NJ District Export Council

NJDEC Members

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  • Michel Wouters

    Worldwide Logistics Ltd.
    I specialize in global supply chain risk management, freight operations and comprehensive logistics services with export, import and domestic business models from midsized to Fortune 500 companies. Studied international business Antwerp, Belgium. Proficient in English, French, Dutch and German. Appointed by the US Secretary of the Department of Commerce to be a member of the New Jersey District Export Council back in 2005 and was appointed Chairman of the NJDEC in 2008. In addition he has led various lectures on international business, logistics and freight movement for the US Department of Commerce’s clients.
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    • Susan Widmer

      Director - U.S. Department of Commerce, Northern New Jersey
      Susan Widmer is Director of the Commercial Service Northern NJ Office, U.S. Department of Commerce.  Her team of trade specialists counsel companies on exporting U.S. made goods and services.  The Commercial Service has offices in 70 countries that provide market research, matchmaking, advocacy, as well as one-on-one counseling to assist Northern NJ companies with their export strategies.  Susan has been with Commerce for 20 years and has worked in places like Cairo, Hong Kong, and Bogota.  She has a bachelors in political economy from Muhlenberg College and a masters, specializing in international trade policy, from the University of Chicago.
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      • Sally Glick

        Principal, Chief Growth Strategist
        Sally was on Accounting Today’s Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting for three years and is on the CPA Practice Advisor’s 2014 and 2015 lists of Most Powerful Women in Accounting. Sally was honored by NJBIZ in 2016 with their Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2008 she was selected as one of their “Top 50 Women in Business.” Sally serves on many boards including being the President of Association of Corporate Growth-NJ; is a member of the MSU Feliciano Center Board of Advisors; is a board member for CIANJ; serves on the Morris County Chamber Nonprofit Counsel; is on the board of the Center for Nonprofits; inducted into both the New Jersey Ad Club Hall of Fame and New Jersey Business Hall of Fame
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        • Eddy S. Mayen

          Director - Office of International Business Development & Protocol State of New Jersey Department of State
          In this capacity, Eddy oversees the implementation of the International Business Development Strategy for the State of New Jersey. The diverse responsibilities of his unit include: managing all aspects of foreign direct investment attraction and export promotion activities, establishing and maintaining positive working relationships with the foreign business investment community. The Office of International Business Development and Protocol for New Jersey also offers New Jersey companies trade assistance in export related areas such as overcoming trade barriers; navigating technical details, and identifying and disseminating information on export market opportunities. Mr. Mayen has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business from the College of New Jersey, is fluent in Spanish and a 10+ year veteran of the US Army and the NJ National Guard.
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          • Leigh Ann Catlin

            Vice President of International Business Development - NeoStrata Company, Inc.
            Leigh Ann Catlin is Vice President of International Business Development at NeoStrata Company, Inc. of Princeton, New Jersey. The company manufactures, markets, and sells patented, therapeutic skin care products in the United States and in more than 85 countries around the world. As Vice President of International Business Development, she is responsible for developing new international markets and managing the company’s international distribution/licensing network. Leigh Ann has been working in the skin care industry for more than 20 years. She has spoken at a variety of international cosmetic dermatology and salon events in many countries in Europe, Asia, South America, the Middle East and South Africa. She has been interviewed by medical and beauty publications in various countries, including Mexico, Spain, the Philippines and Australia. Leigh Ann holds a B.A. degree from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA in International Relations and Spanish. She also attended the Instituto Internacional in Madrid, Spain and is proficient in Spanish. She also completed a mini-MBA course at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
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            • Steven Richman

              Resident Member - Clark Hill PLC
              Steven M. Richman is a resident member in the Princeton office of Clark Hill, and is admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and California. As a commercial litigator, his practice has resolved around contract litigation and arbitration across industry and geographical lines, including real property, secured transactions. His is the author of the forthcoming book Boilerplate Clauses to be published by James Publishing. He is a frequent speaker on contract drafting issues. His publications include The 7Ps of International Contracts and the chapter on “Conflicts of Law” in the New Jersey Law Journal book Federal Civil Practice in New Jersey. He was successful counsel in Spring Creek Holding Company, Inc. v. Shinnihon U.S.A. Co., Ltd., 399 N.J. Super. 158 (App. Div. 2008), a leading case in New Jersey on anticipatory breach of contract. A graduate of New York University Law School (J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1980), he is a member of the New Jersey District Export Council, Co-Chair of the International Sales Committee as well as the Professional Ethics Committee of the International Bar Association. He also serves on the IBA’s Policy Committee of its Bar Issues Commission.
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              • Susan R. Jay

                Trader of Food Commodities/ Business Development Manager
                Susan Rosenthal Jay, Food Trader at Fornazor International, has nearly 20 years of experience in exporting, primarily in food-for-human-consumption. International sales and marketing activities include working with international ATOs (Agricultural Trade Offices) to develop new markets, creating press releases, researching international trade shows and identifying appropriate marketing opportunities, establishing trade show presence (including all logistics for booth shipment and setup) and, creating marketing collateral. On site trade show participation in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Participant in food mission to Dubai UAE and Doha Qatar.  Well versed in ingredient and labeling regulations for the Middle East. Administrator of federally funded reimbursement program (MAP /Market Access Program) as well as STEP grants. Invited guest speaker at “Why to Export”, hosted by NYS Agriculture Department and Food Export NE. Rosenthal Jay graduated from Brooklyn College and received a MBA from Baruch College, part of the City University of New York system. She was a freelance writer/ editor for a variety of newspapers and trade publications as well as a features writer for “The Joan Hamburg Show.” Her articles were heard during drive time by millions of listeners in the tri-state market on WOR710 Radio.
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                • Sanjay Prasad

                  President & CEO - Global Business Dimensions Inc.
                  Sanjay Prasad is President and CEO of Global Business Dimensions Inc. which was founded in 1994 and headquartered in New Jersey with offices in New York, Boston, Germany, Italy, India, and Hong Kong. Global Business Dimensions exports consumer electronic products like cameras, tablets, mp3 players, PC components, laptops, mobile phones, and audio systems from leading manufacturers worldwide.
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                  • Dawn Cecco

                    Director of Distributor Sales - Worldwide for Repêchage
                    Dawn Cecco is Director of Distributor Sales – Worldwide for Repêchage. Repechage is the original innovator and world-wide leader in seaweed-based skin care since 1980. Forerunners in sea plant technologies and pioneers in seaweed treatments and cosmetics in the US, Repêchage® has created a full range of nutrient-rich seaweed-based skincare products featured at top spas globally. Located in Secaucus NJ in a 50,000 square foot, ISO 9001: 2015 certified, manufacturing, research, development and training facility. All Repêchage® professional products and treatments are manufactured in the United States, and are sold in over 45 countries worldwide. In 2018, Repêchage® was one of five New Jersey companies honored at the ACG (Association of Corporate Growth) NJ 2018 Corporate Growth Conference & Awards. As Director of Distributor Sales, her responsibilities include client relations for sales and marketing as well as business development for the expansion of oversees distribution.
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                    • Michele Stacey

                      Vice President and International Banking Officer - PNC Bank N.A.
                      Michele, is a member of the International Advisory team at PNC Bank NA, East Brunswick, NJ office, serving the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic/Pittsburgh/Florida regions within Business Credit Segment. She was awarded certification in 2002 from BAFT/IFSA (Bankers Association for Finance and Trade) as a Certified Documentary Credit Specialist. Michele started her career in banking as a Letter of Credit specialist in 1981. She has 31 years of experience in International Trade & Treasury, and 6 years in Domestic Treasury Management. Michele joined PNC Bank, NA in 1997 with the NJ Trade Service Operations group, as a LC document specialist, moved into a Supervisor role in 2000, managing a team of 5 staff members. Held Previous Trade Specialist and Supervisor roles in New York City with Barclays Bank PLC, Philadelphia International Bank and Marine Midland Bank (HSBC USA). In 2004 Michele joined PNC’s Treasury Management Sales Team and transition to Trade Sales team in 2010. August 2016, Trade Sales was developed into the International Advisory Role. Michele serves on the Northern New Jersey District Export Council board and is a member of Women in International Trade.
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                      • Scott Conrad

                        Vice President - International Trade Finance Group
                        Scott Conrad is a Vice President with M&T Bank’s International Trade Finance Group. He is charged with marketing the bank’s suite of international products and services to M&T customers in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey marketplaces. Products consist of Letters of Credit, Documentary Collections, SBA and EX-IM Bank insurance and working capital guarantee programs. In addition, Mr. Conrad works with M&T’s customers to ensure they understand and use these services effectively by providing seminars and in-house training. Prior to joining M&T Bank, Mr. Conrad was the Manager, Program Development for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Office of International Business Development. In this position Mr. Conrad managed several of the State’s foreign offices and led a number of trade missions to Mexico, Australia and South America. He was also responsible for the marketing of the Commonwealth’s Export Working Capital Program. Mr. Conrad is a member of the New Jersey District Export Council and a regular seminar speaker for various trade related groups in Pennsylvania including the World Trade Centers of Central PA and Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley SBDC. Mr. Conrad graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 1995 with a degree in International Business and Spanish and has over nineteen years of International Business experience.
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                        • Christopher N. Almonte D.

                          International Sales Manager - Spectra Colors Corp (SCC)
                          Christopher Almonte is the International Sales Manager at Spectra Colors Corp (SCC), a small business manufacturing specialty dyes and colorants for a wide variety of applications. Since joining SCC in 2010, Mr. Almonte has engaged with key emerging and developed global markets, creating new business opportunities for the company. Among the countries visited are: China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Germany, Spain, France, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, and Canada. With his travels, he has familiarized himself with international trends and had developed a global sales force of agents and distributors, which he constantly monitors and evaluates. His main objective is to establish new markets for Spectra Color's dyes and colorants to flourish worldwide.
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                          • James Flaherty

                            President and CEO Adsorptech, Inc.
                            Jim has over 35 years in the industrial gas industry in technical, commercial, and management roles including business development, product management, operations, maintenance, contract administration, technology, sales, and international marketing. Working alongside primarily large process manufacturers such as steel, glass, combustion, pulp/paper, mining, fish farming, refiners, ozone and water treatment, gained expertise includes finding solutions to processing and environmental needs. In addition to global gas separation technology consulting services, Adsorptech provides industrial scale oxygen production machines compliant with a host of global standards and certifications. The newest patented technology, EcoGenTM, is the most cost and power efficient source for oxygen in the world. As a recent entrant into the export market, Jim is intimately and freshly familiar with the key challenges of achieving compliant export plans for the first time equipment exporter – from regulations to logistics. After initial success in Europe and the Middle East, Adsorptech is focusing on locating competent local agents/distributors around the world, especially in the Americas. Jim has a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, a Master’s degree in management, and Wharton executive finance training. Jim provides industrial gas industrial consulting to a host of financial and investment advisers and participated on advisory boards and supported the development of standards for the AMA, alternate fuels, and industrial gas industries.
                            • Theresa Blake

                              Export Compliance Manager for Merrimac Industries Inc.
                              Terry Blake is the Export Compliance Manager for Merrimac Industries, Inc., a Crane Aerospace & Electronics company, in West Caldwell, New Jersey. Merrimac designs and manufactures RF microwave signal processing components and subsystem assemblies for the defense, satellite communications, commercial wireless and Homeland Security market segments. She is responsible for import and export compliance/controls, including import and export licensing activity under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and the Export Administration Regulations. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Justice Studies from Montclair State University, an ABA Paralegal Certificate and a U.S. Customs Broker License.
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                              • Roger S. Cohen

                                President - Cohen International
                                Roger S. Cohen is president of Cohen International, a consulting firm that specializes in international business development. Roger is also the Lead International Trade Consultant for the N.J. Small Business Development Centers (NJSBDC), which is affiliated with Rutgers University Graduate School of Business. Roger counsels clients and provides training both in the classroom and through webinars. For over twenty years, Roger has helped clients develop all sorts of international business – from fine art, through currency printing machines, to xylophones and zebrawood. Mr. Cohen is credited with initiating the United States Postal Service project that resulted in the popular “self-sticking” postage stamps. Millions of tongues are now being spared the aftertaste of glue, thanks to Roger's efforts. Roger holds a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, completed graduate studies at the University of Tokyo, and holds the Certified Global Business Professional credential. Roger is a member of the New Jersey District Export Council, and is a Director and Founding Member of the European American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey.
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                                • Kasim Rocky Hadzovic

                                  General Manager - Exports
                                  I am very good at exporting and introducing new product to the Middle East and Africa. My expertise is in foreign markets, registration of products, compliance with Health Authority, trade shows, foreign culture etc. My field is consumer goods.
                                  • Peter Fleischmann

                                    Outreach Coordinator - Gloabl Trade Network
                                    For the last twenty years I have been supporting the web-site GLOBAL TRADE NETWORK (www.usgtn.net) as an adjunct service to the U.S. Commercial Service. The site allows U.S. exporters quick, easy, and direct access for export assistance to their local U.S. Export Assistance Center , and over this period has generated hundreds of leads to these offices across the U.S. In addition, GTN has provided hands-on assistance to numerous U.S. companies to develop overseas representation and markets for their products and services. There is currently an ongoing project in Ghana. Developing the contacts, coordinating the projects, providing access to financing sources, is all part of the GTN service.
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                                    • David Shani

                                      Senior Professor - Senior Professor, MBA in Global Management , Kean University
                                      Dr. David Shani is currently Senior Professor at the MBA in Global Management at Kean University. Previously he served as the director of the Global MBA program and the Associate Dean of the College of Business and Public Administration.   Dr. Shani received his Ph.D. in marketing from Columbia University, an MBA in Information System from Tel Aviv University, and a B.Sc. in Industrial engineering from the Technicon in Haifa. Dr. Shani has over 25 years of teaching research and research experience in the areas of international marketing, cross cultural management, Global leadership and International HR. He published and presented in numerous international conferences. His articles have appeared in International Journal of Advertising, International Marketing Review, Journal of Advertising Research, Psychology and Marketing, Sports Marketing Quarterly, Journal of Consumer Marketing and more. Dr. Shani also has extensive industry experience in international marketing of high tech products. He also served as a consultant to various companies in the area of international expansion, cross cultural negotiations, global branding and sports marketing. He specialized in high tech and internet related companies and has substantial experience in doing business in Israel.
                                      • David Riker

                                        Realogy / Coldwell Banker
                                        I have a broad base of knowledge in service, retail and franchising operations. Over the past 15 years my experience has been in franchising working for companies like Jackson Hewitt, Hertz, Make Meaning Inc. and now Coldwell Banker. I have opened and operated successful franchise operations across the globe. In many cases franchising is considered to be one of the largest and most profitable methods of US businesses expanding globally. Franchising represents a unique opportunity for international expansion by providing you the ability to utilize the strengths of your organization while leveraging local experts to expand your business internationally. Franchising is an asset light manner of expansion which has been proven successful by some of the world’s most iconic brands.

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                                        • Veronica Pellot-Marrero

                                          President & CEO - iDiverse Export Consultants LLC
                                          Veronica Pellot-Marrero born in Puerto Rico earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting Major with Cum Laude honors from the University of Puerto Rico. Veronica is President & CEO of iDiverse Export Consultants LLC. She is an active volunteer in the community and serves on the Salvation Army of Greater Kearny Advisory Board since 2007 and National Association of Professional Women – Essex County Board since 2012. She is also a member of: U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce (2012), Organization of Women in International Trade (2011-2012), Society for Human Resource Management (2008-2009, 2011-2012).
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                                          • Tom Kallman

                                            President & CEO - Kallman Worldwide
                                            As president and CEO of the international marketing and trade exhibition firm Kallman Worldwide, Tom Kallman is a hands-on, global advocate for America’s export economy. In seven industries on six continents, Kallman operates as the designated U.S. Representative and organizer of the U.S. International Pavilion, helping some 1,100 companies “Exhibit with ConfidenceTM” at nearly 30 major trade events each year. Tom first represented our Nation as a United States Air Force Academy graduate (1981) and subsequently logged more than 2,700 hours flying high-performance aircraft, including the F-15C, as a USAF pilot and instructor, before joining his father, Jerry, at Kallman Worldwide in 1989. The company celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013, and today has expanded its portfolio to cover a wide range of exporting, international culture and logistics services. Kallman Worldwide is headquartered in Waldwick, NJ, and also operates a Latin American office in Santiago, Chile.