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2018 S.C. International Trade Conference

October 29 – 31, 2018

Charleston Gaillard Center

We look forward to seeing you this October!

2017 Keynotes

Frank Abagnale: Catch Me If You Can

Frank Abagnale is one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement, and secure documents. For over 40 years he has worked with, advised and consulted for hundreds of corporations and financial institutions. Mr. Abagnale came to be known first as one of the world’s most famous con men. His riveting story provided the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s 2002 film Catch Me If You Can, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Tom Hanks co-starred as the FBI agent fast on his heels. The Tony-Award winning musical Catch Me If You Can, directed by the legendary Jack O’Brien, opened on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre in April of 2011. Attend the SCITC Trade Conference and hear Mr. Abagnale’s moving story of his journey from a youth filled with crime to leading authority on security issues.

Merril Hoge: Former NFL Star, ESPN Analyst & Cancer Survivor

Ever since Merril Hoge was eight-years-old, he dreamed of being a professional football player. Growing up in a small town in Idaho, the goal seemed unrealistic. But Merril didn’t just dream about this goal. From that young age, he used the words “Find A Way” to take action to overcome any obstacle and to attain any goal. Today, as he continues to strive towards his own goals, he also uses his Find A Way philosophy as a parenting tool, and challenges his children, Kori and Beau, to Find A Way to achieve their goals, overcome obstacles and take ownership of their lives. Guided by his philosophy, ‘Find A Way‘, former NFL star, cancer survivor and ESPN analyst, Hoge inspires audiences nationwide with his story of strength and perseverance in the face of adversity and his strategies for overcoming obstacles to achieve one’s goals.

Nariman Behravesh (Ph.D.): Chief Economist, IHS

Dr. Nariman Behravesh is Chief Economist of IHS, where he oversees the work of more than 400 Professionals and directs the entire economic forecasting process. He has responsibility for developing the economic outlook and risk analysis for the United States, Europe, Japan, China and emerging markets. He has been covering the global economy for nearly 40 years. Dr. Behravesh is frequently cited by leading business publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Financial Times, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, Business Week, Newsweek, Fortune, Forbes and US News & World Report. He also appears regularly on national radio and television programs, including BBC World Business Report, NBC Nightly News, CNN Headline News, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer (PBS), Fox News, CNBC, Bloomberg TV and Radio, All Things Considered and Marketplace on National Public Radio. He is the author of Spin-Free Economics: A No-Nonsense, Nonpartisan Guide to Today’s Global Economic Debates.

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