Florida International Trade and Investment Conference

Coral Gables, FL

30 May 2019

30 May 2019

Florida International Trade and Investment Conference

 

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The Florida International Trade and Investment Conference is the only statewide inbound mission program dedicated to promoting Florida as a destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) and developing business to business relationships to grow two-way trade. Designed to bring trade ready Florida businesses, economic development organizations, industry associations with partners in global markets to build business connections and promote investment opportunities in Florida.

The program will present a series of keynotes, panels, workshops and a diverse networking opportunities. FITIC will feature:

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 2019

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COUNCIL MEETING BY INVITATION ONLY Merrick Board Room, Hyatt Regency Coral Gables

5:30 p.m. CONSULAR CORP WELCOME RECEPTION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CORAL GABLES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Hyatt Regency Coral Gables

THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2019

7:30 a.m. REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST
8:30 a.m. OPENING REMARKS

  • Bob Grammig, Partner, Holland & Knight; Chair, Florida Chamber of Commerce
  • Mark Trowbridge, President & CEO Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce

9:00 a.m. WHY THIS MATTERS

Today Florida is a $1 trillion economy and would rank 17th in the world. Why should we grow Florida into a top 10 global economy by 2030?

  • Alice Ancona, Director, International Strategy & Policy, Florida Chamber of Commerce (moderator)
  • Neil Herrington, Senior Vice President, Americas, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Lee Sandler, Partner, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg

9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. MORNING PLENARY SESSION: LATIN AMERICAN MARKET OUTLOOK: OPPORTUNITIES REMAIN AMIDST A SLOWDOWN

Continued trade tensions and political uncertainty within key trade partners in Latin America: What does this mean for Florida? How can we continue to grow in a disruptive age?

  • Nathaniel Karp, President, Chief U.S. Economist, BBVA Compass

SESSION 1
FLORIDA: YOUR PLATFORM FOR TRADE, YOUR PARTNER IN THE AMERICAS

As the undisputed hub of the Americas, Florida is not only a platform to enter the rest of the US, but a platform to enter Latin American markets. As a center for international arbitration and advanced manufacturing, Florida has strategic assets that it can leverage to deepen commercial ties within the region.

  • Donna Hrinak, President, Boeing Latin America

NETWORKING BREAK

SESSION 2: CONNECTIVITY, LOGISTICS & SECURITY: UNLEASHING E-COMMERCE AND TRADE IN THE AMERICAS

Learn how the logistics, financial and technology sectors are evolving to meet the growing demand for access to e-commerce platforms and on-demand delivery and how Florida can capitalize on this opportunity.

  • Emir Pineda, Manager, Aviation Trade & Logistics, Marketing Division, Miami-Dade Aviation Department (moderator)
  • Gary Goldfarb, Chief Strategy Officer, Interport Logistics
  • Stephen Armellini, Senior Executive Vice President, Armellini Industries
  • Frank Diaz, Executive Vice President, Logistics and Distribution Pricesmart, Inc.
  • Jaime Basagoitia, General Manager, Trans Express, Inc

12:45 p.m. LUNCHEON – KEYNOTE ADDRESS

  • Lt. Gen. Mike Plehn, Military Deputy Commander, United States Southern Command U.S. Southern Command is responsible for all Department of Defense security cooperation in the 45 nations and territories of Central and South America and the Caribbean

GROWING INTO A TOP 10 ECONOMY: HOW DO WE GET THERE?

Breakout sessions will provide attendees networking opportunities with industry professionals, and explore.

  • Robert Pupo, Partner, Holland & Knight (moderator)
  • Luis O’Naghten, Partner, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
  • Dr. Ed Moore, President, Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida
  • Michael Preston, Ed.D., Executive Director, Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities

1:30–3:30 p.m. AFTERNOON INDUSTRY BREAKOUTS | CONCURRENT SESSIONS

The afternoon breakout will focus on industry drivers for our economy. They will provide attendees to network and connect with fellow industry professionals and explore:

  • How do our foreign investment relationships help us import?
  • How do our foreign investment relationships help us export?
  • How do our foreign investment relationships help us attract more investment?

CONCURRENT SESSION 1 MEDTECH AND LIFE SCIENCES — presented by: BioFlorida

Learn about Florida’s growing med-tech and life sciences industry and hear from life science executives and thought leaders on opportunities.

  • Karen Moore, CEO, Moore Communications (moderator)
  • Juan Carlos Varela, Vice President, Restorative Therapies Group Latin America at Medtronic
  • Norma Sue Kenyon, Ph.D. Martin Kleiman Professor of Surgery, Microbiology & Immunology and Biomedical Engineering, Chief Innovation Officer, Miller School of Medicine, Vice Provost for Innovation, University of Miami
  • Ezequiel Zylberberg, Ph.D. Manager, Strategic Alliances, Akron Biotech

CONCURRENT SESSION 2 AEROSPACE — presented by: Space Florida

Learn from industry leaders in Florida’s aerospace sector, how to tap into R&D partnerships and connect with talent and commercial opportunities.

  • Kerry Scarlott, Partner, BakerHostetler (moderator)
  • Mark Bontrager, Vice President, Spaceport Operations, Space Florida
  • Dr. Andrew Aldrin, Director of the Aldrin Space Institute, Florida Institute of Technology
  • Marcos Franceschini, CEO and Co-Founder of Skyloom Global

CONCURRENT SESSION 3 INFRASTRUCTURE — presented by: Florida Chamber Infrastructure Coalition

The session consists of rapid project presentations from the public sector as well as brief presentations from stakeholder institutions focused on providing project support. The session will be interactive and designed to create business development opportunities with industry leaders.

  • Alice Ancona, Director, International Strategy & Policy, Florida Chamber of Commerce (moderator)
  • Carlos Castro, Freight Coordinator, Florida Department of Transportation
  • Lissette Elias, Trade Commissioner, Dominican Republic
  • Elizabeth Ogden, Assistant Port Director, Capital Development, PortMiami
  • Juarez Leal, Chief Operating Officer, Apex-Brasil North America
  • Michael Rinelli, Investment Officer, Apex-Brasil North America

4:00 p.m. CONCLUSION OF PROGRAM

Hotel Information

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables
50 Alhambra Plaza
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 441-1234

Rate: $199 plus tax.

To book, please contact Chesi Stanfield, Express Travel at 305-341-1200 ext 222 or cstanfield@expresstravelus.com

Interested in Learning More?

Contact Dan Tapia at dtapia@flchamber.com or 850-521-1206.