23 Aug 2017

24th Annual Logistics and Manufacturing Symposium Press & Cocktail reception

A Press Conference and Cocktail Reception to announce the 24th Annual Logistics and Manufacturing Symposium entitled “Pathways for Trade: North America, the Most Competitive Region in the World”  was held at TAMIU Student Center Ballroom, August 22, 2017, were City of Laredo Mayor, Pete Saenz, City of Nuevo Laredo Mayor, Enrique Rivas and the Secretary of Economic Development for the State of Tamaulipas, Ing. Carlos Talancón, invited the international trade community and the public to attend this event September 19-20, 2017 at Texas A&M International University.

The annual symposium is brought through a collaboration of business associations: the Laredo Development Foundation, Logistics and Manufacturing Association (LMA), Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), Association of Laredo Forwarding Agents (ALFA), Laredo Licensed U.S. Customs Brokers Association (LLUSCBA), INDEX, CODEIN and Laredo Motor Carriers Association (LMCA).

This year’s Co-Chairs, Ermilo Richer, and Alma Acevedo, invite the International Trade community to participate and take this opportunity to hear current and projected trends from experts on International Trade, Foreign Policy, Logistics, Customs Law, Energy, and Manufacturing.

The sessions will focus on International Policy and Trade, Customs Law and Security, Manufacturing 4.0 Innovation Technology and Supply Chain, Transportation Changes and Regulations, Energy Renaissance in North America and other critical topics.

Expert panelists on International Trade and Policy session will include Amy Holman, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade Policy Negotiations from the U.S. Department of State, Francisco Jaime King-Cancino, former President of International Federation of Customs Brokers Association, and Angeles Villarreal, Specialist in International Trade and Finance at U.S. Congressional Research Service.

This year’s Keynote Speakers will include Alan D. Bersin, Global Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center, Christopher Wilson, Deputy Director, Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, and Lic. Karen Antebi Benuzillo, Economic Counselor for the Trade and NAFTA Office of the Ministry of the Economy of Mexico in Washington, D.C.

Customs Law and Security speakers will include Mtro. Andres Rohde Ponce, President of Customs Law Academy and David V. Aguilar, Principal at Global Security and Innovative Strategies (GSIS).

North American Ports and Corridor Initiative will host Colleen Shepherd, Executive Director of Calgary Regional Partnership, Bob Miller, Director of Calgary Region Economic Development Alliance (REDA), and Vicealmirante Antonio Guerrero Flores, Director General de la Administración Integral Portuaria de Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico.

A dynamic session on Transportation Changes and Regulations will include Robert Costello, Chief Economist & Senior Vice President of the American Trucking Association (ATA) and Martin Rojas, Senior Adviser for the Americas of the International Road Transportation Union and Russell Stubbs, Chairman of the FFE Holdings & Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) Past Chairman.

Energy Renaissance in North America will feature distinguished panelists Henry Cuellar, U.S. Representative for Texas 28th Congressional District, Jack N. Gerard, President and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, and Dr. Ernesto Ríos Patrón, Director General del Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo.

Regular registration is $150 /person. Registration includes reception, 2 luncheons, and a breakfast; $50 registration for Professor, Student, University & Community College Administration with valid current school ID.

The cost for Exhibitors is $400 and includes 2 full registrations, meals, conference materials, activities, reserved skirted table and 2 chairs. Exhibit booth space is limited and reserved on a first come, first serve basis. Reserve your space now!

For information on Sponsorship Opportunities, Exhibitors Booth and registration, call Laredo Development Foundation at (956) 722-0563 or visit our website at www.ldfonline.org