FTPC Third Annual Conference

October 12th and 13th
Wilmington, North Carolina

Global Connections – How to Make it Happen!

FTPC Conference Sponsors:




  • Join the ZONE!!! Learn from Experts on Duty Free Trade for Imports and Exports
  • Money $$$–Private sector trade financing for imports, exports and working capital.
  • Meet the Experts One-On-One get the answers you need
  • Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – What is Happening and Where will you focus?
  • Meet Foreign Embassy Representatives and Develop Business Partnerships
  • Developing Business Partnerships with Japanese Companies
  • Global Business Protocol – Make or Break your deal – Day 2 Special

Day 1 — Wednesday, October 12th

Location: CFCC Union Station Building, 502 N. Front St., Wilmington, NC 28401
9:00 AM to 4:30 PM & Reception 5-7 PM

SESSION #1 9:00-9:55 AM

  • Welcome and Introduction – Dr. John Hayes – Executive Director FTPC
  • Honorable Rick Catlin, FTPC Chairman and Representative NC General Assembly
  • Honorable Elaine F. Marshall, North Carolina Secretary of State, NC in the Global Economy
  • UNCW Chancellor Jose “Zito” Sartarelli, The Role of Education and Globalization

SESSION #2 9:55- 10:55 AM

  • The New FTZ #214 is Ready for Your Business
    • Diane Finver – Economist – U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones Board, US Department of
    • Sebastian Montagne – Moderator -FTZ – Panel Discussion
      FTZ #214 Administrator – North Carolina Department of Transportation

        FTZ #214 & Magnet Sites Panel:

      • Lesley Couch – Indigo Trade Solutions, Principal – FTZ Consultants
      • Rick Barkes – North Carolina Global TransPark – Interim Executive Director
      • Timothy Downs – Craven Industrial Park – Economic Dev. Director, Craven County
      • Julie Wilsey – Wilmington International Airport Industrial Park, ILM Director
      • Paul Cozza – NC States Ports Authority, Executive Director


SESSION #3 11:00 – Noon

  • Trade Finance – Private Sector Money
    • Gregory Kleehammer, UPS Capital, Global Supply Chain Finance Manager UPS – Private sector financing for global trade
    • Olga Topping, Senior VP, BB&T International Services Division & William (Bill) Browning, Senior VP, BB&T Trade Finance Group – Your NC Bank and Global Trade
    • Alexander Lara – Exec. Director, J.P. Morgan – Fundamentals of Letters of Credit

speakerNoon – 2:00 PM

  • Luncheon & Presentation of Global Trade Award and Leadership Award
  • Keynote Address
    • Trans Pacific Partnership – Japan – NC Trading Partner in the TPP
      Introduction: David S. Robinson – Honorary Consul General of Japan and Partner- Nexsen/Pruet PLLC
    • Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary from Japan to the United States of America – DCM Atsuyuki OIKE


SESSION #4 2:05 – 3:15 PM

  • Global Trade Panel Discussion -Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – What is Happening and Where will you focus?
    • J. Nicole Bivens Collinson, President, International Trade & Government Relations – Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. “The Real Deal on Trade”
      Moderator of Session
    • Honorable Remedios Gomez Arnau – Consul General of Mexico in North Carolina and South Carolina
    • Steve Cain – President, Triangle British American Business Council of North Carolina BABCNC
    • James Cain (Ret) – Former US Ambassador to Denmark – Founder and Chairman Cain Global Partners -The European Opportunity
    • Honorable Florin Pindic Blaj – Honorary Consul of the Republic of Moldova to
      North Carolina

SESSION #5 3:15- 4:15 PM

  • Developing Business Partnerships with Japanese Companies
    • Atsushi Yamakoshi, Executive Dir. Keidanren USA (Japanese Business Federation)
    • Robert Azar – Founder, Asia Strategic Advisors LLC
    • Mr. Noriyoshi Inoue – Triangle Japanese Business Association

Concluding Remarks and Next Event

RECEPTION: 5-7 PM Ironclad Brewery – 115 N. Second St., Wilmington, NC

Day 2 — Thursday, October 13th

Special Day Session – Separate Registration Required – Space is Limited

Sponsored by the Sister Cities Association of Wilmington, University of North Carolina at Wilmington and the General Consulate of Belize

Location: UNC-Wilmington, 601 S. College Road, Wilmington, NC
UNCW Fisher University Center (use Parking Lot M) — 8 am – 4 pm

  • Welcome: Michael Wilhelm, Vice Chancellor for International Programs
  • Global Business Protocol

    Dr. Lawrence P. Dunham, Fmr. US Assistant Chief of Protocol and Adjunct Prof at George Washington University

    Learn how business practices overseas can make or break your deal.

    This is a full day of training designed to help attendees with the basics of international protocol between governments, organizations and business entities. Instruction will include material drawn from the Office of Protocol Summary Guide to Working with Foreign Dignitaries and foreign business executives.

    Instruction is from 8 AM – 4 PM. Cost includes breakfast, lunch and all materials. Separate registration required. Space is limited to 30 attendees. Cost: FTPC and Sister Cities Members $45, Non-Members $55

    More information available at http://www.scawilmington.org/index.html



2016 Conference Sponsorship Levels

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Banner Space




Booth Space




Mention prior to Keynote Speaker




Registration Options

Day 1
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
CFCC Union Station

Day 2
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Member: $75

Member: $45

Non-Member: $150

Non-Member: $55

Student: $25


Join the FTPC at the Conference — A discount code will be provided

FTPC Membership Levels

  • Individual $150
  • Corporate Executive Level $5,000
  • Corporate General Level $1,500
  • County Government $2,500
  • City Government $2,500
  • Non-Profits $1,000
  • Students $25