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With the British Prime Minister Theresa May formally triggering Article 50 announcing Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, April meeting between ‘President Trump’ and Chinese ‘President Xi Jinping ‘and the U.S. trade agenda beginning to take shape, this crucially timed international business symposium hosted by the Muma College of Business and the USF World at the University of South Florida brings together senior government trade officials from the U.S. Department of Commerce, UK Department of International Trade and the Government of Mexico and international business experts on China and India to give their insights and the latest advice on doing business in today’s dynamic international landscape.

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With a focus on countries which stand to bear the biggest potential impact from the trade policies of the new U.S. administration, BREXIT and the maturity of high growth economies, this highly topical event will provide hugely valuable insights into capitalizing on the uncertainties currently prevailing in these markets.

Discussions will focus on future current and future cross border trade opportunities and challenges, global import tariff dynamics and regulations, changes to immigration laws, currency fluctuations and how new international trade agreements are set to significantly boost and possibly stifle international trade and investment.

Who should attend?

This event is a must for anyone already doing or considering doing business with the UK/EU, Mexico, India or China. Attendees will gain the very latest insights and information on doing business in these markets and gain access to a network of contacts who can help identify and develop new opportunities and will be on hand to provide support to overcome any challenges.

The event will address a broad range of sectors, but will have particularly strong representation in the following areas: Manufacturing & Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace & Defense, Healthcare & Medical Devices, Travel & Tourism, Higher Education & Skills Development, ICT and Fintech.

Our guest speakers include:

David Prodger
Her Majesty’s British Consul General

David Prodger took up his appointment as British Consul General in Miami in August 2014. David has served in a number of roles, both in the UK and overseas, within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) since joining in 1999. Prior to this, he worked in the private sector as a land surveyor, project manager and business development manager. His previous post was as Deputy Head of Security Policy in FCO London where he led the UK’s European security policy including: NATO; the EU Common Security and Defence Policy; bilateral security policy relations with EU and NATO allies as well as other partners; conventional arms control in Europe; and UK space security policy.

Richard Turner
Her Majesty’s British Consul General, Washington D.C. and Regional Director Department of International Trade, East USA

Richard has been a member of Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service for more than 30 years. Since December 2015, Richard has been the UK Trade & Investment Regional Director for the East of USA, leading the UKTI teams in Boston, New York, Washington, Boston and Miami. His main objectives are to help British companies succeed in the US market and assist US companies to bring their high-quality investment to the UK. Richard also leads on the UK export strategy for the US. Richard is based in the British Embassy in Washington.

Consul Juan Sabines
Consul of Mexico

Consul Juan Sabines holds a degree in Political Science and Public Administration from the Universidad Iberoamericana, and studied International Relations at UNAM; Public Finance at the University of Berkeley, California, Communication Sciences at the CECC and Christian Social Doctrine at IMDOSOC. Consul Juan Sabines has been distinguished with The Order “Jose Cecilio del Valle”, by the Government of the Republic of Honduras, in the Gran Cruz Plate Silver degree, in recognition of his work in favor of the Human Rights of Central American Migrants.

Dr. Moez Limayem, Ph.D
The USF MUMA College of Business

Moez Limayem joined the USF Muma College of Business in 2012, coming from the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. At the University of South Florida, Limayem has been charged with enhancing the college’s profile and increasing its resources, building program demand, and strengthening relationships with varied stakeholders, including alumni, and business leaders. The results from his first four years on the job are impressive: the college has received three multi-million dollar naming gifts, and its programs have risen in national rankings. Pam and Les Muma’s 2014 gift of $25 million was the single largest gift in USF’s history, and will help the college join the top echelon of business schools across the nation. In 2015, in honor of more than $22 million in gifts to support the university, which includes a $10 million gift to the USF Muma College of Business and its accounting programs, the University of South Florida School of Accountancy was named for longtime supporter Lynn Pippenger. In addition, the 2015 Collier Student Success Center naming recognized a $10.85 million gift from the longtime supporters of the Muma College of Business: Barron Gift Collier III and his wife, Dana. The donation will improve a unit of the business school that focuses on student success and career preparedness programs.

Dr. Ralph Wilcox, Ph.D
University of South Florida

Ralph Wilcox was appointed Provost and Executive Vice President for the University of South Florida System, and for the University of South Florida Tampa campus, in September 2009, having served as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs since January 2008. He held the position of Professor and Vice Provost at the University of South Florida from 2003 to 2007, with primary responsibilities in policy analysis, planning and performance. He chairs the Council of Academic Vice Presidents, of the State University System of Florida, and serves as USF’s principal liaison to the Florida Board of Governors.

Ryan Barnes 
Senior International Trade Specialist,
U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C.

Ryan Barnes is a Senior International Trade Specialist at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In this capacity, he serves as desk officer for the United Kingdom, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, and Serbia, monitoring political/economic conditions and collaborating with various stakeholders to eliminate market access barriers and increase U.S. exports in these countries and throughout the region. For these efforts, he has been awarded Silver and Bronze Stars for Superior Federal Service. Previously, he was Global Research Analyst at Risk Metrics Group and Director of Europe at the Eurasia Center. He holds a BA in Political Science from Ohio University and an MA in International Affairs from American University. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Ryan currently resides in Washington, DC.

Adrian Mutton
CEO, Sannam S4 Inc.
Washington D.C.

Recognizing a local need, Adrian established Sannam S4 in India in 2008, to provide a trusted and fit for purpose trade support platform for organizations seeking to explore, enter, and expand in the country. This initiative led Adrian to be appointed as the Founding Country Director of the UK India Business Council in New Delhi in 2008, where he led the design and local implementation of a new UK India trade support approach. Based on Sannam S4’s success in India, Adrian has led the expansion of the business model into China, Brazil and the UAE and is driving the strong growth and ongoing success of Sannam S4 and the U.S. Business Centers internationally. Adrian is now based in the US and is regularly consulted by international governments, their trade support agencies and trade associations and industry bodies seeking to develop more effective ways of facilitating international trade and investment.

Charles Bennett

Charles Bennett started his company Zymöl in 1980, as an all natural car wax company that has expanded into over 70 countries and markets over the past 30 years. Chuck began Zymöl in the Northeast and decided to move the business to the Tampa Bay region seven years ago to source his all-natural ingredients needed for his organic car waxes. You can find Zymöl products in independent garages, automotive stores and major retailers such as Wal-Mart and Sears.

Greg Lovelace
Director, Marketing & Business Development
Port Tampa Bay

Greg Lovelace strategizes new business development for the Port of Tampa with a focus on cargo development, RORO and cruise business. He is also responsible for managing the port tariff, maintaining port statistics and trade data and is involved with strategic planning. Greg began his career with Port Tampa Bay in March of 1996. Greg serves on the Executive Committee of the Gulf Seaports Marine Terminal Conference, an association of U.S. Gulf ports authorized to discuss, fix and regulate rates, and previously served as their Chairman. Greg also served as past-President of the CSCMP Central Florida Roundtable and continues to serve on the Board in various capacities.

Aaron Blumberg
Attorney-at-Law, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, LLC

As an Associate, Aaron Blumberg advises a diverse client base, including investors and entrepreneurs, colleges and universities and multinational companies, on U.S. immigration law. Aaron has deep experience advising on the distinctive immigration requirements of colleges and universities. He works on behalf of professors and researchers to secure EB-1 Outstanding Professor/Researcher Visas and, when appropriate, National Interest Waivers. Aaron’s pro bono work includes representing individuals from Nepal filing for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and conducting a webinar titled “TPS: An In-Depth Look at Applying for Temporary Protected Status.”

Eileen Rodriguez
Regional Director
FSBDC at the University of South Florida

Eileen Rodríguez serves as the Principal Investigator for the U.S. SBA-funded grant that funds the Center and is directly responsible for ensuring that all Federal grant and cost sharing protocols are being adhered to and that the Center stays within the prescribed budget. Eileen is responsible for policy development, strategic planning, human resources management, and the administrative oversight of a $3.1 million budget. Rodríguez is active in organizations including the Florida Diversity Business Council, Tampa Bay Women in International Trade, NASBITE International, and the University of South Florida Alumni Association.

Dilip Patel
Counsel, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

With more than 30 years of legal experience, Dilip Patel has built a strong practice which deals with all aspects of immigration law. Dilip focuses on assisting individuals and families, as well as U.S. companies that hire foreign nationals for temporary or permanent work. Using his background in the IT industry and corporate transactions, Dilip is able to provide counsel on issues related to relocation of highly skilled workers. He also provides assistance to investors from abroad who wish to live in the U.S. for the purpose of managing their businesses. In 2015, he was named Lawyer of the Year, Immigration Law by The Best Lawyers in America® and in 2016 was selected by his peers to the Tampa Magazine’s Top Lawyers list for Immigration Law.

Charles Alvarado
Director of International Sales, AMALIE Oil Company

As the Director of International Sales for AMALIE Oil Company. Charles handles multiple continents and oversees more than 150 countries in the sales and distribution of various high-quality motor oils brands and industrial lubricants. Charles has a BA in Business Administration with a mayor in Management from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico and is a Certified Marketing Executive (CME® – Syracuse University), from the Sales & Marketing Executives International Association. With AMALIE Oil Company, he has been exposed to many “oil producing” countries, and has been able to successfully maintain continuous export business ties with many commercial partners, especially in the Middle East.

Dr. Nancy Crews
Chief Executive Officer and owner
Custom Manufacturing & Engineering™

Dr. Crews is CEO and founding owner of Custom Manufacturing & Engineering (CME), a power and sensors company located in Tampa Bay, Florida serving government and commercial markets. Under her leadership, CME achieved growth and stability as a mature, innovative small business conducting research and development, product testing, manufacturing, and engineering services. Dr. Crews believes in giving back and this has become a staple of CME’s community involvement such as Great American Teach In, Middle-School Science Day, assisting schools with robotics competitions, and Toys for Tots, and teaching elementary students about solar energy (solar4STEM.com).

Mike Meidel
Director, Pinellas County Economic Development

Mike Meidel took the helm as Director of Pinellas County Economic Development in August 2004, continuing his distinguished career in the region, and bringing with him his experience as an economic development professional and a community leader. Mike has been involved in economic development efforts in Florida since 1982. He joined the Florida Power (now Duke Energy) Economic Development Department in 1987 and became the Area Manager for North Pinellas County in 1996. He served in that capacity for three years, and was selected as President and CEO of the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce in 1999.

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