Wilson Jones

President and Chief Executive Officer of Oshkosh Corporation

Wilson R. Jones is President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Oshkosh Corporation, a position to which he was appointed in January 2016. Prior to becoming President and CEO, Mr. Jones served as the Company’s President and Chief Operating Officer. Since joining Oshkosh Corporation in 2005, he also held the positions of President of the Access Equipment Segment, President of the Fire & Emergency Segment, President of Pierce Manufacturing, Inc. and Vice President and General Manager of the Airport Products business unit. During his tenure with Oshkosh Corporation, Mr. Jones successfully drove domestic and international growth, oversaw customer experience improvement initiatives and led global strategic planning and development.

Mr. Jones has been in specialty vehicle manufacturing for more than 25 years. He serves on the Board of Directors for Thor Industries, Inc., one of the world’s largest manufacturers of recreational vehicles and has served on the Board of Directors for the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association and the American Ambulance Association.

 


 

 

Mexican Trade Representative

Julián Adem Díaz de Léon

Consul General of Mexico in Milwaukee

Julian Adem, Consulate General of Mexico was born in Mexico City in 1960 and received his Bachelor Degree in International Relations from El Colegio de Mexico. He has been a member of the Mexican Foreign Service since 1988 with the rank of Minister since 2017.

Since the beginning of his professional career, he has been involved in the Mexican public sector and has been appointed to the following positions:

  • Analyst in the General Directions for Latin America and North America (1985 – 1987)
  • Head of Department at the General Direction for American Regional Organizations (DGOMRA). Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) (1989 – 1991)
  • Advisor, Staff Coordination Office. Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) (1991 – 1994)
  • Deputy Consul at Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas, TX. (1994 – 2002)
  • Consul for Legal Affairs and Protection at Consulate of Mexico in Los Angeles, CA. (2002 – 2006)
  • Director of Protection for the Direction of Protection and Consular Affairs (DGPAC). Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) (2006 – 2007)
  • Deputy Director of the Direction of Protection of Mexicans Abroad (DGPME). Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) (2007 – 2013)
  • Acting Director of the Direction of Protection of Mexicans Abroad (DGPME). Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) (2011 – 2012)
  • Consul of Mexico in Las Vegas, NV. (2013 – 2016)
  • Consul of Mexico in Milwaukee, WI (2016 – Present)

Minister Adem knows all the aspects of consular work. Since 1994 he has participated directly in documentation functions, protection and care for Mexican communities abroad. Also, as Consul of Mexico in Las Vegas, he promoted the FOBESSI and the 100,000 Proyecta Program, both of which seek to bring Mexican students to US Colleges for short term studies.

Working alongside with the representative of ProMexico and FONATUR, he performed countless actions of economic and tourism promotion in many international conventions and fairs held each year in that city.

Consul Adem has participated in organizing the trade visit led by the Governor of Nevada to Mexico City and the State of Mexico in July 2013. He has very good level of dialogue at all three levels of government in the United States.

In Wisconsin, he headed the opening of the new Consulate of Mexico in Milwaukee and initiated contacts with local, state and federal authorities. He has also headed efforts to bring consular services to all Mexicans residing in this state.

 


 

Canadian Trade Representative

Wayne Robson

Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner
Consulate General of Canada in Chicago

Wayne Robson (BA, University of British Columbia, 1989; MComLaw, Deakin University, 2013; Graduate Diploma (Finance) University of London, 2015; FITT International Business Professional, 2017) joined External Affairs and International Trade Canada in 1991.

In Canada, Mr. Robson has held a number of positions, including Regional Director of the Vancouver Regional Office responsible for the Pacific Region, Director of the International Trade Finance Division and Executive Director of the Multi Sectors Practices Division in Ottawa.

He has also served abroad as Second Secretary in Tokyo, First Secretary in Canberra, and Minister-Counsellor and Senior Trade Commissioner in Seoul, Minister-Counsellor and Senior Trade Commissioner in Mexico City and Consul General for Canada in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Mr. Robson is also a Director on the Board of the Forum for International Trade Training.

 


 

Senator

Ron Johnson

Ron Johnson is the US Senator for Wisconsin and was first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2016. He is currently serving his second term in the US Senate.

In July of 1979, Ron and his wife Jane moved to Oshkosh to start a business with Jane’s brother. The company -PACUR- began producing plastic sheet for packaging and printing applications. From operating the equipment, to keeping the company books, and selling its products, Ron has been involved in every function of the business.

Ron’s manufacturing background has taught him to attack the root cause of a problem, not mere symptoms. He believes huge deficits, slow economic activity, high unemployment and woefully inadequate job creation are severe symptoms of the problem – but not the root cause.

Ron is Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and also serves on the Budget, Foreign Relations, and Commerce, Science and Transportation committees.

 


 

 

Rebecca Gladen

Rebecca “Becca” Gladen, joined the US Commercial Service Wisconsin office in June 2017. She covers the aerospace, defense, and advanced manufacturing sectors. Prior to joining the Wisconsin office, Becca was responsible for U.S. trade policy and market access and compliance issues for Russia, Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan), and the Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia) at the U.S. Department of Commerce headquarters in Washington, D.C. During her time in D.C., she helped resolve issues U.S. companies faced in the region concerning: Intellectual Property, licensing, taxes, WTO compliance, nonpayment, technical barriers to trade, and more. She also counseled companies on sanctions compliance, supported senior staff and bilateral dialogues, and organized industry-specific technical assistance programs to the U.S. for private sector leaders from Eastern Europe. After graduating from Kenyon College in Ohio with degrees in Mathematics and Foreign Languages and Literature (Russian and Spanish), Becca was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Russia. She then worked for the Institute of International Education in Moscow managing several Fulbright programs and developing international education partnerships. Becca earned Master’s degrees from Harvard University in International Education Policy and from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Economics and Strategic Studies. She went on to manage a research center at Indiana University Bloomington focused on American and global security issues, before she entered public service at the Department of Commerce.

 


 

Brad E. Schneider

Market Development Director – Americas and Australia

Brad Schneider, Market Development Director, has been with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation since its inception in 2011 and its predecessor agency, the Wisconsin Department of Commerce, since 1999. Based out of Milwaukee, he serves as an in-house expert on the process of exporting, its benefits and opportunities as well as counseling Wisconsin companies on the mechanics of exporting; helps in identifying companies who are not currently exporting & increasing the number of firms that do export; as well as mentoring and working with the regional/local economic development organizations around the state to better align the metrics and services of WI export assistance resources. He also has global market responsibilities covering the Americas and Oceania. In 2005, Brad became a Certified Global Business Professional, which provides a benchmark for competency in global commerce, including Global Business Management, Global Marketing, Supply Chain Management, and Trade Finance. Prior to joining the State, he worked as the International Traffic and Service Coordinator for Brookfield-based Fleck Controls, Inc. and Kintetsu World Express, Inc., a Japanese- owned freight forwarder, as an Operations Specialist and Sales Representative. His educational background consists of a B.A. degree in International Relations, with an emphasis in eastern Asia, from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. During that time, he studied and worked in Japan before returning to complete his degree, graduating magna cum laude. In 1989, he was selected by Senator Herb Kohl to represent the United States in the Youth for Understanding – Japanese Exchange Program, co-sponsored by the U.S. and Japanese Governments. Brad brings over twenty years of international work experience and a life-long appreciation for other cultures to his position. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is the state’s lead economic development organization. WEDC provides support, expertise and financial assistance to companies investing and creating jobs in Wisconsin. WEDC provides innovative resources to support entrepreneurship and accelerate business start-up, relocation and expansion.

 


 

John Stotz

VP Global Transaction Banking
BMO Capital Markets

John Stotz is VP Global Transaction Banking for BMO Capital Markets. John has 20 years of banking experience in Foreign Exchange Sales and Global Trade Sales roles, primarily in the Midwest and has also worked in New York, Seattle, and San Francisco. He has an MBA in International Business from DePaul University and joined BMO Capital markets last fall and relocated to Milwaukee for the position.

 


 

Katy Sinnott

Vice President of International Business Development

Katy Sinnott is Vice President of International Business Development with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). In this role, she is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to grow Wisconsin’s economy through helping Wisconsin companies expand their exports and through attracting foreign direct investment in Wisconsin.
Katy has more than two decades of business management and financial services experience, working in more than 40 countries with an emphasis on China. Before joining WEDC, she was the CEO and a board director for ERIC Paris Salons, a chain of salons based in China. Under her leadership as CEO, the company expanded from three salons to 38 in three years. At its peak, the company had revenues of $6 million and 450 employees.

Prior to that, Katy was a consultant in Hong Kong for McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. In this role, she oversaw the merger of two global television tube manufacturers spread across multiple continents and helped design a customer loyalty program for China’s second-largest oil company. Katy also held several positions in Hong Kong with HSBC Ltd., one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations. She is experienced in redesigning bank business processes and ensuring information services are business-driven.

A Wisconsin native, Katy holds a BS in finance from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. After college, she was awarded a scholarship to attend the Chinese University of Hong Kong through Yale University, where she completed a nine-month intensive studies course in Mandarin. She is conversant in Chinese and French.

 


 

Ashwini Rao

Economic Development Consultant, International Agribusiness Center

Ashwini Rao is an Economic Development Consultant in the Agricultural Development Division of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, International Agribusiness Center.

Ashwini’s diverse experience includes program management, community outreach, benchmarking/evaluation of economic development programs as well as international public relations/communications.

In her current position at DATCP, Ashwini helps to increase exports of processed foods and food ingredients to Latin America, European Union and the Middle East. She assists companies with identifying market entry and development strategies and enjoys educating companies about the export process.

Prior to this, Ashwini managed a program for entrepreneurs at the UW–Madison Division of Extension. In this position, Ashwini assisted small businesses with finding resources and guidance to getting started.

Since 1966, the International Agribusiness Center has provided export assistance to Wisconsin’s food and agricultural industries. Services include export education, market access support, market development, and promotion. Visit: https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Growing_WI/InternationalAgribusiness.aspx.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection partners with all the citizens of Wisconsin to grow the economy by promoting quality food, healthy plants and animals, sound use of land and water resources, and a fair marketplace.


Leah Caceres Lutzow

Leah Cáceres Lutzow is an Intercultural Trainer and Department Chair of Global Business, Global Studies and Spanish Programs at Fox Valley Technical College. She has lived and studied in 5 countries and traveled to 30 countries and counting! Leah is very passionate and enthusiastic about teaching language and culture and considers her trainings to be a fun and enjoyable collaboration between instructor and participant. She leads group language and cultural immersion programs abroad, teaches on campus classes, and provides customized training in Spanish and English. Leah has a Bachelor of Science degree in Spanish and Psychology from UW-Green Bay, a Master’s degree in Spanish and Hispanic Cultures from the University of Salamanca Spain and an MBA in Global Management. She actively seeks to expand her knowledge of Intercultural topics by participating in advanced trainings through the Intercultural Communication Institute, leader in Intercultural research and training.

 


 

Michael Howard

Managing Director, Central Region
EXIM Bank

Mike Howard is the Managing Director, Central Region for EXIM Bank. He has over 30 years of experience with EXIM Bank’s products, and advises exporters, bankers and the trade-related business community in international risk mitigation and trade financing techniques. The Central Region is comprised of export finance centers located in Chicago, Minneapolis, Detroit, Houston and Dallas. Mike has also been acting Director for the regional offices in the Northeast US. Prior to his current position, Mike was Business Development Officer for EXIM Bank’s Southeast Region in Miami. Mike also worked as the Export Finance Officer for the State of Florida where he helped design and author the Florida Export Finance Corporation, a State owned and funded export finance shop specializing in small business transactions.

The Regional Export Finance Centers of EXIM Bank focus on assisting small business exporters. Mike and his team teams work with companies from Michigan to Kentucky from North Dakota to New Mexico and in-between to help them obtain pre-export working capital, buyer credit financing, and export credit insurance to mitigate the risks of foreign buyer non-payment.

 


 

Ngosong Fonkem

Ngosong Fonkem is senior advisor at Addison-Clifton LLC, focusing on U.S. Customs and Trade Laws and its Asian Market Services practice sector.

Ngosong has broad experiences working in diverse business sectors in the USA and Internationally. Since graduating from law school with a JD.MBA.LLM in 2012, Ngosong has worked on a variety of issues involving international commercial transactions, government procurements projects, antidumping and Section 337 trade litigation and lobbying, regulatory compliance, energy consulting in Southeast Asia, and taught law and business courses as a fulltime member of Faculty of law in Malaysia. He also teaches international trade law courses as an adjunct professor at St. Norbert College Schneider School of business and Cardinal Stritch University College of Business and Management. He Currently assists companies in day-to-day compliance with U.S. trade laws and related audits, investigations, intervention, and civil enforcement proceedings; and doing business in Asia.

Ngosong frequently speaks on international trade issues, and regularly makes presentations in the U.S. and abroad on U.S. trade regulation topics. He has also authored and co-authored articles on trade related topics at peer reviewed law journals and business magazines.

Ngosong is also a Board Member on the Wisconsin Business Law Section; vice-chair of the Next Generation committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (Based in Japan); Past-Board Member on the Brown County Harbor Commission; Board Member on the Heritage Hill Museum.

Ngosong received his B.A. from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (2008), J.D./MBA from West Virginia University College of Law (2011), and LL.M. from Tulane Law School (2012).

 


 

 

Paul Eversman

Vice President – Foreign Exchange & Trade Finance, Associated Bank, NA

Paul is responsible for developing foreign exchange and trade services solutions for Associated Bank’s clients in the Midwest.
He brings over 35 years of experience to Associated’s client base. Paul served in the U.S. Army Security Agency as a German linguist and intelligence analyst in Berlin in the ‘70s; attended International Banking Summer School at St. John’s College, Cambridge University in 1985; and, before joining Associated in 2001, managed correspondent relations with banks in Canada, Europe, Middle East and North Africa.

Paul earned a BA in German and an MBA in Finance from Indiana University. He is active in the Milwaukee World Trade Association, the Madison International Trade Association and the International Credit Executives Group.

 


Rick Smith

Director Global eBusiness
Promega Corporation

Rick Smith is Director of Global eBusiness in Promega’s IT Department and has been with Promega Corporation for the past 25 years. Promega is based in Madison and employees 1,500 people worldwide and 1,000 in Wisconsin. Most of Promega’s manufacturing occurs in Madison with other sites in China, Korea and California. The Promega US HQ serves the USA, Canada and certain Latin America, Africa and Eurasian locations directly. It also has Global Sales offices in Europe (6 countries), PacAsia (6 locations) and Latin America (1 office). Promega offers 3000 products including reagents and instruments for molecular and cell biology, forensics and applied markets (food, water, ag).

Rick has a BS in Microbiology and an MBA in Operations Management. Rick is a frequent speaker on a host of International related topics and SME on eBusiness topics. He has been a speaker at conferences such as SAP Ariba Live, Jaggaer NextLevel, UW eBusiness Consortium, and the Madison International Trade Association.

 



Stanley Pfrang

Market Development Manager Europe, Middle East, Africa

Stanley Pfrang is the Market Development Director for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. Stanley started with Wisconsin’s international trade program in 1987 and has served as Foreign Office Liaison, International Research Specialist, and the Export Development Manager responsible for Northwestern Wisconsin and Canada at the Wisconsin Department of Commerce and its predecessor agency, the Department of Development. He also coordinated Commerce’s international publications, websites, and statistical information. He started his career with Transportation Services, a freight brokerage in Appleton. Stanley received an M.S. in Marketing and a B.A. in Geography and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He received the Certified Global Business Professional designation in 2008. He has served on the board of directors for the Madison International Trade Association since 1999 and twice served as the association’s president. He is a member of the Wisconsin District Export Council. He has also served on the UW-Eau Claire International Business Programs Advisory Council. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is the state’s lead economic development organization. WEDC provides support, expertise and financial assistance to companies investing and creating jobs in Wisconsin. WEDC provides innovative resources to support entrepreneurship and accelerate business start-up, relocation and expansion.

 


 

Mark Rhoda-Reis

Bureau Director, International Agribusiness Center

Mark joins the highly respected, International Agribusiness Center team at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer protection with more than thirty years of international experience in sales, marketing, business development, economic development and foreign direct investment. His industry experience includes manufacturing, consumer products, medical devices, agricultural and food products, in a broad range of companies from small businesses to multinational companies, as an entrepreneur. For the last several years in state government, he has been helping Wisconsin companies grow their business around the world selling to large retailers, tier one manufacturers, small businesses, and developing distributors and dealers.

Mark holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration from the Indiana University, Kelly School of business with concentrations in Marketing and Spanish. Throughout his professional career, he has done business in forty countries in the Americas, Asia, Western Europe and the Middle East. In addition to English, he is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Portuguese. He is a Certified M&A Advisor with the Association of Merger and Acquisition Advisors.

Mark and his wife live in Madison, the state capital, and enjoy discovering new foods and making new friends from diverse cultures and backgrounds on their travels around the world, and in Wisconsin.

Since 1966, the International Agribusiness Center has provided export assistance to Wisconsin’s food and agricultural industries. Services include export education, market access support, market development, and promotion. Visit: https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Growing_WI/InternationalAgribusiness.aspx.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection partners with all the citizens of Wisconsin to grow the economy by promoting quality food, healthy plants and animals, sound use of land and water resources, and a fair marketplace.

 


 

Lisa Stout

Economic Development Consultant, International Agribusiness Center

Lisa Stout is an Economic Development Consultant in the Agricultural Development Division of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, International Agribusiness Center.

She assists Wisconsin’s processed food industry to export to Asia, Canada and Middle East, by providing one-on-one consultation, market research, export education programs and referral to export funding. Lisa has led trade missions and other export activities in China, Japan, Korea, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia and Canada.

Before moving to Wisconsin, Lisa was a Commercial Officer for the Canadian Consulate General in Minneapolis. She also worked as an Export Development Specialist for the Minnesota Trade Office and Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Lisa received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. She also attended the University of Paris-Sorbonne and the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Since 1966, the International Agribusiness Center has provided export assistance to Wisconsin’s food and agricultural industries. Services include export education, market access support, market development, and promotion. Visit: https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Growing_WI/InternationalAgribusiness.aspx.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection partners with all the citizens of Wisconsin to grow the economy by promoting quality food, healthy plants and animals, sound use of land and water resources, and a fair marketplace.


Greg Miller

International Trade Consultant

Greg has spent the last 19+ years working in both international trade and economic development, beginning in 1999 for Enterprise Florida as a Regional Manager. Greg was accountable for economic development partner outreach and activities, and client international trade service functions which included: export counseling, market information/research, trade leads (generation/distribution), trade missions and exhibitions.  During his tenure with Enterprise Florida, Greg encouraged nearly 100 small and midsize firms to pursue international markets for their products or services. These businesses tallied nearly $90 million in new or expected export sales through his efforts.

Following his Enterprise Florida work, Mr. Miller returned to his home state of Wisconsin (2006-2009) and worked for the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Commerce performing business and international trade development that eventually led to an economic/business development consulting business working regional organizations in Northeast Wisconsin.

An opportunity to return to his economic development roots led him to the City of Moss Point, MS as Economic Development Director.  From there, Mr. Miller was also Economic Development Director for the counties of Ironton, MO, Geary, Kansas and Jackson, Florida.

Before a career in economic development, Mr. Miller held several senior management positions in business development, sales, and marketing for 20+ years working in medium-sized manufacturing organizations. Mr. Miller holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a master’s degree in Management from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, AL.


 

Mike Stone

Owner and CEO of The Stone Group

Mike Stone is the owner and CEO of The Stone Group, Inc. The Stone Group is an export management company that finds new markets and sells mostly Wisconsin produced food products internationally as well as arranging logistics and issuing export documents. The Stone Group plays an integral role in stabilizing and increasing income for domestic companies. Nearly 100% of all the business The Stone Group does is exporting USA products to more than 60 countries around the world. Mr. Stone has been focused on exports for nearly 40 years.

Mike studied at Sophia University and Yokohama University of Commerce in Japan as well as the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. He graduated from the University of Eau Claire in 1984.

He was the Director of Asian Region Sales and Marketing for Paper Converting Machine Company and acted as the Regional Sales Directer for 18 years, opening their office in China and managing their office in Japan as well as opening many new markets for machinery technology for tissue paper, baby diapers, and nonwoven products.

Mike also acted as Director of International Business for American Foods Group based in Green Bay and started The Stone Group in 2005 which continues to grow and expand USA exports today.