Speakers, Panels & Agenda - 2008 Asian Global Sourcing Conference


Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez
Disney Executives

TRACK A: GLOBAL SOURCING PANELS - China, India, Korea, Philippines & Vietnam
(Location: Hotel Mezzanine Floor)

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM - Panel I: Global Business, Partnerships, Culture & Environment
Moderator: R Sampath, Director, Global Sourcing, Quanta Consulting, Inc.
Dr. Sourav Chatterjee, NERA.
Archimedes C Gomez, Philippine Consulate General Offices, Trade Representative.
Dr. Kim Huynh, DBA, MBA, The Small Business Strategist LLC.
Sol Kim, Manager, AgriAlpha, Inc.
Robert Sun, President, Discovery Medical, Inc.

Panel Topics: Asian Global Sourcing Strategy
- Opportunities & trends in China, India, Korea, Philippines & Vietnam
- Economic trends: financials, labor costs, markets
- Government policies and incentives
- Business environment and core sourcing competencies
- Trade factors, agreements and limitations
- Risk factors
- Cultural aspects, partnerships & negotiations

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM -Panel II: Trade, Technology, Supply Chain, & Logistics
Moderator: Jim MacLellan, Director, Trade Services, Port of Los Angeles
Mike Bautch, Director of International Sales - Western Region, Fedex.
Martin Hubert, CEO & President, Freightgate
Nancy W. Hiromoto, Director, Import/Export, Citizen Watch Co. of America
Roger Clarke, President of the L.A. Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association

Panel Topics: Trade Facilitation & Supply Chain Security in a New Era
- New Customs regulations and their implications
- The Safe Port Act with relation to procurement
- The CTPAT and how it assists importers
- Current Port Gateway competition and trends
- Port initiatives and trade trends
- Logistics, Supply Chain, Technology

4:30 - 5:30 PM- Panel III: Finance, Banking, Legal, Risk
Moderator: Dwight Nakata, CPA
Brian Peck, Counsel for International Trade & IP, Crowell & Moring LLP
Lindsey Seibert, Partner, International Risk Consultants, Inc.
Diane D. Stewart, Senior Vice President & Manager, Structured Trade Finance Division, U.S. Bank

Panel Topics
- Legal issues in the US & abroad
- Banking/Finance resources
- Mitigating Risk
- Contracts / Insurance

(Location: Hotel Mezzanine Floor)

2:30 PM-3:30 PM- Panel I - How to do business with Public Utilities Companies, Public & Government Agencies
Ron Vienna, County of Orange
Eric Mandell,California Dept of General Services, Procurement
Nick Manalisay, US Small Business Administration, Govt Contracting
Ken Ashford, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California,Business Outreach
Carolina Coppolo, Orange County Transportation Authority, Contact Administration &
Materials Management
Joe Chow, The Gas Company, a Sempra Utilities, Supplier Diversity

Panel Topics:
Benefits from small and minority business certifications.
Corporate Supplier Diversity Programs work to your advantage.
Things to know after getting certified
Capturing business opportunity when it knocks.

3:30 PM-4:30 PM Panel II - How to do business with Major Corporations
Barbara Valdez, NORDSTROM Corporate Office, Seattle, WA
Robin Billups, US BANK, Corporate Procurement
Frank Robinson, Union Bank of California, Supplier's Diversity
Carlos Valdez, MAZDA No Operations, Purchasing, Facilities, & Administration

Panel topics:
Defining corporate commitment to diversity, success records, and community partnerships
Pursuing business opportunities productively
Building and maintaining strategic partnerships
Considerations when giving contract opportunities to new vendors

4:30 PM-5:30 PM Panel III Tips on Marketing your Business & Winning Contracts
Quang Vu, President, Dahl, Taylor & Associates, Inc.
Linda Stone, President, APR Consulting;
Grace Whitcomb, Southern California Edison Company, Diversity Manager
Mei Lein Chang, Trade Union International
Rhonda Thorton, USC, Supplier Diversity Services
Monica Heredia, Verizon, Supplier's Diversity

Panel topics:
Challenges facing businesses and how corporate contracts are won
Overcoming pitfalls through lessons learned
What corporations look for in a bid proposal
Is low bid enough to win contracts?

VIP RECEPTION (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM):