Our Members

DEC members are local business people and government officials appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce whose knowledge of international business provides a source of professional advice to companies seeking to expand international sales. Members of the Idaho DEC play a major role in planning and coordinating export expansion activities of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The DEC also serves as a communication link between the business community and the Department. The DEC works very closely with the U.S. Commercial Service office in Boise in supporting the Idaho business community.

DEC Officers

Gerd Uitdewilligen
IDEC Chair

Director of International Sales


E: [email protected] 
P: (208) 489-9012

Mr. Uitdewilligen is the Director of International Sales at Copeland, which boasts a rich 100-year history of providing exceptional products to the HVACR market. Copeland’s extensive product range includes compressors, controls, thermostats, valves, software, and monitoring solutions that cater to the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors. Based in Boise, Idaho, Gerd was among the earliest employees of PakSense, which is a wholly-owned Emerson subsidiary. Gerd has played a key role in growing the company’s international business, expanding it to exports in 80 countries. Gerd’s remarkable export efforts earned him the Export Achievement Award from the US Commerce Department and recognition from US Senator Mike Crapo. As a long-term member of the Idaho District Council, he has coached multiple companies under the annual Export Excellence program. Gerd holds a Drs. Degree in International Economics from Tilburg University and a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics from Montana State University. In his spare time, Gerd loves cycling, coaching soccer, and traveling with his three teenage sons.

Rendi Bell
IDEC Vice Chair

Director International Sales

United Parcel Service (UPS)

116 East 42nd Street,
Boise, Idaho 83714

E: [email protected]
P: (208) 908-1300
Fax: (208) 327-1572


Rendi currently serves as the International Director of Sales for UPS. Her team of International Account Managers are focused on international business development with many Fortune 500 companies. Rendi has been directly involved with global expansion for a number of Fortune 500 companies. She holds a B.S. in Political Science International Relations and a minor in French and History. Rendi enjoys her work with the Idaho District Export Council and is currently serving as the vice chair of the IDEC. Rendi has over 25 years of business experience. Rendi resides in the Boise, Idaho area and is raising 3 sons with her husband Alan. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, gardening, golfing, and reading.

Kristin Kyle-McQuesten
IDEC Treasure

Trade Finance Manager

Banner Bank

E: [email protected]
P: (208) 424-2855

International banker Kristin Kyle-McQuesten helps put the world in reach for businesses seeking trade across the globe. She holds a degree in Economics and a Certificate in International Economics from the University of Washington.

Over her 25-year banking career, Kristin has specialized in international banking and treasury management working for international, national, and regional banks. Before entering banking, Kristin worked in transportation and logistics, gaining insight that continues to inform her work today.

Kristin has been with Banner Bank for 14 years and currently leads the Bank’s team of trade finance professionals. She believes facilitating commerce to be at the heart of what she does and especially enjoys providing tailored solutions with a high level of service and security.

Amy Benson

Amy Benson
IDEC Director


U.S. Commercial Service’s Boise Export Assistance Center

700 West State Street, 2nd Floor
Boise, ID 83720

E: [email protected]
P: (208) 364-7791
Fax: (208) 334-2783

DEC Members

Amy Benson is Director of the U.S. Commercial Service’s Boise office. The U.S. Commercial Service is part of the International Trade Administration within the U.S. Department of Commerce. In this capacity, Ms. Benson helps Idaho exporters realize their export potential by creating market entry strategies, navigating international documentation challenges and identifying and evaluating international partners. Prior to her position in Idaho, Amy served in various positions with the U.S. Commercial Service in Washington D.C. and a three-year assignment as a Foreign Service Officer for the American Institute in Taipei, Taiwan. Amy’s professional experience also includes serving as a Manager for Nortel Networks. Ms. Benson holds a M.A. in International Transactions from George Mason University and a B.A. from St. Cloud State University.

Kirk Adams

Worldwide Account Manager

FedEx Services

2770 W Fred Smith Str Meridian, ID 83642
E: [email protected]
P: 208.761.1082

Kirk has 36 plus years of experience in the transportation industry, ranging from operations to sales. Industry segments include: less than truckload, small package express, and ground as well as international import and export. Recently, his focus has been on Fortune 100 companies with regards to how joint ventures and mergers will affect their supply chain decisions. 

Kirk attended Washington State University in Pullman, WA. He received his bachelor’s degree in Economics with an option in Transportation. 

As a past president of the Idaho DEC and current chair of the Legislative and Trade Policy committee, Kirk has worked extensively on trade issues.

Tracy Day

Assistant Director

Boise State University Intensive English Program

1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725

E: [email protected]
P: (208) 914-3438

Tracy has documented success in leading cross-functional teams and developing enhancements to various global programs. Expertise in managing overall operations of international offices, including interaction with non-native and cross-culture English speakers, managing incoming study abroad application procedures, writing the proposals, and arranging the details with the universities, businesses and agents.

Highly-skilled in analyzing global environment and coordinating with international departments to improve overall processes. Background in directing international internship programs to support companies’ export capacity to Southeast Asia, and building partnerships for recruiting skilled talent from Asia, Europe, Middle East, Latin America, and Africa. Expert in administering pre-program planning, on-program implementation stages, and post-program wrap-up activities.

Talented in dealing with complex situations and delivering exceptional results within fast-paced environments. Possess excellent communication and negotiation skills.

Laura Johnson

Bureau Chief

Idaho Department of Agriculture

2270 Old Penitentiary Road
Boise ID 83712
Tel: (208) 332-8533
Fax: (208) 334-2879
E: [email protected]
P: (208) 332-8533

Laura Johnson is the Bureau Chief at the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, Market Development Division. She oversees the Department’s domestic and international marketing programs aimed at expanding sales and creating economic opportunities for Idaho farmers, ranchers, and food processors. Since she joined the Department in 1991, she has coordinated sales missions and promotions in 18 countries and has participated in and co-managed over 20 Governor Trade Missions. She is a past President of the North American Agriculture Marketing Officials (NAAMO) organization. In 2005, she received a “40 under 40” recognition by American Food and Ag Exporter Magazine as one of 40 individuals across the country under 40 with significant contributions to agricultural exports.

Daniel Faricy


Yamada Consulting Group

E:[email protected]
P: (213) 453-9113

Dan is currently a Director for Yamada Consulting Group focused on the agricultural sector for companies looking to export to Asia and Southeast Asia. He also is responsible for Japanese firms looking to broaden their footprint in the United States through increased sales or M&A activity. Prior to joining Yamada, Dan was a founder and CEO of Wirestone and spent the early part of his career at Hewlett Packard and State Street Bank. He has an MBA from Northeastern University and a BA from the University of St. Thomas.

Leland Gibbs

International Relations Officer

Zions Bank

800 W. Main Street, Suite 700
Boise, ID 83702
Tel: (208) 501-7477

E: [email protected]
P: (208) 596-0950

Leland Gibbs is an experienced Finance Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration industry. Skilled in Budgeting, Analytical Skills, Risk Management, Customer Service, and Banking. Strong sales professional with a Bachelor of Science (BS) focused in Agricultural Economics from BYU. Studied International Business at the Universidad de Las Americas in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico.

Karen Jones

Karen Jones

Founder LSI & Adjunct Professor at Boise State

E: [email protected]

A licensed U.S. customs broker, Karen founded LSIdaho Inc. in 2000; an international logistics company and customs brokerage firm. In 2016 she sold her business and now teaches import/export procedures as an adjunct professor for the College of Business and Economics at Boise State University. She enjoys spending time with her family – camping, swimming and riding dirt bikes in the beautiful Idaho countryside.

Alison Kelsey

Marketing & International Sales Manager

Rekluse Motor Sports

12000 W. Franklin Road,
Boise, ID 83709

E: [email protected]
P: (208) 426-0659

Alison Kelsey is the Marketing & International Sales Manager for Rekluse, a motorcycle industry leader in clutch performance, technology, and innovation. Alison oversees a worldwide network of distributors, serving more than 50 countries. In her position, she is responsible for the development of strategy and goals related to international markets. Since joining the company in 2010, Rekluse has earned recognition for its export success. Achievements include the 2012 National SBA Small Business Exporter of the Year and in 2013, the prestigious President’s E Award. Prior to joining Rekluse, Alison previously held positions within the motorcycle industry focused on front-line sales and marketing. She graduated from Boise State University with a BA in Psychology and a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Mike Long

Sr Project Manager

POWER Engineers Inc.

E:[email protected]
P: (208) 863-5632

Mike Long is a Senior Consultant and Project Manager for POWER Engineers’ Federal Global Services department. This includes providing consulting and engineering services to US government agencies and private developers engaged in the international energy industry. Mike has more than 25 years of experience providing technical and commercial support to energy projects in worldwide locations, including contracting of new power plants in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. This has required an extensive involvement in managing the export of professional services and coordination of export/import of power plant components from worldwide sources.

Mike has been responsible for the design and construction of projects funded by the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), International Finance Corporation (IFC), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and several European development banks such as FMO, DEG, and Proparco. He received his B.S. in Mineral/Environmental Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado.

Denisse S. Macias

Global Ambassador

Berkshire Hathaway/Silverhawk Realty

473 S Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID 83702
Tel: (208) 859-2714

E: [email protected]
P:(208) 859-1460
Web: denissemacias.com

My name is Denisse Macias and I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve the Idaho District Export Council.
My career in international business began 10 years back working with agricultural companies in Idaho. Helping companies boost their exports abroad gave me the experience of a lifetime in this field. During my time, I had the opportunity to work in many countries; such as India, China, MĂ©xico, Vietnam, Malaysia, Nepal, India amongst a few.
These experiences aligned me directly to what today is my vocation~ International Real Estate.
My goal as the Education & Outreach Committee Chair is to bring awareness to relevant export topics and grow interest in exporting in our state through advocating, mentoring, and educating.

Trish McCarthy

Head of Client Services

Impello Global

Trish is based in Boise, ID

E: [email protected]
P: 208-254-1025

Trish has 37 years of experience in the international trade finance and credit and political risk insurance industries.  Prior to joining Impello Global, Trish held executive leadership roles with Marsh JLT Specialty, International Risk Consultants, US Bank, PNC Bank, and Chase Bank.

Trish has a reputation in the industry for being honest, clear, and sincere which helps her enjoy long-term and strong relationships with clients and underwriters.  With experience in both international letters of credit and export credit insurance policy compliance, Trish has the ability to teach customers how to use these risk mitigation tools to help them grow sales and get paid.

Trish, a native of Dayton, Ohio, relocated to Boise, Idaho in 2020 with her husband Tom, where she enjoys hiking, reading, environmental activism, and becoming an engaged member of her new communities.

William Mullane

Marketing Manager & Adjunct Professor of International Management at Boise State

TechHelp – Idaho Manufacturing Extension Center- Boise State

E: [email protected]
P: (208) 863-4259

As the Marketing Manager at TechHelp, Bill works with a team of consultants to help Idaho manufacturers, processors, inventors, and entrepreneurs improve global competitiveness through continuous product and process innovation. Bill has also served as an Adjunct Professor of International Management who helps Boise State students learn and apply global management skills.

Bill has been active in the Idaho District Export Council since 2004 and was instrumental in helping the Council develop Idaho’s ExporTech Program that helps companies accelerate exports.

Bill developed skills in international sales & marketing, communications, web development, innovation engineering, curriculum development, and teaching with organizations including Century Link, Schweitzer Mountain Resort, the University of Colorado, Northrup Grumman, Olin Corporation, Frey Tool & Engineering, and the U.S. Air Force. 

Bill earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business & Economics at Eastern Washington University and a Master of International Management Degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. 

In his free time, Bill spends time with his family enjoying all varieties of cycling, water sports, and snow sports. 

Ernesto Pinal

Director of Business Development

Maximage Data Systems

E: [email protected]
P: 714-595-0322

Ernesto Pinal has more than 16 years of experience in the high-tech industry. An engineer by training with a wide exposure to the areas of International Business, Business Development, Product Marketing, Product Development, and Product and Program Management. 

Ernesto has acquired his professional experience through multiple positions in a diverse pool of large (Motorola & IBM), medium (Printrak International & Universal Electronics), and small organizations (NextScan & Plasmon Data Systems). This exposure has led to a great diversity of business environments and has provided him with a wide vision and understanding of the idiosyncrasies and cultures of International Business. 

Beginning his professional career in the Data Storage Industry, he later moved into the Biometrics Solutions Industry, then to the Wireless Control Industry, and he is currently engaged in the Document Imaging Industry. He has held the position of General Manager for the SunRise Technology Group, a former Motorola company, Executive Vice President for NextScan, Worldwide Product Manager for the Livescans Biometrics Solutions at Motorola, Director of Channel Sales and Product Management with Plasmon Data Systems, Sr. Program Manager of Core Technologies with Universal Electronics, among a variety of other positions.

Rachel Pusch

Director of Enrollment and Marketing

Riverstone International School

E: [email protected]
P (208) 424-5000 x2104

Rachel was born in California and grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Karachi, Pakistan. Living in Asia piqued her interest in languages, and she went on to study Asian Studies and Mandarin Chinese at Pomona College, from which she earned her bachelors degree. In addition to teaching English in Taiwan, Rachel’s work experience includes a background in international business and trade, as well as directing international student admissions for the College of Idaho. Rachel joined Riverstone in 2003 and currently serves as the Director of Admissions and Marketing. Rachel’s interests include travel and gardening, and she has an affinity for masks and stylish shoes.

Nancy Richardson

Senior Marketing Specialist

Idaho Tourism

Joe R. Williams (JRW) Building
700 W State St, Boise, ID 83702

E: [email protected]
P: (208) 334-2470

Nancy Richardson was the International Tourism Specialist for the State of Idaho with the Department of Commerce in Tourism for over fourteen years. This year, she continues working with Idaho Tourism as the Senior Marketing Specialist and continues to market Idaho as a tourism destination both domestically and internationally.

She previously served as Director of Sales for Hyatt Place, Sales and Marketing Manager with Boise Tours and Boise Shuttle Service as partner in that business, and as a sales manager with the Boise CVB.  She has volunteered in a number of organizations and served as officers in most of them; SWITA (Southwest Idaho Travel Association), Preservation Idaho – the Idaho Historic Preservation Council, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival board of trustees, Boise City Arts Commission – Events and Performing Arts board and review panel for Arts and History grant awards.

Nancy has a BS degree from Northern Montana College in Secondary Education – History and Social Science, where she pursued her greatest interests. 

Derek Rose

Director of International Sales/Marketing

AERO Specialties, Inc.

11175 W. Emerald Street,
Boise, ID 83713
Tel: (208) 378-9888
Fax: (208) 378-9889

E: [email protected]
P: (208) 378-9888

Derek Rose is VP of Sales & Marketing at AERO Specialties, Inc. He holds a B.A. in Politics & Economics with a concentration in International Political Economies from the College of Idaho. Derek joined AERO Specialties in 2005, and has since managed the sales, marketing and logistical operations surrounding the exportation of American goods to foreign markets. Derek also oversees AERO’s domestic and foreign military sales.

Through his leadership, AERO specialties have seen significant growth in revenue and their capacity to effectively target international customers using online and direct marketing methods. Derek’s multifaceted approach to increasing sales abroad has made him an industry expert; earning AERO several exporting awards, including the 2010 SBA N.W. Region and Idaho Exporter of the Year.

Matt Smith

Vice President

901 Russet St, Twin Falls, ID 83301

E: [email protected]
P: 208-733-9689

For the past fifteen years Matt Smith has been exporting environmentally friendly products to over 35 countries worldwide. As Vice President of Hamilton Manufacturing Inc., he had the pleasure to live in South America and Europe while pursuing trading partners. During that time, he received his master’s degree in environmental technologies from the University of Swansea, Wales. He accepted the President’s “E” award on behalf of HMI for international trade in 2016. His lifelong goals include mastering German and Spanish.

Rich Stuppy

VP & Senior Customer Experience Leader

Kount an Equifax Company

1005 W Main St, Boise, ID 83702
Phone: (866) 919-2167
E: [email protected]
P: (208) 489-3385

For more than a decade Rich has been involved in developing fraud mitigation, compliance, and big data strategies. Rich came to Kount after 14 years with a fortune 50 retailer. His background in enterprise-class systems, machine learning, and analytics has shaped Kount’s technology into an industry leading platform helping clients scale their business while at the same time reducing fraud, risk, and loss.

In his role as Chief Customer Experience Officer, Rich is responsible for client success, data analytics, and ensuring Kount’s users have the best customer experience. Collaborating directly with customers, he works to inform Kount’s product roadmap, identify new and emerging threats, and drive innovation for ultimate customer satisfaction.

Rich regularly works with executives from all areas of the commerce, payments, and fraud-prevention ecosystems to discover trends and develop strategies that create value. Rich is a highly sought-after speaker for industry events and has addressed audiences around the world on several topics surrounding payments and fraud.

Jennifer Verdon

International Manager

Idaho Department of Commerce Division of International Business

PO Box 83720,
Boise, ID 83720
Tel: (208) 287-3165
Fax: (208) 334-2783

E: [email protected]
P: (208) 334-2470

Jennifer Verdon is the manager for the International Business Team at the Idaho Department of Commerce. She has a B.S. degree in International Business from Boise State University and completed an Advanced Certificate for Global Trade Development at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Mrs. Verdon has been with the Idaho Department of Commerce since 2007 and the core focus of her team is to assist Idaho companies with their global expansions. Mrs. Verdon is also leading promotions for the state for Foreign Direct Investment opportunities. She has planned and/or participated in numerous global trade activities such as Governor-led trade missions, trade shows, inbound buying missions, trade workshops etc. Mrs. Verdon is routinely involved in planning international seminars and workshops while also serving as a member on the Idaho District Export Council and sitting on the board of the State International Development Organizations.

Ann Wood

Chief Operating Officer

Black Sage Technology

960 Broadway Ave,
Boise, ID 83706
Tel: (208) 810-4020

E: [email protected]
P:(208) 859-1460

Ann is an ambitious executive who creates strategic alliances with organization leaders to effectively align with and support key export business initiatives. Builds and retains high performance by developing and motivating skilled professionals. Coordinates state, federal, and local international strategic alliances.