Confirmed Session Descriptions and Speakers

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. Presenters will answer:


Zsolt Nagy, Senior Manager, AECOM

Brian Wegner, Senior VP, Mapping Services, Fugro

Other Speakers to be Determined

Doing Business Outside the United States: Positive Trends but Serious Challenges

Keynote speaker Jodi Hanson Bond is with 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 these key concepts:


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

Experienced Exporting Topics - Information to Know Before I Go

This session will run concurrently with New to Exporting...and is for those firms that are already working on projects in the international market. This session will include advanced logistical and operational topics:


Jeroen Meijer, Vice President & Director of Consulting, Control Risks

Jose Zozayacorrea, Partner/Principal, Baker & McKenzie

Jorge A. Canovas, Esq., Vice President Export/Import Operations, Raytheon

Elizabeth Carswell, Vice President, Teledyne-Optech

New to Exporting - Information to Know Before I Go

Runs concurrently with "Experienced Exporting Topics - Information to Know Before I Go." 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. Some beginner topics in this session include:


Mary Horan, Sr. Manager of Human Resources, Merrick & Company

Steven Pelak, Partner, Holland & Hart, LLP

Joe Campagna, President, Global Ground Systems

Other Speakers to be determined

Getting to Know You - Individual One-on-One Discussions

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 dating" meetings will be scheduled on a first-come basis. By taking advantage of this session, you will:

How do I Get Started and Who Can Help?

The U.S. government has many programs that provide valuable information to firms that want to explore or enter exporting, or expand their international market presence. This session will be led by Richard Ginsburg of the U.S. Small Business Administration and staff to the President's Export Council. He will be assisted by members of other agencies that will guide attendees through the many proven and highly successful programs currently available to firms seeking export assistance. Key takeaways from this session are:


Richard Ginsburg, Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration

April Redmon, U.S. Export Assistance Center Aerospace Industry Sector, U.S. Commerce Department (Commercial Services)

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

Michael Jackson, Director, City/State Partners, Export Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank)

Luncheon Keynote Presentation 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 possibly make or break international business deals.

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 and 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. Here are a few of the numerous international business and interpersonal etiquette awareness topics coming from Ms. Morrison's keynote:


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

Networking Reception and Excellence Awards Ceremony

Winners of the seventh annual MAPPS 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.

Who Has the Work and What Are the International Market Opportunities?

A lower risk approach to entering the international marketplace is to follow 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 some of the many agencies that fund international projects. Examples of invited agencies are:

Additionally, there will be presentations from international organizations that also coordinate and/or fund projects. The international funding organizations that have been invited are:

Another market opportunity introduced in this session will be those coming from international non-profit foundations. Insights resulting from this session are:


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

Carrie Stokes, Geographer & Director of the GeoCenter, US Agency for International Development (USAID)

Jolyne Sanjak, Deputy Vice President, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)

E. Scott Bozek, Advisor and Director of Business Liaison, The World Bank

Langdon Greenhalgh, Founder and Managing Director, Global Emergency Group

Why, Where, and How Could I Go International?

With businesses still wondering when the economy in the U.S. 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 the market drivers that may influence firms to plan or increase their international focus. An overview of the hot international market trends will be included. This session will culminate with a discussion on how a firm could successfully plan and implement an international business strategy. Significant takeaways from this session are:


Mick Morrissey, President, Morrissey-Goodale, Inc.

Art Smith, President, Management Analysis, Inc.

Other Speakers to be determined

Q & A

Concurrent with Getting to Know You discussions, Terri Morrison will host a question and answer session. 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, Co-Author, Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands book series

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