21 Aug 2018

25th Pathways for Trade Symposium Press Conference

The international trade community invites the public to attend the 25th Annual Pathways for Trade – The North American Logistics and Manufacturing Symposium to be held September 19-20, 2018 at Texas A&M International University’s Student Center Ballroom. This year’s theme is titled “Supply Chains in the New Global Reality”

The annual symposium is brought through a collaboration of business associations: the Laredo Economic Development Corporation, 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), Laredo College Economic Development Center, INDEX, CODEIN and Laredo Motor Carriers Association (LMCA).

This year’s Co-Chairs, Alma Acevedo and Carlo Molano, invite the International Trade community to participate and take this opportunity to hear current and projected trends from experts on International Trade Policies, Transportation and Logistics, Manufacturing, Workforce and the Oil and Gas Industry.

Topics of focus include The North American Trade, The Future of Supply Chain, Multilateral and Regional Trade Policy in an Era of Global Value Chains, Benefits of the US-Mexico Bilateral Relationship in the Commercial Sector, The Status of the modernization of NAFTA, Manufacturing and Technology, Workforce Strategies for Tomorrow, Rising Tide of Oil and Gas on the South Texas Gulf Coast and other critical topics.

Expert panelists on North American Trade session will include Geoffrey Powell, Past President and Chairman of the Board of the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America, Angela Collins, Chair of the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers and Mario Sanchez Montemayor, National Commissioner of the Confederation of Associations of Customs Agents in Mexico (CAAAREM)

This year’s Keynote Speakers will include Cynthia F. Whittenburg, Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of International Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Min Guillermo Malpica Soto, Head of the Trade and NAFTA Office, Mexico’s Ministry of Economy in Washington, D.C., and Michael Camuñez, Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce and President and CEO at Monarch Global Strategies, LLC.

NAFTA Dilemma: A New North American Dynamic speakers will include Eric Miller, President of Rideau Potomac Strategy Group, Gerald Schwebel, Executive Vice President at International Bank of Commerce and Colin Robertson, Vice President at Canadian Global Affairs

The Future of Supply Chain will host Jean-Pierre Asselin, Managing Partner at TransPro Logistics and Jose Miñarro, Senior Vice President Customs at Transplace and a presentation on Multilateral and Regional Trade Policy in an Era of Global Value Chains by Nigel Cory, Associate Director of Trade Policy at Information and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)

A dynamic panel discussion on Manufacturing, Technology and Workforce will include Luis Hernandez, Operations Manager at CATERPILLAR-REMAN, Joaquin Nacher, Vice President of Operations at Medline Industries and Aldo Ochoa, Plant Director at Modine Manufacturing as well as Marilyn Surber, Employee Service Manager at Melton Truck Lines and Dave Harrison, Executive Director of National Apprenticeship at FASTPORT

The Strategic Importance of Regionalism in South Texas Energy Economic Development will feature distinguished panelists John LaRue, Port of Corpus Christi Executive Director and Omar García, President and CEO at South Texas Energy & Economic Roundtable

The North America Trade Celebration reception is set for Tuesday evening sponsored by International Bank of Commerce at the IBC Annex

Regular registration is $225/person. Registration includes: reception, 2 luncheons and a breakfast; $80 registration for Professor, Student, University & Community College Administration with valid current school ID.

The cost for Exhibitors is $575 assigned booth and $750 for select booth, which 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 EDC at (956) 722-0563 or visit our website at www.ldfonline.org or www.pathwaysfortrade.com