International Trade Outlook – June 5, 2014

LAEDC-2014-ITO-HEADER-LOGOSThe LAEDC and World Trade Center Los Angeles-Long Beach present

9th Annual International Trade Outlook

Thursday, June 5th, 2014  in Long Beach

featuring the Growing Together China Report Update



Trade Outlook

* Trade to Accelerate Over Next Two Years…

* Will You Need More Logistics Capacity?

Panama Canal Implications

* How Will the Canal Widening Impact L.A. Trade?

China Report

* Less Scrap More Goods and Services – Capitalize on the Transformation of Exports to China.

* Is Increased Chinese Tourism Creating Business and Export Opportunities?

* China Rising to Top 3 for Los Angeles Tourism, Exports, and Direct Investment?



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The Westin Long Beach, Centennial Ballroom, 333 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA  90802

June 5th, 2014

7am to 8am – Networking breakfast with Exhibitors

8am to 10am – Speaker Program


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Steven G. Cochrane, Managing Director of Moody’s Analytics

Steven G. Cochrane is managing director of Moody’s Analytics. Steve oversees the U.S. regional forecasting service and directs the research and development activities of the research staff. He also edits the Regional Financial Review, the firm’s monthly publication that analyzes U.S. macro, regional, industry and international trends.  Many of Dr. Cochrane’s consulting projects focus on state and local economic development.  An analyst with Moody’s Analytics since 1993, Dr. Cochrane has been featured on Wall Street Radio, the PBS NewsHour, and CNBC. He earned a PhD in regional science at the University of Pennsylvania and is a Penn Institute for Urban Research Scholar. Steve earned a master’s degree at the University of Colorado at Denver, and a bachelor’s degree at the University of California at Davis. His expertise on regional U.S. economic issues makes him a popular speaker at client conferences and executive briefings.

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Scudder Smith, Principal Consultant International Trade & Transportation – Parsons Brinkerhoff

Scudder Smith is a Principal Consultant with Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Strategic Consulting group. He is currently engaged in a study of impacts of Panama Canal expansion for the US Maritime Administration and US DOT. He has been a consultant on market analysis and demand forecasting for the Panama Canal Authority in support of both expansion planning and international financing. He has worked on due diligence studies for many of the major port-related financial transactions during the past decade as well as numerous US and international freight planning studies for public and private clients. He earned Masters and undergraduate degrees from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and is a member of the Transportation Research Board International Trade and Transportation Committee.


Ferdinando Guerra, International Economist – Kyser Center for Economic Research, LAEDC

Ferdinando “Nando” Guerra is the International Economist in the Kyser Center for Economic Research at LAEDC.  He prepares the international sections of LAEDC’s Economic Forecasts and is a primary contributor to the annual International Trade Outlook report.  He regularly contributes to regional, industry, and other economic reports including the “Growing Together reports on trade between L.A. County and countries such as Korea, Canada, China and others. Mr. Guerra is a guest speaker at many local and national venues and is quoted in the media (including the Wall Street JournalFinancial Times, and the Los Angeles Times). In addition, he contributes 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,  Morgan Stanley, and on Wall Street with the American Stock Exchange.  Mr. Guerra also served as Associate Economist with Standard & Poor’s in Washington D.C., focusing on the energy and chemical industries, emerging markets, and international inflation.  Mr. Guerra earned his BA degree in Economics and International Relations from University of Southern California.  He received his Master of Arts degree in International Economics and International Relations from Johns Hopkins University.  Mr. Guerra is a member of the L.A. Chapter and the National Chapter of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE).

RobertKleinhenz cropDr. Robert A. Kleinhenz, Chief Economist – Kyser  Center for Economic Research, LAEDC

Dr. Kleinhenz directs the Kyser Center for Economic Research, which conducts research on the regional, state, and national economies. He has over 25 years of experience and expertise in the private and public sectors, academia, and working as a private consultant. Dr. Kleinhenz has spoken to local, state, and national audiences and is a frequent contributor to media coverage on the economy, including coverage in news outlets throughout California along with the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Bloomberg News, and NPR.

Prior to joining the LAEDC, he served as Deputy Chief Economist at the California Association of REALTORS®.  He also taught economics for over 15 years, most recently at California State University, Fullerton. He is a member of the National Association for Business Economics (Vice Chair, Regional Roundtable), the National Association for Business Economics, Los Angeles Chapter (Past President, Past Treasurer), and the Real Estate Research Council of Southern California (Current Executive Board Member and Treasurer).  Dr. Kleinhenz has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, a Master’s degree and a Doctorate from the University of Southern California, all in Economics.

TICKETS    ( All tickets include continental breakfast, Intl Trade Outlook Report and China Report)


·          $60 – LAEDC Member, Non-Profit or Student

·          $75 – Early Bird Rate (ends May 14th)

·          $90 – After Early Bird Rate


·          $550 – LAEDC Member, Non-Profit or Student

·          $700 – Early Bird Rate (ends May 14th)

·          $850 – After Early Bird Rate


·          $250 Includes admission for one, 6’ draped table and chairs


*LAEDC member representatives receive complimentary registration subject to membership level. Please check your membership benefits.*



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