Our Members

The Executive Committee


Mr. Gary Carver


Carver International

Expertise: International Shipping and Intermodal Logistics, Export Documentation, Small Business Management and Operation

Deputy Chair

Mr. Jack Adams

Executive Director of Government Affairs

Calgon Carbon a Kuraray Company

Expertise: Environmental Technologies, Government Affairs, Sustainable Development, Manufacturing


Mr. Les Dutka


Dutka & Associates

Expertise: Translations, Cultural Operations of Overseas Business, Small Business Management and Operation

Executive Secretary

Mr. Ryan Russell


U.S. Commercial Service - Pittsburgh

Expertise: Strategic Planning of Export Market Growth, Federal Resources for Trade Development, and International Marketing

General Members

Mr. Dan Adams

Managing Director of U.S. Export Sales UPS

Expertise: International Sales Strategy, Global Supply Chain Solutions, Small Business Management and Operation.

Mr. Donald Bonk

Project Consultant, Office of Govt Affairs

Carnegie Mellon University

Expertise: International Business Development, Economic Development, Government Affairs, Public Resources

Mr. Jim Burd

President & CEO

Preservation Technologies, L.P

Expertise: Foreign Government Procurement, International Business Development, Small Business Management and Operations

Mr. Gregory Chambers

Director of Corporate Compliance

Oberg Industries Inc.

Expertise: U.S. Export Controls (Export Administration Regulations (EAR), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)), Establishing Corporate Trade Compliance Programs, Apprenticeships

Mr. Greg Clarke

VP of Business Development

Integrated Dispense Systems, LLC

Expertise: International Business Development, Smart Technology Product Integration

Mr. Damon Claus

Chief Executive Officer


Expertise: Global Business Development, Supply Chain and Production Management, Demand Planning

Ms. Susanne Cook

Director, Chair of International Business Group, 

Dentons Cohen & Grigsby, P.C.

Expertise: International Law (Germany, Europe, China, Canada & Mexico), U.S. Customs & Export Controls, International Contracts & Terms of Sale

Ms. Simin Curtis


American Middle East Institute

Expertise: Middle East Commercial Environment

Ms. Elizabeth Fishback

Director of Government Affairs

UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Expertise:  Government Affairs, Congressional Outreach

Mr. Vincent Gasteb

Vice President Government and Corporate Affairs

Allegheny County Airport Authority

Expertise: Government Affairs, Aviation Industry, International Partnership Development, Target Marketing

Ms. Lori Joint

President and CEO

Manufacturer & Business Association

Expertise: Government Affairs, Marketing and Communications, Training and Programming

Mr. David Huddleston

International Business Development Manager

FORTA Corporation

Expertise: International Business Development, International Marketing, Human Resources, Productivity

Mr. Jim Matharu

Senior VP Enterprise Services

Aquatech International

Expertise: International Business Development, Sub-Saharan Region, Environmental Technologies

Mr. Yenner Karto

Senior Vice President, Head of Int’l Banking & FX

First National Bank

Expertise: International Banking & Trade Finance, Sales and Business Development, Financial Risk Management

Dr. Wei-Shin Lai

Chief Executive Officer

Acoustic Sheep

Expertise: International Sales and Business Development

Mr. Joshua Miller

Assistant Vice President & Economic Development Officer

Somerset Trust Company

Expertise:  International Business Development, Logistics, Export Documentation and Compliance, Payment Methods and Trade Finance, Economic Development

Ms. Rose Morris


Abram’s Nation

Expertise: Entrepreneurship, International Business Development, Product Development & Manufacturing, Nonprofit Formation

Ms. Rachel Mauer


German American Chamber of Commerce, Pittsburgh

Expertise: Linguistics & Culture, International Government Systems, Germany, Apprenticeships

Dr. Josephine Olson

Professor of Business Administration Katz Excellence in Service Fellow

University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business College of Business Administration

Expertise: International Economics & Managerial Economics, International Business Flows

Ms. Mary Richter


Schneider Downs & Company Inc.

Expertise: International Tax Planning & Accounting, Multinational Manufacturing Accounting, Cross-border Transaction Planning, Transfer Pricing

Mr. Gerard Pompa

Senior Vice President/Division Manager, CSD

Compunetix, Inc.

Expertise: Information, Communications & Technology, International Business Development

Mr. Eric Sauereisen


Sauereisen Inc.

Expertise: Small Business Operation & Management, International Business Development & Sales

Mr. Charles W. Watson


R.L. Swearer Company, Inc.

Expertise: Small Business Management & Operations, International Shipping & Logistics, Customs Procedures & Documentation, International Product Classification

Dr. Richard Somiari

President & Chief Scientific Officer

ITSI BioSciences, LLC

Expertise: Small Business Management & Operations, International Business Development, Bioscience-  Particularly DNA & Forensics, ISO Certification

Mr. Nick Zosky

Sr Trade Compliance Specialist

Evoqua Water Technologies, LLC

Expertise: International Business, International Logistics, Import and Export Compliance, Trade Compliance Program Development