Members of the five California District Export Councils (DEC) meet at the California Chamber of Commerce in Sacramento on May 23 to hear from the Honorable Dale Tasharski, acting deputy director general of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and Laura Barmby, U.S. Department of Commerce liaison to the National Association of DECs. The current issues facing the trade community and the department were the focus of discussion. Following, the group attended other international trade-related events. Front Row (from left): The Honorable Jerry Levine, Consulate General of Barbados/National DEC, Former Chair; Toby Levine, San Francisco Port Advisory; Mark Ballam, San Diego State University College of Business Administration/San Diego and Imperial DEC; Cary Wanner, City National Bank/Inland Empire DEC, Vice Chair; Laura Barmby, U.S. Department of Commerce/National DEC; The Honorable Dale Tasharski, Acting Deputy Director General, U.S. Department of Commerce; Susanne Stirling, CalChamber/NorCal DEC and National DEC; Roy Paulson, Paulson Manufacturing Corporation/Inland Empire and National DEC, Former Chair; David Haubert, Mayor of Dublin/NorCal DEC; Deep SenGupta, DSG Global/NorCal DEC and National DEC; and Michael Parr, Wente Family Estates/NorCal DEC. Middle Row (from left): George Tastard, U.S. Department of Commerce; Sung Wook Lee, SW Logistics Inc./NorCal DEC; Candy Hansen Gage, Gage Ag Consulting/NorCal DEC; Everett Golden, Otis McAllister/NorCal DEC; Richard Swanson, U.S. Department of Commerce; Jeremy Potash, California-Asia Business Council/NorCal DEC; Dean Fealk, DLA Piper/NorCal DEC; Carol Johnson, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey/NorCal DEC; Bob Spence, Inter Asia Pacific/Inland Empire DEC; Janice Whitaker, Teledyne/NorCal DEC; Christel Vilogron, Import Export Best Practices, SoCal DEC; Joanne Vilet, U.S. Department of Commerce. Back Row (from left): Glen Roberts, U.S. Department of Commerce; Julie Anne Hennessy, U.S. Department of Commerce; Adithya Padala, UmeVoice Inc./NorCal DEC; Tsvi (Chuck) Guy, Vecron Exim/Central CA DEC; Dr. Rudy Besikof, Mt. San Jacinto College/Inland Empire DEC; John McPeak, Biomarin/NorCal DEC; Anthony Hall, Premier Packaging Group/Central CA DEC; Rod Hirsch, U.S. Department of Commerce; David Fiscus, U.S. Department of Commerce; Tom Neff, RINA Accountancy Corporation/NorCal DEC; and Pat Cassidy, U.S. Department of Commerce.