Your AZDEC Members

Each AZDEC member has special expertise in international trade, and is dedicated to helping businesses in our state develop global sales.


DEC Executive Committee

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Melissa Sanderson – DEC Chair
Mel Sanderson Consulting LLC
CEO
(307) 262-7688
melsand2020@outlook.com
2323 N Central Ave. Unit 2006, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Industry Specialization: Manufacturing

“While in the Foreign Service I assisted U.S. companies to penetrate the markets of countries in which I was stationed.  I have years of experience working to overcome trade barriers, defend U.S. companies’ contract and patent rights, and educate companies about the free resources available to them through the Departments of Commerce and State to assist them in entering export markets and thriving there.

In 2014 I was named one of the 25 Dynamic Women in Business by the Phoenix Business Journal: in 2015 I was named Global Businessperson of the Year by the Global Chamber Arizona, and also was chosen the 2015 Private Sector Athena Winner for Arizona by the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and Industry.”


Carol Ann Colombo – DEC Vice Chair
Fedelta Partners, LLC
Managing Member
(602) 956-5800
carol@fedeltapartners.com
3219 E  Camelback Rd, Ste 809, Phoenix, AZ 85019

Industry Specialization: Information Technology

“I have been an active DEC member for over 20 years, and currently serve as Chair of the Trade Policy and Legislative Advocacy Committee of the Arizona DEC.  I  have legal experience (international business law) as well as trade policy experience.  I have served the State of Arizona as its State Point of Contact to the USTR for over a decade,  and am active in a number of state-wide organizations focused on trade, transportation and economic development.”


Stephen J. Rodis, CPA – DEC Treasurer
Wallace, Plese + Dreher, LLP
Tax Partner
(480) 751-5813
stever@wpdcpa.com
500 N Juniper Dr, Suite 275, Chandler, AZ 85226

Industry Specialization: Financial Services/Professional Services

“Steve Rodis has 30 years of public accounting experience and provides tax planning and consulting to individuals and corporations in manufacturing, distribution, technology, real estate, and construction. Specializing in international tax, he helps Arizona-based U.S. businesses with structuring and income tax benefits relating to exporting and global expansion. His approach includes educating and counseling companies about entity structure, inventory and accounts receivable protection, contracts, income and estate tax treaties, and mergers and acquisitions.”


Leandro Solorzano – DEC Executive Secretary
U.S. Commercial Service, Arizona
Director
Leandro.Solorzano@trade.gov

Leandro Solorzano is the Director of the U.S. Commercial Service in Arizona where he oversees the agency’s programs. He leads a team of International Trade Specialists who work with Arizona companies to increase their exports helping them develop and implement their export strategy. He works with local, state, and federal agencies to provide companies a full suite of programs designed to help them enter foreign markets. Mr. Solorzano began his career with the U.S. Commercial Service in Philadelphia, PA and later transferred to Fort Lauderdale, FL. He was awarded the Department of Commerce’s Bronze and Silver Medal Awards for his work in promoting U.S. exports around the world. He has been in the international trade field for over 15 years.


Members of the Arizona DEC

Fernando Almeida
Penn International Insurance
Arizona Regional Manager
(602) 363-0703
falmeida@pennintl.com
8328 E San Simon Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85258

Industry Specialization: Professional Services

“I am a Trade Credit and Political Risk Insurance Broker and I have been a DEC member for about  20  years and past Treasurer of the ADEC.  My professional career comprises of 30 years in international banking, working in South Africa, UK and in the USA since 1990. I am also a licensed insurance broker recognized by Exim Bank and private underwriters in the Arizona market. Since 2015 I have practiced as an insurance broker working with local exporters to mitigate the risk of selling on open account terms.   I have also been a speaker at numerous events organized by the DEC and Arizona Commerce Authority on the topics of Trade Finance and International Payments.”


Richard Bowan
Genterra Group
Senior Vice President
(928) 220-1635
rb@genterragroup.com
121 E Birch Ave., Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Industry Specialization: Professional Services

“I work to expand economic opportunity and prosperity in Arizona communities and regions and in addition, I work with the regional economic development group, Economic Collaborative of Northern Arizona, to help promote and build export capability. In my roles as President/CEO of the Economic Collaborative of Northern Arizona and Associate Vice President of Economic Development at Northern Arizona University I have had the opportunity to work closely with many of Arizona companies to assist or encourage them in building export capability. These companies are creating innovative and cutting edge products and services in the areas of medical products, biomedical devices, bioengineering, digital products, manufacturing, software, healthcare, education, astronomy, informatics, climate science, and genetics/genomics. Through my previous corporate roles and work at NAU, I have a strong network of international connections, expertise, and access to export resources.”


Paul Brierley
Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture
Executive Director
(928) 782-5864
PaulBrierley@arizona.edu
6425 W 8th St., Yuma, AZ 85634

Industry Specialization: Agribusiness

“I run the Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture, a public-private partnership between the University of Arizona Division of Agriculture, Life & Veterinary Sciences and Cooperative Extension and the desert agriculture industry, coordinating research and solutions to the urgent problems facing production agriculture. I am able to represent the agribusiness sector on the DEC through my past experience in border state agricultural production and agricultural policy, and my current position of running a University Center of Excellence funded by the agriculture industry. I share DEC resources with the Ag industry, and also have access to researchers and other resources available from the University of Arizona.”


Doug Bruhnke
Global Chamber
CEO
(480) 459-7455
doug@globalchamber.org
440 N Scottsdale Road, #9-852, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Industry Specialization: Professional Services/Technology

“I have 34 years of experience exporting with hundreds of companies including the Dupont Company of Wilmington, DE. Six years ago we launched Global Chamber at Phoenix City Hall to help companies grow across borders. Global Chamber® is a growing and collaborating community of CEOs, executives and leaders in 525 metro regions around the world…connecting member businesses to new opportunities and advancing growth and success. It’s the only chamber of commerce in the world operating in hundreds of locations that helps exporting, importing and investing members to connect through warm introductions to clients, partners, projects, and resources. More: www.globalchamber.org.”


Fedrick Martin Buss
City of Peoria
Director, Economic Development
(602) 531-6783
rick.buss@peoriaaz.gov
9875 N 8th Ave., Peoria, AZ 85345

Industry Specialization: Government (State or Local)

“I am the Director of Economic Development for the City of Peoria, Arizona where I lead the Peoria International Program that focuses on FDI and local business expansion through exporting, mergers, and acquisitions. I received my Bachelor’s in International Marketing, my Master’s in Public Administration, a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Technology and Management, and a commercial real estate license. I started a high-tech company before selling to an international NASDAQ company and becoming a corporate officer. I’ve also served on the Institute of Environmental Sciences where I was a contributor to ISO standards (used worldwide) and received 5 international awards.  In 2017/2018 I spent time a as a consultant for real estate and technology hedge fund capital raises in Asia.  In two different cities I have founded, developed, and led the international programs, which include FDI and export program support.  I am an advisory board member of the Global Chamber of Commerce and a Credentialed Manager of the International City/County Management Association.  Finally, I travel internationally every 10-12 weeks for city business and have always had a love for cultures and diversity .”


George M Fronske
GMF Consulting
Owner
(480) 089-6264
gfronske@cox.net
3341 W Jasper Drive, Chandler, AZ 85226

Industry Specialization: Aerospace

“I am an export and DOD security consultant having retired after over 30 years at various international companies in the same disciplines. I have been advising DEC customers on export compliance and controls for both DOC and DOS for 30 years.  I have been a DEC member for over 10 years and have served as DEC treasurer. My expertise has been helpful to countless new exporters seeking information on the above.”


Marcos Garay
National Bank of Arizona
Executive Vice President & Director of Multicultural Banking
(602) 212-5543
marcos.garay@nbarizona.com
6001 N 24th St., Phoenix, AZ 85016

Industry Specialization: Financial Services

“I have 25+ years of experience in International Finance, in Banking, and the Securities Industry. My career has been formed with international financial institutions and organizations supporting cross border trade, cross border investements, and the development of new markets internationally. I wholeheartedly champion free trade and the development of an export mentality in small and medium-sized businesses.”


Felipe Garcia
Visit Tucson
Executive Vice President
(520) 770-2132
fgarcia@visittucson.org
115 N Church Ave. Suite 200, Tucson, AZ 85701

Industry Specialization: Travel and Tourism

“I have developed an expertise in helping US companies adapt their products or services to better attract customers. We developed strategies and programs to support the $1 Billion economic impact of Mexico Visitors to Tucson. I am working in gastronomy projects in Europe, Asia and South America. Currently, I am part of a Destination Marketing Organization helping hotels bring international tourists and retailers sell to those visitors as well.”


Eddie Geisel
Modular Mining
Head of Global Sales
(520) 222-5005
geisel@mmsi.com
3289 E Hemisphere Loop, Tucson, AZ 85706

Industry Specialization: Fina Metals/Professional Services/Technology

“As the Head of Global Sales for Modular Mining, my responsibilities include global sales, business development strategy, sales and export policy, operational leadership and coaching, and sales performance management, which incude my management of teams around the globe. I am fascinated with the diverse cultures of the world, and I have dedicated my career to finding ways to bridge cultural and institutional gaps to connect global businesses. I have worked in and led cross-cultural teams in mining technology/consulting, aerospace, medical, and international land development. I am an expert in country risk analysis, go-to-market strategies, cross-cultural communication, and negotiation. I have trained hundreds of business development professionals in my career. I speak Spanish fluently, and lived in Mexico for five years directing operations for a land development project. I studied business/marketing at the Eller School of Business and graduated cum laude. I also received my MBA with distinction from Thunderbird School of Global Management.”


Matthew Goldstein
Clark Hill PLC
Attorney-at-Law
(202) 550-0040
mgoldstein@clarkhill.com
14850 N. Scottsdale Rd. #500, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Industry Specialization: Aerospace/Defense Products/Professional Services

“As a member of Clark Hill’s International Trade Group, my practice is focused on assisting companies comply with U.S. export controls and related laws. I am experienced in counseling clients with all aspects of international trade controls, with over 15 years of experience assisting companies with exports under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), development of international trade compliance programs, preparation of licenses and classification requests, preparation of international distribution agreements, and internal company training. My experience also includes work for the Department of Homeland. Security on export control reform.”


Ray Hays
Envoy Investments LLC
Managing Partner
(714) 797-3386
ray@rayhays.com
3885 N Foothills Club Ave., Tucson, AZ 85750

Industry Specialization: Franchising

“Ray Hays is a seasoned international executive with a 29-year track record managing and advising top global franchise companies. He has field experience in over 50 countries, including more than 30 new-country launches. Mr. Hays has worked across many sectors, including IT, healthcare, hospitality, consumer services and business services.  Since 1990, Mr. Hays has participated in more than 70 USCS trade missions, events and related projects. Mr. Hays’ work earned him the USCS Export Achievement Award in 2006, and he served on the global team of EGS LLC, which received the 2015 President’s E-Star Award for Exporting. Currently, Mr. Hays is the owner of an international management firm that serves both U.S. and international franchisor clients on international franchise projects.”


Brett Johnson
Snell & Wilmer, LLP
Partner
(602) 382-6312
bwjohnson@swlaw.com
400 E Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ 85260

Industry Specialization: Government (State or Local)/Logistics/Professional Services

“I have been involved in international trade matters in Arizona since 2006.  Prior to moving to Arizona, I served in the U.S. Navy as a lawyer, travelling the world handling international matters. I regularly engage US governmental agencies regarding export and import matters.  I regularly advise small and large clients regarding international trade controls, anti-boycott issues, and anti-corruption matters. I also assist clients with government contracting and the inter-connection of international opportunities and government procurement.  In this area, I regularly represent small and socio-economic disadvantaged businesses. I am currently the President of the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations and am a Board member for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. I serve on the Arizona Advisory Committee for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. I have been recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal for the “40 under 40” award and I was a member of Class 36 of Valley Leadership. I have a Masters in International Law and a Masters in International Management. I have graduated from strategic programs with the U.S. Naval War College and The Hague Academy of International Law. I am a Judge Pro Tem for the Maricopa County Superior Court and a Military Judge for the Arizona Court of Military Appeals.”


John Kellen
Kellen Ventures
Managing Director
(521) 241-9788
john@kellen.com
3102 W Avenida Cresta, Tucson, AZ 85745

Industry Specialization: Professional Services/Technology/Travel & Tourism

“My background is in international franchise development, real estate, academia and travel with a combined 30 years of international experience. I have had the distinct honor of serving on the Arizona District Export Council for 23 years including holding the Vice Chair and Chair positions of the Education Committee.  I am happy to continue serving on this esteemed council should I be approved.”


Moses Koyabe
Ideal Aerosmith, Inc.
Vice President Business Development
(602) 689-1646
mkoyabe@idealaero.com
2208 West Lone Cactus Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85027

Industry Specialization: Aerospace/Defense Products/Professional Services

“Managing Partner of a consulting company and VP business development provide the opportunity to focus on driving US-based businesses, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), into international markets.   10+ years of notable, demonstrable successes working with state (WA, ND, CA, AZ) and local institutions (District Export Council, Commerce Authority, Regional Economic Development Foundation, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Technology Council and multiple networking organizations).  Global advisor to The Global Chamber and The Africa Business Portal.  With 20+ years in Africa, 20+ years in Europe and 15+ years in North America, I understand cultural, social, business and economic nuances extremely essential in international business and trade.”


Gunnar Lars Light
Global G Group
Managing Partner
(480) 239-4219
gunnar@globalggroup.com
4710 S Wildflower Dr., Chandler, AZ 85248

Industry Specialization: Information and Telecom/Professional Services/Technology

“Gunnar was appointed to the Arizona District Export Council in 2007 and had been serving as Vice-Chair, and Chair of the Export Resource Committee from 2008 – 2018.  His committee was responsible for managing Export Outreach, Mentoring and Networking events.  Gunnar regularly volunteers time to join   regional export related events in support of the DEC, USEAC and other related organizations. Gunnar has been a frequent attendee at National DEC Forums and National DEC Conferences and is a regular speaker on export topics throughout the community.  Gunnar has joined the White House Business Council to discuss the President’s export and international trade agenda. Gunnar provides global consulting services to small and mid-sized businesses interested in expanding operations into new markets overseas.”


Marco Lopez
Intermestic Partners
President and CEO
(202)787-1545 Ext 1
marco@intermestic.com
531 E Bethany Home Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85012

Industry Specialization: E-Commerce/Logistics/Professional Services

“I serve as an Arizona Corporation Commissioner and in that role regulate the utility industry, railroad and pipeline safety and business incorporation in our state. As the former President of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber, I represented more than 1800 businesses in the Arizona Sonora region. I actively engaged in educating our member businesses on the value of exporting and international trade. Personally, I have been recognized as the Arizona Minority Advocate of the Year by the SBA, the Tucson Small Business Leader of the Year and as a University of Arizona Entrepreneurial Fellow. I serve on the national board of the U.S SBA Small Business Development Centers and continue to promote international trade in North America. Current President of the Marquez Peterson Group, which is a public affairs firm located in Arizona.”


Lea Marquez Peterson
Marquez Peterson Group
President
(520) 331-3763
lea@marquezpeterson.com
5874 E Calle Del Ciervo, Tucson, AZ 85750

Industry Specialization: Professional Services

“As the former President of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber, I represented more than 1800 businesses in the Arizona Sonora region. I actively engaged in educating our member businesses on the value of exporting and international trade. Personally, I have been recognized as the Arizona Minority Advocate of the Year by the SBA, the Tucson Small Business Leader of the Year and as a University of Arizona Entrepreneurial Fellow. I serve on the national board of the United States Hispanic Chamber and continue to advocate for the USMCA and promote trade in North America. Current President of the Marquez Peterson Group, which is a public affairs firm located in Arizona.”


Randy Nance
Dillon Aero
International Business Development Manager
(480) 882-8367
randy.nance@dillonaero.com
8009 E Dillon’s Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Industry Specialization: Defense Products/Manufacturing

“My experience in the International market has spanned over many years, and most continents around the world. I have invested alot of time effort and money into countries and regions around the world identifying and opening up new markets (specifically, Asia, Africa and Middle East) for sales and partnerships with many foreign OEM’s of defense related equipment.”


Carolita Oliveros
Carolita L Oliveros PC
Attorney at Law
(520) 907-5866
oliveros@flash.net
PO Box 90657, Tucson, AZ 85752

Industry Specialization: Professional Services

“I’ve been a member of the Arizona District Export Council since 1986 and have served as the Vice Chair for Southern AZ for the past 12 years. I’m a recipient of the U. S. Department of Commerce Award for Business Leader of the Year and have authored numerous articles on international business and e-commerce related topics including “Overview of Global Internet Distribution Laws” and a book entitled International Distribution Issues: Overview Of International Trade And Competitiveness Laws. My professional services include clients throughout the USA, Central America and the Caribbean, South America, Canada, most countries in Europe, the African nations of Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria and Burundi. Asian/ Pacific Rim countries of Japan, India, Peoples Republic of China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand. My community service work includes past chair of the Arizona World Trade Fair and past chair of the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce International Trade Committee and a frequent speaker at conferences, seminars, podcasts and webinars. I’m an international business transaction attorney and assist clients around the world in setting up distribution and marketing channels for their products and services, protection of their intellectual property rights, international business transactions, business development, e-commerce, international manufacturing and technology.”


Kevin O’Shea
Arizona Commerce Authority
Senior Vice President, International Trade
520-647-4808
kevino@azcommerce.com
100 N 7th Ave, #400, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Industry Specialization: Professional Services

“I have been a proud and productive member of the Arizona DEC for several years and have introduced dozens of Arizona companies to USCS and its various products and services.  In my work as Vice President, International Trade at Arizona Commerce Authority, I work on virtually a daily basis with the AZUSEAC in connection with AZSTEP, ExporTech and other export assistance programming.  I have considerable experience providing export counseling to companies (both product and service), delivering export education programs, running trade missions and organizing Arizona delegations at trade shows in diverse sectors such as aerospace and defense, medical device and technology, mining equipment and technology, and consumer products, among others.”


Nina Ossanna
Sonora Bioconsulting, LLC
Principal
(520) 248-8260
nina@sonorabio.com
4140 E. Cooper St., Tucson, AZ 85711

Industry Specialization: Agribusiness/Health and Medical

“I work primarily with early stage companies in the life sciences sector, especially the transition from research institutions to private industry. I have taught entrepreneurship and new technology development in Mexico (through CONACYT) and as a visiting professor in the Philippines. In Tucson, I chair the bioindustry trade group, BIOSA and am secretary of a non-profit called BIOSA Innovation seeking to establish a life science incubator in Southern Arizona. Currently I am a founder of a diagnostic company, principal of my consulting business, and have spent years commercializing new tech from universities as well as serving as a patent examiner at the USPTO in Washington, DC (N. Virginia). As part of my consulting business I have the US office of a Mexican company and am seeking regulatory approval in order to introduce a new veterinary product into the US.”


Michael Patterson
Spencer Fane, LLP
Partner
(602) 471-5170
mpatterson@spencerfane.com
2415 E Camelback Road, Suite 600, Phoenix, AZ 85016

Industry Specialization: Legal: International distribution, cross-border contracts, corporate, transactional, international disputes, consulting, aviation/aerospace, healthcare agreements, food distribution.

“I am deeply entrenched in the Arizona trade community, have served as a “friend of the DEC” for 2 years, am active in all the cross border engagement organizations in Arizona, and more than half of my practice is international trade, international M&A, international distribution agreements, international litigation and transactions. I am an international lawyer, providing assistance in trade, international distribution, formation of structures in foreign nations with local counsel to facilitate trade, drafting of international export and distribution contracts.”


Melissa Proctor
Melissa Proctor Law PLLC
President
(480) 447-8986
melissa@millerproctorlaw.com
16427 N Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Industry Specialization: Consumer Goods/Defense Products/Professional Services

“I am an international trade attorney whose practice focuses on the wide array of issues involving global trade, customs law, export controls and economic sanctions. I worked extensively with companies in industries including: aerospace and defense, computers and software (including encryption), electronics and high technology, semiconductors, telecommunications, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, food, agriculture and dietary supplements. cosmetics, textiles, apparel and footwear, automotive, E-commerce/online retail. etc. Over the past 23 years, I have had the opportunity to counsel and work directly with manufacturers, exporters, distributors, retailers, and services providers (both small and large organizations) in increasing their export activities, expanding into new foreign markets, and ensuring their compliance with the applicable export and import requirements (e.g., designing and implementing effective compliance programs, performing risk and compliance gap assessments, taking corrective action with the appropriate government authorities when warranted, etc.). I have also provided export and international trade-related in-house training, seminars and webinars to companies and trade associations around the country. For many years, I have partnered with the AZDEC and U.S. Commercial Service on their export-related educational workshops as well.”


Luis Enrique Ramirez
Ramirez Advisors Inter-National
President
(602) 820-3931
luis@ramirezadvisors.com
2642 E Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85016

Industry Specialization: Professional Services

“Ramirez Advisors Inter-National, an Arizona-based company with a 15-year track record of success for clients, is a highly specialized firm that is focused in three key areas: international business, regional economic development and cross-border governmental affairs. Led by Luis Ramirez, with over 30 years of international business and governmental affairs experience, the firm works with clients on border infrastructure projects (transportation, federal inspection facilities and energy), federal inspection procedures, site selection and project management, negotiations, binational coordination, regional economic development strategies, partner identification and government procurement. Mr. Ramirez is a frequent presenter on North American trade and policy, border infrastructure development, international relations, start up of international operations, and other key areas of international business.”


Kimberley Sabow
Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association
President and CEO
(602) 359-7855
ksabow@azlta.com
1240 E Mission Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85014

Industry Specialization: Travel and Tourism

“Kim serves as the President and CEO of the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association (AzLTA) where she leads the advocacy, communication, collaboration and education efforts for one of the state’s leading industries.  Prior to joining AzLTA, she served as Governor Ducey’s Director of International Affairs and as Executive Director of the Arizona-Mexico Commission.  In that capacity, Kim worked to advance Arizona’s position in the global arena through enhanced international economic and protocol efforts as well as educational and community collaborations. Prior to joining the Ducey Administration, Kim served the University of Arizona as Assistant Vice President for State Relations where she led the UAs legislative efforts at the State Capitol.  Kim has extensive experience in state government having also served in the Executive Offices of Governors Jan Brewer and Fife Symington.  She also spent several years as an International Trade Specialist at the Arizona Department of Commerce during the Symington and Hull Administrations. Kim is a proud graduate of the University of Arizona, holding a Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts and double minors in Communications and Spanish. She also holds a Master of Business Administration in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.”


Henry Silentman
Navajo Nation/Shiprock Regional Business Development Office
Senior Economic Development Specialist
505-620-5132
henry.silentman@exportaz.org
PO Box 1864, Shiprock, NM 87520

“I represent the Navajo Nation, a Native American tribe in Southwest United States.  The Navajo Nation is approximately 27,000 square miles.  I work with the Navajo Nation to promote business development and expansion within the Navajo Nation.  The industries represented within the Navajo Nation include power generation, fossil fuel extraction, large scale farming, hospitality and tourism and light manufacturing.  I am particularly interested in promoting industries which can thrive in rural areas.  I have worked with the Special American Business Internship Training (SABIT) and the larger Department of Commerce to promote exports and investment within the Navajo Nation.”


Tracy Sparby
Filter Products Corporation
President and CEO
(520) 889-5781
tsparby@filterspro.com
4715 S Fremont Ave, Suite 102, Tucson, AZ 85714

Industry Specialization: Agribusiness/Automotive/E-Commerce

“I have over 20 years experience in international trade.  I have negotiated deals and contracts worldwide and have traveled to 36 countries to conduct business.  I’ve successfully navigated all of the issues in dealing with offshore companies, many that do not speak English, and have successfully grown my business and previous employers business. I’m the owner of Filter Products Corporation which is a 53year old Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business distribution company distributing products worldwide.”


Donald Charles Zipperian
PACE Technologies
CEO
(520) 882-6598
donz@metallographic.com
3601 E 34th St., Tucson, AZ 85713

Industry Specialization: Aerospace/Automotive/Education

“My BS and MS are in Metallurgical Engineering and my Ph.D. is in Materials Science.  I also have an MBA where I focused on International Marketing, especially related to China. PACE Technologies has from its beginning had a strong focus on International sales. We have also expanded our operations to Kunshan, China and San Luis, Sonora Mexico.  Presently we have distributors in 25+ countries and over the past year we have shipped products to 55+ countries. We are also a past recipient of the Presidential e-award for export growth.”


Steven Zylstra
Arizona Technology Council
President and CEO
(480) 353-9277
szylstra@aztechcouncil.org
2800 N Central Ave, Ste 1530, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Industry Specialization: Technology

“President & CEO of a trade association that has over 800 members, most of which export. Trade policy is an area where we do advocacy. We also do trade related programing and trade missions.”