DEC Members

The Mid-America District Export Council

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

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MADEC Officers

Dan Ward
Director of Trade Finance
Western Forms
Expertise: Finance, Administration, Manufacturing, International Sales, Information Technology, International Credit Terms, and Wellness

Matthew Battiston
Export Compliance Officer
University of Kansas

Expertise: Export Compliance, Import Compliance, Customs Brokerage, Foreign Military Sales, Fixed and Rotary Wing Aviation, and Industrial Security

Dina Aaby
International Banking Manager

Expertise: International Banking, Foreign Exchange, Trade Finance, Letters of Credit, Documentary Collections, and Working Capital


Todd Allison
Progressive Products, Inc.

Expertise: Small business exporting to Canada and Mexico

Frederick Baehner
President & IBNewsmag, Publisher
InterMark3, Inc.

Expertise: International Business Development and Intelligence for SMEs; International Marketing & Promotion; Publish IBNewsmag – practical information for international traders (SMEs); Industry Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC 9) as cleared advisor to USTR for SMEs.

Dr. Melissa Birch
Associate Professor and Director, Global Business Studies
University of Kansas School of Business

Expertise: Export Education, Market Entry Strategies, Economic & Political Risk Assessment

Steve Borell
Consulting Engineer
Borell Consulting Services LLC

Expertise: Mineral Exploration and Development, Project Development with International Partners

Gabe DiGiorgio
Vice President & Senior Global Trade Consultant
Corporate and Commercial Banking
U.S. Bank

Expertise: International Trade Finance, International Payment Methods, Standby and Commercial Letters of Credit, Bank and Demand Guarantees, Supply Chain Finance

Rick Donahue
Chairman of the Board

Expertise: International Manufacturing and Distribution, International Joint Ventures and Operations, Export and Import Activities, International Intellectual Properties and Related Legal Matters

Ray Garvey
Export Manager; Certified Global Business Professional
Moridge Mfg Inc. dba The Grasshopper Company

Expertise: International Market Expansion, Cross Cultural Negotiation, Francophone Market Development, Machinery Export, Distribution Strategy, Global Business Instruction & Training, Foreign Market Research

Chris Gutierrez
KC SmartPort

Expertise: Supply Chain, Logistics, Global Transportation, Foreign Direct Investment

Keith Hustings
Independent Export Consultant

Donna Johnson
President & CEO
Pinnacle Technology, Inc.

Expertise: Small Business, International Business Development, Sales Strategies

Ike Nwabuonwu
Chairman & CEO
Alpha Energy and Electric, Inc., DBA Alpha General Contracting

Expertise: Green Energy, Innovative Construction, African Business and Affairs

Robert Rebori
BioMicrobics, Inc.

Expertise: Strategic Marketing

Tina Roth
Associate Director, Global Supply & Trade Compliance
Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health

Expertise: Certified US Export Compliance Officer, International Logistics and Trade Compliance, Past President and Board Member of ITCKC and International Logistics Association of KC

Carrie Sherer
Associate Director, Government Affairs
Black & Veatch,

Expertise: U.S. Trade and Development Agency programs, U.S. Commercial Service Resources for U.S. Businesses, Government Advocacy, EXIM Bank – Letter of Interest

My Tran
ITO Business Development Specialist
BG Products, Inc.

Expertise: Doing business in Southeast Asia; U.S. Commercial Service Programs; USTDA Programs; Trademark Issues

Ted J. Vlamis
Vice President
Pioneer Balloon Company

Tyler Walston
Certified Global Business Professional; Director of Global Development
Meter Engineers

Expertise: Export Compliance (ITAR/EAR/OFAC/Customs), Global Consultant Network, Foreign Market Intelligence, International Sales Development, Market Entry Strategies

Jeff Willis
Business Development Division, International Trade Division Director
Kansas Department of Commerce

Expertise: Asian Business, Machinery, International Sales Network Management, Information Technology

L. William Zahner
A. Zahner Co.

Expertise: Metals used in art and architecture