2017 S.C. International Trade Conference: Preliminary Agenda

*Click HERE for printable agenda. Agenda is subject to change*


Monday, September 11

12:00 PM: Open Registration & Exhibits  (Gaillard Lobby)

2:30 PM:  Conference Opening  (Performance Hall)
Watt Jackson – General Chair 2017

2:45 – 3:15 PM: Importer Self Assessment  (Performance Hall)
Host: Cathy Smuniewski (Geodis)
Guest Speaker: Valerie Jacobs CHB, Import Compliance Manager (Family Dollar Services)

3:15 – 4:30 PM: Global Trade – Challenges & Opportunities (Performance Hall)
Moderator: Pete Straub (SC Applied Research Center for Supply Chain and Logistics)
Panelists: Omar Kazzaz (Kazzaz & Company), Daniel Zupko (JAS), Suzanne Dickerson (SC Logistics)

4:30 – 5:00 PM:  Customs Update (Performance Hall)
Host: Diane Hartjes (Belk)
Guest Speaker: Brian McKenzie (CBP Charleston)

5:00 – 7:00 PM:  Welcome Reception (Gaillard Lobby)


Tuesday, September 12

7:30 – 8:30 AM: Breakfast (Ballroom)

8:30 – 9:00 AM: Welcoming Ceremony  (Performance Hall)
Watt Jackson – General Chair 2017
Jim Newsome – President & CEO (SC Ports Authority)
Peter Tirschwell (Journal of Commerce) – Tuesday Sessions Moderator

9:00 – 9:45 AM: Global Economic Outlook  (Performance Hall)
Dr. Nariman Behravesh – Chief Economist (IHS)

9:45 – 10:45 AM: Container Industry Analysts (Performance Hall) 

Hua Joo Tan (Alphaline)
Phillip Damas (Drewry)

10:45 – 11:00 AM: Break

11:00 – 11:45 AM: View of the Container Shipping Industry  (Performance Hall)
Host: Peter Tirschwell (JOC)
Guest: Bill Rooney (Kuehne and Nagel)

12:00 – 1:00 PM: World Trade Luncheon (Ballroom)

1:00 – 2:00 PM: Keynote Speaker (Ballroom)
Frank Abagnale (Catch Me If You Can)

2:15 – 3:15 PM: Carrier/Shipper Round Table  (Performance Hall)

Moderator: Peter Tirschwell (JOC)

Wolfgang Freese (Hapag-Lloyd)

Dave Zimmermann (Maersk Line)

Todd Zaninelli (Lowes)

Marlon Jones (IPCO)

Paul Morin (Adidas)

3:15 – 3:30 PM: Break

3:30 – 4:15 PM: Rail in the U.S. Southeast  (Performance Hall)

Host: Peter Tirschwell (JOC)

Guest Speaker: Fredrik Eliasson (CSX)

4:15 – 5:00 PM: Big Manufacturing in South Carolina  (Performance Hall)

Moderator: Jack Ellenberg (S.C. Ports Authority)

Katarina Fjording (Volvo Cars)

Dan Sanders (Michelin)

6:00 – 9:00 PM: Evening Event (Ballroom)


Wednesday, September 13

7:00 AM: Breakfast (Ballroom)

7:45 AM: Welcome (Ballroom)

Presentation of Plunkett-Stoioff Award

Scholarship Awards

Introduction of 2018 Conference General Chair

8:15 AM: Keynote Speaker (Ballroom)
Merril Hoge (Former NFL Player): “Find A Way”

9:15 AM: World Trade Updates (Ballroom)

Moderator: David Popowski (David Popowski Law Firm LLC)

Panelists: Paul Burns (Baker McKenzie), Ted Murphy (Baker McKenzie)

10:30 – 11:30 AM: International Supply Chain Success Cases  (Ballroom)
Moderator: Pat Fosberry (John S. James Co.)
Panelists: Wayne Fairey (Bosch), Brenda Cox (BMW), Kurt Kraft (Boeing)

12:30 PM: Golf (Patriot’s Point) *separate registration required*

1:00 PM: Tennis (Family Circle Tennis Center) *separate registration required*

1:30 PM: SC Logistics Tech Talk (Charleston Music Hall) *separate registration required*

6:00 – 9:00 PM: Evening Entertainment & MSC Cruise Drawing (Charleston Maritime Center)

*Cruise drawing takes place at Wednesday evening event. Must be present to win!

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