Our Trade Financial Professionals

Curtis L. Hanson

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Pictured are Trade Acceptance Group's principals with the Chairman of Ex-Im Bank: Jackie Grahn, Leslie Bergland, Ex-Im Bank Chairman Fred Hochberg, Curt Hanson and Ursula Wegryznowicz.

Curt is a founding principal of TAG and has over 35 years' experience in accounting, finance, banking, and international trade finance. He began his professional career as a certified public accountant working initially for an agency of the U.S. government and later for a large international public accounting firm.

He left the accounting profession to begin a banking career at U.S. Bank where he held various auditing, accounting, finance, and management positions before accepting a position in the Bank's International Trade Finance division. In that capacity, he supported the international trade needs of middle market import and export clients of the bank, as well as the international banking needs of down stream correspondent banks.

In 1994, Curt joined Wells Fargo as a Vice President in International Trade Services supporting the same international business client base for them. He left Wells Fargo in 1996 to found TAG, where he is currently a Principal and serves as Chairman of the Board.

Curt received his Bachelors degree in Accounting from St. John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota, and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota. He is also a graduate of the American Bankers Association School for International Banking, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado.

Curt is a Certified Public Accountant (license currently inactive), a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants and International Credit Executives of Wisconsin. He holds an appointment to the Minnesota District Export Council and is a member of the Midwest Global Trade Association, the Greater Chicago International Trade Association, International Traders of Iowa, International Trade Council of Greater Kansas City, and Great Plains International Trade Association.

Leslie A. Bergland

Leslie is a founding principal of TAG and has over 30 years' experience in international banking and trade finance. She began her professional career in the Latin America division of International Banking at U.S. Bank, where her responsibilities included the administration of the bank's Ex-Im Bank insurance policies.

After successfully completing the Bank's lender credit training program, she transferred to the International Trade Finance division. In that capacity, she supported the international trade needs of large corporate import and export clients of the bank, and she managed the division's portfolio of reverse investment clients.

In 1994, Leslie joined Wells Fargo as a Vice President in International Trade Services supporting the same international business client base for them. She left Wells Fargo in 1996 to found TAG where she is currently a Principal and serves as President.

Leslie received her Bachelors degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Spanish and Business Education from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, and pursued graduate studies in Spanish Linguistics and Culture at the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico. She also completed certificate studies at the American Institute of Banking and the Executive Seminar for International Lending at the Center for International Banking Studies, Darden School, University of Virginia.

Leslie was appointed to Ex-Im Bank’s Advisory Board in 2012. She is a member of the Minnesota International Center, the Midwest Global Trade Association, the Greater Chicago International Trade Association, International Traders of Iowa, International Credit Executives of Wisconsin, International Trade Council of Greater Kansas City, Great Plains International Trade Association, and the American Swedish Institute.

Bruce A. Glaub

Bruce joined Trade Acceptance Group (TAG) in July of 2016 as a principal opening the Wisconsin Office. With over 25 years of experience, Bruce understands the specific challenges of working in the global marketplace.

Bruce's international interest began at an early age when he attended school in Holland. He later studied in Germany and has traveled world-wide. Bruce has over 15 years of international trade finance experience in banking and another 10 years of sales and marketing experience in international markets.

Bruce started his career with InPro Corp and was the first employee in the international department. During his eight-year tenure, he established key distributors around the world.

Bruce transitioned to international finance. He worked for US Bank for 7 years and BMO Harris (M&I) for 8 years. During Bruce's tenure in banking, he focused on international methods of payment and risk mitigation, helping companies understand and implement the appropriate international method of payment.

Bruce is active in the international community as a recent past president of MMAC's WTA, (World Trade Association), Executive Board Member of ICE, (International Credit Executives), and a Board Member of Waukesha County Technical College's (WCTC) International Advisory Council.

Bruce received his BS in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned his Masters of Science in International Business from UW-Milwaukee. He has a Property and Casualty Insurance License from the State of Wisconsin.

Jacqueline M. Grahn

Jackie joined Trade Acceptance Group as a principal in the Chicago Office in 2010 to serve TAG's expanding client base in the Midwest. Jackie has over 20 years of banking and international trade finance experience with commercial banks, U.S. federal government agencies and as a specialty trade credit insurance broker.

She began her professional career at The Northern Trust Company in Chicago in the Bank's commercial banking treasury management program. As a Financial Services Officer, she managed a portfolio of Fortune 500 treasury management clients. While at Northern, she earned her Certified Treasury Professional designation.

After 4 years, Jackie took a break from her banking career to serve as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Eastern Europe, following the fall of communism. She was stationed in Bulgaria as a business consultant, working with state-owned enterprises and entrepreneurs to assist them in adopting free-market business practices and developing foreign trade contacts. While living in Bulgaria, Jackie studied Eastern European history and culture, and she traveled extensively throughout Europe, Russia and Turkey.

After returning from the Peace Corps, Jackie joined The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) as a Business Development Officer in the Chicago Regional Office. She was responsible for marketing Ex-Im Bank export credit insurance and guarantee products to exporters in the Midwest. She also conducted extensive outreach and training on these programs to commercial lenders in her region.

Jackie left Ex-Im Bank to accept a position as Vice President in the Global Trade Finance Division at U.S. Bank in Chicago, one of the nation's largest banking franchises. She was hired by U.S. Bank to establish an international trade services presence in their Chicago office. Her responsibilities included marketing international trade services and Ex-Im trade finance products to companies and correspondent banks in the Chicagoland area.

Jackie graduated with Distinction from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree and a concentration in marketing. In 2002, she earned her Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with a concentration in international business and finance from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago. While at Kellogg, she participated in the Global Initiatives in Management program and traveled to South Africa to study the economic and political climate of the country.

She has served on the Illinois District Export Council and is a member of the International Trade Association of Greater Chicago and the International Credit Executives of Wisconsin.

Mason L. Anderson

Mason joined TAG in August, 2014 as an Account Manager, where he assists clients with policy administration, policy renewals, and credit reports. He has more than 10 years of work experience in the field of manufacturing and comes from a family of manufacturing entrepreneurs.

As a young man Mason worked as a fabricator and welder in his father's flooring machinery manufacturing company. While in high school he also attended Technical College to study manufacturing engineering and hone his skills as a welder. He used those skills to finance his college education working full time as a production welder. Mason graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato, with a double major in International Business and Spanish.

Mason has traveled extensively and while in college he lived in Costa Rica for a number of months where he refined his Spanish. He also has his own small business, hand tooling custom-designed leather products, allowing him to be creative and continue to work with his hands.