Welcome to the 8th episode of Export Stories with my guest, Craig Simonton, Vice President for Sales & Marketing for Hydratrek, Inc.
You are going to hear about how Craig and Hydratrek, a manufacturer of heavy-duty rugged amphibious vehicles, began and cultivated a vibrant export program in just ten short years. They now export to more than 20 countries, and Craig has some fascinating stories to tell about the wild ride that it has been developing an export program from scratch. And it all began with a great recreational vehicle for duck hunting…
For more information about Hydratrek, you can visit their website at: https://hydratrek.com/
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Thank you for joining us for our 7th episode of Export Stories with my guest, Elizabeth Cawein, founder and director of Music Export Memphis.
Elizabeth has created and developed a unique organization that brings Memphis musicians to the attention of audiences beyond our borders. She has, also, become a sought after speaker and expert, as her TedX Memphis talk, Building a Thriving Music Scene in Your City (2019), suggests.
Music & culture expert; publicity & marketing professional; entrepreneur; instructor; producer; moderator; and ‘sound diplomat’ – these are all terms that describe Elizabeth’s career. We had a lively conversation about her fascinating experience with many aspects of the music industry.
For more information about Music Export Memphis, you can visit their website at: https://musicexportmemphis.org/
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Episode #6: Bill Courtney: Entrepreneur, Hardwood Exporter, Author, and Oh Yea, Was Part of An Oscar Winning Documentary
I am so excited to present the 6th episode of Export Stories with my guest, Bill Courtney. Bill is one of the leading hardwood exporters in the U.S. and, also, a wonderful storyteller, particularly as it relates to his experiences doing business from one end of the planet to another.
Listening to Bill talk about how he started up his export business is like a mini-master class in how commodity exporting works. We had a great, and sometimes provocative conversation about current markets, which I happily encouraged. For example, issues affecting trade between the U.S. and China hold a position that is front and center in today’s news and affect all of us. It was a natural subject for Bill and I to discuss.
Once you hear the podcast, you will understand why Bill has become a popular inspirational speaker. We touched upon his involvement in the film Undefeated because it was a film that spoke to me.
Thank you for listening! We really want to hear your comments!
I am delighted to present the 5th episode of Export Stories with my guest, Leigh Shockey, CEO & Chairman of Drexel Chemical Company, an innovative agricultural chemical company.
Leigh joined me in the studio and graciously shared stories about what is and has been a fascinating career spent building the international sales and operations for Drexel. Given that they have a broad, global customer base, her stories are as varied as the places where they do business.
Leigh has a marvelous sense of humor, which comes through as she recounts some of her ‘exploits’; and hearing from an experienced female CEO makes for compelling listening. I think you will agree.
Thank you for listening. We welcome your comments via Twitter at exportstoriespodcast @exportstoriesp1, and via our website at www.exportstories.com
It was so much fun chatting with C.J., who I have known for many years since we both worked in sales for United States Lines in the 1980’s.
During his career, C.J. has held senior management positions and represented large, global ocean shipping companies, directly and through agents, including U.S. Lines, Hapag Lloyd, Senator Lines, and United Arab Shipping Company. Today he serves as Senior Partner of Intermodal Cargo Management.
C.J. has an amazing historical perspective of the ocean shipping business from the dynamic 1980’s to today in its present form.
You are going to hear some great stories about how he has known some of the great ‘movers and shakers’ in the ocean shipping industry; and how C.J. was able to open up the Middle East and other markets for a variety of high volume products.
Thank you for listening. We welcome your comments!
Join us for the 3rd episode of Export Stories with our guest, Mary Michel. We had such a fun discussion!
Mary retired in 2015 as Senior Vice President and Advisory Leader in the Phoenix office of the global insurance broker, Marsh & McLennan. What Mary knows about international insurance, insurance brokerage, and risk management is enormous.
Mary shares with us some of her favorite export stories and stories about exposures that some of her clients never could have anticipated.
Just to mention a few, find out what a 'terrorism captive' is; learn about theft exposure in the supply chain; and hear about the world's largest telescope project in Chile.
Here is a link to information about LSST, the telescope project in Chile: www.lsst.org/
And here is the link to our podcast: export-stories-podcast.simplecast.com/episodes/mary-michel-stories-of-exposure-and-how
Thank you for joining our second podcast with our guest, the Rev. David Spann. As a Director of several Department of Commerce Export Assistance Centers across the U.S., David has some fascinating stories to tell about a diverse array of common and not-so-common U.S. export products. David is an authority on the ins and outs of opening global markets for small- to medium-sized U.S. companies. I should know; he supported my export management business for many years.
David grew up in Arkansas, where he graduated from Arkansas State University with a BA in Political Science and then earned a J.D. from the University of Arkansas. David began his career working for an Economic Development District in Hot Springs, Arkansas. From there he joined the U.S. Department of Commerce with progressive assignments in Little Rock, New Orleans, Seattle, and then Memphis. Today, David lives the pastoral life (literally – he currently serves as Associate Pastor at First Church of the Nazarene in Athens, TN) with his wife of 20 years, Cynthia.
We welcome your comments and feedback!
Welcome to our inaugural podcast with our guest, David Radiloff. David leads us on a personal journey from the late 1970’s, when modern international sales and trading was in a pioneer phase, to the present. David was an early exporter to China, the Soviet Union and the Eastern Block, and to many Middle Eastern markets. He has the adventure stories to prove it!
David currently serves as the Vice President of Commercial and Industrial Sales for Mueller Industries.
David is a graduate of University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a BA and MA in Political Science/International Relations. He spent his early career establishing a contract-manufacturing network throughout Latin America for a large textile manufacturer and managed its entire global sourcing network. For many years thereafter he oversaw international sales for Troxler Electronics, a world leader in radio-isotopic test equipment for the construction industry. David managed international sales in over 130 countries for Troxler. In the 1990’s he entered the copper tubing industry, first with Halstead Industries, and then with Mueller.