18 AIRPORT VOICE, APRIL 2020
President of the JFK Airport Custom Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association.
Maureen Hannah is a licensed broker and
branch manager at Atlantic Customs Brokers,
Inc. where she has worked for 30 years
and currently holds the position of President
of the JFK Airport Custom Brokers & Freight
Hannah said she got into the business
“accidentally” after answering an advertisement.
Before this, she went to SUNY in Delhi,
NY where she graduated with an associate’s
degree in equine husbandry before receiving
her brokers’ license in 1982. Before this,
in 1977 she started working at Export-Import
Air Services in Jamaica, NY where she had
her introduction into the transportation industry.
She also took several courses at the
World Trade Institute in New York.
She credits her success to having an open
mind and being willing to learn and adapt
and has learned from several people including
bosses, co-workers and colleagues and
said she didn’t have just one mentor. She finds
inspiration in the import industry itself, adding
that there is always something new to
Many different things give her satisfaction
including a happy customer, seeing her
staff learn and grow in the industry and when
a challenging aspect of work is resolved positively.
She said that a challenge she faces is
keeping up with the rules and regulations in
an ever-changing industry that has evolved
WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT
OCCUPATION: Licensed broker and branch
EMPLOYER: Atlantic Customs Brokers, Inc.
HOMETOWN: Elmont, NY
MENTOR: No one mentor
HOBBY: Cooking, baking and crafts
FAVORITE BOOK: Mystery, spy, and biographies
FAVORITE MOVIE: Camelot Harry Potter
FAVORITE PLACES: Beaches and forests
and anywhere my family is
many times since she has entered it.
Asto her stewardship of the JFK Brokers,
she said “We try our best to keep our membership
informed and to provide them with a resource
for problem resolution.” She takes her
work seriously and is passionate about what
she does. With quality in mind, Hannah excels
and leads by example in her field.
Hannah’s hometown is Elmont, NY and
she enjoys cooking, baking and crafts. She
loves listening to music and traveling places
with her family. She loves the feeling of holding
a book and is thrilled by mystery and spy
Vice-president of Sales and partner Direct Expedite LLC
Dayna Harap has spent 27-years at
Air Freight at which she has mostly
worked on the trucking side in various
positions including billing, customer
service, sales and management and as
owner and partner. She has also spent
time in the transportation industry at
UPS, CCX Express Services, AC Express
Inc. and more. She values every organization
she has worked for and the steps
she has taken to get where she is today.
She believes in teamwork and having a
commitment to learning.
Harap sat on as a board member in
the Treasurer position for the JFK Air
Cargo Association from 2016 to 2020 and
now serves as its “proud” president.
Her path here took her to pursue a
degree to become a teacher and she received
a minor in accounting before she
“fell into” this business. She took an interview
while working part-time at UPS,
now Harap has been in the industry for
almost 30 years. She credits her success
to the teams she has been a part of and
believing in teams and communication.
Her proudest moment in this business
WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT
OCCUPATION: Vice-president of
Sales and partner
EMPLOYER: Direct Expedite LLC
HOMETOWN: Lindenhurst, NY
MENTOR: No mentor
FAVORITE BOOK: It’s not my department
- by Peter Glen
FAVORITE MOVIE: Goodfellas
FAVORITE PLACES: On a cruise
FAVORITE QUOTE/MOTTO: “Hard
work pays off”
is when she has had the ability to
give back, which she has done twice
during hurricanes. During Hurricane
Katrina she moved “countless” truckloads
of supplies at no profit and did the
same during Hurricane Sandy and now
during the COVID-19 pandemic during
which she is not “price-gouging” so she
can help people make preparations.