Connect to global healthcare opportunities, regulatory developments, and market intelligence via panels, executive meetings, and networking
Bellevue, WA • September 13-15, 2016
Long Island, NY
Los Angeles, CA
Northern New Jersey
Reinaldo Garcia joined the Foreign Commercial Service in May 2015 and is currently working at the No VA & DC U.S. Export Assistance Center in Arlington, Virginia as a Trade Specialist. He comes from the private sector where he worked as an independent development consultant specializing in expanding U.S brands in Latin America. His experience is full spectrum, to include legal services, operations, and business development strategy. Reinaldo holds a JD, a BA in Political Science, and has post-graduate studies in international economic and trade law. He has lived and worked in Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese.
Carey Esslinger is a Senior International Trade Specialist with the US Commercial Service in Baltimore. Carey’s portfolio includes the following industry sectors: medical devices, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, biotechnology, health IT, vitamins/health supplements, general manufacturing and textiles. Prior to joining the USEAC in September, Carey served as the European Regional Manager for the State of Maryland, Office of International Investment and Trade, where he worked with both exporters and inbound foreign direct investment. Carey has over 10 years of experience in the private sector in international sales and marketing and Economic Development experience at both the State and County level. Carey received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Delaware and studied Intercultural Management at I.C.H.E.C. in Brussels, Belgium.
Michelle Ouellette is a Senior International Trade Specialist with the U.S. Commercial Service at the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Boston, Massachusetts. She has over 25 years of international trade development, sales and marketing experience with both public and private sector organizations. She currently serves on the Global Health Technologies; Safety & Security and Aerospace & Defense Sector Teams for Commercial Service. Michelle was formerly the Business Development Director for Sky-Skan Inc. in Nashua, NH (SBA’s NH Exporter of the Year 2010 and NH High Technology Council’s Product of the Year Award 2010); Deputy Director for the State of the New Hampshire's Office of International Commerce and International Trade Resource Center; and Market Research Manager for Curtis and NUBY Manufacturing Co. Inc. Jaffrey, NH.
Monica Toporkiewicz is a Senior International Trade Specialist at the U.S. Commercial Service in Chicago, Illinois. Since 2005, she has supported U.S. companies by providing customized solutions to foster their international expansion efforts. She counsels companies in the healthcare industry, which includes: Biotechnology, Dental Equipment, Drugs/Pharmaceuticals, Health Care Services, Laboratory Scientific Instruments, Medical Equipment, and Veterinary Medicine Equipment. A native of Chicago, Monica holds an M.A. in International Affairs, with a concentration in International Economics, from The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs. She also holds a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish, from Illinois Wesleyan University. Monica Toporkiewicz is a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP), an accreditation by the North American Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE), and she speaks Polish and Spanish.
Sandra Campbell is the Director of the Tampa Bay Export Assistance Center of the U.S. Department of Commerce in Clearwater, Florida. Since 1998, Sandra has counseled and developed export strategies for small and medium-sized companies with U.S. products and services throughout the Tampa Bay and Southwest Florida regions. International projects/missions have included Brazil, Panama, Czech Republic, Canada, Poland, Germany, Spain and Italy. Sandra is a cum laude, honors program graduate from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Marketing and International Business, and minor in Italian. Sandra also attended Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, England and the Università per Stranieri di Perugia in Perugia, Italy. Sandra serves on the advisory board of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Organization of Women in International Trade, member of the Tampa Bay Area Committee on Foreign Relations, and is a NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional since 2006.
Peter Tataris joined the Houston Export Assistance Center in September 2015 after serving for over four years with U.S. Foreign Commercial Service at the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece. Peter has over fifteen years of managerial experience in positions of increased responsibility in the pharmaceutical industry. He launched the first HIV immunoassay screening test in Greece’s blood banks reducing the risk of contracting AIDS during transfusion by nearly 100%. In addition, he launched the first Blood Glucose Insulin Pump a huge advancement in reducing diabetes complications for patients with Type I diabetes.
Susan Sadocha, Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Service Long Island, has spent the majority of her career in public service within the international trade and development arena. Currently, Ms. Sadocha works with US companies located throughout Long Island, NY in various sectors, including healthcare, as they look to expand their sales and enter new markets abroad. Before joining Commerce, Ms. Sadocha held various policy and programmatic positions within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) in Washington, D.C., and managed several portfolios to promote US exports and international cooperation and development activities, including managing the Norman Borlaug International Fellowship Program, liaising with international organizations such as the OECD, IICA and FAO, and evaluating USDA global food assistance programs. A native of the South Shore of Long Island, Ms. Sadocha has also held a director position at AFS-USA, a leader in inter-cultural exchange programs. Ms. Sadocha possesses a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Boston University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies from Long Island University.
Julie Anne Hennessy is the director of the Los Angeles (West) office of the U.S. Commercial Service, the export promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Ms. Hennessy assists small to medium-sized businesses to reach their exporting potential by identifying key export markets, developing and implementing market entry strategies, and providing information on regulations and import requirements in markets around the world. She regularly collaborates with a wide range of trade promotion partners throughout Los Angeles to organize outreach and educational events on exporting. She is a frequent speaker on Commercial Service programs and services and how companies can take advantage of them to grow their international business. Ms. Hennessy was honored to be recognized by Women in International Trade, Los Angeles as Outstanding Woman of the Year in International Trade in 2014.
Koreen Grube is a Senior International Trade Specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Service, based in Milwaukee, WI. For over thirteen years, Koreen has been advising Wisconsin businesses on the processes of international commerce, including the logistical process of exporting; underlying financial and tariff structures; foreign market research; and U.S. export controls laws and foreign import regulations. Koreen specializes in the education and healthcare sectors for the Milwaukee office and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus on Marketing, from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
David Edmiston is a Senior International Trade Specialist in the Minneapolis office of the U.S. Commercial Service. In this position he serves as the primary federal government point of contact for Minnesota businesses in the Healthcare, Education, and Sporting good/Textile sectors. Additionally, he also serves as the Global China Team Leader for the International Trade Administration (ITA) where he helps coordinate ITA’s China focused activities. Prior to joining the Commercial Service, David previously held positions in the Department of Commerce’s Washington, D.C. headquarters office, with Boeing Commercial Airplanes in Seattle, Washington, and with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Shanghai, China. In addition, David holds a Six Sigma Black Belt, is a Mandarin Chinese speaker, and has completed a China-focused International M.B.A. at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa.
Tricia McLain is a Senior International Trade Specialist with the Northern New Jersey Export Assistance Center, one of 100+ domestic offices within the U.S. Commercial Service. Mrs. McLain has been supporting the exports from New Jersey and New York companies for over seven years. Her primary areas of expertise include the healthcare, chemical, and cosmetic/personal care sectors. Mrs. McLain received her BS in International Business and Economics from Marist College in 2008, and her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Marist College in 2010.
Cindy Ma is a Senior International Trade Specialist with the U.S. Commercial Service, the export promotion agency within the Department of Commerce. In this capacity, Cindy works with U.S. exporters to increase their international sales by helping them to connect with overseas partners, understand the regulatory environment, perform due diligence on potential buyers, learn about market opportunities and challenges, create effective market entry strategies and more. Cindy received a Bachelor of Business Administration from California State University, Sacramento and a Master of Business Administration from California State University, East Bay.
LeeAnne Haworth has more than 15 years of international business development experience in the public and private sectors helping companies of all sizes from international startups to Fortune 500s achieve their international business goals. Currently, LeeAnne is a Senior International Trade Specialist in the Pittsburgh office of the U.S. Commercial Service, the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce. In this capacity, she assists U.S. companies in the healthcare, education, services, and consumer goods sectors to pursue international business opportunities by providing assistance in four strategic areas: export counseling, market intelligence, business matchmaking, and commercial diplomacy. Prior to joining the U.S. Commercial Service/Pittsburgh office in 2014, LeeAnne lived in the Baltic region of Europe where she started a consulting business aimed at assisting international startups pursue U.S. marketing opportunities. From 2006-2009, she was responsible for managing the international programs and partnerships for the California Space Authority, a statewide, nonprofit industry association. She was an international trade specialist in the Commerce Department’s Advocacy Center from 2000-2005 where she marshaled and coordinated U.S. government resources in support of U.S. companies competing for foreign government procurements.
Allan Christian is a Senior International Trade Specialist with the U.S. Commercial Service, the export business development agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce (USDOC). Since April, 1997, Allan has worked at the U.S. Commercial Service office in Portland, Oregon, assisting small and medium-sized companies in Oregon and Southwest Washington with export business development. Before coming to Portland, Allan worked for five years as an International Trade Specialist with the USDOC’s Office of Japan in Washington, D.C., working on U.S.-Japan trade policy issues, and assisting U.S. exporters with Japanese market access issues. Prior to this, he worked a year and a half as a Financial Analyst and Import Compliance Specialist with USDOC’s Import Administration. Allan’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the State University of New York (at New Paltz, NY), and a Master’s degree in Economics from Syracuse University.
Bob Deane is a Senior International Trade Specialist with the Seattle U.S. Export Assistance Center (USEAC), U.S. Department of Commerce, and responsible for providing U.S. Government export promotional services to U.S. firms. Bob is responsible for serving firms in the healthcare sector, among others. He has been with the Department for 14 years, serving in a number of capacities, as a team leader for the Asia Pacific Team and a member of the Environmental and Design Build Teams, and completed a Temporary Duty Assignment in Tel Aviv, Israel. Prior to joining the Department, Bob was in the private sector as an export manager for a small firm for about ten years and served as an international trade specialist for a state economic development agency for about ten years. Bob is a NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional and received his Bachelors in Political Science from The Citadel, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Auburn University., and a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. Bob is a native of Rochester, NY and has enjoyed Seattle for the past 14 years.
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