Webinar: Sharing Your “Spirits” Around the Globe w/ Koval Distillery & EXIM



When?: June 10th at 3 PM Eastern

How Much?: Free to ACSA members, $59 for non-members

What?: With only 5 percent of the world’s consumers located within the United States, selling your spirits overseas can be successful component in your overall business strategy. Want to learn how not to worry about getting paid when it comes to exporting? Interested in hearing how a Chicago based distillery is competing in the global marketplace?

  • Learn how Koval Distillery compete internationally
  • Why you should look past domestic sales and think global
  • Tools to reduce export-related risks & improve cash flow


Dr. Sonat Birnecker

Prior to opening KOVAL Distillery, one of the largest independent and female-owned craft distilleries in the US, Dr. Sonat Birnecker Hart spent over a decade as a full professor in both the United States and Germany. In 2008, she gave up tenure in hopes of a different quality of life; one that would afford an opportunity for her to work with her husband, give up commuting, and return to the city she loved: Chicago.

As President of KOVAL, she has spearheaded product development, distribution, and marketing, turning her family business into an international presence with availability in over 55 export markets. In addition to her leadership at KOVAL, Sonat is also involved in a number of philanthropic and public service organizations, and serves on the board of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) of Chicago. She was recently named Illinois Business Person of the Year by the National Small Business Association, is a federally appointed member of the Illinois Export Council (DEC), and has been inducted into the prestigious Disciples d’Escoffier.


Ursula Wegrzynowicz

Ursula Wegrzynowicz recently re-joined EXIM Bank as a broker account manager servicing the exporting community by providing trade finance counseling related to the bank’s products. Prior to re-joining EXIM Bank, Ursula founded a trade finance brokerage, Emelev, LLC, with the goal of assisting U.S. exporters to reach their export potential. Ursula has also worked in logistics and international banking. A trusted advisor and international trade expert, Ursula has dedicated her career to guiding small- and medium-sized manufacturers on export strategy, trade finance, compliance and logistics.

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