niel crocker - panama

Daniel Crocker
Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy Panama

Daniel T. Crocker is currently serving as Senior Commercial Officer in the U.S. Embassy in Panama. In this capacity he is promoting and defending U.S. commercial interests as well as advising the U.S. Ambassador to Panama on trade-related issues.

Prior to this assignment Mr. Crocker assisted Virginia defense and aerospace clients through the Export Assistance Center in Arlington, VA. He also served as the first Client Tracking System (CTS) Manager for the International Trade Administration (ITA). In this role, Mr. Crocker was responsible for leading development, training, and deployment of CTS to over 1,500 users throughout ITA, with a particular emphasis on leveraging CTS as a platform for increased collaboration on behalf of U.S. clients throughout the Commercial Service, Market Access and Compliance (MAC), and Manufacturing and Services (MAS).

Panama is Mr. Crocker’s fifth diplomatic assignment. He has served as Commercial Consul and Principal Commercial Officer in Monterrey, Mexico, Principal Commercial Officer and sole US Government diplomat in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Commercial Attaché in the US Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil, and Vice-Consul in the US Embassy in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The U.S. Government has given Mr. Crocker two Meritorious Honor Awards, the Franklin Award, two Director General’s Awards, and an ITA Quarterly Star for his work on advocacy issues, technology applications, and interagency support.

Mr. Crocker has extensive experience in the private sector. In addition to consulting with Hewlett Packard’s Inkjet Business Division to optimize its global operations, he worked as Product Manager for warehouse management system applications at Webvan and as Director of Supply Chain Management for, which was acquired by Wal-Mart. As a field service engineer for Schlumberger in Angola, he was responsible for finding oil offshore. He also worked as a manufacturing engineer and international sales and servicing engineer for Brenco, a railroad and automotive equipment manufacturer.

Mr. Crocker holds an MBA and an MS in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was awarded the Leaders for Global Operations Fellowship. While at MIT, he co-authored a case on managing technological supply chains, which is currently being published by MIT’s Sloan School of Management. In 2008 he received a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from the George Washington University School of Business and in 2012 he was selected by the Department of Commerce to participate in a course on mastering tradecraft at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. In addition, Mr. Crocker also holds an MA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University.