WTC Arkansas appoints new business directors and global project manager




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ROGERS, Arkansas – The World Trade Center Arkansas is pleased to announce the hiring of three new team members to help increase exports from the natural state and break down international barriers through free trade.

“This group brings a global perspective and nearly a century of experience in several international fields: business, commerce, diplomacy, art and culture,” said Denise Thomas, CEO of the center.

“They’ve already kicked off and are connecting small businesses in Arkansas with the tools they need to grow their global footprint. WTC Arkansas is proud to host this amazing group of people.”

Jana Carter – Global Trade Director and Foreign Trade Policy Advisor

Carter is an accomplished senior executive and attorney with extensive successful domestic and international experience advising large corporations and federal agencies on public and government relations, reputational issues and business development, including entry and entering new markets. It has a well-established network of business and professional relationships with many US and international markets, including Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Prior to joining World Trade Center Arkansas, Carter was general counsel and external relations counsel for a Los Angeles, California-based startup.

Ed Mabry – global business manager for aerospace, agriculture and forestry

Mabry brings over 40 years of global business development experience. Raised around farming, Mabry applied that knowledge to help John Deere expand its farming presence around the world. He served as an expatriate to advance the business in China, India and Turkey. After his work at John Deere, Mabry served as development manager for Independence County, Arkansas. He is interested in aerospace and has established aviation schools in Turkey and was instrumental in establishing an aerospace business incubator for Arkansas. Prior to joining World Trade Center Arkansas, Mabry worked for the U of A Cooperative Extension Service.

Lisa Parmeter — Global Project Manager

Parmeter has extensive experience in a variety of businesses with a focus on operations and human resources. She is an entrepreneur who created Call Sign, a coffee roasting e-commerce business that provides financial and in-kind support to a range of non-profit organizations that support veterans and military families. An accomplished artist with works of art in two museums, Parmeter also runs an art and design business through print and online platforms.

The mission of the World Trade Center Arkansas is to expand trade and increase Arkansas exports by connecting Arkansas businesses to the world through international trade services.

The center is part of the U of A and serves as the trade promotion arm for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

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