Program Outline

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

6:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Conference Check-In & On-Site Registration

Conference Packet Pick-Up.

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM

Opening Remarks

8:15 AM - 9:45 AM

Why the International Market Should Be Part of Your Growth Strategy and Not Only For Large Businesses?

With businesses still wondering when the economy in the United States will rebound, many firms are beginning to contemplate working in markets outside the U.S., or grow their existing international revenue. This session will kick-off the conference by introducing attendees to what are some of the "market drivers” that could influence small and large firms to plan or increase their international focus. This session will culminate with a discussion on how a firm could successfully plan and implement an international business strategy.


Dr. Mahesh P. Joshi, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program, George Mason University

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Mick Morrissey, President, Morrissey-Goodale, Inc. 

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Richard Boehne, Vice President, Merrick & Company

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9:45 AM - 10:15 AM         Networking Break

10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Who Can Help My Firm Be Successful?

The U.S. government has many programs that provide valuable information to firms having a desire to explore, enter exporting or expand their international market presence. This session will be led by Dennis Chrisbaum Director, Office of International Trade Finance, U.S. Small Business Administration. He will be assisted by members of other agencies such as U.S. Commerce Department, Export-Import Bank, and Trade and Development Agency to guide attendees through the many proven and highly successful programs currently available for firms seeking export assistance.


Key take-aways from this session are:


Dennis R. Chrisbaum, Director, Office of International Trade Finance, U.S. Small Business Administration

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Leila Afas, Director, Export Promotion, U.S. Trade and Development Agency

Michael K. Jackson, Director, City/State Partners & Small Business Training, Export-Import Bank of the United States

Olga Ford, Commercial Officer, Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service

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11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

International Business Culture Keynote Lunch Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands: How to Do Business in More Than Sixty Countries

Renowned keynote speaker, author and columnist Terri Morrison will lead attendees through an informative and interactive cross-cultural experience that could make or break any international business deal.
Terri Morrison is co-author of nine books, including Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands: The Bestselling Guide to Doing Business in More Than Sixty Countries and Dun & Bradstreet’s Guide to Doing Business Around the World. She conducts seminars in intercultural communications, diversity & inclusion and writes for many publications, including the "World Wise” column in Business Traveler Magazine. Her new book, Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands: Sales & Marketing is an bestseller, and was #2 on BusinessWeek’s best business book list.


Just a few of the numerous international business and interpersonal etiquette awareness coming from Ms. Morrison’s Keynote are:

Terri Morrison, Co-Author, Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands book series

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

International Market Opportunities From Global U.S. Organizations

A lower risk approach to entering the international marketplace is to "follow the money” with U.S. government agencies that accomplish or coordinate projects outside the continental U.S. The purpose and benefit of this session is to introduce attendees to just a few of the agencies that fund international projects.

Insights Resulting from this session are:



Leila Aridi Afas, Director, Export Promotion, U.S. Trade and Development Agency

Langdon Greenhalgh, Founder and Managing Director, Global Emergency Group

Carrie Stokes, Director, GeoCenter, U.S. Agency for International Development

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Dorthy McKelvin, Director, Procurement, Millennium Challenge Corporation

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Albert Mategrano, Senior Geospatial Staff Officer, Army Geospatial Center, U.S. Army 

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Janet Phillips, Chief, Security Assistance, United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

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3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Networking Break

4:00 PM - 5:20 PM

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Speed Networking and Business Consulting

This part of the conference offers a unique opportunity for attendees to schedule one-on-one meetings with a variety of U.S. agencies, conference speakers, consultants, and sponsors. These individual "speed networking" meetings will be scheduled on a first-come basis.

Advantages to participating in this session are:


4:00 PM - 5:20 PM

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Q & A

Concurrent with "Speed Networking” session Terri Morrison will be answering questions and discussing other books and media that are available as valuable resources for those new to export, as well as those experienced in this market. Attendees can take full advantage of having this unique experience with a celebrated author, keynote speaker and columnist who has a passion for helping businesses be successful in the international marketplace.

Terri Morrison, Author, Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands book series

5:30 PM - 6:45 PM

Networking Reception and Excellence Awards Ceremony

Winners of the MAPPS annual Geospatial Products and Sevices Awards will be announced and honored during this reception. Projects submitted exemplify the professionalism, value, integrity and achievement of MAPPS member firms.

Friday, September 26, 2014

6:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Conference Check-In

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Keynote Address - Doing Business Outside the United States: Positive Trends but Serious Challenges?

Keynote speaker Jodi Hanson Bond, Vice President, Americas, in the International Division of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world's largest business federation, representing the interests of more than three million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. Ms. Bond will address what the U.S. Chamber of Commerce can do to support international business efforts, how U.S. foreign policy impacts exporting success and the current administration's support of exporting.

Key concepts from the Keynote address will include:

Jodi Hanson Bond, Vice President - Americas, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Back-Office Challenges and Real-World Solutions

There are many operational and logistical items to consider when doing work outside the United States either opportunistically or strategically. This session is designed to introduce those firms that are new to exporting to a variety of topics including local language and customs, safety, security and travel logistics, partnering and networking and ITAR and export control.

The topics and speakers in this session that are already confirmed include:



Paris Bannourah, Director of Human Resources - International Operations, Michael Baker International

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Steven Pelak, Partner, Holland & Hart, LLP

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Rebecca Scorzato, Director, Crisis Management and Resilience Practice Leader, Control Risks

Kevin J. Collins, Senior Vice President, Victor O. Schinnerer & Company

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José Zozayacorrea, Partner/Principal, Baker & McKenzie

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Elizabeth Carswell, Vice President, Teledyne-Optech

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Networking Break

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Business Case Studies and Lessons Learned

One of the most valuable parts of gaining insight on any topic is when peer firms share their experiences and lessons learned. Look for open and honest presentations from engineering and geospatial firms as they discuss their particular projects and what valuable knowledge was gained while working oversees to improve performance on future work.


The topics and speakers in this session include:


Zsolt Nagy, Senior Manager, AECOM

Mark Baker, Business Development Manager,  ESRI

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Thomas Newman, President, TerraSond

Amar Nayegandhi, Associate Vice President, Dewberry

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12:15 PM

Closing Comments and Adjourn

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