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.

Paul Sorenson

Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and South Dakota

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

Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin 

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 

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 

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.


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U.S. Food Showcase at FMI
June 20-23, 2016
Chicago, Illinois

Food Ingredients Asia-China
June 21-23, 2016
Shanghai, China

Specialty Coffee Association of Europe
June 23-14, 2016
Dublin, Ireland

Imbibe Live 2016
July 4-5, 2016
London, United Kingdom

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Export Intelligence Video Series -Hong Kong

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