Speakers, agenda announced for 2016 International Town Hall – Register now!

March 14, 2016

On Friday, May 6, the Tampa Bay Export Alliance (TBEA) will once again hold its most popular event, the annual International Town Hall. Kicking off World Trade Month, this early morning event will take an in-depth look at the people, companies, and programs driving international business development in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.
Registration will open at 7:30 a.m. at Cruise Terminal 2 at Port Tampa Bay, followed by a welcome from elected officials from both sides of the Bay: Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Charlie Justice, and Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Lesley “Les” Miller, Jr.
The keynote will be presented by Jabil’s Vice President of Advanced Analytics Solution, Mundit Bajaj, and Director of Solution Innovation, Ross Valentine. Jabil is one of the Tampa Bay area’s largest companies and the third largest contract manufacturer in the world. Bajaj and Valentine will discuss Jabil’s supply chain management system that is designed to pinpoint areas of concern, risk or pressure points before they become problems.
The final presentation of the morning will feature an interactive discussion of the collaborative efforts elevating Tampa Bay’s global image from those leading the way: Paul Anderson, President and CEO, Port Tampa Bay; Santiago Corrada, President and CEO, Visit Tampa Bay; David Downing, Executive Director, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater; J.P. DuBuque, Interim President and CEO, Tampa Hillsborough EDC; Joe Lopano, CEO, Tampa International Airport; and Mike Meidel, Director, Pinellas County Economic Development.
The leaders will highlight TBEA’s missions to Canada and Costa Rica, as well as Tampa Bay’s booming tourism and international opportunities. Attendees will also hear updates on Tampa International Airport’s Master Plan and Port Tampa Bay’s multiple projects.
“Year after year, the International Town Hall proves to be a powerful meeting of business leaders from both sides of Tampa Bay,” said J.P. DuBuque. “We are a global community that benefits from the collaborative efforts of organizations like Tampa Bay Export Alliance, and we can’t wait to see how this year’s event will set the tone for international business development for the rest of 2016.”
For more information on the 2016 International Town Hall, please visit TBEA’s website. To register for the event, please click here.