Working for NCW Florida Exporters

The Northern and Central-West Florida District Export Council provides leadership and international trade expertise to complement the U.S. Commercial Service’s export promotion efforts. We represent the interests of the U.S. exporting community and provide business counseling on the export process, trade education through seminars and community outreach to encourage firms in our service area to export.

We invite you to browse through our site, attend our events, and use us as a resource to grow your exports.

TRADE TALK - EXPAND INTERNATIONAL SALES

Trade missions and other events provide an opportunity for your business to meet qualified buyers and discover export opportunities with potential clients in their markets. Grow your business internationally by connecting with foreign buyers and expanding international sales by attending a trade show, conference or other promoted events.

The Department of Commerce trade missions are overseas programs for U.S. firms that wish to explore and pursue export opportunities by meeting directly with potential clients. These missions are both country and industry specific.

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The Northern and Central - West Florida Florida District Export Council provides leadership and international trade expertise to complement the U.S. Commercial Service’s export promotion efforts.

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Gary Haberland, CEO, Genicon, Inc. During the Laparoscopic “Boom” of the early 1990’s, Mr. Haberland was hired by Stryker Endoscopy, and for four years worked both as a Technical Sales Representative and in Product Development.  Recognizing the opportunities before him, he completed his time at Stryker and began work on what is known as GENICON today. Sixteen years later, the company successfully sells its Florida manufactured products in over 60 markets around the world.

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Carlton Smith, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Heavy Equipment Resources of Florida. In 2014, HERO FL was recognized as the U.S. Small Business Administration Regional Exporter of the Year. Carlton is the Co-Founder and CEO of Heavy Equipment Resources of Florida (HERO FL), a Jacksonville based company and leading source in the construction and mining industry. HERO FL has made international impact while specializing in the export of heavy machinery and components to mining companies throughout the world.

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Harry Brown, Senior Manager for Technical Trade Compliance at Harris Corporation’s Critical Networks Business Segment in Melbourne, Florida. Harry is the business segment’s senior authority on trade compliance regarding technical data and product development issues.  He provides guidance to programs, business areas, and engineering on complying with U.S. export regulations, including Department of State’s International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Department of Commerce’s Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

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Tarik Ayasun, started Taray International Corporation in 1979 and celebrating 37 years as a business owner in 2016. Tarik has been involved in International trade for 41 years. A Marco Island Fl. resident since 1986, Tarik has served on various civic organizations on Marco Island. Awarded the “Lifetime Achievement award for Service to Community” by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce 2012.

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Jerry Ross, President of the National Entrepreneur Center. Jerry speaks for conventions and corporate events nationwide. He is a nationally-recognized commentator and author on small business, entrepreneurship, and economic development.

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Karen Arnon, Executive Vice President Hernon Mfg. Inc. Born in New York raised in San Francisco, Graduate of University of California at Berkeley. Worked way through college in retail then entered Executive Training Program of major department store, The Emporium, after graduation. Moved up in ranks to assistant buyer then buyer; went on to work for major vendor in sales and marketing, Franciscan China which was then purchased by Wedgwood Inc. Continued success in the tabletop/gift market working for Bearnadaud Limoges.

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Marisol Casablanca McDonald, IT Consultant for PCNet-Corserva. Marisol has more than 30 years of progressively responsible experience leading high technology start-ups. Top-tier strategic Sales and Business Development Executive. Marisol is very involved with her community and is a member of Northern & Central-West Florida District Export Council, Advisory Board Council Member UCF,  member of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum,  Vice President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Tampa Bay, she also serves at the Hispanic Business Initiative Fund Regional Council Board.

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Ralph Kluesner, International Sales Manager for Electric Supply Inc. Ralph is responsible for export sales and marketing for the Tampa, Fl. based company Ralph has expanded his territory throughout the Caribbean, Central and South Americas and reaching as far as Guam, Denmark and Indonesia. Ralph has established long term contracts with many of the utility companies he services. Electric Supply Inc has been honored in the past with the Governor’s Export Excellence Award.

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Michael A. Schiffhauer, a native Floridian from Miami, is Vice President, International Trade & Field Operations with Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI).  Michael manages six regional field offices, the targeted industry sectors (i.e. Aviation/Aerospace & Defense, ICT-Computer, LS-Medical, Clean Technologies and the Marine industries) trade promotion and is the contact liaison for trade development with Europe.

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Theodore J. Cordano, CEO and Chairman of the Board GROM Technologies Inc. US Army Special Operations (Ret.) Theodore J. Cordano is the one of three founding members of GROM Technologies, Inc. and currently serves as its CEO and Chairman of the Board. He is primarily responsible for developing strategic goals and partnerships for the company in order to promulgate GROM Technologies into becoming the world leader in support of Geo-Spatial Accountability operations.

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Robert Peek Jacksonville, Port Authority (JAXPORT) is the Director of Marketing & General Manager of Business Development for the Jacksonville Port Authority, one of the nation’s busiest seaports. He provides strategic guidance and leadership for the port’s marketing and sales department, oversees market research and data analysis, and assists shippers of all sizes with their supply chain and exporting needs.

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Justine Assal, MBE is a Florida based entrepreneur & President of Orb International & About Global Marketing. Specializing in International PR and marketing consultancy, exhibitions & events, multilingual media sites and publications in the UK, Netherlands, Dubai, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico.

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María Clara Yepes is a Global Procurement – Market Intelligence Analyst at Bristol-Myers Squibb, where she is responsible for providing strategic market intelligence support to the commercial procurement team across the world.

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Dr. Ozkan Erdem has extensive experience in export control, customs and international trade issues with a strong background in electronics, computer, software, information security, industry automation, material processing, mobility/transportation, defense technologies and manufacturing industries for almost 20 years. His primary focus areas are U.S. EAR, ITAR, OFAC and NRC controls, end-use and end-user screening, export classifications, compliance program development, encryption items, compliance audits, training, global technology transfers and export documentation.

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Darrell Lopez, CEO Over the last 25 years Mr. Lopez has distinguished himself as a top performing sales executive, trainer of sales teams, leader of sales operations, general manager of national companies all while becoming a noted authority in the field of WI-FI and VOIP. The combination of leadership, technical background with corporate management and true sales experience allow him the combination of vision and experience to lead the company.

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Laura A. Plotner (Olivieri), CPA. Tax Managing Director, CBIZ MHM, LLC. Laura received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Public Accounting Degree from Pace University in New York City and a Masters of Science in Taxation Degree from the University of Central Florida. Laura has over 20 years of experience in both public and private accounting. Her experience in public accounting started at PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP in New York.  Laura has been providing tax compliance and consulting services on a full  range of tax issues. In addition to traditional tax engagements, her experience includes specific experience in multi-state issues, international tax services and working with public/SEC clients.

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Nancy Simmons, President and owner of Aero Industries Inc. in Orlando, FL. Aero Industries is a specialty Metals and Parts company, who sells to our government and overseas. This company has been in existence since 1979.  She has lived many places in the world, including Hong Kong ; Johannesburg, S.A; Cologne, Germany, Montreal, Canada and Toronto, Canada. She speaks English, French and German. She went to University in Canada and has a teaching degree. In 2011, she opened a Trading Division, where they sell Oil, Fuel and other commodities around the world.

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Gary Leskun, MBA, CGBP, is the President and COO of Cross Border Partners Advisory Services, LLC. (CBPAS) In this role, he is responsible for corporate strategy, international marketing, client services, strategic alliances and overall business operations. CBPAS is an international trade advisory consulting group which assists business enterprises to develop global export markets for their products and services. Click here for more information about CBPAS.

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John A. Hartnett, III, VP of Global Business Development with Endoscopy Replacement Parts, Inc., has over twelve years’ experience in operations management, and international strategic, distribution planning.  Hartnett serves on the Florida Chamber Foundation Board of Trustees and its International Trade and Logistics Institute, the Florida Chamber of Commerce International Business Council.

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Carmenza U. Gonzalez, President of CZA Inc. a Global Business Development consulting firm founded in 2011. Carmenza has over twenty five years of international business development experience and is passionate in promoting the state of Florida and Central Florida as an optimal business destination. Prior launching CZA Inc. Carmenza worked for the Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC) for ten years as Vice President of International Business Development where she was responsible for the International Trade initiatives for the region and for attracting foreign direct investment.

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Francia Ryan, Contracts, Regulations, Estimating and Forecasting, Shaw Development. Francia holds a BS in Business Management and is a proud third generation family business owner. Francia started her career at the family’s aeronautical company, Shaw Aero Devices.  She began in Customer Service with a focus on After Market Sales. From there she moved to Manufacturing Planning and then to Contracts, which included working directly with the FAA.

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Katie Arroyo, CGBP International Trade Specialist with the Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at University of North Florida consults qualified Florida small business exporters to strategically pursue international markets as a growth tactic.  Arroyo researches global trade flows, industry trends, and international tariff, compliance factors to connect clients with foreign markets where they are most likely to succeed.  She frequently collaborates with U.S. Commercial Service and Enterprise Florida colleagues to deliver international training.

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Robert E. Salonen is Director, Global Business Development for the Florida Institute of Technology connecting the talent and technology development capabilities of the university to community and corporate interests worldwide. Rob consults with companies, organizations and government to foster partnerships with the principal offices of Florida Tech, develop programs to support advanced industry and facilitate co-location in the central Florida region. Rob is serving on the Florida Tech leadership teams for University Corporate Alliance for Success (UCAS), the Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Innovative Design (CAMID) and the Florida Tech Research Park.

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Kenneth R. Mouradian, Director of the Orlando U.S. Export Assistance Center, U.S. Commercial Services, Department of Commerce. The Commercial Service’s mandate is the promotion of U.S. origin commodities, services and technologies in foreign markets; the defense of U.S. commercial interests abroad; and, the attraction of in-bound Foreign Direct Investment. Kenneth is an ex officio member and Executive Secretary of the Northern and Central – West Florida District Export Council.

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Shannon Feeley has been with the Canaveral Port Authority since 2003. In her role in Cargo Business Development, she actively works with cargo industries to attract new investments to the port, ensure retention of existing business, and to counsel and educate the Central Florida community on all aspects of trade. She also manages Port Canaveral’s Foreign Trade Zone 136, which encompasses all of Brevard County.

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Felicia Leborgne Nowels, J.D., B.A. Attorney and Partner of  Akerman LLP. Board Certified in International law, Felicia focuses her practice on international trade and customs law. Felicia assists domestic and foreign companies with cross border movement of goods and services. Whether drafting international distribution or trade agreements, consulting or litigating on customs procedures or trade benefits, Felicia’s goal is to bring efficient business solutions to her clients’ global issues.

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