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April 3-4, 2012
Giovanni's Restaurant & Convention Center
610 N Bell School Rd., Rockford, IL 61107

We have more than a dozen expert speakers discussing a variety of topics. Below are just a few of the speakers we have lined up to help you succeed!



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Mike Allocca
President, Allocca Enterprises, Inc.

Mike Allocca became interested in Logistics while a senior at Suny Albany. He interned at a local freight forwarding company after obtaining his bachelors in business administration, he then became a full-time employee handling international ocean exports and imports. He quickly worked his way up over 10 years from internal operations to vice-president of sales for the New York based company. He was part of the select few of the Presidents Team, (Accruing well over one-million dollars in gross sales in 12 consecutive months) for 6 years in a row.

Mike went through the accelerated executive MBA Program through the University at Albany. He has sat on the board of directors of the Global Business Network for two years. He has traveled abroad many times throughout Europe & China and has most recently returned from a 3rd Far East trip in October. He works on a daily basis with exporters and importers all over the United States, helping them with domestic and international compliance & logistics issues.

From 2004-2006 he was also a partner in an export/import consulting company. He created and conducted worldwide compliance & logistics training to many of the worlds leading companies. Due to the overwhelming response and need for public as well as in-house training programs, this has quickly become a full time business. In 2006 Mike started his own consulting company under Allocca Enterprises Inc. and has been working with companies across the United States ever since.

He continues to keep updated on export/import regulations by regularly attending and/or hosting programs, seminars and events with the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Customs & Border Protection , U.S. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Industry and Security, NAFTA - office of Intra American Affairs and the TSA.

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Marge Bevers
Greater Rockford Airport Authority, FTZ#176 Administrator

The Greater Rockford Airport Authority serves as Grantee of FTZ #176, co-located with the Rockford Customs & Border Protection at the Chicago-Rockford International Airport. 

Bevers has served as Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) #176 administrator for over six years, supporting a growth in activity and the addition of partners (now a total of 18 with 4 activated sites or subzones).  During her tenure, several applications were approved by the FTZ Board to reorganize and expand the service territory which now encompasses all or part of 11 counties (Boone, Bureau, DeKalb, Kane, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Putnam, Stephenson and Winnebago).  Along with expansion comes a new management structure, the Alternative Site Framework (ASF), which expedites the process, making the FTZ program cheaper and faster to access.

Ms. Bevers communicates clearly to FTZ newcomers.  She has spoken at National Association of FTZs (NAFTZ) meetings to her peers.  In 2011, Bevers achieved status as Accredited Zone Specialist, the top professional certification awarded by the NAFTZ.   She also serves as Board member and Secretary for the Stateline World Trade Association (SLWTA).

She has announced her retirement effective May 31, 2012, but plans to continue in service to the community throughout the coming years.

Prior to joining the airport staff, Bevers worked in not-for-profit management for 25 years. She is a partner of B&B Properties which renovated the Richardson Bldg. in Rockford.  She is also a founding member of Friends of Ziock, a citizen-led group which sought and won historic designation for the Ziock Building on the riverfront; the volunteer organization is now working – in partnership with the City of Rockford -- to recruit developers to redevelop the property and return it to the tax rolls.  

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Jan Blaho
Director Supply Chain Finance, Export-Import Bank of the U.S

Prior to joining the Export-Import Bank, Jan Blaho, a native of the Slovak Republic, most recently worked for VUB Bank in Slovakia, where he was a Member of the Board and the Executive Director responsible for the Corporate Banking Division.  While there, he directed a staff of over 200 employees and worked with Structured Trade Finance, Syndications, and Small and Medium Enterprises.

Jan also has experience with the largest Czech Bank in Prague, Czech Republic, where he managed the division responsible for Structured Finance and Corporate Banking.  During his days in Prague he represented CSOB on the Board of Supervisors of CSOB’s joint venture with MNR Rothschild.  In addition, he worked for various international banks in the U.S. and Australia, including Westpac Banking Corporation and Lloyds Bank International. 

During his spare time Jan is a visiting lecturer at Kellogg Business School; he has facilitated workshops at MSU, WCTC and Purdue University.

In October 2007 Jan received Ex-Im Bank’s Chairman Award for his increased effectiveness in servicing the small business community.

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Bernie Bowersock
Sr. Vice President, Global Specialty Solutions, Inc.

Global Specialty Solutions is the parent company of:
North American Tool – South Beloit, IL
Gaylee Saws – Sterling Hts., Michigan
Bitner Tooling Technologies – Sterling Hts., Michigan
Allen Benjamin – Mesa, Arizona

42+ years in sales and marketing for several major US cutting tool companies, of which 20 years in Texas, and Mexico was in industrial sales for those manufacturers.

5 years in industrial distribution sales for a major Texas distributor.

5.5 years as a partner in a 3 branch, industrial distributorship in Amarillo, Lubbock, and El Paso, Texas.

17 years of international sales experience in Europe and Asia (including international shows).

Co-managed a joint venture, manufacturing/sales/warehousing facility, in Rotherham, England for 7 years with 3 other US manufacturers.

Member of the Illinois District Export Council

BA degree from Baldwin-Wallace College – Berea, OH

Instructor - US Army Chemical Corp for 2 years – Ft. McClellan, AL

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Russell L. Dennis Jr.
Vice President & Chief Technical Officer, Leading Edge Hydraulics

Technology…Vision…Innovation… 

Three words that best describe Russell L. Dennis Jr and the company he helps guide, Leading Edge Hydraulics.  Currently the VP and Chief Technical Officer, Russ is spearheading company growth through the purchase of a 63,000 square foot research and development center (Harrison Tech Center) on Rockford’s southeast side, along with the recent partnership with several European companies to enhance the company’s worldwide global market share.

Russ excels, and enjoys sharing his knowledge of value assessment and improvement, hydraulic fluid conveyance systems, business process improvements and information technology with his coworkers, and other local companies.  Growth in American companies, through innovation and a dedicated focus on the international market place has been, and will continue to be a major priority for Russ.

Russ received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Illinois State University.  While attending ISU he was very active in the Entrepreneurship program, was an Active Core Executive Counselor (ACE) for the SBA and actively assisted Small Businesses in the development of Business Plans.  Upon graduation, he then began his career with Sherwin Williams in a sales management role. In 1996 he moved on to the Director of Sales and Marketing with Lorine Manufacturing, which became Leading Edge Hydraulics in 2003.  Along the way, Russ earned the title of General Manager in 2001, Vice President in 2003, and finally Chief Technical Officer in 2007.

Giving back to the community is a large part of Russ’s philanthropic activities.  He has been involved with the Rockford Cosmopolitan Club for over 10 years.  Winning the following awards along the way:  Cosmopolitan International - President of the Year (first in history of Rockford Club since 1949), and the Cosmopolitan International - 3 time "Website of the Year".  Russ was also honored to receive the inaugural Rock River Valley (Rockford, IL Region) 2008 40 Leaders under 40 Award Recipient.

Russ is married to Cheryl Dennis, and has two beautiful daughters Kate and Sara.

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Jeremy Dobrowolski
Chief Customer Relationship Officer, Taylor Company

Jeremy Dobrowolski is currently responsible for Global Sales, Service and Marketing  at the Taylor Company in Rockton, Illinois. This includes all sales through the Taylor distributor network and customer relationship with key accounts and sales channel development. He is also a member of the management board for the Taylor China operation based in Shanghai. Prior to this assignment Jeremy was responsible for International Sales and the Global McDonald’s account. He joined Taylor in 1994, after having spent 7 years in Germany working for a Swiss owned Stainless Steel Kitchen Equipment Manufacturer, Franke. Jeremy joined Franke in 1987 having graduated from Illinois Benedictince College, Lisle, IL with a B.A. in International Business and Economics and a minor in German. Jeremy is a member of CFSP (Certified Food Service Professionals).  He enjoys golf with his friends, cooking for family and friends, and coaching and encouraging his three children (boy, girl, boy) in a variety of sports.

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Jeff Dziura
Vice President, International Sales, NewMedical Technology, Inc.

As an International Business Development executive, Jeff Dziura has taken two Illinois medical product manufacturing companies global by developing international distribution channels and regional-specific marketing strategies for their product lines. 

Jeff’s area of expertise is with New-to-Export companies and his work has been cited in media outlets including Crain’s Chicago Business, The New York Times, NPR and The Economist. Aside from his achievements in International Sales & Marketing, he has held positions in manufacturing, product management, quality assurance and regulatory affairs, all in the medical device sector. 

He is serving his third term appointment by U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the Illinois District Export Council, was awarded the State of Illinois Exporter of the Year Award in 2011 and is twice winner of the Governor’s Excellence in Export Award. 

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Janyce Fadden
President, Rockford Area Economic Development Council

As President of the Rockford Area Economic Development Council, Janyce is responsible for managing all the organization’s efforts, including business retention and expansion, new business recruitment, and improving the business climate of our region. In her role for the RAEDC, Janyce serves on the boards of the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Rockford Area Ventures, Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Rockford Local Development Corporation, and Stateline Angels. She also serves on the City of Rockford Sister City Advisory Commission, the executive committee of Northern Illinois Commuter Transportation Initiative, and the steering committee of the Tri-State Alliance. Janyce also serves as Executive Director of the I-39 Logistics Corridor Association.

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Hikaru "Koh" Fujimoto, CPA, MBA, JD
Principal-in-Charge of International Practice, Corbett, Duncan & Hubly, P.C.

Koh is the Principal-in-Charge of the International Practice. He concentrates his practice in the areas of financial statements audits and reviews. He is also experienced in transfer pricing, and internal audit services as well as forensic examinations for international companies.

A native of Japan, Koh has mastered the English language and western customs. He speaks, reads, and writes fluently in English and Japanese. As Principal-in-Charge of the International Group, his goal is to proactively help foreign companies doing business in the United States and U.S. companies doing business abroad. He is highly regarded in the international business community throughout the Midwest.

Koh first worked as a hotelier in the Republic of Vanuatu, an island county off the South Pacific. He moved to the U.S. to study hotel management at Michigan State University. Koh discovered his talent as an accountant when he took the hotel accounting course in the hotel management curriculum. He subsequently changed his major to finance and graduated from Michigan State University.

Koh believes in an old Arthur Andersen philosophy of “think straight, talk straight.” He wants to make himself the best he can be. At the same time, he makes efforts to continuously improve services to our clients. He also believes that the value of accounting services is in speed and accuracy. He is passionate about finding ideas to help his clients improve their operations.

Having a keen desire to continuously expand his knowledge, Koh considers “study and work” to be his hobbies. He passed his bar exam to become a licensed lawyer in the state of Illinois in 2004.  He is currently studying Mandarin Chinese.

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John Goodrich
Principal, JD Goodrich & Associates

John D. Goodrich is an International Trade Consultant and Licensed Customhouse Broker with more than twenty-five years of experience in international trade. He is currently the principal in the consulting firm of JD Goodrich & Associates (JDGA.) Founded in 2001 JDGA specializes in assisting clients with import/export logistics and regulatory compliance issues.

Mr. Goodrich has developed his generalist approach to trade through more than two decades of working with a variety of internationally focused firms in the areas of third party logistics, import/export trading, retail, direct marketing and technology. John’s career includes stints with the former Dayton Hudson Corp, the steamship line SeaLand and the direct marketer Lands’ End. This varied and real-world industry experience differentiates Mr. Goodrich from the average consultant and permits him to provide practical, actionable and credible advice to his clients.

As an active member in the Twin Cities round table of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), he takes a strategic view of the roles of international compliance and logistics in the greater supply chain.  Mr. Goodrich was invited to speak at the 2008 CSCMP global conference in Denver, CO.

Mr. Goodrich is an engaging trainer and speaker on a variety of international logistics and compliance subjects. He leads seminar and webinar course on behalf of Global Training Centers, Inc., International Business Training (IBT) as well as through other venues.

Mr. Goodrich is a regular contributor to the online magazine “International Business Training” to which he has contributed more than 50 articles.

In addition, Mr. Goodrich has authored six texts:

·         NAFTA: A Practical Guide to Regulation, Documentation & Procedures

·         Doing Your Duty - Product Classification According to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States

·         U.S. Import Regulations Procedures and Guidelines

·         U.S. Audit Preparation & Customs Compliance

·         How to Become an Exporter: An Introduction to Managing the U.S. Export Supply Chain

·         How to Become an Importer: An Introduction to Managing the U.S. Import Supply Chain

Mr. Goodrich graduated Cum Laude from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo Michigan with majors in Economics and German and a minor in International Commerce. He performed graduate studies in Economics and German at the University of Bonn in Germany. He is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He obtained his Customhouse Broker’s license in 1987.

Mr. Goodrich and his family reside in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

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Daniel Griswold
President, National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones

Daniel Griswold joined the National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones (NAFTZ) as president in January 2012. From 1997 to 2012, he researched and wrote about U.S. trade and immigration policy at the respected Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., where he served as director of the institute's Center for Trade Policy Studies. Daniel is the author of the 2009 Cato book, Mad about Trade: Why Main Street America Should Embrace Globalization. He has testified before congressional committees, commented frequently for TV and radio, authored articles for the Wall Street Journal and other national publications, and spoken to business and trade groups across the country and around the world. Before joining Cato, Daniel was editorial-page editor of the Colorado Springs Gazette, a daily newspaper, and a press secretary on Capitol Hill. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and a diploma in economics and an M.Sc. in the Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics. He and his wife Elizabeth and teen-aged son Paul live in Vienna, Va.

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Dan Ikenson
Director, Cato's Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies

As associate director of Cato's Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, Ikeson focuses on WTO disputes, regional trade agreements, U.S.-China trade issues, steel and textile trade policies, and antidumping reform. Ikenson has been involved in international trade since 1990.

Before joining Cato in 2000, Ikenson was director of international trade planning for an international accounting and business advisory firm. Before that, he co-founded the Library of International Trade Resources (LITR), a consulting firm providing interactive information access and international trade consulting. And before that, he was a trade policy and antidumping analyst at a few different international trade law practices in Washington, DC.

Ikenson is the author of many studies and articles on trade policy and is the coauthor of Antidumping Exposed: The Devilish Details of Unfair Trade Law. He has appeared on The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, MSNBC, ABC News, and NPR. His articles have been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times, the Detroit News, National Review Online, and elsewhere.

Ikenson holds a M.A. in economics from George Washington University.

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Jeffrey J. Kaney, Sr.
Founder and CEO, Kaney Group, LLC

Jeffrey J. Kaney, Sr., is the founder and CEO of the Kaney Group, LLC. The Kaney Group is a collection of interrelated companies which includes commercial Real Estate (Kaney Aviation Properties), Aerospace Engineering (Kaney Aerospace), Precision Manufacturing (Ardekin Precision) and Capital Funding (Kaney Capital). Prior to forming the Kaney Group, Mr. Kaney’s background includes being a military veteran, he served as a USAF pilot for 10 years including combat in Desert Storm and also as former pilot for a major international airline. Mr. Kaney is very supportive of his community and to that end serves on several Boards such as Spectrum Progressive School and as a committee member for the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois. Mr. Kaney also serves as the Chairman of the Rockford Area Aerospace Network, a part of Rockford Area Economic Development Council where he serves on the Board of Directors.  Mr. Kaney is an active member of the Young President Organization, serving in numerous international and local leadership roles as well as the Aspen Institute.  Outside of work, Mr. Kaney enjoys performing in regional Airshows as a Pilot. Mr. Kaney is married to Mrs. Nancy J. (Woods) Kaney and they have two children, Jared and Henry plus two Golden Retrievers, Maisey and Daisey. Mr. Kaney grew up in Northern Illinois and the Kaney family are residents of Rockford IL.

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Halil Kinaci
Supply Chain Director - Global Sourcing, Woodward, Inc.

Halil Kinaci was appointed as Supply Chain Director in Global Sourcing in 2009. He joined the company in 2005 in TCS Business Unit as a Purchasing Manager.  In this role, he was responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Quality in multiple plants. In 2008, Halil took responsibility in the new acquisition of WMPC as a Purchasing Director.  After the integration of WMPC, he transitioned to the role of Supply Chain Director in Global Sourcing.  In this role, he is responsible for all purchased machined components globally.  This includes supply base selection and development, commercial and contractual management as well as project management. 

Prior to Woodward, Halil worked in Consulting, Production Engineering, Supplier Development, and Purchasing Manager roles in global capacities.  Halil obtained his MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Ohio University and MBA from Michigan State University.

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Dr. Chris Kuehl
Managing Director, Armada Corporate Intelligence

Chris Kuehl is the co-founder and Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence, a company created in 1999 to provide strategy foundation, competitive intelligence, business analysis and economic forecasting for corporate clients.  He is the editor and primary writer for several publications including “Business Intelligence Briefs,” a daily distributed through Chambers; “Strategic Intelligence Briefs,” a daily distributed through World Trade Centers and international business organizations; and “Fabrinomics,” a bi-weekly industry analysis produced by the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, where he also serves as the chief economist.

He holds a Masters Degree in Soviet and East European Studies, a Masters in East Asian Studies and a Ph.D. in Political Economics from the University of Kansas. He has been on the faculty of universities in the US, Hungary, Estonia, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan.  He has been on the local steering committee for the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals and has been active with a number of business and finance organizations.

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Kamal I. Latham
President & General Manager for China, Diplomatic Treatment

Mr. Latham is President and General Manager for China of Diplomatic Treatment Corporate Consulting, LLC, an American business development company with an emphasis on China.  He has advised Fortune 500 companies and leading organizations on China market access strategy.  Mr. Latham is a former Deputy Executive Director of the U.S.-China Aviation Cooperation Program, a public-private partnership of nearly 50 aviation and aerospace companies co-chaired by Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration and based at the American Chamber of Commerce in China.

Mr. Latham was a career U.S. Diplomat from 2000-2008.  He last served at U.S. Embassy Beijing as Deputy Chief of the Trade and Transportation Unit in the Economic Affairs Section.  He received the U.S. Department of State’s Meritorious Honor Award for helping to negotiate the 2007 U.S.-China Air Services Agreement.  Prior to becoming a diplomat, he was a Financial Analyst with the investment bank Salomon Smith Barney.  He earned a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University.  Mr. Latham speaks Mandarin Chinese and can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Congressman Don Manzullo
16th District of Illinois, U.S. House of Representatives

Congressman Don Manzullo is a proven, conservative leader in the U.S. House of Representatives focused on cutting wasteful spending, shrinking the role of government in people’s lives, and leading efforts to strengthen U.S. manufacturing to help put Americans back to work.

Manzullo was first elected in 1992 to serve the people of the 16th Congressional District of Illinois. In the 112h Congress, Manzullo continues to pursue his agenda to bolster job creation in northern Illinois and strengthen manufacturing in America. He is Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific where he works to identify wasteful foreign aid spending and level the playing field for American manufacturers trying to compete overseas. He is also a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, sitting on the two most important subcommittees dealing with our economic recovery, capital markets, banks, and Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac reforms.

STRENGTHENING MANUFACTURING IN AMERICA

In 2012, Congressman Manzullo is continuing his mission to strengthen manufacturing in America and create good-paying jobs for the people of northern Illinois and throughout our nation. As Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, Manzullo is focusing his efforts on increasing export opportunities for American business owners while pressuring China and other Asian nations to play by the rules of fair trade. The Asia-Pacific region accounts for more than 40 percent of world population, over 50 percent of world trade, and 60 percent of the world’s gross domestic product. As Chairman of the U.S.-China Interparliamentary Exchange from 1999 to 2006, Manzullo continually engaged China’s leaders on the country’s unfair trade practices, including currency manipulation, piracy and illegal business subsidies. Manzullo continues to co-chair the 80-member House Manufacturing Caucus, which he founded in 2003. Manzullo is also co-Chair of the House Auto Caucus, chair of the U.S. -Canada Interparliamentary Exchange, and a commissioner on the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.

As Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Small Business from 2001 to 2006, Manzullo held more than 60 hearings on the state of manufacturing in America and introduced numerous pieces of legislation to make U.S. companies more competitive so they can expand and create jobs. Manzullo earned the reputation as Congress’ champion of manufacturing and a fierce advocate for job creation in northern Illinois. His “American Jobs Agenda” is an ongoing action plan focused on helping employers survive, expand and create jobs..

One of the priorities in the plan, encouraging job creation in America, was accomplished in October 2004 when President Bush signed into law the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, which provides a 9 percent tax deduction for manufacturing production in the United States. Manzullo led the fight in Congress to include the domestic manufacturing benefits, which keep jobs in America, and to share them with small businesses. In 2008, Manzullo helped broker an agreement between the U.S. Depts. of State and Commerce over a disputed export control issue that allows U.S. aerospace companies to sell billions of dollars in extra products overseas. For his efforts, Manzullo was awarded prestigious Wings of Liberty Award by the Aerospace Industries Association.


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Sagar Patel
President, Woodward - Aircraft Turbine Systems

Sagar Patel joined Woodward on June 27, 2011 as President, Aircraft Turbine Systems. Patel is responsible for managing future growth, supporting current business opportunities, and enhancing customer support and service. He joined Woodward from General Electric, where he served most recently as President, Mechanical Systems, GE Aviation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Controls and Instrumentation from Gujarat University in India and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Seth Reatherford
Vice President of Newstead Credit & Political Risk, Inc.

Seth Reatherford is Vice President of Newstead Credit & Political Risk, Inc., an independent broker of Trade Credit & Political Risk Insurance. He joined Newstead in 2003 after a successful career with the world’s largest privately-held IT leasing company, where he was Global Vendor Finance Programs Manager and responsible for cross-border lease finance for several F-500 technology manufacturers. Since joining Newstead, he has helped negotiate and place trade credit & political risk insurance programs for small business customers as well as publicly traded multinationals. He also has substantial experience with Ex-Im Bank programs, insurance-backed, medium term cross-border finance, and A/R PUT products for distressed credits. He is frequently asked to speak on the trade credit insurance market for a variety of industry credit and risk management groups. He is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. He lives in Chicago with his wife, a middle school band director, and two young children.

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Lisa Spano
Executive Director, Global Trade Services, JPMorgan Chase

Lisa Spano is an Executive Director on JPMorgan’s Global Trade Services Team. JPMorgan Chase is a global financial services firm with assets of $2.0 trillion, clients in more than 100 countries and has one of the most comprehensive global platforms available.

During her twenty year tenor at the Bank, Lisa has held various international positions within the Firm.  Her career has been varied. In addition to developing an expertise for assessing economic and political risk focusing primarily on the emerging markets of Latin America and Southeast Asia, she has significant experience across a variety of industries structuring trade transactions which employ Export Credit Agency and private insurance enhancements.

Most recently, Lisa’s primary focus has been on providing trade finance solutions to the Commercial Bank’s corporate clients in the area of classical trade to include letters of credit, supply chain finance as well as structuring and advising on complex cross boarder trade transactions. Additionally, she works with clients providing expert advice on integrating their international financial and physical supply chain by providing solutions that enable cost reduction, working capital optimization and improve efficiencies including compliance and risk management.

Mrs. Spano holds an MBA in International Finance and Marketing from DePaul University and resides in Naperville with her husband and three sons.

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Carrie Zethmayr
Manager, IL SBDC International Trade Center

As the Manager of the IL SBDC International Trade Center, Carrie coordinates one-on-one consulting to increase the total value of goods exported from the Rockford Area of Illinois. Services are provided to companies to walk them through the process of establishing and growing an export program. With expertise in international trade, as well as having an expansive network of specific content experts, Carrie is responsible for identifying solutions for any company seeking international trade growth. This includes connecting local companies to trade organizations, international consulates and government export promotion agencies. Carrie also supports business attraction initiatives, focusing on foreign direct investment. With a focus on China, this includes developing and managing relationships with Chinese government and business contacts both in China and in the United States.


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