CMMA Breakfast Meeting features Export Panel and tour of Northern Wire
Topic: Are You Open for Business with the World? Speaker: Panel of Presenters
Less than one percent of America’s 30 million companies export – a percentage that is significantly lower than all other developed countries. And of U.S. companies that do export, 58 percent export to only one country. Developing your export sales has never been easier. Why Should You Expand Your Export Sales?
Mitigating International Risk by Leveraging the US Government
IC-DISC – A little known program that the IRS provides you an incentive to expand your export Sales
Panelist Biographies Michel Locquegnies, President, Mark-Tech International LLC. A company leader with over 35 years of experience leading eight companies to growth in export sales, profits, customer base, and market share. He has been nationally and locally recognized for his global business acumen: Two-time winner of the US Presidential “E” award for excellence in exporting; 1989 and 2014; Minnesota Governor’s Trade Award winner 2014; US Department of Commerce 2013 Achievement Certificate; ThinkGlobal 2014 Exporter of the Year
Denis Griffin, Director, Minneapolis Regional Office at Export-Import Bank of the US Denis Griffin joined Ex-Im Bank as Director, Minneapolis Regional Office and helped open the office in July 2012. Mr. Griffin brings a 25-year career in business development and sales. From 2003 to 2009, he was the Minneapolis Regional Manager for Atradius Trade Credit Insurance where he gained valuable experience in export credit insurance (a product that Ex-Im Bank also provides to support U.S.-made exports). Prior to Atradius, Mr. Griffin worked for some of the world's leading electronics companies including Philips Electronics of The Netherlands and Kyocera Corporation of Japan. Mr. Griffin graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia and earned an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis.
Jason Fritts -- Director of Transfer Pricing Services and International Tax at Eide Bailly, LLP Jason Fritts has more than 15 years of experience helping companies navigate global tax and trade laws and create tax-efficient supply chains. He has experience with U.S. export incentives, both historic such as IC-DISC and more recently-enacted as part of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Leslie Bergland, Owner, Trade Acceptance Group, Ltd. Leslie, along with Curtis Hanson, founded Trade Acceptance Group, Ltd. in June 1996 as a brokerage of export credit and political risk insurance as well as an arranger of trade finance transactions. Since then TAG has assisted its clients with their risk mitigation and financing needs via trade credit insurance issued by EXIM Bank, AIG, Atradius, Coface, Euler Hermes, FCIA, Tokio Marine HCC, QBE, Zurich among others. Trade Acceptance Group has been awarded EXIM’s “Small Business Broker of the Year” a record 4 times (most recently in 2019) in recognition of its advocacy for small business exporters. During 2012 Leslie served on the Advisory Committee to Ex-Im Bank’s Board of Directors, representing small business. In 2015 TAG earned the President’s “E” Award for Export Service. Prior to founding TAG, Leslie spent 20 years in international trade banking.
Mark Wuollet, Vice President, Mark-Tech International LLC Mark Wuollet is a veteran international business consultant with more than 35 years of import and export experience. Wuollet specializes in introducing new products and technologies into new markets and establishing international joint-ventures, collaborations, licensing and M&A consulting.
$20/member* $30/nonmember Includes full breakfast. CMMA requests remittance for all reservations not canceled prior to the meeting. *If a company is a CMMA member, ALL employees are eligible to attend at the member rate. Special needs? Contact Anne or call 800-654-5773
Invite A Guest! CMMA members are encouraged to bring a potential member from another company as a one time FREE guest! Contact Anne to take advantage of this opportunity.