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Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Giovanni's Restaurant & Convention Center
610 N Bell School Rd., Rockford, IL 61107


Fabrice Bonvoisin
FB International LLC

Mr. Bonvoisin is the founder of FB International LLC, a Chicago-based consulting firm specializing in marketing and international business development services throughout the US, Europe and Asia. The company operates an international network of foreign affiliate professionals who have at least 10 years of experience in their respective country. Countries include France, Italy, Luxembourg, Germany, Japan, Indonesia, and China. The company serves government agencies and companies in many industry sectors like manufacturing, retail, software, electronics, biotechnology, medical device, and telecommunication.

Mr. Bonvoisin is currently the manufacturers’ point of contact for the Calumet Green Manufacturing Partnership program of the South Suburb Mayors and Managers Association. He is the former President and CEO of Frigid Fluid Co., a 20 employee manufacturing company exporting to Poland, South Africa, Chile, Australia, India, and many other countries. He held the position of Vice President, for worldwide operations for Biosafe Medical Technologies, a Chicago-based biotech company. Prior this, he was the Director of International Business Development Services for the Chicago Manufacturing Center, a local consulting firm specialized in small and medium companies. In Europe, he handled executive positions in Italy for the development of Castorama, the leading European Home Improvement retailer (now part of the KingFisher Group), and in France at the global research center of Pechiney, one of the World’s largest aluminum producer and manufacturer now part of Rio Tinto.

In addition to his professional responsibilities, Mr. Bonvoisin is an Export Expert certified by the Export Agency of Wallonia (AWEX); a member of the Pool of Experts at the Swiss Business Hub (Osec); a member of the Board of the International Trade Club of Chicago; the former Chairman of the International Roundtable at the Illinois IT Association; a judge for the Interprofessional Projects Program (IPRO) at the Illinois Institute of Technology; and the President of the Reims Management School Alumni Association for North America; He is also member of the Advisory Board of the Heller College of Business at the Roosevelt University, and an active
volunteer at the Career Transition Center of Old St. Patrick Church in Chicago.

Mr. Bonvoisin is occasionally a guest speaker for international programs at the Illinois State University-Normal, the University of Illinois-Urbana, St Xavier University, and the Illinois Technology Development Association.

Mr. Bonvoisin is a permanent resident of the United States of America, and holds an MBA from the Reims School of Management (France), and a bachelor degree in finance and accounting with a background in biology, physics and chemistry. He is also fluent in English, French, Italian, and Spanish.


Anne E. Borkovic
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Ms. Borkovic has significant experience advising U.S. and international clients on U.S. export controls, trade sanctions and economic embargoes enforced by the U.S. departments of Commerce, State and Treasury. Ms. Borkovic’s practice also includes performing corporate due diligence and investigations related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and False Claims Act (FCA) for companies in the electronics, defense and health care industries.

Ms. Borkovic’s representative work includes participation in international investigations and compliance audits of multinational corporations for International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR), economic embargoes and sanctions and FCPA issues. Her participation includes on-site interviews, managing international data collections and reviews, preparing related voluntary disclosures, counseling senior management and helping to implement corrective actions.

In addition, Ms. Borkovic provides day-to-day compliance counseling, including: conducting transaction-specific analysis; drafting and implementing internal compliance policies and manuals; preparing Department of State registrations; preparing and submitting ITAR, EAR and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) license applications; conducting awareness and compliance trainings; performing product classifications; providing antiboycott advice; and preparing encryption review requests under the EAR.


Jerome M. Greenwell
Director of Export Compliance
Miller & Co. P.C.

Mr. Greenwell is experienced in export compliance; census reporting; training programs; and other miscellaneous customs and international trade matters.  He retired as Chief of the Census Bureau’s Foreign Trade Division’s Regulations, Outreach, and Education Branch and Trade Division Ombudsman.  He served the Census Bureau for thirty-six (36) years and received the Department of Commerce’s Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals for leadership, including the development and implementation of the Automated Export System (AES) and the new Foreign Trade Regulations.


Sabrina Houlton
Assistant General Counsel
International Trade Compliance for UTC Aerospace Systems

Sabrina Houlton is Assistant General Counsel, International Trade Compliance for UTC Aerospace Systems in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.  Her primary focus is the management of International Traffic in Arms Regulations agreements and licensing management.

Prior to UTC Aerospace Systems, Sabrina worked for Wiggin and Dana, a law firm in Connecticut, handling international trade compliance and privacy law.  Before moving to Connecticut, Sabrina worked as a Trial Attorney for the Public Integrity Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where she investigated and prosecuted public corruption cases.  Sabrina also spent over four years as an associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now known as WilmerHale), working on commercial litigation and white collar defense matters.

Sabrina clerked for one year for the Honorable Stephen M. Orlofsky of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.  She received her B.A. from Wesleyan University, where she graduated with Honors and Phi Beta Kappa, and her J.D. from Stanford Law School.


Michael Hugos
SCM Globe

MICHAEL HUGOS is an author, speaker, award-winning Chief Information Officer (CIO) and principal at SCM Globe. He delivers elegant solutions to complex problems with focus in supply chains, cloud computing, and business agility. Earlier he spent six years as CIO of a national distribution organization where he developed a suite of supply chain and e-business systems that transformed the company's operations and revenue model. For this work he won the CIO 100 Award, the InformationWeek 500 Award and the Premier 100 Award. He earned his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He is author of eight books including the popular Essentials of Supply Chain Management, now in its third edition and reported by Amazon.com as the best selling supply chain book worldwide since 2004. He can be reached via his website - http://www.MichaelHugos.com.


Stan R. Kottke ll
General Manager, Defense Systems Enterprise Electric Systems
UTC Aerospace Systems

Stan R. Kottke II, General Manager for the Defense Systems Enterprise at UTC Aerospace Systems, oversees all military aerospace programs within Electric Systems. 

As General Manager, Stan is responsible for developing new business opportunities, meeting customer and program commitments and product integrity. He is also responsible for formulating strategic direction, driving successful execution and ensuring employee engagement within the Defense Systems Enterprise.

Kottke has extensive business management experience leading all aspects of military, commercial and international divisions. Stan’s global business perspective stems from his time spent commuting to the United Kingdom and Germany as well as living in Shanghai and Xi’an, China. During his time in China, Stan led all Electric Systems business development initiatives and was the General Manager for the Electric Systems joint venture in Xi’an China called the Xi’an AVIC Hamilton Sundstrand Aviation Electric Company. Stan oversaw all joint venture activities, including the official company registration and the beginning stages of development for the new facility located in Xi’an, where UTC Aerospace Systems will design and manufacture COMAC C919 electrical power system. In addition to China, Stan led the acquisition of the United Kingdom-based company, Page Aerospace, in 2006. 

During his tenure at UTC Aerospace Systems, he has served in positions of increasing responsibility in program management, engineering, business development, international operations, and mergers and acquisitions. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Rockford Area Economic Development Council.

Kottke holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, an MBA from Indiana University, a Masters of Finance from Indiana University, and was a participant in United Technologies Corporation’s executive development program.


Denis Leclerc, Ph.D.
Professor of Cross-Cultural Communication and Negotiation
Thunderbird School of Global Management

Denis Leclerc teaches cross-cultural communication and global negotiations at Thunderbird School of Global Management. A native of Normandy, France, he completed a Maitrise in Cultural Geography (Honors) from the
L’Universite de Haute Normandie, Rouen, France, and then a Masters in International Tourism at Arizona State University. He received his Ph.D. in Cross-Cultural Communication from the Hugh Downs School of Communication at Arizona State University. His interests and research have focused on intercultural communication competence and global negotiation. He received his certifications for the Global Mindset from Thunderbird and the COM/COI from the Training Management Corporation.

At Thunderbird, Dr Leclerc teaches in multiple programs such as on-campus MBA, Executive MBA on-campus and in Europe, LG customized program, Thunderbird International Consortia, Raytheon and multiple Oil and Gas Executive programs. Before joining Thunderbird, Dr. Leclerc taught at Arizona State University, and served
for eight years as director of Multiple International Studies Abroad Programs for Arizona State University. He directed and served on numerous Masters and Ph.D. committees in the U.S. and Europe. Dr. Leclerc was Co-Program Evaluator for a National Science Foundation (NSF) three-year grant examining the cultural adaptation
of U.S. scientists working in scientific laboratories abroad. This research project was instrumental in guiding NSF to redesign program components to include cross-cultural training for their international assignments.

Dr. Leclerc has been published in leading journals in his field, including the International Journal of Intercultural Relations, and has been a contributor to Readers in Communication, authoring a chapter on the impact of culture on global negotiations. Prior to joining the Thunderbird faculty, Dr. Leclerc also was an active and highly sought-after consultant. As the principal of his own consulting company, he has conducted cross-cultural research for companies in North America and France. Additionally, he has provided support for international program evaluations, and has planned, facilitated, and analyzed professional-development seminars for a wide range of executive programs throughout the U.S. and Europe. Dr. Leclerc has also been a guest lecturer and seminar leader for various companies such as American Express and ExxonMobil on topics as varied as cultural misunderstanding, improving multicultural awareness, and cultural strategic negotiation preparation.


John G. Murphy
Vice President, International Affairs
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

John Murphy directs policy advocacy relating to international trade and investment on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and serves as principal vice president within the Chamber’s International Division.With 70 professionals on staff, the International Division is Washington’s most influential team of trade policy experts and advocates.

Since joining the Chamber in 1999, Murphy has directed its successful campaigns to win congressional passage of trade agreements with a dozen nations, including, most recently, Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. Murphy also plays a key role in the Chamber’s work on such international business priorities as regulatory cooperation, international investment, trade facilitation, and the work of the World Trade Organization.

From 2001 to 2008, Murphy served as the Chamber’s Vice President for Western Hemisphere Affairs and as Executive Vice President of the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA). In 2008, he received AACCLA’s Eagle of the Americas award, which is given annually to the individual in either the public or private sector who has “done the most to advance our mission of increased trade and investment between the United States and Latin America.”

In the 1990s, Murphy oversaw Latin America-related programs at the International Republican Institute (IRI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of democracy overseas, and at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), which champions market-oriented economic reform around the world. During 1992 and 1993, he was the first Western lecturer in economics at the National University of Economics in Czechoslovakia.

Murphy serves on the board of directors of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, a collection of more than 300 organizations that advocates for a strong U.S. international affairs budget. He is a frequent commentator in the media and often speaks at major conferences in the United States and abroad.

Murphy graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and he received his Master of Science degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He is fluent in Spanish.


Kristin Smith
Director of International Trade Compliance - Aircraft Systems
UTC Aerospace Systems

Kristin started her career at UTC Aerospace Systems in 2005, where she has maintained roles of increasing responsibility in both Contracts as well as International Trade Compliance.  Kristin’s current role at UTAS is that of Director of International Trade Compliance for Aircraft Systems.

Kristin holds a bachelors degree in business from Bemidji State University, MN, and a Juris Doctor from IIT Chicago Kent, College of Law.  Kristin is from the Rockford area, and is a graduate of Rockford Lutheran High School.