U.S. Commercial Service officers discuss opportunities in Asian markets

Senior commercial officers from six Asian countries visited Dominican University of California in March to share their insight and expertise on the current export opportunities available to U.S. companies.

The March 30 discussion with U.S. Commercial Service (USCS) senior officers was sponsored by the Lepage Center for Global Innovation housed in the Barowsky School of Business.

In 2006, the USCS, the export promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, relocated its North Bay office to Dominican's San Rafael campus. The USCS is a federal government agency that helps small and medium-sized companies export goods and services by counseling them on a variety of trade issues, providing international market intelligence, helping to identify international partners, and assist with resolving trade disputes. The San Rafael office serves about 150 businesses located in Marin, Napa, Solano, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Humboldt counties.

“Serving as a home to the USCS North Bay office provides excellent opportunities for both faculty and students to gain hands-on exposure to international business and trade,” says Dr. Sam Beldona, Dean of The Barowsky School of Business.

In recent years, Dominican faculty have participated in USCS trade missions to Indonesia, Vietnam, and China. Faculty also have served as resources on issues of international trade to the business community. Dominican students have served as interns in the USCS North Bay office. Dominican faculty also have published in scholarly journals on the topic of international trade, especially U.S. exports.

"Asia in general and China in particular are in positions to play pivotal roles in global trade as the U.S. retreats from its post-WWII role as the leader of globalization," remarked Dr. Françoise Lepage, Sarlo Distinguished Professor of International Business. "It is ironic that China is seeking to expand its presence in the world while the U.S. appears to be reverting back to parochialism."

The USCS diplomats attending Thursday’s discussion were:  Rosemary Gallant, Senior Commercial Officer, Indonesia; David Gossack, Senior Commercial Officer, Korea; Catherine Spillman, Senior Commercial Officer, Malaysia; Doug Wallace, Senior Commercial Officer, Australia; Greg Wong, Senior Commercial Officer, Thailand; Andrew Wylegala, Senior Commercial Officer, Japan; and James Golsen, Executive Director of Asia, Washington, D.C.

The event was attended by faculty, students, and more than a dozen North Bay companies interested in exploring opportunities in Asia. The companies included manufacturers specializing in biotech, the food industry, metals industry, the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries, water utilities, education, agriculture, laboratory products, and air pollution monitoring. Participants discussed a wide range of topics, including international business strategies, international marketing, banking and finance, and environmental challenges.


March 30, 2017