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About the Company

CEENET was originally established in 2011 to organize cross-border trade missions between Connecticut and countries in Central and Eastern Europe.  It was converted to an LLC and boutique consulting firm in 2016 and run 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. 

Our advantage over the many other service providers in this space is our understanding of the people and cultures of Central Europe and the United States.  After helping several startups with US market entry, CEENET began focusing on more established companies. In 2018 we closed to new clients in order to focus on launching ArenaCAD USA LLC.  Today, ArenaCAD is running well and continues to grow. While CEENET is not actively seeking clients, we are open to established businesses looking to establish an office in the US market.

To discuss your business and interests, email Chris Ball at

CEENET today also serves as the legal and business host of Global Economics.

Christopher Ball

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.

John Salling

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 Domeny

Special Advisor

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


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.

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