in house experience with a US prime defense contractor. Keil advises our clients from a wide range of industries, including aerospace, defense, high technology sectors, commercial encryption, and medical, on U.S. export control laws and regulations. Keil’s primary focus is complex business transactions, merger and acquisition due diligence, export jurisdiction and classification of commodities, and significant compliance matters involving voluntary disclosure related to the ITAR, EAR, and FTR. Keil is available to provide expertise to clients on export licensing, technology transfers, export classifications, export compliance assessments, export compliance audits and investigations, and aid in the design, development, and implementation of tailored export compliance programs. Keil works closely with clients with complex trade compliance matters to facilitate their immediate and long term needs to ensure the right solutions are provided.
Paul joined FD Associates in 2003 after working at Howmet Corporation, an Arconia company, where he was Manager of Export Control. Paul has significant experience with gas turbine technologies for aerospace, ground, and marine platforms. Paul also assists clients with other technologies including military marine platforms, military electronics, and commercial encryption products and technology. Paul conducts jurisdiction and classification analysis and licensing under the ITAR and EAR. Paul also assists with voluntary disclosures and trade compliance audits.
John Herzo, ESQ
A graduate of Whittier Law School, John brings his legal training his employment at FD Associates. Since 2000, when he joined the company, John has dealt with a wide range of complex export licensing and export compliance requirements on behalf of our clients. John has extensive experience in preparing complex export licenses, ITAR agreements and amendments, Commodity Jurisdictions, Commodity Classifications, Customs Detentions, and Customs Seizures. John also assists clients with audits, voluntary disclosures, and training in the ITAR and EAR. John is well versed in the requirements of the ATF regulations and provides expert guidance to client companies in obtaining permits and other requirements of these regulations.
Odyssey E. Gray, III
Odyssey joined FD Associates in 2011 coming from a law firm where he received his introduction to export compliance. Since joining the company, Odyssey assists clients with a wide range of export matters, including export licensing under the jurisdiction of the Department of State and Department of Commerce, ITAR agreements and amendments, Retransfer Requests, ITAR Commodity Jurisdiction requests and EAR Classification requests, registration requirements with Department of State and Commerce and IT support for clients in connection with submissions made via DECCS. Odyssey has helped many clients navigate through changes in the ITAR and EAR in connection with Export Control Reform by providing assistance in resolving classification and licensing issues under the proper jurisdiction.
Martha joined FD Associates in 2022, where she assists in export compliance training and developing compliance programs for clients. She brings over 15 years of global trade compliance to FD. Prior to joining the company, Martha managed the economic sanctions and export controls program at a Big-4 accounting firm, where she helped leadership navigate complex financial compliance issues related to Venezuela, Russia, and Ukraine. She also advised on software encryption and BIS licensing and was the primary contact for international shipments. Martha also supported the F-35 export licensing office and the Defense Intelligence Agency foreign disclosure office and served as an Empowered Official in private industry. Ms. Bodyfelt Sloman has a strong regulatory background with a focus on aircraft, military electronics, LO/CLO Anti-Tamper Requirements, and corporate training. She is also a US Army veteran and speaks fluent Spanish and Hebrew, with intermediate proficiency in Russian.
Grace E. Welborn, ESQ
Grace joined FD Associates in 2019. Previously, Grace worked for the Department of the Navy, Office of General Counsel labor and employment law division at Military Sealift Command. At FD Associates, Grace primarily assists clients with ITAR registration requirements for the Department of State made via DECCS including registration renewals, registration amendments, and requirements accompanying mergers & acquisitions.
Adaobi Aghasili, LLM
Adaobi joined FD Associates in 2022 after interning at a law firm involved with various trade compliance requirements. Adaobi completed her Masters of Law at American University after attending law school at Lancaster University, Ghana Campus. Since joining the company, Adaobi has prepared Department of State (ITAR) and Department of Commerce (EAR) export and temporary import hardware licenses and marketing licenses and prepared Department of State registrations.