National DEC Hosted 2016 National DEC Forum


In cooperation with the U.S. Department of Commerce, the 2016 National DEC Forum provided an update on the latest trends impacting exports and your DEC. This year’s Forum activities included the following:

  • Opening remarks – Philip Pittsford (IL-DEC), Chair Emeritus
  • Remarks from the U.S. Department of Commerce – Antwuan Griffin, Deputy Assistant Secretary, for US Operations, U.S. Commercial Service
  • Introduction of new officers at National DEC
  • Committee annual reports with Q & A and Comments

– Trade and Legislative by Dr. Robert Brown (KY DEC), Chair – Communications & Outreach by Philip Pittsford (IL DEC) – Social Media/website by Dr. Oz Erdem (North-Central West FL DEC)

  • Trade Americas Initiative Presentation by Dr. Oz Erdem
  • Panel discussion on Trade with the Americas Region

– Dr. Robert Brown – moderator – John Andersen, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere, U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce – Philip Pittsford – Dr. Oz Erdem

  • Keynote speaker: Judy Reinke, Deputy Director General, U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce 
  • Presentation of DEC of the Year Award
  • ITA Legislative Priorities- Discussion, updates and Q & A

Jordan Haas, Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

National DEC Members Meet With Congressional TPP Caucus

In conjunction with the National DEC Legislative Summit held in Washington, D.C. on April 27-28, National DEC members had the opportunity to meet with the congressional Trans-Pacific Partnership Caucus to discuss the potential impact of the TPP on their business. Pictured are National DEC members Roy Paulson, President of Paulson Manufacturing Corporation, a manufacturer and exporter of personal safety equipment; Richard Grana, President of Impex, a provider of export management services to conveyor accessories and bulk material equipment manufacturers; and Philip Pittsford, International Sales Manager of NOW International, a manufacturer and exporter of dietary supplement products.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Thanks DECs and Discusses NEI/Next

The U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, recently commended the District Export Councils for their partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service and for the role they are playing in increasing U.S. exports. As the Secretary notes, “DEC members embody the spirit of civic engagement”, and that the Department of Commerce, in its efforts to increase U.S. exports, “can rely on the support of a trusted and valued group of private sector leaders such as the DEC members.”  To read the letter, click letter.
Additionally, the Secretary also recently discussed the launch of the NEI/Next Initiative. To watch a video of her discussion, click video

National DEC Members Participate in FedEx Trade Forum

NDEC-FedEx Event

The National DEC was invited to participate in a FedEx Trade Forum held on November 6, 2013, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Speakers at the event included Michael Ducker, President of FedEx Express and Myron Brillant, Exec. Vice President for International Affairs at the U.S. Chamber.

Pictured above (left to right) are National DEC members Philip Pittsford, Richard Grana, Roy Paulson, Tom Norwalk, Sandy Renner, Lisa Kelley, Daniel Ogden, Tom Dustman and Mark Ballam.