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Dan Curran

University of Iowa


International Trade and Logistics have been my professional focus since the late 1980's when the Soo Line Railroad was acquired by the Canadian Pacific.  Prior to the Canadian Pacific Acquisition of the Soo Line, I was involved in the integration, rationalization and merging of the Soo Line and the Milwaukee Road of the northern half of the combined properties.

My focus turned to Business Planning as a liaison between client requirements, marketing and operations I gained the unique perspective of all facets of logistics, which included Heavy Haul transportation, coordination with other Class I rail carriers in the US and Canada, Intermodal facilities and equipment balancing.

After a career on the railroad I took the position of Dir. Supply Chain for a company in Iowa which produced starches for the paper industry, food additives and other industrial applications both domestically and internationally.  This included responsibility for products moving into South America and along the Asia Pacific rim from Indonesia to China and Japan.  I was involved in the establishment of a joint venture with a cassava production facility in Thailand and negotiated supply and logistic arrangements with Export Trading Companies in Tokyo.

I have been fortunate to have been involved in International Trade and developed relationships with a broad network of professionals.  With this platform of tactical experience and strategic planning, I prepared myself for the CGBP Exam attaining Certification in 2012.

I continued to broaden my network and expertise and apply these assets in a Global Trade class I teach at the Tippie School of Business at the University of Iowa.  I developed the curriculum for applied Global Trade with topics ranging from Region/Market research, International Sales/Marketing evaluation, Tariff and Nomenclature Systems, Documentation, Export Licensing, INCO Terms, Foreign Trade Zones,  Physical Logistics and Regulatory Compliance.  My passion and profession are fortunately one in the same.


Dimy Doresca, CGBP

University of Iowa

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Dimy Doresca is a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) and an International Business Specialist and Consultant. He is also Lecturer in International Business, a Global Learning Faculty Lead, and the Director of the Institute for International Business, Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa. In the last 15 years his professional experience includes overall international business with respect to international market research, doing business overseas, risk analysis, business and strategic planning, budgeting, financial management, business development and operations, contracts administration and negotiations, claim analysis, and international banking. Mr. Doresca has had permanent assignments representing Stanley Consultants, a Muscatine, Iowa-based multinational corporation in India and the United Arab Emirates. During his tenure, he has set many permanent offices, worked with local suppliers, recruited agents and local representatives, negotiated contracts and terms of payment, and dealt with foreign banks, insurance companies, and foreign government officials at various levels in many countries in the Middle East and Asia.

Mr. Doresca, a member of the Board of Directors of the Quad Cities Foreign Trade Zone (a metropolitan area between Iowa and Illinois), holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Business from Augustana College and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He speaks English, Spanish, French, and Creole.

Christine Schrage

University of Northern Iowa

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For the past twenty years Chris Schrage has been traveling to various countries working with everyone from executives to groups at the bottom of the economic pyramid. Her work in a wide range of professional as well as educational or economic situations has provided a different view of what it takes to be globally competent. As Global Opportunities Coordinator at the University of Northern Iowa College of Business Administration, she has been developing international programs and exposing students to the world. Her persistence brought about a new university course, now a requirement of the Global Marketing Emphasis major built on the criteria for the Certified Global Business Professional. The Global Trade Practices class utilizes projects with students at universities in other countries to develop more than practical trade knowledge with online discussions crossing cultural and economic challenges. Currently, Chris spends about 1/3 of her time outside the United States with students and carrying out projects.

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