HOW WE STARTED
In 1979 Eduardo Tijerina joined U.S. Customs Service as an Inspector. He later went on to hold numerous supervisory positions within U.S. Customs and accumulated vast experience in multiple areas of the agency. In addition, he completed several assignments with Headquarters in Washington DC, served as an Instructor at Customs Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia and completed training details in places such as Ecuador with CBP’s Office of International Affairs. After a distinguished 25-year career with U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Eduardo Tijerina retired and ventured into a new role as a U.S. Customs Broker.
In 2000, his daughter Denise followed in his steps, after receiving her Bachelor’s Degree. Like him, she successfully passed the Customs Broker examination on her first attempt and went on to receive her U.S. Customs Broker License. Under her father’s mentorship, she founded TQ Customs Brokerage. Her father Eduardo worked alongside her for several years until his passing.
Denise Tijerina currently has 20 years of experience in this field. She attributes the startup of her company in part to her father – his guidance, support and instillment of hard work and determination. Recently, through a qualification and selection process, she attended a business program at Tuck Business School at Dartmouth. Her company holds the distinction of being both a 100% owned Minority and Woman Owned Business.