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.

EXPERTISE

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.

CONNECTIONS

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.

SERVICES

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 Fox Park 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: Karen.gerwitz@wtcdenver.org; 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: Sandi.Moilanen@wtcdenver.org; 303-592-5362

Karen Moore – Director of Marketing & Member 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: Karen.Moore@wtcdenver.org; 303-592-5369

Tanya Arnt – Director, Trade Institute

Tanya Arnt joined the World Trade Center Denver team in 2020. As the Education Program Coordinator and Project Manager, Tanya is responsible for administering and modernizing education programs at World Trade Center Denver. She is in charge of transferring and converting in-person training to online/virtual, she works with subject matter experts and always on the lookout to adding new and exciting training sessions. She guides students through getting the most of their Certificate of International Trade. She is also a project manager for the two largest conferences – World Trade Day and International Business & U.

Tanya is very passionate about International Business and working globally. Prior to coming to WTC, Tanya managed global conferences and trainings for software as a service companies and nonprofits. And also, she spent five years in China where she worked as an Educator.

Originally from Russia, she holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and working on her MBA with major in International Business at University of Colorado Denver. Multilingual Russian, English, and Chinese speaker with Spanish competency. She has lived in Siberia, China, Ecuador and US.

Contact: tanya.arnt@wtcdenver.org; 303-592-5378

Jamison Shelton – Program Director, Global Trade Activator

Jamison comes to the World Trade Center Denver with over 20 years of experience in the international ecommerce, business development, operations and on-demand manufacturing space, with a professional portfolio that includes Broadcast.com, Yahoo!, VarTec Telecom, Webroot Software, Circle Graphics and CafePress. Jamison has also run a successful consulting practice, helping early-stage companies with their international expansion efforts. Jamison has his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Managerial Information Systems (MIS) from the University of Oklahoma.

Contact: Jamison.Shelton@wtcdenver.org, 303-592-5757

Amar Alimaa – Program Manager for Immigrant Program, Global Trade Activator 

Amar was born in Mongolia, raised in Poland, Ukraine, and Japan. She is experienced in developing international business from scratch in Ukraine, Poland, Mongolia, Japan, and the United States. Multilingual: Japanese, Russian, Polish, Mongolian, and English.

She has earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in International Business from the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her role in WTC is to support immigrants to build their international business plan, strategic marketing plan, and obtain financial loans. Amar is passionate about improving the life standard around the world through international business.

Contact: Amar.Alimaa@wtcdenver.org; 303-293-5936

Javion Blake – Global Business Support Manager, Immigrant Program, Global Trade Activator

Javion ‘Jay’ Blake is an entrepreneur, a design engineer, and humanitarian seeking to make the world more abundant for all.
Javion migrated from Jamaica to the United States to pursue a tertiary level education in engineering after transferring from the University of Technology, Jamaica. He is the proud holder of a Master of Science (MSc.) in Industrial and Management Engineering and a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Aerospace from Montana State University, Bozeman. He founded Jus Chill, bringing Breadfruit to over 45 states in the U.S. He has most recently worked in the medical device industry designing diagnostics devices used in the fights against COVID19 pandemic.

As Global Business Support Manager in the Global Trade Activator Immigrant and Refugee Program, he brings experience in International Trade to assist participants to develop successful trading ventures that will build generational wealth and achieve the American Dream. He served as a strategic advisor on the Advisory Board of the World Trade Center Denver prior to deciding to join staff.

Contact: javion.blake@wtcdenver.org

Allen Espinosa – Director of Global Business Solutions

Allen is responsible for overseeing the Global Business Services division at the World Trade Center Denver, providing global import, export, market entry and compliance consulting solutions for companies throughout the Rocky Mountain region. He has over 12 years of experience in economic development and tax consulting and has managed corporate growth projects throughout the United States for clients in the manufacturing, energy, life sciences, financial services and corporate headquarters industries, representing over $3 billion of capital investment. His responsibilities included site location analysis, financial modeling, drafting and negotiating complex agreements and documenting compliance for government programs and contracts. Allen began his career at a global consultancy in Tampa, FL and subsequently co-founded the economic development practice at a consultancy in Texas, opening offices in New Orleans and Denver. He has a Master’s degree in International Business from the University of Colorado Denver and both a Juris Doctor and Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Florida State University.

Contact: Allen.Espinosa@wtcdenver.org

Eliana Becnel – Director of Network Growth

Eliana Becnel joined the WTC Denver team this January to focus on growing our international network and opportunities within our global network.  Originally from New Orleans, LA, Becnel relocated to Denver in the midst of the pandemic where she focused on understanding the local economic landscape, and how Colorado grows and protects its own economy.

With a background in economic development, destination and luxury lifestyle – sales, Becnel’s approach is grounded in strategic partnerships with symbiotic objectives designed to facilitate organic growth and expansion. A graduate from Louisiana State University, Becnel has traveled extensively domestically and internationally her entire life, and believes that all successful collaborations are inclusive of business and culture – after all, isn’t culture the why behind what we do? Or perhaps the how?

Contact: eliana.becnel@wtcdenver.org

Mark Rerko- Director of Business Development for Global Services

Mark’s sole purpose is to help Colorado Businesses Succeed Globally.  Mark is responsible for representing the WTC-Denver as Direct of Business Development – Global Business Services.  Those services include our accelerator program, known as Global Trade Activator, our expert Consulting Services – Global Business Solutions and our world class training offered through our Training Institute.

Mark started his Global Business career in the oil drilling business working and living in Africa, Japan, Spain and Canada.  After moving back to the U.S. he focused on providing global logistics solutions to companies covering various aspects of international trade, including transportation, customs compliance, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) to name a few international supply chain disciplines.  He has a Bachelor degree from Western Illinois University and has done post graduate work at the University of Chicago and Michigan State University in supply chain studies.

Contact: Mark.Rerko@wtcdenver.org

First Last Role Executive Committee
John Addison ColorAdo Dept of Ag
Mario Archaga UPS
Sheldon Bancroft Trinidad Benham 2023
Jacqui Beckett Secretary ** Beckett Ethics & Compliance 2024
Lindsay Besser Hank Leprino 2022
Danielle Blakely Sierra Nevade Corp 2022
Kate Caldecourt ** The Strategy Architect
Suzy Canon PoolCorp 2022
Gina Cook Metro State University 2024
Marcela de la Mar 2022
James Ferry Arrow Electronics 2022
Karen Freidhof University of Colorado 2024
Brian Friedman GHP Investment Advisors 2022
Stephanie Garnica ** Denver Office of Economic Development Appt
Robert Gary ** Stolle Machinery 2024
Karen Gerwitz President World Trade Center Denver Appt
Dave Glynn Holland & Hart LLP 2024
Jason Huck HSBC 2022
Doug Jackson Project Cure 2022
Laura Jackson Denver International Airport Appt
Vicky Lea Metro Denver EDC Appt
Betsy Markey International Consultant Appt
Kelsey Moraski IMI Precision Engineering 2022
Suzette Nickle US Export Assistance Center Appt
Denis Perron Institute Chair, DGC, WTD NREL (retired) 2023
Susan Pfuetze Otter Products 2023
Emma Pinter Adams County 2023
Kevin Pitts Denver Busines Journal 2021
Kerri Platais CSU 2022
Jeff Popiel Chair Geotech Environmental Equipment 2022
Brandon Powers BDO 2023
Tyler Rauert Pax8 2024
Courtney Roberts PNC Bank N.A. 2023
Kari Thiessen Treasurer ** Plante Moran 2022
Brad Whittle Gallagher Transport 2024
First Last Role Association Board Company Term
Doug Allen IB&U University of Denver, Daniels 2022
Angelica Bahl Metro State University 2022
Jacqui Beckett ** Beckett Ethics and Compliance 2023
Javion Blake JusChill 2022
Danielle Blakely ** TBD 2023
James Ferry ** Arrow Electronics 2022
Karen Gerwitz President ** World Trade Center Denver Appt.
Craig Maginness ExIn Global Strategies 2023
Jill Mendoza Superior Louisville 2023
Kelsey Moraski ** IMI Precision Engineering 2023
Suzette Nickle USEAC 2022
Laura Nolan Spectra Logic 2022
Marisela Parraguez OEDIT 2023
Denis Perron Chair ** NREL (retired) 2022
Aaron Raml Leprino Foods 2023
Lizbeth Rodriguez-Johnson Reed Smith 2023
Marcia Wright Cognizant 2022

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.

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