Retired after 33 years with the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Dept. of Commerce. For over twelve of those years I was assigned domestically in Indiana and Oklahoma as a Trade Specialist counseling and providing services to companies, large and small, on exporting/importing and other aspects of international trade. For over 21 years I was a Foreign Service Officer, a diplomat, serving in seven different countries helping U.S. firms do business in those markets. . I have counseled and worked with thousands of U.S. firms and I have organized and conducted hundreds of seminars, workshops and conferences on trade and economic development issues.