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AGENDA (subject to change)

 

9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
Fred Bergsten, Peterson Institute for International Economics

9:10 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. Remarks and Introduction
SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills

9:20 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Keynote Remarks
U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Roundtable I
SME Export Successes and Major Policy Barriers
Moderator: Ambassador Ron Kirk

Panel Members:
Charles Anderson,Winter Park, FL, President, Distributed Data Services, Inc.
Peter Carnes, College Park, MD, Acting CEO, Traffax, Inc.
Todd DeGarmo, Washington, DC, CEO, STUDIOS Architecture
Tim Herbert, Washington, DC, Vice-President for Research, CompTIA
Chuck Wetherington, Hanover, MD, President, BTE Technologies
Joanne Wilson, Washington, DC, Vice-President, Compass Rose International, Inc.

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 p.m. Roundtable II
Key Issues in Export Promotion
Moderator: Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Promotion and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service Rochelle Lipsitz

Panel Members:
Drew Greenblatt, Baltimore, MD, President, Marlin Steel Wire Product
Steve Holland, Bozeman, MT, Director, Montana Manufacturing Center
Lester Keizer, Las Vegas, NV, Co-Owner and Executive Vice-President of Marketing, XiloCore
Dr. Toby Malichi, Indianapolis, IN, Founder and Chief Strategic Advisor, Malichi Group Worldwide
Peter Mulroy, New York, NY, Senior Vice-President, CIT
Roy Paulson, Temecula, CA, CEO, Paulson Manufacturing

12:00 noon - 12:30 p.m. Roundtable III
Response: Developing Effective Trade Policy and Promotion for U.S. SMEs

Discussants:
Miriam Sapiro, Deputy United States Trade Representative
Dennis Hightower, Deputy Secretary of Commerce
C. Fred Bergsten, Director, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Sharon Freeman, Washington, DC, President, Lark-Horton Global Consulting