Michigan District Export Council West (MDEC West) has elected international business attorney Jean Schtokal of Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC, to serve as Chair of its executive committee. Michigan District Export Council West is a group of experienced business professionals with international trade expertise that complements the services provided by the U.S. Commercial Service.
U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increasing sales to new global markets. MDEC West's professionals share their real-world experience with businesses trying to enter or expand in new international markets, providing contacts, connections, and direction.
Schtokal has a strong dedication to international business; she also serves as Executive-in-Residence for the International Business Center at the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University, has first-hand knowledge of U.S. Export Controls (ITAR), and serves as Co-Chair of the Global Business Club of Mid-Michigan. Schtokal's experience as an international business attorney in Lansing is expansive, and includes international trade, distribution, manufacturing and licensing arrangements; establishment of subsidiaries, branch offices and facilities; joint ventures and strategic alliances as well as acquisitions and direct investments.