October 5-6, 2017
Senior Vice President of Enterprise Florida, Inc., International Trade & Business Development
Manuel (Manny) A. Mencia is the senior vice president of the International Trade & Business Development division of Enterprise Florida, Inc., (EFI). The division is headquartered in Miami and maintains offices in six Florida cities as well as several countries around the world.
Manny joined Enterprise Florida in 1996. Prior to that, he served as vice president of World Marketing at The Beacon Council between 1992 and 1996. He has acquired extensive international trade expertise, having served in various executive positions at the Florida Department of Commerce between 1977 and 1991.
In 2009, EFI received the President’s E Star Award for Export Promotion Excellence, our nation’s highest trade development honor. In 2000, Export Magazine and the Council for Urban Economic Development (CUED) conferred their Gold Award to EFI’s division of Trade Development, as the best statewide export development organization in the country.
Manny currently serves as president of State International Development Organizations (SIDO), the national organization of state trade development agencies. He also serves on the board of the Florida Export Finance Corporation, World Trade Center-Miami, Florida Trade Partners Alliance, and the Florida District Export Council. Manny obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida International University in Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Thomas University in Political Science.
Director of the Office of Global Educational Programs at the US Department of State
Anthony Koliha is the Director of the Office of Global Educational Programs at the U.S. Department of State, where he oversees a portfolio of international teacher, professional, and global mobility programs and services across four branches. Prior to joining ECA, he was the Director of International Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he helped successfully launch a new School of Global and International Studies, in addition to expanding international programs and providing senior leadership for over a dozen federally- funded international, area studies, and foreign language centers. Mr. Koliha previously held joint posts as Director of the Fulbright Program in Russia and International Director of the Russia/Eurasia office for the Institute of International Education. During his tenure in Russia, he participated as a delegate to the Education Sub-Working Group, U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission, launched a number of new Fulbright initiatives, and worked with corporations, foundations, and other partners on programs in a variety of fields such as technical and agrarian sciences, energy, and higher education. Mr. Koliha has also worked at the Social Science Research Council and American Councils for International Education. He holds degrees from Kenyon College and Indiana University, Bloomington.
Commercial Officer, U.S. Department of Commerce
Paul Frost is a Commercial Officer at for the U.S. Department of Commerce in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In this capacity, Paul is responsible for assisting U.S. companies throughout South Florida in the Financial Services, Education, Marine sectors. Between 2014 and 2016, Paul served as Commercial Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, where he had responsibility for Education, Tourism, Franchising, Services, Agribusiness and SelectUSA.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Paul was Vice President, Global Trade and Supply Chain Solutions at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Branch Banking & Trust Company (BB&T) in Charlotte, North Carolina. He also worked in Washington, D.C. at the Export-Import Bank of the United States and at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
Paul received his Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities from Arizona State University and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from the University of California San Diego. He holds the designation of Certified International Credit Professional.