NASBITE Board of Governors And Staff

The NASBITE Board of Governors (BOG) consists of 24 members and meets three times per year, twice at the Annual Conference and once in the fall.

The BOG is a working board that requires active involvement by all members—including participation on various standing committees, such as strategic planning, conference planning, member development/marketing, and CGBP planning and development.

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To apply for BOG membership, submit BOG membership submit a completed BOG application form.

Robert Erwin - President

Bob Erwin
Senior International Business Consultant
SBDC International Trade Center
University of Georgia
2530 Sever Road
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Phone: (678) 985-6820
Fax: (678) 985-6819
Email: berwin@sbdc.uga.edu 
Web: www.Export-U.com

Mr. Erwin has over 30 years of experience in the field of international trade. Prior to joining the University of Georgia faculty he held numerous senior positions in government and industry, and has worked in over 25 countries. Previous positions include: Director of the International Trade Division of the Georgia Department of Industry, Trade & Tourism; Executive Director of the American Building Products Export Council - Washington, DC; and Commercial Vice Consul with the British Consulate General - Atlanta;  Mr. Erwin is a registered architect and holds a B.A., B.Arch, and M.Arch from Syracuse University, and is a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP).

George Hiller, J.D. - Vice President

George Hiller
Director 
SW Virginia Higher Education Center
P.O. Box 1987
Abingdon, VA 24212
Phone: (276) 619-4374
Email: ghiller@swcenter.edu

George Hiller founded and directs international programs at the SW Virginia Higher Education Center.  This includes international education programming for a consortium of small rural colleges in far SW Virginia as well as trade promotion support for local businesses. The Center’s international project: www.globalvirginia.com began in 2003 and has received major funding via three U.S. Dept. of Education Business and International Education (BIE) grants as well as grants from the Virginia Tobacco Commission economic development fund and the German Academic Exchange Service Group Visit Fund.  A new international business internship program will begin in 2011.

The Center’s international program is a previous recipient of the NASBITE International Program Excellence Award.  The Center has also been recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce as a model for international trade education in rural America.

From 1992-2002, George managed export promotion programs in SW Virginia for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.  He also coordinated Virginia’s trade promotion activities in Latin America and established the state trade office in Mexico City. Previously, George worked as an international trade banker.  He is a licensed attorney in Virginia and fluent in Spanish.

George is an adjunct professor at the University of Richmond’s School of Continuing Studies, teaching courses in globalization and international business. He also serves as a reviewer for several U.S. Dept. of Education international grant competitions as well as a program evaluator for other BIE university grantees.

Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, George received his BA degree from the University of New Mexico; MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management; and JD from the University of Richmond. In 2007, George was elected to the Board of Governors of NASBITE International.

Aleda Bourassa, CGBP - Secretary Treasurer

Aleda Bourassa
Manager
The Center for Global Education & Trade 
WCTC, 800 Main Street
Pewaukee, WI  53072
Phone: (262) 691-5219
Fax: (262) 691-5092
Email: abourassa@wctc.edu
Web: www.wctc.edu

NASBITE is largely responsible for my professional development over the past 16 years. I have gained trade knowledge and professional confidence from interacting at a national level with NASBITE members who are true leaders in the field of international trade education and training. Learning about the work of others has helped us to develop a platform of trade center services and now I would like to give back to the organization with my own energy and collaboration. I understand the framework, mission and vision of NASBITE from its inception and have observed its growth and development through good professional relationships with various Board members. I have benefitted from working many years for a founding member and past NASBITE president whose vision and work with NASBITE was the key engine of our trade center's development and she in turn provided much to the growth of NASBITE.

Serving on the board of NASBITE is a privilege that requires personal and professional energy and time and institutional support, all of which are in place for me at this point in time. I see it as my professional and personal responsibility to serve NASBITE.

Jeanette Benson - Immediate Past President

Jeanette Benson

Jeanette Benson is the Director of the Center for International Trade Development (CITD) with Merced College in Merced, California. The Merced CITD is one of five centers funded by the Economic and Workforce Development Program of the California Community Colleges to advance California's economic development and global competitiveness by providing quality training and services to small to medium sized enterprises that are potential or current exporters or importers and to assist faculty with the internationalization of curriculum. The Merced CITD was first established in 1987 as The Agricultural Business and Trade Center (ABTC) growing from a need by farmers to find alternative markets for their products, ultimately becoming the model for the development of the statewide CITD Initiative. Ms. Benson has over 20 years experience providing trade training and technical assistance and is a NASBITE CGBP. She has served on the NASBITE Board of Governors in a number of offices and was instrumental in the development of the CGBP. Ms. Benson has a background in agriculture which further augments her understanding and commitment to serve the needs of stakeholders within her center’s service region comprised of the San Joaquin Valley in Central California. In addition to the CITD program, Ms. Benson is the Director of the Youth Entrepreneur Program (YEP) serving youth age 14-26 with programs designed to get youth involved in starting their own business endeavor with international business as a focus and/or career consideration.

James Foley - Board Liason to CGBP

James Foley - DIRECTOR OF CERTIFICATION
Director, Turner Center for Entrepreneurship
Foster College of Business Administration
Bradley University
1501 W Bradley Ave
Peoria IL 61625
Phone: 309-677-3075
Fax: 309-677-3386
E-mail: jff@bradley.edu

At the Illinois SBDC International Trade Center and NAFTA Opportunity Center at Bradley University, Mr. Foley manages a program of counseling and training in international business planning, marketing, logistics and export finance.  The centers are joint venture between the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and Bradley University with a mission to promote international trade and assist companies with trade-related expansion and training.  He is also Director of International Programs for the Foster College of Business Administration. Mr. Foley is a frequent speaker on issues of international trade and teaches International Business courses at Bradley University.

He is a Past President of NASBITE International, and now serves as the Director for the NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) credential.  He was elected Chairman of IATTO International Association of Trade Training Organizations during the 2004 IATTO Forum in Cape Town, South Africa and is also chair of the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) International Interest Section.  He is author of The Global Entrepreneur.

Colette Taddy Hart - Board/Host Liason

Colette Taddy Hart
Director of Outreach and Business Centers 
Nance College of Business
Cleveland State University
1860 E. 18th Street, BU 401
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Phone: (216) 875-9715
Email: c.hart@csuohio.edu

 

Colette Hart is Director of Outreach and Business Centers for the Nance College of Business at Cleveland State University. In her capacity as Director, she is responsible for establishing Centers of Excellence in the College of Business that provide responsive and strategic business educational programs for the Northeast Ohio business community. Colette was instrumental in establishing the Global Business Center and securing over a million dollars in funding to develop interdisciplinary academic, research and outreach programs focused on applied international business education.  The Global Business Center is the 2006 recipient of the Ohio Governors Export Award and the 2010 Certificate of Appreciation for Achievement in Trade from the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the 2011 President's E-Award.


Colette brings a global frame of reference to her work through her extensive experience engaged in economic development, small business, trade, and education initiatives throughout Europe, China and Chile. Colette serves on the U.S. Commercial Service District Export Council, NASBITE International Board of Governors, Jumpstart Higher Education Council, and the Corporate Sustainable Network Steering Committee. She obtained her MBA at Cleveland State University and her BA in International Relations and Political Science at the University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Sara Jackson - Past President

Dr. Sara Jackson
Assistant Professor
University of the Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway, #462
San Antonio, Texas 78209
Phone: 210.283.5001
E-mail: jacksons@uiwtx.edu

Since 2001, Dr. Sara Jackson has been teaching international business full-time at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW).  Sara has been a member of the NASBITE International Board of Governors since 1993 and currently serves as the Past President.  She has been the recipient of two Business & International Education (BIE) Title VIB grants and is the BIE Director at UIW.

Sara was the Founding Director of the South-West Texas Border International Trade Center, and in her ten years as Director, the International Trade Center was instrumental in establishing the San Antonio Export Leaders program, which has won two international awards, and is now in its tenth year.  The ITC also provided training during her tenure to the International Business Development Center, a year-long incubator program to help international companies learn how to do business in the United States.

Sara has been a member of the Camino Real District Export Council since 1993, and has served as Treasurer and Vice Chairman.  She was a member of the Board of Directors for the San Antonio Council for International Visitors and has served as Chair of the Advisory Committee.  She was the first Executive Director of the San Antonio World Trade Association in 1990, the owner of her own company International Marketing & Promotions which started Dial Berlin Inc., and was the Director of Marketing for North America for the AMK Berlin - Berlin Trade Fairs from 1982-1985.

She has an MBA in International Business and a PhD in Organizational Leadership.  In addition to consulting in Mexico, Sara has been part-owner of a ranch in Texas where she raised registered Boer goats from South Africa and registered Braunvieh cattle with her husband.

Barney Lehrer - Website Liason

Barney Lehrer
Vice President, FITA
172 Fifth Avenue,
# 118 Brooklyn, NY 11217
Phone: 718-810-369
Fax: 718-928-6784
E-mail: blehrer@fita.org

Barney Lehrer is Vice President of FITA Online (http://www.fita.org) and President of NEXCO (http://www.nexco.org) , the oldest international trade association in New York City. Mr. Lehrer is also Vice Chairman of the New York District Export Council. As Vice President of FITA, Mr. Lehrer supervises the content of its websites, fita.org and globaltrade.net . Since 1995 he has made the fita.org site a preeminent portal on the web for resources and information about international trade. GlobalTrade.net is a revolutionary new social networking website for the international trade community. Mr. Lehrer previously worked for Trans-National Trade Development in New York City and has consulted for the Korean Small Business Corporation, a Korean government agency that assists Korean small businesses outside of the country.

Mr. Lehrer is recognized as an expert in the use of the Internet in international trade. He speaks often at various conferences and has had articles published on the subject of international trade on the Internet in numerous publications. He was also an instructor for a course about the internet in international trade at the World Trade Institute n New York City.

Mr. Lehrer is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Before entering the international trade profession, Mr. Lehrer was a Juilliard-trained professional cellist performing frequently in the US, Europe and North and South America.

Lorraine McCord - 2nd at Large

Director, International Trade Center SBDC
1950 Stemmons Fwy., Suite 5067
Dallas, TX 75207
Phone: (214) 747-1300
Email: l.mccord@dcccd.edu

Lorraine is the Director of the International Trade Center SBDC, a joint project between the US Small Business Administration and the Dallas County Community College District that helps North Texas companies successfully export and import. She has more than 10 years experience working for Fortune 500 companies in strategy and planning, international finance and internal audit. Lorraine has worked and traveled extensively in the Asia Pacific region. She holds an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird and is a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP).

Barbara Moebius - Historian

Barbara Moebius
Educational Consultant
Global Horizon
538 E Juniper Dr.
Prescott, AZ 86303  
Phone: 262-370-0211  
E-Mail: bmoebius@cableone.net

Barbara Moebius was one of the founding members of NASBITE in 1988, and is the last original board member still serving the organization. She chaired the first official NASBITE conference in 1989. Over the years, she has served in most positions and committees, including president in 2000. Currently, she is the NASBITE Historian, and chairs the Board Development Committee. Barbara was also a member of the National Steering Committee to develop the NASBITE CGBP.

At Waukesha County Technical College in Wisconsin, she established the International Trade Center in 1985, and served as Associate Dean for Global Business and International Education. In that position, she authored and served as project director for numerous grants, including FIPSE and BIE. Previously, she served on the boards of the Milwaukee World Trade Association and the Wisconsin World Trade Center.

Barbara has made numerous presentations at regional, national, and international conferences on international business program development and grant funding. Currently serves as a consultant in the development and evaluation of BIE proposals. She holds a BS and MA from the University of Wisconsin.

Mortada Mohammed - 1st at Large

Mortada Mohammed
Director Corporate Training
Addjunct Professor of International Business
International Business Institute
ACC
315-B Tichenor Hall
Auburn University
AL 36849-5223
Phone: 512.627.1441
Email: bobrope@auburn.edu

Mortada Mohamed is Executive Director for the Texas International Business Council. He is also Director of Corporate Training, International Business Institute at Austin Community College. Prior to his present positions he was the Regional Trade Director for Europe, Africa, Middle East, for the State of Texas, Office of the Governor, Economic Development & Tourism Division. Before joining the Office of the Governor, Mr. Mohamed served as Coordinator for Overseas Market Development for the Texas Department of Agriculture.Mr. Mohamed also has extensive experience in international trade in the private sector. During his service with the State of Texas, Mr. Mohamed traveled to more than 35 countries promoting Texas products and producers. His work included countless international trade development activities, as well as, export counseling.

Mr. Mohamed has served as a speaker for the US State Department International Speaker's Program throughout North Africa and the Arabian Gulf region. He lectured on doing business with the US private sector and promoted US business in those countries. Mr. Mohamed also serves as a volunteer consultant on behalf of ACDI/VOCA, funded by USAID, to assist in economic development programs for developing countries. This program, which selects experts in various business areas, has taken him deep into Africa, Siberia and Eastern Europe.

Mr. Mohamed is an adjunct professor of international business at several Central Texas universities and colleges. He is also a distance learning lecturer at the Foreign Trade Institute, University of Texas at Dallas and Chair of the World Affairs Council of Austin.

He has presented in conferences both domestically and internationally, most recently the International Academy of Management and Business symposium, Istanbul, Turkey and the World Investment Conference, La Baule, France. Mr. Mohamed is on the University of Texas at Austin Center for European Studies Advisory Board, the Board of Governors of North America Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE), member of the Texas Economic Development Council, and the District Export Council.

Mr. Mohamed has an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona

Dr. Kelly Jett Murphrey - Director of Special Projects

Director, Texas A&M University
1105 Francis Drive
College Station, TX 77840
Phone: (979) 845-1683
Email: kjett@tamu.edu

Dr. Kelly Jett Murphrey is Director of the Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade in the Mays College and Graduate School of Business at Texas A&M University. He requently speaks and consults, nationally and internationally, on international trade, exporting, international business education, distance education, and electronic commerce. He has developed and worked with projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Canadian Government, U.S. Customs, USAID and IICA. He has served as a reviewer and evaluator for several Department of Education international business programs.

He holds degrees from Texas A&M University, Thunderbird - The American Graduate School of International Management, and the University of Texas in Austin.

Donna Davisson, LCB, CGBP - Executive Director

Donna Davisson - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
1860 E. 18th Street, BU327
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
216-802-3381
d.davisson@csuohio.edu

Donna Davisson is a faculty member teaching international business at Cleveland State University's Nance College of Business as well as the Executive Director for NASBITE International. She is a Licensed Customs Broker and Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP). Donna has been teaching international business for over ten years. She is dedicated to advancing international education through developing and facilitating faculty lead study abroad programs to France, Canada, and Italy. Prior to teaching, she worked in industry, conducting marketing research for various companies, including work for a Fortune 500 company as a product service liaison to the French-Canadian market. She is fluent in French and formerly served as the Executive Director for the Cleveland Chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce.

Reynaldo Cano

Assistant Director, International Affairs Department
City of San Antonio
203 South Saint Mary's, Suite 360 
San Antonio, Texas 78205
Phone: (210) 207-8100
Fax: (210) 207-8113
Email: Reynaldo.Cano@sanantonio.gov 
Web: www.sanantoniotrade.org

Reynaldo Cano is currently Assistant Director for the City of San Antonio’s International Affairs Department.  In his position, he is tasked with helping the Director with all aspects of managing the team in San Antonio, Japan and Casa offices in Mexico.  As a result of long standing Sister City relationships with Guadalajara, Jalisco and Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, the City of San Antonio pioneered it first ”Casa San Antonio” trade office in Guadalajara in 1991. This awarding-winning formula was duplicated in Monterrey in 1992 followed by Mexico City in 1995.

Previously he was a Senior International Business Consultant with the South-West Texas Border Region International Trade Center. He assisted almost 400+ clients during his ten-year tenure and his clients attributed to his assistance a total of $75 million dollars in new sales and export sales.  During his tenure at the ITC he has represented the Center in various conferences at the local, regional, state, national and international level speaking on the array of international trade challenges faced by small businesses. Special projects he led for the ITC include an incubator program for foreign companies interested in establishing a U.S. presence (IBDC) and working with entities in Mexico to develop an SBDC network in Mexico.

Reynaldo is bilingual and bicultural having worked and lived in both the US and Mexico.  He truly enjoys working with his current team in helping them fulfill their client international trade potential by sharing information, his acumen and experience, and leveraging the Casa San Antonio program to the benefit of the clients.

Reynaldo earned his MBA in International Business from The University of Texas at San Antonio in May 1996 and is a member of the North American Small Business International Trade Educators, Associacion Mexicana de Centros de Desarrollo Para La Pequena Empresa (AMCDPE), and the National Society of Hispanic MBAs.  He is a NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) and is part of the Centurion group earning this credential.

Scott C. Ferris, CITP - Ex Officio Board Member

Scott C. Ferris - EX OFFICIO BOARD MEMBER
Director Business Development
FITT- The Professional Path to Global Markets
116 Lisgar St. Suite 300
Ottawa, ON K2P 0C2
Phone: 613-230-3553x103/ 800-561-3488
Fax: 613-230-6808
E-mail: scott@fitt.ca

Scott is a certified international trade professional with more than 19 years experience in business development, strategy, and implementation of trade and export initiatives, marketing, communications and investment attraction practices. He has demonstrated ability to provide value-added, relevant and innovative direction and leadership in the private, public and education sectors.

Scott’s excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills with a high level of initiative and adaptability help him tackle rapidly changing demands. His extensive background in business planning, analysis, reporting, marketing research, market entry planning, licensing, customer development and retention techniques, for both product and service-based industries comes from domestic and international experience gained through participation on and/or organization of more than 20 trade missions on three continents.

Well developed experience within government, the private sector, and academia in the areas of commercialization, investment attraction and international market development. Scott’s expertise has now been sought by educational institutions and he began teaching global business in 2011

Dr. Kelly E. Fish, Ph.D. / CGBP

Dr. Kelly E. Fish, Ph.D. / CGBP
Associate Professor, Computer & Information Technology
Director, International Business Resource Center (IBRC)
Arkansas State University
P.O. Box 239
State University
AR 72467
Phone: 870-972-3986
Fax: 870-972-3417
Email: kfish@astate.edu

Kelly E. Fish is Associate Professor of Computer & Information Technology and Director of the International Business Resource Center (IBRC) at Arkansas State University (ASU) in Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA. He holds a Master of International Management degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Mississippi. He was awarded the NASBITE CGBP credential in 2009. Dr. Fish teaches global e-commerce and international business at ASU and has been a visiting professor at University of Caen in France and University of Salzburg for Applied Sciences in Austria. He has taught in ASU study abroad courses throughout Europe, South America and Asia.

As Director of ASU’s IBRC Dr. Fish provides leadership for its mission of enhancing the global competence of the residents living in the Arkansas Delta Region (ADR) by improving the teaching of international business at ASU and, assisting ADR businesses in learning to export products or services. In this position he has administered BIE grants while working with other international business faculty to redesign ASU’s IB curriculum at the undergraduate and MBA level. He has traveled throughout Arkansas participating in export seminars and consulting with businesses wanting to grow sales internationally. Additionally, he serves as an expert consultant for “ExportTech” conducted by the US Commercial Service Office in Little Rock and has led trade missions to China. 

Dr. Fish’s research includes application of artificial intelligence approaches to foreign market screening, as well as, the study of success factors and impediments to exporting perceived by Arkansas manufacturing firms. Presently, he is working with other IBRC professors in researching global leadership traits and has been awarded a Middle East Studies Grant to research the phenomenon in Egypt. He has published in numerous national and international journals.

Elizabeth Glynn

Elizabeth Glynn
Export Advisor/ Global Trade Educator
EMG Global Business Solutions
POB 1308 I El Segundo
CA 90245-1308
Phone: 310.890.2108
Email: elizmglynn@gmail.com

Elizabeth Glynn, export advisor, consultant, and trainer, works with companies to develop and execute seamless global trade operations that increase overseas sales, integrate business operations, and expedite the logistics process. Glynn shares broad-based, hands-on experience and insight in building successful export business operations. For over 20 years she has worked with companies to compete competitively in the areas of export operations, export compliance, global business development, trade finance, cargo insurance, and global logistics (supply chain management) with the objective of accelerating R.O.I. and maximizing competitive advantage in the global marketplace.

As Business Advisor, International Trade at the Santa Monica College Small Business Development Center, Glynn counsels businesses and coordinates workshops related to expanding export and trade operations. Glynn served two years as Business Development Director at UCLA Extension, one of the nation’s largest providers of continuing education; she worked with companies and organizations to provide onsite contract professional development programs. As Export Advisor for a space & communications organization, she worked with a variety of program units in providing trade expertise (training, advice, assistance with understanding the global trade process) to facilitate the positioning of high dollar transactions to overseas customers. As Project Manager for the Western Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (at USC), Glynn facilitated the implementation of key turn-around projects with companies impacted by import competition. As Consultant, she developed and implemented the startup of the export operations (market entry, sales, finance, logistics, customer service) for a medical device manufacturer that resulted in expedited growth to Europe, Asia, and Latin America. As International Manager for a photo products company, she streamlined the global transportation
infrastructure; managed export, import, and foreign-based transactions; facilitated multi-country shipments, free trade zone projects; and negotiated letters of credit, marine cargo insurance. As an Account Executive with a national customs broker/freight forwarder, Glynn worked with clients to manage import/export transportation, customs, duty drawback, and marine cargo insurance. For a national air freight forwarder, she worked the Export Freight Operations (documentation, hazardous materials, national assembly accounts), and trained employees/management in export operations.

Since 1998 Glynn has taught extensively, including at UCLA Extension - Global Supply Chain Management; Fundamentals of International Trade; ITC Internship - and the University of La Verne - Global Business Management (MBA); Ethics (MBA); Culture & Gender Issues in Management. She delivered customized programs for multiple China delegations (UCLA Extension) and UC Riverside’s International Professional programs as well as presented on topics including global education strategies; the importance of international trade education (for high school students); and building strategic partnerships. Other topics presented include Global Logistics, Global Business Practices, and Effective Communication in International Trade (facilitating intercultural collaboration).

Glynn served as 2010 Chair, Global Initiatives Council for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. Presently, she serves as board member with the Foreign Trade Association, Women in International Trade-LA, Institute of Management Consultants (SoCal), National Association of International Trade Educators (NASBITE) Board of Governors (April 2011); and, formerly, International Trade Compliance Organization (El Camino CITD, 2009). She is one of 800+ recipients of the internationally recognized CGBP, Certified Global Business Professional. Glynn holds a Master of International Management (MIM) degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a B.A. in Linguistics and Spanish from the University of California, Irvine. She is proficient in Spanish and speaks conversational French.

Augustine Grace - Ex Officio Board Member

Augustine Grace - EX OFFICIO BOARD MEMBER
Sr. Business Development Officer
Export Import bank of U.S
811 Vermont Avenue
Washington DC 20571
Phone: 202-565-3910
Fax: 202-565-3930
E-mail: gus.grace@exim.gov

Augustine Grace is a Senior Business Development Officer at the Export Import Bank in Washington D.C.  The bank, an independent agency of the U.S. Government, provides loans to foreign buyers of U.S. goods and services, and insurance and guarantee protection to U.S. exporters and banks engaged in export sales. The Business Development Group provides a number of out-reach services to banks and exporters to inform them of Ex-Im Banks programs and to encourage their use of these services. 

Mr. Grace has primary responsibility for the training seminars at Ex-Im Bank, as a training coordinator and lecturer.  He has developed marketing programs and outreach efforts to promote the bank's programs. 

Augustine Grace has held a number of positions at the Export Import Bank in Washington D.C. He was formerly a Marketing Officer providing guidance to exporters, buyers and bankers on all Ex-Im Bank programs.  For a period of one year he worked as a Loan Officer in the U.S. Division recommending Working Capital Guarantees for approval.  For four years he arranged loans and guarantees, credit facilities, and limited recourse financing for eligible borrowers in Latin America.  His forte is international lending, and he has spent most of his tenure as a loan officer lending to public and private sector entities in Latin America. 

Prior to joining Ex-Im Bank Mr. Grace was employed as an international banker with a large private sector commercial bank.  His successful international banking career took him from an Edge Act Bank in New York where he became a Vice President, Section Head, in the Mexico Division at the bank's headquarters in Caracas, Venezuela.  After serving for 3 years in various lending positions in Venezuela, he returned with the bank when it relocated its headquarters for the Latin American Division to Miami, Florida.  In Miami he worked as a Credit Administrator for several Central American and Caribbean countries, while overseeing the Bank’s correspondent bank lines in Latin America.  In 1988 he left Miami and moved to Washington, D.C. where he joined the Export Import Bank of U.S.

Mr. Grace received his B.S. degree in Mathematics from Central Connecticut State University in 1966.  After a three year tour of duty in the Army, he joined the field of international banking in New York.  He was awarded his MBA from Fordham University in 1981. He also obtained a graduate degree from Stonier Graduate School of Banking (Rutgers University) in June 1981.

Leroy Lowe

Leroy Lowe

Leroy Lowe is a former Aerospace Engineering Officer and Project Manager in the Canadian Airforce who previously worked for Sparton of Canada, a division of Michigan-based Sparton Corporation (SPA on the NYSE). As the Director of Business Development, he recruited, managed and directed a diverse network of agents, distributors and strategic alliance partners in 20+ countries worldwide.  Currently, he is a full-time faculty member in International Business at the Nova Scotia Community College and an active international business development specialist for Mxi Technologies Inc.  He has a BSc, Diploma in Engineering, a Masters Degree in Adult Education (MAEd), a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and he is a Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) and a Certified Global Business professional (CGBP).

Work in recent years has taken him to Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Leroy was part of the original NASBITE task force that helped develop the Certified Global Business professional (CGBP) designation and he was one of the senior task force members in Canada who helped the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) update the competencies required for the Certified International Trade Professional designation in Canada.

Bronwen Madden

Bronwen Madden
Deputy Director, CITD
Center for International Trade Development (CITD)
El Camino College Business Training Center
13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250 USA
Phone: 310-973-3175
Mobile: 310-600-8914
Email: bmadden@elcamino.edu

Bronwen Madden joined El Camino College Center for International Trade Development in 2006 as the Deputy Director. In this capacity, she provides export/import assistance to the Los Angeles area business community including trade mission support, educational seminars, international market research and trade counseling. Ms. Madden also helps manage several grants focusing on trade capacity building, international trade compliance and enabling exports in the aerospace and green/clean technology industries. She is active in the international trade community and serves on the board of Women in International Trade-Los Angeles, the Gardena Global Leadership Academy, and is a member-elect to the NASBITE International Board of Governors.

Ms. Madden worked for the State of Missouri, International Trade & Investment Office from 2000 to 2006. She served as an International Business Manager, assisting businesses trade in the Americas, Europe, Eastern Mediterranean and Japan as well as attracting FDI. Ms. Madden also served on the Missouri Governor’s Hispanic Business, Trade and Culture Commission as the ex-officio member for the Department of Economic Development under Governor Holden and Governor Blunt. Previously, she was an International Student Adviser at the International Center, University of Missouri – Columbia.

Ms. Madden earned an Executive Master in International Business from the Boeing Institute of International Business, John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Missouri – Columbia in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on International Relations, Economics and Peace Studies; Minor in Spanish. She has been awarded the Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) designation from NASBITE International.

Tammy Marquez-Oldham

Tammy Marquez-Oldham
Director, Small Business Development Center
CLIMB Center for Advancement
Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon

Tammy Marquez-Oldham brings 30 years experience in the education, healthcare, software, and food industry to the clients she serves in her capacity at Portland Community College. She has owned several businesses and hired, trained and developed hundreds of employees. She has experience in building business domestically and internationally, impacting over 2000 clients over the past ten years.

At the Small Business Development Center at CLIMB Center for Advancement Portland Community College, Tammy leads the vision of providing the highest level of business education and advising possible. As Director, Tammy inspires performance of staff and clients; producing net new jobs, accessing capital and achieving new sales. Tammy is founder of the Center for Excellence in Entrepreneurship at the Small Business Development Center and has been a member of the Economic Gardening Initiative since its inception.

With a Bachelors degree in Human Development and a Masters in Business from George Fox University, Tammy brings a unique and holistic approach to her work as Director at the Small Business Development Center, CLIMB Center for Advancement, Portland Community College.

As a business leader in the 21st Century I believe I have a social responsibility to transfer the knowledge acquired during my 30 year journey through the world of business, education, and entrepreneurship. This experience has given me the unique ability to get to the “heart of the matter” and help my clients in a variety of ways. Through my work I educate, inspire, and transform my client’s needs into solutions.

Dale Miller - Ex Officio Board Member

Dale Miller
Director- Trade Service Staff
Office of Trade Programs/ Foreign Agricultural Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Rm 128 Portals Building, Mail Stop 1020
1400 Independence Avenue, Washington D.C. 20250-1002
Phone: 202-690-0752
E-mail: dale.miller@fas.usda.gov

Dale Miller has served for over 25 years with the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). FAS is the international arm of the USDA and represents overseas the diverse interests of U.S. farmers and the agricultural sector.  FAS works to improve market access for U.S. agricultural products, build new markets, and improve the competitive position of U.S. agriculture in the global marketplace.

Following the reorganization of the FAS in November of 2006, Dale was named Senior Advisor in the Office of Trade Programs (OTP). In this capacity, Dale strived to increase public awareness of the importance of agricultural trade and free trade agreements; forge strategic outreach partnerships; create a more effective network of state, legislative, industry and government partners as well as promote the export assistance role of the USDA. In November of 2008, Dale was named Director of OTP’s newly created Trade Services Staff which oversees agency export services, trade expositions, and acts as the liaison with related academic, business and legislative organizations in promoting international trade.

From 1997 to 2006 Dale worked in FAS’s Office of Outreach & Exporter Assistance serving as the Director from 2001-2006. During that time partnerships were forged with key business associations and government agencies, including the National Conference of State Legislatures, Council of State Governments, World Trade Center Association, NASBITE, Business Council for International Understanding, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the District Export Council.

From 1980 to 1996 Dale held a range of positions in FAS and has represented USDA in matters pertaining to foreign market development in over 35 countries.

Dale received a M.S. degree in Agricultural Economics from Iowa State University.

Eugenio J. Reyes-Guzman

Eugenio J. Reyes-Guzman
Director, World Trade Center Nuevo Leon -  UANL
4600 Lazaro Cardenas
Monterrey, NL 64930
Phone: 52 (81) 8329-4281
Email: eureyes@wtcnl.uanl.mx
Web: http://wtcnuevoleon.uanl.mx

Eugenio Reyes works at the World Trade Center Nuevo Leon - UANL as Director since January 2007. He has recently joined NASBITE International’s Board of Governors. He holds a BSME and a BSIE from Universidad Regiomontana, a MIM from American Graduate School of International Management, and a MBA from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. (Thunderbird)

Eugenio has over 20 years of experience in the international business field as trading manager and director. He has collaborated with Fiat Auto S.P.A. in Italy, Vitro in Mexico and in the US, The Coca-Cola Company in Japan, and CEMEX. He also taught international trading seminars at the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and currently teaches at the UANL in the MBA program. 

Under Eugenio’s direction, the World Trade Center Nuevo Leon - UANL has been recognized as the first ”PymeXporta”€ Center nationwide operating within a university. The WTCNL-UANL has also been credited as an SBDCmx working with the same methodology as in the US. The Certified Global Business Professional enabling boot camp and exam was offered in June 2008 at the WTCNL - UANL for the first time in Mexico.

Eugenio Reyes is co-founder of Adomill S.A. de C.V. which is recognized as one of the state scientific/technological companies.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith
Associate Professor of Human Resources
Purdue University
1401 S US 421, Tech 196
Westville, IN 46391
Phone: 219- 785-5684
Fax: 219-785-5528
Email:  ssmith@pnc.edu

Ms. Smith is responsible for the global human resource management curriculum on her campus.  Prior to her career in academia, she initiated human resource departments for various organizations.  At Pioneer Hi-Bred International (a DuPont Company), Ms. Smith served as the bilingual recruiter and trainer.  

She has traveled to 35 countries and has published in the areas of culture and acculturation, occupational safety, and global human resources. Ms. Smith has addressed seven state Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) conferences.  She holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation, in addition to her Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resource Management.

Ms. Smith has delivered national and international conference papers and presentations including audiences in Russia, New Zealand, and Turkey.  Lithuanian by heritage, Ms. Smith is very interested in the development of emerging Eastern European markets, post Soviet rule.  Smith is a PhD student pursuing her doctorate in Organizational Leadership at The Chicago School of Professional Psycholoty. She serves on the Board of Governors and Executive Committee for NASBITE International.

Laura Wolff

Instructor
S. II. University of Edwardsville
P.O. Box 1102
Edwardsville, IL 62026
Phone: (618) 650-2875
Email: lwolff@siue.edu

Laura Wolff is an instructor in the Department of Economics and Finance at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, an AACSB accredited business school in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area. She teaches international economics and has developed and led numerous study abroad courses in Mexico, Costa Rica, Hong Kong and China. She has presented at several conferences and has been published in the area of course design and assessment of study abroad.

She has also authored supplements for both international economics and principles of microeconomics text books. She has set up international service projects for both her university and for private volunteer groups in several countries and has taken more than 70 groups to complete various hands-on development projects in many places in the world over the last 15 years. (She's trying to save the world on a budget). She is building a consulting business in the pet industry, particularly working with a pet treat manufacturer to develop domestic and foreign distribution markets, and has enjoyed doing the trade show cycle over the last two years.