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Michael D. Easton

President, General Manager

Michael is a Licensed Customs Broker & General Manager of Star USA, Inc. He was introduced to trade compliance as a youth and joined Star USA in 2004. He works in the areas of Import & Export Compliance, Supply Chain Security, Export Controls, and International Trade & Supply Chain Management, including SRM & CRM.

Michael places strong emphasis on verifiable progress, sustainable compliance, and operational excellence in the areas of international business and compliance. He has been guest speaker at various organizations in Northeast Ohio, most recently at Case Western Reserve School of Law.

While with Star USA, he has helped pioneer new technologies in the trade arena, including StarTrack, the iRate Rate Management System, and the Star USA Free Trade Agreement RDBMS. In the coming years, Michael will continue to promote compliance awareness through community outreach and ongoing affiliations with higher learning institutions.

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Nic Arters


Nic Arters is an accomplished and respected thought leader with an impressive history of building long-term partner relationships. After successfully leading the efficient growth of Star USA’s Supply Chain Security & Export Compliance Departments, Nic transitioned into his current role of Director where he leverages data, advanced technology, and industry expertise to lead teams and deliver a more optimized and cohesive client experience.

Nic’s a proven innovator believing that companies must use data to influence teams, define strategies and build new things. While at Star he’s been integral in the development of several new and impactful trade compliance and supply chain products, some of which have been referred to by CBP as a Best Practice including The Global Risk Assessment and Supplier Corrective Action Reports. Other high-impact products include iterations on the revolutionary Trade Compliance Scorecard, and the comprehensive Duty Drawback Analysis Report.

Nic continues to focus on leveraging data and technology for ongoing development of the new products and services that will drive innovation and growth while ensuring a seamless client experience from end-to-end. He spends his idle time reading, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with friends & family.

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Carson S. Christian


Carson is the Director of finance at Star USA, with a focus on reinvestment to drive in-house innovation and client growth initiatives. Oversight responsibilities include day-to-day financial operations, financial planning, and internal product development initiatives.

Carson's prior experience includes direct responsibility for financial management for three Ohio companies, specializing in revenue realization and reinvestment to drive growth. With Star USA, Carson has taken an aggressive stance on growth and process investment, enabling the company to directly pursue diverse client opportunities and diversify product offerings.

Carson finds enjoyment in problem solving, providing insightful analyses, and working as a component of expert teams. His many contributions have enabled Star USA to provide unparalleled service to our clients.