Advisory Board Members

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. 


  Micah Bellieu 

   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. 


  Kim Carlson 

   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.



  Roger Cunningham

  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 Dickey 

   Shareholder, Polsinelli

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.


  Dobrina Dobreva 

   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. 


  Julie Goodman 

  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.


  Anita Gordy-Watkins 

   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.


 Jeremy Ivie 

  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.


 Brian Mitchell 

  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.


  Brewster Waddell

   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. 


  Meredith Wilson 

  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.


Hubert Zydorek     

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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