Manager Bios

Our Experienced Team

Dmitriy Y. Shtikel

PhD (Civ. Eng.) - Founder / Managing Director

Dmitriy Shtikel, PhD immigrated to the USA from the Soviet Union in 1991. After obtaining his PhD in Civil Engineering (with a specialty in Highway Construction), he worked for several years as Deputy Director for Science of one of the largest and most renowned Civil Engineering Scientific Research Institutes in the Soviet Union. He is one of the youngest persons ever to hold such a high position there.

After immigrating to the USA with his family, Dmitriy worked briefly for a major engineering firm in the Seattle area, before establishing his first business developing trade and various projects with the newly independent Russia and other former Soviet Union member-countries. Later he founded a company that was the first independent supplier of potash fertilizer from Belarus to India where Dmitriy has good working relations with several major agricultural companies.

Since establishing Auberron Group in 2008, Dmitriy has worked diligently to develop new lines of business such as export of fine food & beverage products to the US market, and has been instrumental in the development of the first organic fertilizer plant project in Belarus.

Dmitriy's interests outside of work include domestic and international politics and major league sports, especially basketball and football.

Anatol D. Ionis

Founder / Commercial Director

Anatol Ionis immigrated to the USA from the Soviet Union as a teen in 1989. He had completed high school with Honors in Binghamton, New York, and later studied Aerospace Engineering & Applied Mathematics at Syracuse University, where he made Dean’s List with 4.0 GPA. After moving to Seattle, he studied Accounting, Economics & Business Management at the University of Washington.

Anatol co-founded his first company with partners in 1993 and has pursued business development opportunities ever since. He was instrumental in implementing multimillion-dollar international commodity contracts (fertilizers and other products) and worked on several international trading, technology transfer & investment projects involving major companies and government organizations in Western & Eastern Europe, USA, India, Singapore, and other countries. In the early 2000s, Anatol also worked for Fortune-500 companies, including Microsoft (as a full-time employee) and attained Microsoft Certified Solution Developer and Database Administrator certifications.

Anatol has been involved in Auberron Group projects since its inception and is working on growing its food products import/distribution businesses and assisting with the development of the organic fertilizer plant project in Belarus.

Anatol's interests include family, fitness, international politics, Seattle's art & cultural scene, and Japanese art.

John J. Sullivan

JD - Founder / Tax and Legal Counsel

John Sullivan earned his JD from Columbia University School of Law in 1984, with a Certificate from its Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law, after graduating from University of Maryland University College in West Germany with a BA in Soviet Area Studies Magna Cum Laude while serving in U.S. Army Intelligence & Security Command intercepting Soviet and Czech radio and phone communications for the NSA. He has practiced in the areas of federal, state and multinational tax planning, estate planning, probate, trust and estate administration, and business and nonprofit planning throughout his thirty plus years in law practice. He began his career at the Seattle and Bellevue offices of Stoel Rives and its predecessor firm in 1984. From 1992 to 1998 he served as Vice President & Tax Counsel to Bank of America for the Northwest. He returned to private practice in 1998 and is a shareholder of the Lyons | Sullivan law firm in Bellevue, Washington.

John brings a wealth of understanding regarding legal and tax issues for businesses and individuals. He combines an ability to explain the complex in plain English with a creative and practical approach to solving problems and resolving disputes. John is proficient in Russian, which he first studied at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, completing its Intensive Russian Language Course, graduating second in his class, recipient of the Pushkin Book Award.

Charles L. Dennis

Director of Business Development

Charles "Chuck" Dennis has a Business Administration degree from Eastern Washington University. He is a marketing and business development executive from the telecom industry with 30 years’ experience including 18 years in the wireless industry, in both Fortune 500 and start-up work environments.

Chuck has worked in business development, product strategy, and marketing with successful start-ups for the past 18 years. Chuck is Chairman and Founder of Inklood, Inc., a company building a leading proximity-based marketing and know-your-customer solution for restaurants and wineries. In the previous years, Chuck had co-founded Finsphere Corporation, a leader in patented proximity-based authentication services.

Chuck is credited with several issued patents in the mobile technology area including mobile payments and location-based authentication. Chuck is on the Board of Village Theatre in Issaquah, Washington.
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