Board Members

KENTUCKY DISTRICT EXPORT COUNCIL

Member of the National Association of District Export Councils (NADEC)


RICHARD GRANA – KENTUCKY DISTRICT EXPORT COUNCIL CHAIRMAN

Richard Grana

Richard J. Grana is president of IMPEX, providing Export Management Company (EMC) global services to conveyor accessories and bulk material equipment manufacturers. He has more than 35 years of experience in manufacturing, materials management (with Heublein, Genex, Chris Craft Yachts, and Aladdin Industries) in sales (domestic and international), marketing, global purchasing, distribution, and plant start-up.

Appointments:

KY District Export Council (KDEC)–Member since 2003, Vice Chair in 2006, and Chair in 2022 to Present.

NADEC–Associate Member from 2012- 2020; Co-Chair of the Trade Policy Committee 2017-2019); Advisory Board from 2020-2023. NADEC-Board Member -Great Lakes Regional Representative-2023-Present.

KEDFA– (KY Economic Development Finance Authority) Member 2005-2012.

World Trade Center of KY–Board Member 2015-2017.

In 2008, the US Secretary of Commerce and the USTR appointed him to the ITAC 11/9 Committee. His activities include being a member and presenter with the US Delegation to various US-UK Dialogues and EU-U.S. SME Workshops in the framework of the Transatlantic Economic Council. He received his BA degree from the University of KY and is a US Army Armor Veteran. www.rgrana.com.

 

SUSAN PARKER – KDEC SECRETARY/TREASURER

Susan Parker is the Vice President of Supply Chain for Kenmark Eyewear. Ms. Parker began her career at Kenmark in 1983 as a warehouse associate and throughout her time with the organization has been instrumental in the development and alignment of several departments within the organization.

Since 1993, Parker has expanded corporate social responsibility initiatives, developed a strong supplier audit and evaluation program, and helped Kenmark obtain their ISCC certification. She currently oversees all aspects of Kenmark’s global trade initiatives, domestic logistics, and supplier compliance processes. She also is responsible for all sustainability efforts and supports demand planning and forecasting functions for select brands.

susanparker@kenmarkeyewear.com

 

FORMER NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DISTRICT EXPORT COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE

Kelly Watkins, MBA,

2021-2023. Board Member of the National Association of District of Export Councils.

KDEC – Corporate Secretary 2020-2021.

Kelly has witnessed Leadership from awesome to awful … all over the planet (on all 7 continents & all 50 US states). Kelly is President of Expressive Concepts, which helps companies to develop their High-Level & High-Potential Leaders – preparing them to succeed in a global environment. Expressive Concepts provides customized Long-Term Programs, Seminars, & Executive Coaching in Leadership Development. They also work cross-culturally with International Professionals – helping them to improve their leadership skills in the USA. Kelly is the author of 6 books. She has taught university courses in Global management/Leadership and Cross-Cultural Communication. Kelly is also the founder of the concept of Executive Professionalism™.  www.linkedin.com/in/kellywatkins.

 

KDEC BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Richard Grana – President – IMPEX – KDEC Chairman
  • Peggy Pauley – Director, US International Trade Administration, US Department of Commerce, US Commercial Service – KDEC Executive Secretary
  • Susan Parker – Vice President of Supply Chain – Kenmark Eyewear – KDEC Secretary and acting Treasurer
  • Kelly Watkins – President – Expressive Concepts – Past NADEC Great Lakes Representative – Education and Outreach Committee
  • Omar Ayyash – President & CEO – World Trade Center Kentucky
  • Rick Clevinger – Senior International Account Executive – FedEx
  • Mona Chorera – Executive Director of International Affairs – Midway University
  • Debra Dudley – President – Oscarware, Inc.
  • Mary Hammond – Executive Director – Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Tim Hughes – CEO – Accentuating Stewardship, LLC
  • Devanny King – Executive Director – Women’s Business Center of Kentucky
  • Suhas Kulkami – Principal – Kulkarni Business Advisors
  • Sally Lawler – President – Valley Vista Ski Products / SkiSkootys
  • Blanca Ramirez-Gutierrez – Green Hydrogen Solutions Manager – Lectrodryer
  • Will Snell – Extension Professor – College of Agriculture, Food and Environment – University of Kentucky
  • C. “Buck” Wheeler – President / CEO – Wheeler Enterprises Inc. dba EZ Animal Products

 

GOVERNMENT EX OFFICIO – FRIENDS OF KDEC

  • Mona Musa – Senior International Trade Specialist – US Commercial Service
  • Brian Miller – Senior International Trade Specialist – US Commercial Service
  • Sara Moreno – International Trade Specialist – US Commercial Service
  • Joseph Doyle – International Trade Specialist – US Commercial Service
  • Dana Winston – Lender Relations Specialist / District International Trade Officer – U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Robert Coffey – District Director – U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Mark Klein – Regional Director – Export-Import Bank of the United States
  • Jonathan Van Balen – Import/Export Advisor – Kentucky Department of Agriculture

KDEC SPONSORS

Become a KDEC Sponsor

The Kentucky & Southern Indiana District Export Council is dedicated to helping Kentucky & Southern Indiana companies begin, increase, or improve their export business. Your company is invited to be a prominent advertiser in this effort.

KDEC Sponsorship Levels:

Bronze: $300.00

Company Logo, company name and company link to Sponsor Page.

Silver: $500.00

Company Logo, company name, company link, and a short paragraph of the company (max 100 words) on Sponsor Page.

Gold: $750.00

Company Logo, company name, company link and a short paragraph of of the company (max of 100 words) on the Sponsor Page, and the company logo and company name will be at the bottom of each KDEC website page.

Note: Sponsorship for KDEC Events will be treated separately for levels offered at that time.