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 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: 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 Warsh – Director of Marketing & Engagement

Karen joined the World Trade Center Denver team in 2017. As the Director of Marketing & Engagement, her duties vary to include marketing, advertising, communication and promotional activities, strategic partner management, membership management, creating new opportunities to add value for members, and engaging members in all that the organization does. She also manages and coordinates the hundreds of annual events and educational programs at the World Trade Center Denver. Karen graduated from the University of Arizona with Bachelors of Science degrees in Marketing, Global Business, and Chinese, and from the University of Colorado Denver with a Masters of Business Administration (focus in Business Analytics) and a Master’s of Science in International Business. Prior to joining the World Trade Center Denver team, she worked in marketing, event planning and data management. She has lived and worked in four countries and traveled to over 50.

Contact: Karen.Warsh@wtcdenver.org; 303-592-5369

Alex Beim – Director of Business Development

Alex Beim is the Director of Business Development for the World Trade Center Denver. In this role, his main duty is to build relationships with members and non-members alike to better understand the hurdles and nuances in their global business endeavors in order to provide tailored solutions. In addition, his duties entail networking and outreach to the Colorado business community to engage companies and professionals doing international business to step forward and to make their impact on regional and global trade by way of knowledge sharing with the regional international community and the World Trade Center Denver network. Alex graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelors in Spanish and Business Administration. Before joining the team at the World Trade Center Denver, he worked in freight brokerage, import/export, freight SaaS systems, and anti-corruption anti-bribery due diligence solutions.

Contact: Alexander.Beim@wtcdenver.org; 303-592-5365

Katie Pagano – Education Coordinator and Executive Assistant

Katie joined the World Trade Center Denver team in October 2018 after spending 10 years in secondary education. She graduated from the University of Missouri, St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science in Education and obtained her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of New Orleans. Katie has a passion for adult learning and operations, and she was known for her innovative flipped classroom during her teaching and graduate studies. In her role, she helps administer and modernize the educational programs and manages the core functions of the office providing support to the executive team.

Contact: Katie.Pagano@wtcdenver.org, 303-592-5378

Martín Vieiro – Global Business Services Program Manager

Martín works with the Rocky Mountain business community to identify market expansion opportunities, capture tax and duty cost savings, and adopt best practices for import and export compliance. Martín has worked on a wide range of international trade, tax, and investment regulatory and policy issues, and he is a firm believer in the benefits of open borders. Martín began his career at EY’s Global Trade practice consulting large multinational firms. He was a Research Analyst at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, a leading think tank in DC, where his published works advocated for trade liberalization and tax reform. He was also an Analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit where he delivered custom research projects for key clients, ranging from major foundations to industry groups. Martín has a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of North Texas, and a master’s degrees from the University of California, San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy. In his free time, he enjoys rock climbing and exploring the Front Range.

Contact: Martin.Vieiro@wtcdenver.org, 303-592-5757

First Last Role Executive Committee Company Term
Angelica Bahl Metro State University 2021
Margaret Battiste ** CoBiz Financial/BOK 2021
Jacqui Beckett Secretary ** Beckett Complicance & Ethics 2021
Paul Bergman ** US Export Assistance Center Appt
E. Martín Enriquez Anovvan Law 2019
Brian Friedman GHP Investment Advisors 2019
Denise Froning CKI 2020
Stephanie Garnica ** Denver Office of Economic Development Appt
Karen Gerwitz President ** World Trade Center Denver Appt
Dave Glynn Holland & Hart LLP 2021
Nick Hamilton-Archer University of Colorado Denver 2019
Doug Jackson Project Cure 2019
Laura Jackson ** Denver International Airport Appt
Scott Larson Terumo BCT 2021
Lynnea Louison Biennial of the Americas 2019
Rosy McDonough OEDIT Appt
Stu Myhill Moss Adams LLP 2020
Felicia Naranjo Martinez CO European Union Center of Excellence 2020
Denis Perron Institute Chair ** NREL (retired) 2020
Holly Pixler MillerCoors 2019
Jeff Popiel Chair ** Geotech Environmental Equipment 2019
Jesson Prohaska ** Geotech Environmental Equipment 2019
Brian Raber Merrick & Company 2019
Tyler Rauert ** Messner Reeves 2021
Brian Sapp Johns Manville 2019
Brad Segura Denver Busines Journal 2021
Cayti Stein Metro Denver EDC Appt
Deiadra Swartz ** Jeppesen 2019
Jill Terry ** Colorado State University 2019
Kari Thiessen Treasurer ** EKS&H/Plante Moran 2019
Lois Vera Brown Laser Technology Inc. 2019
Michele Warren KeyBank 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 2019
Lindsay Besser Hank Leprino Foods 2019
Danielle Blakely Sierra Nevada Corporation 2019
Mark Cicotello Employers Council 2020
Denise Froning ** CKI 2019
Karen Gerwitz President ** World Trade Center Denver Appt.
Missy Kautt University of Colorado 2020
Craig Maginness ExIn Global Strategies 2019
Martha Mendez Ice-O-Matic 2019
Samantha Peaslee Next Gen Polaris Law Group 2019
Denis Perron Chair ** NREL (retired) 2019
Jesson Prohaska ** Geotech Environmental 2019
Lizbeth Rodriguez-Johnson Holland & Hart, LLP 2019
Jill Terry ** Colorado State University 2019
Marcia Wright Trizetto 2020
Kristin Zemenak B&B Blending 2019

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.