RBTC Global Business Conference
Connecting Your Business to the World


The Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council will hold a Global Business Conference on May 21 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Roanoke Higher Education Center.  Sponsored by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and SunTrust Bank, the purpose of the conference is to share expert advice to the region’s technology community about doing business globally.

With a mix of technology companies across the Roanoke-Blacksburg region that offer products and services, this event offers valuable information for companies interested in expanding their global presence. Registration and a continental breakfast begin at 8 a.m.

8:30 a.m.
May 21, 2015

Roanoke Higher Education Center
108 N. Jefferson St.
Roanoke, VA 24017

Free, but advance registration is required.



8:30 a.m. Welcome Remarks and Introductions


8:45 - 9:30 a.m. Session 1 


Local Companies Sharing Their Story - Local technology companies share their experience and the evolution of doing business globally

Moderated by Jonathan Whitt, President and CEO, RBTC



Michael Newman - Optical Cable Corporation

Juliann Poff - Qualtrax

Alex Obenauer - Mindsense

Dan Sable - VPT, Inc.


9:45 - 10:30 a.m. Session 2 


Market Development Best Practices - How to strategically focus on doing business globally and valuable things to consider

Moderated by Daniel Gaines, International Trade Specialist, U.S. Dept. of Commerce



Pompeya Lambrecht - Information Communication Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce

Roger Porter - International Trade Manager, VA Economic Development Partnership

Aaron Miller - International Trade Specialist, Small Business Development Center
Donatello Osti - Commercial Specialist, US Consulate in Milan Italy


10:45 - 11:30 a.m. Session 3


General Finance and Risk Mitigation - Overview and things to consider, global currencies, tax implications, and available resources

Moderated by Bart Smith, Director, Roanoke Small Business Development Center



Bill Houck - Regional Manager, Mid-Atlantic Office of International Trade - US Small Business Administration

Hai-nah Ellison- Suntrust Bank

Mark Gargano - Bannockburn Global Forex
Meredith Festa - Export-Import Bank of the United States 


11:30 a.m. - Closing Remarks

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