Who We Are

Meet Our Advisors

Jonathan M. Bensky

President & CEO

A retired Senior Foreign Commercial Service Officer, Jonathan Bensky has almost 40 years of diplomatic and business experience, expanding US exports and advising American companies on markets, investments and international business relationships …

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Casey Chin

Chief Representative — Southeast Asia

Casey is an entrepreneur and founding partner at ARCS with 20 years of Southeast Asian business development and cross-border corporate integration experience through activities in financial investment and international trade …

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Hongyu He

Senior Advisor, China — US Business Advisory Services

Hongyu has an outstanding understanding of both Chinese and American business cultures as well as broad international business experience along with her excellent trilingual language skills …

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Jeff Hoyt

Managing Director — Corporate Finance

Jeff Hoyt has over thirty years of banking and corporate finance experience working for major US commercial and investment banking companies, and in such capacity has traveled extensively in Latin America, Eastern Europe and Asia …

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Stephen E. Murphy

Senior Advisor, Latin America & Caribbean

A resident also of Brazil, Mr. Murphy currently provides business development for universities, software, media and clean technology firms expanding to South America, as well as to Brazilian firms seeking strategic partnerships stateside. His expertise includes access to high-level government officials in Brasilia, Washington D.C. and to executives in multilateral and international financial institutions. He is fluent in Spanish, French and Portuguese …

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J. Marcio da Cruz

Senior Advisor, Food Processing and Safety

A citizen also of Brazil, Mr. da Cruz presently offers business development for food industries. Mr. da Cruz has extensive expertise and experience in process engineering, research and development, marketing and sales. In addition, he has strong relationships with colleagues in various segments of the U.S. and Brazilian food industry. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese …

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Steve Solot

PNWA Representative: Brazil

Steve Solot is currently President of the Rio de Janeiro State Government Film Commission. He is also President and founder of the Latin American Training Center (LATC), a regional media training and consulting center in Rio. He previously served as Senior VP, Latin American Operations of the Motion Picture Association of America – MPAA, the US film industry trade association for the major Hollywood studios….

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Saurabh Sonawala

Senior Advisor, India

Saurabh Sonawala, Managing Director of the Hinditron Group, has more than 25 years’ experience in Indian and U.S. IT and technology industries, managing and consulting for many technology and non-technology companies. He is an active promoter of trade and investment between India and the U.S., including offering advisory services to American companies wanting to do business in India. …

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Joseph O. Vogel

Senior Advisor, Export Services

Joseph O. Vogel has over 40 years of global business as an operations executive and management advisor. He has worked in a variety of companies as well as government and educational institutions. …

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John Y. Zhang

Chief Representative: China

John Zhang is the Vice President of WEDO Investment Co., Ltd of Beijing. He served for 15 years as the Managing Director of the Beijing Economic & Technological Development Area (BDA) Investment Promotion Bureau, and as the Director of Foreign Affairs Office of the BDA, from where he retired in 2008. John Zhang has been involved in business investment negotiations in Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungry, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Poland, Russia, and the US. …

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