2009 Agenda

Register now for the 2015 SC International Trade Conference.

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

The 2009 36th Annual Conference will be filled with education, executive level presenters, and networking opportunities. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 

10:00 – 12:00  Tennis Tournament – Wild Dunes Tennis Center – Isle of Palms, SC

11:00 AM Registration & Exhibits Open

1:00 – 2:30 Education Session I – International Trade Resources –  Riviera Theatre

Moderator: Mike Filchock, Director, Global Trade Solutions, Sun Trust Bank

  • “Finding Buyers and Sellers” – Chuck Wigand, President, CenTradeX, Center for Trade Intelligence
  • “International Contracting and Dispute Resolution” – David Dubberly, Partner, Nexsen Pruet 
  • “Global Trading Consortium” – Tom Persons, Chairman, Global Trading Consortium and President/ CEO, South Carolina Technology Alliance 
  • International Marketing: Finding New Markets – Fred Monk, President, Find New Markets 
  • “International Trade:  Rules; Fairness; and Decision-making” – Stewart Bauknight, former Logistics Officer, World Trade Organization, Business Development Director, Landmark Enterprises


2:45 – 4:00 Education Session II – International Financial Resources–Riviera Theatre

Moderator: Mike Filchock, Director, Global Trade Solutions, Sun Trust Bank

  • “Finance and International Payment Methods” – Mike Filchock, Director & Sales Manager, Global Trade Solutions, Sun Trust Bank
  • “Credit Risk Insurance, What is It?” – Wayne Trotter, President, Export Financial Services, Inc.
  • “Changes in the Global Export Finance Environment – What Do They Mean For Your Company?” – James Morrison, Ph.D., President and CEO, Small Business Exporters Association of the United States 
  • Stimulus Package – Ted Kinghorn, Chairman, Kinghorn, Hilbert & Associates
  • Funding Overseas Investments – Judy Gilbert, Outreach Coordinator, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)


6:00 – 8:00 Welcome Reception – Outside Circle, Charleston Place Hotel

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

7:00 AM Registration Opens

7:15 Buffet or Continental Breakfast -Cypress Ballroom, Charleston Place Hotel

7:50 Opening Ceremony and Welcoming Address 

Welcome: Ron Reighter, Vice President Global Trade Solutions, Sun Trust Bank – 2009 Conference General Chairman – Charlotte, NC

Ron Reighter is Vice President, Global Trade Solutions for Sun Trust Bank, and has over 30 years experience in international logistics and supply chain management. He holds an MBA from Syracuse University and spent the first part of his career with Sea-Land Service, the premier ocean carrier, working in pricing, sales, marketing and logistics, including six years living in Asia. Ron was also the Director of Transportation at Wellman, Inc., and Vice President of Supply Chain at Drexel Heritage Furniture.

Click here for entire bio.

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

Presentation of the Colors

Patriotic Songs – Will Purcell

Leslie M. Schweitzer, Sr. Trade Advisor, US Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber leads a two-front battle to knock down trade barriers abroad and keep our markets open at home. Trade is no longer a luxury. It is in the vital self-interest of our nation. One-third of our economy is now trade dependent. Ninety-five percent of the world’s consumers live outside the United States.

8:45 Exhibits Open – Riviera Theatre

9:15 Business Session 1: The Latest In Compliance And Trade Agreements

Mr. Jonathan Fee, Partner, Alston & Bird LLP

Jon Fee focuses his practice on customs and international trade matters, with particular emphasis on preferential trade programs, free trade agreements and U.S. trade legislation. He has extensive experience in trade issues affecting textiles, apparel, aircraft, heavy equipment, and electronics.

10:15 Â Break

10:30 Business Session 2: Outsourcing –  Third Party Logistics Providers

Moderator – Kent Gourdin, Chair, Department of Marketing & Supply Chain Management and Director, Global Logistics & Transportation Program, College of Charleston


  • Kenneth Sine – Director of Trade – Ocean Services, CH Robinson 
  • David Bennett – Vice President, Global Logistics Sales, Schneider Logistics International,  “New Trends in the Trade – Transload distribution with a bundled solution”
  • Kevin Kendrick – Senior Director Supply Chain, Maersk Logistics, “Value Added Solutions Through Supply Chain Management”

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

Introduction & Announcements: Ron Reighter

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

InvocationFr. Lenwood Williams, Director, Charleston Port & Seafarers Society, Cathedral of St. Luke & St. Paul

Introduction of the SCITC Board Members and past General Chairman
Presentation of International Trade Scholarships: Â Mr. Byron Miller, Director of Public Relations, South Carolina State Ports Authority-Charleston, SC

Port Update: David J. Posek, Chairman, Board of Directors, South Carolina State Ports Authority 

Introduce new US Customs & Border Protection DirectorRobert A. Fencel

Maritime Association of South Carolina: Vincent J. Marino, Chairman

Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Vincent J. Marino

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Mike VeeckPresident Charleston Riverdogs and author of Fun is Good

Fun Is Good: How to Create Joy and Passion in Your Workplace and Career

It is a name synonymous with fun at the ballpark. Veeck continues to blaze new trails every baseball season. After all, who else would hire a dog or pig to deliver baseballs to the umpire, a Roman Catholic nun to give massages, mimes to perform instant replays or lock fans out of the stadium to set an all-time attendance record for fewest people at a game. The Veeck family started in baseball nearly a century ago when Veeck’s grandfather was president of the Chicago Cubs. Veeck’s father, Bill, was a Hall of Fame owner with the St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox and the then-minor league Milwaukee Brewers. Bill Veeck will always be remembered for signing Larry Doby, the first black man to play in the American League. 

It is with the belief that anything is possible and no idea too silly that Veeck operates his ballclubs. Veeck is the part owner of six baseball teams and is a consultant for one other. In 2005, he was recognized by Baseball America as one of the 25 most influential people in baseball over the last 25 years. He has worked for four and a half Major League baseball teams including the White Sox, Marlins, Tigers and Rays. The half is a secret! 

Click here for entire bio. 

All registrants will receive a complimentary copy of Fun is Good. Book signing to take place after World Trade Luncheon.

Introduction of 2010 Conference General Chairman

Luncheon Closing  

2:30 – 4:30 Workshop: Sharpen your Leadership Edge – Don’t get in your Own Way!  Riviera Theatre

Margaret Seidler – Consultant & Master Trainer, Seidler & Associates LLC.

Margaret SeidlerAuthor and speaker – Leadership is a science, an art and an evolution.If you’re looking for ways to evolve into an enlightened leader in your personal and professional lives, Power Surge: A Conduit to Enlightened Leadership (HRD Press) provides an opportunity to gain a new and deeper awareness of what it takes to achieve and sustain leadership greatness in today’s complex world. Shine a light on your blind spots and begin your journey of self-discovery today. Once you learn how to do this for yourself, you can apply it to managing ongoing organizational challenges.

For more information about her book, check out her website at http://www.mypowersurge.com.

4:30 PM Adjourn for the day

6:30 – 10:30 PM Evening Entertainment: Charleston Landing 

Silent Auction to benefit the Charleston Port & Seafarers Society and the Storm Institute – ends at 8:30

Dress Casual, buses leave the Charleston Place horse circle starting at 6:00 to 7:30 – Buses return at 9:00 with last bus at 10:30.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

7:00 AM Breakfast Buffet-

Cyprus Ballroom, Charleston Place Hotel 

8:00 AM Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Clarke Thompson

KEYNOTE SPEAKER Charles Bierbauer, Dean of the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies at the University of South Carolina

Mr. Bierbauer has worked in radio (for WKAP), print news (with the Allentown Morning Call, the Associated Press, and the Chicago Daily News), and in broadcast news (for ABC, CNN, and the Discovery Channel). His television work has included stints in Philadelphia, New York, Bonn, Moscow, London and Vienna. In the process, he covered every Presidential campaign from 1984 to 2000, and also produced a documentary about the 9/11 attacks.  Mr. Beirbauer has also served as a member of the national Council for Media & Public Affairs at George Washington University and is on the advisory board for the Washington Center for Politics and Journalism.  In 1997, he won an Emmy for anchoring CNN coverage of the 1996 Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta. He also is a recipient of the ACE Award from the Association for Cable Excellence and the Overseas Press Club Award for his reporting of the Yom Kippur War. 

Click here for entire bio. 

9:45 Donald Ratajczak, Ph.D – Economist Emeritus professor of the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University, and consulting economist for leading businesses and governmental agencies.

Ratajczak is one of the world’s most celebrated economists and a primary source of economic forecasting information. His analyses of business cycles, international trade, economic forecasting and Federal Reserve policy are featured regularly on CNN, CNBC and in major print media. Hailed the nation’s “top economic guru” by BusinessWeek magazine, Ratajczak is a recipient of the prestigious Blue Chip award for forecasting accuracy. 

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Drawing for choice of an 11 or 7-day Caribbean Cruise will take place – Courtesy of MSC Cruises 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 optional afternoon activities

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

1:00 – 3:00 PM Cooking Class with Robert Dickson of Robert’s of Charleston ($35) 

You will taste what he cooks! Space is limited, so register soon! (for non-golfers) 

Roberts of Charleston http://www.robertsofcharleston.com

6:30 – 10:00 PM Evening Entertainment – Alhambra Hall, with band Permanent Vacation, casual dress.

Buses leave the Charleston Place horse circle starting at 5:30 to 7:30. 

Buses return at 9:00 with last bus at 10:00.

2008 Speaker Biographies and Attendee List

2008 Speaker Presentations (Powerpoint)

2008 Photo Album

Click here to see photos and presentations from past conferences. 

Click here to view last year’s Program. – See more at: https://scitc1.org/Archives/scitc_2009_agenda.asp#sthash.WGGvAwUm.dpuf

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