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


VICE-CHAIR
Matthew Battiston
Export Compliance Officer
University of Kansas,

Expertise: Export compliance, import compliance, Customs Brokerage, foreign military sales, fixed and rotary wing aviation, industrial security


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


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.


Charles Ballard
Export Compliance Director
Miller & Co., P.C.


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
Shor-Line

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
President
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
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


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 Watson
Vice President; Certified Global Business Professional
Kansas Global Trade Services, Inc.

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