California CGBP Certified Trainers

Jeanette Benson, CGBP

Director, Center for International Trade – Merced College
Jeanette Benson is the Director of the Center for International Trade Development (CITD) with Merced College in Merced, California. The Merced CITD is one of five centers funded by the Economic and Workforce Development Program of the California Community Colleges to advance California’s economic development and global competitiveness by providing quality training and services to small to medium sized enterprises that are potential or current exporters or importers and to assist faculty with the internationalization of curriculum. The Merced CITD was first established in 1987 as The Agricultural Business and Trade Center (ABTC) growing from a need by farmers to find alternative markets for their products, ultimately becoming the model for the development of the statewide CITD Initiative. Ms. Benson has over 20 years’ experience providing trade training and technical assistance and is a NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP). She has served on the NASBITE Board of Governors in a number of offices and was instrumental in the development of the CGBP. Ms. Benson has a background in agriculture which further augments her understanding and commitment to serve the needs of stakeholders within her center’s service region comprised of the San Joaquin Valley in central California. In addition to the CITD program, Ms. Benson is the Director of the Youth Entrepreneur Program (YEP) serving youth ages 14-26 with programs designed to get youth involved in starting their own business endeavor with international business as focus and/or career consideration.


Ray Bowman, CGBP

Director, Ventura County Small Business Development Center
Ray Bowman has been involved in the operational aspects of international trade and logistics for over 29 years. Currently, Mr. Bowman is the Director for the Ventura Small Business Development Center, which provides business consultation services to over 500 businesses per year at no cost. Mr. Bowman has held key management positions with some of the world’s largest freight and logistics companies and has been involved in consulting and teaching for over 14 years. Mr. Bowman also serves as Program Chair for the District Export Council of Southern California by appointment of the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Mr. Bowman conducts training courses for businesses through the Centers for International Trade Development (CITD), Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), The Alameda Corridor Jobs Training Coalition, Fashion Business Inc. and the U.S. Department of Commerce. Mr. Bowman also teaches courses in international logistics, trade finance, export-import for Santa Barbara City College and California Lutheran University. Ray Bowman is also the author of a book called “Quick Start Guide, International Trade”. Mr. Bowman is also a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) as well as a NASBITE CGBP Certified Trainer. Mr. Bowman has also published a number of journal articles as well as been a keynote speaker on the subject of international trade and logistics.


Eileen Daspro, CGBP
Clinical Professor of International Business, University of San Diego

Eileen Daspro, Clinical Professor of International Business, teaches international business, international comparative management and global strategy at the University of San Diego. She has twenty years of international work experience in Latin America as a professor, administrator, and international business consultant.

She has been a NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) since 2012 and spearheaded CGBP training throughout Mexico, supporting over 60+ university students to obtain the credential while studying the international business major at Tec de Monterrey. She has developed and coordinated international business consulting projects with multinational firms such as Gruma, Vidanta, La Huerta, Mabe, KidZania and P&G. Her research interests include international competitiveness and global corporate social responsibility. Professor Daspro has published papers in The Latin American Business Review, The Journal of Business Ethics, and book chapters on emerging market multinationals in the Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press. She was twice recognized by the EGADE Business School at Tec de Monterrey in Mexico as the best-evaluated professor in the MBA program and five times as an outstanding regional international business chair. At the university, she led efforts to develop innovative, international business programs and concentrations in international entrepreneurship, international logistics, and international competitiveness. In 2012, she co-led the Tec de Monterrey international business team, which was honored with Mexico’s national export prize.


Leah Goold-Haws, CGBP
Director, L.A. Center for International Trade Development

Leah Goold-Haws currently serves as part of the Economic & Workforce Development arm of the California Community Colleges and is hosted at Long Beach City College. Ms. Goold-Haws is the Deputy Sector Navigator of Global Trade and Logistics for the Greater Los Angeles Region, serving 19 colleges in support of workforce skill development and training in the areas of international business and global supply chain and logistics. Ms. Goold-Haws also serves as the Director for the Center of International Trade Development, a state partner in providing business services for companies looking to expand or enter into global markets.


Madeline Grant, CGBP

Professor, Santa Ana College

Madeline Grant has been teaching international business and marketing at Santa Ana College for more than 25 years and is the Department Chair of the Global Business & Entrepreneurship Department. In addition to teaching, she is working to develop an internship program and international business career pathways for students in K-12 and community colleges in California. She was instrumental in aligning the SAC international business curriculum with the CGBP Practice Delineation which was the foundation for becoming an Accredited CGBP Training Program. Madeline spent approximately 20 years working for small and medium-sized manufacturing companies that produced scuba gear, fragrance products, women’s fashion and cosmetics. She spent her career in industry working as an export coordinator, import manager, and director of international markets. Her hands-on experience in exporting and importing/sales and marketing provided the opportunity for her to travel throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, India, Mexico, South America, Australia, and New Zealand. Madeline earned her MBA from the Claremont Graduate Schools and her bachelor’s degree in international relations and business from the University of San Diego.


Gabriel Shweiri, CGBP

Assistant Professor, Santa Ana College

Gabriel Shweiri is President and CEO of BGI Worldwide Logistics. A global logistics and transportation provider that he established in 1999. His professional career began directly out of graduate school working for one of the largest US-based freight forwarding companies. After taking positions with several companies during a volatile M&A period in the industry, Gabriel gained extensive experience in global management as well as startup operations. His experience took him through sales, operations, technology, accounting, management, and marketing as well as the functional areas of import, export, surface, air and ocean logistics. Gabriel has extensive travel experience in North America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific, traveling to coordinate global operations and negotiate contracts. Gabriel has been teaching international business and marketing at Santa Ana College for more than 15 years in the Global Business & Entrepreneurship Department. He has taught international business, management, marketing and entrepreneurship classes. He was part of the advisory board for the SAC international business degree and certificate programs. He is a certified CGBP and a certified CGBP Trainer at Santa Ana College’s training program. Gabriel earned his MIM from Thunderbird and his bachelor’s degree in international affairs from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.


Lynn Stewart, CGBP

Director of Business Development – University Extended Education & International Programs
California State University at Fullerton

Lynn Stewart has over 25 years of international trade experience and is the Director of the Orange County Center for International Trade Development (OC CITD) hosted at Rancho Santiago Community College District. She is also the current Deputy Sector Navigator (DSN) for Global Trade & Logistics for Orange County under a California Community College’s Chancellor’s Office initiative. Through this economic/workforce development program, she provides international trade assistance to local businesses and foreign investors. Additionally, she works with a collaborative of businesses and educational institutions in Orange County to help globalize curriculum and provide in-demand skills for employers. Ms. Stewart has previously served as a trade consultant and business advisor for the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the CITD in Long Beach, CA as well as a subject matter expert and faculty member of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program. Since 2000, Ms. Stewart been an adjunct instructor in the Global Business and Entrepreneurship Program at Santa Ana College teaching classes in marketing and international business. Prior to that, Ms. Stewart spent several years as Director of International Sales and Marketing for an environmental company and has also had her own consulting firm. Ms. Stewart holds an MBA with a global business specialty and is also a NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP).