International Days: LIVE

February 14, 2017

International Business Council Meeting/Florida Trade and Logistics Institute Meeting  Ι 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  (Members Only)
Boxed lunch will be provided.

Board Buses to the Capitol Ι 2:00 p.m.

Meet Your Legislators: Make Your Voice Heard Ι 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception at the Historic Capitol Ι 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

February 15, 2017

Registration, Breakfast and Networking Ι 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Welcome: Navigating the Changing Tides of International Business and Trade 

 Ι 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

  • Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce

The Importance of International Trade to Florida’s Economy Ι 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

  • Robert Grammig, Partner, Holland & Knight LLP (Moderator)
  • Chris Hart IV, Secretary of Commerce and President and CEO, Enterprise Florida, Inc.
  • Cissy Proctor, Executive Director, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

International Trade in Florida: A Florida Scorecard Report Ι 9:30  – 9:50 a.m.

An update on Florida’s trade numbers as well as International Trade Outlook and Forecast

  • Dr. Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist and Director of Research, Florida Chamber Foundation

Executive Networking Ι 9:50  – 10:00 a.m.

From Local to Global Ι 10:00 a.m.  – 10:45 p.m.

Expanding international business opportunities begins locally.  From supporting new to export or new to market businesses, to encouraging international companies to invest in your region – this panel will explore strategies to consider adding to your international trade tool kit.

  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • Export Financing
  • International Expansion/Trade Network Development

Strategy Panel

  • Alice Ancona, Director, Global Outreach, Florida Chamber of Commerce (Moderator)
  • The Honorable Bill Galvano, Florida Senate
  • Dr. Mark Rosenberg, President, Florida International University
  • Jacob Stuart, President, Central Florida Partnership

Global Florida: Trends and Opportunities Ι 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This panel features emerging and established trading partners for Florida. This panel will highlight select markets and provide an overview of developments, trends and opportunities in their respective countries.

  • Mike Breen, Senior Director, International, JAX USA Partnership (Moderator)
  • Susan Harper, Consul General of Canada – Miami
  • Clément Leclerc, Consul General of France – Miami
  • Ken Okaniwa, Consul General of Japan – Miami
  • Shane Stephens, Consul General of Ireland – Atlanta
  • Guy Gilady, Deputy Consul General at Israel Consulate General – Miami
  • Inmaculada Gutierrez, Trade Commissioner of Spain – Miami

Where We Stand, Where We’ll Go: What is the Future of U.S. Trade Policy and What Will Its Impact Be on Florida? Ι 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Trade has been at the forefront of not just the U.S. Presidential election but all around the world.  This panel will explore what a Donald Trump Presidency means for the future of trade.

Video Message

  • The Honorable Adam Putnam, Commissioner, Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services


  • Syd Kitson, Chairman & CEO, Kitson & Partners/Chairman, Florida Chamber of Commerce (Moderator)
  • Chuck Cobb, CEO, Senior Managing Director, Cobb Partners
  • Eric Silagy, President and CEO of Florida Power & Light Company

From Local to Global Ι 1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

Tactics Panel

  • Manny Mencia, Senior Vice President, International Trade & Business Development, Enterprise Florida (Moderator)
  • Glenn Cooper, Shareholder, GrayRobinson P.A.
  • Aerek Stephens, Export Finance Manager, Export Import Bank of the United States of America
  • Crystal Stiles, Director of Economic Development, Florida Power & Light Company

Executive Networking Ι 2:15 – 2:30 p.m.

Expanding Market Access: Choosing the Right Tools for Successfully Going Global Ι 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

International business risks and best practices for success. Learn best practices from successful exporters as well as learn navigate global challenges that exporters face today.


  • Brian Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, JAXPORT (Moderator)
  • Lee Sandler, Founding Member, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg P.A.
  • Christopher Wenk, Executive Director, International Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce


  • Dan Tapia, Manager, Global Outreach, Florida Chamber of Commerce (Moderator)
  • Dr. Nancy Crews, Chief Executive Officer and Owner, Custom Manufacturing & Engineering Inc.
  • Keith Landy, President, Germfree
  • Adrian LaTrace, CEO, Boyd Industries, Inc
  • Dave Mutch, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Sunotopic Technologies, Inc.

Closing Remarks Ι 3:30 p.m.

Agenda is Subject to Change