Date Change: This event will now take place Oct 30 – Nov 1

Due to the Hurricane Irma the S.C. International Trade conference, which was to be held September 11-13, has been postponed. The 2017 conference will move to October 30 – November 1 and remain at the Gaillard Center.  All of our scheduled keynote speakers will be there – Frank Abagnale, Merril Hoge, and Nariman Behravesh. Stay tuned for program updates.

Your conference registration will automatically transfer to the new date.  If you wish to cancel your registration you may do so by October 2 to receive a full refund.  Cancellations after October 2 incur a $25 fee.  Please contact Robbie Myers at or Mary Katherine Bowen at

If you are coming from out of town, and have a hotel reservation, we have maintained the same block of hotel rooms with a conference discount.  Please call them immediately to reschedule your hotel reservation.

We are sorry for any inconvenience you may experience.  Please know that we are operating under emergency conditions and your understanding is greatly appreciated.  We hope to see you October 30 – November 1 for what is still planned to be a dynamic event with leaders of international trade.

We are looking forward to seeing you in October!


Featured Speakers


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.

Watt Jackson
SCITC 2017 General Chair

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