An organization recently launched to help northwest Indiana companies do business in other nations has elected its first set of officers. Purdue University Calumet College of Business Department Head Kuan-Chou Chen will serve as the first president of the Northwest Indiana World Trade Alliance. The new officers include:

President: Kuan-Chou Chen, Ph.D. Department Head, College of Business, Purdue University Calumet

Vice President of Membership – Keith Kirkpatrick, President, KPM Group, Inc.

Vice President of Marketing: Anna Rominger, Ph.D., Dean, School of Business and Economics, Indiana University Northwest

Vice President of Programs: Marlon Mitchell, Ph.D., President, Gary Campus, Ivy Tech Community College

Vice President of Resources: Cynthia Roberts, Ph.D., Teddy Jacobi Dean, College of Business, Purdue University North Central

Secretary: Anne Anderson, Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, City of Hammond

Treasurer: Sandy Becker, Accountant, Sandy Becker and Associates

Legal Advisor: Cal Bellamy, Partner, Krieg Devault LLP

Advisor to the Executive Committee: Gideon Falk, Ph.D., Department of Marketing, Human Resources, and Management, Purdue University Calumet

The organization also elected several members to its board. They include:

Derek Bjonback, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics, College of Business, Purdue University North and Director, Center for Economic Development and Research

Gregory Boyan, Independent Consultant

Delbert Brown, Airport Director, Gary Chicago International Airport

Arthur Cyr, Ph.D., Distinguished Clausen Professor and Director, A.W. Clausen Center for World Business, Carthage College

Lorri Feldt, Executive Director, Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center

Sean Meyer, Student, Lake Central High School and a member of the South Shore Leadership Youth for Community Engagement (SLYCE)

Surekha Rao, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Business and Economics, Indiana University Northwest

Timothy Sanders, Office of Engagement, Purdue University

Laura Spingola, President, Trade Resources, Inc.

Timothy Sutherland, Director of Library Services, Indiana University Northwest

Steve Varella, Program Director, Department of Business and Information Systems, Calumet College of Saint Joseph

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