Monday, June 1, 2015

15th Annual International Trade Conference Event Recap

Posted by Hannah Copenheaver 
On May 28, 2015, we hosted our 15th Annual International Trade Conference at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in York. Over 80 people attended the conference. The conference was sponsored by UPS (silver), Foreign Trade Zone 147 (bronze), Core PA Global (bronze), Susquehanna Bank (bronze) and with the support of our partners MANTEC and World Trade PA... Thank you!

We kicked off the conference with "US Businesses at Risk: Protecting your Interests in a Hostile World" that was presented by two speakers from the Counterintelligence Division of the FBI. The presenters spoke about common elicitation techniques and measures that you can take to protect your company from economic espionage. 

Amy Groff
Lou Dejoie and Abe Koser
In the first breakout session, Louis Dejoie, Chair, International Law, McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC and Abram Koser, Vice President and Director, Global Trade, Susquehanna Bank, discussed emerging opportunities in Cuba. They provided an overview of the legal and financial aspects of doing business with Cuba and gave their recommendations on potential risks and opportunities with the new market. In the other session, Amy Groff, Partner, K&L Gates, talked about labor and employment laws present an array of challenges for employers in the United States. Amy also identified unique employment law requirements in a variety of countries. 
David Clark
Jeff Peyton and Laura Stocker
The second track offered a session on managing your online reputation, which was presented by Tin Cans Unlimited. Jeff Peyton and Laura Stocker, Partners, spoke about the importance of professional social media usage on the business and personal levels. The other session offered a panel of speakers on global banking fraud. David Clark, FSA Litigation Financial Analyst Contractor, United States Attorney’s Office, Amy Sahm, Senior VP and Manager, International Group, Fulton Financial Corporation, and Cindy Wessner-Schaeffer, CFE, CFCI, Vice President, Fraud Risk Group Manager, Fulton Financial Corporation discussed how the banking industry is responding to fraudulent transactions, scams and money laundering. The panel also talked about the connection banks have with law enforcement agencies to tackle this problem together.
Joe D'Antonio
Christa Mummau
For the luncheon program, called You Export WHAT?! To WHERE?!, Christa Mummau, Export Sales Director, Advanced Food Products and Joe D’Antonio, VP International Sales and Business Development, Oakworks, both shared their incredible export success stories. 

Conference Exhibitors Included:

Core PA Global
Embassy of Romania
Embassy of Ukraine
Fulton Bank
Invest in Macedonia
MANTEC
Susquehanna Bank
Tin Cans Unlimited
UPS
Stambaugh Ness
World Trade PA
World Trade Center Harrisburg
Wells Fargo

Packed room at the Cuba session
Romanian Embassy
Thank you to all who attended, exhibited, and sponsored this event! We hope you are looking forward to coming to our conference again next year! For more event pictures, please click here. 

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