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  • 24 Apr 2017 by Global Chamber

     

    What a difference a year makes! Global Chamber Dallas hosted its official launch in December, 2015 and spent 2016 experiencing it's first year operating. The year was spent starting meaningful professional relationships, sharing our mission with others, and learning the needs of the international business community in DFW. We were able to establish a wonderful membership base, a supportive Advisory Board and create relevant events to connect our network in person. We received encouragement from others as they shared with us that they felt we were filling a void in Dallas and that there was a specific need for a network that specifically focused on global business.

    In April, 2017, I am thrilled by our progress. We have truly united a global business community that is collaborative and relevant to each other. These community members are building business as they are developing professional relationships with each other and learning how they can support each other. We are seeing new collaborations, more client introductions, and many connections to other parts of the world.

    We continue to add value to our membership base through multiple avenues. Our members get special access to trade delegations, such as the Belgian Trade delegation we hosted in December. Our members get huge discounts, just like the 100% scholarship they received last year to the highly regarded Thunderbird Leadership Development courses. In addition, our members get speaking opportunities where they get the chance to share their expertise with others. We value being able to learn from each other.

    Not only do we connect our network locally, but we also connect our network globally, which is what makes Global Chamber unique. One of our members was in Tokyo for a few weeks, and we connected her to our Executive Director of Global Chamber Tokyo and she was able to set up productive business meetings while in Japan. This is the Global Chamber magic at work!

    Our events keep getting better and better. Our first annual "Grow Globally Fair" was a huge hit, and we got to acknowledge some of the global business professionals that really inspire us through our highly buzzed about award ceremony. One of our Sponsors, Polsinelli, hosted huge Dallas sensation Suzy Batiz, founder of Poopourri, and other amazing women in our Women in Global Business event. Polsinelli also hosted our first Ambassador as a speaker, Vasko Naumovski of Macedonia, and is about to host our second Ambassador next week!

    How exciting that Robert Jordan, former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, author and frequent commentator on CNN , MSNBC, Fox News, Bloomberg and the New York Times Magazine Group is coming to speak at a Global Chamber Dallas next week entitled "Believe it or Not There is Some Good News Coming in the Middle East" 4/27 Polsinelli. Ambassador Jordan wrote "Desert Diplomat: Inside Saudi Arabia after 9/11".

    Another highlight for us is our first all day event, just three weeks away, called "Threats to the Global Marketplace". We are teaming up with the US Department of Commerce and have organized multiple sessions where our audience will learn from FBI agents and experts in security about protecting their intellectual property, cyber security, economic espionage, risks with foreign currencies and virtual currencies, and more!

    I hope you have enjoyed reading our update! Please stay in touch with us, ask to be added to our newsletter by emailing us at dfw@globalchamber.org. Show up to one of our events any time- we love meeting fellow "globies"!

     

    *From left to right: Lisa Klugiewicz (Global Chamber Dallas) Dr. Simon Mak (SMU Cox School of Business), Kevin Maher (Baker & McKenzie), Meredith Wilson (CEO of Emergent Risk International), Maher Maso (Mayor of Frisco), Ben Clumeck (President of Uber Trade Credit), Lynn James-Meyer (CEO of BioSafe Technologies), Kim Carlson (Gardere), Zorica Ilin (Invest Macedonia), Dawson Williams (Swearingen Realty), Megan Nguyen Trinh (BB&T), Brian Mitchell (Whitley Penn), Brad Timberlake (BB&T), Salah Boukadoum (Founder & CEO of Soap Hope), Herbert Austin (SBA), Jeremy Ivie (BB&T), Roger Cunningham (CEO of United Risk Inernational), Alisa Strickland (Cityplace Events), Korina Smith (Global Chamber Dallas

  • 13 Nov 2017 by Global Chamber

    The Global Chamber® Dallas is excited to announce our second annual Grow Globally Fair on November 16th, in Dallas, Texas. Global Chamber nominates and awards Milk Snob, a multi-functional cover for nursing and car seats, with Emerging Exporter of the Year.

    Founded in 2015 and based in the DFW area, Milk Snob is a lifestyle brand for modern parents. Milk Snob was born from the belief that parenthood should be functional and fashionable, and all its products ladder up to one overarching goal: to create simple and stylish essentials for parents around the world. The core product, the multifunctional cover, can be used for infant car seats, nursing, shopping carts, swings, high chairs and more. It is available in over 30 custom prints that change throughout the year and are designed exclusively for the brand. Milk Snob also carries other baby essentials including swaddles, wrap carriers, blanket and hat sets, and the brand new ‘Pouch’- a modern twist on the traditional sleep sack.

    In a short period of time, Milk Snob has expanded its US-based team, has been featured on ABC’s Shark Tank and has grown its global presence in over 170 countries and 250 stockists.

    Accepting the award on behalf of Milksnob is Dana Bean, the Director of Retail for Milk Snob, leading the wholesale team in their international expansion. As an emerging exporter, Milk Snob has a long pipeline of innovations and is expecting to expand to 27 new countries in 2018.

    The Grow Globally Fair is an annual event hosted by Global Chamber and is open for registration! It will be held from 3-5pm on November 16th, 2017 at the Law Offices of Gardere in Uptown. Global Chamber currently has about 100 chapters worldwide that are either active and running, or have an Executive Director in training to launch their chapters. The vision is to expand into 525 metro areas by 2020. Global Chamber® is the only organization in the world with the mission to grow a business from anywhere to anywhere while collaborating with every organization. We're a thriving and collaborating community of CEOs, executives, and professionals in over 500 metros taking on the world of global business.

    The Fair culminates with the Global Awards ceremony. Please join us as we recognize Melanie, Dana, & Babette of Milk Snob along with these other incredible leaders:

     

    “Global Diplomat of the Year" Consul General of Mexico in Dallas, Francisco de la Torre. Read more HERE.

    "Global Startup of the Year" Joshua Johnson, Sr., CEO of Global Expertise. Read more HERE.

    “Global Innovator for Education Technology” Ramesh Balan, CEO & Founder of Knomadix. Read more HERE.

    “Global Game Changer under 30” Kyle Lukianuk, President of Good Returns. Read more HERE.

    "Global Service Provider of the Year" Jessica Gordon, Director of the US Commercial Service. Read more HERE.

    "Exporter of the Year in the Field of Electronics" Knight Electronics / Orion Fans. Read more HERE.

    "Exporter of the Year in the Health Industry"  Craig DiGiovanni, Partner in Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products, Ltd. Read more HERE.

    "Emerging Exporter of the Year"... Milk Snob

    “Global Attorney of the Year” Olga Torres of Torres Law, PLLC. Read more HERE.

    We look forward to seeing you there -- cheers! 

  • 07 Nov 2017 by Global Chamber

    7 Nov 2017 by Global Chamber Dallas TX

    The Global Chamber® Dallas is pleased to announce our second annual Grow Globally Fair on November 16th, in Dallas, Texas. 

    ‘Global Service Provider of the Year' will be awarded to Jessica Gordon. Jessica Gordon is the Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service Dallas-Fort Worth Office where she leads a team of industry-focused, international trade specialists to assist small to medium-sized North Texas companies to grow their businesses through launching an export business or increasing their sales transactions in target markets around the globe. 
    The Commercial Service Dallas-Ft. Worth office is one of 100 plus U.S. Commercial Service offices around the nation dedicated to assisting U.S. companies to expand their businesses by exporting, through providing export counseling, business matchmaking, market intelligence, commercial diplomacy, and trade advocacy. On average, U.S. Commercial Service clients increased their revenues by an average of $622,575, enabling increased employment by 7.2%, and safeguarding 3 jobs over the last 12 months as a result of the organization’s assistance.   81 percent of clients indicated they were highly likely to recommend services provided by the U.S. Commercial Service. 

    In addition to heading the Commercial Service Dallas Ft. Worth office, Jessica serves as the Executive Secretary of the North Texas District Export Council (NTXDEC), the Commercial Service Dallas-Ft. Worth’s lead partner of trade professionals appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to provide international trade guidance to the local business community, where she is the chief Commercial Service liaison for Commerce and NTXDEC engagement on international trade development issues and expanding the North Texas exporter ecosystem.  Jessica is a member of Toastmaster’s International, the World Affairs Council, and many professional and community organizations.  A native of Biloxi, Mississippi, Jessica graduated Magna Cum Laude and earned double degrees, a BA in Spanish and a BSBA in International Business, from the University of Southern Mississippi.  She is a graduate of the Else School of Management MBA Program at Millsaps College. 

    Jessica was nominated by last year's Global Service Provider of the Year winner Alale Allal of the Small Business Administration.

    The Grow Globally Fair is an annual event hosted by Global Chamber and open for registration! It will be held from 3-5pm on November 16th 2017 at the Law Offices of Gardere in Uptown. Global Chamber currently has about 100 chapters world-wide that are either active and running, or have an Executive Director in training to launch their chapters. The vision is to expand into 525 metro areas by 2020. Global Chamber® is the only organization in the world with the mission to grow business from anywhere to anywhere while collaborating with every organization. We're a thriving and collaborating community of CEOs, executives and professionals in over 500 metrostaking on the world of global business.

    The Fair culminates with the Global Awards ceremony. Please join us as we recognize Olga and others. Other award winners in 2017 include:

    “Global Diplomat of the Year" Consul General of Mexico in Dallas, Francisco de la Torre. Read more HERE.

    "Global Startup of the Year" Joshua Johnson, Sr. CEO of Global Expertise. Read more HERE.

    “Global Innovator for Education Technology” Ramesh Balan, CEO & Founder of Knomadix. Read more HERE.

    “Global Game Changer under 30” Kyle Lukianuk President of Good Returns. Read more HERE.

    "Global Service Provider of the Year" Jessica Gordon, Director of the US Commercial Service

    "Exporter of the Year in the Field of Electronics" Knight Electronics / Orion Fans. Read more HERE.

    "Exporter of the Year in the Health Industry"  Craig DiGiovanni , Partner in Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products, Ltd. Read more HERE.

    "Emerging Exporter of the Year"... Milk Snob

    “Global Attorney of the Year” Olga Torres of Torres Law, PLLC. Read more HERE.

  • 08 Nov 2017 by Global Chamber

    The Global Chamber® Dallas is excited to announce our second annual Grow Globally Fair on November 16th, in Dallas, Texas. 

    We are awarding Brandon Friedman, who tells the story of an unconventional transition from Public Affairs to social impact, with "Startup Impact Importer of the Year"! He founded Rakkasan Tea, a company that 'works with farmers in post-conflict countries to deliver the best loose-leaf tea you've never had'. 

    Brandon launched Rakkasan Tea Company in 2017 as a way to meet growing U.S. demand while promoting peace and economic development in post-conflict countries. He has completed the Specialty Tea Institute's Level I and Level II courses on his way to becoming a Certified Tea Specialist recognized by the Tea Association of the USA.

    Brandon is also the CEO of The McPherson Square Group, a PR and strategic communications firm he co-founded during more than a decade as an adviser to Fortune 500 companies, large government agencies, and fast-moving nonprofits. In 2014 – 2015, Brandon served in the Obama administration as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. There, he played a key role leading communications for Secretary Julián Castro and the department’s 8,000 employees. Brandon previously served as a vice president with global PR firm FleishmanHillard, as the first Director of Digital Strategy at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and as a spokesperson for VoteVets.org. He began his career in 2000 as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, serving in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

    A regular media contributor since 2007, Brandon is quoted in the press often and has appeared on CNN, BBC, MSNBC, Al Jazeera and C-SPAN. For his work in communications, he has been profiled by The Washington PostPR WeekStars and Stripes, and Government Executive. Brandon's memoir, The War I Always Wanted, was recognized in 2010 by The Military Times as one of “The Best Military Books of the Decade.” He contributes as a regular guest columnist for The New York Daily News and has also been published by The New York TimesThe Washington PostTIME and The Guardian. Brandon was selected in 2010 as a Truman National Security Fellow and designated an “emerging leader” by Government Executive in 2012. In 2013, he was named by Stars and Stripes as one of the most influential voices on Twitter for veterans policy. Brandon has an MPA from the University of Texas at Dallas and a BA from LSU in Shreveport.

    Brandon was nominated by Jeanne Whitesides, Deputy Director of Global Chamber Dallas.

    The Grow Globally Fair is an annual event hosted by Global Chamber and is open for registration! It will be held from 3-5pm on November 16th, 2017 at the Law Offices of Gardere in Uptown. Global Chamber currently has about 100 chapters worldwide that are either active and running, or have an Executive Director in training to launch their chapters. The vision is to expand into 525 metro areas by 2020. Global Chamber® is the only organization in the world with the mission to grow a business from anywhere to anywhere while collaborating with every organization. We're a thriving and collaborating community of CEOs, executives and professionals in over 500 metros taking on the world of global business.

    The Fair culminates with the Global Awards ceremony. Please join us as we recognize Brandon and these other incredible leaders:

    “Global Diplomat of the Year" Consul General of Mexico in Dallas, Francisco de la Torre. Read more HERE.

    "Global Startup of the Year" Joshua Johnson, Sr., CEO of Global Expertise. Read more HERE.

    “Global Innovator for Education Technology” Ramesh Balan, CEO & Founder of Knomadix. Read more HERE.

    “Global Game Changer under 30” Kyle Lukianuk, President of Good Returns. Read more HERE.

    "Global Service Provider of the Year" Jessica Gordon, Director of the US Commercial Service. Read more HERE.

    "Exporter of the Year in the Field of Electronics" Knight Electronics / Orion Fans. Read more HERE.

    "Exporter of the Year in the Health Industry"  Craig DiGiovanni, Partner in Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products, Ltd. Read more HERE.

    "Emerging Exporter of the Year"... Milk Snob

    “Global Attorney of the Year” Olga Torres of Torres Law, PLLC. Read more HERE.

  • 07 Nov 2017 by Global Chamber

    7 Nov 2017 by Global Chamber Dallas TX

    The Global Chamber® Dallas is pleased to announce our second annual Grow Globally Fair on November 16th, in Dallas, Texas. 

    ‘Global Attorney of the Year' will be awarded to Olga Torres, of Torres Law, PLLC. Olga Torres is the Founder and Managing Member of Torres Law, an International Trade Law Firm. Ms. Torres handles notable international trade matters for numerous companies worldwide and specializes in the areas of U.S. customs, exports, economic sanctions, anti-corruption compliance, and industrial security matters.

    Due to her experience and qualifications, Ms. Torres has been selected for recognition in the 2017 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Trade & Customs – a guide to the world’s leading trade and customs lawyers, economists and anti-dumping consultants. Chambers and Partners USA also listed Ms. Torres as a Recognized Practitioner in the areas of International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions law in 2017. Ms. Torres has been rated for three consecutive years as a Super Lawyer Rising Star for Thompson Reuter’s “Super Lawyers” publication, a distinction given to less than 2.5 percent of the attorneys in the state.

    As a recognized leader in trade law, Ms. Torres was recently reappointed by the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State to the Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG). In this capacity, she advises the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, which is the U.S. Department of State’s principal link to the Department of Defense, on its regulation of defense trade in accordance with the Arms Export Control Act and its implementing regulations under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

    Ms. Torres is a frequent speaker and moderator. She has lectured on international trade for organizations, universities and government agencies in different countries, including the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Mexico, Thailand, France, and Canada. She was previously an attorney in the International & Cross Border Transactions group at Holland & Knight LLP in Washington, D.C. Ms. Torres is licensed to practice law in Washington, D.C., the State of Texas, Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Court of International Trade.

    Olga was nominated by Global Chamber Dallas Advisory Board member, Dobrina Dobreva, who is an immigration attorney. "Olga Torres is amazing. She is well known I the community and has done some amazing work in the import/export arena" Dobrina says.

    The Grow Globally Fair is an annual event hosted by Global Chamber and open for registration! It will be held from 3-5pm on November 16th 2017 at the Law Offices of Gardere in Uptown. Global Chamber currently has about 100 chapters world-wide that are either active and running, or have an Executive Director in training to launch their chapters. The vision is to expand into 525 metro areas by 2020. Global Chamber® is the only organization in the world with the mission to grow business from anywhere to anywhere while collaborating with every organization. We're a thriving and collaborating community of CEOs, executives and professionals in over 500 metrostaking on the world of global business.

    The Fair culminates with the Global Awards ceremony. Please join us as we recognize Olga and others. Other award winners in 2017 include:

    “Global Diplomat of the Year" Consul General of Mexico in Dallas, Francisco de la Torre. Read more HERE.

    "Global Startup of the Year" Joshua Johnson, Sr. CEO of Global Expertise. Read more HERE.

    “Global Innovator for Education Technology” Ramesh Balan, CEO & Founder of Knomadix. Read more HERE.

    “Global Game Changer under 30” Kyle Lukianuk President of Good Returns. Read more HERE.

    "Global Service Provider of the Year" Jessica Gordon, Director of the US Commercial Service

    "Exporter of the Year in the Field of Electronics" Knight Electronics / Orion Fans. Read more HERE.

    "Exporter of the Year in the Health Industry"  Craig DiGiovanni , Partner in Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products, Ltd. Read more HERE.

    "Emerging Exporter of the Year"... Milk Snob

    “Global Attorney of the Year” Olga Torres of Torres Law, PLLC

  • 06 Nov 2017 by Global Chamber

    6 Nov 2017 by Global Chamber Dallas TX

    The Global Chamber® Dallas is pleased to announce our second annual Grow Globally Fair on November 16th, in Dallas, Texas. 

    ‘Global Exporter of the Year in the Field of Electronics' will be awarded to Knight Electronics / Orion Fans

    Since 1979 Orion Fans, a division of Knight Electronics, has been designing, developing and manufacturing a broad line of AC fans, DC fans, fan trays, fan accessories and blowers to meet the continuing thermal management needs of OEMs worldwide. Fast responses, short lead times and better inventory management programs result in lower inventory carrying costs for OEMs.

    David Luna is the Global Account Manager for key global distributor partners. He is also the VP of Marketing for ORION responsible for the website content, sales and marketing tools, advertisement, press releases, and coordination of marketing efforts with stocking distributors. Global reach and expansion is their goal and spending more time in Europe and throughout the world is a must. David likes to say, "Globalization means Localization!"

    Knight Electronics / Orion was nominated to receive an award by David Royce of the US Commercial Service, a collaborator of Global Chamber Dallas.

    The Grow Globally Fair is an annual event hosted by Global Chamber and open for registration! It will be held from 3-5pm on November 16th 2017 at the Law Offices of Gardere in Uptown. Global Chamber currently has about 100 chapters world-wide that are either active and running, or have an Executive Director in training to launch their chapters. The vision is to expand into 525 metro areas by 2020. Global Chamber® is the only organization in the world with the mission to grow business from anywhere to anywhere while collaborating with every organization. We're a thriving and collaborating community of CEOs, executives and professionals in over 500 metrostaking on the world of global business.

    The Fair culminates with the Global Awards ceremony. Please join us as we recognize Craig and others. Other award winners in 2017 include:

    “Global Diplomat of the Year" Consul General of Mexico in Dallas, Francisco de la Torre. Read more HERE.

    "Global Startup of the Year" Joshua Johnson, Sr. CEO of Global Expertise

    “Global Innovator for Education Technology” Ramesh Balan, CEO & Founder of Knomadix. Read more HERE.

    “Global Game Changer under 30” Kyle Lukianuk President of Good Returns. Read more HERE.

    "Global Service Provider of the Year" Jessica Gordon, Director of the US Commercial Service

    "Exporter of the Year in the Field of Electronics" Knight Electronics / Orion Fans

    "Exporter of the Year in the Health Industry"  Craig DiGiovanni , Partner in Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products, Ltd. Read more HERE.

    "Emerging Exporter of the Year"... Milk Snob

    “Global Attorney of the Year” Olga Torres of Torres Law, PLLC

  • 06 Nov 2017 by Global Chamber

    The Global Chamber® Dallas is pleased to announce our second annual Grow Globally Fair on November 16th, in Dallas, Texas. 

    ‘Global Exporter of the Year in the Health Industry' will be awarded to Craig DiGiovanni – Partner in Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products, Ltd. Craig DiGiovanni has over 29 years of experience in the Healthcare field. Craig’s early experience was at Tecnol Medical Products, a leading global manufacturer of disposable medical products. Craig’s tenure at Tecnol led him into Domestic and International Sales, Sales Management and finally to the Director of Business Development. Craig’s experience at Tecnol enabled him to manage a sales force both domestically and internationally, develop key relationships with international distributors, acquire and transition products into Tecnol and manage the operations surrounding a private label manufacturing relationship with Johnson and Johnson International. Following the sale of Tecnol, Craig and his partners created Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products in early 1998 and through acquisitions and product development, Medi-Dyne has established four core brands of products, Tulis, Cho-Pat, ProStretch and 2Toms, that are sold in a variety of markets in over 70 countries.

    Craig continues to lead the sales, marketing, acquisition and product development of the company and is looking forward to celebrating Medi-Dyne’s 20th anniversary this spring. Craig holds a BS in BusinessAdministration from Bowling Green State University.

    Medi-Dyne was nominated by David Royce of the US Commercial Service, a collaborator of Global Chamber Dallas.

    The Grow Globally Fair is an annual event hosted by Global Chamber and open for registration! It will be held from 3-5pm on November 16th 2017 at the Law Offices of Gardere in Uptown. Global Chamber currently has about 100 chapters world-wide that are either active and running, or have an Executive Director in training to launch their chapters. The vision is to expand into 525 metro areas by 2020. Global Chamber® is the only organization in the world with the mission to grow business from anywhere to anywhere while collaborating with every organization. We're a thriving and collaborating community of CEOs, executives and professionals in over 500 metrostaking on the world of global business.

    The Fair culminates with the Global Awards ceremony. Please join us as we recognize Craig and others. Other award winners in 2017 include:

    “Global Diplomat of the Year" Consul General of Mexico in Dallas, Francisco de la Torre. Read more HERE.

    "Global Startup of the Year" Joshua Johnson, Sr. CEO of Global Expertise

    “Global Innovator for Education Technology” Ramesh Balan, CEO & Founder of Knomadix

    “Global Game Changer under 30” Kyle Lukianuk President of Good Returns. Read more HERE.

    "Global Service Provider of the Year" Jessica Gordon, Director of the US Commercial Service

    "Exporter of the Year in the Field of Electronics" Knight Electronics / Orion Fans

    "Exporter of the Year in the Health Industry"   Craig DiGiovanni , Partner in Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products, Ltd.

    "Emerging Exporter of the Year"... Milk Snob

    “Global Attorney of the Year” Olga Torres of Torres Law, PLLC

  • 03 Nov 2017 by Global Chamber

    The Global Chamber® Dallas is pleased to announce our second annual Grow Globally Fair on November 16th, in Dallas, Texas. 

    ‘Global Startup of the Year' will be awarded to Joshua Johnson, Sr of Global Expertise! Josh is CEO & Co-Founder of Global Expertise, a leading Global Immigration HR Services company providing innovative On-Demand/SaaS/Human Capital Management HR Immigration services and professional development tools to both the international service provider community as well as directly to multi-national clients worldwide. Labeled as a leading HR Tech Startup, Global Expertise continues to significantly increase access for Global HR to elite-level immigration solutions from any country – to any country via its exclusive service model and tech platform: GLOBALLINK.

    Global Expertise was nominated by Igal Svet of National Geographic and Greg Donovan of Atlas Group International.

    Prior to Global Expertise, Josh’s career spanned more than 15 years within the international business community as an entrepreneur within the entertainment & pro-sports industries working with such notable profiles as American Idol, Ariana Grande, Billy Joel, Major League Soccer, and the UFC. As part of his dedication to making positive impacts on the world Josh is an advisor to multiple non-profits as well as a leading AI Innovator based in Austin. He is married to fellow Global Expertise COO & Co-Founder Amberley Johnson, and when the couple is not leading their industry through innovation they are consumed with the pleasure of their 4 kids; including their 15-year-old daughter to whom Josh will fully admit is the only person on earth he is scared of.

    The Grow Globally Fair is an annual event hosted by Global Chamber and open for registration! It will be held from 3-5pm on November 16th 2017 at the Law Offices of Gardere in Uptown. Global Chamber currently has about 100 chapters world-wide that are either active and running, or have an Executive Director in training to launch their chapters. The vision is to expand into 525 metro areas by 2020. Global Chamber® is the only organization in the world with the mission to grow business from anywhere to anywhere while collaborating with every organization. We're a thriving and collaborating community of CEOs, executives and professionals in over 500 metrostaking on the world of global business.  

    The Fair culminates with the Global Awards ceremony. Please join us as we recognize Josh and others. Other award winners in 2017 include:

    “Global Diplomat of the Year" Consul General of Mexico in Dallas, Francisco de la Torre. Read more HERE.

    "Global Startup of the Year" Joshua Johnson, Sr. CEO of Global Expertise

    “Global Innovator for Education Technology” Ramesh Balan, CEO & Founder of Knomadix

    “Global Game Changer under 30” Kyle Lukianuk President of Good Returns. Read more HERE.

    "Global Service Provider of the Year" Jessica Gordon, Director of the US Commercial Service

    "Exporter of the Year in the Field of Electronics" Knight Electronics / Orion Fans

    "Exporter of the Year in the Health Industry" Medi-Dyne

    "Emerging Exporter of the Year"... Milk Snob

    “Global Attorney of the Year” Olga Torres of Torres Law, PLLC

    We look forward to seeing you there -- cheers!

  • 02 Nov 2017 by Global Chamber

    The Global Chamber® Dallas is pleased to announce our second annual Grow Globally Fair on November 16th, in Dallas, Texas. 

    ‘Global Game-changer Under 30' will be awarded to Kyle Lukianuk a man who is committed to changing the world. Kyle was nominated by last year's recipient of the Social Impact Leader of the Year award, Salah Boukadoum. Salah has worked with Kyle on several initiatives and when we asked him to nominate someone to be recognized he was quick to acknowledge Kyle's work and urged us to consider him.

    Kyle is a social entrepreneur with a love for business and a passion for the power of millennials to address world-scale challenges. Kyle is a co-developer of the Good Returns model and current President of Good Returns Network, an organization that develops new ways for businesses to give back and maximize the impact of their financial resources. Kyle is certainly a huge Game Changer! He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and has called Dallas home for 10 years. Prior to joining Good Returns, Kyle worked in finance and risk management, most recently at KPMG, and served on the board for Chiapas International, a non-profit addressing global poverty. We are proud to have Kyle and other young innovators collaborating in Dallas and worldwide. They offer help without expecting a return (excuse the pun, Kyle!)

    The Grow Globally Fair is an annual event hosted by Global Chamber and open for registration! It will be held from 3-5pm on November 16th at the Law Offices of Gardere in Uptown. Global Chamber currently has about 100 chapters world-wide that are either active and running, or have an Executive Director in training to launch their chapters. The vision is to expand into 525 metro areas by 2020. Global Chamber® is the only organization in the world with the mission to grow business from anywhere to anywhere while collaborating with every organization. We're a thriving and collaborating community of CEOs, executives and professionals in over 500 metrostaking on the world of global business.

    The Fair culminates with the Global Awards ceremony. Please join us as we recognize Kyle and others. Last year's winners include:

    “Global Leader in Social Impact" Salah Boukadoum, Founder of Good Returns model

    "Global Elected Official of the Year" Mayor of Frisco, Maher Maso

    “Global Educator of the Year” Dr. Simon Mak, Ph.D, SMU's Cox School of Business

    “Global Startup Leader of the Year” Jason Croft, Jason Croft Video/Marketing

    "Global Service Provider of the Year" Allal Alale, Small Business Administration

    "Global Bankers for Exporters of the Year" BB&T Team

    "Global Exporter of the Year"... Lynn James-MayerBioSafeTech 

    “Global Attorney of the Year” Kevin Maher, Baker & McKenzie

    We look forward to seeing you there -- cheers!

  • 06 Nov 2017 by Global Chamber

    The Global Chamber® Dallas is excited to announce "Global Innovator for Education Technology" will be awarded to Ramesh Balan, CEO and Founder of Knomadix Corporation, at our second annual Grow Globally Fair on November 16th, in Dallas, Texas!

    Ramesh Balan is a serial entrepreneur, a successful business executive, an inventor and a technologist who has always believed in thinking differently – using unconventional outside-the-box approaches to solve large-scale complex problems in many industries, including Interactive Media, Telecom, Healthcare, and, most importantly, Education.

    His latest venture, Knomadix, builds interactive mobile solutions that transform how educators teach and how students learn. With its fresh approach to creating and delivering customized digital content, Knomadix is leading the emerging mobile education market with digital tools for teachers, curriculum specialists, content developers and school administrators. In addition, Knomadix recently launched Number Sense, an artificial intelligence based app that helps students master math skills while developing critical thinking and cognitive skills through gamification. We were introduced to Ramesh's work through our Advisory Board member, Hubert Zydorek, of UT Dallas' Center for Global Business.

    Ramesh is extremely passionate about Knomadix’s mission to transform education using a platform-based approach to delivering interactive and differentiated learning to students worldwide. Ramesh’s passion for education started at a very young age. He lost his father at the age of 7 and was raised by his mother, a life-long educator. He was inspired by his mother, who started her career as a high school teacher and later became the superintendent of the City of Madras -- Department of Education, that provided education for over a million students. Ramesh later observed through the eyes of his children how much an educational reform was needed to engage students, especially in science and math. Knomadix is an expression of Ramesh’s commitment to K-12 education. Today, less than three years after its launch, the innovative technology is being tested for large-scale deployments in five countries around the globe to transform K-12 education.

    The Grow Globally Fair is an annual event hosted by Global Chamber and is open for registration! It will be held from 3-5pm on November 16th, 2017 at the Law Offices of Gardere in Uptown. Global Chamber currently has about 100 chapters worldwide that are either active and running, or have an Executive Director in training to launch their chapters. The vision is to expand into 525 metro areas by 2020. Global Chamber® is the only organization in the world with the mission to grow a business from anywhere to anywhere while collaborating with every organization. We're a thriving and collaborating community of CEOs, executives and professionals in over 500 metros taking on the world of global business.

    The Fair culminates with the Global Awards ceremony. Please join us as we recognize Ramesh and other 2017 award winners:

    “Global Diplomat of the Year" Consul General of Mexico in Dallas, Francisco de la Torre. Read more HERE.

    "Global Startup of the Year" Joshua Johnson, Sr. CEO of Global Expertise

    “Global Innovator for Education Technology” Ramesh Balan, CEO & Founder of Knomadix

    “Global Game Changer under 30” Kyle Lukianuk President of Good Returns. Read more HERE.

    "Global Service Provider of the Year" Jessica Gordon, Director of the US Commercial Service

    "Exporter of the Year in the Field of Electronics" Knight Electronics / Orion Fans

    "Exporter of the Year in the Health Industry" Medi-Dyne

    "Emerging Exporter of the Year" Milk Snob

    “Global Attorney of the Year” Olga Torres of Torres Law, PLLC

    We look forward to seeing you there -- cheers!

     

  • 31 Oct 2017 by Global Chamber

    31 Oct 2017 by Global Chamber Dallas TX

    The Global Chamber® Dallas is pleased to announce that Francisco de la Torre, Consul General of Mexico, will be accepting the "Global Diplomat of the Year" award at our second annual "Grow Globally Fair" on November 16th, in Dallas, Texas. 

    Mr. de la Torre was nominated by Global Chamber Dallas Executive Director, Korina Smith. “I've had the chance to attend several of the Consul General's presentations. I've always been impressed by his passion for international trade and his dedication to a positive business relationship with Texas and the United States. He's doing a stellar job representing his country here in Dallas."

     Francisco de la Torre began his post in Dallas on June 1, 2016 and was previously posted in Argentina and Brazil. Over the years he has had several director positions serving in various diplomatic roles. You can read his full bio HERE.

    The Grow Globally Fair is a signature event hosted by Global Chamber, and is open for registration! It will be held from 3-5pm on November 16th at the Law Offices of Gardere in Uptown. Global Chamber currently has about 100 chapters world-wide that are either active and running, or have an Executive Director in training to launch their chapters. The vision is to expand into 525 metro areas by 2020. Global Chamber® is the only organization in the world with the mission to grow business from anywhere to anywhere while collaborating with every organization. We're a thriving and collaborating community of CEOs, executives and professionals in over 500 metrostaking on the world of global business. Our millions of trusted resources, followers and connections in over 5,000 cities support members growing globally by filling in the gaps that happen across borders.

     

    Other awards will also be presented during the Grow Globally Fair 2017. Last year's winners include:

    “Global Leader in Social Impact" Salah Boukadoum, Founder of Good Returns model

    "Global Elected Official of the Year" Mayor of Frisco, Maher Maso

    “Global Educator of the Year” Dr. Simon Mak, Ph.D, SMU's Cox School of Business

    “Global Startup Leader of the Year” Jason Croft, Jason Croft Video/Marketing

    "Global Service Provider of the Year" Allal Alale, Small Business Administration

    "Global Bankers for Exporters of the Year" BB&T Team

    "Global Exporter of the Year"... Lynn James-MayerBioSafeTech 

    “Global Attorney of the Year” Kevin Maher, Baker & McKenzie

  • 10 Aug 2017 by Global Chamber

    We are thrilled to be hosting our 2nd annual "Grow Globally" Fair this fall!  We are looking to acknowledge and honor some of the movers and shakers in global business in the DFW area.  If you know someone who should be nominated, please email us at dfw@globalchamber.org and share with us their accomplishments and why they should be honored.  It is required for the recipient to be present for the event.  

    You can use the categories from last year (listed below), or you can even suggest a new one if you see fit:

     

    "Global Elected Official of the  Year"

    "Global Exporter of the Year"

    "Global Social Impact Leader of the Year"

    "Global Educator of the Year"

    "Global Export Bankers of the Year" 

    "Global Startup Leader of the Year"

    "Global Attorney of the Year"

    "Global Service Provider of the Year"

     

    This is a great way to recognize such great work that so many of you do all year!  Please join us in nominating others.  Our exact date and location will be finalized in the near future.  

  • 19 Jun 2017 by Kimberly Carlson

    Joe Payton and the GeniusDen were early supporters of Global Chamber Dallas, after launching in Dallas in December, 2015.  The GeniusDen hosts several events for Global Chamber Dallas, and believes in the mission of helping businesses thrive.  Gardere attorney Kim Carlson, Global Chamber Dallas Advisory Board Member, sat down with Joe Payton, founder of GeniusDen, a Global Chamber collaborator. 

    Kim:                What is GeniusDen?

    Joe:                  GeniusDen is a business incubator.  We’ve created a new category with GeniusDen because a business incubator typically means it’s either a university “technology” incubator that has a bit of campus space and some technology that they want to develop and has some grad students and a professor and advisors and they want to incubate some ideas for their discovery.  Or, it means a rich guy who has some of his ideas in play, maybe some of the IP that he owns, and he pushes that out with the leaders; so he hires a smart woman, or hires a smart guy and they go pursue his ideas and make his dreams come to fruition.  This GeniusDen is new category in that it is more of a slower organic growth process.

                            GeniusDen is an executive suites/coworking space where members pay rent.  In addition to the space, however, they also get my full attention and the focused attention of our advisors and our resources that we bring to support their business growth.  They also get the community resources of other owners and these peers help one another a lot.

    Kim:                What inspires you?

    Joe:                  From birth, I have been around entrepreneurs with my family and I’m a big believer in the power of entrepreneurship to transform civilization, to civilize society.  It’s very easy.  To me, it’s mathematical.  An idea works in the real world or it doesn’t.  If it works, the market wants it.  If it doesn’t work, the market doesn’t want it.  And being a part of helping people grow personally to become better, more effective business leaders and running their company simply at a better profit, being a part of that process is personally gratifying, and I’m structuring it so that it is also financially successful.

    Kim:                What are some of the public facing services you offer?

    Joe:                  GeniusDen puts on social gatherings that get the art community engaged.  We bring in artists and musicians once a month - two artists and a number of musicians - to simply put their art out on the walls.  GeniusDen has a constant rotating show of new artists, so we have a space where we have new art and new ideas being shared on the edge of creativity.  Good business for them :supporting the arts and artists and selling art.  The benefit to our community at GeniusDen is that of curated conversation in a non-pressure, non-lecture environment. Folks come through and they end up, inevitably, meeting each other and connecting.  Before you know it, the investor guy that was there for the art show is hanging out with entrepreneur lady and they’re having this really cool non-structured, non-“networking”, human conversation that turns into a “let’s go meet.”  I’ll see them a week later in a conference room.  That’s one of the public facing things we do.

                            The second public facing thing we do is through our Professional Development Speaker Series. Again, about once a month key leaders, opinion leaders and subject matter experts come out to present on deliverable take-away, tactical-level advice, knowledge and skills.  It is all free.  They come in and put an event together.  They have the slide deck. They have the presentation. They convey the knowledge.  They do the handouts.  We record that, put that on YouTube, transcribe it, and put it out to our free library which people can watch and download later.  It’s a growing library of presentations at www.Genuiusden.com/events  and it’s available to everyone.

    Kim:                What is GeniusDen’s mission?

    Joe:               GeniusDen has a three-part mission:  To be a force multiplier; to bring the future into the present; and to interrupt cycles of poverty.  The cycles of poverty could be obvious or literal.  It could also be the cycle of poverty you find when you’re at the outer edge of your capacity.  You, for example, are a competent lawyer.  You met the requirements of that competency.  But if you started a law firm and now you’ve got to lead other lawyers, you’d be drawing on leadership skills that you might not have developed yet.  So how do we help you develop those skills so that you’re a better leader?  We emphasize the importance of having balance – we like to be grownups.

    Kim:                Does a typical start-up entrepreneur have a set personality that you see over and over again, or is it all across the board?

    Joe:                  The two traits that come to mind are tenacity and hard work; they are just willing to do the work.  Introverts, extroverts, sales-oriented and soft businesses all have great success and they all struggle with things they don’t know.  As they say, it’s not the things that you know and you don’t know that hurt you; it’s the things that you “know” that “aren’t so” that hurt you.  The humble learner is a successful entrepreneur: humble, hungry, curious and interested.  The minute you walk in and don’t have anything to learn, you’re in the wrong room and you need to not be there, or you need to change your attitude and you need to really be there fully, and present.  We want to encourage humble leadership.  That’s one of our values. 

    Kim:                What are some of GeniusDen’s other values?

    Joe:                  I touched on humble leadership, which implies integrity, decisiveness, strength, commitment, loyalty and generosity.  We like to hold onto a vision of prosperity verses abundance, so that means the universe is not going to make you a ham sandwich.  Our success channels through thrift, disciplined, meaningful and passionate work.  You’re going to carry your own bag.  You’re going to do this yourself.  We believe in self-reliance.  You’re responsible for getting what you need out of this experience.  Temper that with active gratitude.  We feel we’re blessed to be here and we’re looking for opportunities to be in service to others and to contribute to virtuous cycles.  We hold to an attitude of excellence.  That excellence comes from a disciplined, structured action around a plan.  Whatever we put together we want to continuously improve it.  We believe in continuous improvement.  We’re willing to change.  We’re committed to learning and we help one another figure out how to do it better.  We want to be engaged and active, but we want to hold a position of being happy.  Is this making us happy?  Is this keeping us happy?  What we’re doing … is it open? Is it positive? Is it inclusive? Is it healthy? Is it fun?  With all this, we want to build deep relationships.  Open, honest based on respect, accessibility, professionalism, trust, accountability, sensitivity, and cooperation.  Those add up to environments that bring the most contribution from all parties involved.

    Kim:                Love it.  Anything else you want to share with Global Chamber?

    Joe:                  We recently finished our expansion of GeniusDen.  In our space next door, we’ve added four large offices that office 10 people, two medium offices that office 8 people, and two smaller offices that office 4 people.  There is also a group work table with seats for 8 people and a great lounge with some really cool leather couches and chairs.  It’s very nicely laid out. So they’re selling out or leasing out, but we have available space.  We’d love to have folks come check it out if they have a team they’re looking to fill space with.  We have found some great success with established companies that are opening a Dallas office.  It’s a great environment for them because they find a community of their peers.   

                               Kim:                Thank you for your time today.  I’m sure members of the Chamber will benefit from your insights.

      Go to https://www.GeniusDen.com for GeniusDen leadership events.”

  • 21 Mar 2017

    2nd Annual Threats in the Global Marketplace

     

    In partnership with Global Chamber® Dallas, U.S. Commercial Service-Dallas Ft. Worth hosts the 2nd Annual "Threats in the Global Marketplace" event. This event is designed to educate and inform you on a multitude of international challenges and global threats to your business as well as how to obtain and implement the appropriate tools to protect your company.

     

    What You'll Gain From Attending This Event

     

    • The essential elements of a qualified Insider Threat program
    • How to integrate high quality security practices with USDOD requirements
    • Basic indicators that an employee may become a security risk
    • Common business technologies that can be used in economic espionage activities
    • How economic espionage and business intelligence gathering occurs at trade shows
    • The importance of selecting the appropriate types of currency and financial instruments
    • The proper safety and security safeguards for international business travelers
    • How to implement the necessary Cyber Hygiene for international business operations
    • Potential threats involved in the international transportation and shipping environments
    • How to detect when a person is attempting to covertly elicit proprietary information

     

    DATE: Thursday, May 11, 2017

    LOCATION: Cityplace Tower, 2711 N Haskell Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

    COST: $149 ($112 for students and all Global Chamber members and community partners)

    MEALS: Breakfast, lunch, and refreshment breaks will be provided.

    *** REGISTRATION CLOSES 7PM (CST) MAY 5 ***

     

    Agenda:

    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (CST)

    7AM-8AM: Breakfast & networking

    7AM-8AM: Registration

    8AM: Opening remarks

    4:30PM: End of program

    4:45PM – 6PM: Post-event Happy Hour

     

     

    David Royce, Senior International Trade Specialist of U.S. Commercial Service

    Mr. Royce was selected to lead the U.S. Commercial Service’s Africa and Middle East team working concurrently with his responsibilities as Senior International Trade Specialist. The Africa and Middle East team brings together the resources of U.S. Commercial Service offices, U.S. Department of State sections at U.S. Embassies in the region and U.S. Patent & Trademark offices in the region, providing U.S. firms with a single point of access to key contacts, regional trade events, intellectual property rights protection, extensive services and research covering markets throughout the region. The team is comprised of both domestic and foreign staff of multiple agencies. Mr. Royce develops strategy and manages budgets for both allocated and deposit funds.

    For all foreign markets, Mr. Royce counsels U.S. companies in all industries on developing effective market entry and sales strategies, U.S. export control regulations, protecting intellectual property, foreign import regulations and trade finance options.  Mr. Royce provides investigation services on potential foreign businesses partners utilizing a worldwide network of specialist in the U.S. Commercial Service and U.S. Department of State.  Mr. Royce reports investigation findings such as capabilities, legitimacy and financial strength of a potential foreign business partner, a listing of foreign company’s key officers, senior management and potential liabilities.  Mr. Royce provides business matchmaking with prescreened foreign private and government partners and provides commercial diplomacy.

    Mr. Royce has 14 years’ experience with the U.S. Commercial Service.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and management from Old Dominion University and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in international marketing management from the University of Dallas.

     

    About the U.S. Commercial Service:

    The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and in more than 75 countries help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets. The U.S. Commercial Service uses Export.gov, the U.S. Government’s export portal, as its main online resource for exporting U.S. clients. For market research, trade events, trade leads, and information on how to export, please visit Export.gov.

     

    Korina Smith, Executive Director of Global Chamber Dallas

    Korina Smith serves as Executive Director of Global Chamber® Dallas, which is part of a thriving and collaborating community of CEO's, executives, and professionals in 500 metropolitan areas around the world taking on global business. Global Chamber® is the only organization in the world with the mission to help executives grow their business from anywhere to everywhere, while collaborating with organizations worldwide in every metro area.  Korina launched the Dallas chapter in 2015 and has since cultivated a thriving international business community in DFW. Korina is also the Chief Operations Officer for Leverage 7, an international business development, marketing and project management consulting firm.  Korina is responsible for the daily operations of the company, working closely with the senior partners and project teams. Korina is a dedicated, mission-driven leader who thrives leading and developing teams and has been a professional public speaker for over a decade.

    Korina has a huge heart for others while being a strong leader. She has over 18 years of experience leading teams on humanitarian missions to deliver humanitarian aid and facilitate sustainable projects in villages, relief camps and orphanages around the world.  She also dedicated 8 years of her career as an advocate for education and a public speaker for high school students to live purpose driven lives and getting the smartest education to do so.

    Korina holds a BA in Political Science: Global Politics from California State University Los Angeles. She also studied at the Institut d'Études Politiques d'Aix-en-Provence and the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro. Korina loves to travel internationally and speaks Spanish, Portuguese and French.

     

    About the Global Chamber®:

    Global Chamber® is the only organization in the world with the mission to help executives grow their business from anywhere to everywhere, while collaborating with organizations worldwide in every metro area.

    We're a thriving and collaborating community of CEOs, executives and leaders in 525 metros growing global business. With over 36,000 members of the global tribe and tens of millions of trusted resources, followers and connections, we fill in the gaps that executives can experience when growing across borders.

    We provide members with tailored opportunities to connect with customers, trusted partners and expert resources to grow globally. When members tap in to the Global Chamber®, risk is reduced and global growth accelerates. Join the Global Tribe today!

  • 25 Apr 2017 by Lisa Klugiewicz

    Global Chamber® Dallas and U.S. Commercial Service presents speaker Kim Jones to the

    2nd Annual Threats to the Global Marketplace

     

    The Global Chamber® Dallas is pleased to announce Kim Jones as a speaker for the 2nd annual "Threats to the Global Marketplace" to educate and expand attendee's awareness to the threats of cyber security and economic espionage, as well as how to prevent it. This is a full day seminar on Thursday, May 11th, details and registration HERE - last day to register is May 5th. 

     

    Kim Jones, Founding team for Docent Systems

    Kim Jones is a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and a seasoned Information Technology professional with almost three decades of experience in Networking and Cyber Security across a variety of segments including medical devices, software development for flight controls, school sector interconnectivity, and the financial sector.

    Kim has extensive background in network operations, telecom network management and has consulted for companies on compliance strategy, audit policy and cyber security positioning.  She started her career programming flight controls for the F-16. Later, Kim moved to Fort Sill, where she was responsible for auditing military networks and server infrastructure to prepare them for security audits.

    As a young entrepreneur, Kim founded an Internet Service Provider business and became one of the first to offer wireless access to the business and home users. Currently, Kim is a part of the founding team for Docent Systems, and is responsible for setting the IT strategy for multiple SMB companies around the DFW area.

     

    About the U.S. Commercial Service:

    The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and in more than 75 countries help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets. The U.S. Commercial Service uses Export.gov, the U.S. Government’s export portal, as its main online resource for exporting U.S. clients. For market research, trade events, trade leads, and information on how to export, please visit Export.gov.

    About the Global Chamber®:

    Global Chamber® is the only organization in the world with the mission to help executives grow their business from anywhere to everywhere, while collaborating with organizations worldwide in every metro area.

    We're a thriving and collaborating community of CEOs, executives and leaders in 525 metros growing global business. With over 36,000 members of the global tribe and tens of millions of trusted resources, followers and connections, we fill in the gaps that executives can experience when growing across borders.

    We provide members with tailored opportunities to connect with customers, trusted partners and expert resources to grow globally. When members tap in to the Global Chamber®, risk is reduced and global growth accelerates. Join the Global Tribe today!

  • 10 Apr 2017

    Global Chamber® Dallas and U.S. Commercial Service presents speaker Annie Stellato to the

    2nd Annual Threats to the Global Marketplace

     

    The Global Chamber® Dallas is pleased to announce Annie Stellato as a speaker for the 2nd annual "Threats to the Global Marketplace" to educate and expand attendee's awareness to the threats of cyber security and economic espionage, as well as how to prevent it. This is a full day seminar on Thursday, May 11th, details and registration HERE - early bird registration on April 15 and last day to register is May 5th. 

     

     

    Annie Stellato, President of Stellato Consulting

    Annie Stellato is the president of Stellato Consulting and has held various positions supporting national security over the last 15 years. She has an extensive background in security policies, regulations and processes as they apply to collateral security clearances, Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access, and Special Access Programs (SAP) for both Government entities and Cleared Defense Contractors. Her professional background provides her with a level of expertise in security clearance cases that is unparalleled within the National Security Law practice industry. Annie has a distinct calling to serve others by leveraging her experience to provide our clients with the edge needed to successfully combat any facet of national security.

    While serving in the Army, Annie was stationed in Germany, Iraq and Texas serving as an Intelligence Analyst, Targeting Officer, Security Manager, and Special Security Officer (SSO). As a civilian she has served in positions with Cleared Defense Contractors and Government entities as an Intelligence Analyst, Adjudicator and Program Security Officer (PSO). Not only has Annie served in positions as the decision authority involving personnel security clearances but she has also developed and delivered a multitude of security education briefings reaching countless Cleared Defense Contractors and Military Commands around the world.

    Annie lives in Newark, Texas with her husband and 4 children. Her and her husband also own and operate Texas LoneStar Basketball, which is a select basketball organization that focuses on developing young athletes who aspire to obtain scholarships and play basketball at the collegiate level. In her spare time she enjoys being a mom and exploring her artistic sensibility through painting and photography.

     

    About the U.S. Commercial Service:

    The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and in more than 75 countries help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets. The U.S. Commercial Service uses Export.gov, the U.S. Government’s export portal, as its main online resource for exporting U.S. clients. For market research, trade events, trade leads, and information on how to export, please visit Export.gov.

    About the Global Chamber®:

    Global Chamber® is the only organization in the world with the mission to help executives grow their business from anywhere to everywhere, while collaborating with organizations worldwide in every metro area.

    We're a thriving and collaborating community of CEOs, executives and leaders in 525 metros growing global business. With over 36,000 members of the global tribe and tens of millions of trusted resources, followers and connections, we fill in the gaps that executives can experience when growing across borders.

    We provide members with tailored opportunities to connect with customers, trusted partners and expert resources to grow globally. When members tap in to the Global Chamber®, risk is reduced and global growth accelerates. Join the Global Tribe today!

  • 10 Apr 2017

    Global Chamber® Dallas and U.S. Commercial Service presents speaker Ana Snyder to the

    2nd Annual Threats to the Global Marketplace

     

    The Global Chamber® Dallas is pleased to announce Ana Snyder as a speaker for the 2nd annual "Threats to the Global Marketplace" to educate and expand attendee's awareness to the threats of cyber security and economic espionage, as well as how to prevent it. This is a full day seminar on Thursday, May 11th, details and registration HERE - early bird registration on April 15 and last day to register is May 5th. 

     

    Ana Snyder, Principal at Docent Systems

     

    Born in Belgrade, Ana Snyder came to the United States as a 17 year-old high school transfer student. Over two decades, she has immersed herself in a breadth of aspects within the information technology sector and has become recognized as having in-depth expertise with IT infrastructure and network security.

    Ana started as a Network Management Analyst at Pier 1 Imports before moving to the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC), where she became intimately familiar with transactional/payment platforms and the global financial clearing environment. During her tenure at DTCC she worked as a Network Engineer and was handling both domestic and international network connectivity between DTCC and participant banks, as well as the clearing houses.

    After receiving her MBA from the Southern Methodist University, she worked in a leadership capacity with an outsourced managed services provider and led a team of Technical Account Managers. During 2016, she founded her own Managed Services company, Docent Systems, which concentrates on helping companies develop, implement and manage more secure business practices.

     

    About the U.S. Commercial Service:

    The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and in more than 75 countries help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets. The U.S. Commercial Service uses Export.gov, the U.S. Government’s export portal, as its main online resource for exporting U.S. clients. For market research, trade events, trade leads, and information on how to export, please visit Export.gov.

    About the Global Chamber®:

    Global Chamber® is the only organization in the world with the mission to help executives grow their business from anywhere to everywhere, while collaborating with organizations worldwide in every metro area.

    We're a thriving and collaborating community of CEOs, executives and leaders in 525 metros growing global business. With over 36,000 members of the global tribe and tens of millions of trusted resources, followers and connections, we fill in the gaps that executives can experience when growing across borders.

    We provide members with tailored opportunities to connect with customers, trusted partners and expert resources to grow globally. When members tap in to the Global Chamber®, risk is reduced and global growth accelerates. Join the Global Tribe today!

  • 10 Apr 2017

    Global Chamber® Dallas and U.S. Commercial Service presents keynote speaker Kevin Mellott to the

    2nd Annual Threats to the Global Marketplace

    The Global Chamber® Dallas is pleased to announce Kevin Mellott as key speaker for the 2nd annual "Threats to the Global Marketplace" to educate and expand attendee's awareness to the threats of cyber security and economic espionage, as well as how to prevent it. This is a full day seminar on Thursday, May 11th, details and registration HERE - early bird registration on April 15 and last day to register is May 5th. 

     

    Kevin Mellott, Founder and President of ERASE Enterprises

    Mr. Mellott has over 42 years of experience in the field of public safety. Prior to founding ERASE Enterprises, Mr. Mellott was an Assistant Chief in the Department of Public Safety for the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He supervised several special investigation units including the Bomb & Arson Strike Team which was a multi-agency team of federal, state, and local investigators.

    Mr. Mellott is internationally recognized as an expert in public safety and special investigations. He has provided training for thousands in industry and government as well as having been selected as the lead instructor for numerous special projects for the United States Military and Law Enforcement Agencies. Outside the United States, Mr. Mellott has conducted specialized training, investigations and security programs throughout the world.  His experience includes operations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR), South Africa, Egypt, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Argentina, and many other locations. He has worked in many special program areas for the US government including the NASA Space Shuttle Program, the USAF B-2 Stealth Bomber program, and as a Special Operations Advisor to the Military District of Washington DC.  Mr. Mellott is a published author and has served as a technical consultant for the Smithsonian Magazine on issues of public safety. Mr. Mellott has conducted hundreds of investigations on issues ranging from incidents of terrorism to cybersecurity attacks.  He has provided economic espionage countermeasure services for both government and private sector organizations and routinely gives briefings to key executives on the topics of Terrorism, CyberSecurity, Personal Security, Economic Espionage, and International Travel Security. Kevin also serves as an active member with the FBI sponsored private sector outreach program InfraGard.

    Career Achievements

    • Awards for outstanding performance from many federal agencies;
      • United States Department of the Treasury
      • United States Department of Defense - National Security Agency
      • United States Army - Military District of Washington D.C.
      • United States Congress for services as an expert witness
      • FBI Outstanding CyberSecurity Presentation
    • Author and Instructor of the program “Surviving Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Terrorism
    • Author & Faculty for the text / college course “Conducting Secure Meetings & Events”
    • Fusion Liaison Officer, North Central Texas Fusion Center (USDHS / USDOJ initiative)
    • InfraGard CyberSecurity Sector Chief (Nuclear & Chemical Sectors)
    • InfraGard Weapons of Mass Destruction Special Interest Group (SIG) Coordinator
    • North Texas InfraGard Board of Directors
    • Constituent of US Department of State-Bureau of Diplomatic Security Overseas Security Advisory Council {OSAC) and Member of African Regional Security Council
    • Member of Collin College CyberSecurity Advisory Board
    • President of the Richland College Forensic Science & CyberSecurity Advisory Board
    • Keynote Speaker for Chinese Institute of Engineers Annual CyberSecurity Conference
    • Platform Speaker for Annual Cyber Defense Conference-2013
    • Contingency Planning & Management Conference-West-Highest Rated Speaker-2012 & 2013
    • TXDPS-PSB Personal Protection Officer (PPO) & PPO Instructor
    • Contributor for FoxNews, ABC News, CBS News, Clear Channel, iHeart Radio, and the Jim Bohannon Show as a Terrorism Analyst and Global Security Expert

     

    About the U.S. Commercial Service:

    The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and in more than 75 countries help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets. The U.S. Commercial Service uses Export.gov, the U.S. Government’s export portal, as its main online resource for exporting U.S. clients. For market research, trade events, trade leads, and information on how to export, please visit Export.gov.

    About the Global Chamber:

    Global Chamber® is the only organization in the world with the mission to help executives grow their business from anywhere to everywhere, while collaborating with organizations worldwide in every metro area.

    We're a thriving and collaborating community of CEOs, executives and leaders in 525 metros growing global business. With over 36,000 members of the global tribe and tens of millions of trusted resources, followers and connections, we fill in the gaps that executives can experience when growing across borders.

    We provide members with tailored opportunities to connect with customers, trusted partners and expert resources to grow globally. When members tap in to the Global Chamber®, risk is reduced and global growth accelerates. Join the Global Tribe today!

  • 07 Mar 2017 by Brian Mitchell

    Houston, TX (March 1, 2017)

     

    Whitley Penn is pleased to announce that OverMont Consulting, LLC

    has joined Whitley Penn effective today, March 1, 2017 

     

    The OverMont team delivers financial, accounting, economic, and statistical analysis for national and international clients both in and out of the context of high-stakes commercial disputes. OverMont provides economic damages analyses and other litigation support services in a variety of complex commercial disputes, including the areas of intellectual property, breach of contract, business interruption, fraud, and insolvency and bankruptcy, among others. OverMont's team of experienced professionals includes CPAs, MBAs, and JDs who hold numerous relevant certifications and possess a broad array of experience across many different industries. OverMont’s professionals are well versed in the litigation and trial process and have testified as experts in federal district courts, state courts, tax courts, and court of claims, as well as before domestic and international arbitration panels.

     

    The OverMont team is led by Walter Bratic, Carmen Eggleston and Justin Blok.

     

    Bratic has extensive business and consulting experience across a broad range of industries. He has been involved in a variety of litigation matters, involving patent, trademark, copyright infringement, theft of trade secrets, breach of contract, tax disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, energy, and antitrust matters. Bratic has testified in federal, district, bankruptcy, and state court, ICC, ITC and AAA proceedings related to a wide variety of civil litigation disputes, including: economic, financial, accounting and business matters. Bratic has also served as a court appointed expert.

     

    Eggleston has managed numerous valuation, corporate restructuring, litigation, and strategic consulting engagements. Her experience includes consulting to both small firms and Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries including manufacturing, retail, and service. Eggleston was previously a Partner in the Financial Advisory Services (FAS) practice at a Big Four accounting firm.

     

    Blok has engaged in a variety of litigation matters involving patent, trademark, and copyright infringement, theft of trade secrets, business valuation, business interruption, bankruptcy, and fraud. Blok was previously a Manager in the Dispute and Investigations Practice at Navigant Consulting, Inc. and a Senior Associate at CRA International, Inc.

     

    “We are excited to join forces with Whitley Penn’s Forensic, Litigation and Valuation Services (FLVS) team and look forward to capitalizing on the synergies created by the combination of our two teams,” stated Walt Bratic, Managing Director for OverMont Consulting, LLC.

     

    “The OverMont team brings deep experience in the commercial litigation arena, including an emphasis on intellectual property issues. OverMont’s expertise and experience testifying in highstakes commercial disputes on behalf of national and international corporations deepens and expands our current FLVS team’s capabilities in the commercial litigation realm and serves as a powerful complement to our FLVS team’s existing specializations in family law and business valuation,” said Jim Penn, Founding Partner of Whitley Penn and Partner in Charge of the Forensic, Litigation and Valuation Services group.

     

    “The OverMont team doubles the size of this group and we are excited about the possibilities brought on by our combined horsepower. This will increase Whitley Penn’s firm size to more than 450 professionals including more than 35 professionals who focus on Forensic, Litigation and Valuation Services,” stated Larry Autrey, Whitley Penn Managing Partner.

     

    About Whitley Penn

    Whitley Penn continues to be one of the region’s most distinguished public accounting firms. With a strong base in Texas and a worldwide network affiliation via Nexia International, the firm is strategically positioned for continued growth both locally and internationally. Whitley Penn has been consistently recognized as “One the Top 100 Firms in the U.S.” and “Best of the Best” by INSIDE Public Accounting. For more information on Whitley Penn, please visit whitleypenn.com.

  • 28 Feb 2017

    Welcome Anita to Global Chamber Dallas!

     

    Anita Gordy-Watkins is the Associate Vice Chancellor of Global Economic Development at Dallas County Community College District. In this position, Anita provides strategic leadership for building strong international alliances to support the workforce initiatives with colleges and to support economic development initiatives of the District and its communities. Additionally, Anita focuses on increasing foreign direct investment strategies for Dallas County, as well as positioning the District as the leader in global business development for the Metroplex.

    Previously, Anita was executive vice president of Oklahoma State University’s Institute of Technology, holding many positions there throughout her 26-year career with the university. As former chair of the Oklahoma Governor’s International Team, she was actively involved in leadership of the state’s global efforts, mobilizing key partners and resources to position Oklahoma for growth in foreign direct investment, trade and state-wide internationalization initiatives.

    She frequently speaks on topics domestically and abroad related to international relations, workforce development, and building successful domestic and global partnerships. She has been responsible for establishing a successful Global Leadership and Development Academy that delivers professional development and international programming for domestic and international clients and partners around the world. She has traveled and worked extensively with various countries to include; China, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, India, UAE, Jordan, Israel, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Kenya, Brazil, Peru, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada, and throughout Europe.

    Anita is a graduate of Oklahoma State University.  When not at home in Ovilla, TX, Anita enjoys traveling the world with her husband and 3-year old daughter.

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