2018 West Michigan World Trade Week Business Conference


Creating Global Success

Agenda

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 | 11:30AM - 4:30PM | GRAND RAPIDS, MI

(Agenda is Subject to Change)

11:30AM-NOON - REGISTRATION

NOON-1:45PM - LUNCH & GENERAL SESSION PANEL: GLOBAL TALENT IN TODAY’S ENVIRONMENT

                                   Murray Law Group - Debra Auerbach Clephane, Immigration Law Attorney and Principal

                                   Pridgeon & Clay - Sylvia James, Senior Manager, Human Resources

                                   EJ Group, Inc. - Tami D. Vincent, Vice President, Human Resources & Administration

                                   Moderator: Comerica - Scott Hibbard

2:15-3:15PM - FIRST SESSION BREAKOUTS

                    DEVELOPING GLOBAL OPERATIONS:  MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

                                   Panelists:

                                   EJ Group, Inc. - Bill Lorne

                                   SoundOff Signal - Tom Palumbo

                                   JLT Specialty Limited - Nick Robson

                                   Moderator: PRA Global - Derek Begue

                    NEW MARKET & SALES STRATEGIES:  UNDERSTANDING INDIA’S MARKET

                                   Panelists:

                                   U.S. Commercial Service Kolkata, India - Shantanu Sarkar

                                   PRA Global - Ruth Shira

                                   Moderator: U.S. Commercial Service - Kendra Kuo

                    LEGAL:  COMPLYING WITH GDPR & EVOLVING DATA PRIVACY REQUIREMENTS

                                   Panelists:

                                   Wolverine Worldwide - Ileana McAlary

                                   Privacy Associates Intl - Robert Rothman

                                   Kreis, Enderle, Hudgins & Borsos - Elliott J. R. Church

                                   Moderator: OCHIM Trade Law - Paul Vandevert

3:30-4:30PM - SECOND SESSION BREAKOUTS

                    DEVELOPING GLOBAL OPERATIONS:  MICHIGAN EXPORTER TOOLS

                                   Panelists:

                                   Sebright Products - Jean Bolt

                                   Gluten Free Bar - Marshall Rader

                                   Riveer Environmental - Jeff Rowan

                                   Spectrum Decorative Finishes - Rob Wilder

                                   Moderator: JLT Specialty USA - Gayle Jacobs

                    NEW MARKET & SALES STRATEGIES:  FINDING GLOBAL PARTNERS

                                   Panelists:

                                   ADAC Automotive - Jeff Ackerman

                                   Redi-Rock - Kevin Loe

                                   Decade Products - Keith Maki

                                   Bandit Industries - Laurie Pant

                                   Moderator: JP Morgan - Martha Gabrielse

                    LEGAL:  DOING BUSINESS WITH FOREIGN NATIONALS

                                   Panelists:

                                   Perrigo - Anne E. Blake-Dreher

                                   Giarmarco, Mullis & Horton - James Y. Rayis

                                   Schlossberg Legal - Betina Schlossberg

                                   Moderator: Kozik Woelke - O'Neil L. Woelke

4:30-7:30PM - VIP NETWORKING RECEPTION

                                   Remarks from Host Organization: BISSELL Inc. - Mark Bissell

                                          & WTW Planning Committee Chair - Sonja Johnson

Venue:

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 Planning Committee and the International Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan

 



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