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Beth Pomper is a marketing professional with 30 years of progressive leadership experience in support of global business activities. She is responsible for the Strategic Export Plan for the State of Delaware and has worked to implement it since 2014. Beth has established Delaware’s global representative network, with 11 foreign offices servicing 18 countries. She has assisted nearly 100 Delaware companies launch and expand their export sales, generating over $248 million in business and creating dozens of jobs in the state.
Before her work with Export Delaware, Beth launched the first Supplier Diversity initiative for Canada and the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service. She comes to the State of Delaware from the private industry and is responsible for launching over 100 American and Canadian food and beverage brands overseas. She serves as Delaware’s representative on the Global Cities Initiative, the Advisory Council of the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia, the Advisory Council for the Government of Quebec Office in Philadelphia, and on the Board of Directors of Nirmala’s Kitchen. Beth holds an M.B.A. specializing in International Business from Lehigh University.
Jim Jones is an expert in lean manufacturing and problem-solving. He spent a good part of his career as an improvement consultant for various Delaware companies at the Delaware Manufacturing Extension Partnership (DEMEP). Before that, he worked for General Motors for 30 years, where he managed the training department.
Jim received his SME Lean Bronze Certification and is certified as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and an ISO 90001 internal auditor. He is also a Certified Franklin Covey Leadership Institute instructor in “Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” leadership workshop. He holds a Bachelors of Science General Studies from Wilmington College.
Emma Pautler is a communications specialist and project manager. She specializes in digital marketing and creates all the web and email communications for Export Delaware. She assists in the project management of the state’s SBA export grant and trade programs. Previous to her position with the Delaware Department of State, she worked with several Delaware small companies doing business development and sales and marketing. Emma holds a B.S. from the University of Delaware Alfred Learner College of Business and Economics.
Emma serves on the marketing committee of the Millennial Summit and on the board of Spur Impact Association.
Richard Zurba has been providing trade and investment solutions to government and commercial clients since January 1999 in the sub-Saharan Africa and Indian Ocean regions. Over the course of his career, Richard has personal experience in export selling into over 20 African countries. He is the founder and director Zurcom International, a trade facilitation and trade investment advisory services company located in South Africa. The firm assists companies to enter the sub-Saharan Africa markets successfully.
David Garay is Managing Director of Indegate Consulting, headquartered in Morocco. He has more than 16 years of experience helping and accompanying American companies to access the African continent. David will serve Delaware exporters in the Maghreb countries (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Sudan) and Egypt. David speaks fluent English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Angela Foley has worked in the international trade arena for over 25 years. She started her career with the Australian Trade Commission in London where she spent several years assisting Australian exporters to win business in Europe. She established Foley & Associates Pty Ltd, a bespoke trade advisory consultancy, in Sydney in 2002. The company’s primary focus is to support regional and national government trade promotion agencies, and individual companies, to successfully do business in Australia and New Zealand. To date, Foley and Associates has helped over 1000 organizations expand to Australia. Read more about Angela’s work with Delaware’s small businesses.
Ludovic Ortuno is Delaware’s trade representative in Canada, and has represented the State since 2014. Ludovic is a seasoned international trade and development professional in the Montreal, Canada area. A native of France, Ludovic attended the University of Montreal and went on to work with the manufacturing group Bourgeat-Matfer, where he developed an expertise in transaction costs related to international trade.
Ludovic has more than ten years of experience working with premier international trade and development agencies, which has given him an extensive understanding of launching new products in Canada and other markets. He is fluent in English, French and Spanish. Read more about Ludo’s work with Delaware businesses.
Christelle Maffre is Manager Trade & FDI at OCO Global. Christelle has 18 years’ experience in international business development (trade and investment). She spent 14 years aboard (USA and Belgium), she embarked on a career at leading French retail company Auchan, managing events and public relations in Houston, Texas.
Christelle has a Master’s degree in cross-cultural negotiation with the University of Aix-Marseille, France. She is fluent in English and French. Read more about Christelle here.
In addition, Delaware businesses have Sebastian Hass in the Germany Office. Sebastian is a Partner and marketing consulting at PM & Partners. PM & Partners has a long-standing track record in the field of business development. The firm supports companies worldwide to implement strategies with lead generation, PR and online marketing.
Delaware businesses have an outstanding resource to help them explore expansion opportunities in Germany — economic development and trade expert Markus Wellmann of PM & Partners. PM & Partners is a marketing consulting and market research firm founded in 1974. They provide strategic support in marketing and business development to companies around the world.
Markus Wellmann is the Senior Consultant & Project Manager at PM & Partners. The firm consults with companies worldwide on developing and implementing strategic business development efforts internationally. Read more about how Markus and PM&P have helped Delaware small businesses.
Declan Barry is the State’s trade representative in Ireland and the UK. Declan has over a decade of experience in international business development across Europe, Asia and North America, working in diverse sectors such as fintech, medtech, legal services and cyber security.
In his career Declan has worked to attract more than 5000 jobs into Northern Ireland and more than £300m in export sales were secured for Northern Ireland companies between 2008 and 2015.
He holds a degree in International Marketing as well as a Master’s degree in Executive Leadership from Ulster University, and a leadership degree from the Global Leadership Institute at Boston College. Read more about how Declan has worked with Delaware’s small businesses.
Elysa specializes in trade, foreign direct investment, exports, marketing, and strategic communication. As the Israel partner of OCO Global, Elysa is committed to helping Delaware small businesses identify, develop, and promote trade and economic opportunities in Israel. Australian born, Elysa has lived in Israel since 2009 and speaks fluent English and Hebrew. She has over 15 years of experience across the hi-tech, government, and non-profit sectors. Elysa holds a Bachelor’s in International Relations from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and a Masters in Political Communications from Tel Aviv University.
Miguel brings more than four decades of international trade experience to the position, with extensive knowledge of consumer and industrial markets throughout Latin America.
Miguel earned his MBA from the University of the Americas in Mexico City and has gone on to a successful career in marketing and business development in the region, including tenure as the international sales director of Rubbermaid. He has years of hands-on experience in marketing, field sales and management in Mexico and the Caribbean, as well as Central and South America. This experience, coupled with his extensive network, make Miguel an ideal liaison to assist Delaware companies identify opportunities and provide support in the region. Read more about how Miguel has worked with Delaware’s small businesses.
Ken is a trade expert with extensive knowledge in business development, market research, marketing and investment advisory services for private and public businesses. He assists Delaware businesses in promoting their products and services to Korea by providing trade and economic development, market research, financial and investment advisory, public relations and communications, social media marketing, trade show and trade mission organization, and education services.
Ken graduated with an MBA in International Business from Sogang Graduate School of Business Administration, Korea, and has over two decades of experience in economic development and investment, international marketing and public relations and communications. Read more about Ken’s work with Delaware’s small businesses.
Sarath is the Founder and Managing Director of Orissa International Pte Ltd., an international trade consulting firm headquartered in Singapore with satellite offices in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines. For twenty years, Orissa International has been supporting government trade promotion agencies and companies from around the world to increase their exports to Southeast Asia. Prior to founding Orissa International, Sarath was the Country Director of the U.S.-Asia Environmental Partnership (USAEP) program in Singapore, which focused on trade development, regulatory policy and business facilitation within the environmental industry in Southeast Asia. His achievements in the program were recognized in 1997 when he received the Distinguished Service Award from the U.S. Government for his work in promoting the exports of American products and services to Asia. Read more about Sarath’s work with Delaware businesses.
Joe specializes in trade, foreign direct investment, exports, business set up, and commercial orientation. As the Middle East Office Director of OCO Global, Joe is committed to helping Delaware small businesses identify, develop and promote trade and economic opportunities between the Middle East region and other international markets on behalf of our global clients. Read more about Joe and his team in the UAE.
Vineetha is the Middle East Regional Operations Manager and Export Strategy Export at OCO Global in Dubai. She works directly with private companies looking to grow international markets, open new export channels, find new sources of inward investment or simply improve their regional footprint & operations.
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