Up until January 2016 Brewster Waddell was the Latin American Director of Business Development for Fiserv Revenue Enhancement Solutions, a division of Fiserv (FISV). Brewster’s experience in Latin America and linguistic abilities (Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Italian and French) have led him to be a highly valued asset within the organization. He has 26+ years’ experience establishing profitable business channels for U.S. high-tech/financial service and technology companies throughout Latin America. He is very well networked at the C+ levels within many of the top tiered banks and financial institutions in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Puerto Rico. Before coming to Fiserv, Brewster started Latin-Negocio, a web based consulting firm offering tactical and logistical advice to businesses interested in opening channels in Latin America. His talent in managing the development of global business relationships, due to his extensive expertise in international business, has consistently led to dramatic increases in productivity and profits. Prior to starting Latin-Negocio, Brewster H. Waddell worked for the past 14 years for 3 high-tech (two software companies and a hardware company) directing successful corporate sales and business development efforts throughout Latin America. It should be noted that Mr. Waddell also served as International Trade Director and Director of Mexico for the Texas Department of Commerce, where he was responsible for overseeing all international trade activities for the State of Texas. Prior to this, he was an international marketing consultant with over 10 years of international experience developing international trade programs and strategies; creating joint ventures with foreign companies; establishing international sales and distribution networks and providing companies with short/long term market planning and consumer product development. Among his clients were Lone Star Airlines, Central and Southwest Utilities, and The Dallas Chamber of Commerce. He has accepted a new position that starts on July 5th 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. Mr. Waddell’s international background includes having lived in Italy for 15 years, and he speaks Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese. He has a B.A.. in International Affairs/Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a graduate marketing certificate in International Marketing from Southern Methodist University.
- 16 Jun 2016
Joe is a Real Estate Executive with several licenses (Real Estate Broker, Mortgage Broker, General Contractor) and veteran expertise in real estate development, finance and commercial construction. Joe Payton has entrepreneurial start-up experience and large corporate roll-up experience as well as previous careers in Sales, Advertising and Investor Relations - with an IPO and 4 secondary offerings, and Angel Investment experience. He specializes in Fund Manager for Pioneer Capital Fund which purchases and re-positions real estate, Real estate developer focused on infill redevelopment, and Founder of GeniusDen - Business Startup Incubator. The best way to reach Joe is through the website at GeniusDen.
- 16 Jun 2016
Alex does consulting in social media, with a strong focus on Twitter. His firm is called AP Digital Consulting. In particular, he is focused on training people in using social media to achieve business goals; creating development plans to help organizations achieve their social media objectives. As well as running social media groups for clients. He also has a job in risk management. On a volunteer basis, he runs the Global Chamber Dallas Twitter and Facebook pages. His background includes a masters degree in economics and an MBA in finance and statistics. As such, he is a strong supporter of exporting and free trade. He enjoys movies, wine tastings, exercising, reading history and networking!
- 16 Jun 2016
Charlotte is the AVP of Business Development at Advancial Federal Credit Union, she oversees and sets strategy for new member growth. Advancial Federal Credit Union has a very unique product offering specifically for expatriate employees, inbound to the USA, on temporary or permanent assignment. There isn’t a global equivalent to the US credit rating system so these individuals have a very hard time obtaining credit cards, auto loans and other basic banking accounts. Advancial Federal Credit Union is here to help alleviate the burden of operating solely in cash and building US credit history at very favorable rates.
Visit their website for more information.
- 13 Jun 2016
On June 9th, TrueHR hosted guest speaker Korina Smith, Executive Director of Global Chamber Dallas. This event for Mid-Market Professionals was intruging and informational. This group meets on the second Thursday of every month bringing in new speakers and guests that will influence and inform the members of business oppurtunities in the Dallas area. Each person was so unique and dynamic in their profession. She discussed Global Chamber Dallas and its impact on mid- level companies. The director of the event, Ivan Pascual, was very helpful in introducing Korina, and putting together this event. The event was very successful in creating connections between global business minded individuals and companies, as well as informing those about Global Chamber and how it could impact their business. It's so fun meeting such great individuals that are passionate about global business!
- 13 Jun 2016
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. Micah was disappointed in the formal lessons that she received in high school and college, and she knew for a fact that these classes did not give students the ability to SPEAK the language, because she couldn't speak it after 10 years of these classes.
This is why 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. She says that Russian will be the last language she learns, but... we don't 100% believe her. Languages are her life, and she wants others to experience this shift in thinking upon learning a 2nd language. She hopes to get all Americans bilingual and is ready for the challenge. Fluency Corp operates throughout the US and throughout the world via online platforms.
- 10 Jun 2016
Jon Bennett, Operating Partner and Vice President Business Development, Catalyze Dallas – Currently Jon manages business development and governmental affairs activities at Catalyze Dallas, a venture development firm. Jon specializes in the capitalization and commercialization of proven advanced products with immediate disruptive potential sourced from the nation’s top defense companies in the areas of materials sciences, transportation and alternative energy. Previously, as Vice President Business Development at SDL Citadel, a renewable energy company, Jon provided leadership in creation of long-term value through customer acquisition and retention, global market expansion and brand awareness. Prior to joining SDL, Jon enjoyed a 29 year career in the Texas electric utility industry as an executive with Oncor Electric Delivery, TXU Energy and Energy Future Holdings, with leadership roles in engineering, operations, strategy, risk management and external affairs. Jon is a seasoned executive with the distinct ability to convert strategic vision into executable sales through a combination of savvy business development, strategic market planning and his natural-born skill of persuasiveness. Jon is a native Texan and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas A&M University–Central Texas. Jon is a licensed charity auctioneer and spends his free time reading and providing business management consulting to select for-profit and non-profit entities.
- 07 Jun 2016
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. Cunningham received an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and La Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara and received his BBA in Finance from Texas Tech. Since 1985, Cunningham has been one of the area’s top performers in the trade credit insurance business. Before that, he owned & operated an export business and purchased credit insurance for his own accounts receivable. United Risk Consultants represents the Export-Import Bank of the United States as well as all of the private companies that offer credit insurance. Cunningham has served as the Chair of the Trade Development Committee of the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chair of the North Texas District Export Council and as a member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas. He serves on the Finance Committee at Northwest Bible Church.
- 01 Jun 2016
Benjamin Clumeck is Regional Manager for Atradius Trade Credit Insurance, a global credit insurance company with US operations headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. Ben is located in Plano where 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. Atradius is one of the largest trade credit insurance companies globally headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands . Atradius insures accounts receivable, both domestic and foreign, as well as political risk. Ben has been with Atradius for more than 5 years, having served in various capacities. Prior to relocating to Texas, Ben was Regional Manager for the southwest region where he established Atradius’ office in Scottsdale, Arizona. Lastly, Ben cofounded and established an international credit reporting business, where companies could obtain business information on companies all over the world.