2006 Agenda

 now for the 2015 SC International Trade Conference.

Please note: Dress for the sessions is casual; jackets are not required.

The 33rd Annual Conference will be filled with education, executive level presenters, and networking opportunities.

Monday, May 22nd

10:00 – 12:00 Tennis Tournament – Family Circle Tennis Center, Daniel Island – http://www.familycircletenniscenter.com

1:00 Registration & Exhibits Open – Riviera Theatre

2:00 to 4:00 – Education Session – Riviera Theatre

EXPORT/IMPORT WORKSHOP – A review of current issues and hot topics effecting the export and import community.

Moderator: Joanne Fogg, Assistant Port Director, Tactical Operations, Area Port of Charleston, South Carolina, US Customs and Border Protection

Assistant Port Director Joanne Fogg began her Federal career in 1980 with the U.S. Customs Service in Buffalo, New York. In 1984, she was promoted to a staffing assistant, for the Boston Region in Boston, Massachusetts, where she worked in the area of personnel management. 

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Susan Leidy, Customs Compliance Import/Export Manager, Lowe’s Corporation – Customs Compliance and C-TPAT best practices from a leading importer

Susan Leidy is employed by Lowe’s LowesCompanies, Inc., the parent company for Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse stores, in the capacity of Customs Compliance Import/Export Manager within the Treasury Division. Her responsibilities include monitoring and assessing the company’s Import Activity and administering and supporting a comprehensive Customs compliance program.

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Jon Fee, Attorney, Alston & Bird – Is it time to join C-TPAT?

Jon Fee is a partner in the International Trade and Regulatory Group. He concentrates his practice on customs and international trade.

Jon represents importers in a broad range of U.S. Customs matters, including rulings, protests, penalties, seizures, liquidated damages, audits, NAFTA, CBI, WTO, and general customs compliance.

Click here for his entire bio.

Rick Shimon, Special agent in Charge, Office of Export Enforcement, Bureau of Industry & Security, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington Field Office

Mr. Shimon has served as a criminal investigator in the Office of Export Enforcement (OEE) since August 2003. As the Assistant Director for Operations he was responsible for national security/WMD intelligence assessments, international non-proliferation programs, computer forensics and technical exploitation, as well as law enforcement support to the OEE field offices.

 – Welcome Reception – Market Street Circle, Charleston Place Hotel

Tuesday May 23rd

7:00 AM Registration Opens – Riviera Theatre

7:15 – Buffet Breakfast – Ballroom, Charleston Place Hotel

7:50 – Opening Ceremony and Welcoming Address

Welcome: Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, Director of Sales & Marketing, South Atlantic Region, OOCL – 2006 Conference General Chairman – Charleston, SC

Invocation: Rev. Willis T. GoodwinPresident, Charleston Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance

Presentation of the Colors: U.S. Air Force Military Color Guard, Charleston Air Force Base

Patriotic Song: Tony Burke


Welcome to Charleston: The Honorable R. Keith SummeyMayor, City of North Charleston

Introduction of Morning Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker: 
Bernard S. Groseclose, Jr.
 Chairman of the AmericanAssociation of Port Authorities and President & CEO, South Carolina State Ports Authority

Bernard S. Groseclose, Jr. was appointed President and CEO of the South Carolina State Ports Authority in 1997. Prior to joining the Ports Authority in 1985, Mr. Groseclose spent six years with Rockwell International, rising to the position of manager of financial analysis.

Mr. Groseclose serves in two key leadership positions within the global port industry – He is chairman of the American Association of Port Authorities and 3rd vice president of the International Association of Ports and Harbors. He was previously selected to represent U.S. deep-draft ports and advise the U.S. Secretary of Transportation on the Marine Transportation Systems’ National Advisory Council. He is also a co-author of the book Strategic Planning: A Guide for the Port Industry.

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8:45 – Exhibits Open – Riviera Theatre

9:15 – Business Session 1 – “International Logistics from a Shipper Perspective” – Riviera Theatre

A panel of manufacturer and shipper executives discusses key logistics challenges and solutions, including security costs, free time, delays & congestion, surcharges, fuel, Pier Pass, and the advantages of new technologies.

Moderator: Peter HurmePublisherMarine Digest and Cargo Business News

Peter Hurme is the Publisher for Northwest Publishing Center. Headquartered in Seattle, Wash, NWPC operates out of its own 50,000 square-foot facility where it produces a variety of media for the transportation, logistics, seafood and real estate industries. NWPC produces business magazines, directories, conferences and contract media. NWPC is also a full scale commercial printing and mailing house. Peter has been in publishing, media and related industries for 15 years. As he rides the ferry to work every morning across Puget Sound, he always marvels at the commerce of international shipping.


Laura HopperManager of Logistics and Documentation, Macquarie Cotton International Incorporated

Laura is the Manager of Logistics and Documentation for Macquarie Cotton International Inc., located in Charleston, South Carolina. She is involved with all facets of the transportation process which would include the handling of contract negotiations with service providers as well as working with trucking firms, rail providers and warehouse facilities. Click here for her entire bio. 

Sean Kelley, Director, Logistics and Supply Chain, Ross Stores, Inc. 

Sean is the Director of Logistics for Ross Stores and currently manages the Procurement of Transportation services, Claims, Contract Management, Compliance, International Imports and Strategic Initiatives. 

Richard SnowdenSenior Manager, Traffic, Sharper Image Corporation 

Richard Snowden is the Senior Manager, Traffic for Sharper Image Corporation and currently manages international ocean and air transportation along with domestic rail and truck. His career began in 1972 in Houston, Texas as a boarding agent, and the majority of his experience is with steamship lines in both operations and sales. 

David Will, Manager Corporate Logistics, Buckeye Technologies Inc. 

David Will manages the global logistics strategy for Buckeye Technologies Inc. which encompasses eight manufacturing plants and shipments to customers throughout the world.

10:30 Break

10:45 – Business Session 2 – “Transportation Challenges in the Decade Ahead” – Riviera Theatre

A panel of experts from different modes of transportation discuss current issues, interaction with other modes, labor, infrastructure & congestion, and a vision of the future.

Moderator: Jim Borneman, Editor in Chief, TextileWorld magazine

Jim is the Group Publisher of Atlanta-based Textile Industries Media Group, which includes Textile World, Textiles Panamericanos and Textile World Asia, as well as corresponding websites and e-newsletters. Jim has held several technical and managerial roles in the textile industry and is past Editor in Chief of ATI magazine.

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Robin LanierExecutive Director, Waterfront Coalition. Robin W. Lanier serves as Executive Director for the Waterfront Coalition, a group of concerned business interests representing shippers, transportation providers, and others in the transportation supply chain committed to educate policy makers and the public about the economic importance of U.S. ports and foreign trade, and to promote the most efficient and technologically advanced ports for the twenty-first century. 

Kenneth RileyPresident, International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1422




12:00 Noon World Trade Luncheon – Cypress Ballroom, Charleston Place Hotel

World Trade Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Stephen Colbert, “The Colbert Report”, Comedy Central

Born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, Colbert began making a name for himself in Chicago as a member of the famed Second City improv troupe where he met Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello. After several years at Second City, the threesome moved to New York City and, along with others, developed Exit 57, a half-hour sketch comedy series for HBO Downtown Productions which ran for two seasons during the mid-’90s on Comedy Central. Exit 57 received five CableACE nominations for best writing, performing and comedy series.

His personality, insight and overall rightness could only lead to The Colbert Report, a half-hour nightly platform for him to give his take on the issues of the day, and, more importantly, to tell you why everyone else’s take is just plain wrong. 

Click here for his entire bio.

Reviews and articles:
The San Diego Union-Tribune
The Boston Globe

New! Charleston Post and Courier 
New! 60 Minutes

Introduction & Announcements: Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, Director of Sales & Marketing, South Atlantic Region, OOCL – 2006 Conference General Chairman – Charleston, SC

Invocation: Rev. Willis T. Goodwin, President, Charleston Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance

Welcome: Mayor Joseph Riley, City of Charleston

Presentation of International Trade Scholarships: Mr. Mark CondonExecutive Director, South Carolina World Trade Center – Charleston, SC

Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Bernard S. Groseclose, Jr.,

Introduction of 2007 Conference General Chairman

Luncheon Closing

2:30 – Business Session 3 – “The future of the Ocean Carrier Industry” – Riviera Theater

Executives dealing with international container shipping companies discuss industry consolidation and Mega Carriers, congestion issues, carrier conferences and labor.

Moderator: William ArmbrusterEditor, Shipping Digest

Bill Armbruster is editor of Shipping Digest, a weekly magazine specializing in coverage of container shipping and ports, with special emphasis on the U.S. East Coast. A second key area deals with the opportunities and obstacles facing companies looking to increase their exports and diversify their overseas sourcing. It also reports on logistics and air cargo, spotlights key overseas markets, the regulations and pitfalls that can trap unwary traders, and the public and private resources that can assist them.


Mary LamoureuxNorth America Transatlantic Trade Director OOCL (USA) Inc. 
, Grand Alliance Atlantic Trade Committee

Mary Lamoureux has been with OOCL for over 20 years, holding positions across all of OOCL’s  functional departments.  This includes operations, customer service, sales, marketing, pricing, and her current role as OOCL’s first female Trade Director for North America encompassing Canada, United States and Mexico.

John NardiSenior Vice President of Corporate OperationsHapag-Lloyd

Began in the container industry in 1984 directly out of State University of New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler with Atlantic Container Line. Held various operations and management positions such as Terminal Superintendent, Marine Operations Manager, General Manager of Terminals for US & Europe. Last position held at ACL was General Manager of Liner and Terminal Operations, responsible for VSA Cooperation’s as well as Terminals Operations in US and Europe.

Click here for his entire bio.

Peter Talbot, Vice President Operations/Information, Chiina Shipping NA Agency Co. Inc. 

Gao WeijieChairmanChina Ocean Shipping Company, Americas

Since April 2004, Gao Weijie has been appointed as Chairman of Cosco Americas Inc, headquartered in Secaucus N.J. and serving as the Board member of World Shipping Council based in Washington D.C. for Cosco Group.

5:00 PM Adjourn for the day

7:00 –11:00 PM Evening Entertainment, Charleston Place Ballroom – Entertainment provided by “MAGIC”

Wednesday May 24th

7:15 AM Breakfast Buffet – Riviera Ballroom

7:45 AM

Introduction of Morning Keynote Speaker
Rick Wen, Vice President Business Development, OOCL




Keynote Speaker: Dr. Chris Lofgren, C.E.O., Schneider National Inc.

Chris Lofgren is president and chief executive officer at Schneider National Inc., a premier provider of transportation, logistics and related services.

Dr. Lofgren joined Schneider Logistics in 1994 as vice president of engineering and systems. He later served as chief information officer and chief operating officer of Schneider National and was named president and chief executive officer of Schneider National in 2002.

8:15 AM “India – Trading Partner, Employer, New World Power”, Cypress, Dogwood, Live Oak Ballrooms, Charleston Place Hotel

Moderator: Mark Condon, Executive Director, South Carolina World Trade Center

The Condon Family has been retailers since the 1800’s in Charleston , South Carolina . Mark Condon was Vice President of Condon’s Department Stores for much of his 14 years there. Mark Condon was hired by the South Carolina World Trade Center (SCWTC) in 1997 and has been executive director of the South Carolina World Trade Center since 1999.

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Dr. V. S. SeshadriMinister (Commerce)Embassy of India

Troy PropesMVP Group

Jerry Ellison, President, JBE, Inc. Graduating from high school in 1965 as one of the top five (5) students in his class, Mr. Ellison took undergraduate courses in Business Administration and Quality Management at Howard University from 1971 to 1978. He received training in Quality Control and SPC from 1979 to 1981 at AMTAR in Atlanta GA , later accounting at Coker College in Hartsville SC , followed by studies in Deming Quality Management in 1998. 

Click here for his entire bio.

Closing Remarks: Elizabeth Colbert-Busch

Drawing for choice of an 11 or 7-day Caribbean Cruise will take place – Courtesy of Mediterranean Cruise Lines USA and Mediterranean Shipping Company – http://www.mscgva.com/ and http://www.msccruises.com/page.asp?y=fleet,main

10:00 AM Adjourn for the day

12:00 AM Golf Tournament – Patriots Point Links, Mount Pleasant, SC

1:30 – 3:00 PM Carriage Ride and Nathaniel Russell House Tour – Optional

6:30 – 10:00 PM Evening Entertainment – USS Yorktown with entertainment provided by “Permanent Vacation”

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