Dina has more than 20 years of International Banking experience and is one of the only Certified Documentary Credit Specialists in the Midwest. She earned an international business/economics degree from Wichita State University and is a graduate of the University of Copenhagen International Business Program. Dina is active in the World Trade Council of Wichita, Kansas District Export Council, Kansas International Trade Coordinating Council and Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT). Dina is a member of Bankers Association for Finance and Trade (BAFT), serving on the Trade Compliance, North Central Standby and Commercial Letter of Credit committees as well as the BAFT Regional Bank Council.
A.J. Anderson is director of the Wichita office of the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The U.S. Commercial Service is part of an international network covering all 50 states with offices in about 80 countries. His office is dedicated to assisting small and medium size companies to increase their export business through export counseling and advice, information on markets abroad, international partner contacts and advocacy services.
Originally from Wichita, KS and a graduate of Wichita State University, he's worked in a variety of operational and business development roles in international banking in KS, TX and GA. He's also worked in trade risk mitigation at Koch Industries.
He joined the U.S. Commercial Service in May of 2003 in the Des Moines, IA office and took over as director of the Wichita office in June of 2006. He is a Certified International Credit Professional by FCIB and a member of the U.S. Commercial Service's Aerospace Team and Agribusiness Team.
As Global Business Development Manager, Ellie Antova is responsible for advancing
ICM's technology offerings around the world. She joined ICM in 2012 as a Business
Analysis Manager developing an international business intelligence support system
and managing ICM international trade compliance.
Her position has evolved into a strategic planning and sales development role. Her responsibilities include growing ICM's global business initiatives through new foreign market entry, sales approach, proposal development, foreign office establishment, finance facilitation and analysis. Ellie assisted in the creation of ICM's global market campaign strategy, by leading efforts in customer cultivation, customer service and retention, world conference participation, media choice and overall brand reputation. Prior to ICM, Ellie spent over six years in the aerospace industry in various roles including supply chain, new product development and Import/Export compliance.
Ellie earned her Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Newman University. She received her Master in Business Administration (MBA) and Master of International Economics both from Wichita State University. She has also completed the Biofuels Technology & Sustainability Certification through Southeastern Illinois College. Ellie serves on the World Trade Council Executive Board of Directors, Advisory Board of the Global MBA program at Friends University and is a member of the Kansas Global Trade Center
Parker Dooly is a Vice President and Middle Market Commercial Banker with JPMorgan Chase.
In his current role, he manages a portfolio of clients and prospects in Western Oklahoma and South Central Kansas. He leads the Chase Commercial Banking efforts in the ten county South Central Kansas region. He is responsible for coordinating internal resources to deliver the capabilities of JPMorgan Chase to meet the specific needs of his clients and prospects including: credit, cash management, leasing, international banking, merchant processing, transition strategies, capital markets activities, and more.
Dooly began his career at JPMorgan Chase in the Commercial Bank as a Summer Analyst. Since then, he has worked as an Analyst and Credit Underwriter within the Commercial Bank; in his previous roles, he was primarily responsible for financial analysis, transaction structuring, and risk identification & mitigation within a portfolio of clients across a wide range of industries.
Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Dooly worked as a Business Analyst at the Center for Creation of Economic Wealth, an economic development organization that specializes in high-impact projects centered on technology commercialization, social entrepreneurship & innovation, and entrepreneurial support.
Dooly is an active member of the community, serving as a board member of the World Trade Council in Wichita, KS, and the Volunteer Leadership Group at Chase while also holding several leadership roles within his local church.
Dooly has a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma with emphasis in Finance and International Business. He also is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder.
Craig Lawson is Manager of Trade Compliance, Indirect Goods and Services, Contracts,
and Transportation for Bombardier Business Aircraft in Wichita, Kansas. In his role,
he supports trade compliance and transportation for all Bombardier U.S. locations.
Craig joined Bombardier in 1995 with roles in Program Management and Contract support for Procurement prior to his current role.
Originally from Kansas City, Craig is a licensed Customs Broker, has a BS in Accounting, Business Management, and Economics from Baker University, and a J.D., MBA from the University of Kansas.
Ray Garvey, class of ‘83, is a proud Wichita State grad whose first experience with the World Trade Council was in 1982 as a member of the Directory Committee - meaning all-nighters the days leading up to World Trade Week when Directories were disseminated.
Following an MBA in 2000, Ray learned the ropes of managing the French market with The Grasshopper Company, a world leader in the design and manufacture of commercial grounds maintenance equipment. That role expanded as international business expanded and today he's still with The Grasshopper Company as Export Manager, working directly and indirectly in over 40 international markets.
In 2015 Ray was invited to teach International Marketing as an Adjunct Professor in Friends University's Global MBA Program - a role he cherishes. Ray has served on the board of WTC over the past 10 years and in 2018 was honored with the invitation to serve on the board of Kansas Global Trade Services as well. In 2017 he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to serve for three years on the board of the Mid-America District Export Council. In addition to participating in Toastmasters International and as a guest lecturer in the Masters International Negotiation Program at AIx-Marseille University, Ray and his wife Teresa enjoy travel and the special connection they have with Seattle where their three children have migrated to.
Kenneth L. Gebhart Sr.
Kenneth L. Gebhart, President of Celestaire, Inc. graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy 1958 and served as a Naval Aviator. He received his Masters Degree in Physics from the University of Louisville in 1965. Joined The Boeing Military Aircraft Co in 1965 and advanced to Chief of Flight Operations, and Chief Test Pilot before taking early retirement in 1990.
Kenneth founded Celestaire, Inc. and it became the world's largest marine sextant supplier after a joint venture with Changzhou Marine Equipment Co. in China in 1992.
Today Celestaire supplies sextants, traditional navigation tools and supporting documentation to merchant shipping, foreign navies, maritime schools and recreational yachtsmen.
Rob Harmon is Managing Director of Syndicated Lending at INTRUST Bank. He has 30+ years of banking experience in financial accounting, bank operations and commercial lending. Rob serves on the board of directors of Goodwill Industries of Kansas, Prairie Homestead Independent Living Center, Visit Wichita Convention and Visitor Bureau and the World Trade Council of Wichita. He is a graduate of Wichita State University, holding degrees in accounting and economics.
Dan began his accounting career in 1974 upon graduating from Kansas State University with a BS in accounting. Dan retired in July of 2017 after spending 43 years with Grant Thornton LLP, the last 30 years as an audit partner. During his career he worked extensively with clients in the manufacturing, distribution, oil and gas, banking, hospitality, construction and insurance industries. His clients included both public and privately held companies, many of which were involved in international business. In addition to general business consulting, Dan assisted in numerous business acquisitions and dispositions.
After several months of retirement Dan rejoined the work force when he accepted a half time position with Pioneer Balloon as their Chief Financial Advisor. Pioneer is a leading worldwide manufacturer of balloons. They have operations in the U.S. (three locations), Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Brazil, and Australia.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Nelson led program management and supply chain activities at Spirit Aerosystems for the Boeing Twin Aisle Programs. During this assignment deliverables included components and assemblies for the KC-46A Tanker and the new Boeing 777X airplane programs.
Mr. Nelson joined Spirit Aerosystems after a successful 7 years at Bombardier Learjet. At Learjet, his responsibilities progressed rapidly and included deliverables for numerous new programs, complex continuous improvement activities.
Originally from Tuttle, Oklahoma, Mr. Nelson currently lives in Wichita, KS with his family and is active in supporting the local community. He serves on multiple philanthropic executive boards and steering committees including current positions as board member of the Wichita World Trade Council and as Chairman of the Wichita Chapter for Ducks Unlimited.
Mr. Nelson holds an Associate Degree from Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, TX and a Bachelor Degree in Information Technology & Software from Newman University in Wichita, KS.
Ms. Page is recognized at the local, state, and national level for her expertise on export promotion and export ecosystem development in both private and public sectors. She consults small businesses and communities across multiple industries on trade strategy, advocacy, compliance, market entry and identifying global opportunities. As the current chair of Industry Trade Advisory Committee 9, a unique public-private partnership jointly managed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Office of United States Trade Representative, she engages business leaders in formulating U.S. trade policy.
Ms. Page currently serves as President and CEO of Kansas Global, a full-service trade advisory firm, helping companies and cities leverage their capabilities and global reach. Kansas Global was honored in 2017 with the Presidential Award for Export Service, recognizing four consecutive years of sustained commitment to export expansion that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs.
In 2014, Ms. Page led the effort to create regional Export and Foreign Direct Investment plans including best-in-practice performance metrics. To date, through the plan's hallmark export ecosystem, small businesses have achieved tens-of-millions of dollars in new exports and earned the region recognition as a top exporter in the nation. Her agility to embrace change and harness the strengths of others allows her to execute on big ideas.
Ms. Page earned a Global MBA from Georgetown University and a Bachelors in International Business and Economics from Wichita State University.
Daniel K. Sabol
Mr. Sabol currently serves as Senior Vice President, Relationship Manager for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He is responsible for managing a portfolio of middle market commercial banking relationships in the Kansas region. His business development efforts focus on companies with annual revenues between $50 million and $2 billion. Mr. Sabol works with business owners and C level executives to serve their financial needs through lines of business such as credit, treasury, foreign exchange, risk management and investments. Prior to moving to Wichita in 2015, Mr. Sabol spent several years with a global bank focused on international trade and finance for middle market companies headquartered in the Midwest.
Bank of America, recently named by Euromoney Magazine as the World's Best Bank in the publication's annual Global Awards for Excellence is the highest award bestowed by Euromoney. It acknowledges Bank of America's strong financial performance, clearly differentiated business model, ability to adapt to changing market and regulatory conditions, innovation and track record of delivering for shareholders and clients.
Mr. Sabol earned an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelors in Accounting from DePaul University. He also earned a CPA designation in Illinois. He is also active with Rainbows United and the Mid-Kansas Jewish Federation.
Ted J. Vlamis
Ted joined Pioneer Balloon Company in 1981, working as a Sales Representative covering the Midwest. In the mid-80's he began handling Pioneer's international business, and as Pioneer's international business expanded, he began devoting his concentration on this part of the business. As Vice President of International and Research & Development, Ted is responsible for overseeing Pioneer's facilities in Hamilton, ON, Canada, Puebla, Pue., Mexico, Acatlán de Juarez, Jal., Mexico, Bishop's Stortford, Herts., UK, Sydney, N.S.W. Australia, and Jundiai, SP, Brazil. Through these facilities and third party distributors, Pioneer's balloons are sold in more than 100 countries.
In addition, Ted serves on the Board of The Wichita Symphony Orchestra, as well as serving as Treasurer of The Wichita Jazz Festival and The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.