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I have extensive knowledge of Russian and U.S. business environments and my cross-cultural communication skills are deeply rooted in my personal history. 

Photo 5. Various international events accreditations.


Photo 7. Interpreting for US President Jimmy Carter in his hometown of Plains, Georgia.

Photo 1. Interpreting at the San Francisco’s Chamber of Commerce.​​

Photo 3. Interpreting at KOVR 13, CBS newsroom. Sacramento, California.

Photo 6. Various international events accreditations.

I am Russian American. I was born in New York, 1968, to a family of United Nations interpreters and translators, and schooled both in Russia and USA. I am bilingual. I am married and I have three children. My family and I reside in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.

My core competence is total proficiency in multi-discipline interpretation and translation. For over 30 years I have been working with high-level simultaneous and consecutive interpreting and translation in the field, facilitating government-sponsored projects, corporate operations, and the activities of non-profits and grassroots organizations. 

Photo 4. CCI’s home page historical picture of their longtime site, My allegiance is to the U.S., but here I am appropriately depicted between the two flags (I am 6-th from the right) as an unbiased interpreter.

Photo 2. Interpreting for farmers at the California Seed Bank.

My highlights from that time period include interpreting at St Petersburg International Economic Forum (for heads of state, corporate executives and political leaders); at the Council of Europe in France (for Russian senators); at Inter-Parliamentary events in Switzerland and Canada (for Russian and Ukrainian lawmakers), at events in the context of Russia's presidency in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Russia and Singapore. 

It has been a long professional journey and I am proud to say that I am a high-achiever with a proven record of outstanding performance both in Russia and the US. I am here to help you be successful and I want to be your trusted friend.

That’s why I ask: Can I be of any help to you?

CCI developed and ran different business training programs for 20 years between 1989 and 2009. Some 6500 Russian entrepreneurs were flown in and hosted pro bono by American civic clubs (Rotary, Kiwanis, etc.) in over 500 American cities across 45 states. Thousands of American companies stepped in to provide training, and I was one of CCI’s most seasoned interpreters (see my Who I Work For page).

CCI’s major government donors and contributors were USAID, USIA and Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

I also have extensive experience working within Russian society. From 2008  to 2014 I translated and interpreted in Russia as a freelancer. My native-speaker proficiency with both languages put me in the unique position to effectively communicate with people from all walks of life. Based in Moscow I interpreted for high-ranking government officials in the Kremlin and Russia’s Parliament, Russia’s business elite and within bohemian circles. 

As a young child I was exposed to many misunderstandings, fallacious accusations, false flags, and demonizing propaganda dominating the media on both sides of the Iron Curtain. I was disgusted by it. I knew that America and Russia would have to overcome their distrust and fears to rebuild the relationships necessary for the security and prosperity of both nations.

 I began by dedicating my early career to restoring Russian-American friendship by working with the San Francisco based Center for Citizen Initiatives. Their mission is to use citizen diplomacy to improve relations between the two nuclear superpowers. 

Proclamation of The Congress of the United States, House of Representatives, presented to Maxim Kotchetkov for efforts to foster trade and prosperity between Russia and U.S. Washington, D.C., 1999.​

Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition. In recognition of outstanding achievement, service and public distinction. Washington, D.C., 2005.

Honorary Citizen of: the City of Slidell and Town of Pearl River, Louisiana, 1997; Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1998; Hurst, Texas, 2000; Baltimore, Maryland, 2001; Randolph, Vermont, 2002; Canton, Ohio, 2003; Dallas, Texas, 2004; Boulder, Colorado, 2005.

County of Los Angeles Commendation. In recognition of Maxim Kotchetkov’s dedicated service to the affairs of the community and for the civic pride demonstrated by numerous contributions for the benefit of all the citizens of the Los Angeles County. 
Los Angeles, California, 1999.

Acknowledgment by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors for visiting Sacramento County as an interpreter for the Russian Governmental Municipal Administration Delegation. Sacramento, California, 2002.

Highest honor by the Commonwealth of Kentucky – Kentucky Colonel, for contributions to the community, state and nation, for special achievements. Frankfort, Kentucky, 2002.

Special Tribute by the representatives of the State of Michigan for promoting economic and cultural understanding between business leaders in Russia and the United States. Lansing, Michigan, 2001.

Acknowledged by resolution of the Senate of Maryland. Baltimore, Maryland, 2001.

Certificate of Merit for outstanding service by the Parish of Jefferson. New Orleans, Louisiana, 2000.

Acknowledgement of efforts to develop Russia as a flourishing democracy. Arvada, Colorado, 2001; Denver, Colorado, 2001; Baltimore, Maryland, 2001.

Recognized and commended for donating time and talents to improve lives, strengthen communities and foster development of international business. City of Sugar Land, Texas, 2006.

Certificate of Appreciation by the South Baltimore Kiwanis Club. Baltimore, Maryland, 2001.

Recognition of District 5790 of Rotary International and Center for Citizen Initiatives for dedication to world peace and being an international ambassador from Russia to the U.S.A. Hurst, Euless, Bedford, Texas, 2000.

Member of the District 5150, California Chapter, Rotary International of The Order of the Golden Bear, for extraordinary service above self and building international understanding, peace and goodwill, including thorough knowledge of the rule of law, and for warm friendship and fellowship. 
Sacramento, California, 2002.