Register today for the 35th NASBITE International Annual Conference

Register today to attend the 2022 NASBITE International Annual Conference. The conference will be held virtually on March 29-31 and will provide a rich forum for learning and networking across a broad spectrum of topics related to international business, trade and trade education.

NASBITE conferences are known for their “take-away” value and networking opportunities. Registrants not only share and learn from the many sessions offered on all aspects of global business, but also have the opportunity to network with peers, hear about best practices in trade education and trade assistance, and discover new skills and approaches in export development and marketing. Attendees earn 10 CGBP CEUs. Watch this page for additional details as they become available.

Conference Keynotes

March 29
Global Economic Outlook and Trends for 2022 – Dr. Lan Ha, Head of Economy, Finance and Trade, Euromonitor International
The global economy is pivoting from pandemic to recovery in 2022, but uncertainties remain, and the COVID-19 crisis has left a long-term impact on the functioning of economies, supply chains, and trade relations. From uneven economic recovery to shifting market frontiers, there are key economic trends that are set to impact future business.

About the Keynote Speaker: As Head of Economy, Finance and Trade at Euromonitor International, Lan oversees macroeconomic research and analysis in 100 markets worldwide. Based in Düsseldorf, she has more than 15 years of experience in the industry. Lan provides global insights and thought leadership on how economic trends are impacting business and consumers. She specializes in macroeconomics, emerging market economies, globalization and drivers of megatrends. Lan advises clients across a range of industries on the global economic outlook and the impact of economic shifts on business and consumers, helping them make more informed decisions and build long-term strategy. Recent publications of Dr. Ha include “Key Trends to Watch in Economies in 2022”, “Emerging Asia to Lead Global Economic and Consumption Growth” and “Global Economy in 2022: Getting Back on Track with Challenges Ahead.”

March 30
Your Crisis Plan Will Fail. Here’s How to Fix It – Brett Bruen, President, Global Situation Room and form Director of Global Engagement at the White House

The pandemic has shown how ill-prepared we are to manage upheaval and uncertainty. Yet, many of the same plans and processes remain in place. It’s time to reevaluate the risks we face, along with the tools and tactics we use to respond when vulnerabilities are exploited. The presentation will address some of the emerging global threats and ways that companies can build better Counter-Crisis infrastructure.

About the Keynote Speaker: We live in an increasingly uncertain times. It has never been more difficult to navigate the changes, challenges, and to create new opportunities around the world. From cyber security to terrorism, threats appear around every corner. During twelve years as a U.S. diplomat, Brett became a specialist in using strategic communications to influence the course of crisis and conflict. As Director of Global Engagement at the White House, he coordinated the United States Government’s public diplomacy programs, international media, crisis communications, and global entrepreneurship. He is now a leading expert on counter-crisis management theory, a term he coined during his time on the U.S. National Security Council.

A CNN investigation documented his leadership of the US Government’s initial response to Russian propaganda in 2014. When more than 200 school girls were kidnapped in Nigeria, Brett created the Let Girls Learn campaign, which Marie Claire called, “one of the most critical things to remember from the Obama White House.” While in the diplomatic service, Brett worked in the Ivory Coast, Liberia, Guinea, Iraq, Venezuela, Argentina, Zambia, and Eritrea.

In his current role as President of the Global Situation Room, he runs a consulting firm that specializes in helping clients navigate their most complex communications challenges. He teaches crisis communications at Georgetown University and sits on the boards of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Foundation at Harvard University and the Clinton Institute at University College Dublin. He is a Columnist for Business Insider and is regularly interviewed by major media outlets on world events. Brett speaks fluent Spanish and French.

March 31
Strategies for Recovery & Expanding International Sales in 2022 – Zaheer Faruqi, CEO, Aventure Aviation

Draw strategy insights, and perhaps a little inspiration, from this session as Zaheer Faruqi, CEO of Georgia-based Aventure Aviation, shares how his company has managed to survive and grow amidst the dire circumstances created by COVID. Circumstances that initially saw the aviation industry almost disappear. Learn how in a quest to survive Aventure Aviation sort to diversify their business, create synergies with other companies, and redirect existing sales, purchasing, shipping and receiving team members to support new products lines where market demand was strong. Strategy that ultimately led to increase revenue streams for the company in 2021; and strategy that provides a solid foundation from which to build in 2022.

About the Keynote Speaker: Zaheer Faruqi, is an international aviation marketing and sales professional with over 35 years of industry experience spanning technical, engineering, maintenance, and aircraft spares parts sales management. He has until recently served as President for past 20 years at Aventure Aviation. Zaheer is a graduate of Northrop University in Southern California where he earned his Master of Science degree in Management, Bachelor of Science degree in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Technology and a Diploma in Airframe & Powerplant maintenance. He also holds certifications from Airbus Industries, Boeing Company, Airlines, and FAA License. His professional experience consists of senior management positions with U.S. based companies, major international airlines and aircraft maintenance facilities. He started Aventure Aviation in 2001 in his Peachtree City home. Aventure Aviation is a supplier of aircraft parts – similar to ‘Autozone’ for aviation. Under Zaheer’s leadership, Aventure Aviation has won numerous awards most recently the highest award given out by US Department of Commerce as ‘2020 Minority Export Firm of the Year’ and ‘Fast 100 Asian American Business Award for 2020’ by US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce. Zaheer has made presentations at various high-level conferences on technical subjects as well as on international marketing and sales industry topics. He is active in community service, serving as a Board Member of World Trade Center Atlanta and is constantly volunteering with local organizations and encouraging Aventure staff to do so as well.

2022 NASBITE International Conference – Program Schedule

Time (EDT) Tuesday, March 29 Wednesday, March 30 Thursday, March 31
10:30 AM – Noon Pre-Conference Session: Training Partners Pre-Conference Session: Education Partners
12:00-12:30 PM BREAK BREAK NASBITE Annual Meeting (12-12:45 PM)
12-12:15 NASBITE Annual Meeting
12:15-12:40 NASBITE Awards Recognition
12:30-12:45 PM Welcome Welcome 12:40-12:45 Student Case Competition
12:45-1:30 PM Dr. Lan Ha – Euromonitor International
Global Economic Outlook and Trends for 2022
Brett Bruen – Global Situation Room
Your Crisis Plan Will Fail. Here’s How to Fix It.
Zaheer Faruqi – Aventure Aviation
Strategies for Recovery & Expanding International Sales in 2022
1:30-2:00 PM Networking Session #1 – Sponsor Hosted – CIBE Network Networking Session #1 – Sponsor Hosted – IBT Online, LLC Networking Session #1 – Meet & Mingle with the 2022 Award Winners
Concurrent Sessions 2:00-2:45 PM
The Latest on Port Congestion and Its Small Business Component
Panel: Steve Sullivan, SBA; Ray Bowman, Director, Ventura, Santa Barbara SBDC
How to Successfully Expand International Trade During the Covid-19 Pandemic
Marshall Girtman, Special Mine Services, Inc.
From Zero to Six (Countries) in 10 years: How small technology companies can go global
David Madié, Growthwheel
Promoting Exports Through a Competitive Assessment of Global Market Access Conditions
Eileen Daspro, University of San Diego
Challenges Facing Female Entrepreneurs in International Trade – Moderated by Laurie Wolff, Southern Illinois University;
Panel: Christyna Doege, Client Engagement Manager for Port Tampa Bay; Audrey Glover-Dichter, General counsel of OWIT International; Dr. Sriparna Ghosh, University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash
Extending Students’ Understanding of International Business Concepts in Academic Settings
Subbu Kumarappan, The Ohio State University
How to Better Engage with your Business Client’s Digital Strategy
James Bledsoe, US Commercial Service
Your Advanced Tool to Finding the Best Export Markets
Rufiya Blank, Kompass North America
Building Capacity in International Education
Tanyelle Richardson, US Dept of Education; Archie Pitsilides, Texas Tech University, Rawls College of Business
2:45-3:15 PM Networking Session #2 – Trade Passport & Other NASBITE Resources Supporting Trade Networking Session #2 – Sponsor Hosted – Kompass North America Networking Session #2 – Meet NASBITE’s New Officers & Board Members
Concurrent Sessions 3:15-4:00 PM
CGBP Exam Update
Elizabeth Smith, Chair, CGBP Governance Council; James Gaidry, Certification Director, NASBITE International; Anthony Cambas and Denise Whitford, CGBP Governance Council
International Trade 101 and Lessons Learned for Future Leaders
Mary Regel, Liz Cleveland and Peter Cunningham, Mt. Hood Community College; Sheena Reed, Great River Learning
How to do International Trade with Africa: AGOA versus AfCFTA
Chantal Elizabeth Bayokisa, KUKUNA
Best Practices for Offering International Business Internships – Moderator: Laurie Wolff, Southern Illinois University ;Panel: Joyce Steffan, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University; Rebecca Bellinger, University of Maryland; Aaron Miller, Virginia SBDC- George Mason University Train the Trainer: Creating CGBP Training Programs
Jim Foley, Bradley University
Panel: Title VI Highlights from Centers for International Business & Education – Erkan Kocas, Michigan State University; Nancy Nicholson, San Diego State University; Katy Lane, Texas A&M University; Edward Wang, Georgia State University
E-Commerce from the CBP Perspective
James Moore, US Customs and Border Protection
CE Mark and EU Environmental Regulations
Robert Straetz, Office of Western and Northern Europe, U.S. Dept of Commerce
Building a Global Trade Compliance Program
Lila Landis, SEKO Logistics & Kelly Raia, Blue Tiger International
4:00-4:30 PM Networking Session #3 – CGBP Updates, Insights, Questions Networking Session #3 – CGBP Student Pathway & Education Partner Programs Networking Session #3 – Open Meet & Greet & Sharing – Conference Memories & Key Take-Aways
Concurrent Sessions 4:30-5:15 PM
SBA Grant & Loan Options for Exporters – The Arc of Funding SMEs
Steve Sullivan, SBA Office of International Trade; Daniel Pische, SBA Office of International Trade; Shadetra Robinson, U.S. Small Business Administration
Internationalization of Academic Organizations
Chris Schrage, Univ of Northern Iowa
Small Business Exporters and the National Export Strategy
Steve Sullivan, SBA Office of International Trade; Tricia Van Orden, Gabriela Zelaya and Devin Horne, International Trade Administration,
U.S. Department of Commerce
Leveraging international online matchmaking events to teach International Business
Blandine Chantepie-Kari and Jeffrey Conradi, Temple University SBDC
Transitioning a Global E-commerce Class to Online
Kelly Fish, Arkansas State University
Creating an International Research Network
Leroy Lowe, Nova Scotia Community College
Pivot to Digital to Make 2022 Your Best Export Year – Christopher Chaidez and Enrique Rubio, IBT Online, LLC Virtual Global Opportunities for Students
Susan Dragotta, Waukesha County Technical College; Mary Conran, Temple University Fox School of Business
Lessons from Global Trade Expert Incubating Program (GTEP)
Hag-Min Kim, Sae-won Ahn, and Kyung-won Kim, Kyung Hee University

Registration Rates:

  • Member
    • Registration only – $249
    • Registration with membership renewal – $398
    • Registration with CGBP recertification – $324
    • Registration with membership renewal and CGBP recertification – $473
  • Non-Member
    • Registration only – $399
    • Registration with new membership – $398
    • Registration with membership renewal and CGBP recertification – $473
    • Registration with CGBP recertification – $474

  • Full-Time Government Employee – $249
  • Student (ID Required) – $25

Registrants may participate in all live sessions and will have access to all session recordings. Attendees earn 10 CEUs.

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