Member Staff News Summer 2011

New Co-Chairs of China Committee

We welcome Jianmei Feng of General Electric and Tad Ferris of Holland and Knight as co-chairs of USCIB’s China Committee. Previously vice chairs of the committee, Ms. Feng, senior counsel for public policy at GE China, and Mr. Ferris, a partner in Holland and Knight’s China team, succeed Clarence Kwan, national managing partner for Chinese services at Deloitte. We are extremely grateful for Mr. Kwan’s longstanding support and dedication to our China work. His leadership of the committee over the past eight years has helped shape USCIB’s positions on Chinese trade policy, and he has also served as the chair of the BIAC China Task Force.

USCIB’s Amanda Barlow
USCIB’s Amanda Barlow

Amanda Barlow, USCIB’s Carnet development manager, presented at FedEx’s Irving, Texas center in May to over 100 individuals gathered to successfully kickoff “Trade Texas Style,” a public-private partnership that supports President Obama’s National Export initiative. This state-wide trade initiative – composed of 37 private- and public-sector organizations including USCIB, the U.S. Commercial Service, Reed Exhibitions, JPMorgan Chase and FedEx – came together to present the value of expanding trade to small and medium-sized businesses in Texas. Fred Schardt, CEO of FedEx Trade Networks, and Mayor Herbert Gears of Irving both spoke at the event. Following the kickoff, over 500 first-round invitations went out asking Texas companies to consider joining and receiving the benefits from the counseling and planning support offered by the supporters of “Trade Texas Style.” Both USCIB and Carnet service provider Roanoke Trade Services exhibited at the event, drawing attention to the value of ATA Carnets as well as ICC Incoterms® 2010 for Texas business.

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New USCIB Members

We are delighted to welcome the following companies and organizations as the latest additions to USCIB’s diverse membership:

American Council of Life Insurers

Talecris Biotherapeutics, Inc.

To learn more about how USCIB membership can benefit your organization, contact Alison Hoiem (202-682-1291 or

Staff Contact:   Kira Yevtukhova

Deputy Director, Marketing and Communications
Tel: 202.617.3160

Kira Yevtukhova manages USCIB’s print and online publications, including the website, e-newsletter and quarterly magazine, and serves as the organization’s digital media strategist. Prior to this role, Kira worked for over five years within USCIB’s Policy Department, focusing on climate change, environment, nutrition, health, and chemicals related policy issues. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and is currently pursuing an MBA at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.
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