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

CHAIR
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


VICE-CHAIR
Vacant


TREASURER
Dina Aaby
International Banking Manager
INTRUST Bank

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


MADEC MEMBERS

Todd Allison
President
Progressive Products, Inc.

Expertise: Small business exporting to Canada and Mexico


Rayan Azab
Chairman/Founder
UP RIGHT Advisory LLC.

Expertise: UAE and Saudi Arabia Business, Production & Entertainment Industry, International Business Ventures, International Business Growth


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


Darpan Bhatt
Co-Director
Bhatt International, Inc.

Expertise: Recycled and Intermediate Metals Trading/Processor, Raw Materials, and Doing Business in India


Lesa Brownell
Certified US Export Compliance Officer
Global Center of Excellence Compliance Manager at TVH Parts Co

Expertise: International Trade, Compliance, Supply Chain Management, Nonprofit Organizations and Risk Management


David Clark
Vice President
ARI Global

Expertise: Trade Credit Insurance, Risk Mitigation, Commercial Collections, Alternative Financing, and Commercial Lending Industries


Rick Donahue
Chairman of the Board
Shor-Line

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


Drew Felling
Vice President
International Trade for Commerce Bank

Expertise: International Development, Export Manufacturing Sales, Global Logistics, and Trade Finance


Philip Hull Ph.D
Director
International Involvement Center at Northwest Missouri State University

Expertise: Education , International Recruitment, Study Abroad Programs, and Trans-Atlantic Studies and Scholarship


Donna Johnson
President & CEO
Pinnacle Technology, Inc.

Expertise: Small Business, International Business Development, Sales Strategies


Jay Kim
CEO/ Founder
DataLocker

Expertise: Data Security, Security Solutions, Global Home Appliance Industry and Doing Business in Seoul and Netherlands


Laura Lombard
President/CEO
Kansas Global Trade Services

Expertise: Global Business Consulting, International Business Development, Climate & Energy, Fortune 500 Companies and Doing Business in Middle East & North Africa


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

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


Daniel Rauchholz
President
Farmada

Expertise: Manufacturing, Distribution, international development, Agriculture, Wholly Owned Subsidiaries, and Doing Business in Eastern Europe.


Robert Rebori
President
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


Fang Shen
Partner & Asia Service Leader
Husch Blackwell

Expertise: Transactional Law, Domestic and International Mergers and Acquisitions, Loans and Financing, Corporate Structure and Joint Ventures, Global Manufacturing and Distribution, and Trade Compliance.


My Tran
ITO Business Development Specialist
BG Products, Inc.

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


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
CEO/President
A. Zahner Co.

Expertise: Metals used in art and architecture