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Emelev LLC is a reliable partner and advisor as you pursue global sales opportunities and manage foreign customer challenges.  

  • We help you navigate the complex world of exporting with a personal, practical and holistic approach. 

  • We bring years of experience advising small and medium-size manufacturers and service providers on the many steps of the exporting process.

  • We offer a deep understanding of the intersection of trade finance, risk mitigation, logistics and compliance.

  • We provide access to an extensive network of experts and resources to tackle some of the biggest obstacles to exporting success.



COMPANIES: We advise small and medium-sized companies on global growth strategies and partner with them to find the right financial tools and insurance products to support, protect and grow their domestic and international sales and investments.


FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS: We work with a variety of lenders and advise them - and their customers - on trade finance, export insurance and documentation, compliance and risk mitigation needs. 



A trusted advisor and international trade expert, Ursula Wegrzynowicz has dedicated her career to guiding small and medium- sized manufacturers on export strategy, trade finance, compliance and logistics. With more than 20 years of experience in private sector, government and non-profit organizations, she partners with companies to develop successful export strategies, leveraging the many tools and resources available to increase sales, protect payments and win new customers. 

Ursula's comprehensive industry experience includes :

  • Advising U.S. based exporters and the banking industry on US government export finance programs at the Export-Import Bank of the U.S.

  • Placing trade credit insurance policies for the SME sector as Principal of a niche specialty broker.

  • Advising manufacturers and distributors on exporting and importing logistics - from compliance to efficient movement of cargo to payment at LR International, an “E Star” award winning, family-owned global logistics firm based in Chicago.

  • Working with importer and exporter clients at JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo international divisions.

  • Increasing export finance awareness through an economic development initiative as Director of Export Finance at Illinois Global Partnership.  

Ursula was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to serve on the Illinois District Export Council in the role of Secretary of the Executive Committee.  Ursula is also the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the International Trade Association of Chicago (ITAGC).  She is a member of the Illinois Advisory Board to the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and a member of various international trade organizations.


She received her B.A. in Political Science from Loyola University Chicago and her M.A. in International Affairs with a concentration in International Economic Policy from American University. She lives in Park Ridge, IL with her husband and three daughters.

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SolomonGlobal LLC

A trusted partner on global strategy and planning, Kasia brings more than 15 years of experience in the private sector, non-profit and academia to help Emelev navigate emerging markets and opportunities.


Drawing from her experiences as the Private Sector Liaison Officer to the World Bank Group, the Assistant Vice President for Global Engagement at the University of Chicago and Director at SolomonGlobal, Kasia advises on strategic planning, global project management and marketing, development finance and procurement, and risk mitigation.


Kasia holds a B.A. in International Studies and French with a minor in Italian from Loyola University Chicago and an M.A. in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University School of Diplomacy and International Relations. She is also a graduate of the University of Chicago Emerging Leaders Program.

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An expert in international logistics and global operations, Paul advises Emelev LLC on the complexities of export logistics and compliance around the world.


He brings decades of experience, spanning multiple industries - from ocean cargo, to airfreight, to global customer service, to quality control, supply chain management and freight forwarding.

In addition to his role at LR International, Paul also serves on the Board of Directors of the International Credit Executives of Wisconsin and on the Board of Directors for the Southwest Illinois Trade & Investment Council. He also holds the Certified Global Business Professional certification from Nasbite International.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from Northeastern Illinois University as well as a Master’s Certificate in Management from North Central College. 

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Senior Vice President

Wintrust Bank

A visionary leader and economic development advocate, Teresa shares her extensive expertise in commercial banking to help emerging companies overcome challenges and accelerate expansion.


Her experience in analyzing business models, planning innovative strategies, financial leadership and performance management, helps position companies to successfully face the challenges of the future. She also advises companies on leveraging economic development programs, tax incentives and workforce development initiatives to accelerate business growth.


A trusted business advisor, Teresa has served as a board member for many organizations. She is currently a director of the Schaumburg Business Association and a board of directors member on the US Global Leadership Coalition’s Illinois Advisory Committee and the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development Advisory Committee. She also holds a director position on the Village of Schaumburg Business Development Commission.She earned her B.A. in Communications from DePaul University. 



Chief Operating Officer

LR International