Join us as we discuss the growth markets with the best potential for your business.
The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation and the World Trade Center Association Los Angeles-Long Beach celebrate Los Angeles County, America’s international trade capital and gateway to the global economy.
- Which emerging economies offer the best opportunities for the U.S. and Southern California?
- Is your business taking advantage of the National Export Initiative (NEI)?
- What is the outlook for the international trade in Southern California?
- Wednesday, May 15, 2013
- 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. – Breakfast & Networking
- 8:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. – Program
Renaissance Long Beach Hotel
111 East Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802
Ticket Prices* – (Early Bird pricing ends on April 26, 2013)
|Member, Student, Non-profit||$60.00|
|Member, Student, Non-profit – Table of Ten||$550.00|
|Early Bird General Ticket||$75.00|
|Early Bird – Table of Ten||$700.00|
|General Price Ticket (non-Early Bird pricing)||$90.00|
|General Price – Table of Ten||$850.00|
*No refunds will be given after May 10, 2013.
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Self Parking – $12
Valet Parking – $16
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For further information, contact Marilyn McPoland at or 213-236-4812.
The Honorable James Bacchus
Chair, Global Practice Group
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Former Chairman, Appellate Body
World Trade Organization
James Bacchus Chairs Greenberg Traurig’s Global Practice Group and is a leader in the firm’s overall worldwide practice. His emphasis in his own practice is on international business, including trade, investment, finance and sustainable growth. In particular, Bacchus offers legal and strategic advice to worldwide clients based on his unique experience with the many issues relating to the global rules for trade and commerce of the World Trade Organization (WTO). He is a former chief judge on the highest international tribunal of world trade, a former Member of the Congress of the United States, and a former Special Assistant to the United States Trade Representative in the Executive Office of the President.
Bacchus works worldwide for the firm’s clients on international business of all kinds, and is also engaged worldwide in numerous additional efforts to address shared global concerns. He is among the “B20” global business leaders selected to advise the “G20” heads of state on the international economy; he chairs the global Commission on Trade and Investment Policy of the Paris-based International Chamber of Commerce; and he chairs the Global Agenda Council on Governance for Sustainability of the Davos-based World Economic Forum.
Previously, he served as the Chairman of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization, the global court of final appeal in international trade in Geneva, Switzerland. The seven judges of the Appellate Body hear final appeals in international trade disputes involving the 95 percent of world commerce conducted by the more than five billion people in the more than 150 countries and other customs territories that are the Members of the WTO.
In addition to his service at the WTO, Bacchus has also served as a Member of the Congress of the United States, from 1991 to 1995, representing the 15th Congressional District of Florida as a Member of the United States House of Representatives. His district included much of Orlando, Walt Disney World, Cape Canaveral, and the “Space Coast” of Central Florida. He was elected to two terms in the Congress, and chose not to seek election to a third term. He was the first Democrat in the history of the South elected to an open seat in the Congress in a district where Republicans outnumbered Democrats.
William C. “Bill” Allen
President & CEO
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC)
Bill Allen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation and the CEO of its subsidiary the World Trade Center Association Los Angeles – Long Beach. Mr. Allen is also the Chair of Film L.A. and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Economic Development Council, California Association of Local Economic Development, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and Unite L.A. In 2007, Mr. Allen was appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to serve on the Los Angeles Economy and Jobs Committee and in 2008 he was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Weingart Foundation.
Active in regional economic development for more than 15 years, Mr. Allen was the first CEO of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley from 1996-2000, and in 2000 was named California’s Civic Entrepreneur of the Year by the California Center for Regional Leadership. Mr. Allen is currently a member of the Board of Councilors of the Rossier School of Education at USC and the Board of Directors of the Valley Presbyterian Hospital. He has served as a trustee of the University of Southern California, chair of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and co-chair of the National Council for Families and Television.
A cum laude graduate of the Cinema Television School at the University of Southern California in 1979, Mr. Allen began his career in a series of creative executive roles with the CBS television network (1979-1986) and as a Sr. VP, and later President of MTM Television (1986-1995), the producers of Hill St. Blues, St. Elsewhere, Remington Steele and Newhart. Mr. Allen also received his Masters Degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University in 1983. In 1999, he received a certificate in 21st Century Management from the Graziadio School of Business & Management at Pepperdine.
Dr. Robert Kleinhenz
Kyser Center for Economic Research, LAEDC
Dr. Robert A. Kleinhenz is the Chief Economist of the Kyser Center for Economic Research at the LAEDC. Dr. Kleinhenz conducts research on the regional, state, and national economies. His fields of expertise include urban and regional economics with emphasis on land use, transportation, and regional forecasts. Dr. Kleinhenz recently served as Deputy Chief Economist at the California Association of REALTORS®. In that role, he managed the Economics Department which gathered and published housing market information on the state of California and its counties, and conducted consumer research. Dr. Kleinhenz is a much sought after regional specialist in Southern California with knowledge of the Los Angeles County economy and its diverse industry sectors.
Ferdinando “Nando” Guerra
LAEDC Kyser Center for Economic Research
Ferdinando “Nando” Guerra joined the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) in April 2009 as an Associate Economist in the Kyser Center for Economic Research.
In his current capacity as an International Economist at the LAEDC, Mr. Guerra prepares the international sections of LAEDC’s Economic Forecasts and is a primary contributor to the annual International Trade Outlook report. He was the principal author of LAEDC’s recently released “Growing Together” country reports which highlight the ties between the respective country and Los Angeles County (including China, Japan, Korea and Canada). Mr. Guerra analyzes the regional economy of the greater Los Angeles region with a special focus on the Inland Empire (Riverside and San Bernardino Counties). He regularly contributes to regional, industry, and other economic reports. Mr. Guerra gives presentations to corporations, government agencies, non-profits, and educational institutions, as well as contributing to the local, national and international media (including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and the Los Angeles Times). In addition, he contributes regularly to the Kyser Center’s online weekly “e-EDGE” email. Mr. Guerra also teaches Economics and Political Science part-time at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA.
Prior to joining LAEDC, Mr. Guerra served as an Economic Consultant for David Taussig & Associates, an economic consulting firm, preparing fiscal and economic impact reports for private sector clients and public agencies. He also has worked in the financial services industry, for Morgan Stanley and on Wall Street with the American Stock Exchange. Previously, Mr. Guerra had been an Associate Economist with Standard & Poor’s in Washington D.C., focusing on the energy and chemical industries, emerging markets, international inflation, and special client reports.
Mr. Guerra earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and International Relations from the University of Southern California (USC). He received his Master of Arts degree in International Economics and International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Mr. Guerra is a member of the Los Angeles Chapter and the National Chapter of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE).
- California Chamber of Commerce
- San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership
- The Valley Economic Alliance
- The Valley International Trade Association
- Japan America Society of Southern California
- BizFed, Los Angeles
- Southern California District Export Council
- Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance
- California Fashion Association
- Women in International Trade
- Center for International Trade Development
- TOWN HALL Los Angeles
- Long Beach Chamber of Commerce
- Los Angeles County Bar Association
- U.S. Commercial Service
- Foreign Trade Association