Liaisons

Food Export-Midwest and Food Export-Northeast’s group of Liaisons are here to help you. Get to know the liaison for your state and keep up to date on programs and activities that are right for your organization.

Enrique Rubio

Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota and Ohio
312.334.9229
erubio@foodexport.org

Enrique joined Food Export-Midwest in June 2017. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in International Business Administration from the Fox School of Business at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.  As a student, Enrique gained international professional exposure while interning for the U.S. Commercial Service at the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru.

Prior to his employment at Food Export, Enrique worked as an international sales assistant for an Export Management Company that sold electrical and safety products around the world. 

Enrique's interests include traveling, cooking, volunteering and learning new languages.

Paul Sorenson

Illinois, Kansas, Michigan and South Dakota
312.334.9217
psorenson@foodexport.org

A lifelong Wisconsinite, Paul moved to Chicago and joined the Food Export-Midwest team in July 2016. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in Agriculture and Applied Economics and a Certificate in Development Economics. Prior to joining Food Export, Paul worked as an intern for a non-profit that helped educate dairy producers from around the world.

In his spare time, Paul enjoys trying new foods, playing guitar and exploring the great city of Chicago.

Paul Weiss

Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin 
312.334.9221
pweiss@foodexport.org

Paul joined Food Export-Midwest in September of 2011 as a Liaison. Paul serves as the point of contact for all companies in his region who utilize Food Export-Midwest's programs and services, and also looks to develop new relationships with U.S. food producers.

Paul earned his Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture Economics with a focus on international trade from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign). He gained international exposure and Spanish language skills while studying abroad in both Argentina and Costa Rica. Paul's interests include traveling, camping, volunteering, sports and learning to play the drums. 

Ben Cortese

Delaware and New York 
215.599.9748
bcortese@foodexport.org

Ben Cortese joined Food Export-Northeast in August 2016 as a Liaison. Ben comes to Food Export with a diverse background, having spent time in both the Apparel and Real Estate industries. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from Fordham University in New York City.

Ben has travelled extensively throughout Europe and has completed both the Camino de Santiago and Tour du Mont Blanc hikes. He enjoys photography and has had the privilege to document all of his travels.

Bulat Hametov

Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine and Rhode Island 
215.599.9749
bhametov@foodexport.org

Bulat joined Food Export USA-Northeast in April 2014 as the Branded Program Assistant. Bulat holds a Master's Degree in Diplomacy and International Relations with a focus in Developmental Economics and International Humanitarian Law from Seton Hall University. Before working for Food Export-Northeast, Bulat worked for a major bank for over 6 years. He is also fluent in Russian.

Bulat enjoys traveling, swimming, diving, and reading.

Deborah Ingravallo

New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
215.599.9747
dingravallo@foodexport.org

Deborah joined Food Export USA – Northeast as a Liaison in August 2017 following an extensive career as a Marketing and Events Coordinator with a local Trade Association, working with every segment of the Maritime Industry within the Ports of Philadelphia and Wilmington.  

Her career in Maritime began in sales and marketing with a major Steamship Line, eventually transitioning to outside sales within the Philadelphia area. 

Deborah is a Jersey girl born-and-raised and holds a B.A. from Penn State University.  She is a huge baseball fan (Philadelphia Phillies), loves the South Jersey shore, and is active in the Township and County where she resides in New Jersey.

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