SIDO Washington Forum 2016 - Agenda and Materials

The agenda and materials from the 2016 SIDO Washington Forum 2016 are now available. 

  Download the full conference booklet in PDF here: SIDO 2016 Conference Booklet

  Download the conference agenda in PDF here: SIDO 2016 Conference Booklet

  Download the speaker bios in PDF here: SIDO 2016 Conference Booklet



WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016

10:00 – 11:30 am: SIDO Board Meeting (Invite Only)    

12:00: Welcome & Introductions

1:00 – 2:30 pm: State-Federal Trade Coordination

Federal trade agencies and private organizations play an important role in trade promotion efforts.  Panelists will discuss opportunities and best practices in working with federal partners and private organizations.

  • Ms. Ann Pardalos, Missouri
  • Mr. Manny Mencia, Florida

2:45 – 3:20 pm: Best Practices in Export Finance, Risk and Currency

  • Mr. Ignacio Diaz, Country Risk and Economic Analysis, Export-Import Bank of the United States (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION)
  • Ms. Pauline Bell, Portfolio Manager, Trade Credit Insurance Division, Export-Import Bank of the United States (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION)

3:30 – 4:00 pm: Opportunities in Hong Kong and Asia

  • Mr. Steve Barclay, Director, Hong Kong Economic Development
  • Mr. Dennis Meseroll, Tractus Asia (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION)

6:30 – 8:00 pm: Meet the Ambassador – New Zealand Embassy Reception


THURSDAY, April 7, 2016

8:30 – 9:30 am: Best Practices in Attracting Investment

Reshoring and attracting foreign investment is a growing component of state trade director’s portfolio.   This session will examine best practices in developing an effective investment strategy to attract and secure businesses in your state.

  • Ms. Leslee Alexander, Tennessee
  • Mr. Donavon Johnson, North Dakota
  • Ms. Felicia Pullam, SelectUSA
  • Mr. Evan Hoffman, Organization for International Investment (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION)

9:30 – 9:45 am: Global Automakers:  Investing in America

10:00 – 10:30 am: Roundtable Discussion with USTR Ambassador Froman

10:30 – 11:45 pm: Best Practices in Trade Missions

Trade missions and shows continue to be one of the most effective ways for U.S. companies to sell their products and services abroad.  State leaders and experts will lead a best practice session on how to develop and execute a successful trade event.

  • Mr. Wade Merritt, Maine
  • Ms. Hilda Lockhart, Alabama
  • Ms. Michelle Bonina, Reed Exhibitions
  • Mr. Tom Baskind, Vice President, Bureau Van Dijk (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION)
  • Mr. Spencer Mahony, OCO Global (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION)

12:15 – 12:30 pm: Online Internationally – How To Sell Products and Services Overseas

1:00 – 2:00 pm: Congressional Panel

  • Ms. Natalie Kamphaus, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA)
  • Mr. Chris Neary, Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Ms. Meredith West, Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Mr. Christopher Wenk, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

2:15 – 3:15 pm: Update on Emerging Markets

4:00 – 5:30 pm: T-TIP Briefing with EU Ambassador David O’Sullivan


FRIDAY, April 8, 2016

8:30 – 9:00 am: SIDO Board Elections and Advocacy

9:00 – 10:30 am: SBA Workshop – STEP Grant Best Practices

This session will feature a discussion on best practices in developing and executing a STEP grant.  SBA will also discuss updates to the FY16 program and next steps. 

  • Mr. Gene Stewman, Small Business Association 

10:45 – 11:15 am: Federal Funding Opportunities

11:15 – 11:45 am: Training the Trainer

  • Mr. Pat Kirwan, Trade Promotion Coordination Committee

12:00 pm: Key Note Lunch with Ken Hyatt, Deputy Under Secretary for the International Trade Administration