UNI Global Trade Issues Conference 2017

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017
UNI Commons
8:30 am - 1:00 pm

REGISTER HERE

 

UNIBusiness will host the 2017 Global Trade Issues Conference on October 25th. This free one-day conference addresses issues of concern in the current global environment and features speakers from businesses involved in international trade.

The conference is intended to offer information for Iowans doing business internationally, provide an opportunity for networking with others engaged in international business operations, and offer a chance for UNI students and faculty to gain cutting edge insights into global trade practices and issues.

Conference check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.

Conference speakers include:

Gregory Ritter, XPO Logistics
Gregory Ritter has responsibility for XPO Logistics' business development in North America, including strategic account activities, cross-selling and other processes relating to the profitable growth of the company's customer base. Ritter has more than three decades of sales and management experience in multimodal transportation logistics. Prior to XPO, he served as president of Knight Brokerage, a subsidiary of Knight Transportation. Previously, Ritter spent 22 years with C.H. Robinson Worldwide.

Patricia Cook, U.S. Commercial Service (CS) Iowa
Mrs. Cook has been on staff at the Des Moines office for 10 years and has assisted businesses across Iowa to export manufactured goods, agricultural equipment, processed foods, medical devices, technical and educational services, and all other types of Made in Iowa goods. As the head of the Department in Iowa, she is charged with referring clients for any further needs to trade desks in Washington, D.C., as well as worldwide CS locations. 

Additional professional roles have been as Senate staff; banker; small business owner; and project manager for major corporations. She joined the U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce office, in 2008.  She served as Principal Commercial Officer while on an overseas duty rotation during the summer of 2010 at the U.S. Consulate in Osaka, Japan.

Kelly Nessa, Navgaurdian LLC
Kelly Nessa studied Management and International Business at the University of Northern Iowa.  She was one of the first UNI students to pass the NASBITE International Certified Global Business Professional exam and preceded to work for an international freight forwarder in Kansas City upon graduation. Kelly started business as Navguardian LLC in 2015 to assist others navigate regulations surrounding US exports.

Ralph Inforzato, JETRO Chicago
As ChiefExecutive Director, Ralph oversees JETRO Chicago‘s activities designed to facilitate trade and investment between Japan and 12 Midwestern states served by JETRO Chicago.

For the last thirty-three years, Mr. Inforzato has been involved in significant JETRO related business development projects: Japan-US Biotechnology Initiative (2002-2010), which has sent more than 500 representatives from North American life sciences companies, universities and research institutes to Japan, enabling them to initiate research collaboration and business development in the Japanese biotechnology and pharmaceutical communities. He is directly involved in the teams that implement JETRO‘s Japan service robotics business development projects and JETRO‘s Monozukuri program, a series of seminars focused on Japanese manufacturing philosophies for engineers in North American technology companies.

This conference is free of charge thanks to a grant from the John Deere Foundation and the Bradford Chair in International Business. We thank our generous donors.

REGISTER HERE by October 10, 2017. Pre-registered, off-campus participants will receive a parking pass and map prior to the conference.

Inquiries should be directed to Chris Schrage, UNIBusiness Global Opportunities Coordinator, at 319-273-2126 or Chris.Schrage@uni.edu
 

Posted on 13-Sep-17


  






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UNI Global Trade Issues Conference 2017

UNI-Global-Trade-Issues-Conference-2017.png

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
UNI Commons
8:30 am - 1:00 pm

REGISTER HERE

 

UNIBusiness will host the 2017 Global Trade Issues Conference on October 25th. This free one-day conference addresses issues of concern in the current global environment and features speakers from businesses involved in international trade.

The conference is intended to offer information for Iowans doing business internationally, provide an opportunity for networking with others engaged in international business operations, and offer a chance for UNI students and faculty to gain cutting edge insights into global trade practices and issues.

Conference check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.

Conference speakers include:

Gregory Ritter, XPO Logistics
Gregory Ritter has responsibility for XPO Logistics' business development in North America, including strategic account activities, cross-selling and other processes relating to the profitable growth of the company's customer base. Ritter has more than three decades of sales and management experience in multimodal transportation logistics. Prior to XPO, he served as president of Knight Brokerage, a subsidiary of Knight Transportation. Previously, Ritter spent 22 years with C.H. Robinson Worldwide.

Patricia Cook, U.S. Commercial Service (CS) Iowa
Mrs. Cook has been on staff at the Des Moines office for 10 years and has assisted businesses across Iowa to export manufactured goods, agricultural equipment, processed foods, medical devices, technical and educational services, and all other types of Made in Iowa goods. As the head of the Department in Iowa, she is charged with referring clients for any further needs to trade desks in Washington, D.C., as well as worldwide CS locations. 

Additional professional roles have been as Senate staff; banker; small business owner; and project manager for major corporations. She joined the U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce office, in 2008.  She served as Principal Commercial Officer while on an overseas duty rotation during the summer of 2010 at the U.S. Consulate in Osaka, Japan.

Kelly Nessa, Navgaurdian LLC
Kelly Nessa studied Management and International Business at the University of Northern Iowa.  She was one of the first UNI students to pass the NASBITE International Certified Global Business Professional exam and preceded to work for an international freight forwarder in Kansas City upon graduation. Kelly started business as Navguardian LLC in 2015 to assist others navigate regulations surrounding US exports.

Ralph Inforzato, JETRO Chicago
As ChiefExecutive Director, Ralph oversees JETRO Chicago‘s activities designed to facilitate trade and investment between Japan and 12 Midwestern states served by JETRO Chicago.

For the last thirty-three years, Mr. Inforzato has been involved in significant JETRO related business development projects: Japan-US Biotechnology Initiative (2002-2010), which has sent more than 500 representatives from North American life sciences companies, universities and research institutes to Japan, enabling them to initiate research collaboration and business development in the Japanese biotechnology and pharmaceutical communities. He is directly involved in the teams that implement JETRO‘s Japan service robotics business development projects and JETRO‘s Monozukuri program, a series of seminars focused on Japanese manufacturing philosophies for engineers in North American technology companies.

This conference is free of charge thanks to a grant from the John Deere Foundation and the Bradford Chair in International Business. We thank our generous donors.

REGISTER HERE by October 10, 2017. Pre-registered, off-campus participants will receive a parking pass and map prior to the conference.

Inquiries should be directed to Chris Schrage, UNIBusiness Global Opportunities Coordinator, at 319-273-2126 or Chris.Schrage@uni.edu
 

Posted on 13-Sep-17







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