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Member Spotlight: Joe Lohman, ITC Treasurer

Thursday, July 01, 2021 10:10 AM | Mary Odom (Administrator)

Joe Lohman has been a member of the ITC for 3 years now and joined to help fill a vacancy in the position of Treasurer, a role in which he still serves. As with many ITC members, Mr. Lohman was attracted to the ITC because of his enjoyment of international business, particularly in college, where those classes were his favorite. In between college and moving to Kansas City to work at Port KC, Mr. Lohman worked a with non-profit missionary agency that has 250 missionaries around the globe. He now works for Port KC and though Port KC is limited to the city limits of Kansas City, the ITC helps him to feel connected to the larger world around him. Mr. Lohman has spent a good deal of time traveling mainly through his mission trips, which included a 2-month trip in and around Narok, Kenya in 2017, and extending to Panama, Chiang Mai, Thailand, and Yangon, Myanmar.

Presently, Mr. Lohman works for Port KC and has been with the agency for 7 years. His current position is as the Director of Finance, which converges well with his interests in the intersection of accounting, finance, economics (the micro/local impacts of business more than macro), and international business. His career has unfolded in a way that intersects well with these interests, which has made him able to explore each of them in small and different ways. His faith has had an impact on the way that his career has unfolded, most notably through the mission trips he has taken. Being a part of ITC helps him increase his awareness of global trade in Kansas City, something he views as important to his career. His career goals are fairly open-ended and not well-defined, but they include an openness to continuing education with an acknowledgement that we always need to be learning. From this mindset, Mr. Lohman sees his goals less as career goals and more as self-development goals. This way of thinking led him to become a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), similar to a CPA, and to join the board of a local CMA chapter. He is currently also enrolled in the Development Finance Certified Professional program and would like to pursue a master’s degree after he has completed that program.

Fun Facts and Advice

Name Three People (dead or alive) that you would invite to dinner:
  • His mother, who passed away when he was 14
  • An International Ambassador to hear about their experiences
  • Patrick Mahomes (because he would be fun to hang out with).

What is the last book that you read?

Trade Is Not a Four-Letter Word

Who inspires you?

Those with great experiences to share.

What advice would you give someone who wants to get into International Business/International Trade?

Throw your expectations about international business in the trash. Always be a learner.

What else do you want to tell us about yourself/what is something unique about you that is generally not known?

I led vocals and guitar in a band in college. The largest groups that I have played in front of was about 200 people.

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