VMA's International Trade Symposium - Speakers and Panelists

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Confirmed 2020 Speakers and Panelists

We are proud to announce the following confirmed speakers and panelists for the 17th Annual International Trade Symposium! More presenters will be added to the program in the upcoming weeks, so please check back later for updates.

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Wednesday Opening Speaker

"The Global Impact of Trade Policies"

Antony Phillipson
Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner and Consul General of NY

Thursday Morning Speaker

"The International Trade Plan"

H. Michael Ligon
Vice President,
Corporate Affairs,
Universal Corporation

Luncheon Speaker

“Virginia as a Gateway to the US and to the World”

John Reinhart
CEO and Executive Director,
The Virginia Port Authority

Closing Speaker

Motivational Keynote

Cal Fussman
New York Times bestselling author, longtime Esquire writer, and corporate consultant

Confirmed Panelists

Changing the Rules: Trade Policies in a New Decade


Evelyn Suarez
The Suarez Firm
Suarez firm

Michael Anderson
Vice President
Trade & Industry Affairs

The Corn Refiners Association

Tomas Baert
Head of Section for
Trade & Agriculture

Delegation of the European Union to the U.S.
European Union

Christine McDaniel
Senior Research Fellow,
Mercatus Center

George Mason University
George Mason University

Yuri Unno
Director for International Trade Policy
Toyota Motor North America
Toyota Motor North America


Diversified Cargo: Inside and Outside the Box

Additional Panelists to be announced soon.


Bryan Walhberg
Director Key Account Development
Kuehne + Nagel
Kuehne + Nagel

Containerized Group

Colby Eymann
Senior Manager, Grain and Feed Export Group
The Scoular Company
Scoular Company

Containerized Group

Chad Plants
Newell CCS Division, Senior Manager, Trade & Customs Compliance
Newell Rubbermaid

Non-Containerized Group

Milind Balaji
Project Cargo BCO
Georgia- Pacific

Non-Containerized Group

Alain May
General Manager Global - Transportation Process
Liebherr Mining Equipment Newport News Co.


Non-Containerized Group

Kevin Cook, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard (ret)
Executive Advisor
GTT North America

Non-Containerized Group

Hayes Framme
Government Relations and Communications Manager

Non-Containerized Group

Walter Fischer
Global Logistics Manager, Heavy and Over Dimensional, Power and Gas Services
Siemens Energy, Inc.


Breakout Option A - The Workforce Crisis

Panelists to be announced soon.


Breakout Option B - Breaking Down Blockchain

Additional Panelists to be announced soon.

Stan Chen
Founder and President

Jordan Sorensen
Co-Founder and CTO
ChainGo Tech S.L.


Supply Chain Technology


Thomas Sproat
Senior Director Network Development
TradeLens Maersk GTD
Tradelens Maersk

Kaitlyn Glancy
SVP and General Manager of Northeast

Mark Higgins
Motor Carrier Experience

Virginia Port Authority
Virginia Port Authority

Bobby Napiltonia
Chief Revenue Officer
NEXT Trucking
NEXT Trucking

Sanjeev Sahni
Director, International Supply Chain

Hosted By

Virginia Maritime

Have a Question? Contact us!


Jennifer Parham

Event Manager
Virginia Maritime Association

(757) 628-2663

Monica Neira

Monica Neira

Symposium Sponsorship Contact
MetroGroup Maritime

(212) 224-9611

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