Western PA District Export Council

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

Members:

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.



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Western Pennsylvania District Export Council

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