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, Ackerman Law Firm
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.
Thomas Reddin has been an advocate for businesses and entrepreneurs throughout the country for more than 30 years. Tom, who focuses his practice on employment litigation and counseling, has been recognized on the Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Texas Super Lawyers list. As a trusted advisor, Tom partners with clients to anticipate and manage the multitude of risks presented by the modern workforce, including through the development and modification of workplace policies, training programs, practical advice on specific employee issues, and contemplated employment actions. Tom works closely with the firm’s employee benefit and tax attorneys in preparing executive employment, compensation and severance agreements and arrangements. Tom currently serves as vice-chair of the firm's Employment Disputes, Litigation and Arbitration practice.
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.
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.
Director of Business Development, Stenn International
Caio Braga is a consummate International Trade professional with more than 20 years of experience spanning from Import & Export practices, Trade and Development, Risk Mitigation, Trade Finance and International Logistics. Caio is a Sao Paulo, Brazil born individual with a extensive international background with exposure in multiple countries and cultures. Caio is currently based in D/FW area.
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.
Director, U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service
Jessica Gordon is the Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service Dallas-Fort Worth Office where she leads a team of industry-focused, international trade specialists to assist small to medium-sized North Texas companies to grow their businesses through launching an export business or increasing their sales transactions in target markets around the globe. She also serves as the Executive Secretary of the North Texas District Export Council (NTXDEC), the Commercial Service Dallas-Ft. Worth’s lead partner of trade professionals appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to provide international trade guidance to the local business community, where she is the chief Commercial Service liaison for Commerce and NTXDEC engagement on international trade development issues and expanding the North Texas exporter ecosystem. A native of Biloxi, Mississippi, Jessica graduated Magna Cum Laude and earned double degrees, a BA in Spanish and a BSBA in International Business, from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Founder and CEO, BioSafe Technologies, Inc.
Lynn is the product developer, founder and CEO of BioSafe Technologies, Inc. The company has been manufacturing and exporting a specialized non-toxic head lice shampoo since 2003 and exporting in bulk to several large European multinational companies where the formulation is further packaged and private labeled into branded lines of products for use on children. Lynn is a graduate of American University in Washington DC with a major in Primary Education and minor in Biology and Psychology. In 1990 she volunteered to work on a humanitarian project in Brazil. Lynn 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 headlice 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.