The 2017 S.C. International Trade Conference is just around the corner! With the beautiful new home for the conference (The Charleston Gaillard Center) and a lineup of exceptional speakers, this year’s event is one you won’t want to miss. Please read on and be sure to note our keynote presenters we’ve got lined up for you.
Note from Jim Newsome
We are less than eight weeks away from the 44th annual South Carolina International Trade Conference in Charleston. I would like to personally thank Watt Jackson for his program chairmanship and echo his excitement for what I know will be a great conference. This event has become one of the premier industry conferences with an extremely relevant agenda that addresses fast-changing industry trends. We are grateful for the media sponsorship and the participation of the Journal of Commerce. For the first time this year, it is being held in the beautiful new Gaillard Auditorium, affording more space for the sessions and exhibitors along with convenient access to the charm and amenities of downtown Charleston. Charleston is consistently rated by Conde’ Nast and Trip Advisor as one of the top cities in the world to visit and it simply gets better and better.
The event is sure to sell out so please make sure to register soon and join us for what I affectionately call “Woodstock for Shipping People”, the South Carolina International Trade Conference.
Frank Abagnale: Catch Me If You Can
Frank Abagnale is one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement, and secure documents. For over 40 years he has worked with, advised and consulted for hundreds of corporations and financial institutions. Mr. Abagnale came to be known first as one of the world’s most famous con men. His riveting story provided the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s 2002 film Catch Me If You Can, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Tom Hanks co-starred as the FBI agent fast on his heels. The Tony-Award winning musical Catch Me If You Can, directed by the legendary Jack O’Brien, opened on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre in April of 2011. Attend the SCITC Trade Conference and hear Mr. Abagnale’s moving story of his journey from a youth filled with crime to leading authority on security issues.
Merril Hoge: Former NFL Star, ESPN Analyst & Cancer Survivor
Ever since Merril Hoge was eight-years-old, he dreamed of being a professional football player. Growing up in a small town in Idaho, the goal seemed unrealistic. But Merril didn’t just dream about this goal. From that young age, he used the words “Find A Way” to take action to overcome any obstacle and to attain any goal. Today, as he continues to strive towards his own goals, he also uses his Find A Way philosophy as a parenting tool, and challenges his children, Kori and Beau, to Find A Way to achieve their goals, overcome obstacles and take ownership of their lives. Guided by his philosophy, ‘Find A Way‘, former NFL star, cancer survivor and ESPN analyst, Hoge inspires audiences nationwide with his story of strength and perseverance in the face of adversity and his strategies for overcoming obstacles to achieve one’s goals.
Nariman Behravesh (Ph.D.): Chief Economist, IHS
Dr. Nariman Behravesh is Chief Economist of IHS, where he oversees the work of more than 400 Professionals and directs the entire economic forecasting process. He has responsibility for developing the economic outlook and risk analysis for the United States, Europe, Japan, China and emerging markets. He has been covering the global economy for nearly 40 years. Dr. Behravesh is frequently cited by leading business publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Financial Times, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, Business Week, Newsweek, Fortune, Forbes and US News & World Report. He also appears regularly on national radio and television programs, including BBC World Business Report, NBC Nightly News, CNN Headline News, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer (PBS), Fox News, CNBC, Bloomberg TV and Radio, All Things Considered and Marketplace on National Public Radio. He is the author of Spin-Free Economics: A No-Nonsense, Nonpartisan Guide to Today’s Global Economic Debates.
Looking forward to seeing you this year.
SCITC 2017 General Chair