CMMA General Meeting - Virtual Thursday, February 25 at 8:30am
Keynote Presentation: Are You Open for Business with the World? Presented by: A Panel of Experts on Exporting Techniques
Less than one percent of America’s 30 million companies export – a percentage that is significantly lower than all other developed countries. And of U.S. companies that do export, 58 percent export to only one country. Developing your export sales has never been easier. Register for this virtual meeting to find out How Your Business Can Expand Your Export Sales and How to get Paid. Why Should You Expand Your Export Sales?
Access to new markets has never been easier
Demand, 70% of purchasing power is outside the US
Improved Top Line and bottom-line Profitability
Improved Valuation of your Company
Added production volume
Expanding Your Export Sales Cases:
Cashing in on Exports -- How to get paid: Mitigating International Risk by Leveraging the US Government IC-DISC – A little known program that the IRS provides you an incentive to expand your export Sales
Exporting Panelists: Michel Locquegnies, President, Mark-Tech International LLC. A company leader with over 35 years experience leading eight SME companies to growth in export sales, profits, customer base, and market share. He has been nationally and locally recognized for his global business acumen:
Two-time winner of the US Presidential “E” award for excellence in exporting; 1989 and 2014
Minnesota Governor’s Trade Award winner 2014
US Department of Commerce 2013 Achievement Certificate
ThinkGlobal 2014 Exporter of the Year
Denis Griffin, Director, Minneapolis Regional Office at Export-Import Bank of the United States Denis Griffin joined Ex-Im Bank as Director, Minneapolis Regional Office and helped open the office in July 2012. Mr. Griffin brings a 25-year career in business development and sales. From 2003 to 2009, he was the Minneapolis Regional Manager for Atradius Trade Credit Insurance where he gained valuable experience in export credit insurance (a product that Ex-Im Bank also provides to support U.S.-made exports). Prior to Atradius, Mr. Griffin worked for some of the world's leading electronics companies including Philips Electronics of The Netherlands and Kyocera Corporation of Japan. Mr. Griffin graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia and earned an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis.
Leslie Bergland, Owner, Trade Acceptance Group, Ltd. Leslie, along with Curtis Hanson, founded Trade Acceptance Group, Ltd. in June 1996 as a brokerage of export credit and political risk insurance as well as an arranger of trade finance transactions. Since then TAG has assisted its clients with their risk mitigation and financing needs via trade credit insurance issued by EXIM Bank, AIG, Atradius, Coface, Euler Hermes, FCIA, Tokio Marine HCC, QBE, Zurich among others. Trade Acceptance Group has been awarded EXIM’s “Small Business Broker of the Year” a record 4 times (most recently in 2019) in recognition of its advocacy for small business exporters. During 2012 Leslie served on the Advisory Committee to Ex-Im Bank’s Board of Directors, representing small business. In 2015 TAG earned the President’s “E” Award for Export Service.
Prior to founding TAG, Leslie spent 20 years in international trade banking as Vice President with Norwest Bank (now Wells Fargo) as well as First Bank (now US Bank). Leslie received her Bachelor of Arts degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Spanish and Business Education from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, and she pursued graduate studies in Spanish Linguistics and Culture at Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico.
Mark Wuollet, Vice President, Mark-Tech International LLC Mark Wuollet is a veteran international business consultant with more than 35 years of import and export experience. Wuollet specializes in introducing new products and technologies into new markets and establishing international joint-ventures, collaborations, licensing, and M&A consulting.