Kassis has extensive experience dealing with international business
development and trade in Africa, India, the Middle East, and Canada. He is an
International Trade Advisor for the State of Ohio, Development Services
Agency, region 12 of North East Ohio.
the Managing Director of Global Export and Connections, a company that
focuses on the Mining & Construction Industry, Solar Renewable Energy,
and underground brackish water purification systems.
has experience and involvement with international contracts, joint ventures,
foreign government contracts, bidding procedures, and negotiations with
has been an educator in the field of economics, personal finance, statistics,
and international economics, in addition to participating and moderating many
international events highlighting economic issues such as: the pivotal economic regions of the world,
the role of international trade on the US great recession, the US financial
crisis, and US health care issues.
holds a Bachelors degree in Macroeconomics, and a Masters degree in Economics
from Youngstown State University. He has been an adjunct faculty at the
university since 1996, and he is a member of NASBITE International and holds
a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) certification.
is fluent and familiar with few foreign languages.
Ward brings international experience within manufacturing and banking as well
as diverse cultural and linguistic knowledge to the ITAC. He most recently
worked at the Vitamix Corporation in the international consumer products
department. There, he worked through importer/distributors in over 30
countries to sell high-end consumer kitchenwares. Mr. Ward brings over seven
years of experience in sales, logistics, marketing, pricing, research, and
product development – all with an international focus. Prior to Vitamix, Mr.
Ward worked for Charter One Bank in international money transfers. In
addition to studying in six countries, he holds an International MBA from
Baldwin-Wallace College, an MA from McGill University of Montreal. He speaks
multiple languages including French, Spanish and Japanese.