AAEI Professional Staff
President and CEO
Marianne Rowden is President and CEO of AAEI following years of service as the Association’s General Counsel. Marianne came to AAEI after having practiced law with Katten Muchin Rosenman and concentrated in international trade and transportation regulatory compliance. Ms. Rowden has advised importers and exporters on a wide range of trade compliance issues relating to the entire global supply chain, from sourcing goods and trade security to customs entry and delivery of goods to customers.
Ms. Rowden has also represented many companies engaged in international trade before the principal U.S. federal agencies regulating trade, including Customs and Border Protection, Department of Commerce, Office of Foreign Assets Control, and International Trade Commissions. In addition to import matters, she has advised companies on export compliance issues such as licensing requirements of the Export Administration Regulations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, embargoes, and has conducted due diligence reviews of mergers and acquisitions involving foreign corporations.
Because of Ms. Rowden’s extensive experience in transporation law, she has also advised many companies on joining the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and conducted self-assessments of global supply chain security programs of multi-national corporations. She also advises shippers, carriers, and logistics providers concerning interstate and international transportation matters.
Ms. Rowden serves as an Adjunct Professor at The John Marshall School of Law and has lectured on customs, international trade and transportation topics for AAEI, the Council of Logistics Management, the Transportation Law Association, and the Transportation Law Institute.
Chris Epstein is Counsel for AAEI. Immediately prior to joining the AAEI team, Chris served as Director of Export Controls and Regulatory Compliance at Mitsui & Co. (USA), Inc.
Chris’s background includes two years as an export policy analyst for the Department of Commerce where he implemented US export control policy related to encryption software. Chris drafted encryption and foreign policy provisions of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).
Chris earned his law degree at the University of Akron School of Law, he studied Japanese comparative law in Tokyo and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Rochester. He lives in Suburban Maryland with his wife, two daughters and Chocolate Labrador Retriever Cocoa.
David A. Potts
Manager of Office Administration
David Potts joined AAEI as Manager of Office Administration in January of 2006. He began his association career at the National Council on the Aging, Inc., where he served as a Program Associate.
David subsequently served as the Associate Manager of the Maryland-National Capital Homecare Association, where he reported directly to the Board President/Acting Executive Director. He oversaw the development and promotion of the Association’s educational programs and annual conference, in addition to maintaining financial operations for the 92-member association. He came to AAEI from the Bucks County Coffee Company, LLC, where he was the Sales Manager to Safeway’s Eastern Division.
David received a BS in Business Administration/Management from Columbia Union College. He lives with his wife and two sons in Annapolis, Maryland.
Manager of Member and Media Affairs
Chris Enyart joined AAEI in April of 2009 and serves as Manager of Member and Media Relations.
Prior to working at AAEI, Chris spent more than 25 years in television news as a newscast producer, field producer, writer and reporter. His background includes success at WUSA in Washington, DC, WPTV in West Palm Beach, FL and WWBT in Richmond, VA.
Chris received a BA in Journalism from Marquette University. He is married with two children and lives in Suburban Maryland.