Symposium Theme:

  

Supply Chains in the New Global Reality


September 19-20, 2018 | Laredo, TX

Texas A&M International University

ABOUT THIS YEAR'S SYMPOSIUM

The event hosted by Laredo Economic Development Corporation, Logistics and Manufacturing Association Port Laredo (LMA), Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), Association of Logistics Forwarding Agents (ALFA), Laredo Licensed U.S. Customs Brokers Association (LLUSCBA), Laredo College Economic Development Center, Laredo Motor Carriers Association (LMCA), CODEIN and INDEX was held September 19-20, 2018 at Texas A&M International University’s Student Center Ballroom.

This year’s theme was titled “Supply Chains in the New Global Reality”  and brought topics that included The North American Trade, The Future of Supply Chain, Multilateral and Regional Trade Policy in an Era of Global Value Chains, Benefits of the US-Mexico Bilateral Relationship in the Commercial Sector, The Status of the modernization of NAFTA, Manufacturing and Technology, The Benefits of Apprenticeship in the Trucking Industry, The Strategic Importance of Regionalism in South Texas Energy Economic Development and others.   (click * to read bio or presentation) 

Keynote Speakers included *Bradley F. Hayes, Executive Director, Office of Trade Relations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, *Min *Guillermo Malpica Soto, Head of the Trade and NAFTA Office, Mexico’s Ministry of Economy in Washington, D.C., and *Michael Camuñez, Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce and President and CEO at Monarch Global Strategies, LLC.

The North American Trade Celebration Reception sponsored by International Bank of Commerce was held September 19, at the IBC Annex featuring special guests Dennis E. Nixon, International Bank of Commerce President and CEO, Kathryn L. Flachsbart Akins, Consul General of the United States in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico and Keynote Speaker Ken Roberts, President, World City LLC

THIS YEAR'S SESSIONS

DAY 1

SESSION I- THE NAFTA DILEMMA: A NEW NORTH AMERICAN DYNAMIC  (*click to read bio or presentation)

Moderator: Carlos Martinez Gonzalez, Association of Laredo Forwarding Agents

SESSION II- NORTH AMERICAN TRADE: WHAT'S NEXT?  (*click to read bio or presentation)

Moderator: Jose D. Gonzalez, Laredo Licensed U.S. Customs Brokers Association

  • *Geoffrey Powell, Past President and Chairman of the Board, National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA)
  • *Mario Sanchez Montemayor, National Commissioner at Confederation of Associations of Customs Agents in Mexico(CAAAREM)
  • *Angela Collins, Chair, Canadian Society of Customs Brokers

SESSION III- THE FUTURE OF SUPPLY CHAIN  (*click to read bio or presentation)

Moderator: *Ben Escarcega, Director Integrated Solutions Group, Yusen Logistics

Presentation: *Nigel Cory, Associate Director, Trade Policy, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) – *The Future of Global and Regional Supply Chains  

DAY 2

 SESSION IV- MANUFACTURING AND TECHNOLOGY: THE 4TH REVOLUTION   (*click to read bio or presentation) 

Introduction: Joseph Mendiola, Vice President of Business Development, Laredo Economic Development Corporation

Presentation: *Dr. Ralph BiedermannPresident, The MRB Group- “*Regional Manufacturing Outlook”

  • *Luis Hernandez Garcia, Operations Manager, CATERPILLAR-REMAN
  • Joaquin Nacher, Vice President of Operations, Medline Industries

SESSION V- THE BENEFITS OF APPRENTICESHIP IN THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY  (*click to read bio or presentation) 

Moderator: Gerardo Maldonado, Vice President, Laredo Motor Carriers Association

SESSION VI-  THE STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE OR REGIONALISM IN SOUTH TEXAS ENERGY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT   (*click to read bio or presentation) 

Moderator: Jorge Canavati, President, J. Canavati & Co. LLC.

  • *John LaRue, Executive Director, Port of Corpus Christi Authority (POCCA)
  • *Christopher Ashcraft, Vice President & CEO, South Texas Energy & Economic Roundtable (STEER)

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Take a closer look of some highlights of the 24th Annual Logistics and Manufacturing Symposium in Laredo, Texas

ABOUT THE 2017 SYMPOSIUM

Leaders from the Logistics and Manufacturing industry, as well as faculty and students, gathered at TAMIU for the 24th Annual Logistics and Manufacturing Symposium Pathways for Trade: North America the Most Competitive Region in the World, September 19-20, 2017. 

The event hosted by Laredo Development Foundation, Logistics and Manufacturing Association (LMA), Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), Association of Laredo Forwarding Agents (ALFA), Laredo Licensed U.S. Customs Brokers Association (LLUSCBA), INDEX, CODEIN and Laredo Motor Carriers Association (LMCA) brought topics about International Policy and Trade, Customs Law and Security, Manufacturing 4.0, Innovation Technology, Supply Chain, Transportation, Energy, NAFTA and other critical topics 

DAY 1

SESSION I.- INTERNATIONAL POLICY AND TRADE   *click to see presentation

  • Francisco Jaime King Cancino,* Vice Chiar of the World Customs  Organization’s Private Sector Consultative Group (PSCG)
  • M. Angeles Villarreal, Specialist in International Trade and Finance at U.S. Congressional Research Service

SESSION II.- NORTH AMERICAN PORTS & CORRIDOR INITIATIVE  *click to see presentation

SESSION III.- CUSTOMS LAW AND SECURITY   *click to see presentation

  BINATIONAL CONVERSATION  

  • Honorable, Pete Saenz, Mayor, City of Laredo, Texas
  • Honorable, Enrique Rivas, Mayor,  City of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
  • Honorable, Ing. Carlos W. Talancon, Secretary of Economic Development from the State of Tamaulipas
  • Honorable, Richard Peña Raymond, Texas State Representative, District 42

DAY 2

SESSION I.- MANUFACTURING 4.0, INNOVATION TECHNOLOGY AND SUPPLY CHAIN  *click to see presentation

  • Dr. F. Frank Chen,* Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair in Advanced Manufacturing Mechanical Engineering Department & Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Lean Systems, UTSA
  • Dr. Ralph Biedermann,* President, The MRB Group

SESSION II.-   TRANSPORTATION CHANGES AND REGULATIONS 

  • Robert Costello, Chief Economist & Senior Vice President, American Trucking Association (ATA)
  • Martin Rojas, Senior Adviser for the Americas, International Road Transportation Union
  • Russell Stubbs, Chairman, FFE Holdings & Truckload Carriers Association  Past Chairman

SESSION III.-  ENERGY RENAISSANCE IN NORTH AMERICA  *click to see presentation

  • Henry Cuellar, U.S. Representative for Texas 28th Congress District
  • Jack N. Gerard, President and CEO, American Petroleum Institute (API)
  • Dr. Gustavo Murillo,* Director of Research in Exploration and Production, Mexican Petroleum Institute (MPI)

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