District Export Council

Background

District Export Council

The District Export Councils (DEC) contribute leadership and international trade expertise to complement the U.S. Commercial Service’s export promotion efforts through counseling businesses on the exporting process and conducting trade education and community outreach.

The DEC members are appointed by the Secretary of Commerce. These international trade professionals use their knowledge and international business experience to act as consultants to small and medium sized businesses who want to export their products into markets outside of the United States.

For more than 40 years, DECs have served the United States by assisting companies in their local communities export, thus promoting our country’s economic growth and creating new and higher-paying jobs for their communities.

Additional Information:

National District Export Council

The National District Export Council is made up of 60 regional district export councils. The mission of these councils is to work with the U.S. Commerce Department on export promotion and commercial diplomacy. The 1,500 council members around the country are all appointed by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The National District Export Council (National DEC) consists of 16 District Export Council (DEC) members who have been elected to the National DEC by DEC members from each of the eight U.S. Commercial Service Networks. The mission of the National DEC is to provide support and guidance for fulfillment of the mission of the DECs, and to facilitate communication between the DECs, between the DECs and the U.S. Department of Commerce, and between the DECs and the international business community and policymakers. National District Export Council, Inc. is a non-profit corporation that maintains a 501(c)(6) federal income tax status.

Past Events

CalChamber Joins Trade-Focused Summit in Washington, DC

(May 2, 2017) The California Chamber of Commerce joined 40 trade specialists from across the nation last week at sessions focused on trade policy when the National District Export Council met at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for its annual Spring Legislative Summit. Read more here.

From left: David Thomas, vice president, Business Roundtable;  John Murphy, senior vice president, international policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Ken Monahan, director for international trade policy, National Association of Manufacturers; and Robert Brown, chair, National District Export Council.

 

2016 District Export Council Meeting
May 2016, Sacramento, CA

Members of the four California District Export Councils (DEC) meet at the California Chamber of Commerce in Sacramento on May 17, 2016 to hear from Roy Paulson, Former Chair of the National District Export Council and President of Paulson Manufacturing and Judy Rising Reinke, Deputy Director-General, U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, and attend several international trade-related events.

2016 District Export Council Meeting

Front row (from left): Mark Ballam, San Diego State University; Donald Sovie, Law Offices of Donald E. Sovie; The Honorable Jerry Levine, Honorary Consul of Barbados, Former National DEC Chair; Judy Rising Reinke, U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service/Global Markets; Roy Paulson, Paulson Manufacturing, Former National DEC Chair; Susanne Stirling, CalChamber; Deep Sengupta, DSG Global; Susan Ross, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP; Cary Wanner, Rabo Bank; Middle row (from left): Renee Taylor, Northern California World Trade Center; Fred Latuperissa, U.S. Department of Commerce; Rod Hirsch, U.S. Department of Commerce; Ester Gordillo, Sacramento Center For International Trade Development; Dean Fealk, DLA Piper; Jeremy Potash, California Asia Business Council; Leslie Levy August, Boomerang Carnets; Carol Johnson, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey; George Tastard, U.S. Department of Commerce; Everett Golden, Otis McAllister, Inc; Back Row (from left): John McPeak, Genentec; Glen Roberts, U.S. Department of Commerce; Greg Johnston, Page•Fura, P.C.; Richard Swanson, U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service; Michael Obermire, USS-POSCO Industries; Rob Guthrie, Export-Import Bank of the U.S.; Nick Grooters, Pacer Technology

2015 District Export Council Meeting
May 2015, Sacramento CA

Members of California District Export Councils (DEC) meet in Sacramento on May 27, 2015 to hear from Roy Paulson, Chair of the National District Export Council and President of Paulson Manufacturing, and attend several international trade-related events. Trade Promotion Authority and the re-authorization of the Export–Import Bank, both issues pending in Congress and affecting U.S. / California exports were the focus of a conversation with Antwaun Griffin, Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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Front row (from left): Bo Reed, Caterpillar Inc. Solar Turbines Incorporated; Ester Gordillo, Sacramento CITD; Theresa Cox, U.S Department of Commerce; Janice Cooper, California Wheat Commission; Roy Paulson, National DEC Chair / Paulson Manufacturing; Susanne Stirling, CalChamber; Jerry Levine; Honorary Consul of Barbados; Donald Sovie, Law Offices of Donald E. Sovie; Jeremy Potash, California-Asia Business Council; Rick Gibbs, Murrieta City Councilmember; Candy Hansen-Gage, Gage Ag Consulting; Back row (from left): George Tastard, U.S. Department of Commerce; Brooks Ohlson, Honorary Consul of Bulgaria / CITD; Jeff Williamson, Center for International Trade Development (CITD); Michael Obermire, USS-POSCO Industries; Deep Sengupta, DSG Global; Jeff Deiss, US Export Assistance Center; Sean Patrick Tario, Open Spectrum Inc.; Sean Randolph, Bay Area Council Economic Institute; Matthew Anderson, U.S. Foreign Commercial Service; Greg Mignano; U.S Department of Commerce.

2014 District Export Council Meeting
May 2014, Sacramento CA

Members of four California District Export Councils (DEC) meet in Sacramento on May 20, 2014 to welcome Roy Paulson, Chair of the National District Export Council and President of Paulson Manufacturing, for several international trade-related events.

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(seated from left to right); front row: Ester Gordillo, CA- Mexico Trade Assistance Center; Donald Sovie, Law Offices Donald E Sovie; Bo Reed, Solar Turbines, Inc.; Susanne Stirling, CalChamber; Roy Paulson, Paulson Manufacturing; Janice Cooper, California Wheat Commission; The Honorable Rick Gibbs, Murrieta City Councilman; Aron Davison, Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.; Jorge Jaramillo, GO-Biz;
(from left to right) second row: George Tastard, U.S. Commercial Service; Deep Sengupta, FedEx Trade Networks; Carol Johnson, Monterey Institute of International Studies; Michael Clark, APT; John Murphy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Greg Mignano, U.S. Department of Commerce; The Honorable Jerry Levine; Honorary Consul of Barbados; Toby Levine, San Francisco Port Advisory; Jeremy Potash, CA Asia Business Council;
(from left to right) back row: Rick De Lambert, U.S. Commercial Service; Vince Brascia; DMG Mori Seiki Manufacturing; Leslie Levy August, Boomerang Carnets, Sean Randolph, Bay Area Council Economic Institute; Glen Roberts, U.S. Export Assistance Center; Richard Swanson, U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service; Dean Fealk, DLA Piper; Everett Golden, Otis McAllister, Inc.; John Leitner, W.J. Byrnes & Company; Sean Patrick Tario, Open Spectrum Inc.; The Honorable Brooks Ohlson; Honorary Consul of Bulgaria; Jeff Deiss, U.S. Small Business Administration

 

2013 California District Export Council Meeting
May 2013, Sacramento CA
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2013 District Export Council Examine National Priorities

National policy priorities affecting U.S. and California exports were the focus of the May 21 gathering of the District Export Council (DEC) of Northern California at the California Chamber of Commerce, including special guest Michael Masserman (seated, second from left) of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

2012 California District Export Council Meeting
May 2012, Sacramento CA

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Future Joint Trade Policy Initiatives Key Topic for District Export Council
Alert, May 25, 2012At the meeting of the District Export Councils (DEC) of California are (from left): Fred Latuperissa, Tim Murphy, Daniel Ogden, Esq., Paul Oliva, Donald Sovie, Suanne Stirling and Gregory Mignano.

Members of the 4 California District Export Councils
May 2012, Sacramento, CA

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From Left to Right, Back Row: Tony Hill, U.S. Department of Commerce; Fred Latuperissa, U.S. Department of Commerce; Deborah Ale Flint, Port of Oakland; Tim Murphy, Comerica; George Tastard, U.S. Department of Commerce; Daniel Ogden, Esq., National DEC; Don Sovie, Crowell & Moring; Susanne Stirling, California Chamber of Commerce; Everett Golden, Otis McAllister; Mike Clark, APT; Greg Mignano, U.S. Department of Commerce; Cesar Lucio, American River Packaging; From Left to Right, Front Row: Jeremy Potash, Cal-Asia; Ester Gordillo, Sacramento CITD; Paul Oliva, Oliva Global Communications; Leslie Levy August, Corporation for International Buisness; Jerry Levine, Mentor International; Candy Hansen Gage, Fresno CITD; and Carol Johnson, Monterey Institute of International Studies.

2011 District Export Council Conference
October 2011, Las Vegas, Nevada

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(From left) Richard Swanson, Regional Director – Pacific South, U.S. Department of Commerce; Hugh Constant, Executive Vice President, San Diego World Trade Center; Suresh Kumar, Director-General of the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service; and Susanne Stirling, Vice President International Affairs, CalChamber.

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Suresh Kumar, Director-General of the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service speaks at the 2011 DEC Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada

Northern California DEC Luncheon

(June 1, 2011 in Sacramento, California) Members and Guests of the Northern California District Export Council meet in Sacramento on June 1, 2011 to welcome Kurt Tong, Ambassador to APEC for the United States to Sacramento for several international trade-related events.

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Pictured are: (Seated from left) Greg Mignano, Candy Gage, Paul Oliva, Steve Glickman. (Standing from left) Jorge Jaramillo, Steve Herrick, Jerry Avila, Sean Randolph, Everett Golden, Susanne Stirling, Michael Obermire, Michael Clark, Carol Johnson, Jerry Levine, Deborah Ale-Flint, Jeremy Potash, Louis Sciupac, George Tastard.

Northern California DEC Luncheon

(May 17, 2010 in Sacramento, California) Members and guests of the Northern California District Export Council meet in Sacramento on May 17, 2010 to welcome Suresh Kumar, the newly appointed Director-General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, to Sacramento for several international trade-related events.

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Pictured are: (Seated from left) Candy Gage, Susanne Stirling, Janice Cooper and Carol Johnson. (Standing from left) Janis Lazda, Deep SenGupta, Tony Livoti, George Tastard, Richard Swanson, Paul Oliva, Vladimir Ostrich, Jerry Levine, Sean Randolph, Director-General Suresh Kumar, Ambassador Demetrios Marantis, Jeremy Potash, Everett Golden, Michael Clark, Michael Obermire, Steve Glickman and Greg Mignano.