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

This year's conference will be spit into 2 days, each with a unique focus.

Day 1 will be comprised of key-note speakers and break-out sessions, bringing together top industry experts and specialists in global trade to help you with: partnering; business planning; global trade efficiencies; obtaining trade finance; managing risk; navigating thru customs; marketing; cultures and more.

Day 2 will feature Woodward, one of the Rockford Region's largest aerospace suppliers, to give a key-note address discussing the importance of international trade in their business model, their expectations of small businesses for suppliers, how to become a supplier to Woodward, and how they position themselves for growth. The rest of the morning will be dedicated to a Woodward Supplier Symposium, allowing attendees the opportunity to meet one-on-one with Woodward decision-makers in a structured, time-limited environment.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

7:00 - 4:00 Registration
8:00 - 8:15

"Go Global: Putting the Pieces Together"
Welcome and Conference Overview
Carrie Zethmayr, Manager of the Illinois SBDC International Trade Center

8:15 - 8:30

"From the Hill"
Congressman Don Manzullo, 16th U.S. District, Illinois

8:30 - 9:20 "Optimal Trade Policy: Why Imports are Crucial to the Goals of the National Export Initiative"
Dan Ikenson, Director, Cato's Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies
9:20 - 10:15

“Foreign-Trade Zones: A Home Run for Economic Development”
Dan Griswold, President, National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones

10:15 - 10:45 Networking & Coffee Break
10:45 - 12:15

Break Out #1
"Foundations Track - So You Want To Be An Importer?"
John Goodrich, Principal, Goodrich & Associates



Break Out #2
"Case Studies: Staying Competitive in a Global Market"

Jeff Kaney, CEO, Kaney Group

Bernie Bowersock, Senior Vice President, North American Tool Corporation

Jeff Dziura, Vice President of International Sales, New Medical Technology, Inc.

Break Out #3
"Export Credit Insurance & Financing Available from Public & Private Sources"
Jan Blaho, Director of Supply Chain Finance, Export-Import Bank of the United States

Seth Reatherford, Vice President, Newstead Credit & Political Risk Insurance

Lisa Spano, Executive Director, Global Trade Sales, J.P. Morgan Chase


12:15 - 1:30 Lunch & Keynote

"2012 - Greek Tragedy, or Dancing in the Streets?"
Chris Kuehl, Managing Director, Armada Corporate Intelligence

2:00 - 3:15

Break Out #1
"Foundations Track - So You Want To Be An Exporter?"
John Goodrich, Principal, Goodrich & Associates


Break Out #2
"Case Studies: Global Market Penetration"

Russ Dennis, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Leading Edge Hydraulics

Jeremy Dobrowolski, Chief Customer Relationship Officer, Taylor Company

Break Out #3
"Must Know Accounting and Tax Secrets"
Koh Fujimoto, Principal, Corbett, Duncan & Hubly, P.C.
3:15 - 3:45 Networking & Coffee Break
3:45 - 5:00


Break Out #1
"The Impact of the Panama Canal, and Free Trade Agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea"
Mike Allocca, Principal, Allocca Enterprises


Break Out #2
"China Market Access: Doing Business with the Giant"
Kamal Latham, President & General Manager for China, Diplomatic Treatment

Break Out #3
"FTZ Boot -Camp"
Marge Bevers, FTZ #176 Administrator, Greater Rockford Airport Authority


5:00 - 7:00 Networking Reception at Giovanni's

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

7:00 - 12:00 Registration
8:00 - 8:15

"How America's Best Mid-Sized International Region Goes Global"
Janyce Fadden, President, Rockford Area Economic Development Council

8:15 - 9:15

"Woodward Aerospace Growth – Fueled by Emerging Global Markets"
Sagar Patel, President, Woodward - Aircraft Turbine Systems

9:15 - 10:00 "Woodward’s Strategic Supply Base – How to Become a World Class Supplier"
Halil Kinaci, Supply Chain Director, Woodward, Inc.
10:00 - 12:30

Woodward Supplier Symposium

12:30 Adjourn