Recent DEC Events

Here are a few events the New York DEC has sponsored in recent years. All such events are structured to help firms in our area develop international business.

March 29, 2023  – On March 29 the New York DEC sponsored and event titled “Women in Trade” at Queens College. Speakers included Andrea Ratay, Chair of the New York DEC and Vice President, CICP, Global Trade Finance at TD Bank N. A., Carmela Mammas, Director – U.S. Commercial Service New York, Christine Pomeranz, Chair, Dept. of International Trade & Marketing at the SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology and Jian Xiao of Turning Point Solutions and Chair of Event Planning, Department of Accounting and Information Systems, Queens College School of Business (CUNY). This event was historic. It’s the first time that the NYDEC is collaborating with Queens College, the most diverse public school in the US , to inspire future global trade leaders on how to navigate global trade, leverage US Commercial Service resources effectively, develop leadership in global trade and learn FASB’s Hedge Accounting update. The NYDEC team met Dr. Kate Pechenkina, Ph.D. , Dean of Faculty, Prof. Prof. Schiro Withanachchi, Associate Dean and Accounting Faculty and students after the event to exchange thoughts on how to train students for Global Trade opportunities,

May 13, 2019 – On May 13 the New York DEC and the Fashion Institute of Technology held a town hall on major topic in international trade. Featured speakers included Hon. Gail Strickler, President, Global Trade, Brookfield Associates, LLC and Former Assistant, United States Representative, New York DEC chair Joe Schoonmaker and DEC members Ed Dorian, Managing Partner, Dorian Drake International and Christine Pomeranz, Chair, Dept. of International Trade & Marketing, FIT, who moderated the event.

September 17, 2018 -On September 17th, the Professional Development Committee of the NYDEC, along with the Queens Chamber of Commerce, produced a half-day program on exporting to various countries in Asia. The program featured expert speakers on various international trade topics. In particular, professionals from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The program was coordinated by Tom Cook.

February 15, 2017 –  The New York DEC in conjunction with the Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) and the U.S. Department of Commerce produced an event called the “NYC International Business Resource Review” for the benefit of the Foreign Trade Commissioners Association (FTCA) of New York. The Library welcomed around 50 members of the FTCA who were eager to hear about the resources available in New York City regarding international trade. NYDEC member Peter Bengston officiated. Nancy Ploeger arranged the event.

February 15, 2017 – The New York DEC was a supporting organization for an event held at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) entitled “New York Fashion and Beauty Entrepreneurs’ International Business”. The event featured a keynote address from Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. This was followed by a panel discussion that included 4 entrepreneurs form NYC who explained to an audience of about 200 people how they were able to start their international businesses against high odds.  Christine Pomeranz officiated.