Re-Engage in Trade: Commerce & COVID What’s Next? (Online Event)

Date: May 29, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm  to  1:00 pm

Re-Engage in Trade: Commerce & COVID What’s Next? (Online Event) 

With world trade expected to fall between 13% and 32% in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting unprecedented disruption to the global economy, what can we expect in international trade circles as we navigate the road to recovery.

Join us for a timely discussion with our regional international trade partners at both the MO Dept. of Economic Development and SBA (Small Business Administration). Hear perspective from WTC Board Members in one of the hardest hit industries and learn about some of the global regulatory hurdles coming into focus with reopening and the impact of COVID-19 on commercial contract performance.

Friday, May 29, 2020

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Your Desk – Webinar

Mr. Rodney Crim, CEO & President, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership
The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership is the regional economic development organization for St. Louis City and St. Louis County. It provides business attraction, retention and expansion services, facilitates innovation and entrepreneurship and owns and manages four business incubators. The organization also sponsors a World Trade Center, develops and manages strategic real estate projects, facilitates the connection between businesses and workforce providers and leads a number of initiatives including the St. Louis Mosaic Project and the St. Louis Promise Zone.

Mr. Crim has enjoyed a career in the public and private sectors in Minneapolis, Chicago and St. Louis including Pillsbury, The Musicland Group, Ameriprise, Microtron, Shorebank and the St. Louis Development Corporation. He has a passion for economic development and is involved on local and national boards that focus on improving quality of life and economic development.

Ms. Ann Pardalos, Managing Director, International Trade & Investment Office, Missouri Department of Economic Development
Ms. Pardalos oversees the daily operations of the International Trade & Investment Office network of global offices in Canada, China, Europe, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, New York Region, South Korea and the UAE. She is further responsible for directing Missouri’s international marketing plan, which lends focus to Missouri’s international business efforts and presence globally. Along with staff, Ms. Pardalos assists Missouri firms to export their goods and services overseas and provides advocacy on their behalf to foreign governments.

Ms. Pardalos serves on a number of professional boards and is currently Ex Officio, having formerly served as President & Chair (2014-2016), of the State’s International Development Organization (SIDO), the national organization of U.S. state trade directors.

Mr. Larry Cresswell, Export Finance Manager, Small Business Administration, Department of International Trade, St. Louis, MO, U.S. Export Assistance Center
Mr. Cresswell has been in his position at SBA since April of 2015 bringing 17 years of experience in the Missouri banking/commercial finance industry. He is assigned to service the states of Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska working with the Department of Commerce, State Trade Agencies, Export Import Bank, and many other resource partners to assist any small business wishing to participate in international trade.

Mr. Fred Bartelsmeyer, Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Mr. Bartelsmeyer’s practice serves businesses in a wide range of domestic and foreign matters. These clients primarily are U.S., European and Asian companies in connection with their investments and other business activities. He is knowledgeable in business-related aspects of the world’s legal systems, as well as in business practices and cultures of many countries.

Mr. Bartelsmeyer has also been active in firm leadership, having managed at various times the firm’s offices in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Paris, in addition to 6 years he spent in Frankfurt, and being responsible from 2007-2016 for the overall coordination of the firm’s practice matters in Europe. Mr. Bartelsmeyer is recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in the area of international trade and finance law. He also is listed as one of America’s leading lawyers for business in Chambers USA.

Mr. Jeff Hurst, Director, International Strategic Partnerships, The Boeing Company
Mr. Hurst is responsible for supporting key Boeing Defense, Space & Security BDS
sales campaigns in international markets by successfully building partnerships and
mutually-beneficial collaboration opportunities with local industry. Prior to this role, Jeff
worked within BDS International Alliances, where he helped grow the BDS global
footprint by pursuing growth-enabling alliances with international companies across
multiple BDS Divisions and Programs.

In 2008, Jeff relocated to St. Louis, Missouri after spending five years based in
Southeast Asia, including a half year in Boeing’s Malaysia office. Before joining Boeing,
Hurst was Executive Director of the American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Will James, Principal, International Tax Services, BKD
Mr. James leads BKD’s transfer pricing practice. He has been a dedicated transfer pricing consultant since 1992, primarily working with large international accounting firms and advising clients on various transfer pricing and tax valuation issues. Mr. James spent three years in the United Kingdom gaining knowledge of transfer pricing under the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Guidelines, in addition to his knowledge on U.S. Internal Revenue Code Section 482.

Mr. James is a frequent speaker on transfer pricing topics at outside tax seminars, including the Council for International Tax Education, the Tax Executives Institute, INFONEX, IASeminars, World Trade Centers and the St. Louis International Tax Group, where he serves as President of the Board of Directors.

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