Andrew Edlefsen currently serves as Director of the U.S. Commercial Service Export Assistance Center in Las Vegas. His Las Vegas office works directly with Nevada companies providing export-related and international business-related assistance, including USCS market research and matchmaking services. Prior to moving to Las Vegas in July, 2008, he served as International Trade Specialist in the Utah Export Assistance Center in Salt Lake City and also worked in the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, International Trade and Diplomacy office, focusing primarily on the Asia region.
Andrew has a wealth of experience in international business, particularly in the aviation industry, having done consulting work for over 10 years for international aviation companies exploring China, in addition to having spent several years living and working in Taiwan and other parts of Asia. He was one of the original organizers and creators of the China GA Forum, an annual aviation event held in China which focuses on general aviation industry issues and B2B networking in that market.
Andrew has a BA in Chinese and a MBA, from Brigham Young University and Utah State University, respectively. A private pilot (SEL), Andrew also reads/speaks/types fluent Mandarin Chinese, having previously worked as Chinese Language Analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense. He currently serves as the US Commercial Service’s Global Asia Team Leader and also serves as special advisor to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s China Business Information Center. He has organized several CS trade missions to China and is often invited to speak at China-focused events in Las Vegas and around the country.