Kansas International Trade Coordinating Council meets at ESU

April 6, 2011

Group winnowed Kansas Exporter of the Year nominees

A meeting last month at Emporia State University led to today’s announcement of five finalists for the 2011 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award. The Kansas Department of Commerce this morning announced the finalists — Bio-Microbics Inc., Shawnee; Bunting Magnetics Co., Newton; ICE Corp., Manhattan; and Kasa Industrial Controls Inc. and Premier Pneumatics Inc., both of Salina.

Nominations for the 2011 award were solicited in late 2010. On March 16, members of the Kansas International Trade Coordinating Council met at Emporia State University’s School of Business to evaluate the nominations.

“Each year, the Governor’s Exporter of the Year award is presented to a Kansas company for exceptional international marketing success,” said Raffaele DeVito, professor of management at ESU and a KITCC member. “This award encourages the growth of the State’s international commerce by showcasing successful exporters to the Kansas business community.”

This is the 23rd year that KITCC has been at the core of this process. The KITCC members who attended the March 16 selection meeting were:

  • Linda Bailey, economic development chief of U.S. Small Business Administration, Kansas City, Kan.
  • Sherdeill Breathett, economic developer specialist of Sedgwick County Economic Development, Wichita.
  • Greg Call, international trade representative of Kansas Department of Commerce, Wichita.
  • Linden Dalecki, assistant professor of management and marketing, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg.
  • Raffaele DeVito, professor of management, Emporia State University, Emporia.
  • Gabe DiGiorgio, vice president, International Department of Commerce Bank, Kansas City, Kan.
  • Kim Eaves of BG Products, Wichita.
  • Don Gooch, international marketing and business development manager, CST Industries, Lenexa.
  • Richard Held, president of Held & Associates, Kansas City, Kan.
  • Steve Langley, president of Osborne Industries, Osborne.
  • Galen Myers, CEO and chairman of BG Products, Wichita.
  • Karyn Page, president and CEO of Kansas World Trade Center, Wichita.
  • Greg Panichello, state director of Kansas Small Business Development Center, Topeka.
  • Harland Priddle of Priddle & Associates, Burrton.
  • Daniel Smarsh, graduate research assistant, Emporia State University, Emporia.
  • Clyde Stoltenberg, Barton Distinguished Chair in International Business, Wichita State University, Wichita.
  • John Watson, director, Trade Development Division, Kansas Department of Commerce, Topeka.
  • Jeff Willis, president of Fluentpages LLC, Oskaloosa.

This week, site visits will be made to the finalist companies, followed by presentations April 20 in Topeka by the finalists. The award will be presented June 29 at Butler Community College in El Dorado at the annual Kansas Cavalry Encampment, the state’s annual business awards ceremony.

For more on the finalist companies, see the Kansas Department of Commerce news release.

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