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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

  • 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.

  • 06 Feb 2017 by Global Chamber

    Today Global Chamber® Dallas is proud to announce their collaboration with AIESEC Dallas. AIESEC Dallas has joined Global Chamber® Dallas with the purpose to provide the companies within the Dallas-Fort Worth region with the opportunity to outsource their recruitment and hire international interns. This will potentially lead to more successful global business trade and increase the success in businesses within the Dallas region.

    There are several reasons to collaborate with AIESEC Dallas it makes your international hiring process easier.  You acquire more diverse talent, companies can stay competitive, and boost their work culture. With AIESEC Dallas, cross-borders sourcing becomes as easy as recruiting talent in your local market. We customize our recruitment process to make it easy for you to hire global talent. AIESEC Dallas also brings interns from all around the world to ensure global input in your business operations. Infuse your business with fresh perspective from talented millennials around the world. Companies can stay dynamic by bringing in profiles aligned to what the market needs and demands; minimize the skill-gap. All around the world, our program attracts talent of diverse backgrounds: HR, marketing, engineering, software development, education, sales, and many others. Millennials are bound to dominate our global workforce. Adapt your business to new trends and become millennial-friendly. AIESEC has partners on the global, national, and local level and would like to provide this opportunity to more companies in the Dallas region.

    AIESEC is present in 126 countries, has over 70,000 active members worldwide, has over 1,000,000 alumni, and has fostered over 450,000 internships. AIESEC believes in the peace and fulfillment of humankind’s potential and facilitates multicultural exchanges. AIESEC Dallas and Global Chamber® Dallas wants to help companies expand to different markets within their region and globally as well in order to change the world.

    The Global Chamber® engages executives and regional leaders in more successful cross-border trade and investment to accelerate global business growth, increase community success, and ultimately change the world. Currently Global Chamber has a chapter or a global advisor in 110 metro areas worldwide, with plans to expand into 525 metro areas and reach 100,000 members in the next three years. The Global Chamber launched its Dallas chapter in December, 2015.

  • 17 Oct 2016

    The Global Chamber® Dallas is pleased to announce that the BB&T team members Megan Nguyen-Trinh, Brad Timberlake and Jeremy Ivie will be accepting the "Global Bankers for Exporters of the Year" award at our first annual "Grow Globally Fair" on October 18th, in Dallas, Texas. 

    Jeremy, Megan and Brad were nominated by Global Chamber Advisory Board member Ben Clumeck, "I am pleased to nominate Jeremy, Megan, and Brad for the excellent work they do working with companies doing business internationally. They work with companies to help them find a solution whether it be export financing, letters of credit, or servicing a foreign company's U.S. business." - Ben Clumeck, President at Uber Trade Credit LLC

     

    Megan Nguyen-Trinh, Vice President BSO, BB&T

    Megan Nguyen-Trinh graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Management from the University of New Orleans.  Megan started her banking/financing career with Wells Fargo Bank and spent 10 years there in various roles, including Account Management, Credit Management, Sales Management, and Business Development.  In 2013, Megan joined Citibank as a Relationship Manager where she developed the International Banking & Financing skillset, then made her way to BB&T in 2015 when BB&T acquired Citibank’s Business Banking Portfolio.  Megan has helped numerous International Businesses grow and expand their business and continues to be their advocate. 

     

    Brad Timberlake, Vice President Commercial Banking, BB&T

    Brad Timberlake is a commercial banker with BB&T in Dallas / Ft. Worth.  After graduating from the University of Texas with a BBA in Accounting, Brad worked as an auditor in Austin with Peat Marwick Mitchell (now KPMG).  He went on to work as a commercial banker with Texas Commerce Bank (now Chase) and as a Chief Financial Officer for a chain of movie theaters in Austin.  He moved to Dallas in the early nineties and held various management positions with MBNA (now Bank of America) for close to twenty years.  Several years ago he got back into commercial banking with Citi and moved to BB&T through an acquisition almost two years ago.  He works with manufacturing, retail, healthcare, real estate, and service companies headquartered in the Metroplex.  In his spare time, Brad enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing golf, and reading.

    Jeremy Ivie, Vice President Relationship Manager, BB&T

    Jeremy Ivie, Vice President at BB&T has been in the banking industry for over 10 years. He joined BB&T as a commercial banker through the acquisition of Citibank’s Business Banking portfolio. During his tenure at Citibank, he developed and managed relationships with international companies. At BB&T, he focuses on helping small to medium size businesses obtain financing through the SBA Export Working Capital and EXIM Bank programs. Jeremy graduated from the University of North Texas with a BBA in Finance. In his spare time he enjoys watching the Dallas Cowboys, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

     

    The Grow Globally Fair is an open event to all who are interested or involved in Global business.  It is hosted by Global Chamber, and is open for registration!  Global Chamber currently has a presence on every continent, and has 90 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 metros taking 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 to be presented during the Grow Globally Fair 2016 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-Mayer, CEO of BioSafeTech 

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

  • 20 Oct 2016 by Global Chamber

    Global Chamber Dallas  is pleased to announce its latest member & Chairman Sponsor: Blue Marble Global Payroll!

    Founded in 2013, Blue Marble's mission is to help small and mid-sized companies streamline their international payroll processes. By forming partnerships with best-of-breed providers in every country that Blue Marble serves and linking them together with Blue Marble’s proprietary web-based technology, the company is able to provide industry-leading technology backed by exceptional service at a reasonable cost. From Argentina to the Zimbabwe, Blue Marble’s robust cloud-based payroll solution makes it easy for small- and mid-sized companies to manage international payroll in 135+ countries. For more information on Blue Marble Global Payroll, please visit here!  Blue Marble Payroll is also a sponsor at Global Chamber San Francisco, Global Chamber Chicago, Global Chamber New York and Global Chamber Miami and Global Chamber Los Angeles. We are thrilled to provide excellent exposure and introductions for this wonderful business!

  • 12 Oct 2016 by Global Chamber Dallas TX
    • "Global Startup Leader of the Year" goes to... Salah Boukadoum of Good Returns Model and Impact City

      10 Oct 2016 by Global Chamber Dallas TX

      The Global Chamber® Dallas is pleased to announce that Salah Boukadoum, Founder of Good Returns Model and Impact City Initiative will be accepting the "Global Social Impact Leader of the Year" award at our first annual "Grow Globally Fair" on October 18th, in Dallas, Texas. 

      Salah was nominated by Global Chamber Advisory Board members Dawson Williams and Brewster Waddell   "Salah's passion for impact and sustainable social business is so genuine that it's infectious.  I realized within 10 minutes of being around him that I was a part of something big and something real.  You could not ask for someone who embodies "Social Impact Leader of the Year" more that Salah" says Dawson Williams of Swearingen Realty Group.  

      "Salah is a very grounded and insightful entrepreneur and a socially responsible citizen.  He has visions of greatness for Dallas as THE incubator for social impact organizations.  When it comes to making Dallas and the world a better place, he gets it!” Brewster Waddell of Blackbaud.

      Salah Boukadoum is a Dallas entrepreneur with a big idea: to transform the city of Dallas into the center of the world for solving humanity's greatest challenges. He calls it Impact City.

      Now 48, Salah has been through three careers. His first ten years were as a classically trained concert pianist. For the next ten, he founded, grew and sold a tech company. The most recent ten have been as a social entrepreneur, harnessing business principles to solve humanitarian challenges. Salah co-founded Soap Hope, an online retailer that uses 100% of its profits to lift women from poverty around the globe.

      Now Salah is taking on his biggest project yet: to focus the North Texas region on a global purpose, the Impact City. Salah plans to attract top Impact Organizations to the heart of Dallas – groups focused on solving world problems in sustainable, scalable ways. Salah points out that we have centers for finance, technology, medicine, politics and culture – and now the world needs a center for Impact, sustainably addressing the great challenges of humanity like poverty, water, energy, conflict and other pressing global concerns. He sees Dallas as a city where everyone from individual social entrepreneurs to major international institutions will form a concentrated global impact ecosystem. His vision is for North Texas to become the “Silicon Valley of Impact.”

      The Grow Globally Fair is an open event to all who are interested or involved in Global business.  It is hosted by Global Chamber, and is open for registration!  Global Chamber currently has a presence on every continent, and has 90 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 metros taking 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 to be presented during the Grow Globally Fair 2016 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-Mayer, CEO of BioSafeTech 

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

       

      Salah Boukadoum

       

     

     

  • 12 Oct 2016 by Korina Smith

    The Global Chamber® Dallas is pleased to announce that Lynn James-Meyer, founder and CEO of BioSafe Technologies, Inc., will be accepting the "Global Exporter of the Year" award at our first annual "Grow Globally Fair" on October 18th, in Dallas, Texas. 

    "I first met Lynn at our Global Chamber Dallas Exportant Leader Round Table event. I was immediately inspired by her story and leadership of developing a bio safe product which started from a humanitarian project in Brazil. She is quite the inspiration in her field and in the global trade and development community!" – Lisa Klugiewicz, Deputy Director of Global Chamber Dallas.  

    Her company has been manufacturing and exporting a specialized non toxic head lice shampoo since 2003 and exporting in bulk containers to several large European multinational companies where the formulation is further packaged and private labeled into branded lines of products for use on children. She is a graduate of American University in Washington DC with a major in Primary Education and minor in Biology and Psychology. In 1990 volunteered to work on a humanitarian project in Brazil. While in Brazil she joined a small research team seeking a method to control insects using non toxic compounds and became a co-researcher and coordinator for testing and development of several formulations. She participated in field trials testing non toxic insecticide compounds for use on humans, animals and plants and later applied and obtained 23 national and international patents and multiple trademarks; She later negotiated with a multi national chemical supplier to reformulate and purify a specialized raw material; initiated clinical trials in 4 countries; obtained marketing registration for its head lice shampoo kit in Europe as a Class I Medical Device; developed a working relationship with a research scientist from the University of Bristol in the UK who later became a Board Member and Scientific Advisor for BioSafe  and developed international supply contracts for exporting product to the Netherlands from 2003-2006, France 2007 to present, UK 2011-present.

    Presently, a new contract is under final negotiation in the UK for supply of non toxic flea shampoo and insect repellent for use on animals and humans. BioSafe formed a dba Schooltime Products to develop domestic sales and has been selling a lice line of products under its own branding in the US on Amazon since 2014. Expansion into a domestic chain of stores is expected in early 2017.

    The Grow Globally Fair is a signature event hosted by Global Chamber, and is open for registration! Global Chamber currently has about 90 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 metros taking 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 to be presented during the Grow Globally Fair 2016 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-Mayer, CEO of BioSafeTech 

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

     

    Lynn James-Meyer

     

  • 12 Oct 2016 by Global Chamber Dallas TX

    "Global Startup Leader of the Year" goes to... Jason Croft of Croft Media

    10 Oct 2016 by Global Chamber Dallas TX

    The Global Chamber® Dallas is pleased to announce that Jason Croft, of Croft Media, will be accepting the "Global Startup Leader of the Year" award at our first annual "Grow Globally Fair" on October 18th, in Dallas, Texas. 

    Jason was nominated by Michael Sitarzweski, publisher of LaunchDFW, and the mastermind behind Dallas Startup Week, which united over 5,000 participants this year. .  “The Startup Community is such an important part of business culture in DFW.  Many startups have a global reach or goals to be global, so we wanted to recognize this significant group and give them resources to be successful internationally" Korina Smith, Executive Director of Global Chamber Dallas says. 

    With 24 years of media and creative marketing experience and a team of seasoned professionals behind him, Jason’s company, Croft Media, specializes in video marketing, corporate events, video production, and expert roundtable discussions. He helps companies drive sales and make more money with video. Jason also produces The Jason Croft Show where he interviews entrepreneurs and  sales and marketing rock stars to discuss cutting edge tactics.

    Jason’s first show, Startup Dallas, gave him the chance to shine a spotlight on this incredible community of startups in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.  Croft produced and hosted 80+ episodes of this interview show that was powered by Magic Production Group.

    The show has given the startups featured a platform to tell their company’s story and share it with the world.  Some of the amazing companies and organizations showcased on Startup Dallas include companies who have gone on to appear (and get funded) on Shark Tank, generate massive year over year growth, and unify this incredible community even further.

    With Startup Dallas and his new show, Jason is simply one of many people in the community shouting from the rooftops what incredible work is being created right here in our area.  Michael Sitarzewski and the site he runs, LaunchDFW.com, for example, is working day in and day out to make sure the world knows about our great startup successes.  The “Launched in DFW” sub-site is the perfect representation of this - http://launchedindfw.com/.

    The Grow Globally Fair is an open event to all who are interested or involved in Global business.  It is hosted by Global Chamber, and is open for registration!  Global Chamber currently has a presence on every continent, and has 90 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 metros taking 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 to be presented during the Grow Globally Fair 2016 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-Mayer, CEO of BioSafeTech 

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

     

    Jason Croft

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    http://thejasoncroft.com/

    LinkedIn

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/thejasoncroft

    Twitter 

    @thejasoncroft

    YouTube

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTCCLN-ILay6NVioAkuGImA

  • 11 Oct 2016 by Global Chamber Dallas TX

    "Global Service Provider of the Year" goes to... Alale Allal of the U.S. Small Business Administration

    10 Oct 2016 by Global Chamber Dallas TX

    The Global Chamber® Dallas is pleased to announce that Alale Allal,Export Trade Finance Manager for the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of International Trade, will be accepting the "Global Service Provider of the Year" award at our first annual "Grow Globally Fair" on October 18th, in Dallas, Texas. 

    Alale was nominated by Global Chamber Dallas Advisory Board member, Ben Clumeck.  “I'm so glad the Ben nominated Alale.  He's committed to helping exporters grow and recently helped with a new grant program that is giving out $1.2Million to exporters in Texas to improve their businesses. He deserves to be acknowledged for his role in facilitating global trade." Korina Smith, Executive Director of Global Chamber Dallas says. 

    Alale is the Regional Export Trade Finance Manager for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of International Trade, covering most of Texas and all of Oklahoma.  Alale oversees the daily demands of both, lenders and small businesses for these markets.  The SBA provides a number of loan programs specifically designed to help develop or expand trade and export activities.  He is responsible for responding to export finance issues and for also being proactive in providing lender and small business training.  Alale has been in the financial services industry for 15 years.  He started his career at Wells Fargo Bank and was a Commercial lender for most of his time there.  He later joined Citigroup in Dallas as a Market Director with responsibilities for the Dallas and Houston Business Banking Commercial Team.  Alale received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and minored in Computer Science from Sam Houston State University.  Alale also earned his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management from Sam Houston State University.  Alale lives in Dallas and is involved in many local community organizations.  He enjoys spending time with family and friends.   

    The Grow Globally Fair is a signature event hosted by Global Chamber, and is open for registration! Global Chamber currently has about 90 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 metros taking 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 to be presented during the Grow Globally Fair 2016 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-Mayer, CEO of BioSafeTech 

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

     

    Alale Allal

  • 10 Oct 2016 by Global Chamber Dallas TX
    • "Global Elected Official of the Year" goes to... Maher Maso, Mayor of Frisco!

      10 Oct 2016 by Global Chamber Dallas TX

      The Global Chamber® Dallas is pleased to announce that Maher Maso, Mayor of Frisco, will be accepting the "Global Attorney of the Year" award at our first annual "Grow Globally Fair" on October 18th, in Dallas, Texas. 

      Mr. Maso was nominated by Global Chamber Dallas Advisory Board member, Ben Clumeck.  “Frisco is at the forefront of one of the largest growing cities in Texas history.  Mayor Maso has led the initiative and is passionate about making the region more successful through foreign direct investment and international trade", Ben says.  Ben is the President at Uber Trade Credit, LLC.

       

      Maher Maso has been a proud citizen of Frisco since moving there in 1992. Maher serves on the Board of Directors and is the Vice President of the retail services firm Maso, Inc., and the investment firm CMTEX Corp. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the technology company Network Cybernetics Corporation.

      Maher, an Orthodox Christian, is committed to making a difference in our community. He was first elected to public office as a member of Frisco City Council in 2000 and was re-elected in 2002 and 2004. He was the longest serving Mayor Pro Tem in Frisco, appointed by his colleagues 5 times from 2003 to 2007.

      Maher was honored to be chosen as the Frisco Citizen of the Year in 2005. He was also selected as one of 21 people for 21st Century leaders in 2004, which is given to Collin County leaders who have demonstrated leadership in varied fields in the new millennium. Maher is the father of 3 children.

      The Grow Globally Fair is a signature event hosted by Global Chamber, and is open for registration! Global Chamber currently has about 90 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 metros taking 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 to be presented during the Grow Globally Fair 2016 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-Mayer, BioSafeTech 

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

       

     

  • 07 Oct 2016 by Global Chamber Dallas TX

    "Global Attorney of the Year" goes to... Kevin E. Maher of Baker & McKenzie LLP

    07 Oct 2016 by Global Chamber Dallas TX

    The Global Chamber® Dallas is pleased to announce that Kevin E. Maher will be accepting the "Global Attorney of the Year" award at our first annual "Grow Globally Fair" on October 18th, in Dallas, Texas. 

    Mr. Maher was nominated by his colleagues at Baker & McKenzie, Natalie Alhonte Braga and Mike Santa Maria

    “As soon as I learned about the work Kevin did, I knew it was important to recognize him.  Kevin’s work of helping businesses expand into new international markets is the epitome of what we do at Global Chamber” Korina Smith, Executive Director of Global Chamber Dallas.

    The Grow Globally Fair is a signature event hosted by Global Chamber, and is open for registration! Global Chamber currently has about 90 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 metros taking 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.

    Kevin has a broad-based business-transactional practice focusing on complex cross-border corporate and commercial contract matters, with a strong emphasis on global brand expansion and international business growth. His experience extends to cross-border joint venture transactions, international franchising, licensing and distribution transactions, international mergers and acquisitions, international regulatory compliance, multi-jurisdictional corporate reorganizations, international corporate formation and maintenance and international real estate and finance.

    Mr. Maher routinely advises and counsels clients in various industries with respect to the myriad challenges and opportunities presented by expanding, acquiring, selling, financing, franchising and licensing brands and businesses on an international level. Mr. Maher has been named as a Leading Lawyer by Who's Who Legal: Franchise, 2016. He graduated cum laude from University of Dallas and summa cum laude from the Texas Tech University.  He also speaks Spanish.

     

    Kevin Maher

     

  • 06 Oct 2016 by Global Chamber Dallas TX

    Global Chamber Dallas is pleased to announce that Dr. Simon Mak, Ph.D. will be accepting the "Global Educator of the Year" award at our first annual "Grow Globally Fair" on October 18th, in Dallas, Texas.  

    "I first met Dr. Mak at our Global Chamber Dallas launch event back in December, 2015.  I was immediately inspired by his love for teaching others.  He was about to lead a group of students to Switzerland, and was focused on teaching students to be entrepreneurs abroad.  I am thrilled that we get to highlight his work." - Korina Smith, Executive Director of Global Chamber Dallas. 

    The  Grow Globally Fair is a signature event hosted by Global Chamber that has been a huge success in Phoenix for several years.  Phoenix is home to the Global Chamber headquarters.  Global Chamber currently has about 90 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 metros taking 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.

    Dr. Simon Mak is Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship in the Department of Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Business Economics and the Associate Director of the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship at the SMU Cox School of Business. He specializes in business model strategies, lean launch, startup business planning, and implementing innovation and entrepreneurial growth strategies within established organizations.

    Dr. Mak recently launched overseas educational travel tours (Israel and Switzerland) with his MBA entrepreneurship students to learn more about the local entrepreneurial ecosystem, and will begin teaching an SMU entrepreneurship course in London in the summer of 2017.

    Prior to joining SMU, Dr. Mak worked in engineering, manufacturing, sales and marketing for Fortune 500 companies Raytheon and Digital Equipment Corporation, and then joined a venture capital-backed software start-up Mercury Interactive in Silicon Valley that went IPO. He was involved in his own health-related dot.com startup and presented to top-tier venture capital firms in Silicon Valley, and then was the vice president of sales and marketing for a startup business magazine, and most recently he was vice president of marketing and business development for a small, private-equity backed software company in Dallas and led the sales expansion into the Japanese market and the eventual company sale to a large Japanese systems integration company.

    Dr. Mak earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, an MBA in Finance from the SMU Cox School of Business, and a Ph.D. in Applied Science (Systems Engineering focus) from the SMU Lyle School of Engineering.

    Dr. Simon Mak, Ph.D.

  • 05 Oct 2016 by Kimberly Carlson

    UT Arlington’s Executive MBA Program

    Kim Carlson, a Global Chamber Advisory Board member and international trade attorney with Gardere in the Dallas Chapter, sat down with Chamber member John Laudenslager to discuss University of Texas, Arlington’s Executive MBA program. 

    Kim:  John, can you first help me understand the difference between a traditional MBA program versus an Executive MBA program?

    John:  The primary difference is the target audience.  If you go into a traditional MBA program, the student profile is going to be more of mid to late twenties on average, typically just a few years of professional experience.  Generally they have very little, if any, management experience, maybe some frontline managers.  So they’re really still pretty early in their career and they are still developing their technical expertise, whatever functional area that might be in.  So in the traditional MBA, it is a lot more of your traditional lecture – note taking – test, lecture – note taking – test.  Very academic.  And it’s a deep dive into the technical rigors of business analysis and decision making.  Really about the tools that are available.  You’re going to get a really big toolkit of things to help make smart business decisions even with complex information.  So that’s a traditional MBA.

    Now if you go to an Executive MBA program, your average class profile is going to be folks in their 30s and 40s.  The national average age is 37.  Our program is nearly 39 year old average, so a little more mature than the national average.  Typically our students have 10 plus years of some type of management or leadership experience and typically over 16 years professional experience.  So when you get a group like that into a classroom, it is very different from the traditional academic classroom dynamic where the professor is just spoonfeeding you information.  In an Executive MBA program, of course there are faculty and they do present academic theories and the models, but really that is to lay the groundwork for a collaborative discussion with the students.  And so what happens in an Executive MBA program is that traditional lecture – note taking format is really bent substantially towards lecture – classroom discussion, and then there is an awful lot of team-based exercises as well. 

    It is a cohort program.  In our program we change the teams for each class.  We very intentionally change it up because we want to have everyone work with everybody else in the room at least once.  That is part of the professional development.  That is learning to work with different types of people … all the different personalities.  You get a lot of strong personalities in an Executive MBA.  Folks getting an Executive MBA are typically very career-driven.  They are there because they want to be there.  They’re there to learn and sure, it’s for their career, but it’s much more about the learning. 

    Kim:  So they can take it back and apply it.

    John:  Exactly.  And that’s how it works because you’re learning in the classroom from different people in different industries in different roles.  You learn how their business model solution can be applied to a business problem you have that might be a completely different business model, completely different industry.  But you can pick and borrow from the other students in the classroom so you really have a classroom of consultants.  That’s where the huge value is of an Executive MBA because you go through a cohort with people over a 15 month period, spend two weeks in China with them,  you’re going to learn a lot about what everybody’s strengths are and what they do.

    Kim:  And you have that network when you graduate.

    John:  You have that network the rest of your life so when you have got a business problem, an IT problem, you go, “Oh man, I remember Rick, he is a real whiz-bang CIO over at XYZ Company, I’ll bet he can give me some recommendations.”  And you call him up, maybe take him to lunch, meet him for a couple of drinks, and boom, you know, you may have just saved yourself 60-70 thousand dollars in consulting fees.  And so that’s where the value really comes in. 

    Kim:  Once I’ve decided on an Executive MBA program over a traditional program, what are my choices in the area?

    John:  If you look at the AACSB accredited programs (and that is the gold standard) in the area, you essentially have two public schools and three private schools to choose from.  And they are all good programs.  They all have the same accreditation.  Those programs include UT Arlington, our sister school UT Dallas, Baylor, SMU (Southern Methodist University) and TCU (Texas Christian University). 

    Kim:  What sets UT Arlington apart from these other programs?

    John:  There are 3 factors that really make us unique:  our price point, our schedule, and our China program.  Private schools, like SMU, are priced very high.  It’s a great school but it’s a $130,000 degree.  That’s a mortgage.  From our perspective, that begins to make the return on investment equation very challenging.  That’s a huge up-front investment.  TCU, over in Fort Worth, is right at $100,000, a very similar school.  Good reputation.  Good academics.  Good faculty.  Still, six figures about.  That’s a hard return on investment equation.  Unless you’re looking out 15-20 years, that’s just a really big investment.  The others come in at different stages between there and our program pricing.  We’re the sort of program that is very focused.  We are not trying to be any type of a specialized program, with the exception of our China program.  As a 15 month program and being very focused, we were able to shave a semester off what most programs are running so we’re a four semester 15 month program, compared to a typical Executive MBA, which runs 22-24 months.   

    Kim:  Tell me about your schedule.

    John:  We meet from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and then 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. the following Saturday but it’s only two weekends per month, so it’s alternating weekends over a 15 month span.  It’s typically straight through.  Starting at 1 p.m. is a big deal for students.  It means only 8 hours per month out of the workplace.  It allows folks to go to the office for Friday morning meetings and still be there for class.  It means folks can commute in from other areas.  We’ve got folks from Austin, El Paso, and Oklahoma.  Sometimes teams will meet on campus in the morning before class.  That flexibility is pretty high value. 

    Kim:  I understand that a Graduate Certificate in Asian Business Studies is included in the UT Arlington Executive MBA program.  How did that come about?

    John:  China is probably the most unique aspect of our program.  In 2001, the College of Business at UT Arlington was taking a hard look at their budget due to funding cuts.  We had a very for-thinking Dean and we actually launched an Executive MBA program in mainland China.  He saw the opportunity.  They were growing and westernizing at an extremely fast pace.  And the demand for western education was very high because the Chinese people, they aspire to be educated by a western institution.  It has a much higher value than a Chinese institution.  So we were a first mover into that market and we were very successful right off the bat.  We established some strong partnerships with some local universities. 

    Kim:  And it has western teachers?

    John:  Absolutely.  Our teachers fly over there and they teach an entire 3 credit hour class in four straight days.  It’s a pretty brutal schedule for the faculty - they teach a class in China, and they’ll come back here and pick up their regular teaching schedule here.  Having been there for that long, it’s the largest program of its kind of any U.S. institution and it’s really a best kept secret in the DFW area.  There is no other school in the country that can deliver the immersion experience we offer our students as part of the program.  Our students, in their fourth semester, spend two weeks doing a China immersion.  It’s included as part of the program.  We absolutely leverage our network on the ground.  We have thousands of very well placed Chinese alumni.  The Chinese are a very different culture than us.  Educators are revered.  So when our faculty go over there, they’re treated like rock stars.  Students will come up at the end of class and ask the professor to sign their book literally.  So it’s very different.  And they’re honored and thrilled when we show up every year and bring our students. 

    Kim:  Where do you go in China?

    John:  We typically go through at least three cities.  The program has been delivered in several cities throughout China for years and Taiwan at one point.  We go through the main Chinese functional areas, business areas, of Shanghai being the financial capital, Beijing being the cultural and governmental capital, and Shenzhen down in south China which is across from Hong Kong, and that’s the manufacturing capital.  So in each of those cities we have an alumni network that hosts us and our class gets to network with them and gets to meet a lot of the students and alumni. 

    But even more importantly, our alumni give us access to their businesses and the companies they run.  We see everything from independently owned entrepreneurs that have pretty small manufacturing companies to major manufacturers.  Last year we went to the company that makes TCL TVs, which is a Chinese smart flat screen TV that just came to the market a couple years ago.  I’ve noticed it in the market because it’s the only one that has Roku built into it, the streaming service.  So I had noticed it because I was kind of shopping for TVs and I was like yeah I just don’t know the brand so I’m not sure but then we go to Shenzhen and go to their manufacturing plant.  It’s extremely high tech, very high tech manufacturing, and they’re a major operation so that’s a very interesting thing to see.  It very much puts things into perspective on how far reaching the tentacles of impact are that China has. 

    In the world economic dynamic, there is no more influential power right now than what is happening in China.  Just the simple demographics of China are creating markets that never existed.  Huge markets.  A lot of U.S. companies want to get a piece of that pie.  But if they go in thinking they can do what they’ve done here and be successful, they typically come home with their tails between their legs.  It can be a pretty expensive failure.  So our students get this incredible immersion.  They see these different business models.  They learn the business culture.  They learn the culture itself, the interpersonal culture.  They see everything from these entrepreneurships to major manufacturing all the way up to state owned enterprises. 

    The state owned enterprises are probably the most interesting because they’re, as you might imagine, very conservative.  When you walk in, it’s like walking into the UN or the politburo.  It’s a 30 foot conference table with name placards at each seating and microphones and they’re all on one side and we’re all on the other side and they’re all in dark blue suits and ties.  Once everyone is seated, these young women come around and serve you green tea.  That’s part of their tradition.  A lot of these aren’t fully state owned anymore.  The government has divested quite a bit of the ownership of many of these major organizations.  It’s kind of like a quasi-state owned enterprise because they can be publicly traded yet still majority owned by the government.  It’s very interesting to see these business models because it’s completely unlike anything we know in the U.S. 

    Kim:  This focus on China makes your program unique.

    John:  Having that as a feature, an asset, of our program, it’s unrivaled.  No other school can duplicate that so it’s a very strong competitive advantage.  There are some other schools in the area that used to go to China and they all pretty much gave up.  We own it.  They ceded China to us and they are in different places now because if somebody really wants to understand the Chinese market and culture and how to do business there, there’s no better program than ours.  Our students, when they graduate, they not only graduate with an Executive MBA diploma, they get a Graduate Certificate in Asian Business Studies.  That validates the competitive advantage and the learning that goes on.  The program curriculum is based on three pillars.  Leadership – leadership development.  How to build high productive work groups.  Innovation – tying into leadership.  How do you create and foster a positive environment for innovation because there’s risk that goes along with innovation so you have to accept a certain amount of risk and encourage your employees to do that.  It doesn’t just happen automatically.  It’s really something you have to work for and an environment you have to create.  That last pillar is globalization and the globalized business environment.  Other schools will touch on leadership, probably almost all of them.  Innovation is very commonly discussed now in business circles.

    Kim – And does innovation tie into the strategic thinking?

    John – Absolutely.  The globalization component, when you accept the fact that the biggest dynamic impacting the world economy is China, which it is, by many measures the Chinese economy has already outgrown the U.S. economy and there’s no way that it won’t continue to do so simply because of demographics.  Even slowing down to a relatively slow growth rate for them of 6% after years of 15%, which just was unsustainable.  The 6-7% growth rate is probably a sustainable growth rate for them and we’re growing, if we’re lucky, at 3%.  We’re a very mature economy.  They’re very adolescent and have lots of headroom for growth and a burgeoning middle class.  Our middle class is actually shrinking.  Theirs is exploding.  When you think about all that buying power that’s going to go along with that where you have city populations of 24 million.  I think New York City is 8 million.  Then you look at Shanghai, it’s three times New York.  24 million people and it’s not as compressed as you might think.  You walk down streets in Shanghai and if there weren’t the mandarin Chinese letters, and all the Chinese people walking around, you’d think it could be New York or London or any other major metropolitan city. 

    Kim:  What do you like about being a member of the Global Chamber? 

    John:  I came across the Global Chamber earlier this year and it was actually in conversations with a prospective student who had just joined the Global Chamber.  I explained to this young woman about our program and what makes us unique and she’s like, “Have you heard of the Global Chamber of Commerce?”  Once we learned about the unique aspects of our programs, it only made sense for us to partner together in some specific areas.  They’re focused on global business.  We’re focused on the global business environment.  We’re in the DFW metroplex, which is one of the hottest places in the country right now for job growth.  I think it’s probably the best place in the country to live right now.  With the Global Chamber coming here and us being established here, and globalization being a focus of both of us, it only made sense to partner. 

     

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