DEC Member Bios

Alison Kelsey - DEC Chairman

Alison Kelsey is the Director of Marketing & International Sales for Rekluse Motor Sports, a motorcycle industry leader in aftermarket clutch performance, technology and innovation. As Director, Alison serves 46 countries through a worldwide network of 19 distributors. In addition to sales, she is responsible for global brand development and crafting company policy, strategy, and goals related to international markets.

Alison is passionate about promoting international trade through the mission of the Idaho District Export Council (IDEC). She currently serves as the Chair of the IDEC.

Jennifer Verdon - DEC Vice Chairman

Jennifer Verdon is the Manager for the International Team at the Idaho Department of Commerce. The core focus of the international team is to assist small to medium size Idaho companies export their products and services overseas. It offers a variety of services to our client companies including export consulting, trade show assistance, coordination of Governor-led trade missions, planning of inbound buying delegations, and so forth. Jennifer has been with the International Team for eight years in various positions and have supported companies in Asia, Europe and Latin America to further their international business. Currently, Jennifer serves as the vice chair for the Idaho District Export Council (IDEC). Before her current position, Jennifer served as Treasurer and has been actively involved in numerous seminars and programs that the IDEC offers for the last six years.

Gary DeGrange - DEC Treasurer

Gary DeGrance (gary.degrange@usbank.com) is a Vice President with U.S. Bank's Global Trade Services Department in Boise. He has over twenty-seven years of international banking experience with an emphasis on international trade finance. His territory includes Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and Southern Texas where he assists companies both large and small with their international banking needs. DeGrange is a frequent speaker at public forums and college courses and enjoys sharing his knowledge of international business.

Kirk Adams

Kirk cuparrently works as a Worldwide Account Manager for Fedex Services. He has 24 years experience in the transportation industry from operations to sales. Industry segments include truckload, LTL, small package Express and Ground as well as International Import and Export. Most recently his focus has been on Fortune 100 companies with regards to how their joint ventures and mergers will effect their Supply chain decisions. In the past he has worked with small startup companies and helped them set up Supply chains that were responsive to their needs and growth strategies.

Joe Anderson

Joe Anderson currently works as a Commercial Lines Account Executive with Western States Insurance Agency in Boise. He has two clientele goals: to minimize corporate business risk and to make companies more attractive to the insurance marketplace. The natural result of these goals is a large reduction in his clients Total Cost of Risk (TCR). TCR includes worker productivity down-time, claims, loss of experience, reputation and future opportunities due to non-core risks in the workplace. Other results include lower costs for insurance, better coverage, and a more profitable operation.

Mr. Anderson began his insurance career with Marsh of Boise in 2001 and quickly built up a sizable group of clients with a focus on growth companies, and industry niches of real estate, commercial agriculture, international business, and hard-to-place product liability risks. He has reviewed worldwide contracts for insurability, and property and liability exposures for one of the largest construction firms in the Northwest. He has also worked with exporters to secure their products and payments, as well as cover their liability exposures overseas.

He holds Accounting and finance degree from Pacific Lutheran in Tacoma and is a graduate of the Hartford School of Insurance and Leadership Idaho Agriculture. Mr. Anderson co-founded the BNI chapter Treasure Vally Accelerators. Joe currently is a member of the Meridian Chamber of Commerce, the Meridian Kiwanis, Idaho Affordable Housing Association, Building Owners and Managers Association. He is also a federally-appointed member of the Idaho District Export Council.

Joe can be reached at his Boise office at 208-383-6876 or by e-mail at janderson@wsi-insurance.com

Rendi Bell

Rendi currently serves as Global Expansion Sales Manager for UPS responsible for business in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, and Alaska. She holds a B.S. in Political Science with a certificate in International Relations and a minor in French and History. She is responsible for domestic and international business development in those areas. Rendi has been directly involved with global expansion for a number of Fortune 500 companies.

Rendi enjoys her work with the Idaho District Export Council and has coached 5 companies in the Export Excellence program. Rendi has over 20 years of business experience. Prior to Rendi’s transportation industry success, she worked with several internationally based businesses to grow domestic US sales in the Midwest. Rendi resides in the Boise area and is raising 3 young boys with her husband Alan.

David Christensen

David Christensen joined Boise State University as an adjunct professor in 1994. He currently teaches courses in global business management and exporting and importing procedures in the College of Business and Economics, as well as various regional history and Canadian Studies courses in the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs.

In 1997, David was on the Advisory Board of the Boise-based Spur Products Company. As well as on the Advisory Board for the Boise-based Sloan Security Fencing Company from 2008 to present. From 1990-1997, David served as an administrator for the Division of International Business at the Idaho Department of Commerce, responsible for the state’s efforts to assist small and medium sized companies expand Idaho exports around the world. Furthermore he has been the recipient of the U.S. Presidential “E” Award for excellence in export services and the “Governor of Idaho’s Export Award for Outstanding Service” in 1997 and 2002.

James Corpstein

James Corpstein is the Import/Export Compliance Manager at the J.R. Simplot Company, focusing on import and export coordination and regulatory compliance. He holds a degree in International Business Administration from Boise State University, and is a Licensed Customs Broker, certified through U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

James has a background in the semiconductor industry, working for the Transportation and Logistics Department at Micron Technology for several years. Most recently he was a Traffic Manager at Nunhems USA, Inc., a subsidiary of Bayer Crop Science, coordinating domestic and international movements of agricultural products.

Laura Johnson

Laura Johnson is the Bureau Chief at the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, Market Development Division. For over 20 years she has been involved in the Department’s domestic and international marketing programs. She has coordinated sales missions and promotions in 19 different countries and has participated in 20 Governor’s Trade Missions. In 2005, she received a “40 under 40” recognition by American Food and Ag Exporter Magazine as one of 40 individuals across the country under 40 with significant contributions to agricultural exports. Laura received a bachelor's degree in marketing from the College of Business at Boise State University where she graduated as a Top Ten Scholar and Silver Medallion Award Recipient (BSU’s highest honor).

Ed Meyer

Ed Meyer is the President for Meyer Industries who manufactures the Rodenator line of burrowing pest control products. As an Idaho Entrepreneur, Ed has been exporting the Rodenator product line since 2003, winning awards such as the U.S. Commerce Department's Export Achievement Certificate in 2006, the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Small Business Exporter of the year in 2007, the Stoel Rives Innovation Award for Agriculture and Environmental in 2007, and the Commercial News USA Exporter of the Year Award for Agricultural Category in 2009. As a member of the Idaho Direct Export Council, Ed enjoys helping other Idaho companies learn how to export their products to a world market. Aside from running a manufacturing business, Ed is also the current Mayor of Midvale, Idaho.

For 25 years David also worked as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State with assignments in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. David holds a B.S. degree in geology from the Mackay School of Mines, University of Nevada; an M.A. from the University of Nevada; and post graduate work in African Studies at Stanford University. David Christensen is an active member of the Idaho Export Council since 1989.

Jason Prince

Jason Prince is an attorney with Stoel Rives LLP, a full-service U.S. business law firm, where he represents and counsels exporting businesses on international commercial transactions and dispute resolution, as well as compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Export Administration Regulations. Mr. Prince holds a bachelor's degree from Davidson College, a master's degree from the University of Cambridge, and a law degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School. Prior to law school, Mr. Prince lived in Tokyo, Japan, working as Deputy Press Secretary to Nobuteru Ishihara, Member of the Japanese House of Representatives and Japan's Minister of State for Administrative and Regulatory Reform. Before joining Stoel Rives, he clerked for Judge Susan H. Black on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Derek Rose

Derek Rose is Director of Sales and Marketing at AERO Specialties, Inc. of Boise, Idaho. Derek joined AERO Specialties, a manufacturer and distributor of aircraft ground support equipment in 2005; and has since managed the sales, marketing and logistical operations surrounding the exportation of American goods to foreign markets. In 2005 AERO Specialties exports equated to roughly 5% of sales, today that number is approximately 40% of total sales. In addition to international management, Derek also oversees all government and military sales for AERO. 

Through his leadership, AERO Specialties has seen significant growth in sales and their capacity to effectively target international customers through the use of online and direct marketing methods. Derek’s successful multifaceted approaches to increasing sales abroad has made him an expert in his industry.

Trish Stack

Trish Stack is the Marketing Director for Episciences, Inc., the manufacturer & distributor of Epionce, a physician-dispensed skin care line. With Episciences for nearly 8 years, Trish is responsible for marketing surrounding the Epionce brand nationally, and manages the brand internationally. Episciences, Inc. has been exporting since 2006, and currently can be found internationally in the United Kingdom, Poland, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Denmark, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and Canada. Prior to joining Episciences, Trish worked on the policy staff of former Idaho Governor Kempthorne, as well as in public relations. She has been an active member of the Idaho District Export Council since 2011, serving on the Legislative, Sponsorship and Marketing Committees.

She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in International Relations and Political Science from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, and studied abroad in Norway and Scotland. Trish is also a Certified Global Business Professional with NASBITE International.


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