22 Sep 2018

25th Pathways for Trade – The North American Logistics and Manufacturing Symposium

The event hosted by Laredo Economic Development Corporation, Logistics and Manufacturing Association Port Laredo (LMA), Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), Association of Logistics Forwarding Agents (ALFA), Laredo Licensed U.S. Customs Brokers Association (LLUSCBA), Laredo College Economic Development Center, Laredo Motor Carriers Association (LMCA), CODEIN and INDEX was held September 19-20, 2018 at Texas A&M International University’s Student Center Ballroom.

This year’s theme was titled “Supply Chains in the New Global Reality”  and brought topics that included 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, The Benefits of Apprenticeship in the Trucking Industry, The Strategic Importance of Regionalism in South Texas Energy Economic Development and others.

Keynote Speakers included *Bradley F. Hayes, Executive Director, Office of Trade Relations, 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.

The North American Trade Celebration Reception sponsored by International Bank of Commerce was held September 19, at the IBC Annex featuring special guests Dennis E. Nixon, International Bank of Commerce President and CEO, Kathryn L. Flachsbart Akins, Consul General of the United States in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico and Keynote Speaker Ken Roberts, President, World City LLC

This year’s sessions and distinguished speakers and presenters were:

DAY 1 (click * to read bio or presentation)

Session I- The NAFTA Dilemma: A new North American Dynamic

Moderator: Carlos Martinez Gonzalez, Association of Laredo Forwarding Agents

Session II- North American Trade: What’s Next?

Moderator: Jose D. Gonzalez, Laredo Licensed U.S. Customs Brokers Association

  • *Geoffrey Powell, Past President and Chairman of the Board, National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA)
  • *Mario Sanchez Montemayor, National Commissioner at Confederation of Associations of Customs Agents in Mexico(CAAAREM)
  • *Angela Collins, Chair, Canadian Society of Customs Brokers
Session III- The Future of Supply Chain

Moderator: *Ben Escarcega, Director Integrated Solutions Group, Yusen Logistics

Presentation: *Nigel Cory, Associate Director, Trade Policy, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) – *The Future of Global and Regional Supply Chains  

 DAY 2 (click * to read bio or presentation)

Session IV- Manufacturing and Technology: The 4th Revolution

Introduction: Joseph Mendiola, Vice President of Business Development, Laredo Economic Development Corporation

Presentation: *Dr. Ralph BiedermannPresident, The MRB Group- “*Regional Manufacturing Outlook”

  • *Luis Hernandez Garcia, Operations Manager, CATERPILLAR-REMAN
  • Joaquin Nacher, Vice President of Operations, Medline Industries
Session V-  The Benefits of Apprenticeship in the Trucking Industry

Moderator: Gerardo Maldonado, Vice President, Laredo Motor Carriers Association

Session VI- The Strategic Importance of Regionalism in South Texas Energy Economic Development

Moderator: Jorge Canavati, President, J. Canavati & Co. LLC.

  • *John LaRue, Executive Director, Port of Corpus Christi Authority (POCCA)
  • *Christopher Ashcraft, Vice President & CEO, South Texas Energy & Economic Roundtable (STEER)