Colorado is stronger when we trade

What we do

World Trade Center Denver is a business network and services organization dedicated exclusively to the international business success of companies based in Colorado and the surrounding Rocky Mountain region.

No need to call New York or fly to Chicago, you get face-to-face access to world-class global resources right here in your own backyard. Our sole purpose is to help local companies succeed internationally. Global commerce isn’t just one of the things we do, it’s the only thing we do.

Why we do it

Our mission is to build a strong future for the remarkable industries of the Rocky Mountain Region by helping our members collaborate locally, connect strategically and thrive on the global stage. We seek to inspire Colorado businesses and entrepreneurs to think bigger. To see what global trade can do, not just for our bottom lines, but for the places we call home. It isn’t just about imports and exports. It’s about bringing prosperity to our state and neighborhoods by forging ties with other neighborhoods around the world. It’s about a better future for all of us. Trade Matters.


No other organization offers the breadth and depth of global expertise you get here. We are a global trade association run by people who’ve experienced success in global business, who know the intricacies of government policy, and who keep current and informed on every change and nuance. Our subject matter experts are the best of the best, and if they can’t answer your question they will get you to someone who will. We aren’t here to judge, we’re here to advise, solve problems and help you put your best foot forward.


With one million members and over 300 trade centers in 100 countries, this is a network that opens doors around the world. Here you can collaborate, exchange ideas and cultivate relationships with the largest concentration of global business-minded professionals in the region. In addition to networking and training events, we facilitate introductions to get you to the right people in the right geographies.


Online libraries and peer-to-peer training are just the beginning. We provide tools, resources and customized consulting services to help you choose markets strategically, mitigate risks and increase revenues and operational efficiencies as you expand. Direct consultative services will help take you from launching your global business to optimizing your global supply chain and through becoming well-established internationally. Trust your business with experts who have been teaching best practices of global business operations for over 30 years.

Karen Gerwitz – President & CEO

Karen Gerwitz brings 30 years’ experience in international business to the organization in the private, public and non-profit sectors.  Her enthusiastic vision for how Denver can become a more globally-conscious city is what is driving the organization to its new development in the RiNo neighborhood near downtown.  With business development, strategic growth and marketing as her main functional expertise, Karen has served overseas in Ghana and Austria, and in Colorado in multiple sectors including:  IT, Aerospace, Lumber, Science, Mining, and Government.  Her protocol and international cultural expertise prepared her well to host the official visits of the Emperor and Empress of Japan, the G8 Summit, the Western Hemisphere Ministerial Summit, and hundreds of other delegations. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in International Business and her Masters of Public Administration from the University of Colorado.

Contact:; 303-592-5760

Sandi Moilanen – V.P. Operations

Sandi Moilanen is the Vice President of Operations at the World Trade Center Denver, where she oversees the daily operations and programs of the organization, helps develop and implement strategic initiatives and looks for new areas of growth. Sandi brings experience in international business development, manufacturing and international trade finance to the position. Prior to joining the WTC, Sandi was the Director of the Colorado International Trade Office, part of the State of Colorado’s Office of Economic Development, where she managed the export promotion and foreign investment attraction activities for the State of Colorado. Before her public sector service, Sandi managed international transactions and overseas production planning for an apparel manufacturer. She helped develop European distribution and managed a network of international dealers. She has experience as a Customs Broker and an international logistics agent.

Contact:; 303-592-5362

Karen Moore – Manager of Marketing & Engagement

Karen Moore joined the World Trade Center Denver team in 2020. As the Manager of Marketing & Member Engagement, Karen is responsible for marketing, advertising and communication to strategic partnerships, and member management and engagement. She brings her strong background in marketing and business development to the team. Karen has always had a passion for international business and worked overseas for a short time in Paris. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing with a focus on International Business from the University of Colorado.

Contact:; 303-592-5369

Marisela Parraguez – Project Manager, Global Trade Activator Program Supporting Immigrant and Refugee Entrepreneurs

Marisela is the Project Manager for our Global Trade Activator Program that supports immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs. She has 16 years of experience developing and managing projects with high economic and social impact, including experience managing a portfolio of projects/grants for and with Latin American and Caribbean countries. Prior to joining WTC Denver, Marisela worked over 9 years for the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington DC, working on competitiveness, technology and innovation projects with the public, private, and academic sectors in those countries. Previously, she was part of the team who developed the High-Technology Foreign Investment Promotion Program, the first program ever in Chile designed specifically for investment attraction, and promoted Chile to companies looking to outsource back-office and call center operations abroad.

Marisela is native of Chile and she holds a Master of Public Management from the University of Maryland and an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering.  She is Fluent in Spanish and English.


(currently hiring) – Education Coordinator

Contact: 303-592-5378

Jamison Shelton – Global Business Services Program Manager

Bio and Photo coming soon

Contact:, 303-592-5757

First Last Role Executive Committee
Jacqui Beckett Secretary ** Beckett Complicance & Ethics Appt
Paul Bergman ** US Export Assistance Center Appt
Lindsay Besser Hank Leprino 2022
Samantha Betancourt Terumo BCT 2021
Danielle Blakely Sierra Nevada Corp 2022
Suzy Canon Arrow Electronics 2022
Gina Cook Metro State Univeristy 2021
Marcela de la Mar 2022
Brian Friedman GHP Investment Advisors 2022
Denise Froning 2020
Stephanie Garnica ** Denver Office of Economic Development Appt
Karen Gerwitz President ** World Trade Center Denver Appt
Dave Glynn Hollan & Hart LLP 2021
Jason Huck HSBC 2022
Doug Jackson Project CURE 2022
Laura Jackson Denver International Airport Appt
Rosy McDonough OEDIT/Minority Business Office Appt
Kelsey Moraski IMI Precision Engineering 2022
Felicia Naranjo Martinez ** CO European Union Center of Excellence 2020
Denis Perron Institute Chair NREL (retired) 2020
Holly Pixler MillerCoors 2022
Kerri Platais Colorado State University 2022
Jeff Popiel Chair Geotech Environmental Equipment 2022
Jesson Prohaska ** VITL Consulting 2022
Tyler Rauert Johns Manville 2021
Eman Sadi Jeppesen 2022
Brad Segura Denver Busines Journal 2021
Cayti Stein Metro Denver EDC Appt
Kari Thiessen Treasurer ** Plante Moran 2022
Lois Vera Brown Laser Technology Inc. 2022
Michele Warren KeyBank 2021
Karen Warsh University of Colorado Denver 2021
Brad Whittle Gallagher Transport 2021
Isabella Zaczek ** IZ Consulting 2021
First Last Role Association Board Company Term
Doug Allen University of Denver, Daniels 2020
Angelica Bahl ** Metro State University 2020
Jacqui Beckett Beckett Ethics and Compliance 2021
Lindsay Besser Hank Leprino Foods 2021
Danielle Blakely Sierra Nevada Corporation 2021
Mark Cicotello Employers Council 2020
Denise Froning ** CKI 2021
Karen Gerwitz President ** World Trade Center Denver Appt.
Missy Kautt University of Colorado 2020
Craig Maginness ExIn Global Strategies 2021
Denis Perron Chair NREL (retired) 2021
Lizbeth Rodriguez-Johnson Reed Smith 2021
Marcia Wright 2020
Kelsey Moraski IMI Precision Engineering 2021
Kate Fish Katari 2021
Jill Mendoza Broomfield Economic Development 2021

We host hundreds of events, roundtables, discussions, and trainings annually including various Interest Network Groups and Committees that you can join to become involved in Colorado’s international business community.

Denver’s RiNo Art District will soon become the epicenter of globally-driven activity in Colorado. Opening in 2020, your new World Trade Center campus will include state-of-the art conference center and training facilities, a flagship business hotel and globally-themed restaurants and retail stores. It will be both the headquarters for established global companies and an incubator for aspiring global entrepreneurs. An exciting and vibrant international hub in the heart of Denver.

Click here to see how you can be part of the new World Trade Center Denver campus.