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R.E.D. Talks

October 18, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Regional Economic Development (R.E.D.) Talks


Trade & Tariffs: The Economic Impact on LA County

Join us for the upcoming R.E.D. Talk highlighting the concerns and economic impact of the current administration’s trade tariffs on our region with keynote speaker Stephen Cheung, President, World Trade Center Los Angeles.

Continental breakfast will be served.

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Keynote Speaker

Stephen Cheung
World Trade Center Los Angeles

Stephen Cheung is the President of World Trade Center Los Angeles (WTCLA). The WTCLA supports the development of international trade and business opportunities for Southern California companies as the leading international trade and foreign direct investment attraction organization in the Los Angeles region.
Prior to his current role, Stephen was the Secretary General of International Trade and Foreign Affairs for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and was responsible for managing policies and programs related to the Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airports, International Affairs and Global Trade. In this role, he was the lead organizer for Mayor Garcetti’s previous international trade missions to Mexico, China, Korea and Japan.  Furthermore, Cheung implemented the city’s strategic plan to make Los Angeles a global capital of clean technology by building the infrastructure to support research, development and manufacturing with key partners.
Concurrently, Cheung was the Director of International Trade for the Port of Los Angeles – the busiest container port in North America, and was responsible for developing programs to increase trade through the Port of Los Angeles, and facilitate goods movement through the Southern California region.
Cheung currently sits on the Board of Advisors of UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs and Sister Cities of Los Angeles, while also serving on LA Metro’s Sustainability Council and Biz-Fed’s International Trade Committee. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Regional Export Council and the Los Angeles Business Council.
Stephen was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Los Angeles where he received both his Bachelor of Arts in Psychobiology and Master of Arts in Social Welfare from UCLA.

Panel Discussion

Stephen will be joined by expert panelists representing various industries impacted by current tariffs and trade agreements being implemented by the federal administration. You will definitely want to hear what our industry experts have to say about what to expect in the future with our trade partners and how we can prepare as a regional economy.


Peter Lee
CEO, Co-Founder

Peter Lee is the CEO and Co-Founder of URB-E (Urban Electric).  URB-E is a leader in developing foldable personal electric vehicles for safe and convenient multimodal commuting. With over 13 patents issued around foldable electric mobility, URB-E partners with universities, cities and business to launch next generation micro transportation products and systems.  Peter has a background in tech manufacturing and product development.  He is a graduate of Middlebury College and received his MBA from the University of California.  Raised in Southern California, Peter is working to make LA the global epicenter for innovative urban transportation solutions.

Judy Kruger
Director, Industry Cluster Development

Judy Kruger is the Director of Aerospace and Advanced Transportation in the Strategic Initiatives and Industry Cluster Development Department. In her role as Director, Judy provides strategic direction and drives the execution of the LAEDC’s capacity building efforts in the Aerospace and Advanced Transportation industry clusters.

Judy has extensive experience in national and international economic development initiatives. She has developed, launched and successfully implemented sizeable programs in both the transportation and aerospace industries. In her most recent positions as a business consultant and strategic planner, she has worked with U.S. and foreign companies seeking to grow businesses in Europe, Asia, South America, Mexico, Cuba and the U.S. As the Vice President of Operations for Grupo Prodensa, a Mexican firm, Judy implemented the firm’s foreign investment, marketing, and sales strategy.

In addition, Judy served as the Strategic Planner and Business Development Manager at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. In that role, she led the aerospace and defense business development focus for the state, coordinating project development and advocacy with local, state, congressional, and governors’ offices. Her responsibilities also included working with companies and prime contractors researching, identifying, and building growth markets, new opportunities and key partnerships.

Judy holds a Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from Grand Valley State University.

Tyler LaFerriere
Economic Analyst, Institute for Applied Economics

Tyler Laferriere is a research analyst at the Institute for Applied Economics at LAEDC. He joined LAEDC in December of 2017 directly after finishing graduate studies at Washington State University. His work portfolio at IAE includes data management and analysis; model building and forecasting; drafting economic reports; copy editing IAE drafts; and performing economic impact analyses. His research focuses include data management, economic forecasting, economic policy studies, labor and occupational research and economic impact studies.
Before joining LAEDC, Mr. Laferriere was a graduate student at Washington State University pursing joint degrees in applied economics and statistics. His graduate education also included internships with the Federal Reserve Board and USDA Economic Research Service in Washington, D.C., focusing in the former on consumer spending patterns and the latter on technological adoption models. Mr. Laferriere received his Master of Science degrees in Applied Economics and Statistics from Washington State University. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Gonzaga University.

About our Sponsor

Bank of America Merrill Lynch is one of the largest commercial banking groups in the U.S. and is committed to helping businesses capitalize on opportunities locally and worldwide.   Deeply experienced relationship managers connect priorities and business challenges to solutions and experience. Our dedicated team is focused on delivering local market knowledge and industry intelligence throughout Long Beach and the South Bay. Offering a powerful platform and proven leadership, Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s local team provides access to a full range of financial solutions from credit, treasury, capital markets and retirement services, to wealth management products provided through Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust.

Admission Cost

General Public: $25
LAEDC Member: $15
Students: $15
*Students must present valid student-ID at event check-in
*Cancellations to registrations may be made 7 days prior to the event for a full refund.  All cancellations and substitutions must be submitted in writing to [email protected].

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About R.E.D. Talks: 
R.E.D. Talks is a series of in-depth discussions with the change agents and innovators who are creating new paradigms and breaking new ground in some of the most dynamic industries across our region. Many of the thought leaders now taking the lead in the new global economy have well-established roots right here in L.A. County. This diverse group of influencers will share their visions for Regional Economic Development (R.E.D) and the role the business community can play in securing a sound future as one of the world’s most vital economic powerhouses. Engage at R.E.D. Talks with the innovators who are charting the global economy’s future right here in Los Angeles.
For more information and to explore sponsorship opportunities, contact Rick Moelis at LAEDC, at 213-236-4812  [email protected]

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October 18, 2018
9:00 am - 11:00 am
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