• World Trade Council Board Directory

  • MAY 24, 2011 | INT'L BUSINESS

  • International Resource Specialists

  • If you're seeking a resource in helping you conduct international business matters, our World Trade Council resource specialists can help:

    Robert S. Adamsky
    Vice President, Global Trade Sales
    JPMorgan Chase & Co.
    106 Corporate Park Drive
    White Plains, NY 10604
    Tel:   (914) 993-7969
    Fax:  (914) 993-7938

    Email: robert.adamsky@jpmorgan.com
    JPMorgan Chase & Co. is a leading global financial services firm and one of the largest banking institutions in the United States, with $1.2 trillion in assets and operations in more than 50 countries.  The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and businesses, financial transaction processing, investment management, private banking and private equity.  JPMorgan Chase serves more than 90 million customers, including consumers nationwide and many of the world’s most prominent wholesale clients.

    Amy Allen
    Managing Director – Advocacy and
    International Business
    The Westchester County Association
    1133 Westchester Avenue, Suite S-217
    White Plains, NY 10604
    Tel:  (914) 948-1168
    Fax:  (914) 948-6913

    Email: aallen@westchester.org
    As the primary link between the US Department of Commerce and Empire State Development’s International Division, The Westchester County Association, through its World Trade Council, is uniquely positioned to respond to the needs of the Westchester business community as they relate to growing their global presence. The World Trade Council accomplishes this mission by hosting seminars on a wide range of international issues, providing networking opportunities, and maintaining a database of international business resources in both the public and private sector.

    Steven P. Bryde, J.D. 
    Tax Principal
    Marks Paneth & Shron LLP
    622 Third Avenue 
    New York, NY 10017
    Tel:  (212) 503-8806
    Fax:  (212) 503-8807

    Email: sbryde@markspaneth.com
    Marks Paneth & Shron LLP (MP&S) is a large, regional professional services firm offering a wide range of accounting, auditing, tax, consulting, restructuring, bankruptcy and advisory services as well as litigation and corporate financial advisory services to domestic and international clients in selected industries.  MP&S, whose origins date back to 1907, has a long history of providing attentive and responsive client service and is currently ranked as the 13th largest firm in the New York area and the 30th largest firm in the nation. Our services are provided by industry-focused, experienced practitioners. We serve a broad spectrum of clients ranging from high-net-worth individuals and their families to lawyers and law firms to closely held businesses and corporations to trusts and estates to nonprofit and governmental entities. MP&S is a member of JHI, a leading international association of independent accounting firms, business advisors and financial consultants.. We serve clients from our offices in New York City, Long Island and Westchester County.

    Scott Fernqvist 
    Special Asst to the CIO for Global Strategy & Economic Development 
    Westchester County Government 
    148 Martine Avenue 
    White Plains, NY 10601 
    Tel: (914)-995-3078  
    Email: sef1@westchestergov.com
    Westchester County’s global business initiative was established to further economic, educational and cultural cooperation with strategic regions throughout the world. The County recognizes globalization’s impact on the local economy and helps companies and educational institutions become more competitive and get their fair share of global trade. For more information on the County’s global efforts, visit: www.westchestergov.com/globalbusiness.

    David Gertner, PhD, 
    Associate Professor of Marketing
    Lubin School of Business at Pace University
    861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY 10570
    Tel: (914) 773-3997
    Fax: (914) 773-3908

    Email: dgertnert@pace.edu
    Dr. Gertner has served as professor and program chair in several universities in Brazil and the USA. Throughout his extensive career, he has consulted for many companies, served on various organizational boards, and actively participated in a number of professional associations. More than 100 articles, book chapters, and essays of his have been published and presented at conferences in several countries. In addition, he has co-authored a book on Marketing Latin American and Caribbean Places and has various book projects and research projects in the works. His research interests include place marketing and branding, and international marketing. His expertise is in Latin America, and, particularly, Brazil.

    Robert I. Goodman, Esq.
    (WTC Vice President)
    Principal Attorney
    Goodman Law
    Affiliate Firm Director
    C-G Immigration & Commercial Law
    Legendary Circle
    Rye Brook, NY 10573
    Tel:  (914) 935-0015
    Fax:  (914) 935-1061

    Email:  rig@rigoodmanlaw.com
    Websites: www.rigoodmanlaw.com 
    Goodman Law provides legal counsel to small to mid-sized businesses, start-up enterprises, and individuals in the areas of domestic and international litigation, business immigration law, litigation risk management, employment law, corporate law and international trade law (Export Law) Goodman Law participates in C-G Immigration and Commercial Law Affiliates, a law firm affiliation concentrating in providing immigration law services to businesses and entrepreneurs, including in the areas of Non-Immigrant and Immigrant Business and Investor Visa Processing and Immigration Law Compliance.  

    Lew Hoff
    Bartizan Corporation
    217 Riverside Avenue
    Yonkers, NY 10705
    Tel:  (914) 965-7977
    Fax:  (914) 965-7746

    Email:  lew@bartizan.com
    Bartizan Data Systems manufactures hardware and develops software used to collect data encoded in the form of barcode, magnetic stripe, integrated chip or RFID on badges, cards and driver’s licenses.  Addressograph Bartizan manufactures point-of-sale data recorders. 

    Norm Jacknis
    Director, IBSG Public Sector
    Cisco Systems

    Email:  njacknis@cisco.com
    As former CIO of Westchester County, Norm continues to serve in an advisory role to the County of Westchester, and is also  the Chairman, Fairfield Westchester Chapter, Society for Information Management. 

    Joan Kanlian
    Director, Westchester Export Assistance Ctr.
    U.S. Department of Commerce
    707 Westchester Avenue, Suite 209
    White Plains, NY 10604
    Tel:  (914) 682-6712
    Fax:  (914) 682-6698

    Email: joan.kanlian@mail.doc.gov
    The United States Department of Commerce’s Commercial Service has helped thousands of U.S. companies successfully export to markets around the world. With a network of offices throughout the United States and in over 100 other countries, the Commercial Service provides up to the minute information aimed at getting U.S. companies into new markets. Services for exporters include free market research from its overseas offices, finding overseas agents and distributors, arranging appointments for an overseas visit, investigation of potential international partners, and arranging financing for export sales.

    Jeffrey A. Lindenbaum
    The Holyoke-Manhattan Building
    80 South Highland Avenue
    Ossining, New York 10562
    Tel: 914.941.5668
    Fax: 914.941.6091

    Email: jlindenbaum@collenip.com
    Website:  www.collenip.com  
    Collen IP’s litigators focus every day on court appearances and out of court procedures designed to most skillfully chart a course to success in protecting and defending patents, trademarks, copyrights, and related rights, in the federal court system. In addition to an active litigation practice, Collen IP drafts and files patent, copyright and trademark applications for its clients. We have extensive practice before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, recently being ranked as the fifth most active firm nationwide in terms of number of Opposition matters.  Many of our active clients, located throughout the United States and around the world, are the owners of famous brands in fields as diverse as consumer electronics, Paris high fashion, food processing, industrial product manufacturing, entertainment and watchmaking.  Collen IP also employs its experience to develop small business strategies that create the foundation for intellectual property planning and growth.

    Erica L. Martinson, CIC, CRM
    (WTC President)
    Director of Risk Management Services
    The Rollins Agency, Inc.
    800 Westchester Avenue, 
    Suite N-311
    Rye Brook NY 10573
    Tel: (914) 406-8313
    Fax: (914) 337-1596

    Email: emartinson@rollinsinsurance.com
    The Rollins Agency is one of the largest privately held full service insurance and risk management firms in the tri-state metropolitan region.  Founded in 1910, Rollins offers Commercial Insurance, Employee Benefits, and Personal Premiere Risk Management & Insurance services.  Their Innovation Guard practice is recognized as a pioneer in insuring technology and venture capital firms and the NonProfit Guard division focuses on risk management, best practices and comprehensive insurance coverage for that sectior..  Rollins’ many years of experience working with clients expanding into overseas markets as well as multinational organizations distinguishes them from the average insurance agent. In their role as Trusted Advisors, Rollins' staff of dedicated professionals and their worldwide network of partners seek to truly understand their valued clients' needs, and respond with innovative solutions. 

    Charles Radier
    Director of Business Development, Dutchess & Rockland Counties
    Mid-Hudson Area Dir., International Trade
    Empire State Development
    33 Airport Center Drive, Suite 201
    New Windsor, NY 12553
    Tel:  (845) 567-4882
    Fax:  (845) 567-6085

    Email:  cradier@empire.state.ny.us
    Empire State Development offers New York companies assistance towards access to markets and services, as well as expertise about starting and expanding in international sales.

    Richard Stern
    Sr. Vice President
    Bank of America
    Bank of America, 
    244 WestchesterAve. 
    White Plains, NY  10604
    Tel:  (888) 852-5000 x1045
    Fax:  (800) 566-1544

    Email: Richard.stern@bankofamerica.com
    Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk-management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving more than 55 million consumer and small business relationships with more than 5,700 retail banking offices, through more than 17,000 ATMs and award-winning online banking with more than 21 million active users. Bank of America is the No. 1 overall Small Business Administration (SBA) lender in the United States and the No. 1 SBA lender to minority-owned small businesses. The company serves clients in 175 countries and has relationships with 98 percent of the U.S. Fortune 500 companies and 80 percent of the Global Fortune 500. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

    Helena D. Sullivan, Esq.
    International Trade Attorney
    Barnes, Richardson & Colburn, LLP
    475 Park Avenue South- 25th Floor
    New York, NY  10016
    Tel:  212-725-0200 ext. 119
    Fax:  212-889-4135
    Helena's practice concentrates both on the representation of importers who have issues of compliance with U.S. Customs law and with exporters who have issues relating to U.S. export control laws.  On the import side, she has dealt with issues relating to classification and valuation of merchandise, country of origin marking, free trade agreements, audits and penalty proceedings.  On the export side, she has dealt with EAR (dual-use), ITAR and OFAC sanctions programs.  She has also handled issues relating to government procurement.  She is a former law clerk to Judge Thomas Aquilino of the U.S. Court of International Trade and was the Chair of the New York City Bar Association Committee on International Trade from 2008 to 2011.

    Peter Tavolacci 
    SME National Sales Manager 
    HSBC Bank USA, N.A. 
    1 West 39th Street - Floor 5 
    New York, NY  10018 
    Tel: 212-525-6682 
    Fax: 212-525-2515 

    A trusted business partner and dedicated consultant, HSBC offers    innovative, tailored financing solutions and a wealth of knowledge and advice to companies worldwide. With full service centers in 63
    countries and territories, HSBC Trade and Supply Chain covers the entire spectrum of possible solutions; from traditional paper based Documentary Credits (DCs), to sophisticated upstream supply chain financing.  With an unmatched global footprint, relationship orientated service and
    innovative, tailor-made solutions, it’s no wonder HSBC is known not only as
    the world’s local bank, but the world’s trade and supply chain bank.

    Lew Tischler
    SVP and Director of Business Relationships
    Symbio Technologies
    134 North Avenue, Ste E & F
    New Rochelle, NY 10801
    Tel: (914) 576-1205
    Fax: (914) 576-0944

    Email: lew@symbio-technologies.com
    Symbio Technologies, offers a highly secure "Virtual Desktop Endpoint Control System" or "zero client" on almost any PC, laptop, traditional embedded thin client, or purpose-built thin client. This operating system is optimized for desktop virtualization and is delivered to the endpoint "on demand" - never stored locally. Not only is this the most secure and lowest maintenance approach to deliver a virtual desktop, but it also provides a consistent and standard user experience across all endpoints while seamlessly connecting to virtualization platforms such as Citrix, VMware, and Microsoft.
    This is an ideal solution for governmental, healthcare, financial service, and utility organizations where security and risk mitigation is required by law. It is also an ideal solution for any educational organization transiting to virtualization or thinking of using a public or private cloud. Symbio's proven track record of controlling endpoints down to the bare metal on a real-time basis while protecting sensitive data has been demonstrated by its successful deployment at 12 Department of energy sites that are tasked with safeguarding our nation's nuclear secrets.

    Louise Martin-Valiquette
    Attorney at Law
    1 Rockledge Avenue
    Ossining, NY 10562
    Tel:  (914) 944-0960
    Fax:  (914) 941-7245

    Email:  lmvaliquette@yahoo.com
    Louise Martin-Valiquette is a business lawyer with international experience. She regularly advises clients in the U.S., Canada, and Europe on agency, distribution, and licensing agreements, and other legal issues related to cross-border transactions. She is a member of the New York and Quebec Bars, and also practiced law in Europe for several years. Ms. Valiquette is the legal advisor for the Westchester Export Legal Assistance Network (ELAN), a federal trade assistance program.

    John L. Vilardo
    Vice President, International Trade Finance
    M&T Bank
    One Fountain Plaza, 12th Floor
    Buffalo, NY  14203
    Tel:  (716) 848-7344
    Fax:  (716) 848-7318

    Email:  jvilardo@mandtbank.com
    M&T Bank is the 17th largest bank in the United States and one of the country’s most respected regional banks.  We were founded over 150 years ago in Western New York and are still headquartered in Buffalo, N.Y. We now serve communities across New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia and Washington D. C., with more than 650 branch offices.  From the beginning, we have pursued a course of well-managed growth – building our business through a tradition of reliability, consistency and responsiveness to the needs of our customers.  M&T Bank has consistently been one of the top 20 international trade banks in the United States.  We were awarded the Presidents E-Award for “Excellence in International Trade” in 2005. With over 50 dedicated trade specialist with an average of 19 years of experience M&T Bank has been a leading lender for Ex-Im medium-term loans – most frequent lender of Ex-Im-backed medium-term loans in 2003 and 2004.  M&T loans currently extended to companies in over 30 countries, across a spectrum of industries - from shrimp farms to power plants (550 such loans made since 1997).  At M&T Bank we pledge to work hard to earn your trust and your business.

    Michel Wouters
    Executive Vice President and Director
    American River International
    614 Progress Street
    Elizabeth NJ 07201
    Tel  (908) 354-7746 Ext 107
    Fax (908) 354-9114
    Cell (201) 314-2294

    Email: mwouters@americanriverintl.com
    American River International is an international and domestic logistics company offering boutique services to companies involved in the international trade arena. Through our domestic and worldwide network of offices we offer a door to door service including a vast amount of knowledge and know how on every aspect of logistics including rules and regulations on both, export and import shipments.  Through our sister company, The World Academy, we offer public and private classes as well as consulting services to corporations and individuals desiring to learn and fully comply with US regulations in the export or import world.

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