The Connecticut District Export Council (CTDEC) today announced their 2020 Ambassador Award winners. The CTDEC Ambassador Award is given in recognition and appreciation of outstanding contributions and leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic in the service to the region’s exporters and manufacturers. Each awardee has shown outstanding commitment and unselfish sharing of knowledge and expertise during this time of crisis.  

The 2020 recipients:  
Jose Abrantes – CTDEC Member, Senior Manager for Global Trade Compliance, OFS Fitel, LLC,
Wendell Davis – Regional Administrator, SBA New England
Jeff Rossi – CTDEC Member, Managing Partner, CohnReznick
Jim Trubits – Vice President, Mohawk Global
Tony Uphoff – President & CEO, Thomasnet
Jeff White – CTDEC member, Partner, Robinson & Cole LLP  

 “Each one of these dedicated professionals has given their time, expertise and business wisdom to support companies in our region during this unprecedented time. This award recognizes their commitment to the business community and our nation” – John Schuyler, Chairman CTDEC  

“The US Export Assistance Center in Middletown could not reach and train the massive number of companies needing our support in the region without the assistance of the CTDEC. These recipients multiplied those efforts many fold with their unselfish efforts” – Anne Evans, Director US Dept of Commerce  
The CTDEC, a Connecticut not-for-profit is affiliated with the US Department of Commerce Export Assistance Center in Middletown, Connecticut. CTDEC members are appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce to support the activities of the Export Office and help increase exports.  
For further information:
 Anne Evans –, 860-638-6953 
John Schuyler –