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July 25, 2016

Dexter Leland joined Bryant Christie Inc. in July 2016 as a member of the firm's international marketing group. He assists members of the marketing team in preparation of export strategies, market research, client communications, and grant writing related to USDA export assistance programs.

Dexter graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Chinese language. He has also studied abroad at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China.

July 25, 2016

On July 22, David McCaleb gave a presentation at the Washington State Wine Commission's International Export Seminar.  The seminar was held at South Seattle College's Northwest Wine Academy.  Approximately 20 winery representatives were in attendance. 

Mr. McCaleb spoke on market support for exporting wineries, including working with U.S. embassies and the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

July 20, 2016

Bruce Pinto recently joined Bryant Christie Inc. as a Manager of Database Development, and is responsible for the architecture, development and maintenance of BCI database systems.

Prior to joining the firm, Bruce was a Database Engineer for Enprecis, an international research and analytics company for the automotive industry. At Enprecis, Bruce led the migration effort of multiple OEM tracking systems into a consolidated database providing for a more stable code base and improved functionality across all vendors for sending and managing emails, SMS, and postcards.  He is well versed in database development, administration, warehousing and architecture.

Bruce is an engineering graduate of UC Davis and has an MBA from the University of Washington.

July 5, 2016

Prior to heading out for the Independence Day long weekend, BCI's Seattle staff enjoyed lunch and a quick boat trip.  The team traveled by water taxi over to West Seattle for lunch on the pier at Marination.  Coats were still needed though.  It was only July 1 in Seattle after all. 

July 5, 2016

On June 29, David McCaleb gave a presentation at the Washington Beverage Export Summit.  The summit was held at McMenamin's Anderson School in Bothell, and was organized by the Washington State Department of Agriculture.  Approximately 25 representatives from wineries, breweries, distilleries, and cideries were in attendance.  Mr. McCaleb spoke on regulatory requirements that are relevant for alcohol beverage exporters.

June 14, 2016

From June 9-11, Alyson Segawa, one of BCI's International Marketing Account Managers, participated in Food Hospitality World (FHW) tradeshow in Bengaluru, India on behalf of the U.S. Cranberry Marketing Committee (CMC). CMC implemented their first ingredient and mixology competitions in India at FHW where participants were challenged to present unique recipes utilizing U.S. cranberries and other premium U.S. agricultural products. The special event was organized in association with the South India Culinary Association (SICA), with competitions featuring 55 recognized hotel chefs and mixologists showcasing their exemplary skills.

CMC also exhibited at a joint booth where samples were distributed and Alyson provided information to trade and media on the taste, versatility, availability, and health benefits of U.S. cranberry products. Mr. Adam Branson, Senior Agricultural Attaché for Agricultural Affairs of the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai, inaugurated the show.

FHW is one of India's largest professional tradeshows for trade and consumers in the food & hospitality industry. Last year, the show witnessed about 6,000 visitors and showcased more than 250 exhibitors.

June 6, 2016

On May 26th, Alyson Segawa, one of BCI's International Marketing Account Managers, attended the 7th Juiceful Istanbul Summit, sponsored by the Turkish Juice Industry Association (MEYED).  Over 145 key decision makers from the fruit juice industry participated, including representatives from 70 different organizations and institutions.

In addition to participating in the Summit, Alyson met with Turkish importers, distributors, and juice manufacturers during the week to discuss the Turkish market.  She also conducted retail visits to assess opportunities within the juice and dried fruit categories.

May 17, 2016

BCI President James Christie was in Washington, DC during the week of May 9th to meet with congressional leaders and trade officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.  James was working on tariff and non-tariff barriers facing BCI clients with a focus on food and agricultural issues.  The future of the Trans Pacific Partnership free trade agreement was a key topic of the discussions.


James is pictured with Congressman John Garamendi, representing California's 3rd District.

May 6, 2016

Julie Cerenzia, Ph.D. joined our firm in April 2016 as our Director of Research and Information Services.

Prior to joining BCI, Julie founded a management consulting firm.  Her firm provided research, analysis, strategic planning, and advisory services to Montana businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies.  

Before opening her business, Julie had a ten year career in the U.S. Department of Commerce.  She worked in various positions within the International Trade Administration, coordinating U.S. government advocacy for U.S. firms; providing subject matter expertise on international finance and investment; serving as the Department's liaison to the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC); and working closely with the Project Finance division of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank).  Julie began her career with the Montana Department of Commerce, managing international tourism promotion for the state, and served briefly as the Assistant International Affairs Coordinator for the Governor of Montana.

Julie holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Mason University, a Master's degree in International Relations and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a B.A. in Political Science from Montana State University.  She has lived in Italy, Scotland, and England, and studied briefly in Germany.



May 5, 2016

On April 28, 2016, BCI president James Christie visited AGQ Laboratories in Oxnard, California.  AGQ provides laboratory analyses and technical assistance for a variety of products including agricultural commodities.  Based in Spain, AGQ's global network has been expanding rapidly in recent years including a growing presence in the U.S.

Bryant Christie Inc. (BCI) and AGQ are teaming up on work involving maximum pesticide residue levels on food and agricultural products.  Expect more information on this growing collaboration soon.


Pictured from left to right:  Tenesor Pena, AGQ, James Christie, BCI, and Jose Luis Carrasco, AGQ.

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