John Ordung, TSBDC

Pre-Conference

Accessing Your Readiness & Exporting Opportunities Sales

Conference

Services that connect the dots

John Ordung joined the Tennessee Small Business Development (TSBDC) in 2000. During 2013, he accepted the position as the Director of the International Trade Center for the TSBDC Network.

John provides assistance to Tennessee small business owners by accessing their export readiness, exploring export sales opportunities, securing export financing and mitigating international risk.

John is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and is a Certified Global Business Professional.

Jason Provonsha CEO, Steam Logistics Jason Provonsha, CEO, Steam Logistics

Pre-Conference

Accessing Your Readiness & Exporting Opportunities Sales

Conference

Supply Chain Perspective

Jason Provonsha is the CEO of Steam Logistics, a technology enabled freight forwarder and customs broker based in Chattanooga, TN. Founded in 2012, Steam has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of America’s Fastest Growing Companies each of the last two years, along with its annual list of Best Workplaces.

At Steam, Provonsha primarily focuses on growth, company vision, and talent acquisition. Provonsha previously held executive positions at Coyote Logistics and Access America Transport, both large 3PLs focused on domestic transportation.

Susan Kintanar, Export-Import Bank

Pre-Conference

Export Financing & Risk Mitigation

Conference

Financials

Susan Kintanar joined the Export-Import Bank of the United States in July 2012. She serves as the Regional Director for the Eastern Region. Susan has worked in international banking for over 30 years, from Asian International Bank, UBAF Arab American Bank, European American Bank, National Bank of Canada, Fidelity National Bank, Citibank and Regions Bank. She graduated from New York University with a Masters Degree in Industrial Psychology and also graduated from Pace University NY with an MBA in Strategic Management. She frequently is an invited speaker to various international professional associations. In addition, Susan is a permanent, accredited Certified Cash Manager.

David Leonard, SBA Office of International Trade (OIT) Regional Manager

Pre-Conference

Export Financing & Risk Mitigation

David Leonard is the SBA Office of International Trade (OIT) Regional Manager stationed in the Atlanta U.S. Export Assistance Center (USEAC). He supports the USEAC offices serving small business in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and Central & Western Tennessee.  His presentation will focus on the services of the SBA Office of International Trade with an emphasis on the financing programs.

The mission of SBA's Office of International Trade (OIT) is to increase the number of small businesses that export and the volume of exports by small business concerns. It also has the legislative mandate to represent small business interests in multilateral and bilateral trade negotiations. As a result, the Office is structured around the most common needs of small businesses, including information, financing, and market access, by providing:

1) Information on, and early stage support for, exporting under the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP);

2) Access to financing through the International Trade Finance Division; and

3) Access to international markets, under the International Affairs & Trade Policy Division.

Rocky Goodnow - Keynote Speaker

Global Industry Forecast

Rocky Goodnow is Vice President of the North American Timber Service at Forest Economic Advisors LLC. In this role, Rocky is responsible for FEA's outlook on the North American timber markets. Rocky leads the development of FEA's timber econometric models, which are used in the analysis of future demand on wood fiber resources, regional timber supplies, and timber values. Rocky is the primary author of FEA's Timber Quarterly Forecasting Service publications and is a contributor to other FEA publications and studies. Prior to FEA, Rocky worked at RISI Inc. from 2002-2009. At RISI, he was a key contributor to the analysis and production of RISI's North American Timber Forecast. He also co-authored numerous studies on a wide range of timber-related topics including regional pulpwood studies and an assessment of North America's emerging biomass industry.

Jon Holztrager

Current Transportation Industry Challenges

Jon is Director of Supply Chain Partnerships and an adjunct faculty member with the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee. He is an accomplished supply-chain professional with expertise in total delivered cost reduction, operating asset strategy, supply chain transformation and best-in-class supply-chain results. Jon held senior roles with multi-site, executive responsibility for various regional, North American, and global supply chain operating groups. He has experience in pulp & paper, consumer disposables, consumer electronics, and electric utility sectors. The majority of his 35 year career was spent with Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Sony, and the Tennessee Valley Authority – the Nation’s largest public power provider.

Jon now teaches supply chain operations to 4th year undergraduates with course emphasis on practical aspects of leading manufacturing, purchasing, distribution, and transportation teams. He also works closely with UT Supply Chain Forum member companies and other companies who are engaged in recruiting, organization development, and operations improvement. He is also currently a Customer Emeritus Board member for Dallas-based ISNetworld.

Ted McKinney, Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, United States Department of Agriculture

LUNCH - Speaker

Ted McKinney serves as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. Under Secretary McKinney leads the development and implementation of the Department’s trade policy, oversees and facilitates foreign market access, and promotes opportunities for U.S. agriculture through various trade programs and high-level government negotiations.

In 2014, McKinney was appointed by then-Governor Mike Pence to serve as Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, a position he held until joining USDA in 2017. His career also included 19 years with Dow AgroSciences and 14 years with Elanco, a subsidiary of Eli Lilly and Company, where he was Director of Global Corporate Affairs. His industry and civic involvement has included service on the National FFA Convention Local Organizing Committee, Indiana State Fair Commission, and Purdue College of Agriculture Dean’s Advisory Council, as well as on the boards of directors of the International Food Information Council, the U.S. Meat Export Federation, and International Federation of Animal Health.

McKinney grew up on a family grain and livestock farm in Tipton, Indiana, and was a 10-year 4-H member and an Indiana State FFA Officer. He graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics in 1981 and received the G.A. Ross Award as the outstanding senior male graduate. In 2002, he was named a Purdue Agriculture Distinguished Alumnus and, in 2004, received an FFA Honorary American degree.  He and his wife, Julie, have three children and four grandchildren.

Michael Codega

Introduction to the UT Center for Industrial Services and How Our National Network Assist Exporters and introduce the ExportTech Export Acceleration Program

Michael serves as Managing Solutions Consultant for the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services. He assists Tennessee manufacturers in improving profitability, business effectiveness, and providing them the resources to insure a safe, healthy, and regulatory compliant workplace.

Michael has over 40 years of experience as a senior executive and consultant working across North America and internationally.  He has broad experience across several industry segments including internet retail, durable construction materials, automotive, consumer products, and medical devices.

He has directed or advised on lean excellence and six sigma deployments, organization assessment and cultural transformation, leadership development, strategic planning, quality and environmental certifications.  Companies he supported have been selected as benchmarks by professional associations as well as regional and State organizations for business excellence and community support.  He has studied lean continual improvement methods in Japan.

Ken A. Eriksen, Senior Vice President

Global Commodity/Freight Infrastructure

Mr. Eriksen is the head of the Informa Economics IEG Client Advisory and Development group. In this capacity, he directs the group's efforts in client advisory and development, risk management, consulting and events. Since joining Informa Economics IEG in 2001, Mr. Eriksen led the Informa Economics IEG Transportation, Industrials and Energy Services team and co-led the Informa Economics IEG project consulting practice. Mr. Eriksen regularly speaks on commodity, transportation and infrastructure issues and developments and is an expert witness in the area of transportation, logistics and supply-chain matters. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Eriksen worked for USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service as an agricultural statistician. In that capacity, he conducted national surveys and set national estimates in agriculture. Also while at USDA, he worked for the Agricultural Marketing Service on its transportation and marketing program, conducting research and analysis on domestic and international transportation issues. He also worked as an international longshoreman for the Pacific Maritime Association in Tacoma, Washington. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in agribusiness and agricultural economics from Washington State University. While working on his master's degree there, Mr. Eriksen was a transportation economist for the Department of Agricultural Economics, performing economic transportation data analysis and modeling.

James W. Bentley, USDA

Wood Supply, Wood Use, Wood Flow: The Way FIA Visualizes Timber Products

James works as a Supervisory Forester with the Southern Research Station, Forest Inventory and Analysis unit in Knoxville, TN. Currently, in charge of the Resource Use section with responsibilities including the collection, processing, analysis, and reporting on the Timber Product Output (TPO) studies for the primary wood using facilities in the south, national pulpwood reporting annually, and Harvest Utilization studies for the South.

Adam Taylor

American Wood is Good: Sustainability and Legality Issues

Dr. Adam M. Taylor is a Professor and the Wood Products Extension Specialist in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He earned a BScF from the University of Toronto (Canada) and a Master’s degree at the University of New Brunswick (Canada). He worked at the Wood Science & Technology Centre in New Brunswick before beginning his PhD at Oregon State University.

In addition to his Extension responsibilities, Dr. Taylor conducts research on a wide array of topics, including wood deterioration and protection and the life cycle environmental impacts of wood products.

John Gilliland

International Trade Issues

John Gilliland serves as consultant to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, in Washington, D.C., where he advises clients on international trade and regulatory matters.

He represents clients on both international and domestic matters before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and the U.S. State Department, as well as before the World Trade Organization.  He also advises clients, including sovereign governments, on a broader range of international issues including foreign relations and human rights.

Prior to joining Akin Gump, Mr. Gilliland served as International Trade Counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, where he was responsible for oversight of U.S. international trade policies, including the negotiation of various free trade agreements and the WTO’s Doha Round.  Before his work for the Senate Finance Committee, he was Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR).

He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at American University’s Washington College of Law, and also serves on the board of the Emerging Democracies Institute, a think tank focused on democracy and governance in the Balkans. He is recognized for his work in Who’s Who Legal: Trade & Customs (2018).

He received his law degree from the University of Alabama and his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University.  He also attended the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) and the Moscow Institute for International Relations.

Michael S. Snow, American Hardwood Export Council

International Hardwood Markets

Michael S. Snow has been the Executive Director of the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) since 1999, where he oversees the Council's promotional programs around the globe, and manages AHEC's overseas offices and staff in Europe, Mexico, Japan, Singapore, India Hong Kong and China. Previously, he served as AHEC's Program Manager for Europe, China and Japan.

Mr. Snow holds a Master's Degree in International Economics from the George Washington University, and a BA in Developmental Economics from the University of Wisconsin. Before joining AHEC, Michael served as a Consultant on international education and travel programs for the National Geographic Society and the Smithsonian Associates, and spent several years in Seville, Spain teaching economics courses in English and Spanish for the University of Wisconsin System.

Nadia Theodore, Consul General of Canada

LUNCH - Speaker

Nadia Theodore, Consul General of Canada, was appointed by the Prime Minister of Canada and began her tenure in September 2017. While based in Atlanta, as Canada’s Consul General she is responsible for strengthening and deepening the Canada-U.S. relationship across six states of the Southeast – Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. As a career trade negotiator and trade-policy professional for the Canadian government, Consul General Theodore has held executive leadership positions in several of Canada’s trade negotiations, including serving as one of the two Deputy Chief Negotiators for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (now called the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership) and as the Executive Director of Canada’s Secretariat for the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.

Consul General Theodore previously served at Canada's Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organization and at Canada's Permanent Mission to the United Nations, in Geneva Switzerland. Consul General Theodore has a passion for community engagement, especially around youth and education, and currently volunteers with EverbodyWins! Atlanta. She is married with one child.

Sasha MacklerSasha Mackler, Enviva

Enviva and Southern Forests

Sasha has worked for more than two decades at the interface of policy, technology, and markets in clean energy. Sasha currently leads market development in the Americas for Enviva, the world’s largest supplier of biomass to the utility industry. Previously, he was Vice President at Summit Power Group, a developer of clean energy projects. Prior to joining Summit, Sasha was the Research Director at the National Commission on Energy Policy and an analyst at the US Environmental Protection Agency. Sasha has graduate degrees in public policy and in engineering from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in geomechanical engineering from the University of Rochester.

Laney Campbel, APHIS

Trade Compliance

In 1999, she accepted a position at the PPQ-Eastern Regional office as a Program Manager. Current responsibilities have been geared towards export certification and international trade. She is responsible for assisting the PPQ field offices, concerning issues of movement of US grown commodities to international countries. She assists the PIM staff with bilateral negotiation, which allows domestic and international trade to commence. She is responsible for ensuring that Field operations Export Certification Specialists and Trade Specialist in all 50 states   are current in their certification as outlined in the international standards. Also handle the daily export certification non compliances from foreign countries.

Brook Cummings, Director of Exports, Steam Logistics

Guest Speaker

Brook Cummings is employee number three at Steam Logistics and currently serves as Director of Exports.  He has over 15 years’ experience in freight forwarding and has held compliance and management roles with U-Freight, TNT, Geodis Wilson, and CDS Global.  Although he has experience in all facets of international freight, his passion is in exports, where has advised and consulted shippers and forwarders alike on how to build successful export programs.  Brook holds a BA in History from Berry College in Rome, GA.

Lee Broyles, Business Development Director, Steam Logistics

Guest Speaker

Susan Kintanar joined the Export-Import Bank of the United States in July 2012. She serves as the Regional Director for the Eastern Region. Susan has worked in international banking for over 30 years, from Asian International Bank, UBAF Arab American Bank, European American Bank, National Bank of Canada, Fidelity National Bank, Citibank and Regions Bank. She graduated from New York University with a Masters Degree in Industrial Psychology and also graduated from Pace University NY with an MBA in Strategic Management. She frequently is an invited speaker to various international professional associations. In addition, Susan is a permanent, accredited Certified Cash Manager.