Import Export Institute: About Us
Import Export Institute, Experianced Professionals at your service!
Our staff is comprised of import export professionals who bring over 40 combined years of industry experience to you. You can be confident that our knowledge, experience, and business practices will be of a great benefit to you as you are starting or continuing your international trade journey. Call us at your convenience – 352-364-4644.
Dana Smith, CGBP, is our Program Director. Dana is a member of NASBITE and has earned the national certification as a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP). Dana started her career in international trade over 16 years ago, working as an account representative for an export management company headquartered in Los Angeles, where she worked with buyers and sellers both domestically and abroad, across multiple industries.
In addition to being the founder of the Institute, she serves as the Director; educating and consulting with trade intermediaries and helping global entrepreneurs launch their enterprises. Manufacturers frequently call upon her to assist them in areas of export readiness, market development, compliance, pricing, and market research. In addition to her experience in developing export management plans and international marketing plans,
Dana can provide assistance across every industry. Additionally, she has been a licensed wine importer for over 5 years. She holds an International Trade certification from University of South Florida and earned her B. S. degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University in Human Resources Management. Dana is available as a consultant, trainer, and public speaker. You can email her at Dana(at)importexportinstitute.com Find Dana on Twitter @importexportpro. You can also call her direct line at 352-364-4644.
Matthew Gibson is our Website Globalization Director. Matthew has operated a successful Import Export Trade brokerage for over 15 years and worked at FedEx in International Freight. He earned his Import Export professional certification from Baruch College. Matthew currently serves as our website globalization specialist and global technology resource. Contact him at Matthew(@)importexportinstitute.com. Matt is on Twitter @MattKnowsTrade.
Nancy Lee is the Director of Research and Information Services at the Institute. Nancy is happy to assist anyone. She oversees the IT department and assists the Go Global! participants with their information and web services. Nancy is available to answer questions and will source information for program participants across any industry. She can be reached at Nancy(@)importexportinstitute.com.
Diego Perez operates as our International Marketing Manager based in Panama. He has years of consulting experience with clients in South, Central, and Latin America. Diego operated a successful trade intermediary business for 10 years and he has negotiated transactions of all sizes for clients worldwide. His cross-cultural knowledge is invaluable. You can email him at Diego(@)importexportinstitute.com.
We have additional professionals available on a consulting basis. Our consultants are available for on-site training and assistance.
We encourage you to contact us. Please call our training office directly at 352-364-4644. Our office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m.. – 5:00 p.m. EST. Weekends and evenings by appointment.