Global Chamber® Dallas
Global Chamber® Dallas 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. We leverage technology and our own professional network to help companies succeed faster and more profitably across borders. We work collaboratively with local government agencies and organizations who also focus on helping DFW businesses to "go global" more successfully. At Global Chamber® Dallas, we help companies eliminate international business mistakes, lower global business risk, and jump into international business more prepared. We are the only organization in the world with the mission to grow business from anywhere to anywhere while collaborating with every organization. We help companies, investors and business service providers succeed.
Executive Director, Global Chamber® Dallas
Korina Smith is an international humanitarian, public speaker and business leader. She is the Executive Director of the Global Chamber® Dallas and is a connector and collobrator for businesses of all levels. Korina has lived in Brazil, France and Guatemala, and has traveled to over 30 countries. She considers herself to be a global citizen. Korina has lived in Dallas for 5 years and is committed to helping companies and investors in the DFW area find more success internationally.
.Education: Bachelor’s in Political Science: Global Politics from California State University Los Angeles.
Deputy Director, Global Chamber® Dallas
Lisa has experience in international logistics and cross-cultural management since 2007. She earned her BA in International Business in 2005 from Texas Tech University and Executive MBA in Global Leadership from University of Texas at Dallas in 2016. Her passion for global collaboration is driven from her international travel and work experiences.
Advisory Board Members
This board consists of insightful business leaders advise Global Chamber Dallas in our efforts to support international trade and businesses in the DFW Metroplex.
CEO & Founder, Fluency Corp
Micah began teaching languages in 2008 in Mexico, researching to find the best way to get others fluent in English (and herself fluent in Spanish!). After this period of research, she brought her findings to Dallas, where she started Fluency Corp, training instructors to give fluency to clients at American Airlines, Hitachi, Samsung, and many more international and local companies. She created her unique style of conversational teaching instead of grammar focused, while also getting to each student personally and finding out what makes them tick in order to plan each conversational lesson. Using this method Micah became fluent in French and is currently working on Japanese and Russian. Fluency Corp operates throughout the US and throughout the world via online platforms.
Senior Attorney, Gardere
Kim Carlson is an experienced international trade and compliance attorney who practices in Gardere’s corporate practice area. She focuses her practice on assisting domestic and foreign corporations with all aspects of U.S. import and export compliance matters. She is particularly experienced in assisting clients with compliance and transactional matters before U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and has been a licensed Customs broker since 2008. Prior to joining Gardere, Kim served as the senior manager for international trade compliance at UTC Aerospace Systems in Illinois, where she was responsible for verifying that all business activities were compliant with the International Trade Compliance (ITC) regulations and assisting with audit/assessment programs, among other responsibilities.
President, Uber Trade Credit
Ben Clumeck is President at Uber Trade Credit LLC, a global credit insurance company. He established Atradius’s office in the state 3 years ago, and oversees sales and marketing efforts for the company throughout Texas and other states in the region, including Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico, Colorado, etc. Ben also cofounded and established an international credit reporting business, where companies could obtain business information on companies all over the world.
President & CEO, United Risk Consultants
Roger K. Cunningham is President and owner of United Risk Consultants, an independent insurance agency specializing in trade credit and political risk insurance. He has over 30 years of experience in international business and is fluent in Spanish. Since 1985, Cunningham has been one of the area’s top performers in the trade credit insurance business. United Risk Consultants represents the Export-Import Bank of the United States as well as all of the private companies that offer credit insurance.
John is a corporate and transactional attorney, clients rely on John for guidance through all phases of the business cycle. From early start-ups to well-established, mature companies, he works with clients to structure transactions that bring them closer to accomplishing their business goals. In his 30 years of practice, John has placed heavy emphasis on developing lasting relationships that position him to gain in-depth knowledge of the client’s business, which enables him to provide value-added, practical legal advice. Domestic and international businesses regularly rely on John’s strategic legal counsel for sophisticated mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, reorganizations, capital raises, recapitalizations, and joint ventures.
Founder, Dobreva Law Office
Ms. Dobreva is a founder and principal immigration attorney of Dobreva Law Office. As an experienced U.S. immigration attorney, Dobrina is known among clients and peers for providing creative solutions to complex immigration law problems, involving investor visas, work visas and immigration compliance. Her practice focuses on corporate immigration matters for high-tech, pharmaceutical/ biotech and health care industries. Specifically, Dobrina’s immigration practice includes E-1 and E-2 treaty investors visas, EB-5 investor visas, employment based EB-1, EB-2, EB-2 National Interest Waiver, EB-3immigrant visas, PERM, TN, H-1B specially occupation, L-1A and L-1B intercompany transfer, O and P visas for individuals with extraordinary ability. Finally, Dobrina has been a frequent speaker at educational and business seminars on various immigration law topics in the DFW Metroplex.
Founder and CEO, Goodman Global Consulting
Julie has been involved in international business for the last decade. She has worked in 6 countries across 3 continents. She speaks Spanish fluently and Portuguese conversationally. Julie earned a BA in Economics and International Affairs from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Currently Julie is an offset service provider working with defense contractors to provide funding for companies creating new business overseas with a focus on Fortune 500 companies. In addition, she works with local institutions to assist in connecting them to the international organizations in the community. Julie oversees all projects and business development at Goodman Global Consulting.
Associate Vice Chancellor, Global Economic Development at Dallas County Community College District
Anita Gordy-Watkins 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. 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. She frequently speaks on topics 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 many countries. 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.
Vice President Relationship Manager, BB&T
Jeremy 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.
Director of International Tax, Whitley Penn
Brian is a certified public accountant with 17 years of combined professional experience in public accounting and as a tax executive. He provides a deep understanding of tax matters impacting high growth technology companies and those with valuable Intellectual Property, especially those operating in jurisdictions outside of the U.S.. He brings significant experience in tax planning, compliance, and risk management for the U.S. taxation of cross-border transactions. Experienced working with various types of companies in regard to the U.S. anti-deferral rules, foreign tax credits, sourcing rules, and foreign currency, and other international tax matters. He is an alumnus of large DFW private equity firm and a Big 4 accounting firm.
Sr. Sales Executive, Blackbaud
Brewster has 26+ years’ experience establishing profitable business channels for U.S. high-tech/financial service and technology companies throughout Latin America. He has accepted a new position with Blackbaud as a Sr. Sales Executive. Blackbaud is the leading provider of nonprofit software and services. Serving the nonprofit, charitable giving, and education communities for more than 35 years, Blackbaud (NASDAQ:BLKB) combines technology solutions and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works in over 60 countries to support more than 35,000 customers, including nonprofits, K–12 private and higher education institutions, healthcare organizations, foundations, and other charitable giving entities, and corporations.
Founder and CEO, Emergent Risk International LLC
Meredith Wilson is the Founder and CEO of Emergent Risk International, LLC, which empowers companies to understand and address the impact of geopolitical events on their business. The company specializes in addressing risks and opportunities in emerging markets, political and security risk, and building strategic risk intelligence programs for multi-national companies and organizations. ERI provides consulting, training and advice to some of the largest multi-national companies in the US. Ms. Wilson serves as a political risk and intelligence advisor to executive management and government and has 19 years experience in international environments, the energy sector, major corporations and the US intelligence community.
Program Director, Bachelor of Science in Global Business, Jindal School of Management, The University of Texas at Dallas
Hubert Zydorek serves as Program Director of the Bachelor of Science in Global Business as well as Director of Center for Global Business at the University of Texas at Dallas. Hubert has 15+ years of experience in international consulting, academic teaching and management of design, development and delivery of blended-learning solutions to international clients. Prior to joining UTD Hubert worked for Xerox Learning Solutions managing advisory learning projects for Ernst & Young, one of the Big Four accounting firms. During this time Hubert led design, development and implementation of programs for various ranks (New Hire through Partner) at EY. He has lived and worked in Poland, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, India, China and led offshore teams from China, India, Malaysia, Mexico and the Philippines. Hubert received his BA in International Relations and Business from Cleveland State University, his MBA from Cleveland State University, and MA in Finance and Investments from the University of Nottingham Ningbo China.
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