Highlights of Upcoming International Conference In Charleston

CHARLESTON, SC- The deadline has been extended and the prices dropped to sign up for the South Carolina World Trade Center’s 3rd Annual International Education Conference: The Thread that Leads S.C. to the Global Marketplace. You now have until Halloween day to register! The conference on Nov. 6 & 7 at the North Charleston Convention Center Complex will focus on current topics in business, specifically in International Trade. There is a little bit of something for everyone, from marketing to emerging markets, to customs issues. Many speakers from around the Palmetto state will be participating; here are the profiles of a few:

Ms. Donnie Barnes, BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC. – Speaking on Day 1: Panel for S.C. Trading Companies. Barnes is a Customs Compliance Manager for BMW where she is responsible for compliance with all U.S. Customs laws and regulations including the operation and oversight of daily import and export activities for the manufacturing operation as well as for the vehicle preparation center where imported vehicles are readied for the US market. She is also responsible for special Customs programs such as foreign-trade zone operations, drawback, C-TPAT, Importer Self-Assessment, etc. Currently, Barnes serves on the South Carolina District Export Council, the Advisory Board to the South Carolina World Trade Center, and the Customs Committee of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.

Ms. Amy Thompson, SC Department of Commerce – Speaking on Day 2: Panel for S.C. Trade Markets. Thomson is an International Trade Development Manager for The Americas with the South Carolina Department of Commerce. As part of Commerce’s International Trade Division, she is responsible for assisting South Carolina companies with exporting their products throughout the Western Hemisphere. Thompson is chair of the SC International Trade Coalition, a governor-appointed member of the Southern Growth Policy Board’s Global Strategies Council, a member of the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association, Charleston Women in International Trade and the Midlands International Trade Association and a member of the Business Advisory Board of Columbia College’s Department of Business and Economic.

Ms. Suzan Carroll-Ramsey, SC State Ports Authority – Speaking on Day 2: Panel for S.C. Trade Markets. Carroll-Ramsey has been the Foreign -Trade Zone Manager for four years with the South Carolina State Ports Authority and the Grantee for most of the state of South Carolina. Suzan is a licensed SC real estate broker with 19 years experience in Charleston commercial real estate brokerage and property management. Carroll-Ramsey was previously with the Charleston Naval Complex Redevelopment Authority where she was the Real Estate and the Foreign- Trade Zone Administrator. She serves as the Chair of the Grantee Committee, serves on the Board of Directors for the SC World Trade Center and she is an active member of South Carolina Economic Developer’s Association.

Other distinguished speakers include: Ron Reighter, SunTrust Bank; Mike Westerfield, SC State Ports Authority; George Swindell, FUJIFILM; Brenda Gibson, US Customs and Border Protection; Jessica Bundschuh, Fluency Creative; Sean Buckendal, Sino-American; Ben Lever, College of Charleston; Shaun Marsh, Pee Dee Online Consulting; Lisa Callihan, SC World Trade Center; and Julia Meisner, SC World Trade Center.

Come out and support these highly respected speakers and have the chance to discuss with them what is going on NOW in South Carolina! This prestigious networking and educational conference is only $200/ non-members; $175/ members; $75/ teachers; and $50/ students. Please visit our website www.scwtc.org to sign up or contact our offices at: 843.852.9880 or [email protected].

The mission of the South Carolina World Trade Center is to promote and support international commerce through education, networking, trade development services and international business opportunities for companies and individuals throughout South Carolina.

A World Trade Center brings together businesses and government agencies involved in foreign trade. It is a one-stop trade information hub where an international business person is offered the full range of services such as market research, WTCA On-Line, trade shows & exhibit space, business services, trade education, group trade missions and WTC clubs.

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