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about us

SARAH ROBERTS YETMAN - CEO

In 1976, Broken Bow, Ok's newspaper declared a new Miss Ouachita. It happened to be a picture of Sarah Roberts Yetman on her fathers shoulders during the Choctaw Tribal festival.  Although the native heritage was a source of pride, it was never utilized for benefits, especially in business.


From a young age, Sarah has been a serial entrepreneur.  Before 21,  she began her second business, a home shopping program that grew into 4 states. These were sold over the next 4 years.  At 28, she began the Houston Business Channel, interviewing over 1000 C-level leaders and Politicians. The cable channel in which she broadcast was part of a Houston based Public Utility. They brought her in-house as their youngest SVP & Political Liaison.  At 33, she was recruited by Gustavo de la Garza, owner of the second largest telecommunications company in Mexico. He appointed her as the director of BILLETEL, a pre-paid MasterCard based in Houston.  Under her direction, they took the company from losing 70k a month to being sold for 24M inside 11 months. 


Since 2011,  she has been an O&G consultant, the SVP of the largest O&G news agency in the US, a consultant and funding partner for the Energy Globe Awards & Convergence Monaco - bringing 400M of alternative funding to start-ups in the US from Europe. She has worked in three continents with 6 projects in the past 5 years.

Sarah Roberts Yetman
Sarah Roberts Yetman
Sarah Roberts Yetman Sovereignport

Due to Hemp not being federally legal to grow in the states, she journeyed  back to Europe to meet with hemp farmers, processors and distributors to bring hemp products to the U.S.  Many suppliers were not willing to export to the US due to customs issues and product loss.


Utilizing her Choctaw heritage allowed easier access to Foreign Trade Zone's nationwide. This provided CBD a safe passage into a climate controlled and secured location.  December 2018, the US Farm Bill passed making CBD federally  legal in the U.S., resulting in a larger domestic demand.


After a year of legal and strategic planning, we have been awarded the first US Customs approval to import cannabis biomass, isolate and oils. We are excited to offer safe canna import & export in the U.S. with shipping world wide. Our licensing will assist in CBD movement globally.

sarah@sovereignport.com

Team

JUSTICE RHODES - TRIBAL FTZ OPERATIONS

Justice graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in International Business. He later attended the University of Denver (DU) where he obtained a Law degree in land use policy and a Master’s in International Business focused on Foreign Trade Zones throughout Indian Country.


Justice has worked throughout the Americas where he was involved with various commercial and industrial projects including resorts, medical facilities, oil/gas, mining and railroads.  Justice has worked for the U.S. federal government as an Oil & Gas Land Law Adjudicator & Environmental Planner (DOI BLM), Housing Specialist (HUD ONAP) and Fiduciary Trust Officer (DOI OST).  He currently holds his Commercial Brokers license in Colorado where he focuses on Industrial Hemp clients.


Justice is an enrolled Cowlitz Indian currently serving as a Tribal Councilman. He enjoys traveling and being outdoors with his family and friends, skiing, golfing and fly-fishing.

justice@sovereignport.com

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JORGE DE TUYA LINKED IN CUSTOMS SPECIALIST ADVISOR

JORGE DE TUYA - SENIOR CUSTOMS & TRADE ADVISOR

As a teenager, Jorge worked as warehouseman at his family’s freight forwarding and customs brokerage company, Tuya International. He worked his way up to Vice President receiving his Customs Brokers License in 1983. 


Since then, he has dedicated himself to advising both importers and Customs Brokers on the more intricate aspects of Customs compliance and other federal regulatory issues.  

Currently, the Import Manager and Director of Foreign Trade Zone Operations and Compliance at Interport Logistics.  Where he handles shipments from Interport’s global agency network that includes products from the entire tariff.    


Jorge was previously the Sr. Customs and Trade Consultant for Fuerst, Ittleman, a law firm specializing in Customs, FDA and international trade law. In his capacity as Sr. Customs & Trade Consultant, Mr. de Tuya assisted clients in assessing difficult procedural and regulatory issues regarding their customs and other government agency compliance issues. Jorge was successful in releasing goods that were seized by Customs and Border Protection for alleged Trademark, Customs, EPA and FDA violations.  


Specialties: Customs and OGA compliance issues, labor aspects of DR-CAFTA, labor dispute resolution in Central and South America, Customs Brokerage and tariff classification issues, seizures, penalty mitigation, Customs Brokers Exam tutoring and FDA import and export procedures.