Meet our Members | Kathy Wilkins, Alliance Operating Systems
With a 26 year background in logistics and global supply-chain design engineering, Ms. Wilkins, a licensed Customs broker and Vice President of Alliance Operating Services (AOS), has worked in both the import and export arenas. Ms. Wilkins has an extensive background in supply-chain engineering including infrastructure development, procurement, systems integration, manufacturing and process implementation. The past 15 years have been dedicated to the economic development of the United States’ competitive advantages through manufacturing and distribution through the use of the Foreign Trade Zones program.
Ms. Wilkins has a BA from UNT, a Masters in Global Management and Supply Chain Solutions, and a Masters in Finance.
As senior counselor of the North Texas Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association, Chairman of the Logistics Committee and current Board member for the North Texas Commission, Ms. Wilkins is focused and dedicated to the aspect of cooperation between the Trade and legal entities which govern such.
How has your organization made an impact on the North Texas region?
AOS activates and manages Foreign Trade Zones across the country. They are specifically useful in TX as they allow an inventory tax exemption on all imported merchandise. Unlike Freeport, all imported product remaining in the zone at the end of the year is exempt from inventory tax. This draws large distribution and mfg companies to TX.
What is the number one piece of advice you would offer to an aspiring leader?
Get involved in the community and listen to what those around you have to say. You can learn as much from mistakes as great accomplishments!
What is your favorite spring activity?
Getting back on the golf course, this means that the PGA and LPGA are coming to town.
What do you see as the biggest opportunity for our region?
Mobility; the region is so spread out and there is so much opportunity for unique mobility solutions
What are some of our challenges?
As a region that is very large, many communities are moving in various directions. The key for North Texas is to have basically the same vision and goals for our overall future.