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Northern California DEC Members

Members of the Northern California District Export Council are appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. DEC members come from a variety of backgrounds and are selected based on knowledge and expertise in international business. Due to their commitment to Northern California exports, DEC members volunteer their time.

 Members  Areas of Expertise
Janice Cooper
Executive Director
California Wheat Commission
1240 Commerce Avenue
Woodland, CA 95776-5923
Involved in trade policy and promotion for 25+ years ranging from hi tech to alternative energy and agriculture.

Jorge Jaramillo

Open Markets Company, LLC

An “Influential Hispanic Under 40", Jaramillo is recognized for his expertise in international market entry and assessment, public policy, and government relations including Diplomatic Corps. Serves in an advisory role for government and private industry.

Frequent speaker on entrepreneurship, international trade, and workforce development at forums including universities, Department of Homeland Security, the California Governor’s Conference and news media.

Graduated from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government SESL. Trilingual in English, Spanish and French.

Sectors include: Security, Renewable Energy, Agroindustrial and High Technology.

Greg Mignano
U.S. Department of Commerce
Mr. Mignano is director of the Pacific Northwest Region of the U.S. Commercial Service. In addition to Northern California, the region includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska.
Candy Hansen
(President's E-Award Winner)

State Center Community
College District
390 W Fir Bldg B, Ste 303
Clovis, CA 93611


Candy Hansen has served as the Center for International Trade Development Director since its inception and has been instrumental in the continued success, expansion and recognition of the program. Ms. Hansen has received a number of awards in international trade and international business, including the prestigious President's E-Award for Excellence in Exporting in 2001. She has experience in exporting citrus, pharmaceuticals, and educational services.
Deborah Ale-Flint
Acting Director of Airports
Port of Oakland
530 Water Street
Oakland, CA 94607
Plans, organizes, and directs day-to-day operations of Oakland International Airport, including regulatory compliance and management of OAK’s airfield, terminals and roadways, security, and North Field. The airport serves as a major international air cargo hub for Federal Express. 
Erik Andersen
Remedy Interactive
480 Gate Five Road, Suite 130
Sausalito, CA 94965
Computer software, hardware, and services. 15 years experience in international business development, alliances, sales, distribution channels, technology licensing, manufacturing, sourcing, and transportation. At PeopleSoft, FedEx, and HP prior to joining Remedy Interactive in 2003.
Leslie Levy August
Senior Vice President
Corporation for International Business
448 Falk Court
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Ms. August is expert in ATA Carnet international customs document, cargo insurance, travel insurance, temporary exports & imports, boomerang freight, duty free customs clearance, tax free customs clearance, hassle free customs clearance, carnet bonds. Corporation for International Business, a wholly owned and privately held subsidiary of Kernow Capital Corporation (KCC), specializes in ATA Carnets and Customs Duty guarantees. CIB is the largest carnet-issuing office in the U.S., with 45% market share and satellite locations in California, Texas, Montana and Florida.

Jerry Avila (Associate Member)
Senior Intentional Trade Specialist
Office of International Trade - U.S. Small Business Administration
6501 Sylvan Road
Citrus Heights, Ca 95610



Years of experience in both the Public & Private sectors of international trade. First as a commercial banker engaged in international trade finance establishing and managing two trade groups an EDGE corporation for two major international banks. He has traveled extensively throughout Asia for the purpose of both Trade Missions and negotiating various trade transactions. Under Governor Davis appointed and served as the Director of the California Export Finance Office and subsequently given the added responsibility as the acting Director of the Office of Small Business. 

Kent Brown
Owner & President
Pacific Marine and Industrial
PO Box 70520
Richmond, CA 94807-0520 

Worldwide supplier of marine and industrial products and services for commercial and government applications; graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with U.S. Navy qualifications in Naval Gas Turbine Propulsion Plants (Spruance type); Generators; Waste Heat Boilers; and Fuel and Auxiliary systems; member of the Society of Port Engineers and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.
Robert Chang
Commerce Tours International, Inc.
1730 24th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94122 
Specializing in arranging U.S. company participation and exhibits at international trade shows, including food, restaurant equipment, electronics and computer, gift and toy shows in Asia, Europe, Middle East, Australia and South America. Commerce Tours also brings foreign business executives the U.S. to attend CES, FMI, NRA, PCBC, SEMICON, CONEXPO, Fancy Food Shows, Natural Product Show, PMA, Food Processing Machinery Show, PACK EXPO, MAGIC, Gift Shows and many other U.S. trade shows.

Michael Clark (Past Chair)
Atlantic Pacific Technologies
Valley Springs, CA 95252

Environmental engineering, solid waste management, 15 years.


The Hon. Teresa Cox Senior Contracts Negotiator
P.O. Box 3527
Fremont, CA 94539
Teresa Cox is expert in international contracts, trade agreements, trade policy, trade regulations, minority and disadvantaged business expansion. With more than 100,000 customers, is an enterprise cloud computing company leading the shift to the social enterprise. Based on real-time, multi-tenant architecture, the company's platform and application services allow customers to create employee social networks, develop customer social networks, connect with customers on public social networks, empower small business to become social enterprises, extend a company's social enterprise, and run apps on a social enterprise database.
Linsey Gallagher
Director of International Marketing
Wine Institute
425 Market Street, Suite 1000
San Francisco, CA 94105
Wine Institute is the voice for California wine representing more than 1,000 wineries and affiliated businesses from the beautiful and diverse wine regions throughout the state.
Everett Golden III
(President's E-Award Winner)

President & COO
Otis McAllister, Inc.
160 Pine Street, Suite 350
San Francisco, CA 94111 
Founded in 1892, Otis McAllister is one of California's oldest and most widely known companies dealing in the worldwide trade of food products.
Maria Esther Gordillo
International Trade Advisor
Sacramento Regional Center for International Trade Development
1410 Ethan Way
Sacramento, CA 95825 
The Sacramento Regional CITD is part of a state program funded by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office and is a part of the Economic and Workforce Development Program of the Los Rios Community College District (LRCCD). It is one of several centers located throughout California to help business owners, staff, importers, and exporters to expand their international trade knowledge through mentoring, training, and counseling.

Stephen Herrick
Bank of the West
601 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Latin America and Asia. Provide pre-export finance service to processors and marketers. 25 years of experience. Speaks Spanish.


Carol Johnson
Monterey Institute of International Studies
460 Pierce St.
Monterey, California 93940

20 years in the electronics industry in sales and product marketing, six years focusing on recruiting and marketing in higher education. Areas of Expertise: International education recruiting and marketing. Knowledge of Taiwan, Turkey, France, Germany and Italian markets. Speaks French.


Bill Lee
Executive Vice President
Economic Research Associates / AECOM
388 Market Street, Suite 1580
San Francisco, CA 94111
Fortune 500 global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government. Company serves clients in more than 100 countries and had revenue of $6.1 billion during its fiscal year 2009.
Jerry Levine
(Chair Emeritus and Jefferson Peace Through Commerce Medal Honoree)

Mentor International
442 Post Street Suite 801
San Francisco, CA 94102

Mentor International provides international trade strategy, market development, and consulting services to governments and private sector clients.

Cesar Lucio
American River - PackageOne
401 S. Granada
Madera, CA 93639
Marketing, Sales, Logistics, and Operations Management. 16 years of experience providing corrugated packaging, and inventory management to local and national exporters.
Dr. Rohan Mahadavan
General Manager, Emerging Markets
2211 North First Street
San Jose, CA 94025
E-commerce services to pay and get paid online without sharing financial information; 78 million active accounts,  190 markets and 19 currencies around the world. PayPal is an eBay company and is made up of three leading online payment services: the PayPal global payments platform, the Payflow Gateway and Bill Me Later.
Michael Obermire
Director, Business Planning and Customer Service
PO Box 471
Pittsburg, CA
Steel finishing plant owned and operated by USS-POSCO Industries (UPI), a joint venture company established by U. S. Steel Corporation and POSCO, of the Republic of Korea. Manufactures cold rolled, galvanized and tin mill products from hot rolled steel with nearly 1,000 hourly and salaried employees.

Vladimir Ostoich
VP Marketing Pacific Rim and Government Affairs
3240 Whipple Road
Union City, CA 94587 

Supplies point of care blood analyzers to the medical market and the veterinarian market; leading edge technology, tools and services.
Jeremy Potash
Executive Director
California-Asia Business Council (Cal-Asia)
One Maritime Plaza, Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
Broad knowledge and awareness of business issues and conditions in developing East Asia and Japan, and the U.S. customs broker and forwarder industry. Awarded Northern Cal Dec/Department of Commerce Export Citizen of the Year Award in 1998 for work in promoting U.S.-Asia trade.
Jamal Qureshi
JQ American Corp.
28306 Industrial Blvd., #G
Hayward, CA 94545



Exporting Business in Industrial Oilfield, Medical supplies. Recipient of the President’s E Award from the Secretary of Commerce also received SBA’s Regional Exporter Award, MBDA’s Regional Exporter of the Year Award along with Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition. 15 years of International Experience in International Trade covering United Nations funded Projects, USAID, along with Major Oil & Gas and Petrochemical Industries in Middle East and Africa.

Sean Randolph
Bay Area Council Economic Institute 
201 California Street, Suite 1450
San Francisco, CA 94111


Extensive experience in the U.S. Government, including the U.S. Congress staff (1976–80), and the White House staff (1980–81). He served as Special Adviser for Policy in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Deputy/ Ambassador-at Large for Pacific Basin affairs
(1981–85, and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Affairs. Dr. Randolph speaks frequently before business and government audiences, and writes for U.S. and international media on global, national, state and regional economic and policy issues.
Louis Sciupac
LaserCard Corporation
1875 North Shoreline Blvd.
Mountain View, California 99043

Latin America, Europe, Middle & Far East. Speaks Spanish, Hebrew, Italian, and French.


Deep Sengupta
FedEx Trade Networks
220 Montgomery St, Suite 448
San Francisco, CA 94104

Legal training, over 10 years expertise in export, e-import for international trade.


Laurence Sterling
Iron Horse Vineyards
9786 Ross Station Rd.
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Iron Horse is one of Sonoma County's most prestigious, small, independent, estate, family owned wineries located in cool, foggy Green Valley.

Susanne Stirling
(President's E-Award Winner for Export Service)

Vice President, International Affairs California Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 1736
Sacramento, CA, 95812

Extensive international business resources online and in-print, with dozens of international events per year, including outbound missions and visits by heads of state and top government officials. Champion of good business environment for 15,000 large and small California businesses, ranging from companies such as Del Monte Foods and the Walt Disney Corporation to local companies with a handful of employees. Recipient of 2009 President's E-Award for Export Service.
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