Martin Kalin is the Founder of the Trade Compliance Group. Founded in 1986 as MK Technology, for many years he was its President and a Senior Consultant. Today, the Trade Compliance Group provides one-stop services to the international trade community for trade controls consulting, in-house training, internal compliance tools, and customer screening. The Trade Compliance Group collaborates with sister company Spark Media, a prize-winning production company to produce best-in-class export-compliance training videos.

Formerly a consultant, Martin Kalin’s expertise was complex de minimis calculations, commodity and technology classifications, and negotiations for Commerce Department advisory opinions in these areas. He also dealt with munitions trade controls under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

In 1992, he formed MK Data Services with Kenneth Harris.

Marty Kalin also founded Export Control News, now The Export Practitioner. He also has been an active trade and investment consultant on a number of business projects in Russia and other countries within the former Soviet Union. He is an entrepreneur and founder of a number of other technology companies.

He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service where he specialized in international relations. In 1983, he was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by Secretary of State George Shultz for his work within the U.S. Department of State on Lebanon and the Middle East.

He is an active member of EO, the “Entrepreneurs Organization” in the Greater Washington, DC area chapter, where he serves on its Board and is responsible for chapter learning activities.