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.


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.

District Export Council

District Export CouncilThe 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 30 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.

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​National District Export Council

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.