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MITA Board of Directors 2018-2019 Nominees

MITA Board of Directors 2018-2019 Nominees

Dec 02, 2018

Nominations have been received and we have five candidates for four seats on the 2019-2022 MITA Board of Directors.  
You can see who is currently serving on the board at the MITA website, http://www.mitatrade.org/board.  Paid-in-full members will receive an e-mail around December 5 with a link to an on-line voting site.  Members will have a chance to make their selections between then and Friday,  December 28.  Voting will be anonymous.  Your selections will not be identifiable or linked to you.  We will announce the results at our Juanuary 8 meeting.
Each of the nominees were asked to provide their short biography and answer the following questions:
  • What is your goal for being on the MITA board for the next three years?
  • What skill sets, talents, and connections do you feel you can share with the MITA board to advance our mission?
  • Do you have any specific areas of interest you would like to focus on during your time on the board (Program, Communications, Sponsorships, Membership, or Outreach)
NOMINEES:
OLIVIER HIERSGlobal  Brand and Market Manager at Genus ABS Global, thas been working for more than 20 years in international marketing. He is currently spearheading the latest ABS technology global release. ABS Global, Inc., the world’s-leading provider of bovine genetics, reproduction services, technologies, and udder care products. Hiers also has extensive experience and is responsible for key technology, developing and building global business relations with focus on India.
      "Today success in international business depends on quality or the performance of your product (services)how well you are prepared, the extend of your network and the local expertise you developed. MITA brings together the solution that enables and empowers companies for an international journey. Providing expert network and fellow exporters willing to share their journey to success.  My career started with an international project from in South America. Since then, in the past 20 years ago, my career took me to ASIA, South America and North America. The clear factor of success was the level of preparation and the quality of my network.As I look back over my career, there are many successes I am proud of, however I would have wished to have the support of an association like MITA.  Through my international career in marketing, the need to develop a good understanding of macroeconomics, politics and market specifics are not an option. As the head of global marketing my role is to develop the understanding of your targeted market. I also have a deep understanding of the European market through my background and past professional experience. Aside of Europe, I have a specific country knowledge, such as India, which I already shared with MITA in the past as a featured speaker.
Why MITA?  What comes first to my mind is the people, professionals willing to share expertise, experience and success to empower others. The second point is that the mission MITA adopted by fostering the understanding of issues, practices, legislation and trends that affect all aspects of international trade. From my point of view, the will to insure the understanding, not just the facts, demonstrates the genuine nature of MITA’s goal. I find it truly enriching to be part of what MITA is, at whatever level. Lastly, I feel honored to have the opportunity to support and participate in the development of the Madison area economy."
DANIEL MILLMAN, Partner at Audit Services at RSM US, LLP, works with the manufacturing and wholesale distribution industry and business professional service practices for Wisconsin. He focuses on providing audit services to middle market organizations, including those that have multi-state and international operations. He uses his diversified experiences with business management issues to provide consulting and manage all client services.  Dan has over 30 years of experience in public accounting. In addition to his experiences with manufacturing and wholesale distribution organizations, he has worked with business professional service providers that include advertising, professional, and software development, as well as construction, real estate, and nonprofit organizations.                       
      "As a CPA with an international accounting firm, I would like to bring a financial insight to the board and the resources that come with an internationally active firm. As a partner at RSM, I have access to our international services office that assist with connections for speakers on topics impacting internationally active organizations.  For the March 2019 MITA meeting, they helped me line up one of our RSM UK partners to speak via web-conference on Brexit.  I also lined up a panel member for our June 2018 MITA meeting from one of our Milwaukee office clients.  I can continue to utilize these firm network resources to help find speakers and find topics that are top of mind for internationally active companies.I have served on the Program Committee for the past year and a half.  During that time I have learned more about the MITA organization and what is most important for the membership.  I have also contributed by connecting/sourcing speakers for multiple programs.  I would like to continue with Programs, providing ideas and connections to speakers during a term on the board."
HARRY HANEY, is an Associate Director at the Loyola University Chicago’s Supply & Value Chain Center with responsibilities including the center’s operations, marketing, communication, and program development.  Previous experience include working with Kraft Foods from 1985-2015, holding increasingly responsible supply chain leadership roles, both operating and strategic. Extensive experience in Transportation management and customer / supplier facing leadership. Additional experience as a sole-proprietor transportation / supply chain consultant in both corporate and not-for-profit organizations.  as well as volunteer leadership experience in multiple industry organizations.
      "My goal is to refine our MITA program offerings as they are vehicle enabling MITA’s mission of connecting, informing, and empowering people in the international trade space. I have served in volunteer leadership roles in multiple industry associations (including MITA) where my consensus building skills and bias for action have been beneficial.  If re-elected, I would continue to assist with the Program committee and service as board vice-president if desired."
JACK HEINEMANN, is the Director of the International Agribusiness Center at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. He sets the Center’s strategic direction, which focuses on increasing market opportunities for Wisconsin’s agricultural companies in global markets. Jack oversees a team of experienced export economic development consultants who have worked with hundreds of Wisconsin companies in a wide range of sectors including livestock, animal genetics, animal feeds, processed foods, and timber.   Jack has held International Positions at Magnum Products, Briggs & Stratton, and Oshkosh Corporation.    Previously, Jack worked for several large manufacturing firms, where he was responsible for developing export markets and businesses venture opportunities, as well as manufacturing partnerships to maximize entry into international markets. In addition to his corporate experience, Jack also served as the executive director of the Wisconsin Security Research Consortium, a non-profit organization that works with University of Wisconsin researchers, government agencies, defense contractors, and business interests dedicated to bringing federal research dollars to Wisconsin.
      " I would like to support the international growth of the Ag/Food and Beverage sector in the area and to further develop the needed collaborations to support this growth.  I have a broad base of international experiences, having traveled to 40 countries in my career.  I have developed a vast network of industry and professional contacts.  Key areas of interest in serving on the MITA Board would be Program and Outreach."
JAY NASH is the Founder and Principal of Nash Global Trade Services (NGTS), ac onsultancy specializing in U.S. export compliance, and trade control  and compliance for countries in the Asia Pacific, Central Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. Through NGTS, Mr. Nash helps businesses in the aviation,electronics,   telecommunications,   defense,   automotive,   IT,   chemical,   and   industrialequipment sectors navigate and operationalize the different U.S. (including both EAR-and ITAR) and foreign export controls that apply to them. Jay is a guest instructor with the Export Compliance Training Institute (ECTI) and is a regular  speaker  and  presenter  at  U.S. and international export control conferences,including  the ICPA Annual and Asia conferences, the annual SMi Defence  Exports Conference in Europe, and the Association of University Export Compliance Officers (AUECO)  annual  conference.  He also serves on the Editorial Board of the World Export Control Review (World ECR), and he frequently writes on global export controlt opics. Mr. Nash has lived and worked in Beijing, China, and he is proficient in Mandarin Chinese
      "My overarching goal for being a MITA board member is to take the next step in my growing relationship and involvement with the organization. Four years ago, I started as a member,then a speaker, and then a contributor to the annual Trade Compliance program and member ofthe Programming Committee, and with the insights and inspiration that I have received alongthe way I am ready to commit to the organization as a member of the board.  I also have three specific goals for being on the MITA  board for the next three years:  1)  expanding the international trade-related information and resources that MITA  provides to its  members ; 2) getting MITA and its members even more directlyconnected with foreign counterparts through peer organization relationships and “study visit”programs that involve bringing international trade partners right to Madison; and, 3) increasingthe level of MITA membership among Wisconsin’s many smaller-to-medium businesses that trade internationally.  The specific areas where I have the greatest interest and could make the greatest  contribution would be Programming and Outreach.
 
 
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