Connecticut native Anne Evans was appointed in January 2008 as the District Director of the US Department of Commerce District Office in Middletown, Connecticut. She is a successful business leader and entrepreneur with 30 years experience in international trade. Prior to her appointment, she grew a family tire business in to an international tire recycling company developing recycling facilities and renewal energy facilities in Europe, Asia Pacific and Middle East. As director of the Department of Commerce Connecticut office, she leads a team of business and trade professionals in assisting over 2,500 Connecticut companies grow their businesses and attract overseas customers. Since her appointment as Director, she has led numerous statewide training projects, business development initiatives and trade missions to Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South America.