Gov. Pat Quinn, Illinois’ ‘exporter in chief,’ setting a globetrotting standard

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SPRINGFIELD-Gov. Pat Quinn is the most globetrotting Illinois governor since at least Jim Thompson.

Rod Blagojevich never went outside the country in his capacity as governor. George Ryan made his celebrated trips to Cuba twice and also to South Africa. And, Jim Edgar went to China, Mexico, the Middle East, India and Europe during his two terms in office.

But in leaving on a trade mission for Brazil this Sunday, Quinn is setting a standard for going abroad.

Since July 2011, the governor has gone on separate trips to Israel, China, Japan, Belgium, Germany, Canada, Spain and now Brazil, mostly to talk business, though the Germany trip last Christmas involved visits to U.S. troops from Illinois.

“He’s the exporter in chief of Illinois and a key part of his strategy is to promote Illinois around the world,” spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said. “The governor’s efforts have resulted in more tourism and exports for Illinois.”

Here’s the full list of those accompanying Quinn to Brazil:

Werner Baer

Lemann Professor of Economics

University of Illinois

William H. Bohnett

Executive Committee Member

Council on Competitiveness

Robin L Brown

Vice President Government Affairs

and External Relations

Ingredion Incorporated

Patricia Brown-Holmes


University of Illinois Board of Trustees

Mario Ciardelli

General Manager

Baxter Brazil

Jacqueline Y. Collins


Illinois General Assembly

Gerald Doyle

Vice Provost for Student Access,

Success and Diversity Initiative

Illinois Institute of Technology

Omar Duque

President and CEO

Illinois Hispanic Chamber of


Andrew Faville

Vice Chairman

Illinois Manufacturer’s Association

Mark Harris

President and CEO

Illinois Science and Technology


Donna Hrinak

Vice President, Boeing International

President, Boeing Brazil

Boeing, Co.

Erin Inman

Senior Vice President

Primera Engineers Ltd.

Pradeep Khanna

Associate Chancellor for Public


University of Illinois

Emily Knight


Kendall College

Jack Lavin

Chief of Staff – Office of the Governor

State of Illinois

Carmen Lonstein


Financial Restructuring Group North


Baker & McKenzie, LLP

A firm in association with Trench,

Rossi e Watanabe Advogados

Daniel Lynch

Managing Director, Corporate and

Government Affairs

United Airlines

Jim Messmore

Senior Vice President

Hanson Professional Services Inc.

Monica Mueller

Director, Public and Governmental


Motorola Solutions

Mike Mullen

Member, Board of Directors


Vice Chairman

Center Point Properties

Chris Olsen

Vice President, Community and

Government Affairs

Tate & Lyle

Esther Quintero-Guzman

Associate Director of Global


DePaul University

Guadalupe Rico

Vice President Educational Services

and Partner

Rico Computers Enterprises, Inc.

Michael Rosen

Senior Vice President New Business


Forest City Science and Technology


Mark Staublin

Senior Vice President Business


Garrett Brands

Jeff Uhrig

Vice President Corporate


Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc

David Vaught

Director- Department of Commerce

and Economic Opportunity

State of Illinois

Don Welsh

President and CEO

Choose Chicago

Phyllis Wise

Vice President and Chancellor

University of Illinois

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