Pasco Economic Development Council | 16506 Pointe Village Drive, Suite 107 | Lutz, FL 33558

Growing Global: A Half-Day International Exporting Conference

April 19, 2017
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Date/Time: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 (8:00 am - 12:00 pm)
Location: Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Suncoast Parkway, 2155 Northpointe Pkwy, Lutz, FL 33558
Registration: $20 per person
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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Join the Tampa Bay Export Alliance and regional business leaders to focus on strategies, tactics and resources for growing businesses by exporting goods and services.  Expert panelists will raise awareness about international market opportunities, provide helpful tips for going global and share lessons learned. Tampa Bay-based companies and entrepreneurs are invited to meet trade professionals who can assist with providing advice for entering the exporting business or growing existing exporting business.

Keynote Presentation: Doing Business In Cuba

Presented By:
Mr. Rubén Ramos Arrieta, Minister Counselor for the Economic and Trade Office
Embassy of the Republic of Cuba

Join us to hear Mr. Rubén Ramos Arrieta, Minister Counselor for the Economic and Trade Office for the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Washington, D.C. present on doing business in Cuba.  During his 20-year career representing Cuba, he has participated in numerous bilateral and international events and we are looking forward to understanding future business opportunities in Cuba.

Panel Discussions

Growing Your Business Through Exports Panel


  • Gabrielle Mandel, Country Manager Brazil and Paraguay, U.S. Trade & Development Agency


  • Eileen Rodriguez, Regional Director | Small Business Development Center at USF
  • Sandra Campbell, Director | U.S. Commercial Service
  • Elena Méndez, Regional Director | Ex-Im Bank

Shipping and Logistics Panel


  • Torrey Chambliss, Manager, Free Trade Zone 79


  • Greg Lovelace, Director, Marketing & Business Development - Cargo & Cruise | Port Tampa Bay
  • Brian Hunter, District Freight Coordinator | Florida Department of Transportation District 7
  • Malu Pena, District Account Manager, Supply Chain / Freight Forwarding | UPS

Tampa Bay's Home Team - Going Global Case Studies


  • Brent Barkway, Pinellas County Economic Development


  • Tom Nihra, Vice President | J.T.D. Enterprises
  • Ralph Kluesner, International Sales Manager | Electric Supply


Networking available before and after the conference.  Conveniently connect with a few of our panelists and sponsors at their exhibit tables.

  • Small Business Development Center at USF
  • U.S. Commercial Service
  • Ex-Im Bank
  • Port Tampa Bay
  • Florida Department of Transportation
  • UPS
  • Foreign Trade Zone 79
  • Foreign Trade Zone 193
  • CareerSource Pasco-Hernando
  • US Trade & Development Agency
  • Tampa Bay Export Alliance

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