Jennifer Verdon, IDEC ChairmanInternational Manager
Idaho Department of Commerce Division of International Business PO Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720 Tel: (208) 287-3165 Fax: (208) 334-2783 Bachelor of Science in International Business (2007), Boise State University Idaho, USA. Idaho Department of Commerce, Boise, Idaho International Manager, International Business Division: November 2013 - present International Trade Specialist, International Business Division: June 2009 – November 2013 International Trade Analyst, International Business Division: October 2007 – June 2009 Promote Idaho to the world for exports and business recruitment. Facilitate inbound investment by establishing and maintaining relationships with overseas trade associations and foreign governments. Match Idaho companies with foreign business partners through the assistance of Idaho’s trade offices in Mexico, China and Taiwan. Conduct business consultations with companies concerning international business strategy and market research. Support and coordinate companies’ efforts to market themselves through events such as trade shows, trade missions and seminars. Handle protocol for high-level government and business delegations.
Rendi Bell – Vice Chair IDECGlobal Expansion Sales Manager
United Parcel Service (UPS) 116 East 42nd Street, Boise, Idaho 83714 Tel: (208) 908-1300 Fax: (208) 327-1572 Rendi currently serves as the Global Expansion Sales Manager for UPS responsible for business in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, and Alaska. She is responsible for international business development in those areas. Rendi has been directly involved with global expansion for a number of Fortune 500 companies. She holds a B.S. in Political Science with a certificate in International Relations and a minor in French and History. Rendi enjoys her work with the Idaho District Export Council and has coached 5 companies in the Export Excellence program. Rendi has over 20 years of business experience. Prior to Rendi’s transportation industry success, she worked with several internationally based businesses to grow domestic U.S. sales in the Midwest. Rendi resides in the Boise area and is raising 3 young boys with her husband Alan.
Gary R. DeGrange, IDEC TreasurerVice President, International Banking
800 W. Main Street, Suite 700
Boise, ID 83702
Tel: (208) 501-7477
Gary DeGrange is a Vice President with Zions Bank’s International Banking Department in Boise. He has thirty-five years of banking experience, thirty-one in the field of international banking. He helped establish Idaho’s first international banking department in Boise. His background includes in-depth experience in foreign exchange, letters of credit, documentary collections, bankers acceptance financing and international treasury management. His primary responsibility is to support and expand Zions Bank’s portfolio of clients involved in international trade. Gary is a current member and past Chairperson of the Idaho Export Council and the Idaho Association for Financial Professionals, and is a NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional. He frequently speaks at public forums addressing international banking topics. Mr. DeGrange was born in Spokane, Washington and raised in California and Idaho. He graduated from Capital High School in Boise, Idaho and attended Boise State University. DeGrange is married, has two grown sons, and enjoys white-water rafting, fishing, hunting and camping.
U.S. Commercial Service’s Boise Export Assistance Center
700 West State Street, 2nd Floor
Boise, ID 83720
Tel: (208) 364-7791 Fax: (208) 334-2783
Amy Benson works with Idaho companies to help them develop and execute business strategies to expand their international sales. In 2013, Amy directly assisted Idaho companies in realizing over $21 million in export sales. Prior to her position in Idaho, Amy served in various positions with the U.S. Commercial Service in Washington D.C. and a three year assignment as a Foreign Service Officer for the American Institute in Taipei, Taiwan. Amy’s professional experience also includes serving as a Manager for Nortel Networks where she supported sales to major accounts. Amy holds a Master’s degree in International Transactions from George Mason University and a Bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University.
Alison Kelsey, Former IDEC ChairmanExport Manager
Rekluse Motor Sports 12000 W. Franklin Road, Boise, ID 83709 Tel: (208) 426-0659 Alison Kelsey is the Export Manager for Rekluse Motor Sports, a motorcycle industry leader in clutch performance, technology and innovation. As Export Manager, Alison oversees a worldwide network of 17 distributors, serving 42 countries. In her position, she is responsible for the development of company policy, strategy, and goals related to international markets. Alison’s work focuses on sales and global brand development. Since joining the company in 2010, Rekluse has earned recognition for its export success. Achievements include the 2012 National SBA Small Business Exporter of the Year and in 2013 the prestigious President’s E Award. Alison’s previous positions in the motorcycle industry have included front line sales and marketing. She graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelor’s degree and a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution. In 2012, she earned the Nasbite CGBP International Trade Credential. Alison is passionate about helping small businesses realize international sales success. In her free time, she enjoys fly-fishing and exploring the open spaces of Idaho.
Gerd UitdewilligenInternational Sales Manager
6223 N. Discovery Way, Suite 120
Boise, Idaho 83713
Tel: (208) 489-9012 Fax: (208) 441-7426
Mr. Uitdewilligen is the director of sales at PakSense, a time and temperature monitor label company, in Boise, Idaho. As one of the first employees, Gerd has grown the international business from non-existent 6 years ago, to currently exporting to 76 countries around the world. PakSense sales are generating 25-30% of company revenue from markets outside the United States and continue to grow rapidly. Gerd’s export efforts have been recognized by US Commerce department with the Export Achievement Award, as well as by US Senator Mike Crapo. Gerd also is member of the Idaho District Council, and coached two companies as part of the annual Export university program.
Prior to PakSense, Gerd was product manager at Extended Systems, a NASDAQ listed company in Boise. As product manager, he did source code licensing, product road map development, distributor management in Asia, Europe, and United States for Bluetooth, Infrared, and PC synchronization software. Gerd has a Drs. Degree in International Economics from Tilburg University (Netherlands) and Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics from Montana State University. During his spare time he enjoys the outdoors with his 3 boys or bicycling.
William MullaneMarketing & Public Relations Manager
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725
Tel: (208) 426-2266 Fax: (208) 426-2185
Bill Mullane is the Marketing Manager at TechHelp, Idaho’s affiliate of the national Manufacturing Extension Partnership. TechHelp is a partnership of Idaho’s three state universities providing technical and professional assistance to Idaho manufacturers, processors and inventor/entrepreneurs to help strengthen their global competitiveness through continuous product and process innovation.
Bill has been active in the Idaho District Export Council since 2004. He has experience in international sales & marketing, communications, web development, innovation engineering, curriculum development and teaching. Bill has worked with organizations including Qwest Communications, eBITS, Schweitzer Mountain Resort, the University of Colorado, Northrop Aircraft, Olin Corporation, Frey Tool & Engineering and the U.S. Air Force.
Tony PuopoloVice President - Product Management
1111 W Jefferson Ste. 400
Boise, ID 83702
Tel: (208) 550-8663
Tony has been on the executive team helping lead Cradlepoint’s meteoric growth for the last 5+ years. He is a proven cross-functional leader with a history of building teams and processes focused on driving sustainable revenue and profit. Tony is currently responsible for managing the team that develops future product definition and strategy within Cradlepoint. Previous to this role, as VP of Global Channel sales, Tony designed Cradlepoint’s world class channel reseller program and built the global channel sales team and processes from scratch. Prior to that, he was responsible for managing Cradlepoint’s strategic accounts sales team. Before joining Cradlepoint, Tony managed a global sales team selling custom semiconductor products (ASICs), software, firmware and design services to Fortune 50 companies for Marvell Semiconductor and Agilent Technologies. Tony holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Idaho.
Kirk AdamsWorldwide Account Manager
2622 W. Lockheed Lane, Boise, ID 83705
Tel: (208) 585-2567 Fax: (208) 585-2537
Kirk works as a Worldwide Account Manager for Fedex Services. He has 24 years of experience in the transportation industry from operations to sales. Industry segments include truckload, LTL, small package Express and Ground as well as International Import and Export. Most recently his focus has been on Fortune 100 companies with regards to how their joint ventures and mergers will affect their supply chain decisions. In the past he has worked with small startup companies and helped them set up Supply chains that were responsive to their needs and growth strategies.
Joe AndersonCPCU, AFSB, CBRM | Vice President, Risk Management
Alliance Insurance Group 1079 South Ancona Ave., Suite 220, Eagle, ID 83616 Tel: (208) 761-1636 Mr. Anderson began his insurance career with Marsh of Boise in 2001 and quickly built up a sizable group of clients with a focus on growth companies, and industry niches of real estate, commercial agriculture, international business, and hard-to-place product liability risks. He has reviewed worldwide contracts for insurability, and property and liability exposures for one of the largest construction firms in the Northwest. He has also worked with exporters to secure their products and payments, as well as cover their liability exposures overseas. He holds Accounting and finance degree from Pacific Lutheran in Tacoma and is a graduate of the Hartford School of Insurance and Leadership Idaho Agriculture. Mr. Anderson co-founded the BNI chapter Treasure Vally Accelerators. Joe currently is a member of the Meridian Chamber of Commerce, the Meridian Kiwanis, Idaho Affordable Housing Association, Building Owners and Managers Association. He is also a federally-appointed member of the Idaho District Export Council.
Jason E. PrincePartner
Holland & Hart LLP
101 S. Capitol Boulevard, Suite 1400, Boise, ID 83702
Tel: (208) 383-3919
Jason Prince's practice focuses on the domestic and international sale of goods and services, providing clients with representation in complex business disputes and counseling that minimizes the risk of such disputes arising.
He represents businesses of various sizes in contract disputes and class actions in federal and state courts, as well as in negotiations, mediations and arbitrations. Jason also counsels multinational and exporting businesses on compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") and U.S. export control regulations.
Additionally, he advises exporting businesses on international commercial agreements involving distributors and sales representatives throughout Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America and Oceania. Prior to joining Holland & Hart, Jason served as a law clerk to Judge Susan H. Black of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and as a deputy press secretary to Nobuteru Ishihara, a Japanese House of Representatives member, in Tokyo, Japan.
James CorpsteinImport/Export Compliance Manager
J.R. Simplot Company
999 Main St., Suite 1300, Boise, ID 83702
Tel: (208) 332-0638 Fax: (208) 327-5938
James Corpstein is the Import/Export Compliance Manager at the J.R. Simplot Company, a $4.5 billion dollar agribusiness firm, with over ten years in international trade compliance and supply chain coordination experience. This includes working for a fortune 500 technology firm in Boise, and for a Dutch subsidiary of Bayer Crop Science specializing in global vegetable seed production.
James holds a degree in International Business Administration from Boise State University, is a Licensed U.S. Customs Broker, and is currently seeking his juris doctor from Concordia University School of Law. He is first Treasurer of the Concordia Student Bar Association, and the first President of the Concordia International Law Society – Frank Church Chapter.
James has been a proud and active member in the DEC since 2007, and served as the Treasurer from 2009-2011.
Shelley JohnsonInternational Trade Manager
Tel: (208) 830-4604
I have enjoyed my career in international transportation and logistics that has spanned several decades. Employers and experience range from motor and ocean carriers, project logistics to manufacturing. Specialized knowledge includes refrigerated commodities, as well as general and breakbulk cargo via all modes of transportation. I welcome the challenges and opportunities of problem solving and learning new aspects of the industry. Away from work, I enjoy the numerous outdoor recreational activities that living in Idaho brings, including hiking in the foothills with my dog.
Derek RoseDirector of International Sales/Marketing
AERO Specialties, Inc.
11175 W. Emerald Street, Boise, ID 83713
Tel: (208) 378-9888 Fax: (208) 378-9889
Derek Rose is Director of International Sales and Marketing at AERO Specialties, Inc. in Boise, Idaho. He holds a B.A. in Politics & Economics with a concentration in International Political Economies from the College of Idaho. Derek joined AERO Specialties in 2005, and has since managed the sales, marketing and logistical operations surrounding the exportation of American goods to foreign markets. In 2005 AERO Specialties exports equated to roughly 5% of sales, today that number is approximately 40% of total sales. In addition to international management, Derek also oversees AERO’s government and military sales.
Through his leadership, AERO Specialties has seen significant growth in sales and their capacity to effectively target international customers through the use of online and direct marketing methods. Derek’s multifaceted approach to increasing sales abroad has made him an industry expert; earning AERO several exporting awards, including the 2010 SBA N.W. Region and Idaho Exporter of the Year.
Trish StackVice President of Marketing
Episciences, Inc. 10211 W. Emerald Street, Boise, ID 83704 Tel: (208) 472-3000 Fax: (208) 472-3001 Trish Stack is the Vice President of Marketing for Episciences, Inc., the manufacturer & distributor of Epionce, a physician-dispensed skin care line. With Episciences for 11 years, Trish manages the Epionce brand internationally. Prior to joining Episciences, Trish worked on the policy staff of former Idaho Governor Kempthorne, as well as in public relations. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in International Relations and Political Science from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, and studied abroad in Norway and Scotland. Trish is also a Certified Global Business Professional with NASBITE International.
Diane KiehnCommercial Banking Relationship Manager
Boise Metro Commercial Banking
Tel: (208) 383-7120 Fax: (208) 383-7073
Diane Kiehn graduated from Idaho State University with a bachelor’s degree in finance and has a master’s degree in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Kiehn is a certified public accountant and a certified commercial investment member. Kiehn has a number of business affiliations including the Idaho District Export Council, Idaho Society of CPAs, Rotary Club of Boise (serving as Board Secretary) and is an adjunct professor at Boise State University.
Laura JohnsonBureau Chief
Idaho Department of Agriculture 2270 Old Penitentiary Road Boise ID 83712 Tel: (208) 332-8533 Fax: (208) 334-2879 Laura Johnson is the Bureau Chief at the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, Market Development Division. For over 20 years she has been involved in the Department’s domestic and international marketing programs. She has coordinated sales missions and promotions in 17 different countries and has participated in 19 Governor’s Trade Missions. In 2005, she received a “40 under 40” recognition by American Food and Ag Exporter Magazine as one of 40 individuals across the country under 40 with significant contributions to agricultural exports. Laura received a bachelor's degree in marketing from the College of Business at Boise State University where she graduated as a Top Ten Scholar and Silver Medallion Award Recipient (BSU’s highest honor).
Karen JonesFounder LSI & Adjunct Professor Boise State
LSIdaho Inc. 2710 W. Sunrise Rim Rd., Ste. 150 Boise ID 83705 Tel: (208) 429-9895 Karen is the founder of LSIdaho Inc., an international logistics company, and an Adjunct Professor of Management at Boise State where she shares her knowledge and experience in Import/Export. Karen has worked in the international freight logistics industry since 1985 and received her Customs brokerage license in 1993. She moved to Boise in 1996, as the station manager for Fritz Companies, to work with Micron Electronics. Karen started LSIdaho Inc. in order to offer better solutions to both small and large importers and exporters. She loves what she does as she has the opportunity to work with amazing people and companies within and outside of Idaho. She holds a B.A. from the University of the State of New York via the U.S. Army continuing education program and served in the U.S. Army Reserves as a photojournalist. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family - camping, swimming and riding dirt bikes in the beautiful Idaho countryside.
Dave RomeroManaging Partner
Black Sage Technologies
186 N. Alto Via Ct.
Boise, ID, 83712
Tel: (208) 457-2144
Self taught entrepreneur and engineer whose companies have delivered software and hardware products to governments including UAE, Chile, Kenya, Palau, Mexico and more. Founder at Black Sage Technologies. Creator of artificial intelligence used for counter-UAV and ground based defense. Lived and worked in South America, Oceania, Southeast Asia. Served Rotary International as an emissary representing US in India.
Chris GarvinPrincipal Engineer
Tel: (208) 995-4017
Mr. Chris Garvin is a principal power systems engineer for Arcadis, an international environmental and engineering consulting firm. He is responsible for project delivery for commercial and utility clients, and business development domestically and internationally. Additionally, he manages production by Global Engineering Centers located overseas. He has personally managed projects including feasibility studies, transmission line designs and assessments, power plant improvements, and solar photovoltaic plant designs. A licensed professional engineer, LEED-accredited professional, and Green Globes Professional, Mr. Garvin has extensive multi-facility physical plant and renewable energy experience. He also has substantial budgeting and programming experience, and developed and briefed multi-year/multi-million dollar construction plans for two U.S. government organizations. An expert in public sector contracting, he was a member of the Department of Defense’s Acquisition Professional Community. Chris holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, as well as an MBA from Colorado State University. He's also an adjunct professor, teaching Engineering Economics, at Boise State University.
Will RiceFAST Director
800 Park Blvd., Ste. 720
Boise, ID 83712
Will Rice joined Fast Enterprises in April 2005 and is a member of FAST’s business development team, specializing in international markets including Asia, Europe, and the Caribbean. Will currently works out of FAST’s Boise office. In 2011 he opened FAST’s European office in the Netherlands serving as Director of Global Markets. He has also served as a Project Director on FAST software implementation and upgrade projects in the U.S. and the Caribbean. His responsibilities include providing consulting services related to FAST implementations, effective compliance strategies, organizational change management, business process reengineering, and quality assurance. Prior to coming to work for Fast Enterprises, Mr. Rice was with the Washington State Department of Revenue for 20 years and served as Director of the agency from 2001 to 2005. He is a frequent speaker at tax conferences and symposiums in the U.S. and throughout the world. Mr. Rice holds a Masters of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.
Mark BuchananProfessor of Law and International Business and Director of International Programs
Boise State University
College of Business & Economics
1910 W. University Dr.
Boise, ID 83725
Mark (B.A., St. Thomas; J.D., Nebraska; LL.M., Illinois) is a licensed attorney and has lived and worked in the U.S., China, Australia, Canada, Thailand, Vietnam and Spain. He has twice been awarded overseas Fulbright Professorships. He has taught courses in international trade and investment law and has long focused his research interests on Corporate Social Responsibility in the international context, including interfaces with World Trade Organization related policies with an emphasis on international labor standards. He was a member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to the ISO 26000 Guidance on Social Responsibility project. He is a member of the International Law Sections of both the Idaho and American Bar Associations. He is also a Certified Global Business Professional under the auspices of NASBITE (National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators) and has been certified as a CSR/Sustainability Practitioner by the Centre for Sustainability and Excellence (CSE).
NextScan, a Division of Digital Check Corp.
Tel: (208) 514-4007
Ernesto Pinal brings to the Idaho DEC more than 18 years of experience and accomplishments in the high-tech industry in the areas of product development, product and program management, management of distribution channels and market expansion, brand development, strategic marketing, and international business development. Ernesto has acquired his professional experience through multiple positions in a diverse pool of small, medium, and large size organizations. This exposure to a great diversity of business environments and sizes has provided him with a wide vision and understanding of the business idiosyncrasies and cultures.
Beginning his professional career in the Data Storage Industry, later on he moved into the Biometrics Solutions Industry, then to the Wireless Control Industry, and he is currently engaged in the Document Imaging Industry.
Ernesto has been recognized with the 2015 SBA Exporter of the Year Award, and the 2014 US Department of Commerce Export Award.
Leveraging an ever-expanding portfolio of qualifications covering business development, cross cultural and international projects, and general management core competencies, he has been tasked through his multiple positions with providing leadership through start-ups, and large organizations alike.
Ernesto has held the position of General Manager for the SunRise Technology Group, a former Motorola company, Worldwide Product Manager for the Livescans Biometrics Solutions at Motorola, Director of Chanel Sales and Product Management with Plasmon Data Systems, Program Manager of Core Technologies with Universal Electronics among others.
Ernesto has been responsible for the design and implementation of NextScan’s international market expansion and export strategy. The results of such strategy have resulted in NextScan currently exporting 42% of its deployments, with customers in 43 countries situated in five continents. All NextScan products are proudly developed and entirely manufactured in the USA.
Ernesto earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering, and a Masters of Engineering from McGill University in Montreal Canada.