NASBITE Board of Governors, Distinguished Fellows and Staff
The NASBITE International Board of Governors (BOG) consists of 24 members and meets three times per year.
The BOG is a working board that requires active involvement by all members—including participation on various standing committees, such as strategic planning, conference planning, member development/marketing, and CGBP planning and development.
Board of Governors
* Indicates board member also serves as a distinguished fellow
Presidency Year: 2011, Charleston
Presidency Year: 2005
Presidency Year: 2006, Orlando
Presidency Year: 2012, Portland
Presidency Year: 2001, Chicago
Presidency Year: 1998, Fort Worth
Presidency Year: 2010, Austin
Presidency Year: 2009, San Diego
Presidency Year: 1996, Niagara Falls
Presidency Year: 2000, 1989
Boston, St. Paul
Kelly Jett Murphrey
Presidency Year: 2003, San Antonio
Janis Parsley Short
Presidency Year: 1991, Baltimore
Presidency Year: 2007, Vancouver
Presidency Year: 2008, Washington, D.C.
Presidency Year: 1999, Detroit
Presidency Year: 2004, Las Vegas
Presidency Year: 2013, 2014, Albuquerque, Memphis
Jeanette Benson, CGBP
Director, Center for International Trade Development (CITD Youth Entrepreneur Project (YEP)
Merced College - Business Resource Center
630 West 19th Street, Room 113
Merced, CA 95340
Phone: (209) 384-5892. Ext. 12
Jeanette Benson is the Director of the Center for International Trade Development (CITD) with Merced College in Merced, California. The Merced CITD is one of five centers funded by the Economic and Workforce Development Program of the California Community Colleges to advance California's economic development and global competitiveness by providing quality training and services to small to medium sized enterprises that are potential or current exporters or importers and to assist faculty with the internationalization of curriculum.
The Merced CITD was first established in 1987 as The Agricultural Business and Trade Center (ABTC) growing from a need by farmers to find alternative markets for their products, ultimately becoming the model for the development of the statewide CITD Initiative. Ms. Benson has over 20 years’ experience providing trade training and technical assistance and is a NASBITE CGBP. She has served on the NASBITE Board of Governors in a number of offices and was instrumental in the development of the CGBP.
Ms. Benson has a background in agriculture which further augments her understanding and commitment to serve the needs of stakeholders within her center’s service region comprised of the San Joaquin Valley in Central California. In addition to the CITD program, Ms. Benson is the Director of the Youth Entrepreneur Program (YEP) serving youth age 14-26 with programs designed to get youth involved in starting their own business endeavor with international business as a focus and/or career consideration.
Aleda Bourassa, CGBP
Global Business Development
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
Phone: (262) 751-7763
With a long career in global business development/consulting and global trade education outreach, Aleda applies her experience to custom-designed business development projects bridging US and international companies. She is a NASBITE International executive board member and serves in the Milwaukee and Madison trade community associations as a board member and executive advisor. A CGBP Centurion, Aleda is among the first 100 individuals to have earned the NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional credential. Her work in global trade education involved three Title VI-B grants, responsible for implementing the training and education outreach programs to the business community utilizing her significant collaboration skills and small business consulting experience; also providing project leadership on the academic side to internationalize curriculum. Additionally, she held responsibilities for international student and study abroad initiatives and programs. Aleda is among a selected group of global trade leaders whose recent convening led to the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce - M7 being awarded a Global Cities Initiative project from the Brooking’s Institution. The MMAC’s World Trade Association (WTA) has a primary role in this project. She spent many years as a prominent board member of the association serving in each officer role including president. Aleda currently serves the WTA in consulting role. She leads the Partnership Committee of the MITA (Madison International Trade Association). Aleda chaired the Wisconsin Technical College System’s (WTCS) International Education committee, where she co- developed and lead three professional development business trips to China for WTCS faculty/staff. Other business or professional development travels have taken her to numerous European countries, India, Mexico, Canada, Australia/New Zealand, Russia and Turkey.
NASBITE plays a significant role in my professional development. I continually gain knowledge and experience through interacting at a national level with other NASBITE members who are true leaders in the field of international trade education, training and export development, especially that focused toward SMEs. I highly value and enjoy giving back to the organization, and particularly as a current Board Member (and Treasurer for two terms). It is an opportunity to focus my energy and collaborative approach to challenges by contributing to board discussions and initiatives to help grow NASBITE’s membership. NASBITE continues to evolve as a highly professional organization in order to serve the growing needs of individuals and organizations. I understand the origins, mission and vision of NASBITE. Participating in its growth and development, and engaging in working relationships with other Board members, I am committed to actively participate in and promote the organization and what it can do for individuals and entities working in academia and the business community. I worked for a founding member and past NASBITE president for many years. Her vision for and work with NASBITE was one of the key engines in the development of global business programming at our institution as well as related programming in the State. It is a professional and personal responsibility to serve NASBITE. Anyone who realizes the value of NASBITE should consider a Board position.
Associate Director GBRC
Lecturer in Department of Marketing
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Whitewater, WI 53190
Phone: (920) 723-4330
Amy Coon joined the staff at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in the area of Business Outreach at the Global Business Resource Center in 2002. Since then she has managed 4 BIE Title 6B grants, and 2 USDA Federal Grants, numerous international market research projects and travel study programs. In 2005, Amy and her team at UW-Whitewater were awarded the Wisconsin Governors export award based on the exports to China in the area of agricultural sales, which was close to US$10 million. She continues to lecturer at the UW-Whitewater in the areas of International Marketing, Marketing Research, Consumer Behavior and International Business. Amy also played a key role in the development and implementation of the International Business Minor and Major curriculum for the College of Business. She also coordinates the curriculum the Introduction to International Business course. She has a real passion for international business and the development of future global leaders, which continues to be her research focus.
Prior to working at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Amy worked for Motorola, Inc. and Motorola University in the areas of HR, Project Management, Global Training and Development and Global Event Planning. In her free time, Amy is currently completing a Ph.D. and volunteers her time on various community and campus committees.
Donna Davisson, CGBP
Executive Director, NASBITE International
Lecturer, Department of Marketing
Monte Ahuja College of Business
1860 E. 18th Street, BU327
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Phone: (216) 802-3381
Donna Davisson is a faculty member teaching international business at Cleveland State University's Monta Ahuja College of Business as well as the Executive Director for NASBITE International. She is a Licensed Customs Broker and Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP). Donna has been teaching international business for over ten years. She is dedicated to advancing international education through developing and facilitating faculty lead study abroad programs to France, Canada, and Italy. Prior to teaching, she worked in industry, conducting marketing research for various companies, including work for a Fortune 500 company as a product service liaison to the French-Canadian market. She is fluent in French and formerly served as the Executive Director for the Cleveland Chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce.
Larry Dill, CGBP
Director, Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers (MO SBTDC) International Trade Program
Missouri Small Business Development Center
615 Olive St., Ste. 1300
St. Louis, MO 63101
As Director of the Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers (MO SBTDC) International Trade Program at the University of Missouri, Larry provides statewide leadership to the international trade programming efforts of the MO SBTDC. He currently assists small businesses owners across the state to identify potential export markets and strategies to in successful foreign market entry. He works to develop relationships with state and national partner agencies, and will be helpful in planning and implementing the 2015 NASBITE conference in St. Louis. Larry graduated from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale with a degree in Accounting and is a CGBP.
Kelly Fish, Ph.D., CGBP
Professor, Computer & Information Technology
Director, International Business Resource Center (IBRC)
Arkansas State University
P.O. Box 239
State University,AR 72467
Phone: (870) 972-3986
Kelly E. Fish is a Professor of Computer & Information Technology and Director of the International Business Resource Center (IBRC) at Arkansas State University (ASU) in Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA. He holds a Master of International Management degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Mississippi. He was awarded the NASBITE CGBP credential in 2009. Dr. Fish teaches global e-commerce and international business at ASU and has been a visiting professor at University of Caen in France and University of Salzburg for Applied Sciences in Austria. He has taught in ASU study abroad courses throughout Europe, South America and Asia.
As Director of ASU’s IBRC Dr. Fish provides leadership for its mission of enhancing the global competence of the residents living in the Arkansas Delta Region (ADR) by improving the teaching of international business at ASU and, assisting ADR businesses in learning to export products or services. In this position he has administered BIE grants while working with other international business faculty to redesign ASU’s IB curriculum at the undergraduate and MBA level. He has traveled throughout Arkansas participating in export seminars and consulting with businesses wanting to grow sales internationally. Additionally, he serves as an expert consultant for "ExportTech” conducted by the US Commercial Service Office in Little Rock and has led trade missions to China.
Dr. Fish’s research includes application of artificial intelligence approaches to foreign market screening, as well as, the study of success factors and impediments to exporting perceived by Arkansas manufacturing firms. Presently, he is working with other IBRC professors in researching global leadership traits and has been awarded a Middle East Studies Grant to research the phenomenon in Egypt. He has published in numerous national and international journals.
James Foley, CGBP
Director, Turner Center for Entrepreneurship
Foster College of Business Administration
1501 W Bradley Ave
Peoria, IL 61625
Phone: (309) 677-3075
At the Illinois SBDC International Trade Center and NAFTA Opportunity Center at Bradley University, Mr. Foley manages a program of counseling and training in international business planning, marketing, logistics and export finance. The centers are joint venture between the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and Bradley University with a mission to promote international trade and assist companies with trade-related expansion and training. He is also Director of International Programs for the Foster College of Business Administration. Mr. Foley is a frequent speaker on issues of international trade and teaches International Business courses at Bradley University.
He is a Past President of NASBITE International, and now serves as the Director for the NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) credential. He was elected Chairman of IATTO International Association of Trade Training Organizations during the 2004 IATTO Forum in Cape Town, South Africa and is also chair of the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) International Interest Section. He is author of The Global Entrepreneur.
Senior Director of Outreach and Business Centers
Monte Ahuja College of Business
Cleveland State University
1860 E. 18th Street, BU 401
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Phone: (216) 875-9715
Colette Hart is Director of Outreach and Business Centers for the Monte Ahuja College of Business at Cleveland State University. In her capacity as Director, she is responsible for establishing Centers of Excellence in the College of Business that provide responsive and strategic business educational programs for the Northeast Ohio business community. Colette was instrumental in establishing the Global Business Center and securing over a million dollars in funding to develop interdisciplinary academic, research and outreach programs focused on applied international business education. The Global Business Center is the 2006 recipient of the Ohio Governors Export Award and the 2010 Certificate of Appreciation for Achievement in Trade from the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the 2011 President's E-Award.
Colette brings a global frame of reference to her work through her extensive experience engaged in economic development, small business, trade, and education initiatives throughout Europe, China and Chile. Colette serves on the U.S. Commercial Service District Export Council, NASBITE International Board of Governors, Jumpstart Higher Education Council, and the Corporate Sustainable Network Steering Committee. She obtained her MBA at Cleveland State University and her BA in International Relations and Political Science at the University of Wisconsin.
George Hiller, J.D.
School of Professional & Continuing Studies
University of Richmond
28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, Virginia 23173
Phone: (804) 740-4560
George Hiller has served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Richmond since 1994, teaching courses in the Law School, Business School, and School of Professional & Continuing Studies.His academic and teaching interests are focused on: international business, Latin America, Spanish, globalization studies, and the development of a new teacher education course on teaching about globalization.
George founded the Global Virginia (www.globalvirginia.com) project at the SW Virginia Higher Education Center in 2002, and served as the Director until 2013.He developed a cooperative international business education program for a consortium of small rural colleges in far SW Virginia. George wrote and managed three U.S. Dept. of Education Business and International Education (BIE) grants, the first consortium grants in the BIE program.He has served as a reader for several U.S. Dept. of Education Fulbright-Hays and Title VI grant competitions as well as a program evaluator for other BIE university grantees.
The Center’s international program received the NASBITE International Program Excellence Award in 2007.The Center was also recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce as a model for international trade education in rural America.
From 1992-2002, George managed export promotion programs in rural Virginia for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.He coordinated Virginia’s trade promotion programs in Latin America and established the state trade office in Mexico City.Previously, George worked as an international trade banker and also for the Attorney General of Virginia.
George received his BA degree from the University of New Mexico; MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management; and JD from the University of Richmond School of Law. George was elected to the NASBITE International Board of Governors in 2007.
Michael K. Jackson, CGBP
Director of City/State Partners
Export-Import Bank of the United States
Phone: 202 565-3479
Mr. Michael K. Jackson currently serves as the Director of City/State Partners at the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank), an independent agency of the federal government. In this role, he creates and manages marketing partnerships with local, state, and regional economic development organizations to expand export opportunities for small businesses. He also facilitates export training seminars and frequently presents at international trade conferences. Mr. Jackson is also an adjunct faculty member at Montgomery College where he instructs a course on how small businesses can "go global”.
Immediately prior to joining Ex-Im Bank, Mr. Jackson served as an Economic Development Specialist/District International Trade Officer with the Small Business Administration (SBA) where he collaborated with SBA’s resource partners and other public and private sector entities to conduct export-related training workshops and seminars. He was a frequent speaker at various international trade conferences and symposia in this role as well. He also consulted one-on-one with businesses interested in entering or expanding into foreign markets. Mr. Jackson was the first person in the agency to attain the NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) international trade certification. He also played an instrumental role in the creation of the SBA’s first Export Outreach Team, a pilot initiative which was later adopted on a national scale.
Prior to beginning his career with the federal government, Mr. Jackson held sales and marketing positions with several Fortune 500 corporations in the banking and tech sectors. He also owned and operated a small fitness company. Mr. Jackson is a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in Germany and traveled extensively throughout Western Europe. As a Caribbean American, he is dedicated to helping enable regional economies in the U.S. and in the Caribbean to use trade and foreign direct investment as means of achieving sustainable economic growth and development.
Mr. Jackson earned an MBA in International Business from American Intercontinental University in Atlanta, GA and a B.S. in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland - University College (UMUC) Europe in Heidelberg, Germany.
Dr. Sara Jackson, CGBP
University of the Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway, #462
San Antonio, Texas 78209
Phone: (210) 283-5001
Since 2001, Dr. Sara Jackson has been teaching international business full-time at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW). Sara has been a member of the NASBITE International Board of Governors since 1993 and currently serves as the Past President. She has been the recipient of two Business & International Education (BIE) Title VIB grants and is the BIE Director at UIW.
Sara was the Founding Director of the South-West Texas Border International Trade Center, and in her ten years as Director, the International Trade Center was instrumental in establishing the San Antonio Export Leaders program, which has won two international awards, and is now in its tenth year. The ITC also provided training during her tenure to the International Business Development Center, a year-long incubator program to help international companies learn how to do business in the United States.
Sara has been a member of the Camino Real District Export Council since 1993, and has served as Treasurer and Vice Chairman. She was a member of the Board of Directors for the San Antonio Council for International Visitors and has served as Chair of the Advisory Committee. She was the first Executive Director of the San Antonio World Trade Association in 1990, the owner of her own company International Marketing & Promotions which started Dial Berlin Inc., and was the Director of Marketing for North America for the AMK Berlin - Berlin Trade Fairs from 1982-1985.
She has an MBA in International Business and a PhD in Organizational Leadership. In addition to consulting in Mexico, Sara has been part-owner of a ranch in Texas where she raised registered Boer goats from South Africa and registered Braunvieh cattle with her husband.
Vern Jenkins, CGBP
Spokane Export Center
1235 N Post, Suite 201
Spokane, WA 99201
Vern is an International Trade Specialist at the State SBDC in Spokane. He has over 15 years of business experience in Asia and the Mideast, including bilingual project management training and quality control, as well as supplier qualification of potential Asia based joint venture partners and sourcing agents. He spent two years as a Program Manager for a USAID Project to rebuild the higher education system in Afghanistan. Received Masters of International Management (MIM) at Whitworth College in 1995. He is a CGBP.
International Trade Consultant
University of Georgia SBDC/International Trade Center
2530 Sever Road, Suite 202
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Phone: (678) 985-6820
A native of Greece, Mr. Kloussiadis previously held the position of International Marketing Manager for Transworld Trading Company, where he established an extensive network of international distributors and dealers who sold to large foreign commercial customers as well as the military establishments of the Middle Eastern and North African markets. Mr. Kloussiadis was also responsible for importing & marketing marble from Italy, Greece, Belgium and Taiwan. In this capacity he worked with US architectural, construction and design companies and succeeded in securing bids for several major construction and renovation projects.
Mr. Kloussiadis has traveled extensively overseas and has met with industry associations, as well as various foreign agents and distributors to introduce and market US products and services. He identified, evaluated and established distribution networks, generated international sales, negotiated international payment terms and was personally involved in licensing, distribution and joint ventures agreements for the European, South African, South American, Asian and Australian markets. Mr. Kloussiadis also owned a company which imported & marketed European women's clothing to major high-end U.S. department stores.
Leroy Lowe, CGBP
Nova Scotia Community College
36 Arthur St
Truro, Nova Scotia
Phone: (902) 893-5362
Leroy Lowe is a former Aerospace Engineering Officer and Project Manager in the Canadian Airforce who previously worked for Sparton of Canada, a division of Michigan-based Sparton Corporation (SPA on the NYSE). As the Director of Business Development, he recruited, managed and directed a diverse network of agents, distributors and strategic alliance partners in 20+ countries worldwide. Currently, he is a full-time faculty member in International Business at the Nova Scotia Community College and an active international business development specialist for Mxi Technologies Inc. He has a BSc, Diploma in Engineering, a Masters Degree in Adult Education (MAEd), a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and he is a Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) and a Certified Global Business professional (CGBP).
Work in recent years has taken him to Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Leroy was part of the original NASBITE task force that helped develop the Certified Global Business professional (CGBP) designation and he was one of the senior task force members in Canada who helped the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) update the competencies required for the Certified International Trade Professional designation in Canada.
Bronwen Madden, CGBP
Business & Technology Development Center – West Plains
Small Business Incubator (OzSBI)
Washington Avenue, Suite 105
Plains, MO 65775
255‑8789 Fax(417) 255‑8799
E. Madden serves as the Coordinator of the Small Business and Technology
Development Center (SBTDC) hosted by Missouri State University – West Plains.
The SBTDC is part of the University of Missouri Extension Business Development
Program. SBTDCs are technical assistance providers that work with business
owners and aspiring entrepreneurs offering training and one-on-one consulting
services to individuals who want to start a business or expand an existing
business. By supporting business growth, sustainability and enhancing the
creation of new businesses entities, SBTDCs foster local and regional economic
development through job creation and retention.
Bronwen has over
15 years of international trade and business development experience. She
previously worked as an executive in both non-profit and state organizations
managing operations and strategy, directing projects/grants, and implementing
service delivery on an international scale. She has taught international trade
courses at the university level and has served on numerous state and
community-based organizations to advance business development initiatives.
Bronwen has previous appointments by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to serve on
the District Export Council of Southern California and by two previous Missouri
Governors to serve as an ex-officio member on the Missouri Hispanic Business,
Trade and Culture Commission. She is a fellowship recipient of the Rotary
International, Group Study Exchange Program and the U.S. Department of State,
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Partners of the Americas Business
Bronwen earned an
Executive Master’s degree in International Business from the Boeing Institute
of International Business, John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis
University and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Missouri –
Columbia in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on International
Relations, Economics and Peace Studies; Minor in Spanish. She has been awarded
the Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) designation from NASBITE
International and is also a NASBITE CGBP Certified Trainer. She is on the
NASBITE International Board of Governors. In addition to her public employment,
Bronwen has a boutique consulting business for international trade
clientele serving the Pacific Rim.
Bronwen and her
husband live in the Missouri Ozarks where she was born and raised.
1626 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR 97214
Phone: (971) 722-5094
Tammy Marquez-Oldham brings 30 years experience in the education, healthcare, software, and food industry to the clients she serves in her capacity at Portland Community College. She has owned several businesses and hired, trained and developed hundreds of employees. She has experience in building business domestically and internationally, impacting over 2000 clients over the past ten years.
At the Small Business Development Center at CLIMB Center for Advancement Portland Community College, Tammy leads the vision of providing the highest level of business education and advising possible. As Director, Tammy inspires performance of staff and clients; producing net new jobs, accessing capital and achieving new sales. Tammy is founder of the Center for Excellence in Entrepreneurship at the Small Business Development Center and has been a member of the Economic Gardening Initiative since its inception.
With a Bachelors degree in Human Development and a Masters in Business from George Fox University, Tammy brings a unique and holistic approach to her work as Director at the Small Business Development Center, CLIMB Center for Advancement, Portland Community College.
As a business leader in the 21st Century I believe I have a social responsibility to transfer the knowledge acquired during my 30 year journey through the world of business, education, and entrepreneurship. This experience has given me the unique ability to get to the "heart of the matter” and help my clients in a variety of ways. Through my work I educate, inspire, and transform my client’s needs into solutions.
Dr. Mary McKinney
Center for International and Regulatory Assistance (CITRA)
108 Rockwell Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Phone: (412) 396-6233
Dr. Mary T. McKinney is the Director of the Duquesne University SBDC and CITRA (Center for International and Regulatory Assistance). She is also the Project Manager of the Center for Green Industries and Sustainable Business Growth. Dr. McKinney supervises the operations of CITRA and SBDC, which combined, conduct over 75 training events annually, including three large conferences. For the SBDC she supervises the consulting and training of small businesses as well the Global Business Program and special projects. The centers also consult with approximately 500 firms annually.
Dr. McKinney has won and supervised grants from several state and federal agencies which earned her a place in the inaugural Duquesne Office of Research Hall of Fame. The Duquesne SBDC is the EXIM Bank City State Partner for Western Pa. and is a USTDA Partner.. Recently Duquesne University received a US EDA grant to establish a university Center for Green Industries and Sustainable Business Practices. The objective is to create jobs through exporting and business growth of these target industries. Dr. McKinney obtained her Ph.D. in Public Administration and MPIA (Master of Public and International Affairs) from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh.
Texas International Business Council and
Director of Corporate Training
Austin Community College
Phone: (512) 627-1441
Mortada Mohamed is Executive Director for the Texas International Business Council. He is also Director of Corporate Training, International Business Institute at Austin Community College. Prior to his present positions he was the Regional Trade Director for Europe, Africa, Middle East, for the State of Texas, Office of the Governor, Economic Development & Tourism Division. Before joining the Office of the Governor, Mr. Mohamed served as Coordinator for Overseas Market Development for the Texas Department of Agriculture. Mr. Mohamed also has extensive experience in international trade in the private sector. During his service with the State of Texas, Mr. Mohamed traveled to more than 35 countries promoting Texas products and producers. His work included countless international trade development activities, as well as, export counseling.
Mr. Mohamed has served as a speaker for the US State Department International Speaker's Program throughout North Africa and the Arabian Gulf region. He lectured on doing business with the US private sector and promoted US business in those countries. Mr. Mohamed also serves as a volunteer consultant on behalf of ACDI/VOCA, funded by USAID, to assist in economic development programs for developing countries. This program, which selects experts in various business areas, has taken him deep into Africa, Siberia and Eastern Europe.
Mr. Mohamed is an adjunct professor of international business at several Central Texas universities and colleges. He is also a distance learning lecturer at the Foreign Trade Institute, University of Texas at Dallas and Chair of the World Affairs Council of Austin.
He has presented in conferences both domestically and internationally, most recently the International Academy of Management and Business symposium, Istanbul, Turkey and the World Investment Conference, La Baule, France. Mr. Mohamed is on the University of Texas at Austin Center for European Studies Advisory Board, the Board of Governors of North America Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE), member of the Texas Economic Development Council, and the District Export Council.
Mr. Mohamed has an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona
Global Dimensions Corporation
1013 Francis Drive
College Station, Texas, 77840
Phone: 970 368-2504
Dr. Kelly Jett Murphrey is president of Global Dimensions Corporation -- dedicated to increasing U.S.global competitiveness through education and sustainable endeavors.He frequently speaks and consults, nationally and internationally, on global trade, entrepreneurship, economic Development, and international business education.During his twenty-plus years with Mays Business School at Texas A&M University he served as Director of the Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade, the Outreach Director of the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), and taught Global Entrepreneurship and Cross-Cultural Management, face-to-face and online.He recently authored a ‘business fable’, The eGlobal Executive (May, 2013) offering a unique perspective and positive message about U.S. global competitiveness and business sustainability and ethics. Dr. Murphrey has served as president of NASBITE and was strategically involved in the development of the NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional credential.He has been involved in projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Canadian Government, U.S. Customs, U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture.He has served as a reviewer and evaluator for the U.S. Department of State Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence program and U.S. Department of Education International Education Programs.Dr. Murphrey holds degrees from Texas A&M University, Thunderbird School of Global Management, and the University of Texas at Austin.He is a licensed clinical pharmacist in Texas and Colorado.
Dr. George Puia
|Saginaw Valley State University|
7400 Bay Road
University Center, Michigan, 48710
Phone: 989 751-6074
In addition to his chairmanship, Dr. Puia also directs the school's global business initiative - a program to internationalize students and businesses. Prior to his appointment to the Dow Chair, Puia was a member of the graduate faculty at Indiana State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of Kansas with concentrations in international business and research methods. Before working at Indiana State, Dr. Puia served as a professor in the University of Tampa MBA program and as director of the UT Small Business Institute. Dr. Puia has service din a variety of marketing management and general management roles. For nine years, he was an executive with Barber-Colman Company, a manufacturer serving the worldwide construction industry. As part of his Barber-Colman experience, Puia served two years as President and General Manager of Barber-Colman Saudi Arabia, living in Jeddah for that period. Following his experience with Barber-Colman, Puia served as a senior executive with a communications company in Chicago involved in television production, broadcasting and syndication, and publishing.
|World Trade Center Nuevo Leon|
UANL Unidad Mederos
Ave Lazaro Cardenas
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, 64920, Mexico
Phone: 528 183294281
|Eugenio Reyes works at the World Trade Center Nuevo Leon - UANL as Director since January 2007. He has recently joined NASBITE International’s Board of Governors. He holds a BSME and a BSIE from Universidad Regiomontana, a MIM from American Graduate School of International Management, and a MBA from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. (Thunderbird)|
Eugenio has over 20 years of experience in the international business field as trading manager and director. He has collaborated with Fiat Auto S.P.A. in Italy, Vitro in Mexico and in the US, The Coca-Cola Company in Japan, and CEMEX. He also taught international trading seminars at the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and currently teaches at the UANL in the MBA program.
Under Eugenio’s direction, the World Trade Center Nuevo Leon - UANL has been recognized as the first ”PymeXporta” Center nationwide operating within a university. The WTCNL-UANL has also been credited as an SBDCmx working with the same methodology as in the US. The Certified Global Business Professional enabling boot camp and exam was offered in June 2008 at the WTCNL - UANL for the first time in Mexico.
Eugenio Reyes is co-founder of Adomill S.A. de C.V. which is recognized as one of the state scientific/technological companies.
|Cleveland State University |
Centers of Outreach and Development
2121 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115
|Meghan Salkin has been with the Outreach & Business Centers in the Monte Ahuja College of Business at Cleveland State University since 2008. She is responsible for meeting logistics and communications within the Small Business Development and Global Business Centers. Meg obtained her MAGI (Master of Arts in Global Interactions) at Cleveland State University in December 2011. |
Office of International Programsschragec@uni.edu
28 Gilchrist Hall - University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0520
Phone: (319) 273-6807
Chris is the Global Opportunities Coordinator at the University of Northern Iowa College of Business Administration, developing international programs and exposing students to the world. She spends about 1/3 of her time outside the US with students and on projects. She is responsible for a new required course in the Global Marketing Emphasis built on the criteria for the CGBP. She has been a presenter at several NASBITE workshops and holds the CGBP.
Gabriel Shweiri, CGBP
1530 W 17th St
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Gabriel is an assistant professor of Global Business & Entrepreneurship at Santa Ana College. He established BGI Worldwide Logistics and has extensive technical experience in logistics. He received his Master's in International Management from Thunderbird and holds a BA from George Washington University in International Affairs. He is a CGBP.
Dr. Sarah Singer
|Michigan State University|
Sarah Singer is the Assistant Director of the Michigan State University International Business Center (MSU-CIBER), a position she has held since 2006. In this role, Sarah is responsible for the day-to-day management and oversight of globalEDGE and the hiring, training, and supervision of the globalEDGE student team. She also assists with overall administration of Center projects and initiatives, such as organizing the Biennial International Business Institute for Community College Faculty. Sarah has a bachelor’s degree in French from the University of Michigan and an MA and PhD in Higher Education Administration from Michigan State University. Her dissertation focused on study abroad in community colleges. In 2012, Sarah became a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP).
Dr. Norman Sunderman
|Angelo State University|
Department of Accounting, Economics & Finance
San Angelo, Texas, 76909
Phone: 325 486-6498
Dr. Norman Sunderman, Professor of Accounting, is active in Study Abroad programs and has made five presentations at NASBITE on the European Union and Study Abroad topics. He attended faculty conferences in Antwerp, Belgium, and Strasbourg, France, and has been the program director on Study Abroad programs to France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.Dr. Sunderman has received teaching awards in both music and accounting. In 1978, he was named the Outstanding Music Professor at Texas A&M-Kingsville. In 2008, he was named Professor of the Year in the College of Business by the Angelo State Student Government Association. He was also named the Outstanding Accounting Educator for small colleges and universities in 2008 by the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. In 2009, Dr. Sunderman received the Distinguished Faculty Alumni Award for the College of Business from the ASU Alumni Association.
He holds a BS in Education from Bowling Green State University, an MM and a DMA from the University of Michigan, and an MBA and MPA (professional accountancy) from Texas A&M-Kingsville.
#300 - 116 Lisgar Street
Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 0C2
|Caroline Tompkins is the President of the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building the proficiency of businesses, professionals, and students, to access global markets, reduce and manage risks of international trade, and enable profitable competition. |
Caroline has over 25 years experience in both the public and private sectors. Her experience in the educational sector began at Simon Fraser University with the Public Policy Programs division in the Continuing Education department. She is steadfast in her commitment to the continued growth of FITT as a thriving organization for international trade professionals and has cultivated relationships with the many industry and government partners fundamental to its success. This consummate management professional has also developed an understanding of cross-cultural environments through her work and travels, including working for the United Nations in Bosnia-Herzegovina during 1994 - 1995. Caroline combines a solid understanding of training with an acute business sense, and was recognized as a notable Canadian woman in the 1999/00 edition of Chatelaine’s Who’s Who of Canadian Women and is listed in the Canadian Who’s Who publications.
In 1999 Caroline was the recipient of the Peter Bentley Scholarship for the University of British Columbia’s Residential Programme for Executive Development and has since fulfilled the rigorous requirements for the Certified Association Executives (CAE), and the Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designations. Caroline serves as a Director for the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), and for the National Association of International Trade Educators (NASBITE) in the United States
|Dept Of Economics & Finance-SIUE|
|Laura Wolff is an instructor in the Department of Economics and Finance at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, an AACSB accredited business school in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area. She teaches international economics and has developed and led numerous study abroad courses in Mexico, Costa Rica, Hong Kong and China. She has presented at several conferences and has been published in the area of course design and assessment of study abroad.|
She has also authored supplements for both international economics and principles of microeconomics text books. She has set up international service projects for both her university and for private volunteer groups in several countries and has taken more than 70 groups to complete various hands-on development projects in many places in the world over the last 15 years. (She's trying to save the world on a budget). She is building a consulting business in the pet industry, particularly working with a pet treat manufacturer to develop domestic and foreign distribution markets, and has enjoyed doing the trade show cycle over the last two years.
Dr. Rama Yelkur,CGBP
Saginaw Valley State University
7400 Bay Road
University Center, Michigan, 48710
|Rama Yelkur is the Dean of the College of Business & Management at Saginaw Valley State University. Dr. Yelkur has extensive experience in international business and marketing. She is the recipient of several federal and other grants at her previous institutions, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Texas A&M International University. Through her grant writing, fund raising and building external relationships nationally and internationally, she has brought on board innovative programs for students and new opportunities for faculty at her institutions. Dr. Yelkur has also published several articles in journals, including International Business Review, Journal of Advertising Research, Services Marketing Quarterly, Journal of Euromarketing, Journal of Marketing Communications, Journal of Global Academy of Marketing Science, Services Marketing Quarterly, Journal of International Marketing and Marketing Research, and Business Horizons. She has also conducted corporate training internationally and has taught in France, Portugal, Spain and Vietnam. Dr. Yelkur volunteers generously in her community. She is passionate about educating students to become global citizens and function in a diverse and economically intertwined world. She is experienced in strategic planning and marketing activities and is active at her institution through service on a variety of University Committees. She is the past President of the Marketing Management Association, Parliamentarian of the NASBITE Board of Governors and is active in various other International Business Organizations.|