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

Drew Felling
Vice President
International Trade for Commerce Bank

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

Laura Lombard

Director of the International Division
Kansas Department of Commerce

Expertise: International Business Development, Export Assistance, and Foreign Direct Investment Recruitment

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

Rayan F. Azab
Azab Advisory LLC

Expertise: Rayan F. M. Azab brings forth more than 13 years of expertise collaborating with American enterprises, facilitating their global expansion endeavors and securing deals worth a cumulative total of over $150 million. Possessing extensive knowledge in business ethics, the U.S. market, and a strong understanding of the culture in the Middle East and Africa, Azab maintains a diverse international network across various industries.

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.

Susan Ballew

Contract Manager
SOR, Inc.

Expertise: Commercial and Government Contract Management, Trade Compliance, International Payment Methods, Export Controls, Business Development

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
Bhatt International, Inc.

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

Bryan Brown
Miller & Company P.C.

Expertise: International Trade Compliance Counseling and Training

Lesa Brownell
Director, Trade Compliance
Schenck Process, LLC

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

Philip Hull Ph.D
Graduate & International Student Services at University of Central Missouri

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

Jay Kim
CEO/ Founder

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

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

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

Daniel Rauchholz

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

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

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

Jeff Willis
Eastern Strategies LLC

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

L. William Zahner
A. Zahner Co.

Expertise: Metals used in art and architecture