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Grant Aldonas
Principal Managing Director of Split Rock International, Inc.

Grant Aldonas holds the William M. Scholl Chair in International Business at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Previously, he had a distinguished career in law, business, and international economic policy, including service at senior levels in the U.S. government.
                    
Mr. Aldonas came to CSIS from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where his practiced focused on international trade, investment, corporate governance, and corporate social responsibility. While at Akin Gump, he served as chairman of the U.S. arm of Transparency International. Before joining Akin Gump, he served in the Bush administration as the Commerce Department's under secretary for international trade from 2001 to 2005, where he was one of the president's principal advisers on international economic policy and managed a federal agency of 2,400 employees with offices in 80 countries and a budget of $350 million. In his role as under secretary, he also served as a member of the board of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and as executive director of the President's Export Council.

Prior to his service in the administration, Mr. Aldonas was chief international trade counsel to the Senate Finance Committee. During his tenure, Congress passed a number of significant trade bills, including the Trade and Development Act of 2000, Permanent Normal Trade Relations for China, legislation replacing the Foreign Sales Corporation provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, and a series of tariff bills.

Steve Barnhart
Business Growth Coach, Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center (IMEC)

Steve Barnhart has more than 25 years of organizational development and operations leadership experience.  As part of the IMEC team, Steve leads companies through idea generation and market/product diversification initiatives. Steve blends strategic experience with production know-how to ensure business growth success. He began his career at 3M, serving on the management team of several business units at the corporate headquarters in St. Paul, MN.  where he was recognized for his innovation capabilities.  Steve then spent seven years as General Manager of an Illinois food processor, leading the team to significant increases in profitability.  For the eight years prior to joining IMEC, Steve worked as an independent consultant, providing organizational development support to the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.  Steve has a B.B.A. in Accounting from Harding University and an M.B.A. from St. Thomas University. In addition, Steve is a certified Training Within Industry (TWI) Job Instructions Trainer and certified Change Management Professional.

Choton Basu
Associate Professor, Management Computer Systems (MCS), Director, Global Business Resource Center (GBRC), University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Choton Basu is currently an Associate Professor of Management Computer Systems (MCS) and Director of the Global Business Resource Center (GBRC), at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He has a Ph.D. (MIS/Strategic Management) from the University of Memphis and MBA (Finance/MIS) from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Choton is currently the president of the Global IT Management Association, the Executive Editor of Journal of Information Privacy and Security and was recognized as the Wisconsin Idea Fellow in 2004-2005. His areas of interest include business innovation, disruptive technologies, web and flexible business models, social entrepreneurship, born-global companies and issues pertaining to emerging market economies. He has also worked on projects involving information technologies in global organizations, business process reengineering and several global market assessments. He has published his research in several leading journals and presented his work in national and international conferences. He has consulted across various industries and his passion is working on challenging projects that leverage emerging technologies to access global markets.


Tommy Berry
President and CEO of PointTrade Services
                                      
Tommy Berry is a recognized industry leader, with extensive experience in a wide variety of international trade, foreign trade zone and customs issues.  Mr. Berry’s experience focuses on trade and customs compliance and risk management, foreign trade zones, duty savings opportunities, industrial park master planning, global supply chain management and solutions, and inventory control systems integration.  Tommy oversees the provision of innovative solutions for trade and customs matters with a special emphasis on FTZs, compliance, prior disclosures, global supply chain strategies, process implementation, systems integration and training/seminars.  Through the managed services group, Tommy oversees provision of FTZ operator and administrator managed services for the day-to-day operations of FTZ projects with 19 million square feet of activated manufacturing and distribution space in three states handling merchandise with a total zone value of more than $8.3 billion. 


Marge Bevers
Greater Rockford Airport Authority, FTZ Administrator & Properties Specialist

Marge Bevers has served as FTZ administrator for four years, supporting the growth in activity (now at nearly $200 million in foreign merchandise moving through Zone sites/subzones) and the addition of partners (from nine to 22 sites, and from three to four subzones).   In November 2009, she submitted an application to expand the service territory to include all or part of 9 counties (Boone, Bureau, DeKalb, Kane, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago).   With a new subzone set to activate in January 2010 and other prospects close behind, growth should accelerate in coming years.  The Greater Rockford Airport Authority serves as Grantee (administrator) of FTZ #176 co-located with the Rockford Customs & Border Protection at the Chicago-Rockford International Airport.  Ms. Bevers communicates clearly to FTZ “Boot Camp” neophytes.   She also speaks regularly at National Association of FTZs (NAFTZ) meetings to her peers and co-chairs two NAFTZ committees (Grantee and Economic &.Business Development).  Prior to joining the airport staff, she worked in not-for-profit management for 25 years.


Emma Briggs
Regional Director (Central US), United Kingdom Trade & Investment

Emma Briggs is responsible for 19 states in the central US and managing UK Trade & Investment’s (UKTI) teams in the British Consulates in Chicago and Houston. Prior to this she was head of the Latin America Unit at UKTI in London for three years. In this role she was responsible for developing strategies for the UK's trade support for UK companies in Brazil and Mexico, managing and monitoring UKTI's resources in Latin America and briefing Ministers and senior staff.  Prior to that she served as Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Industry and the Regions at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for almost two years. Ms. Briggs joined the DTI in 2002 and has also undertaken postings covering competition policy, the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and the UK’s nuclear security programme in the Former Soviet Union.


Dan Cataldi
Director, Rock River Valley Entrepreneurship Center & Interim Director of the EIGERlab

With more than 30 years as a business owner, entrepreneur, and business management consultant, Dan Cataldi brings experience and an understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by today’s entrepreneurs. His experience includes personally starting, expanding, merging, and selling companies. In addition, he has even had to close down failed companies. He understands the emotional and financial commitments of owning your own business and has knowledge and experience in planning, financing, marketing, sales and operations.

For the past five years, he has directed the Rock River Valley Entrepreneurship Center (RRVEC) whose mission is to accelerate high-growth potential small and medium-sized enterprises and develop them into economically viable and sustainable companies that will grow and create jobs in Boone, Winnebago, Stephenson and Ogle Counties. The Center Director also helps promote innovation and entrepreneurship in our region and helps connect entrepreneurs with potential investors. Recently Dan assumed the responsibilities of Interim Director of the EIGERlab. Within these roles, the RRVEC and EIGERlab assist high-growth potential clients by providing them with advisory teams of seasoned business professionals, investors, and community resources in order to catapult business growth and create job growth and wealth in our Region. Whether it’s a location to house their business, engineering assistance, rapid prototyping of a new product, strategic business development, working with the U.S. Government or exporting, the EIGERlab is a one-stop shop for innovation and entrepreneurship services.


Janet Chihocky
Founder  & CEO, JANSON Communications

Janet has over 18 years of experience in the defense and aerospace industries. As the company's lead strategist, she plays a vital role in client positioning strategies, as well as shaping and leading client-positioning programs. Janet is well-known as a subject matter expert on such topics as Organizational Branding, Marketing and Strategic Communications within the defense, aerospace and government technology sectors, and is in demand as both a writer and speaker.

Janet holds a Bachelor's in Business from Strayer University. She is the author of numerous op-ed and feature articles and has been engaged for executive training and has led several workshops and organizational assessments for a number of high-profile organizations to include but not limited to, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, ESCO-Zodiac Corporation, Booz Allen Hamilton, CSC and Tooele Army Depot.


John Dickson
President of World Trade Partnership

John Dickson’s career combines extensive experience in international and intercultural program development, interpersonal communication and organizational vision.  His areas of expertise include building strategic partnerships, marketing, international business and nonprofit consulting.  He is actively working to establish World Trade Centers in Kurdistan, Iraq; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Tulsa, Oklahoma (for Native American Indians); and in Shenyang, China where he is working with investors to develop a $500 million World Trade Center complex.  He currently serves as the Chairman of the World Trade Centers Association’s Committee on Peace and Stability Through Trade and is deeply committed to finding ways of helping developing countries around the world through the vehicles of business and education. 


Janyce Fadden
President, Rockford Area Economic Development Council

As President of the Rockford Area Economic Development Council, Janyce is responsible for managing all the organization’s efforts, including business retention and expansion, new business recruitment, and improving the business climate of our region. She serves on the City of Rockford Sister City Advisory Commission, the executive committee of Northern Illinois Commuter Transportation Initiative, and the steering committee of the Tri-State Alliance. Janyce also serves as Executive Director of the I-39 Logistics Corridor Association.


Ric Frantz
CEO LR International, Inc.

Ric Frantz is currently the CEO and co-founder of LR INTERNATIONAL, INC., an international freight forwarding and consulting firm located near Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.  A native of Chicago, Mr. Frantz studied Business Administration and Marketing at DePaul University and holds an International Trade Executive Certificate from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  His professional career spans several years as a banker, an export manager for a major multinational corporation and more than 35 years in logistics.  Mr. Frantz has been appointed four times to the Illinois District Export Council by four secretaries of commerce; is the current Vice President of the International Trade Club of Chicago; and serves on the NAFTA Advisory Board for NORBIC/International Trade Center-Chicago. 


Matt Gersper
President Global Data Mining, LLC

Founder and President of Global Data Mining (GDM) and co-owner of CUSTOMS Info, Matt Gersperhelps businesses optimize Global Trade applications and streamline global trade automation. Matt has more than 20 years experience turning unorganized data into corporate assets managers and executives use to improve bottom-line performance. His vision and expertise has lead to innovations that enormously increase a trade professional’s effectiveness and productivity providing a direct return-on-investment.  Matt is an enthusiastic contributor to the global trade industry as an author and frequent speaker at industry conferences and events.


Jacalyn Gronek
Vice President, International Banking Department, US Bank         

Jacalyn Ross Gronek represents the Commercial Banking Department of US Bank as vice president of Global Trade Services in the states of Illinois and Michigan.  She has more than 20 years of experience in trade finance within the banking industry, having also worked at Bank of America and Bank of Montreal.

Her responsibilities include providing creative solutions to both clients and prospects on how to import and export more expeditiously and economically, as well as partnering with the commercial lenders in developing new international prospects and increasing business of existing international customers.

She has a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California, where she studied at the Graduate Institute of International Relations and the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland and the London School of Economics in London, England. 


David Hahn
Vice President of Corporate Development for SupplyCore Inc.

Mr. Hahn joined SupplyCore in 1998 as a Director of Project Management and Supplier Development, became the Director of Sales in 2001, Vice President of Sales in 2003 and assumed his current role in 2006. With SupplyCore, Mr. Hahn has completed bid responses and overseen successful implementation of multiple international Defense Logistics Agency, and Army Sustainment Command Prime Vendor contracts. With a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and graduate work in international business, Mr. Hahn has built a foundation to support various organizational structures both domestically and internationally. Mr. Hahn is a member of the Institute of Managerial Accountants, the National Contract Management Association, the National Defense Industry Association’s (NDIA) Small Business Executive Committee and is on the Board of Directors for the NDIA IL/WI Chapter.


Brandi Hanback
Managing Partner of FTZ Services, Rockefeller Group
                                            
Brandi Hanback is Managing Director of Rockefeller Group Foreign Trade Zone Services, a division of Rockefeller Group Development Corporation and a part of The Rockefeller Group.  The Rockefeller Group is a private corporation dedicated to excellence in commercial real estate and real estate services including foreign trade zone feasibility, site selection, approval, activation and operational support services.  Ms. Hanback’s clients include large manufacturers and distributors engaged in importing and exporting.  She assists clients on a broad range of issues dealing with classification, valuation, trade agreements, compliance reviews, prior disclosures, and government correspondence. 


William Hughes
Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek, Partner

Bill Hughes is a partner of the law firm of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek, and chairs the firm’s Government Contract practice.  He has extensive experience in the award, protest and litigation of competitively bid and publicly awarded contracts.  He counsels clients on all aspects of government contacts including audits, bids, contract negotiations and awards, set asides, changes, costs, claims, intellectual property rights, terminations and disputes.  Bill has extensive experience with the application and interpretation of the Federal Acquisition Regulations and regularly assists clients in complying with export control and Internal Traffic in Arms Regulations requirements.  He also represents clients on protests before the Government Accountability Office and contract disputes before the various boards of contract appeals and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.  In addition, Bill counsels clients on a variety of business and corporate matters. 

Prior to joining WHD, Bill was an attorney for the U.S. Air Force at the Air Force Contract Law Center where he served as a senior legal counsel for a number of major procurement programs and represented the Government on bid protests before the Government Accountability Office and contract disputes before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.  He is the founder and past president of the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Contract Management Association.  He serves as a member of the Board of Directors as a General Counsel for the Wisconsin Procurement Institute and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois/Wisconsin Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association. 


Martine Leclercq
Trade Commissioner to Chicago & the Midwest, Wallonia (Belgium) Trade & Investment Office 

Martine Leclercq has extensive experience in international trade having undertaken numerous sales and marketing roles in the public and private sectors across a broad range of industries. Ms. Leclercq was appointed as Trade Commissioner for Wallonia (Belgium) to Chicago and the Midwest in September 2006 and has responsibility for 12 States. She is the Wallonia Trade & Investment Office's US Portfolio Manager for Mechanical Engineering and Automotive products. 

Prior to coming to Chicago, Martine worked seven years for ING Bank in Brussels and in Tokyo, as account manager for US Financial Institutions and Japanese Corporate clients. She graduated as a business engineer from the Solvay Business School, ULB, Belgium. She also studied in the Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico. Ms. Leclercq is a board member of the Chicago International Trade Commissioners Association (CITCA).


Jianning Li
TEDA International, Inc.

Jianning Li is a representative with the Tianjin Economic-technological Development Area’s U.S. office, TEDA International, Inc.  TEDA is China’s biggest economic zone with more than 4,600 overseas companies and 9,000 domestic companies.  Mr. Li is responsible for making investment and trade promotions for TEDA and providing consulting service to American companies that want to do business in China.  He also helps Chinese companies, particularly companies from Tianjin, to do business in the U.S. 


Donald Lloyd
Associated Bank, Senior Vice President

Donald Lloyd is a Senior Vice President responsible for the Capital Markets Group at Associated Bank.  Mr. Lloyd has been involved in the Capital Markets for over 25 years primarily within the Foreign Exchange markets.  He formerly was Managing Director of North American Trading for a top 10 foreign exchange provider, President of Forex USA, formerly a Member of the Federal Reserve Foreign Exchange Committee, and an expert witness for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.


Jeffery Makeever
Chairman, Intellectual Property Law; Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C.

Jeffery Makeever is a shareholder and chair of Reinhart Law’s Intellectual Property Practice and a managing partner of the firm’s Rockford office.  He serves a wide range of corporate clients and a variety of industries including aerospace, consumer products and components, industrial equipment, medical research and equipment, C4ISR and warfare systems and consumer software.  Mr. Makeever’s clientele includes multinational clients headquartered in both the United States and Europe.  He frequently functions as a trusted advisor to senior management and as part of his client’s in-house counsel team, providing services such as forward planning and the training of engineering and marketing personnel.  His own significant experience as a design and research engineer in the aerospace industry, together with his background as in-house counsel, has given him a special understanding of the needs and challenges of his corporate clients. 


Don Manzullo
U.S. Representative Don Manzullo, 16th Congressional District of Illinois

Congressman Don Manzullo was first elected in 1992 to serve the people of the 16th Congressional District of Illinois, which includes the counties of Winnebago, Boone, Stephenson, JoDaviess, Ogle, Carroll, the majority of McHenry County and parts of DeKalb and Whiteside counties. In the 111th Congress, he sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where he is the top Republican on the Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment and a member of the Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade. He continues to serve on the Financial Services Committee, where he sits on the Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises and the Subcommittee on International Monetary Policy and Trade.


Stacy McCaskill
International Business Faculty at Rock Valley College

Stacy McCaskill has more than 20 years global experience and is considered an expert in cross-cultural communications and global team building.  As fulltime faculty at Rock Valley College, Stacy teaches courses in International Business, Organization Development, and facilitates the Global Small Business Incubator program, which imports fair trade products from Africa and India.  As Executive Director for Diversity Performance Associates, Stacy developed a wide variety of development programs to improve cultural competency and reduce cross-cultural barriers.  Stacy has facilitated graduate courses in intercultural communications, intercultural ethics, and global operations.  Stacy holds a MBA from the renowned Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Master of Arts in Human Resource Development from the University of St. Thomas.


Dirk W. Mourar
Director, Sales and Sustainment Program Management, Navistar Defense, LLC

Dirk Mourar, a 15-year veteran of Navistar, has directed the Navistar Defense military and government parts sales team for the past 5 years. Mr. Mourar uses his extensive experience in vehicle supply chain management to lead this multi-disciplinary team managing Navistar Defense delivery of spares and services for military and non-armored vehicles both in-theater and domestically. 

A veteran strategist, Mr. Mourar identifies new business opportunities, forging strong relationships with potential business partners, and maximizing Navistar’s commercial strengths to deliver consummate customer service.  Prior to his leadership with government and military business development, Mr. Mourar served as Director of Government, Military and Export Sales and as Director of National Accounts Sales for Navistar Parts.  His development of his sales teams and their consequent abilities to exceed goals earned Navistar recognition for his exemplary leadership.

Navistar Defense, LLC is a business unit of Navistar International Corporation. With more than 100 years of experience in the commercial and services industry, Navistar has supported the warfighter and the needs of the military since World War I. Navistar Defense robust truck spares program includes more than 700,000 OEM aftermarket parts and private label products across 160 full product programs, managed through 10 global parts distribution centers and a worldwide network of more than 1,100 locations.


Ken Muellner
Supervisory Import Specialist, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Port of Chicago, IL

Ken Muellner is a Supervisory Import Specialist with 24 years of experience at the Port of Chicago.  He currently supervises the textiles, furniture, and antiques team, but has extensive prior experience in chemicals, pharmaceuticals, machine tools, metals and electronics.  Prior to becoming an Import Specialist, Mr. Muellner was a legacy Customs Inspector, and was also detailed as an Intelligence Analyst working with both U.S. Customs and Canada Customs in Toronto.  Prior to joining USCBP, Mr. Muellner was employed in the freight forwarding, steamship and airline industries in Chicago and New York, NY. 


Tom Murphy
Executive Vice President, Manufacturing and Wholesale Distribution, RSM McGladrey

Tom Murphy oversees RSM McGladrey’s largest industry practice – manufacturing and wholesale distribution. As industry practice leader, Murphy ensures delivery of high quality service offerings that respond to the changing needs of midsized manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors. Murphy’s 25 years of manufacturing experience include strategy development and implementation, new product innovations, international operations and sourcing, company restructurings, production rationalization and implementation of new technologies. Recognized as an advocate for the industry, Murphy is sought after as a speaker on the challenges facing manufacturers and wholesale distributors, and as a resource for solutions to these challenges.


Rana Roy
Resident Director, EEPC INDIA

Rana Roy, a graduate in Mechanical Engineering, joined Engineering Export Promotion Council (EEPC) INDIA in 1984. Since then he has served the organization in various capacities and was also in-charge of its regional office in Kolkata, India and its overseas offices in Sydney, Dusseldorf and Chicago. Having a wide knowledge of international trade, he has been directly associated with various promotional activities of EEPC INDIA for furthering engineering exports from the country. He was also in-charge of Trade Policy matters in India prior to his second assignment in its office in the Chicago area, since August 2006.


Herman Ruiz, Jr.
Midwest Sales Manager, Channel Distribution Corp.

Herman Ruiz has been in the transportation industry for more than 44 years.  His experience working for the airlines and several bonded warehouses helped the Port of Chicago and Detroit standardize the report of General Order Cargo to U.S. Customs.  He works closely with all the airlines, steamship lines, rail yards and bonded warehouses in the Port of Chicago.


Sidney Salvadori
Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada

Sidney Salvadori is responsible for trade promotion and development between Canada and the U.S. Midwestern region (IL, MO, Quad Cities IA, NW IN, WI) with a sector focus on aerospace & defence, advanced manufacturing, IT, telecom, advanced materials/nanotechnology, and wind energy.

After permanently transferring to the U.S. in 1985 and holding positions in publishing and financial services, Ms. Salvadori served Chicago-Cook County government for 20 years at different levels, both in the legislative and executive branches, starting as chief of staff to a member of the legislative body and later appointed to the executive branch to develop a regional full-service business development and marketing agency for the second largest county in the U.S.  With a strategic focus on global business opportunities in the manufacturing and high-tech growth sectors, she was director of business and international affairs until 2007.

Ms. Salvadori is the elected president of the board of directors of the International Trade Club of Chicago since 2000 and actively sits on various other local and international boards. Ms. Salvadori holds a B.A. cum laude and M.A. with highest honors in English and philosophy. She has contributed to numerous national and international publications and frequently addresses regional businesses and international audiences on economic, manufacturing and trade issues. She is native Italian, resided in Europe for 22 years, and is fluent in four languages.

Wanda Sample
Director of Trade Relations, Avalon Risk Management, Inc.

Bringing more than 25 years experience in the transportation industry, Ms. Sample is the director of trade relations for Avalon Risk Management.  She is also the assistant editor of “The Quest,” Avalon’s industry newsletter and maintains involvement in several transportation related associations, including the National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones, Transportation Intermediaries Association and is a member of the board for the Air & Expedited Motor Carriers Association.  In addition, Ms. Sample is a secretary of the International Trade Association of Greater Chicago.


Darryl A. Scott
MajGen(ret), USAF, Corporate Vice President Contracts & Pricing, The Boeing Company

Darryl Scott is corporate vice president, contracts and pricing for The Boeing Company. He is responsible for contracts and pricing policy, processes, operations, and compliance. Mr. Scott joined Boeing in 2009 after serving 34 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a Major General. In his last position, he served as Deputy Commander, Task Force to Support Business and Stability Operations in Iraq, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Business Transformation), and Deputy Director, Defense Business Transformation Agency, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Prior to that assignment, the general was Commander, Joint Contracting Command-Iraq/Afghanistan, and Baghdad, Iraq. General Scott reported directly to Commander, Multi-National Force-Iraq, and was responsible for planning, executing and managing mission-critical contracting efforts supporting U.S. and coalition forces, security operations, humanitarian relief and the reconstruction efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. General Scott entered the Air Force after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He served as a principal contracting officer for space; missile; aircraft; and command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems. He commanded three times; served as Vice Commander, Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Robins Air Force Base, GA.; and as Director, Defense Contract Management Agency, Alexandria, VA. He received a BS degree in Economics from the United States Air Force Academy, and a MS degree in Logistics Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology. The general is also a Distinguished Graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Active in numerous professional associations, Scott serves on the Aerospace Industry Association Procurement and Finance Council, and on the National Contract Management Association (NCMA)’s board of advisors. He also is a member of the Air Force Association.


Richard Todd
President, Todd Transit, Inc.

Richard Todd has been active in the transportation industry since 1967.  He attended Carthage College, Kenosha, Wis. and the College of Advanced Traffic, Chicago, Ill.  He was employed as an import-export agent by Emery Air Freight in Chicago prior to taking a sales position in Rockford.  He and his wife, Linda, founded Todd Transit, Inc. in 1973, which serves air forwarders, airlines and industrial customers in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.  Todd Transit became Rockford’s acting CES in 1990.  Todd Special Services, Inc. began in 1994 and was officially designated CES in 2007. 


Lisa Waller
Vice President, BDG International, Inc.

Lisa Victoria W aller is V.P. & minority owner of BDG International, Inc. located in Elgin (Chicago). Lisa is a
graduate of ISU, B.S. in International Business. In 1993, Lisa joined BDG and started learning all niches of
global commerce. She has traveled professionally taking the time to research common issues that affect the
industry in order to find new solutions. Lisa is a U.S. Licensed Customs Broker, IATA & DG Certified, CTPAT &
IAC Security Coordinator, Certified Customs & Certified Export Specialist. It is the goal of BDG International,
Inc. to educate the public on complying with the regulations, making export easier in order to assist the exporter to sell their product globally.


Dianne Wheeler
Small Business Advisor, Army Sustainment Command, Rock Island, Illinois

Ms. Wheeler began her career as an Army Materiel Command Procurement Intern in 1987 and has worked in various offices within the government.   She is Contracting Level III certified.  In her current position she trains contract specialists on the Small Business Program, participates on acquisition strategy panels and works with contractors wanting to learn how to do business with the government. Ms. Wheeler has a Bachelors Degree from Western Illinois University.  Ms. Wheeler is currently the President of the Iowa-Illinois Chapter of Women in Defense and has been a member since 2003.  She is also on the board of the Iowa-Illinois Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association.


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