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U.S. Commercial Service–Illinois Staffing Update

     Please join us in congratulating Shari Stout as the new Director of the U.S. Commercial Service office in Chicago beginning Monday, October 6, 2014.  Ms. Stout joined the Commercial Service and has been serving clients in central and southern Illinois since September 2004.  Until a new Director can be hired to replace her in the Peoria office, she will continue to work with exporters in downstate Illinois. She looks forward to working with the Commercial Service Chicago team, clients, and partners.  Please contact her at shari.stout@trade.gov with any questions. 

     Foreign Commercial Service Officers Megan Schildgen and Marianne Drain both completed their domestic office tours in Chicago and left this week for their onward assignments in Santiago, Chile, and Brussels, Belgium respectively.  We wish them well in their new endeavors and hope they’ll be back to visit soon.  Due to these departures, industry assignments have had to be realigned among Chicago International Trade Specialists.  Companies in the iron, steel, & other metals sector will now be assisted by Neil Pickett; Haley Pitonyak will cover consumer goods companies; Vicki Tolefree will take on  environmental technologies (except renewable energy), & Matthew Poole will work with agribusiness firms.  We are in the process of updating our website, and the new industry contact points should appear at this link in a few days:  http://export.gov/illinois/contactus/eg_us_il_023117.asp.

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