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Automation Alley director of international business services invited to serve on International Visitors Council board of directors

2/26/2013 - Published by Automation Alley,  (TroyMI)
TROY, Mich., Feb. 26, 2013 — Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, is pleased to announce that Director of International Business Services Noel Nevshehir has been invited to serve on the board of directors for the International Visitors Council (IVC) of Detroit. The IVC administers international exchange programs on behalf of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

“Every day at Automation Alley, Noel is running the day-to-day operations of our International Business Center here in Troy – helping local small and mid-sized companies expand into overseas markets and attracting international companies to Southeast Michigan,” said Automation Alley Executive Director Ken Rogers. “Noel’s cross-cultural experience – which includes having worked, studied, lived and traveled in 79 countries – will serve the International Visitors Council well.”

The IVC offers programs for companies and organizations that are hosting foreign delegations in the Detroit region, including home stays, dinner hospitality, business meetings, matchmaking, tours and translators.

At Automation Alley, Nevshehir’s role includes enhancing the global competitiveness of Michigan companies doing business overseas. This consists of developing international trade assistance programs for new-to-export companies, organizing international business conferences on the opportunities and challenges of globalization and coordinating trade missions to international locales.

Under Nevshehir’s leadership, Automation Alley received the President’s “E” Award, the highest and most prestigious trade award granted to organizations in recognition of their accomplishments in promoting international trade and economic development. The award was directly attributed to the success of Automation Alley trade missions overseas, which have resulted in more than $220 million in export sales for local companies since 2001.

Nevshehir graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in economics and Russian studies. He also received his master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a concentration in international relations and economics. Nevshehir received a doctorate in Chinese-Russian studies from the University of Michigan. His language skills include Russian and working knowledge of Spanish.

About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a technology business association driving the growth and image of Southeast Michigan’s economy through a collaborative culture that focuses on workforce and business development initiatives.

Since its founding in 1999, Automation Alley has expanded to include nearly 1,000 businesses, educational institutions and government entities from the city of Detroit and the surrounding eight-county region. Automation Alley promotes regional prosperity through entrepreneurial and exporting assistance, workforce development and technology acceleration.

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