This annual economic outlook will feature international business experts discussing the shifting dynamics of the global economy and how companies can best position themselves to take advantage of the opportunities and challenges of doing business around the world in 2020.
How will the seemingly endless U.S.-China trade dispute continue to impact the international economy? Will Brexit finally see closure? What about the current and future state of our nation’s trade agreements with major trading partners? Or the upcoming U.S. presidential election? Closer to home, how will these and other factors affect Michigan’s business climate, especially our automotive, defense and other advanced manufacturing and high-tech industries?
Speakers will focus on industries, countries and regions around the world where growth opportunities are particularly strong. They will also examine projected trends in two-way trade and investment flows and identify industries that will either benefit or be challenged by globalization in the short, medium and long terms.
8 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions: Noel Nevshehir, Director, International Business Services, Automation Alley
8:40 a.m. Keynote Presentation: Future Business and Economic Outlook: James E. Glassman, Managing Director, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Head Economist, Chase Commercial Banking
9:20 a.m. Michigan’s Future Business Index: Chris Holman, Founder and CEO, Michigan Business Network
9:50 a.m. Q-and-A Period
10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. Panel Discussion on the Opportunities and Challenges of Doing Business Overseas: Tim Finerty, CPA, Shareholder, Clayton & McKervey, Elena Stegemann, Chief Operating Officer, McCreadie Group, Inc; Gianluca Romano, President of Americas, MIC Customs Solutions, Mr. Paul Ryznar, President & CEO, OPS Solutions, LLC , Light Guide Systems™
11:15 a.m. Q-and-A Period
11:25 a.m. Closing Remarks
11:30 a.m. Conference Adjourns