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Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Giovanni's Restaurant & Convention Center
610 N. Bell School Rd., Rockford IL 61107

The 2014 Go Global International Trade Conference is focused on developing and executing plans to:

  1. Proactively pursue global sales growth (track 1 break-out sessions)
  2. Implement a more cost effective and efficient supply chain (track 2 break-out sessions)
  3. Attract Foreign Direct Investment to a Targeted Market (track 3 break-out sessions)

2014 Agenda


Check-in / Continental Breakfast / Exhibit Booths Open


"Go Global: Strategize & Execute"
Carrie Zethmayr, Director of International Trade, Rockford Area Economic Development Council


"The State of the Global Economy"
Pete Mento, Director of Global Customs and Trade Policy, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.




Track 1: "Export Business Planning: The Building Blocks for Global Success"
Jim Foley, Turner Center for Entrepreneurship - International Programs

Track 2: "Six Smart Strategies: Overcome lack of resources leveraging Free Trade Agreements, state assistance, transfer pricing & more!"
Koh Fujimoto, Principal-in-Charge of International Practice,
Corbett, Duncan & Hubly, P.C.

Track 3: "Positioning & Promotion of a Region for FDI"
Michael Nicholas, President, RAEDC




Lunch Keynote: "Success Story: Effective Global Partnerships"
Russell L. Dennis Jr., President & Chief Technology Officer, Leading Edge Hydraulics




Track 1: "Market Selection"
Luanne Mayorga, Coordinator of Business and Workforce Development, Northern Illinois University

Track 2: “Supply Chain Strategy for Evolving Manufacturers”
Terry Houghton, PLC Sourcing Supervisor - Global Sourcing, Woodward, Inc.

Tom Rohlfs, Supply Chain Director - Fuel Systems CoE, Woodward, Inc.

Track 3: "Perspectives on Foreign and Domestic Investment in the USA: Three Trends Changing Our World"
Laurel Bergren, Vice President, ARC Perspectives, Inc.

Ernst Nemeth, President, ARC Perspectives, Inc.


Track 1: "Finding Global Partners"
Linnea Bengtsson, International Business Developer, City of Lidköping and Skaraborg County, Sweden

Pierric Bonnard, Managing Director, Ubifrance North America

Gaétan de la Vauvre, Trade Advisor, Ubifrance North America

Jin Kwon, Foreign Investment Affairs & International Business Development Manager, Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA)

Track 2: "Enhanced Supply Chain: Foreign Trade Zones"
Tommy Berry, President & CEO, Point Trade Services, Inc.

Track 3: "Site Readiness for Foreign Direct Investment"

Keith W. Groebe, Principal, Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd.

Gabriel W. Sanders, Ernst & Young, LLP

Brian Tader, Managing Director, Lee & Associates


Networking Reception - – Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres will be served