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

Choton Basu is 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.

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

Marge Bevers has served as Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) administrator for five years, supporting a growth in activity and the addition of partners (now 19 sites and four subzones). In August 2010, she received approval of 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).  A second expansion application (to include most of LaSalle and part of Putnam Counties) awaits approval from the FTZ Board in spring 2011.  With the expansion comes a new management structure, the Alternative Site Framework (ASF), which will expedite the process for interested businesses, making the FTZ program cheaper and faster to access.

 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 participates on three NAFTZ committees, serving as founding co-chair of the Economic &.Business Development Task Force.  Prior to joining the airport staff, she worked in not-for-profit management for 25 years.   Bevers is also a partner of B&B Properties which renovated the Richardson Bldg. in Rockford and recently bought a face block in downtown Rockford.

Paul Carpenter
Vice President of Business Development, Eclipse, Inc.

Paul Carpenter is the Vice President of Business Development for Eclipse Inc., at the companies’ corporate headquarters in Rockford IL.  Eclipse, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of solutions for industrial heating. He has global responsibility for the companies’ acquisitions, business development, and strategic growth. He works with the companies various global business units serving on the corporate leadership management team. Paul has held various leadership roles in the organization over his twenty plus years of service directing a wide range of functional, as well as geographic, areas of the company. These responsibilities have included positions of Vice President of Global Operations, General Manager of European Operations, Director of Global Logistics, Vice President of Information Technology, Vice President & Controller Eclipse Combustion and Director of Finance. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Algas/SDI.

Prior to his experience at Eclipse, Inc., Paul held various positions in manufacturing firms with responsibility for accounting and finance. Paul holds a Bachelors degree in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration.

Paul Crawford
Director, Community College Relations

Paul Crawford manages the North American administrative center for PASCAL International Observatory, headquartered at NIU.  PASCAL International is a global network of professionals serving higher education, public governance and the private sector.  PASCAL specializes in mobilizing comparative research designed to create innovative place management strategies, develop greater social capital and cohesion, and stimulate transformative learning.  Paul also serves as Director of Community College Relations, and is at work on a doctorate in Adult and Higher Education with an interest in strategies that help organizations overcome their resistance to change.

Janyce Fadden
President of the 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. In her role for the RAEDC, Janyce serves on the boards of the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Rockford Area Ventures, Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Rockford Local Development Corporation, and Stateline Angels. She also 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.

Thomas M. Feifar
Director, Foreign Military Parts, Navistar Defense, LLC

Thomas M. Feifar serves as Director, Foreign Military Parts for Navistar Defense.  Mr. Feifar has been involved in the military parts business since he joined the group in July 2007 following his position as Vice President, Distribution Operations for International Truck and Engine Corporation.  In his current position, he oversees the foreign parts business for Navistar Defense, which encompasses sales to the U.S. and foreign governments, as well as overseas contractors.  Mr. Feifar joined Navistar in 1979 in the Financial Management Development Program.  He worked in various positions in finance, purchasing, sales and operations.  He also served as Director of Sales for Blue Diamond Parts, a joint venture with The Ford Motor Company, where he built the first sales organization for the venture which has grown to nearly $700 million operation in less than 9 years.  Previous to that assignment, he was the Regional Vice President of Navistar’s Dubai, U.A.E. offices where he oversaw all of the Company’s sales and service activities in Eastern Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa.

Mr. Feifar holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Master in Business Administration from DePaul University.

David Forgue
Partner of Barnes Richardson & Colburn

David Forgue is a partner in the Chicago office of Barnes Richardson & Colburn.  He is a 1991 magna cum laude graduate of the University Of Illinois College Of Law. David has advised companies of all sizes in North America, South America, Europe and Asia on all aspects of U.S. import and antidumping law. He holds court memberships in the U.S. Court of International Trade and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  He is the deputy editor for International Law News and has published “Who’s Who” in Customs and International Trade Law and Administrative and Judicial Challenges to Customs Decisions.

Matt Gersper
Founder and President of Global Data Mining, LLC; Co-owner of CUSTOMS Info

Matt Gersper has more than 20 years of experience optimizing processes and helping customers turn unorganized data into information managers and executives need to improve performance. His vision and expertise have driven successful results in retail, wholesale, trade, logistics and manufacturing sectors. He founded a practice for reengineering and automating business processes for a worldwide leader in recovery auditing. Matt is an enthusiastic contributor to the global trade industry as an author and frequent speaker at industry conferences and events. Mr. Gersper is also an owner of CUSTOMS Info, LLC and director for the International Trade Bureau.

John Goodrich
Principal of JD Goodrich

Founder John Goodrich has spent his 25-year career developing all facets of international trade expertise. A licensed Customhouse Broker since 1987, Mr. Goodrich has worked for carrier, third party logistics, trading, retail, direct marketing and technology firms.

His generalist approach to trade and transportation provides clients of JD Goodrich & Associates a unique opportunity to review their international and domestic supply chains with little intrusion into their day-to-day operations. 

William Hughes
Partner, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.

Bill Hughes is a partner in the Milwaukee, Wis. law firm of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.  He represents and counsels clients on a wide variety of business and corporate matters, including international business transactions.  He structures relationships between domestic and foreign business entities and drafts and negotiates international supply and manufacturing agreements.  He also assists clients in identifying workable mechanisms for resolving disputes relating to international agreements.  Mr. Hughes advises clients regarding the use of contract terms to protect their business interests in connection with the international sale of goods.  He regularly assists clients in complying with a wide range of laws regulating commerce with foreign entities, including assisting clients in complying with export control and International Traffic in Arms requirements.  He has extensive experience in the award, protest and litigation of competitively bid and publicly awarded contracts.

Dr. Chris Kuehl
Managing Director at Armada Corporate Intelligence 

Chris Kuehl is the co-founder and Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence, a company created in 1999 to provide strategy foundation, competitive intelligence, business analysis and economic forecasting for corporate clients.  He is the editor and primary writer for several publications including “Business Intelligence Briefs,” a daily distributed through Chambers; “Strategic Intelligence Briefs,” a daily distributed through World Trade Centers and international business organizations; and “Fabrinomics,” a bi-weekly industry analysis produced by the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, where he also serves as the chief economist. 

He holds a Masters Degree in Soviet and East European Studies, a Masters in East Asian Studies and a Ph.D. in Political Economics from the University of Kansas. He has been on the faculty of universities in the US, Hungary, Estonia, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan.  He has been on the local steering committee for the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals and has been active with a number of business and finance organizations.

Penelope M. Lechtenberg, J.D.
Attorney and Partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP

Ms. Lechtenberg practices in the Rockford Office of Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP.  A graduate of Duke University and IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, she focuses her practice on labor and employment law, representing management in matters before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, including the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, National Labor Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, Illinois Department of Human Rights, Illinois Department of Labor, Illinois Human Rights Commission and Illinois Department of Employment Security.  Ms. Lechtenberg provides employers with day-to-day advice on all employment-related issues including, but not limited to, union and labor relations, employee discipline and discharge, practical implementation of the ADA and FMLA, employee benefits and COBRA questions, unemployment compensation procedure and hearings, and questions arising under the federal and state wage and hour laws.  She leads the firm’s Immigration Law practice, representing corporate and individual clients in a variety of immigration matters, from immigration petitions to workplace compliance and investigations.

Lewis Leibowitz
Partner at Hogan Lovells

A leading attorney in international trade matters under domestic law and international agreements, Lewis Leibowitz advises and assists clients in diverse matters including trade remedies, customs, foreign-trade zones and free trade agreements, trade negotiations, and related matters. He practices in the areas of international trade law, customs law, and international commercial transactions and represents clients before all federal courts and agencies dealing with international trade matters, including the Department of Commerce, the U.S. Trade Representative's Office, the International Trade Commission, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Court of International Trade, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

In addition, he works with clients on intellectual property matters arising under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930.  He is recognized as a leader in pulling together trade agreements, trade policies, and practical solutions for business problems to enhance competitiveness for manufacturing, high-technology, and other companies.  He also works with clients in matters affecting trade policy and international investment, and is extensively involved in customs procedures and especially Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) as a tool for enhancing international competitiveness and economic development. Lewis has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Law School and at Georgetown University Law School and is a frequent speaker and panelist on international trade law and policy subjects.

Terri Morrison
Author; President of Getting Through Customs

Terri Morrison is the co-author of eight books, including “Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands: The Bestselling Guide to Doing Business in More Than Sixty Countries” and “Dun & Bradstreet’s Guide to Doing Business Around the World.”  She conducts seminars in intercultural communications and has written for many publications, including American Airlines' American Way, OAG Frequent Flyer Magazine, Business Traveller, Toastmasters, Executive Travel, CEO Magazine, and Industry Week.  Ms. Morrison is President of Getting Through Customs, developers of the Kiss Bow or Shake Hands Database.  She has appeared on CNN, CNBC, Charlie Rose, Bloomberg, and repeatedly on NPR.  She has been profiled and quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Asia Times, Investor’s Weekly, USA Today, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Fast Company, National Geographic Adventure, ESPN, Business 24/7, and Fortune Magazine.

Harry Moser
Founder of the Reshoring Initiative

Largely due to the success of the Reshoring Initiative, Harry was inducted into the Industry Week Manufacturing Hall of Fame 2010, joining Jack Welch, Steve Jobs, Lee Iacocca, etc.  Harry founded the Reshoring Initiative to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. by helping OEMs better understand the full cost of offshoring and the benefits of reshoring. 

Harry worked for GF AgieCharmilles, the leading producer of EDM and HSM machine tools, starting as President in 1985 and retiring 12/31/10 as Chairman Emeritus.   He writes and speaks nationally on the skilled manufacturing workforce, strategies for competing with LLC countries, strategies for revitalizing U.S. manufacturing and on Pres. Obama’s and Congress’ actions’ and policies’ impacts on manufacturing.  Harry is on the board of NIMS (credentials for skilled manufacturing) and is President of SMTS (Swiss Machine Tool Society).  He received a BS in ME and an MS in Engineering at MIT in 1967 and an MBA from U. of Chicago in 1981. 

Paul Prabhaker
Dean, Associate for Graduate Affairs & Research at Northern Illinois University

Paul Prabhaker is an accomplished scholar in the area of technology-enabled marketing strategy.  He has published more than 50 articles in leading journals such as the Journal of Marketing Research, the Journal of Advertising Research, the International Journal of Technology Management, among others.  On the global front, Paul has utilized his well-honed relationship-building skills to forge international academic partnerships with more than a dozen overseas academic institutions.

He holds his Doctor of Philosophy degree in business administration as well as a master degree in econometrics from the University of Rochester.  He also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Indian Institute of Management, and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology. 

Brett N. Silvers
President and Chief Executive Officer, WorldBusiness Capital

Mr. Silvers founded WorldBusiness Capital in January of 2003. He was previously the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of First International Bank for 13 years, during which time he led the bank's expansion, successful IPO, and sale to a Fortune 100 Company. Mr. Silvers currently serves on the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business of the U.S. Department of Commerce. He has also served on the Board of Regents of University of Hartford, the Board of Directors of the Private Export Funding Corporation, the New England Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and the Advisory Committee of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Mr. Silvers received his B.A. in Political Science from Yale University and M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School, Tufts University.

Jerry Szatan
Founder & Principal, Szatan & Associates

Jerry Szatan has more than thirty years experience in site selection, economic development and real estate investing in the United States and abroad. He formed Szatan & Associates, a location strategy, site selection and economic development consulting firm based in Chicago, in 1998. Site selection projects include headquarters, R&D, manufacturing, distribution centers, call centers, back offices, and other corporate facilities for companies including: Boar’s Head Brand, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Davis Selected Advisors, Equiserve, First Card, Hewitt Associates, Nature’s Path, Organics LaGrange, Sun Microsystems, Union Pacific Railroad, Waste Management and Wausau Insurance.

He advises state and local economic development organizations nationally on economic development strategy, marketing, labor markets and best practices. He was a senior manager at The Fantus Company, a regional economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and worked in real estate investment and public policy analysis.

Lisa Victoria Waller
Vice President, BDG International, Inc.

Lisa Victoria Waller is Vice President and minority owner of BDG International, Inc. located in Elgin (Chicago) Illinois.   BDG International, Inc. (BDG) has been in business since 1983 and is an international freight forwarder, U.S. Customs Broker and Letter of Credit Specialist.

Lisa is a U.S. Licensed Customs Broker, IATA Certified, DG Certified, IAC Security Coordinator, a Certified Customs Specialist, a Certified Export Specialist and has a BS in Int’l Business through ISU.

It is the goal of BDG International, Inc. to educate the public on International Trade and Logistics Compliance, understanding Incoterms and letter of credits, making good logistics decisions and in the end making export and import easier in order to assist the U.S. companies to work in a global environment. Through the understanding of Government Compliance, Import logistics and Export Logistics, BDG International is able to provide a full global logistics consulting portfolio of services.

For the company that is dynamic in the global market, BDG can bring the Foreign Trade Zone process to the importers factory and distribution centers through out the USA. BDG sees FTZ as the ultimate tool to incorporate compliance, cost savings, planned logistics, inventory control, increased exports, and best maintaining jobs in the USA.  Lisa has been working diligently to bring FTZs to your local company or community.

Rosy Zarate
Sales Manager at BMO-Harris Bank

Ms. Zarate has 17 years of professional experience in the financial industry, the last 11 years at BMO-Harris, after working on cross border cash management initiatives and traditional products, moved to the Trade Finance department where she has been for the last 5 years. Her responsibilities include, servicing small to medium size corporate clients with international trade transactions; mitigate risk/financing solutions.

Carrie Zethmayr
Manager of International Relations and Client Solutions

Carrie supports business attraction initiatives, focusing on attracting investment into our region from international partners. Carrie develops and manages relationships with Chinese government and business contacts both in China and in the United States. She also manages the organization’s Global Relations newsletter, a newsletter directed to our Chinese contacts that keeps them updated on developments in the Rockford area’s business community, particularly as it relates to Chinese investment in our region.
Carrie assists in developing international marketing strategies based on the Rockford Area’s industry clusters. As clients are interested in investing in the Rockford Area, she provides support to the Vice President of National Business Development in responding to these clients’ needs. Additionally, Carrie provides support to initiatives that promote export growth from our region, serving to connect local companies to trade organizations, international consulates and government export promotion agencies.

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