District Export Council Overview
District Export Councils are organizations of business leaders from local communities, appointed by various U.S. Secretaries of Commerce, whose knowledge of and expertise in international business provides a source of professional advice for their region's local firms. Closely affiliated with the U.S. Commerce Department’s Export Assistance Centers and the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, the 59 DECs that exist throughout the country support the U.S. Government’s export promotion efforts.
Currently there are approximately 1,500 DEC members who volunteer their time and specialized expertise to assist small and medium-sized businesses in their local communities establish or increase export sales, thus promoting our country’s economic growth and creating new and higher-paying jobs for their communities. DEC members also sponsor and participate in numerous trade promotion activities, as well as advocate for effective trade policy positions.
In addition, DECs play a major role in the planning and coordination of export activities for their communities. As a lead organization serving the international business community, DECs have the capacity to facilitate development of an effective export assistance network and can assist in coordinating the activities of trade assistance partners to leverage available resources. DECs also serve as a communications link between the business community and the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service, and support the export expansion activities of the U.S. Commerce Department in a variety of ways within their communities.
See more at: http://www.districtexportcouncil.org/
The Western PA District Export Council Members:
The Executive Committee:
Chair: Mr. Gary Carver, President, Carver International Inc.
Vice Chair: Ms. Debra Steiner, Business Development Manager, Deugro (USA) Inc.
Treasurer: Mr. Leslie Dutka, CEO, Echo International
Executive Secretary: Ms. Lyn Doverspike, Director, U.S. Commercial Service – Pittsburgh
Trade Policy and Legislative Affairs Lead: Dr. Richard Somiari, President and Chief Scientific Officer, ITSI BioSciences
Mr. Dan Adams, Managing Director of Sales Mid-Atlantic, UPS
Mr. Lou Boltik, Director of Corporate Communications, Joy Global
Mr. Donald Bonk, Consultant, Carnegie Mellon University, Office of Government Relations
Mr. Jim Burd, President and CEO, Preservation Technologies, L.P.
Mr. Gregory Chambers, Director of Corporate Compliance, Oberg Industries Inc.
Dr. Lalit Chordia, President and CEO, Thar Energy, LLC
Ms. Susanne Cook, Director and Chair Int’l Business Group, Cohen & Grigsby
Ms. Ena Garay, Director of International Business Development, Zippo Manufacturing Co.
Mr. Mark German, President and CEO, International Liner
Mrs. Christine Gibala, dckworldwide
Mr. Derwin Gilbreath, President and CEO, Center Rock Inc.
Mr. John Hindman, Sr. International and Public Affairs Advisor, Leidos
Ms. Lori Joint, Director of Government Affairs, Manufacturer & Business Association
Mr. Kevin Jones, President and CEO, Cardinal Resources LLC
Mr. Tim Jones, Managing Director of Corporate Sales, FedEx Services Inc.
Mr. Yenner Karto, Senior Vice President and Head of Int’l Banking Services, F.N.B. Corporation
Mr. Mark Kulyk, President, Rogers Brothers Corporation
Mr. Tom Maxwell, President, Die Quip
Dr. Josephine Olson, Professor of Business Administration, University of Pittsburgh Int’l Business Center
Mr. Mark Reginelli, Director of World Trade, 84 Lumber
Dr. Suryanarayan, President and CEO, Advanced Materials Corporation
Mr. Eric Sauereisen, President, Sauereisen Inc.
Catherine Thornberry, Export Consultant and Licensed Customs Broker, Semi-retired
Mr. Chuck Watson, President, R.L. Swearer Company Inc.