DEC Members

The Maryland / DC District Export Council

The DEC is a private, non-profit organization that brings together experienced international business people who provide guidance and assistance in international markets.

DEC Members are appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, based on their expertise in international business. Due to their commitment to exporting, DEC members volunteer their time.

DEC CHAIR
Phil Grove
Ellicott Dredges
International Sales Manager
Expertise: Commercial diplomacy, advocacy for international government tenders, Ex-Im financing, USTDA programs, OPIC project finance, partnering for foreign contracts, U.S. Commercial Service programs.

DEC VICE CHAIR
Richard Rogers
LaMotte Chemical Company
Director of International Business
Expertise: Foreign market research, international business development & sales.

DEC TREASURER
Karen Weiss
Fulton Financial Corporation

Vice President – Healthcare Banking
Expertise: International banking, foreign exchange, hedging, currency access & fluctuations, trade finance (EXIM > $25 million, L/C confirmation, documentary collections, working capital.

STATE TRADE DIRECTOR
Jessica Reynolds
Maryland Department of Commerce

Senior Director, Office of International Investment & Trade
Expertise: Export Maryland/SBA STEP grant, Governor’s trade missions, Maryland export data

(The following DEC members are listed alphabetically.)

Jose Alonso
Murray Corporation
International Sales Manager

Expertise: UM Global Export Consulting program, MDCP grant recipient, Hannover Messe trade show, U.S. Dept of Commerce 51% content requirements.

Aisha Ayre
W.R.Grace
Manager of Logistics & Trade Compliance

Expertise: Sales & operating planning, operations management, international experience in consumer goods, pharmaceutical, & chemical markets, certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, & Certified Supply Chain Professional (APICS).

Rebecca Bellinger
University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business
Executive Director, Center for Global Business
Expertise: Startup/incubator best practices, export education, early stage business, student consulting services to companies with global business challenges.

Kimberly Brown
Amethyst Technologies
Chief Executive Officer

Expertise: President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa, Gold Key services, government advocacy, healthcare services in developing countries.

Christina Caraballo
Audacious Inquiry, LLC
Director
Expertise: Healthcare regulations, electronic health records, Federal Advisory’s Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) member.

Lee Connor
John S. Connor, Inc. 
President 
Expertise: Competitive rates for freight forwarding, transportation and logistics services, supply chain management, incoterms.

Tyrone Duggins
ECObiotix LLC
President & CEO

Expertise: Municipal sales, environmental compliance, technical consulting.

Benjamin England
FDA Imports
Founding Member & CEO

Expertise: Importation, FDA regulations, UDSA and HHS contacts, certificates of free sale, customs broker processes.

Stephen Esposito
Smiths Detection
Vice President, Business Development & Sales

Expertise: Advocacy program, collective industry action against unfair foreign competition.

Scott Goldfarb
Goldfarb & Associates
Vice President

Expertise: Export achievement award, website globalization, re-platforming e-commerce website, Export MD grant, Gold Key Service, doing business in Latin America, small business government programs.

Ronald Huther
Thales Defense and Security, Inc.
Director, International Business Development

Expertise: Export compliance, management of wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of European parent company.

Derek Kaplan
Coface
Business Development Executive
Expertise: Export credit insurance, insure international accounts receivable.

Alex Koff
Venable LLP
Partner
(DEC Chair 2014-2015)
Expertise: General Counsel coverage, including international business transactions & contracts, intellectual property disputes, international arbitration, regulatory compliance, customs matters, export controls, FCPA, Jones Act issues.

Carl Livesay
Maryland Thermoform Corporation

VP of Operations
(DEC Vice Chair 2016-2017)
Expertise: ITAR, FAR, DFAR, AS9100C, AS9100D, manufacturing process optimization, export readiness assessment, gap analysis, leveraging social media, lean manufacturing, aerospace & defense industries, contract manufacturing.

Bill Marsheck
DAP Products
Manager, International Sales 
Expertise: Identification of international distributors, due diligence, FTA markets.

Jill McClune
Avon Protection Systems
Vice President of Business Development

Expertise: Army Alliance, military and emergency responder contracts, federal compliance programs, economic development, business & technology council resources.

Brian Merritt
RSM US, LLP
Partner
(DEC Vice Chair 2014-2015)
Expertise: IC-DISC consulting, transfer pricing, advantageous tax structures for global companies, VAT Recovery.

Kwabena Osei-Sarpong
RIFE International
President & CEO

Expertise: Trade Winds, Group Gold Key programs, Export MD grant programs, doing business in Africa, green/renewable energy expertise, international sales and partner development.

Vaishali Patel
Yogi’s Consulting Group
Principal Consultant

Expertise: Strategic planning, budget, P&L, USEAC services.

Bobby Patton
Patton Electronics
CEO
(DEC Chair 2018-2019)
Expertise: Export financing, Ex-Im Bank products including credit insurance, supply chain, privacy concerns, high tech manufacturing, partner identification, sales channels, patent applications, IP issues .

Thuy Pisone
Orbis Technologies
Executive Vice President, Global Services

Expertise: ExporTech, TradeWinds, International Expansion Blueprint, website globalization, MDDA program, overseas subsidiary management.

Mariana de Gorordo Rutherford
Kieyos
Chief Operations Officer

Expertise: ITAR professional certified, licensed broker via State Department, ECoP-ITAR (expert compliance certified in ITAR).

Dominic Scurti
Maryland Port Administration
Manager, Market Planning
Expertise: Seawater port trends, capabilities at the Port of Baltimore, Maryland export/import data, coordination with port authority, CBP, Census, and USDA

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Sierra Silkman
Haemo-Sol International, LLC
Owner

Expertise: Distributor relationship & management, international market pricing, currency fluctuation management, comparative international shipping & incoterms.

Eugene Sutter
Trust Bank (formerly BB&T)

International Business Development Officer
Expertise: Commercial & international banking, working capital (EXIM/SBA), letters of credit, documentary collections, export credit insurance, international wires, foreign correspondent banking.

David Tohn
BTS Software Solutions

Chief Executive Officer
Expertise: Technology & software exports, ITAR controls, DoD contracting (import & export), cybersecurity, int’l expansion for defense & commercial sales..

Kim Vaccari
Konsyl Pharmaceuticals
Sales Manager
Expertise: ExporTech, FDA approval & nutritional supplement regulations, distributor network, sales channel conflict, Amazon e-commerce platform sales.

Michael Violette
Washington Laboratories, Ltd.
Chief Executive Officer
Expertise: Product testing & certification, CE Mark, market access via various international product approvals, regional expertise in China, Japan, and Europe.

Alexandra Wrage
Trace International, Inc.
President

Expertise: Practical anti-bribery compliance training, due diligence on global agents/consultants/distributors, compliance benchmarking and risk assessments.

Bob Zhang
Peng Consulting Group
Principal Consultant

Expertise: China expertise, strategic business consulting, trade missions, diplomacy, website and e-commerce localization, fluency in Chinese; Asia rep. for Maryland Horse Industry Board; Governor’s Commission on APA Affairs.