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Global Business Connections Spotlights

On May 24, 2022, the NDTO’s Global Business Connections conference returns, live and in person at the Holiday Inn in Fargo, ND. The event will open with a keynote address by Natusyou Lipschutz, speaking about the keys to success in global communications. You can read more about her expertise in this article. The rest of the day is filled with great topics that are not to be missed, and we are excited to share more of what’s in store for this one-day event packed with information essential for your export businesses.

Mainstage Events:

The Congestion Conundrum: An Insider Panel on the Transportation Challenges Exporters Face

This panel will take on the tough topic of transportation that defines so many business interactions and touches almost every industry today. The panel will be moderated by Bob Sinner of SB&B Foods, who has been a long-time advocate for ND exporters. Members of the panel include ND Commerce Commissioner James Leiman,  the President of Lake Superior Warehousing  Jonathan Lamb, and a representative from BNSF. Each panelist has an insider look into the transportation and supply chain issues that are impacting so many. Come ready with questions for this interactive discussion of one of the largest hurdles to exporting today.

Insights on the Evolving Business of Export with Howard Dahl, Amity Technology

Howard Dahl, the president of Amity Technology, has been a longstanding leader in ND with a passion for innovation and the drive for exporting. With the last few years providing several challenges, we are eager to hear more about his take on the evolution of exports and what he sees for the future.

Breakout Sessions:

Economic Considerations for Exporters with Sarah House, Well Fargo

Sarah House, the Managing Director and Senior Economist at Wells Fargo Corporate and Investment Bank, will share her insights on today’s economy and how it will impact exporters. Based in Charlotte, NC, she covers the US macro-economy, including the labor market, inflation trends, and monetary policy. Sarah frequently speaks about the economy to the national media, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, CNBC, and National Public Radio. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2010, Sarah worked as a research associate for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

Business Opportunities in Africa

With such a large market full of potential, this session will feature local experts in their experiences in doing business in Africa, offering guidance and perspectives along the way with plenty of opportunities for discussion. The panel will include Heather Ranck of the USCS Fargo, Delore Zimmerman of Praxis Africa, and Alexandre Cyusa of Weather Modification/Fargo Jet Center. NDTO’s Executive Director, Drew Combs, will moderate the panel.

Cybersecurity Threats Facing Exporters  with Alexander R. Bilus, and Kermit Nash of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr

Experts in the field of cybersecurity and data privacy, Alexander (Sandy) R. Bilus and Kermit Nash, will dispense their knowledge on this ever-changing landscape and how to mitigate the digital risks for exporters. Bilus and Nash will help exporters take a closer look at all things digital to consider the compliance and integrity of their digital sphere and how to identify and mitigate threats.

Doing Business in Asia with Michael Hirou, Tractus Asia

Michael Hirou, USA Chief Representative and Manager with Tractus Asia, joins us from California to talk about the market trends and nuances for ND exporters doing business with Asia. Several key countries, including in the ASEAN region, Japan, and China, will be presented in a multi-industry approach.

Michael joined Tractus Asia in 2017 with a unique background combining entrepreneurial endeavors with Wall Street experience. He works with US-based clients on projects in real-time, bridging the time zones between North America and Asia in our Economic Development, Strategy and Execution, and Corporate Finance practice areas while also focusing on business development.

Register now for GBC to save your seat for this day focused to help you grow your export business.