Helping Exporters in Houston and Southeast Texas

Learn from our mentors, educational seminars, networking events and more!


About the 
Houston District Export Council

The Houston District Export Council (HDEC) serves current and future exporters in 33 counties in Southeast Texas. Founded in 1977, HDEC was one of the earliest DEC's formed in the country. Its members and associate members represent an extensive array of manufacturers, service companies, export facilitators, educators, professional advisors and government agencies.


HDEC's members travel extensively to all parts of the globe; while many have lived and worked overseas they bring extensive knowledge of doing business beyond U.S. borders.


HDEC's agenda is driven by its committees which reflect the priorities established in annual strategic planning retreats. Leadership is provided by the Chair, Vice Chair and the USEAC District Director who serves as Executive Secretary. HDEC's standing committees are Outreach, Knowledge Transfer and Special Projects. HDEC also works closely with DEC's in North Texas, Central Texas (Camino Real) and West Texas on projects to build and strengthen exporting infrastructure throughout the state of Texas.


Mission Statement
The HDEC shall help foster U.S. economic growth and create American jobs by stimulating and facilitating the export of goods and services from companies located in Southeast Texas.


DEC Members are approved by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and act similar to a board of directors.  


Associate Members of the DEC do not need such approval but attend DEC events and can support the DEC through their volunteer efforts as well. Want to learn more about DEC Membership?


The Houston DEC Executive Committee includes the following positions:


Chair: Don Wisenbaker, II

Pharos Marine Automatic Power, CFO Tel: 281.292.1690

Chair Emeritus:  Jason Brummerhop

Amegy Bank , Senior Vice President Tel: 713.232.1892


First Vice Chair:   James McDevitt

C-Automation Inc., Chief Operations Officer Tel: 214.908.1845


Second Vice Chair: Jagdip Ahluwalia

Indo American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston, Executive Director Tel: 713.624.7131


Secretary: Emma Ford
Schlumberger, Trade Compliance & Customs Area Manager, Americas Tel: 281.285.8041


Treasurer:   David Morse

dbm Consulting & Associates, LLC, President and Lead  Tel: 973.202.0275


National DEC Steering Committee: Miguel Carranza

One Source Risk Management and Funding, Inc., Sales VP Tel: 281.566.3309


Executive Director (Non-voting member of Executive Committee)

Brendan Kelly, CGBP

Acting Director U.S. Commercial Service – Houston  Tel:  832.431.7371


Other Members (Not on Executive Committee)

Jolie Cosman
Letter of Credit Collection.Com, President Tel: 281.443.6845

Darcie Durham

The Boeing Company, Senior Director - Strategy and Engagement Tel: 281.226.4511


Theresa Garcia
Roanoke Trade Services, Inc., Vice President, Marketing & Sales Support Tel: 713.533.2115


Pam Holdrup
Proven Logistics Solutions LLC, Principal Tel: 832.234.4101 


Karl Maier

Abunden, Managing Director

Eric Nilsson
Mascoat, Logistics Manager & Chief Compliance Officer Tel: 713.465.0304

Lisa Phillip

Hybas International, President and CEO Tel: 281.855.6029


Andrew Pidgirsky
LewisBrisbois, Partner Tel: 713.659.6767


Hebab Quazi
Willbros Facilities Engineering, Manager, Facilities Engineering Tel: 713.403.8021

Richard Sindelar
University of St Thomas, Assistant Professor of Int'l Studies Tel: 713.525.3819


Deanna Teel
Houston Community College, International Business Program Coordinator Tel: 713.718.5873

John M. Vandy
Exotex Pipe, President
GTherm Energy, Vice President and General Manager, Tel: 954.304.5793


Bojan Vukovic

Headworks International, Executive Assistant to the Co-Founder and Sr. Vice President Tel: 713.647.6667


Honorary Members (Not on Executive Committee)


Josh Davis

Greater Houston Partnership, Director International Trade Tel: 713.844.3600

Christopher Olson

City of Houston, Director Tel: 832.393.0985


For any general inquiries, please fill in the following contact form:

Success! Message received.



Houston District Export Council

Never miss an update!

Receive periodic emails from us, and cancel anytime.