Julie A. Peterson

Julie Peterson, Marq Consulting Group’s founding partner, has more than 25 years of economic development and international marketing experience. Prior to launching Marq Consulting Group, Ms. Peterson served with public, private, and nongovernmental organizations, including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank, the Institute for Global Engagement, Orion International, and Goodweave. At Orion International, she led business development strategy and execution for the trade and investment company’s offices in Kenya and South Africa. As business development director for GoodWeave, she established industry partnerships while implementing a consumer education campaign for this nongovernmental organization, which works to eliminate child labor in the handmade rug industry in Nepal, India, and Pakistan. And as a seasoned consultant, she has helped clients in diverse industries achieve substantial market gains.

Ms. Peterson has served as a trustee for the Center for Public Justice and as a leadership institute fellow with the National Center for Leadership (Washington, DC). In addition to holding memberships in the Washington International Trade Association and the Wine Market Council, she serves as an officer for Women in International Trade (WIIT), which honored her as “Member of the Year” in 2013-14. Ms. Peterson has also been admitted to Les Dames d’Escoffier International, an invitation-only organization for women in the food and wine industry who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in their field. Ms. Peterson earned a B.A. degree in business administration with minors in economics and political studies at Dordt College, which named her a distinguished alumnus in 2003.

Patrick Fleming

Patrick Fleming, senior consultant, is an experienced leader, organizational psychologist, and entrepreneur. Prior to joining Marq Consulting Group, he had a 14-year career in the national security sector, leading applied research, strategic management, performance measurement, and behavioral science programs. Mr. Fleming was the director of the human dynamics practice of ViaGlobal Group, where he built an industry-leading business supporting clients in the military special operations and intelligence communities. Before joining ViaGlobal, Mr. Fleming also led programs in strategic management, performance measurement, and intelligence analysis for Lockheed Martin, where he sat on the strategic planning council for a $1.5 billion business unit. Mr. Fleming left the defense industry to serve as the interim senior director of the Falls Church Anglican, providing senior executive leadership to a large nonprofit organization. He has built and led initiatives focused on entrepreneur support and networking and made early-stage direct investments in multiple startups in the e-commerce and health spaces. One of Mr. Fleming’s latest investment ventures is The Local Market, a neighborhood grocery store and community bridge – acting as a single degree between consumers and locally grown food. Patrick holds a B.A. in psychology from Wake Forest University and a M.A. in organizational psychology from George Mason University. He currently serves on the board of Gulfstream Capital Corp. of Knoxville, TN, the Falls Church Fellows Program in Falls Church, VA, and the Aunt Kate Foundation of Moberly, MO.

Pauline Johnson

Pauline Johnson, project manager, plays a principal role with Marq Consulting Group’s diverse wine industry clients. Currently the lead project manager for the country of Georgia’s US wine market development strategy, she develops market entry and sustainable growth strategies, using her marketing expertise to expand brand visibility for “Wines of Georgia” in the U.S. In 2015, Mrs. Johnson led a partner search and social media campaign for a leading European jewelry company, where she established their trade office and led their market development platform. Prior to joining Marq Consulting Group, she worked with an international relations consultancy in Washington, D.C. and for the fundraising and nonprofit sectors. She holds a Master’s degree in intercultural management and communication from ISIT, a Grande École in Paris, France. She is a native French speaker, has advanced proficiency in Spanish and German, and is a member of the Washington, D.C. chapter of Women in International Trade (WIIT).

Sydney Lamb

Sydney Lamb, business and project manager, joined Marq Consulting Group in May 2016 and has over a decade of business management experience. Previous to Marq Consulting Group, she was the administrative manager at the Maryland Clean Energy Center and CFO of Lamb Government Solutions, an education consulting firm. Mrs. Lamb holds a Bachelor’s of Science, Technology and Society degree from Pitzer College in Claremont, California. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Anne Arundel County Arts Council in Annapolis, Maryland.

Allison Slute

Allison Slute, senior project manager, specializes in export marketing and market development in the U.S. and Canadian wine industries.  Prior to joining Marq Consulting Group, she was export manager at Pillitteri Estates Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada, where she managed and developed their international business portfolio of nearly 45 customers in 33 countries on four continents. Ms. Slute has travelled to 23 countries as a wine professional and gained knowledge, expertise, and contacts in the global wine business. She has an intricate understanding of the wine market in the U.S. as it relates to its structure, regulations, consumer engagement, growth opportunities, and strategy development.  During her tenure at Pillitteri Estates Winery, Ms. Slute was a member of the National Export Committee for Canada’s wine industry and regularly called upon to advise on the industry’s global export strategy.  With a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Guelph in Ontario and a specialization in management economics and industry finance, Ms. Slute also holds her Certified Sommelier certificate through the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers. She is fluent in French and currently pursuing language studies in Spanish.

Laura J White

Laura J White, senior project manager, specializes in US and international trade policy, market access, and sustainable development with foci on gender and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In collaboration with Ms. Peterson, she identifies business development opportunities and develops core relationships and products. Prior to joining Marq Consulting Group, Dr. White worked closely with global and European trade officials in Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, and the United Kingdom, where she obtained a PhD in politics from the University of Manchester. An active member of the Manchester Centre for Political Theory and Global Political Economy research cluster, she lectured on international relations, comparative political economy, and Chinese politics to over 500 students from 5 continents. Dr. White’s undergraduate and master’s degrees in psychology and political science were awarded from the University of Colorado Denver. During this time, she ran a small textiles business and established a local trading network for micro-enterprises as a Board of Directors member for the Regional Economic Development Incentive. She is a member of the Washington, DC chapters of Women in International Trade (WIIT) and Washington International Trade Association (WITA) and the global chapter of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWRD) and speaks basic Spanish, Italian, and French.

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