Dear FTZ Community,
Tommy L. Berry, retired President & CEO, and Founder of PointTrade Services, Inc. passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, October 12, 2021.
For more than a decade, Tommy served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones (NAFTZ), including a two-year term as the association’s Chairman (referred to then as President). His work in the NAFTZ involved extensive consultations with foreign-trade zones throughout the nation, as well as representation of the industry during one of the most substantial revisions to the Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) regulations in 50 years. The NAFTZ recognized his contribution by awarding him an Honorary Life Membership in October 1995. In 2018, he received the NAFTZ Lifetime Achievement Award for his significant contributions to the FTZ industry.
Tommy began his international trade career in the maritime industry in positions as Operations and Traffic Manager, Steamship Agent, Stevedoring and Freight Forwarder, Assistant Port Director and Foreign-Trade Zone Manager (FTZ #65). He has also served as Sr. Vice President of a major law and consulting firm and Managing Director/National Practice Leader in the national trade and customs practice of one of the Big 4 accounting firms before founding PointTrade Services, Inc. in 2004.
Tommy will be remembered as a man of faith and larger than life, someone who invested in people, stood up for what he believed in, brought jobs to his community, and aimed to build up and encourage everyone that he encountered through the years. His one hobby in life was his family. He is survived by his wife, Becky, their sons, Brent and Jared and their wives, along with six grandchildren.