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October 11, 2016
7:30 am - 9:00 am | Breakfast, Name Badge Pick Up and Networking
You must register through our online ticketing system to attend. No on-site registration will be available.

9:00 am- 9:10 am | Welcome Remarks
Innovation Ballroom


  • Sean Donohue, Chief Executive Officer, DFW International Airport
  • The Honorable Andres Rebolledo-Smitmans, Vice Minister of Commerce of Chile

9:10 am | Session I: Trends on Trade
The panel will discuss how trade agreements have been reshaping our post-cold war global system and the economic and political impact caused by mega-regional negotiations. The influence of economic reform in China and its effect on emerging economies will also be discussed. This distinguished group of academics will also discuss Texas’ uniquely flexible business environment and how it has enabled the state, and DFW in particular, to position itself at the center of the global system constituting a model that other states and regions could emulate.

  • Matthew Rooney, Director Economic Growth, George W. Bush Presidential Center


  • Dr. Clint Peinhardt, Associate Professor of Political Science, Public Policy, and Political Economy, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Dr. Carrie Liu Currier, Associate Professor and Director of Asian Studies Program, Texas Christian University
  • Dr. W. Michael Cox, Founding Director of the O'Neil Center of Global Markets and Freedom, Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University

10:00 am | Session II:  Practical Tools for Global Development
This multidisciplinary panel of professionals will give us insightful information to maximize the resources available to successfully do business in the United States in general and in the North Texas area in particular. The discussion will focus on different strategies and key tools to bring goods and human workforce for economic development in a global economy.

  • Jesus Cañas, Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
  • Angela Lopez, Shareholder, Lead Attorney Immigration Practice Group, Cowles and Thompson
  • Dr. David Nowicki, Associate Professor, Primary Marketing & Logistics, College of Business, University of North Texas

10:45 am | BREAK

11:00 am | Session III:  Commodity Exchange Outlook and Forecast
Our expert global professionals will introduce us to the Pacific Alliance market, investment opportunities and possibilities for joint ventures. Afterwards, we will learn how global and long-term partnerships in El Salvador have supported in its economic growth.

  • Juan Jose Del Real, Trade Commissioner of Colombia, (PROCOLOMBIA)
  • Olivia Vadillo, Trade Commissioner of Mexico, (PROMEXICO)
  • Marta Sesmero, Trade Commissioner of Peru, (PROMPERU)
  • Dr. Sigfrido Reyes, President, Export and Investment Promotion Agency of El Salvador, (PROESA).

11:40 am  | Session IV: Transcending Borders
Our distinguished group of panelists will analyze the impact of cooperation and strong integration between nations of different levels of economic development. This panel will discuss key factors that would allow global trade acceleration and actions that should be taken by the private and public sectors to stimulate the process.  

  • The Honorable Carlos Cascos, Texas Secretary of State


  • The Honorable Francisco de la Torre Galindo, Consul General of Mexico, Dallas
  • The Honorable Young Hwa Jung, Director General of Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), Dallas
  • Kimberly Kirkendall, CPA, President, International Resource Development, Inc. 

12:20 pm | BREAK

12:30 pm | Luncheon | Session V: Dallas Fort Worth International Airport – The Premier Gateway for Latin America-Asia Trade
Three mini-seminars in one session. Airport executives will take us through an overview of DFW as a global air freight hub with opportunities for growth and excellent Asian freighter service. Subsequent speakers will look at the North Texas market from a perishables perspective, and talk about the importance of the transit segment to DFW, especially in the truck-to-air and air-to-truck-to-air segments. 

  • Brian Clancy, Managing Director, Logistics Capital & Strategy LLC


  • Milton De La Paz, Vice President Airline Relations, DFW International Airport
  • Michael McLary, Vice President of Corporate Strategy, UPS
  • Larry Glasscock, Senior Vice President of Global Accounts, MNX Global Logistics
  • Chris Connell, President, Commodity Forwarders Group Inc
  • Roger Samways,  Managing Director Global Accounts and Sales Strategy, American Airlines Cargo

2:30 pm - 5:00 pm | Matchmaking Sessions and Cargo Tour
Matchmaking Sessions: Private meetings with Trade Commissioners and DFW International Airport will be available in a private setting. To participate click here. Trade commissioners invited: PROCOLOMBIA, PROMEXICO, PROMPERU, PROESA, KOTRA. 

DFW Cargo and Logistics Tour: Available to attendees with no matchmaking meetings. 

More than 6,000 acres of land at DFW Airport is dedicated to commercial development activities such as logistics, warehousing, and air freight materials handling operations. This driving tour will take attendees through the Northwest Logistics development, International Commerce Park, and other areas where logistics and freight activities are taking place.  

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