Idaho Business Interests To Be Represented Nationally

Idaho District Export Council Member Elected to National Steering Committee

BOISE, Idaho –Idaho’s District Export Council member Ernesto Pinal was elected to serve on the National Steering Committee for the Pacific North District Export Council which includes North California, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Alaska and Idaho.

Pinal will begin his two-year term on the National Steering Committee today where his role will be to advocate nationally on trade issues and challenges relevant to Idaho and the other six states that comprise the Pacific North District Export Council.

The Idaho District Export Council (IDEC) is part of a national non-profit organization whose mission is to provide support and guidance to the international business community. The IDEC accomplishes this by amplifying the export promotion efforts of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service Office in Boise, and by counseling, educating and mentoring local Idaho businesses; identifying sources of trade and project finance; and researching key issues affecting U.S. and Idaho industry competitiveness in the global marketplace. The IDEC organizes numerous trade and export seminars throughout the year while also providing networking opportunities for business professionals to learn more about export regulations, finance and marketing.

The IDEC is one of 59 nationwide District Export Councils whose members are appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. For 30 years, the Councils have served the U.S. by helping exporters in their communities, thus strengthening local economies and helping to create new and higher-paying jobs for their communities.

“Mr. Pinal and the other 21 members of the Idaho District Export Council are either exporters themselves or are very knowledgeable about global sales and understand the challenges that Idaho firms may encounter in the international market,” said U.S. Commercial Service Idaho Director Amy Benson. “The members are inspirational role models for new exporters who can see that it is possible to export, and can learn from the experiences of more seasoned exporters.” Benson also serves as the executive secretary for the IDEC.

Pinal is the senior director for international business development for NextScan, located in Meridian.  The company sells its micrographics conversion and document management technology globally and develops all its software and hardware locally. Pinal has over 18 years of experience in the high-tech industry and has held multiple positions in a diverse pool of small, medium and large size organizations. Some of his recent achievements include:

  • Recipient of the 2015 Small Business Administration Exporter of the Year Award
  • Recipient of a U.S. Commercial Service Export Achievement Certificate, 2014
  • Member of the IDEC Legislative Committee and Liaison to U.S. Senator Mike Crapo’s Office

For more information about the IDEC or to learn about how the U.S. Commercial Service can assist Idaho exporters, please contact Amy Benson at

The U.S. Commercial Service is the export promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and more than 75 countries to help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets.