Go Global Conference Announces 2011 Featured Speakers and Key Interview Opportunities

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Speakers from across the country representing diverse industries including finance, law, defense, global trade, compliance, government and foreign trade zones will converge to discuss the building of successful relationships, both foreign and domestic, as a key to global business success.

Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands (Importing, Exporting and Everything in Between),” emphasizes the building of successful relationships, both foreign and domestic, as a key to global business success. With a solid track record of excellence established over the past three years, Go Global’s 2011 conference on April 12-13, continues the tradition, once again providing top level speakers, topic relevance and invaluable networking opportunities.

“We have really stepped up our game with top tier speakers this year,” said Marge Bevers, chair of the Go Global planning committee. “We anticipate sessions filled with thought-provoking, cutting-edge concepts that attendees will be able to take home and translate into action for their companies.”

Speakers from across the country represent diverse industries including finance, law, defense, global trade, compliance, government and foreign trade zone (FTZ).

§    Terri Morrison - Author; President of Getting Through Customs
Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands: You’re on your way to China, Russia, Malaysia, Brazil, India, or virtually any exotic locale. A small misstep can threaten or even destroy your marketing and sales efforts. Do you kiss, bow or shake hands? Do you address prospects by their first name, last name or just their title? Should you expect tough negotiations, or will they never say “no!”? Do they expect a gift, or would it be considered graft?

Attendees are encouraged to join Terri Morrison, coauthor of best-selling books on international business customs to discuss how to smooth over cultural barriers and form lasting client and professional relationships.
This session will cover a spectrum of intercultural communications topics - from negotiating styles, decision-making processes, advertising taboos, plagiarism, business protocol, attire, dining etiquette, gestures and gift giving around the world. Avoid the blunders others have made before you; attend Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands!

§    Thomas Feifar - Director, Foreign Military Parts, Navistar Defense, LLC
Keys to Globalization Success: With more than 1 million Navistar vehicles on the road in North America and around the globe, Navistar has extended its core expertise to become the fourth largest truck manufacturer in the world. Tom Feifar, Director of Foreign Military Sales for Navistar Defense, has been an integral part in that growth. Feifar will highlight the integration of Navistar’s global team of engineers, designers and technicians to develop validate and support the high performance trucks, engines and parts needed by the warfighter today. He will feature the key success factors leading to increased globalization success. “As Navistar grows its business globally, we take our supplier partners with us,” he said.

§    Dr. Chris Kuehl - Managing Director at Armada Corporate Intelligence
2011 - Year of the Transition: This is the year that 2010 was supposed to be. The news on the economy has been better than it has been in a long time with some progress on some of the more challenging issues. Nobody is talking double dip anymore and growth is surging in Asia and parts of Latin America. Even Europe looks a little less shaky than in the past. But looming on the horizon are all the issues we have avoided for the last three years - inflation, debt and deficit crises, the need for austerity and the political turmoil that follows. The events in Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon and elsewhere indicate that much is changing and fast.

§    Lewis Leibowitz - Partner at Hogan Lovells
International Legislative Update: Lewis. Leibowitz will discuss several legislative topics that impact businesses involved in global trade. Congress is considering many trade-related programs and has a focus on jobs and international competitiveness, but the key to economic development still lies in state and local governments. He will discuss specific items that could affect your competitiveness, including budget and taxes, trade restrictions on production inputs and trade negotiations to watch. He will also discuss the focus on global developments and energy policy.

A leading attorney in international trade matters under domestic law and international agreements, Leibowitz advises and assists clients in diverse matters including trade remedies, customs, foreign-trade zones and free trade agreements, trade negotiations, and related matters. He practices in the areas of international trade law, customs law, and international commercial transactions and represents clients before all federal courts and agencies dealing with international trade matters, including the Department of Commerce, the U.S. Trade Representative's Office, the International Trade Commission, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Court of International Trade, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

§    Brett Silvers — CEO of WorldBusiness Capital
Brett Silvers will discuss financing tools, including loans supported by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), that are available to help U.S. small and midsize businesses take advantage of opportunities in the global marketplace. Topics will include creative financing for international projects, acquisitions, operations, joint ventures, and dealer/distributor networks. Specific case studies will be presented for successful projects in India, Mexico and other major emerging markets, as well as in several different industry sectors. Silvers will also announce a new financing initiative for businesses taking advantage of the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zone Program.

Speakers are available for interviews prior to Go Global and may be arranged through PR Etc. at 815.282.9976.

Registration available through April 8, 2011 at http://www.GoGlobalRockford.com. Cost to attend is $135. Approximately 300 attendees are expected.

Planning partners for the Go Global conference include the Greater Rockford Airport Authority, Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Rockford Area Economic Development Council, NDIA Great Lakes Chapter and SupplyCore.

Go Global is sponsored by Navistar , UPS–Illinois District, Greater Rockford Airport Authority, DRS Technologies, Rockford Area Economic Development Council, Woodward, SupplyCore, Illinois SBDC International Trade Center of the Rockford Area, BAE Systems, Hinshaw Culbertson, LLP, Furst-McNess Company, Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Williams McCarthy, McHenry EDC, Enterprise Holdings, Inc., RSM McGladrey, Inc., and Winnebago County.

For more information on the Go Global conference, visit http://www.goglobalrockford.com or e-mail at info (at) goglobalrockford (dot) com.


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