DEC Members

Georgia DEC Members
each have special expertise in international trade, and are dedicated to helping businesses in our state develop global sales.


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Each name below connects to a Linked-In biography.

Dan Usher
Managing Director
One Pacific Link, LLC

Industries:  Specialty Chemicals, Specialty Materials, Food, Beverage, Health/Nutrition, Natural Additives and Ingredients, Minerals, Construction Products, Paper, Industrial Manufacturing, Consulting

Functional:  Strategic Planning, International Market Assessment, Market Entry Strategy & Execution, Business Development, Project Management, Partner Identification & Access, Global Sourcing

Regional:  Asia Pacific, including Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan and Southeast Asia, and North America.

Robert Erwin
Executive Director
Export-U, LLC

Industries:  construction products and services, engineering and architectural services, franchising, carpeting, wood products.

Functional:  global market research and selection, opportunity and risk assessment, educational services, internet marketing strategies.

Regional:  EU, UK, Russia, China

Daraka Satcher
Chief Operating Officer
Ohio River South

Industries:  Government Affairs, Export Policy

Functional:  Operations, Advocacy (Domestic/International), Intergovernmental Engagement

Regional:  East Asia (Japan), Caribbean, Africa

George Tracy
U. S. Commercial Service Export Assistance Center

Industries:  SaaS, PaaS, General IT/Software, Blockchain, Industrial Manufacturing, Consulting

Functional:  Agile/Waterfall/Hybrid Project Management, Website Globalization, International Financial Strategies/Tactics, Business Process Improvement

Regional:  Latin America, Caribbean, Europe

Hoshi Daruwalla
Vice President and General Manager
Phirozsil Ventures

Industries:  Energy, Environmental Technologies, Engineering & Manufacturing, Healthcare & Pharma, Infrastructure, Microelectronics & Semiconductor, National Security & Defense Strengthening (Power, Safety Nuclear, Biological & Chemical), Public Works and Specialty Chemical Industries.  

Functional:   Board Memberships, Game-Changing Technology Investments – Owner & Operator, Strategic Business Services, Growth Strategy & Execution, Business Expansions and Optimizations, Business Balancing and Reinforcements, Cross-Border M&A and VC, Strategic Alliances, Product & Technology Development, Commercialization and Execution Management, Business Builds and Exits including US Presidential E- & E-Star Export Award winning organization.

Regional:  Americas, Asia, Africa, Europe, Middle East, and Oceania.

Zaheer Farugi
Aventure Aviation

Industries:  Aviation, Aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO), Aircraft Engineering

Functional:  Marketing and International Business, Domestic and International Sales, Speaker, Mentor, Consultant related to Exports and International Business, Community Involvement, Board Member of Organizations.

Regional:  Doing business all over the world with over 55 countries


Felipe Arroyave
Spectrum International Group

Industries:  Specialty contact lens manufacturer

Functional: North American company located in Atlanta, Georgia with more than 22 years experience in the optical industry

Jacobus Boers
Assistant Dean for International Engagement
J. Mack Robinson College of Business
Georgia State University

Industries:  Technology Innovation, Information Technology, International Trade, Global Supply Chains, Multilateral Institutions, Business Intelligence, Industrial Manufacturing, Management Consulting, International Higher Education

Functional:  Cross-Border Strategies, Internationalization, Cross-cultural Business Development, Partnership Development, Team Development, Project Management, Trade Show Communications Strategies, Instructional Design

Regional:  Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East/North Africa, Latin America, EU, Central Europe, Southeast Asia, South Asia

Tony Harper
President / CEO
One-World, Inc.

Industries: Pharmaceutical, Distribution, Logistics

Functional: International Pharmaceutical Business Access and Expansion, International Business Expansion Strategies, Leadership and Team Building

Regional: Western Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, Latin America

Sheriah Johnson
Senior Compliance Manager
NCR Corporation

Industries:  IT/Software, Healthcare, Medical Equipment, Analytical Instruments

Functional:   Process Improvement, Policy Development, Compliance Training, Project Management

Regional:  Global

Laurent Kahl
International Business Consultant
University of Georgia Small Business Development Center international-trade/

Industries:  Industrial Manufacturing, Commodities (Paper/Wood/Chemicals/Fertilizers) Consulting, Automotive, International Logistics.

Functional: International Marketing and Sales Strategies, Export/Import Operations Improvement, Export/Import Market strategy

Regional:  Americas ( Canada/C.America/S.America/Caribbean Basin) , European Union, Middle East , Near East ( India/Pakistan)

Jeff Lamb
Business Development Manager CHEP

Industries:  Airfreight, Customs Brokerage, Supply Chain

Functional:  International negotiation, supply chain optimization, change management, small business management and finance

Regional:  Canada, China, Europe

Thomas Matthias
Vice President – Global Trade Business Development Officer
Regions Bank

Industries: Suppliers, Manufacturers, Traders, Importers, Exporters, Government Agencies

Functional: Marketing, Sales, Business Development, Underwriting, Analysis, Investments, Business Valuations, Management

Regional: Global

Ken Spett
President & CEO
GF Health Products, Inc.

Industries:  Medical equipment manufacturer

Functional: 300+ employees, four domestic manufacturing facilities

Regional:  Latin America, Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, Australia, Singapore

Trevor Williams
Managing Editor and Publisher
Global Atlanta

Industries:  Media, Publishing, Advertising, Events, Digital Marketing

Functional:  Writing, Photography, Web-design, International Business, Exports, Trade, Foreign Investment, Financial Technology.

Regional:  Asia

Ani Agnihotri
Co-Founder and CEO
Marshall Automation America, Inc.

Regional:  Latin America, Caribbean, Asia, Middle East, Europe

Siraj Kazani
General Manager
Global Impex, Inc.

John Woodward
Vice President, Global Commerce
Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce

Scott Hudson
Hudson Pecan Company

Gary Majestic
General Manager
Commercial Fluid Power

Rhett Willis
D. J. Powers Company