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July/August 2009

Resources about Standards at the U.S. Department of Commerce

Meet the four standards attachés stationed around the world:

Louis Santamaria, Europe — Louis Santamaria has been the standards attaché at the U.S. Mission to the European Union since August 2007. He coordinates the CS’s Europe Regional Standards/Market Access and Compliance Program, including CS Posts in 38 countries. Previously, he served as standards attaché based in Mexico City, beginning in September 2003. He joined the U.S. Department of Commerce in 1986.

Mark Lewis, China — Mark Lewis has been with the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service since June 1999, when he began serving as a Commercial Officer in Taiwan. He later served as commercial attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, and currently serves as standards attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China.

Dale Wright, North America, Central America and the Caribbean — Based in Mexico City, Dale Wright is currently the standards attaché for Mexico, Canada, Central America and the Caribbean, and he is the commercial officer responsible for medical equipment/pharmaceuticals and transportation portfolios. Most recently, he served as a commercial officer in Tokyo, Japan, where he had responsibility for the medical equipment/pharmaceuticals portfolio.

Miguel Hernández, South America — The regional standards attaché for South America, Miguel Hernández began his assignment in São Paulo, Brazil, on March 20, 2009. For the past seven years, he was at the Market Access and Compliance bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce where he counseled firms on standards, investment, customs, intellectual property rights and regulatory issues in regions as varied as Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Hernández began his career at DOC as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2001.

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