2017 National DEC Export Symposium and Forum

Hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National District Export Council, with a record setting attendance, this ​year’s Annual National DEC Export ​Symposium  ​had several panels focusing ​​on ​​the key export issues and updates. Panels included Export Controls Update, Export Control Programs, Federal and Local Program and Grants, Trade Policy Updates and Key Issues, and EXIM Bank Update.

In the National DEC Forum, we discussed the key topics in management of the DECs; such as DEC Governance, Strategic Projects and DEC engagement methods.   DEC members dedicated the afternoon session to visits to the Congressional leaders at the Capitol Hill. Evening reception was hosted at the Capitol Visitor Center in conjunction with Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER).



Rep. Andy Barr (KY, R-6th), House Financial Services Committee, updating the DEC members and exporters at National District Export Council Symposium on the Export-Import Bank

Rep Andy Barr addressing the DEC members and exporters at National District Export Council Symposium



Israel Hernandez, Acting Under Secretary for ITA, US Department of Commerce addresses the DEC members and exporters.



Export Control Updates Panel

  • Moderated by Dr. Oz Erdem, Vice Chair, National DEC
  • Richard Ashooh, Assistant Secretary of Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce – Bureau of Industry and Security
  • Lauren Wilk, Dir. of Trade Facilitation Policy, NAM
  • Michael Dondarski, Assistant Director for Enforcement, U.S. Department of the Treasury – OFAC



Export Control Programs Panel                                                                            

  • Moderated by Daniel Ogden, International Trade Attorney, Former Chair of National DEC
  • Laura Molinari, Executive Counsel, International Trade Compliance, GE
  • Roy Paulson, President, Paulson Manufacturing Corporation, Former Chair of National DEC


Federal and Local Programs & Grants Panel

  • Moderated by Greg Sizemore, Director, U.S. Commercial Service, North Carolina
  • Andy Karellas, Executive Director, State International Development Organizations
  • Aaron Miller, International Trade Manager, Virginia SBDC
  • Peter Cazamias, Assoc. Administrator for International Trade, SBA
  • John Holman, Director, U.S. Commercial Service, Hawaii




2017 DEC of the Year Award presented to Hawaii-Pacific District Export Council by Erin Walsh, Asst Secretary and Director General of US and Foreign Commercial Service


2017 Executive Secretary of the Year Award presented to Greg Sizemore of North Carolina DEC by

  • Dr. Robert Brown, Chair, National DEC, and
  • Erin Walsh, Asst Secretary and Director General of US and Foreign Commercial Service



Trade Policy Updates and Key Issues Panel

  • Moderated by Rick Grana, National DEC.
  • Shawn Jarosz, President, Trademoves, LLC; Former Chair, ITAC 11
  • Christina Sevilla, Deputy Assistant Small Business, US Trade Representative
  • Pat Kirwin, TPCC, US Department of Commerce
  • Rosalyn Steward, SBA Office of Advocacy
  • Eduardo Diaz Gavito, Chavez, Ruiz, Zamarripa; Frmr Chair, Mexico Trade/Customs
  • Tim Wedding, Deputy Assistant Europe (UK/Brexit), US Trade Representative


An Update on the Export-Import Bank — 2017 Activity and Political Status

  • Moderated by William Cummins, National DEC
  • Jesse Law, Chief of Staff, Ex-Im Bank
  • Jennifer Hazelton, Senior Vice President for Communications
  • Eric M. Aberbach, VP for Global Trade, Commercial Banking, J. P. Morgan Chase



Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), Chairman, House Small Business Committee addressing the DEC members and Exporters




Recognition of California Inland-Empire DEC and Arkansas DEC by Tom McGinty, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Department of CommerceDoC ITA-recognition-of-California-Inland-Empire-DEC

DoC ITA-recognition-of-Arkansas-DEC


Best Practices Panel: DEC Governance

  • Moderated by Laura Barmby, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Kenneth Mouradian, Director, U.S.Commercial Service, Orlando
  • Patricia Cook, Director, U.S. Commercial Service Iowa
  • Ryan Kanne, Director, U.S. Commercial Service Minnesota
  • Jessica Gordon, Director, U.S. Commercial Service, North Texas
  • Fred Latuperissa, Director, U.S. Commercial Service, California Inland-Empire


Best Practices Panel:  Strategic Projects and DEC Engagement

  • Moderated by Shawn Levsen,  Secretary, National DEC
  • Rob Haak, Hawaii Pacific DEC                                                                                                                             
  • Daryl Bouwkamp, Chair, Iowa DEC
  • Cary Wanner, Chair, California Inland Empire DEC
  • Lenka Horakova, Vice Chair, Arkansas DEC
  • Daniel T. Crocker, Commercial Service Vice President, AFSA

NDEC Projects and DEC Engagement


The Future of Your DEC Panel: International Preparedness Panel                                                                                                                         

  • Moderated by Michel Wouters, Worldwide Logistics, New Jersey DEC Chair
  • Preparing for Disasters, 2012 RESTORE Act-Lessons Learned: Michael Marangell, U.S. Commercial Service, International Trade Specialist
  • Managing Suppliers: Susan Parker, Director of Purchasing, Kenmark
  • Port Congestion, Logistics, and Supply Chains: Russell Adise, Industry and Analysis, International Trade Specialist covering Maritime Trade, Supply Chains, Seaports and Security

The Future of Your DEC International Preparedness

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