2008 Agenda

 now for the 2015 SC International Trade Conference.

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

The 35th Annual Conference was filled with education, executive level presenters, and networking opportunities. 

2008 Speaker Biographies and Attendee List

2008 Speaker Presentations (Powerpoint)


Tuesday, May 27, 2008


10:00 AM – 12:00 Charleston Port Tour – Wando Terminal – Special Registration Required

10:00 AM – 12:00 Tennis Tournament – Family Circle Tennis Center – Daniel Island 

11:00 AM Registration & Exhibits Open – Riviera Theatre

1:00 – 3:00 PM Education Session I – Riviera Theatre

“International Trade Best Practices” 

Moderator: Ron Reighter, Vice President Global Trade Solutions, Sun Trust Bank 

  • Conducting International Trade in a Port Security Environment: Pamela Zaresk, Area Port Director, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Charleston, SC 
  • Trade Compliance & Internal Controls:  Understanding the Keys to Successfu: Rob Pisani, Member, Pisani & Roll, PLLC, Washington, DC  
  • Managing Global Shipping Risks:
    Greg Kritz, 
    Regional Vice President, Roanoke Trade Services (Florida, Caribbean & The Americas), Miami, FL 
  • Technology for International Process Improvement: Phil Marlowe, President, Acuitive Solutions, Charlotte, NC and Chris Swartz, Director of Global Operations & Transportation, AJC International

3:30 – 5:00 PM Education Session II – Riviera Theatre 

“International Trade Best Practices”

Moderator: Ron Reighter, Vice President Global Trade Solutions, Sun Trust Bank 

  • Global Payments, Trade & Financing: Susanne Keough, Managing Director & Global Trade Services Manager, Sun Trust Bank, Atlanta, GA 
  • Global Purchasing for Local Retail: Doug Marrelli, Program Development Manager, Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
  • Marketing in a Global Economy: Dana Hicks, Managing Director, Perlitz Strategy Group – Americas, Inc., Charlotte, NC

6:00 – 8:00 PM Welcome Reception – Grand Ballroom, Charleston Place Hotel – Michael McMurray on Piano

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

7:00 AM Registration Opens 

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

7:50 – Opening Ceremony and Welcoming Address 

Welcome: Deborah Blatchford, Documentation Center Manager, OOCL (USA) Inc.- 2008 Conference General Chairperson – Charleston, SC 

Invocation: The Rev. Lenwood Williams, 
Director, Charleston Port & Seafarers Society, 
Cathedral of St. Luke & St. Paul

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

Patriotic SongsRobert Dickson, “Roberts of Charleston”

Keynote Speaker Introduction: Rick Wen, V.P. Business Development, OOCL (USA) Inc.

Keynote Speaker: Commissioner Harold J. Creel, Jr., Federal Maritime Commission 

8:45 Exhibits Open – Riviera Theatre

9:15 Business Session 1, Riviera Theatre 

“Foreign Investment in Trade Facilities”

Moderator: William Armbruster, Editor, Shipping Digest, Newark, NJ


  • The Impact of Infrastructure on Container Port Operations: David C. Sanborn, DP World Americas RO, Inc., Senior Vice President and Managing Director 
  • New York Container Terminal: James J. Devine, President and CEO, Global Terminal & Container Services, LLC

10:30 Break

 Business Session 2

“Best Practices from the Top Shippers”

Moderator: David Bennett, Vice President Sales & Development, Globe Express Services


  • Peter Ohler, Director of Logistics, Daimler Vans Manufacturing LLC
  • Lisa Saunders, VP Transportation, Advanced Auto Parts, Direct Imports
  • Fritz Mays, International Transportation Manager, Sonoco Products

12:00 NoonCypress Ballroom, Charleston Place Hotel

World Trade Luncheon
Introduction & Announcements: Deborah Blatchford

Welcome: The Honorable Joseph P. Riley, City of Charleston

Invocation: The Rev. Lenwood Williams, 
Director, Charleston Port & Seafarers Society, 
Cathedral of St. Luke & St. Paul

Presentation of International Trade Scholarships: 
Mr. Byron Miller,
Director, Public Relations, 
South Carolina State Ports Authority

Introduction of Mr. Groseclose:  Mr. Vince Marino, President, Container Maintenance Corp., Mt. Pleasant, SC

Welcoming Remarks:
Mr. Bernard S. Groseclose, Jr., President & CEO, South Carolina State Ports Authority and former chairman of the American Association of Port Authorities, Charleston, SC 

Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Clarke Thompson, Manager International Department, S.C. Department of Commerce, Columbia, SC

Keynote Speaker: 
Tim Wilson, Comedian, Songwriter, Philosopher, 
Musicologist, Theologian Wanna Be, Producer, Capitol Recording Artist

Introduction of 2009 Conference General Chairman

Luncheon Closing

2:30 – 4:00 Business Session 3, Riviera Ballroom 

Long Shore Labor and Management Issues – Contract Examination

Moderator: Thomas L. Young, Vice President/General Manager, SSA Cooper


  • James A. Capo – Chairman & CEO U.S. Maritime Alliance, Iselin, NJ
  • Richard P. Hughes, Jr., – President International Longshoremen’s Association AFL-CIO, New York, NY

4:00 PM Adjourn for the day

6:30 –10:30 PM Evening Entertainment, 28 Bridgeside, with band Permanent Vacation (dress is casual)

Thursday, May 29, 2008

7:00 AM Breakfast Buffet – Riviera Ballroom

8:00 AM Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Dr. John W. Kelly, Vice President of Public Service & Agriculture and Executive Director, Clemson University Restoration Institute 
Keynote Speakers

MICHAEL’S “Energy Geopolitcs” 
Dr. Michael J. Economides, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Houston, Author of The Color of Oil and From Soviet to Putin and Back

“A Transportation Vision for the Future”

Dr. Christine Ehlig-Economides
 – Petroleum Engineering Professor and A.B. Stevens Endowed Chair, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 

9:45 AM Transportation Forum

Moderator: Mr. Evan Rosen, 
Vice President Sales, RCS Logistics

  • Jeffery S. Heller, Assistant Vice President – International Marketing, Norfolk Southern Corp.
  • Greg Plemmons, Vice President OD Global, Old Dominion Freight Lines
  • Changing Ocean Carrier Cost Structures Impact on Deployment and Global Trade: Rick Wen, V.P. Business Development, OOCL – Ocean Carrier
  • Synchronizing Global Freight: Scott Szwast, Director of Marketing, International Freight, UPS

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
Must be present to win – only conference registered attendees

11:00 AM Adjourn for the day

12:00 PM Golf Tournament – Patriots Point Links, Mount Pleasant, SC – http://www.patriotspointlinks.com

6:30 – 10:00 PM Evening Entertainment – Citadel Beach House

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