This two-hour virtual event hosted and presented by the California International Trade Center (CITC) will help prepare SMEs in identifying and leveraging virtual trade missions to benefit their eCommerce operations overseas. Partners and presenters include the US Commercial Service, SBA Export, EXIM Bank, and the Long Beach City Chamber of Commerce.
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Felipe Cusnir is Chief Executive Officer at Swell Capital Inc., providing capital introduction and placement services for institutional investors, funds and individual investors. Felipe raises capital and provides counsel for strategic allocation, with focus on projects in Infrastructure & Transportation, Sustainability, Health & Wellness, Distressed Assets, and Sports & Entertainment. Prior to founding Swell, Felipe served as Director of International Trade & Investment at Los Angeles Mayor’s Office, facilitating international trade development, attracting and retaining foreign direct investment, and strengthening government relationships. Prior to joining Mayor Garcetti’s Administration, Cusnir worked for the International Development Department for the Port of Los Angeles, where he promoted the Port and the Region internationally to foster trade and business opportunities.
Greg has worked in the export/import field as an entrepreneur, banker, and economic development consultant. As an entrepreneur, Greg has imported display advertising equipment from Europe and natural stone from Brazil and Italy. At the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, he spent six years structuring long-term buyer financings on behalf of U.S. exporters. As an economic development consultant he spent six years at Enterprise Florida counseling companies on the process of exporting and in managing the state’s industrial revenue bond program. He also organized Florida’s participation in numerous overseas trade events.
At the World Trade Center L.A. – Long Beach Greg’s focus was on bringing overseas employers to L.A. County as part of the County’s job creation effort. He joined the Export Import Bank in 2012. The Exim Bank provides payment risk mitigation services to businesses that sell overseas. It also provides term financing for overseas buyers purchasing US products, and facilitates working capital financing for US exporters.
Jeff Deiss (pronounced “Deese”) is an export finance loan officer with the US Small Business Administration (SBA), a role he has held since 2011. He is one of 21 such SBA Export Finance Managers in the nation who provide export financing assistance as part of the suite of services available from multi-agency US Export Assistance Centers (USEAC’s). After 2 years in Portland, Oregon, Jeff opened SBA’s San Francisco, California export office in late 2013. Jeff works with exporters and commercial lenders in northern and central California to find export financing solutions for small businesses. In addition, he serves as the Export Finance Director for SBA’s team of Export Finance Managers in the Western US, a role he assumed in 2014.
Prior to joining SBA, Jeff was involved in commercial lending at USDA Rural Development where he was responsible for delivering a variety of financing programs to address the needs of rural communities. He began his career with USDA in 1983 doing agricultural lending.
Jeff holds an MS and BS from the University of California Davis, and a BA from Claremont McKenna College.