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BCI Welcomes Catherine Nguyen
March 19, 2018

Catherine Nguyen joined BCI in January 2018 as an international marketing assistant.  Catherine supports the firm’s account managers with grant writing and reporting duties pertaining to USDA export assistance programs, project planning and implementation, as well as financial management tasks. 

Prior to BCI, Catherine worked as a research specialist for Real Capital Analytics, sifting through commercial real estate data to compose comprehensive case histories, as well as identifying crucial financing information for an internal database. Catherine has also worked as a remote fundraising coordinator for ETIV do Brasil, and has experience in applying for philanthropic grants geared towards environmental conservation initiatives.

In 2015, Catherine graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.A. in International Relations in addition to minors in German, International Agricultural Development, and Sustainability. She is fluent in Vietnamese, proficient in German, and is currently studying Brazilian Portuguese.

Matt Lantz Attends EU Minor Uses Coordination Meeting in Brussels
March 13, 2018


On March 13, Matt Lantz, Vice President for BCI Global Access participated in the European Minor Use Coordination Meeting in Brussels on behalf of the US hop industry. The goal of this group is to obtain additional crop protection options for European farmers. Matt is one of two American members of this organization.  

The US and European hop industries are coordinated in their crop protection needs, so the meeting provides a strong forum for sharing information and cooperating on international trade issues associated with pesticide Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs).

Photo:  EU Commodity Expert Working Group on Hops

Michael Shumyater Attends Fraud Prevention Workshop
March 2, 2018


On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, BCI Finance Manager Michael Shumyater attended an all-day Fraud Prevention Workshop organized by the Western United States Agricultural Trade Association (WUSATA). The main presenters were attorneys Katherine Heekin and Joe Hobson, who have worked with WUSATA and USDA export assistance grant programs for many years. Alongside presenters from WUSATA, they discussed different types of fraud, how to prevent it, and tips from the “Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse” which is prepared every other year by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.  

As BCI’s lead on financial management and compliance, Michael’s participation in workshops like this ensure that our firm remains on the cutting edge of financial and compliance issues and is able to best serve its clients that receive funding from the Market Access Program and other USDA grants.

Matt Lantz at the WTO in Geneva
February 28, 2018


On February 24 and 25, Matt Lantz, BCI's Vice President for Global Access, traveled to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva to participate in a workshop on missing Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) in international agriculture trade.  Government and industry officials from 17 countries came together to assess options for establishing and harmonizing MRLs among trading partner to facilitate agriculture exports. 

Photo:   Matt Lantz with officials from Peru, Kenya, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Uganda, and Canada. 

BCI staff conduct market assessments in Southeast Asia
February 15, 2018


From January 4-20, BCI’s Director of Research Julie Cerenzia and Research Project Manager Hans Stroo traveled to six Southeast Asian countries – Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam – to conduct market assessments for the U.S. Dry Bean Council (USDBC) and the USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council (USADPLC).  The team conducted multiple supermarket visits and almost 50 interviews that will help validate activities proposed for support by the USDA Emerging Markets Program. 


Photo:  Julie Cerenzia and Hans Stroo meet with Chef Vindex Tengker, Vice President of Garuda International Airlines, and Ms. Pornnicha Sathujarun of Agrisource Co. Ltd., regional representative of USDBC and USADPLC.

BCI volunteers with Dress for Success
February 13, 2018

Earlier this month, several BCI staff members teamed up for a volunteer opportunity at Dress for Success Seattle

Staff spent an afternoon organizing clothing racks and pulling together ensembles which were photographed for promotional purposes, as well as sorting shoes for the "closet" that stylists pull from when outfitting their clients for professional interviews. Staff also took product shots which are now being posted to the Dress for Success Facebook page to promote their March sale – one of the funding streams which supports their program in Seattle.

Dress for Success is a non-profit organization that provides women in need with professional workplace attire. They have locations all over the globe, including an operation out of the YWCA in downtown Seattle.


Shown at top from left to right: Karlee Kirking, Alinne Oliveira, Dexter Leland, Heather Daveno, Ann Stevenson and Maclyn Curley.

Photos at left are courtesy of Ann Stevenson.


Bryant Christie Inc. meets with major Canadian retailers to promote California fruits
February 13, 2018


On January 16-19, Will Callis, a member of the Bryant Christie Inc. (BCI) marketing team, visited Toronto and Montreal, Canada to organize promotions of California cherries and pears for the upcoming harvest.  Will met with the produce category managers at Loblaws, Sobeys, and Metro on behalf of the California Cherry Board and the California Pear Advisory Board.  During the meetings, Will discussed the promotional opportunities for both commodities with these major grocery retailers.  Canada is a strategically crucial market for both California cherries and pears, and the goal of this visit was to ensure that both industries secure strong promotional campaigns during the upcoming year.

As Bryant Christie celebrates its twenty-fifth year in business, we would like to extend a special thanks to the California cherry and pear industries, which have partnered with Bryant Christie for over twenty years.

Photos courtesy of the California Cherry Board and the California Pear Advisory Board.

Jack Callahan Joins BCI
February 12, 2018


Jack Callahan joined Bryant Christie Inc.’s Seattle office in January 2018 as a member of the firm’s research and evaluation team.  Jack contributes to the maintenance of BCI’s customized trade regulation databases, is helping implement database improvements, and also provides research and analysis in support of ad hoc research projects for clients.

Jack graduated from the University of Washington and Jackson School of International Studies with degrees in International Studies and Political Science. As an undergraduate, Jack worked as a Research Fellow with the Global Intelligence team at AS Solutions, helping provide long-term strategic intelligence and analysis to the Global Security team at Microsoft, and conducted data analysis for logistics firm, Expeditors International.

BCI welcomes Ben Britz
February 5, 2018


Ben Britz joined Bryant Christie Inc. in January 2018 as a Web Application Developer on the Technology Service team.  Ben works on building new products and features for the BCGlobal platform, which covers pesticide, veterinary drug, and food additive regulations.  His responsibilities include front-end and middle-tier development, as well as UX/UI graphic design.

Prior to joining BCI, Ben worked as a front-end developer for 14Four, a web development and digital marketing company located in Spokane WA.  While there he specialized in bridging the gap between digital graphics and the Web, working on several initiatives for organizations such as Coca-Cola, State Farm, Frito-Lay, and Toyota.  He also led 14Four’s internship, community outreach, and convention panel planning programs.

Ben is a graduate from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication Design.

Bill Bryant Offers Guest Comments in Good Fruit Grower Magazine -  Troubling Signs on Trade
January 30, 2018

BCI Chairman Bill Bryant writes about trade issues to watch for in 2018 and how they could impact the U.S. apple industry.  A copy of the article from the Good Fruit Grower January 2018 may be found at this link

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