International Compliance Officer Joins PCSI Design: Boosts Competitive Edge and Meet Export Challenges
Bothell, Washington (December 16, 2009) – PCSI Design is not only hiring, it’s hiring strategically to boost its chances of winning government contracts or landing projects in regulation-heavy aerospace and technology in 2010. The company announced today that the new strategy revolves around its newest employee, Debra Straume, who signed her contract with PCSI Design just a few days ago.
Debra Straume is an International Trade Compliance officer with more than 15 years in compliance, risk assessment, regulatory procedures and more. For PCSI Design, an award-winning design, engineering and contract manufacturing firm based in Bothell, Straume is on board to help companies understand and implement government regulations which can assist them in exporting products and technologies. Compliance challenges can often stall projects, result in penalties and shut down businesses.
“All technology companies exporting outside the U.S. need to understand E.A.R. and I.T.A.R. compliance. It’s not enough to have someone talk about the rules,” said Straume. “You have to integrate regulation into your best practices everyday in order to succeed and make money. In this economy, no one can afford to invest time into a project, only to have a compliance issue shut it down.”
Although compliance management is not a new concept, Straume’s business value is a combination of knowledge, experience in the trenches, and applying all of it to the day-to-day operations of PCSI Design and its clients. Straume has been on the job for less than a week, and she’s already pursuing new business for PCSI Design, leveraging her compliance skills and background.
PCSI Design CEO, Carlos Veliz, says there’s no time to waste as 2009 comes to close. “New and refined compliance practices within our company will serve any of our clients, because projects will go smoothly and won’t be derailed by compliance issues. Cost-savings, due to efficiency, will be passed on to clients.”
PCSI Design also recognizes that other small businesses need to resolve these types of problems, as well. The company is planning on converting Straume’s expertise into a series of workshops, planned for the first quarter of 2010.