• 29 Jul 2016

    Last week, we had our inaugural Advisory Board meeting at Global Chamber Dallas. This was a very special event for me as I reflect on the fact that this organization was not even established in Dallas this time last year.  Global Chamber had been thriving in Phoenix, Tuscon and some other metro areas, but was ready to expand into new large metro areas. You guessed it, yours truly gleefully accepted the challenge of launching and running our DFW chapter.

    I started to put my full time efforts into launching this group in October, 2015.  I rolled up my sleeves, followed my leader Doug Bruhnke (Founder/CEO of Global Chamber) felt roller coaster style sensations of excitement and terror as I organized our official Kick-off Launch event.  In the end, I was thrilled that we were able to celebrate our official launch on December 7th, 2015 at Squire Patton Boggs.  We had over 80 attendees, including members of the consular corps and international chambers, attorneys, bankers, entrepreneurs, educators and other global business professionals across DFW.  We even had leaders from our Global Chamber team join us from Mexico, Austin and Phoenix. The launch party was a blast.  And then my work really began. 

    Over the course of the past 10 months, I've had endless one-on-one coffee meetings, lunches and phone calls with the purpose of sharing the vision of the Global Chamber with others and listening how we can be of service to the DFW international business community.  I was repeatedly told that there has been a void when it comes to a nucleus for international business here, and was continuously encouraged by others to keep moving forward. 

    As the time arrived to assemble an advisory board to take our goals to the next level, my strategy was to first approach all of those who were encouraging and advising from the beginning and came from a place of kindness.  Many of these busy and important people didn't necessarily have much to gain from spending time with me, but they believed in the mission of making the world a better place through being connected globally.  So they went the extra mile writing email introductions, sharing insight, and asking how they could help (Julie Goodman and Ben Clumeck).  They took me to lunch or coffee and brainstormed (Brewster Waddell). They suggested speakers and event space (Dawson Williams and Joe Payton).  They spoke highly of us and referred others to us (Zorica Ilin and Raj Daniels). It was a natural step to invite these special charter contributors to join our board.

    Some of the board members approached me, sharing their support of what we are doing and told me they'd like to be more involved.   Some of the board members are newer acquaintances, but their mission fits our mission like a seasoned baseball glove, and I couldn't help but ask them to join this team.  Thank you Kim CarlsonJon BennettMeredith WilsonMicah BellieuRoger CunninghamBrian MitchellDelayne ReamsbottomGemma Descoteaux and Lynelle Wilson.  Also thank you to our team, Lisa KlugiewiczAlex PlotkinAnnabelle Ackling and Ishan Goel.

    Needless to say, this group is very special to us, and I have been thrilled about their desire to help us grow!   We see them as a set apart and unique gift to us that can help influence our impact for the years to come.  My intention is that our board members become better and stronger because of their relationships with each other, and that DFW based businesses become more successful and a better contributor to the world because of our efforts together. 

    In some cases indirectly, we can make an impact on bringing up the middle class in developing countries by showing foreign investment opportunities to businesses.  We could possibly help save companies from bankruptcy and save jobs by giving them tools to prevent simple and costly mistakes.  We can make simple introductions and help someone launch a brand new career.  We may be a new group, but we are focused on the potential we have in making a difference by collaborating with and supporting others.  

    Global Chamber is a global platform for CEOs, executives and professionals in 500 metropolitan areas to take on the world of global business more successfully and efficiently. Our service offerings ‘fill in the gaps’ that happen in cross border business to provide members with more customers, more trusted partners and more expert resources to grow globally while lowering risk and accelerating growth.  Our Board of Advisors for Global Chamber Dallas foster and support international trade and businesses in the DFW Metroplex.

  • 15 Jul 2016

    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.

    While completing her MBA, Julie consulted for Red Wing Shoes, Make-A-Wish Foundation International, Food for the Hungry and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center. She also published an article in Forbes India about multinational strategies for success in China.

    Julie is a leader in her community and actively involved in several organizations including the Thunderbird DFW Alumni Chapter, Dallas Regional Chamber, World Affairs Council, Dallas Business Club, North Texas District Export Council, Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations, and Global North Texas. She initiated the Get on Board pilot program with the Dallas Regional Chamber to match highly motivated young professionals with local nonprofits that have open board seats. Julie serves on the board of directors for World Affairs Council, Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations, Global North Texas, Community Homes for Adults Inc. and Thunderbird School of Global Management.  

    Julie oversees all projects and business development at Goodman Global Consulting.

  • 13 Jul 2016

    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. She also previously served as an adjunct professor at the John Marshall School of Law, teaching a class on homeland security, and has previous law firm experience, representing corporations in customs law transactional matters. 

  • 12 Jul 2016

    Global Chamber® Dallas announced that Lisa Klugiewicz has joined their team as of June 30, 2016. She has joined the team with the purpose of connecting and collaborating with leaders who share the passion and commitment for global connectivity. Lisa has earned her Executive MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas in May 2016.

    Lisa joins Global Chamber® Dallas as the Deputy Director and expects to contribute towards the goal of growing members that are leaders in international business in Dallas and around the world. Lisa comments, “Sharing of ideas and expertise can collectively benefit business growth and reduce uncertainty in today’s dynamic global environment. I’m excited to be part of this team to bridge a gap for global businesses to achieve their desired success.”

    Korina Smith, Executive Director of Global Chamber® Dallas says, “Lisa’s passion for our mission, past experiences, and goals for her future make her a great fit for the Deputy Director role!”

    Lisa joins team members, Korina Smith, Executive Director, Alex Plotkin, Social Media Director, Ishan Goel, Marketing Coordinator, and Annabelle Ackling, Intern in the Dallas office.

    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. There are currently 65 chapters worldwide, with plans to expand into 500 metro areas and reach 100,000 members in the next three years. The Global Chamber launched its Dallas chapter in December, 2015.

  • 11 Jul 2016

    July 11th 2016- With hitting the milestone of 1,000 followers on Twitter, Global Chamber Dallas reflects on the progress it has made in seven short months. Global Chamber Dallas launched on December 7th, 2015 and loves to celebrate milestones. Since launching, Global Chamber Dallas has brought together many leaders of the international business community through events and a strong members only network. Global Chamber Dallas would like to thank and give credit to Social Media Director, Alex Plotkin. Alex has been running accounts on Twitter and Facebook. Alex specializes in turning social media contacts into real life connections, and has done so successfully many times for Global Chamber Dallas. Alex does consulting in social media, with a strong focus on Twitter.


    Alex’s firm is called AP Digital Consulting LLC. In particular, he is focused on training people in using social media to achieve business goals. He also works on creating development plans to help organizations achieve their social media objectives, as well as runs social media groups for clients.

    If you need help expanding your business’ social media presence contact Alex!

    • Alex Plotkin Thank you Korina for the praise. You are doing a great job running Global Chamber Dallas.
      2 years ago