2017 West Michigan World Trade Week Business Conference

Managing Global Teams

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Learn how to cultivate employee engagement, collaborate with international business partners, and protect your brand in key foreign markets.


(Subject to change)

11:30am                   Registration & Exhibits

Noon - 1:30pm          Luncheon and Keynote Address, "Managing Global Teams"

                                            Michael O'Connor, CEO, Aon Risk Solutions

1:40 - 2:40pm            Session One Choices

                                  A.  Protecting Intellectual Property Against Cybertheft and Infringement


                                           John King, Internet Crime Unit, FBI

                                           Thomas Moga, Partner, LeClairRyan

                                           John Seurynck, Director and Associate General Counsel, Patents & Product Regulatory, Alticor

                                       Moderator: Elliott J. R. Church, Attorney - Technology and Cyber Law, Kreis Enderle

                                  B.  Finding and Hiring Distributors


                                           Tom Palumbo, V.P. Sales & Marketing, SoundOff Signal

                                           Chris Schnee, V.P. Marketing & International Sales, Centurion Medical Products

                                       Moderator: Kerri Orders, President, West Michigan World Trade Association

                                  C.  Doing Business in China and Taiwan


                                            Adam Briggs, V.P. of U.S. Operations, Trans-Matic Mfg. Co.

                                            Don DeCorte, V.P. Resistance Welding Products, RoMan Manufacturing Inc.

                                            Matthew Quigley, Foreign Service Officer, United States Commercial Service

                                            Ning Shao, Director, China Foreign Office, Michigan Economic Development Corporation 

                                       Moderator: Sonja Johnson, Executive Director, Van Andel Global Trade Center

2:40 - 3:00pm            Exhibits & Networking Break

3:00 - 4:00pm            Session Two Choices 

                                  A.  Working with Foreign Nationals: International Data Laws & Deemed Exports


                                           Anne Blake-Dreher, Assistant General Counsel, Global Labor & Employment, Perrigo

                                           James Rayis, Of Counsel, Giamarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C.

                                           Robert Rothman, Principal, Privacy Associates International LLC

                                       Moderator: Ryan McKnight, Legal Advisor, AvaSure

                                  B.  Communicating Effectively Across Cultures


                                            Michael Merk, Director, Corporate Communications, Steelcase, Inc.

                                            Emily Smith, Principal and Owner, WordWell Global, LLC

                                        Moderator: Derek Begue, V.P. Business Development, PRA Global

                                  C.  Doing Business in Mexico


                                            Don DeCorte, V.P. Resistance Welding Products, RoMan Manufacturing Inc.                                           

                                            Raul Felman, International Sales Manager, Efficiency Production

                                            Christopher Ford, International Specialist, Mor-Value Parts Company

                                            Jim Westropp, Director of Global Trade Compliance, Adient USA LLC

                                        Moderator: Matt Szukalowski, Manager - Great Lakes District, UPS 

4:05 - 5:00pm            Session Three Choices

                                  A.  Creating International Sales Agreements that Stick


                                            Jennifer Miller, Associate General Counsel, Wolverine Worldwide

                                            Jim O'Connor, V.P., Corporate Compliance Officer, Steelcase, Inc.

                                            Jean Schtokal, Shareholder, Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC

                                       Moderator: Tracy Larsen, Partner, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP

                                  B.  Managing International Operations & Automation


                                           Cedric Duclos, President & CEO, Hutchinson

                                       Introduction: Paul Jarzombek, Chief Operating Officer, LR International

5:30 - 7:30pm           VIP Reception for Sponsors, Conference Attendees, and Community Leaders

                                  Reception Keynote Speaker and World Trade Week Sponsor Chair

                                            Ron Voigt, President, X-Rite Pantone



Grand Valley State University's L. William Seidman Center, 50 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Registration includes: 

Lunch, reference materials, and admittance to VIP Reception

Organized by: 

GVSU's Van Andel Global Trade Center and the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce 

In partnership with:

The World Trade Week Committee and the International Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan


Page last modified April 24, 2017