Massachusetts Export Center

Export Expo - Friday, December 13, 2019

Agenda | Speaker Bios | Sponsor Descriptions | Export Champion Award | Floor Plan
 

The Massachusetts Export Center’s Export Expo provides a forum for exporters to connect with the wide range of export resources available in Massachusetts while learning about issues that impact their day-to-day export operations.

The event includes an exhibit area featuring government, non-profit and private sector service providers serving the export community. Coinciding with the exhibition, the Export Center convened workshops and panel discussions throughout the day on a variety of export-related topics.
 

This year’s Export Expo focused on the rapidly-changing global trade environment, including recent and anticipated shifts in U.S. trade policy. Hot-button issues such as China and tariff policy, USMCA and free trade policy, export controls, foreign investment, sanctions, enforcement were addressed, with a focus on helping companies to navigate a dynamic and increasingly complex global trade environment.

 

Bradley Smith 

Keynote Speaker

Bradley Smith
Deputy Director
Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)
U.S. Department of the Treasury [bio]


Deputy Director Smith provided an update on OFAC developments over the past year, such as new requirements to report blocked or rejected transactions, the new framework for compliance commitments, and ongoing sanctions developments.

Kevin Wolf 

Opening Speakers

Kevin Wolf
Former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration
Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP [bio]

Clete Willems 

Clete Willems
Former Deputy Assistant to the President for International Economics & Deputy Director, National Economic Council, National Security Council
Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP [bio]


Mr. Wolf and Mr. Willems provided an update on the current trade policy landscape, the outlook for the future, and implications for U.S. businesses engaged in global trade. Topics to be addressed include trade negotiations with China, including Section 301 and Chinese retaliatory tariffs; USMCA and other free trade agreement trends; implementation of the CFIUS pilot program; the impending enhancement of export controls on emerging technologies; and other export control enhancements under the Export Control Reform Act.   

Karen Nies-Vogel 

Special Guest Speaker

Karen Nies-Vogel
Director, Office of Exporter Services
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry & Security
[bio]

Ms. Nies-Vogel provided an update on export control policy and the continued implementation of the Export Control Reform Act (ECRA), including the ongoing assessment of “emerging and foundational technologies” and other export control trends, such as enhanced end-user controls for exports to China and other related issues, such as Huawei’s addition to the Entity List.

CEO Panel
Navigating a Transitioning Global Trade Environment

 
Moderated by

Doug Banks
Executive Editor
Boston Business Journal
 
Grant Bennett

President & CEO
CPS Technologies Corp.
 
Jeffrey Hibbard

CEO
IntervalZero
 
Liora Stone

President
Precision Engineering, Inc.

Additional Speakers

 
Brian Amero 
Brian Amero

Director of Global Compliance & Ethics
Teradyne, Inc.
Chair, Compliance Alliance Advisory Board
 
Presentation: Meeting the China Challenge
 
Maryanne Burke

Senior International Trade Specialist
U.S. Department of Commerce, Commercial Service
 
Presentation: The World is Open for Your Business
 
Kenneth Carlstedt

Director, Global Trade Compliance
Sensata Technologies, Inc.

Presentation: Global Trade Compliance Due Diligence for Mergers, Acquisitions & Cross-Border Investment
Julia Dvorko 
Julia Dvorko

Central & Western MA Regional Director
Massachusetts Export Center  
 
Dennis Farrell

President
Grand Slam Export Consulting   
 
Member, Compliance Alliance Advisory Board  
 
Cynthia Griffin

Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs
U.S. Embassy in Beijing, U.S. Department of Commerce 

Cynthia Griffin has joined the Export Expo lineup! Hear the latest on developments in U.S.-China trade from the top U.S. trade official in China. Cynthia will also be available for limited one-on-one meetings at the Export Expo. Visit the Commercial Service table to sign up to meet with her.      
 
William Higgins

Special Agent in Charge
U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Export Enforcement
 
Presentation: Export Enforcement
Gwendolyn Jaramillo 
Gwendolyn Jaramillo

Partner
Foley Hoag LLP
 
Presentation: Global Trade Compliance Due Diligence for Mergers, Acquisitions & Cross-Border Investment
 
Eugene Laney, Jr.

Head of International Government Affairs
DHL Express USA
 
Presentation: Meeting the China Challenge
 
Timothy Lindeman

Vice President, Operations and Chief Executive
China Business Dimensional Insight, Inc.

Presentation: Meeting the China Challenge
 
Alexandra Lopez-Casero

Partner
Nixon Peabody LLP
 
Presentation: Global Trade Compliance Due Diligence for Mergers, Acquisitions & Cross-Border Investment
Nancy Lowd 
Nancy Lowd

Senior International Trade Advisor
Massachusetts Export Center  
 
Melissa Mannino

Of Counsel
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati  

Scott McGaunn

Special Agent & Private Sector Engagement Coordinator, Counterintelligence
Federal Bureau of Investigation
 
Presentation: The Rising Threat
 
Kristen Morneau

Senior Trade Advisor
Mohawk Global Trade Advisors

 
Presentations: Incoterms  |  Minimizing Export Risk
 
James Mulvehill

Senior Manager, Trade & Customs
KPMG LLP
 
Presentation: Inbound Tariff and Risk Management
 
Paula Murphy

Director
Massachusetts Export Center  
Kathleen Newell 
Kathleen Newell

Trade Compliance Manager
Massachusetts Export Center  
 
Alfonso Posada

International Sales Director
EconoCorp, Inc.  
 
Joshua Shrager

Senior Vice President
Kharon
 
Presentation: Exploring the 50 Percent Rule
 
Stephanie Siegmann

Chief, National Security Unit
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts
 
Presentation: Export Enforcement and Counterintelligence Trends
 
John Worthington

CEO
IBT Online
 
Presentation: Get Found, Be Understood, Make Global Sales

 

Export Expo Workshops & Panel Discussions

Opening Plenary Address: 

  • The Trade Policy Environment: How We Got Here, Where We're Going, and Implications for U.S. Businesses
    Kevin Wolf, former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration and Clete Willems, Former Deputy Assistant to the President for International Economics & Deputy Director, National Economic Economic Council, National Security Council, served as opening speakers. They provided an update on the current trade policy landscape, the outlook for the future, and implications for U.S. businesses engaged in global trade. 

Workshops & Panel Discussions:

New This Year:

  • Resource Center & Cafe

  • "Meet the Government Trade Team" Drop-in Lunch

Closing Plenary Address:

  • Export Control & Sanctions Update
    Bradley Smith, Deputy Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), U.S. Department of the Treasury, delivered a keynote address on OFAC developments over the past year, such as new requirements to report blocked or rejected transactions, the new framework for compliance commitments, and ongoing sanctions developments. Karen Nies-Vogel, Director of Office of Exporter Services at BIS provided an update on export control policy and the continued implementation of the Export Control Reform Act (ECRA), including the ongoing assessment of "emerging and foundational technologies" and other export control trends, such as enhanced end-user controls for exports to China and other related issues, such as Huawei's addition to the Entity List.

Networking Reception Sponsored by DHL Express USA!
Following the Export Expo, attendees were able to unwind and connect with fellow global trade practitioners at a networking reception sponsored by DHL Express USA. 

 

Sponsors
Massachusetts Export Center     MSBDC
        DHL  The Provident Bank         Steel Root      Mohawk Global Trade Advisors  Nixon Peabody LLPDescartesTrade Consulting Services Akin GumpU.S. Commercial Service   International Business and Technology  Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati    Foley Hoag  KPMG LLP     Associated Industries of Massachusetts 
          
Click here for a list of all sponsors, exhibitors and supporting partners