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International Advisory Board (For Import/Export)

Our International Advisory Board consists of insightful business leaders advising Global Chamber® San Antonio along with companies and the community on ways to increase international trade... with exporting, importing, foreign tourism and FDI/investment.

We typically meet on the first Friday of every month at 11:30am.

 

Advisors:


Doug Bruhnke  

Founder and CEO at Global Chamber 

Doug is an international entrepreneur dedicated to helping members of Global Chamber® reach new markets across metros and borders more successfully. He is a two-time expat with Dupont in Tokyo and Singapore with over 30 years of global business experience in nearly all countries and segments. Doug is a regional advisor for U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and a member of collaborating international groups including the Arizona District Export Council. He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Utah and an EMBA from Michigan State University.

 

Elva Pai (白允瑶)  Adams

Past President, Alamo Asian-American Chamber of Commerce / Wells Fargo / US National Olympics Team /World Taekwondo Center

Meet Elva Pai Adams. By day, Adams is the vice president of business banking at Wells Fargo. By night, she's a martial artist with more than three decades of Taekwondo experience.  Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Adams began training under Taekwondo master Raymond Hsu at age 13 and immediately fell in love with the sport. Just two years into her training, Adams earned her black belt. Six months later, she was representing Chinese Taipei, under the name Pai Yun-Yao, on the international tournament circuit. By 1987, the then 16-year-old captured the gold at the World Taekwondo Championships. A year later, she took home the bronze at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. Ms. Adams’ professional affiliations include current Advisory Board Member of Small Business Economic Development Center (SBDC) at UTSA, Current Board Member of Central Texas Association of Guaranteed Lenders, and current Board Member of Alamo Asian American Chamber of Commerce,

Rodney Rodriguez  

Laredo EDC / Laredo Community Colleges

Rodney Rodriguez earned his BA/MA Degree from Texas A&M International University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Leadership Studies from Our Lady of the Lake University. Mr. Rodriguez has over 15 years of experience in national corporate operations and compliance; moreover, vast experience in community and economic development, community relations, management and business administration. Mr. Rodriguez is currently the Economic Development Center Director for Laredo Community College and Chairman for the IMPACT Economic Development Forum Committee.  Rodney is a PhD candidate at Our Lady of the Lake University.

 

Michelle Solis  

Venture X - Business Manager

As a professional realtor, Michelle represents the international firm, Venture X, as Business Manager.   The company is expected to grow to more than 40 domestic locations by the end of 2017. Venture X recently opened its first international location in Canada, and it’s projected to expand in Australia in the near future.  Before this stage of my real estate career, I spent fifteen years as a property tax consultant, advocating for the interest of real estate owners across the country. It’s a specialized field and I always enjoyed being on the “white hat” side of the ever increasing tax burden of my clients. I also founded a culinary incubator, serving start-ups and existing small businesses within the culinary industry. Helping entrepreneurs wade through the wilderness of getting their business off the ground was one of my most fulfilling accomplishments.   What I love most about business is creating win-win situations, and solving problems. My success has come through completely understanding the goals and objectives of my clients and advocating on their behalf, independently, as well as, through partners with the expertise needed. I’d like to put my demonstrated leadership and entrepreneurial experience to work for you

Jean-Patrick Ehouman

African Liaison from Côte d'Ivoire

Jean-Patrick Ehouman is an Ivorian Tech Entrepreneur and Community leader working on global issues in Africa. He is concerned by the African Startup ecosystem, local content and apps and also African content. JP worked as a software architect in Europe for 5 years, before goIng back home in Côte d'Ivoire where he is running Akendewa, a tech NGO he started in 2009, where his team and him are producing apps (health, election, social engagement, ...) and teaching young Africans how to use technologies for entrepreneurship and culture of peace. His organisation has the biggest tech community in Francophone Africa with more than 1 800 members. In 2016 JP started sheIsTheCode, a 4 months fellowship training  programme on tech and entrepreneurship for 50.000 young African women from 15 countries.

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