Promoting Economic Growth Through Exports

Western PA District Export Council

Working for American Exporters

District Export Council Overview

District Export Councils are organizations of business leaders from local communities, appointed by various U.S. Secretaries of Commerce, whose knowledge of and expertise in international business provides a source of professional advice for their region's local firms. Closely affiliated with the U.S. Commerce Department’s Export Assistance Centers and the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, the 60 DECs that exist throughout the country support the U.S. Government’s export promotion efforts.

Currently there are approximately 1,500 DEC members who volunteer their time and specialized expertise to assist small and medium-sized businesses in their local communities establish or increase export sales, thus promoting our country’s economic growth and creating new and higher-paying jobs for their communities. DEC members also sponsor and participate in numerous trade promotion activities, as well as advocate for effective trade policy positions.

In addition, DECs play a major role in the planning and coordination of export activities for their communities. As lead organizations serving the international business community, DECs have the capacity to facilitate development of an effective export assistance network and can assist in coordinating the activities of trade assistance partners to leverage available resources. DECs also serve as a communications link between the business community and the U.S. Commercial Service and support the export expansion activities of the U.S. Commerce Department in a variety of ways within their communities.

The Mission of District Export Councils is supported through activities such as:

  • Counseling & mentoring of local businesses in exporting
  • Identifying export financing sources for business
  • Creating greater export awareness in the business community locally
  • Identifying issues affecting export trade and implementation of suggestions for improvement
  • Advocating trade policy & legislation supporting exporters and the U.S. export sector
  • Supporting programs, services and efforts of the U.S. Commercial Service

For more information on the Western Pennsylvania District Export Council, please contact Lyn Doverspike at 412-644-2820 or

For more on District Export Councils, please visit the National Association of District Export Councils at:

National Association of District Export Councils
Each year the National Association of District Export Councils (NADEC) organizes an annual Export Conference in DC where the exporting community and DEC members come together to share and discuss recent developments and work on the pressing issues of U.S. foreign trade and exporting. For more information on this conference and other NADEC events, please visit

The Western PA District Export Council Members:

January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2019

The Executive Committee:

Chair: Mr. Gary Carver, President, Carver International Inc.
Vice Chair:
Ms. Debra Steiner, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern PA.
Mr. Les Dutka, CEO, Dutka International
Executive Secretary:
Ms. Lyn Doverspike, Director, U.S. Commercial Service – Pittsburgh

Trade Policy and Legislative Affairs Lead:  Mr. Jack Adams, Director of Government Affairs, Calgon Carbon


Mr. Dan Adams, Director of U.S. International Sales Operations, UPS

Mr. Donald Bonk, Consultant, Carnegie Mellon University, Office of Government Relations

Mr. Jim Burd, President and CEO, Preservation Technologies, L.P.

Mr. Gregory Chambers, Director of Corporate Compliance, Oberg Industries Inc.

Ms. Susanne Cook, Director and Chair Int’l Business Group, Cohen & Grigsby

Mr. Mark German, President and CEO, Green Filter USA

Mr. John Hindman, Sr. International and Public Affairs Advisor, Leidos

Mr. David Huddleston, International Business Development Manager, Forta Corporation

Ms. Lori Joint, Vice President, Manufacturer & Business Association

Mr. Yenner Karto, Senior Vice President and Head of Int’l Banking Services, F.N.B. Corporation

Ms. Rose Morris, President Abram’s Nation

Dr. Josephine Olson, Professor of Business Administration, University of Pittsburgh

Ms. Lisa Pitell, Legal Compliance Officer, Acutronic USA Inc.

Mr. Eric Sauereisen, President, Sauereisen Inc.

Mr. Edward Schick, Vice President, Huntington Bank

Dr. Richard Somiari, President and Chief Scientific Officer, ITSI BioSciences

Mr. Dave Sweet, President, Mecco

Ms. Mary Richter, Shareholder, Schneider Downs & Company Inc.

Ms. Catherine Thornberry, Export Consultant and Licensed Customs Broker

Mr. Chas Watson, President, R.L. Swearer Company Inc.

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