U.S. Commercial Service Welcomes New Director of the Peoria Export Assistance Center!
Ms. Elizabeth Ahern is the new Director of the Peoria Export Assistance Center. Elizabeth comes to us from the Illinois SBDC in Central Illinois where she has worked with companies advancing international business since 2011. She has over 20 years of international experience, spanning the private sector, academia, and public service. She has extensive private sector experience working as an international sales development manager, account executive, and international credit manager and brings a key understanding of the challenges small and medium sized businesses face in exporting. Besides her experience in the corporate world with large, medium and small enterprises, Ms. Ahern is an entrepreneur. She started her own consulting firm in 2011 focusing on international business operations. She also has extensive experience in academia as the Director of Cross Cultural and International Business Programs and a Professor of Business at Greenville College. Elizabeth will work will downstate Illinois firms (south of I-80) in all industry sectors to help them expand their international sales. She can be reached beginning August 31 at Elizabeth Ahern@trade.gov or 309-671-7815, but you might want to give her a few days to get settled in!
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