cargo sf bay3.jpg  Your Partner in Export SuccessNorCalDec.jpg

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.


 Areas of Expertise

CHAIRMAN (retired)
Deep SenGupta


Mr. SenGupta is CEO of DSG Global, LLC, a premier consulting firm specializing in international trade compliance, training and global business strategy. 

VICE CHAIRMAN (acting Chairman)
Dean Fealk

DLA Piper LLP, Partner

Mr. Fealk is an attorney specializing in cross-border corporate, regulatory and tax matters.

Jamal Qureshi


Mr. Qureshi is the Director of JQ American Corporation, an exporter of industrial, laboratory and medical products.

Rod Hirsch
U.S. Department of Commerce

Mr. Hirsch is the Director of the Oakland Export Assistance Center of the U.S. Commercial Service. Environmental Technologies | Food Processing & Packaging | Building Materials | Maritime & Port Development | Construction Equipment | Consumer Goods | Industrial/Commercial Equipment

Leslie Levy August
Senior Vice President
Corporation for International Business

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.

Sonny Burkett
Hungry Giant Recycling, Inc.

Mr. Burkett is responsible for worldwide sales and marketing of our food waste and cardboard recycling machines.

The Hon. Teresa Cox
Senior Contracts Negotiator

Teresa Cox is expert in international contracts, trade agreements, trade policy, trade regulations, minority and disadvantaged business expansion. 

Dennis Fitzpatrick
Mega Creation, Inc.

Mr. Fitzpatrick is General Counsel for a manufacturer of color cosmetics with distribution in nearly 40 countries.

Beth Frisher
Port of Oakland

Ms. Frisher is the Manager of Business Development and International Marketing for the Port of Oakland.

Candy Gage
Gage Ag Company

Ms. Gage is Vice President of Gage Ag Company exporting dried fruits and nuts.

Everett Golden III
(President's E-Award Winner)

Board of Directors, Director
Otis McAllister, Inc.

Founded in 1892, Otis McAllister is one of California's oldest and most widely known companies dealing in the worldwide trade of food products.

David Haubert
Olymbuilder, Inc.

Mr. Haubert facilitates all forms of cross-border commerce, especially including exporting goods and services from the Unites States to China.

Carol Johnson
Middlebury Institute of International              Studies at Monterey

20 years in the electronics industry in sales and product marketing, 15 years in recruiting and marketing in higher education. Areas of Expertise: International education recruitment and marketing. Market knowledge; Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Taiwan and Turkey. 

Sung Wook "John" Lee
SW Logistics, Inc.

Mr. Lee is President of SW Logistics, a federally licensed OTI FF/NVOCC, and Customs Broker.

Susan Lin
La Canada Ventures, Inc.


Ms. Lin is the founder and CEO of a California company focusing on personal care and wellness products.

John McPeak

Mr. McPeak advances corporate compliance in the area of international logistics to insure brand protection, supply chain throughput, and strong government relationships.

Thomas Neff
RINA Accountancy Corp.

Mr. Neff is an international tax consultant and CPA whose work includes advising exporters on setting up IC-DISCs and foreign tax implications of establishing operations outside the U.S.

Michael Obermire
Director, Business Planning

Mr. Obermire is a Professor teaching at the MBA level, Global Operations and Supply Chain Management, after completing 30 years in the business as an importer and exporter of various industrial products.

Adithya Padala
UmeVoice, Inc.

Mr. Padala is the founder, President & CEO of a design, development and manufacturing institution making the world’s best noise canceling microphones and headsets.

Michael Parr
Wente Family Estates

Mr. Parr is Vice President of International Sales for Wente Family Estates (the oldest family owned winery in America) and responsible for delivering profitable growth in over 75 countries to which we export approximately 25% of our production. 

Jeremy Potash
Executive Director
California-Asia Business Council (Cal-Asia)

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.



Exporting Business in Industrial Oilfield, Medical supplies. 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 


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.

Thomas Riley
BrightSource Energy

Mr. Riley is Senior Adviser at Oakland-based BrightSource Energy, involved in developing large scale solar projects internationally, but with a special focus on India, the Middle East and Africa.

Kenneth Rosenberg
Bridge Bank, a division of Western Alliance Bank

Mr. Rosenberg is Senior VP and Manager for an International Banking Group that provides export finance to Small and Medium Size Enterprises.

Joseph Ryan
Top1 Oil Products Company

Mr. Ryan has been involved in the Export business for 43+ years; specializing in the automotive and industrial sectors managing his own brand of synthetic lubricants (TOP1 Oil Products) exporting to over 50 countries globally.

David R. Socher
David R. Socher, Attorney at Law, PC

Mr. Socher is a civil law attorney focused on international business transactions, exporting goods and services and establishment and operation of foreign based entities.

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

Vice President, International Affairs California Chamber of Commerce

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.

Janice Whitaker
Teledyne Technologies

Ms. Whitaker leads development, management and oversight activities related to a variety of global trade controls for commercial and defense programs to include: export/import compliance and licensing, integrating international regulatory requirements with operational business processes, and implementation of effective assessment methods to assure compliance in executing global business activities.

© Northern California District Export Council
Powered by Wild Apricot. Try our all-in-one platform for easy membership management