Downtown Anchorage


Chairman: Luisa Vallejo, Advanced Supply Chain International LLC

Vice-Chair: Skip Nelson, ADS-B Technologies

Treasurer: Norm Chance, Sky Airparts International

Executive Secretary: Debbie Franklin, U.S. Commercial Service Alaska


Greg Galik, Alaska Global, Inc.

Lynn Johnson, Dowland-Bach Corporation

Lisa Kruse, Phillips Cruises & Tours, LLC

Colin Lawrence, Northern Alaska Tour Company

Joe Mathis, Susitna Recreational Camps Inc.

Yoshi Ogawa, ITC Communications Inc.

John Parrott, JPAir Aviation Consulting

Ron Sheardown, BSTC Corporation

Greg Wolf, World Trade Center

The Export Council of Alaska is one of a nationwide network of District Export Councils (DEC’s) intended to foster the international competitiveness of the United States. Nationwide, export councils link together 1,500 leaders of business, government, and academia with the International Trade Administration (ITA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce. They serve as an advisory group and communications link between the exporting community and the U.S. Commercial Service of the ITA.

Council Members are select trade specialists dedicated to providing leadership and counsel to the international business community. They are recognized for their knowledge, experience, and ability to influence the environment for exporting in the region they serve. Council members are uniquely qualified to help shape the strategies of individual firms so they can compete more effectively on a global basis.

Each member is appointed to a limited term by the Secretary of Commerce on behalf of the President. This honor demonstrates not only the member's significant status in Alaska's trade community but also the high level of service that is expected.

Mission Statement:
local business executives and managers on strategies for increasing sales of their products and service in foreign markets.

Advise on issues, laws and regulations involving Alaska exports

Inform/educate the business community about opportunities associated with the export of products and services


  • Sponsoring seminars, workshops and conferences on issues relating to international trade .
  • Volunteer expertise in export marketing and finance to Alaska business.
  • Arranging appearances by key decision makers in government and industry to discuss trade related issues.
  • Developing positions on proposed policies, regulations and other issues related to international trade.
  • Working with the state's congressional delegation on trade issues.
  • Awarding scholarships to college students pursuing careers in international trade.
  • Publishing and speaking on export related opportunities.
  • Hosting foreign buyers and dignitaries.
  • Providing briefings to Alaskans traveling overseas and information to Alaska firms on foreign buyers and investors.
  • Sponsoring the annual Export Alaska Banquet.
  • Sponsoring export workshops for specific industry sectors.
  • Actively supporting the Alaska Export Assistance Center of the U.S. Commercial Service

How Were District Export Councils Formed?

In 1960, the President asked the Secretary of Commerce to enlist the efforts of the U.S. business community in enlarging export opportunities for American firms. Responding to this challenge, the National Export Expansion Council was formed.

In response to National Export Expansion Council recommendations and to stimulate greater business participation in the national export expansion effort, the President signed an Executive Order in 1973 that directed the Secretary of Commerce to establish District Export Councils throughout the United States.

Under the authority of the U.S. Department of Commerce, 41 DEC’s were established by the Secretary of Commerce in 1974. Approximately 1,000 business and trade experts were appointed to serve on the newly formed DEC’s. Since then, the number of DEC’s and DEC membership has been expanded to better meet the needs of the growing number of U.S. exporters.

Under the Secretary’s guidelines, the District Export Councils were specifically created to promote exports in their local communities. DEC’s are not advisory committees and are not subject to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). As a volunteer group, DEC’s do not receive government appropriations or compensation. They also do not have access to classified information and therefore, do not have security clearances.

Who are District Export Council Members?

Each DEC has approximately 30 members, at least half of whom are exporters. Members also include export trading or management company representatives; bankers; international lawyers and accountants; freight forwarders; and others whose profession supports the U.S. government’s export promotion mission.

Recommendations for appointment are based on the individual’s position in the local business community, knowledge of day-to-day international operations, interest in export development, and willingness and ability to devote time to the council -- at his or her own expense.

How are Members Appointed?

Notices requesting applications for nomination are placed in the Federal Register and elsewhere to attract new nominees. The local U.S. Commercial Service Director, in consultation with the staff, other DEC members and local partner organizations recommends individuals for membership.

A fair and transparent review and appointment process is conducted within Commerce, and the Secretary makes the final decision on all membership and leadership appointments. Members are appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to staggered four-year terms. There are no term limits. 

For More Information on the Export Council of Alaska Please Contact:

Debbie Franklin
Office Director and International Trade Specialist
Phone: 907.271.6237

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