About the Company
CEENET was established by a group of Honorary Consuls and Economic Counselors in the U.S. that have for years individually advised foreign companies on market entry strategies. The growing collaboration and complementing domain experience led the group to join forces and provide clients with a comprehensive service offering.
The key differentiator to the many competing service providers in the field is our unique set of relationships with country and state governments, related economic development agencies, and specialty resources that together make up a support system that many consultants are not aware of.
Our competitive advantage allows us to better inform our clients about possible subsidies, location advantages, supply chain clusters, legal barriers, competitive activities, and more. No matter what parts of our services our clients choose, we are confident that we are able to help them execute the best possible strategy.
Founder & President
Chris Ball has a PhD in Economics, is Director of the Central European Institute, and holds the István Széchenyi Chair in International Economics at Quinnipiac University. He routinely organizes annual business delegations and participates in international business speaking engagements. He currently serves as the Honorary Consul of Hungary to Connecticut. Prior to establishing CEENET, Chris held leadership positions in organizations and companies in Hungary and in the US.
Special Advisor – Wine and Spirits
John has an MBA from Quinnipiac University, CT and a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Fordham University, NY. He has been involved in the international wine and food world for many years. He currently serves as Brand Ambassador for Sauska Wine in the USA, and as the Vice Echanson for the Connecticut chapter of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, where he’s been an active member since 2013. John is a member of the Court of Sommeliers, and has Level 1 certification. He is combining his 15 year executive career experience in the commercial construction industry with his passion for fine wine to launch a unique private endeavor around the concept of building brands in America for Central European wine and spirits companies. He lives in Connecticut and has traveled extensively in Hungary, Poland and throughout Europe.
Chris has an MBA from the University of Rochester and a BA in international business from the Darla School of Business, USC. He is founder of the Foreign Service Network and has been part of various trans-Atlantic businesses that include film production, manufacturing, and import/export of goods. Chris is currently the Honorary Consul of Hungary to North Carolina and South Carolina. He lived and worked in multiple countries in Europe and has public sector, small business, and corporate experience.
Saul Ellison has a B.S. in Finance from Quinnipiac University with concentrations in economics and political science. He worked at the Central European Institute and various firms including Bloomberg and Ameriprise Financial as a financial analyst. He also served as Portfolio Manager of the $2 million Quinnipiac Investment Fund. Saul’s political experience stems from his time as political campaign manager of a successful election in Long Island, NY.