We want to acknowledge the passing of Commercial Service Officer Mike Carroll on March 6. Mike was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in late December. He served the Commercial Service in Israel, Indonesia and most recently in Venezuela. Mike was on domestic assignment with CS Northern Virginia and worked with the Partnership team at headquarters. Mike is survived by his wife Kathy and their daughter Lucia. Contributions, if desired, may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Audubon Society.
Mike began his assignment with CS Northern Virginia in September 2007. Previously, he served as the Commercial Attaché in Caracas 2004-2007. His core responsibilities in Caracas included promotion of U.S. information and communication technology exports, technical standards work, and counseling U.S. companies on market opportunities and trade barriers in the Venezuelan market.
Immediately prior to arriving in Caracas, Mike served as the Deputy Senior Commercial Officer in Tel Aviv from 2001 to 2004. In Israel he managed the government-government advocacy portfolio, technical standards work, and trade promotion to the Palestinian and Israeli Arab markets. He had previously served a three-year assignment as Commercial Officer in Jakarta, Indonesia, with responsibilities as Core Product Manager and Trade Promotion Officer. His Indonesia assignment also focused on technical standards work, advocacy, and promotion of U.S. information and communications technology exports.
Before joining the Commercial Service, Mike was an International Economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, he had a thirteen-year banking career in Personal Trust and Investments with the Bank of America and First Tennessee Bank.
Mike held a post-graduate certificate in International Trade and a Master of Arts in International Transactions, both from George Mason University. He earned his Bachelor degree magna cum laude in English and American literature from Brown University.