International Town Hall

International Town Hall

A Community Briefing on the State of International Business in Tampa Bay

Friday, May 9, 2014
7:30 to 11:30 AM
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay

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Presented by the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and Pinellas County Economic Development, the 2014 International Town Hall kicks off World Trade Month with an in-depth look at the people and programs driving international business growth in Tampa Bay.

7:30 A.M.

Registration Opens

8:00 A.M.

Welcome and Introduction

8:30 A.M.

State of International: A Vision for the Future

With the announcement of new international flights, expanded container services and terminal facilities, and sales-generating trade missions and events around the globe, it's been an exciting year for international business in Tampa Bay. So what's next? Leaders from Tampa International Airport, Port Tampa Bay, Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and Pinellas County Economic Development highlight recent success, plans for the future and the collaborative efforts that are taking this region to new heights.

9:30 A.M.

Top Markets Overview: Opportunities for Exporters

Commercial experts from Washington, D.C. and around the globe provide an inside look at the export opportunities available in Tampa Bay's target trade markets.

10:30 A.M.

Export Showcase: Best Practices in International Trade

Local exporters deliver a candid look at the world of international trade, as they highlight their greatest challenges, biggest wins, best advice and the resources driving their success.

Times subject to change.


Paul Anderson, President and CEO
Paul Anderson, President and CEO

Port Tampa Bay

Former Federal Maritime Commissioner Paul Anderson joined Port Tampa Bay as President and CEO in December 2012. Among his many leadership roles, Anderson is Chairman of the Florida Ports Financing Commission and has been appointed by the American Association of Port Authorities to lead a newly-created cooperative effort of the AAPA and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He serves as Legislative Chairman of the Florida Ports Council and on the Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. In 2003, Anderson was nominated to the Federal Maritime Commission by President George W. Bush, where he served a five-year term and was also appointed to the cabinet-level Committee on Marine Transportation.

Julie Anglin, Desk Officer for Colombia and Panama
Julie Anglin, Desk Officer for Colombia and Panama

International Trade Administration

Julie Anglin serves as Desk Officer for Colombia and Panama in the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she helps U.S. companies address various market barriers and commercial challenges encountered while doing business in Colombia and Panama. She has played a key role in the development and promotion of the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement, or "FTA", which took effect in May 2012, as well as the U.S.-Panama FTA, which took effect in November 2012.During her 12 years of service in the Commerce Department, Anglin has performed public outreach to highlight U.S. trade policy initiatives such as CAFTA-DR, bilateral agreements with Colombia, Peru and Panama, and the Andean Trade Preferences Act (ATPA).

Dan Borasch, President, West Florida Middle Market Banking
Dan Borasch, President, West Florida Middle Market Banking


Dan Borasch is the Market Manager for Chase, responsible for overseeing West Florida Middle Market Banking. In addition to his involvement with the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, he serves on the board of the Florida Aquarium and the Tampa Bay Partnership. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and a master’s degree in international finance from the University of Denver. Borasch has been in banking for over 40 years.

Marc-André Hawkes, Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner
Marc-André Hawkes, Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner

Consulate General of Canada

As a member of Canada’s diplomatic corps, Marc-André Hawkes has led the commercial team for the Consulate General of Canada in Miami since 2011. The team assists Canadian companies pursuing economic opportunities in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and helps U.S. companies invest in Canada. He previously led the commercial team at the Canadian Embassy in Quito, Ecuador. He has been working in international trade since 2003, having previously worked at Accenture and Microsoft. Hawkes has lived in six countries on four continents and has visited over 40 countries. He is a proud husband, father and loves soccer, Lego and of course, hockey.

Rick Homans, President and CEO
Rick Homans, President and CEO

Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation

Rick Homans is President and CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation. A native of Boston, he spent 32 years in New Mexico, where he served in the cabinet of Governor Bill Richardson, first as Secretary of Economic Development and subsequently as Secretary of Taxation and Revenue. In 2004, Homans spearheaded the development of the world's first purpose-built commercial spaceport, Spaceport America, and recruited Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic to base its world headquarters in New Mexico. During his term as Secretary of Economic Development, Homans also led development of the state's border region with Chihuahua, opened a trade office in Tokyo, and led numerous international trade missions to Europe and Asia.

Victoria Eugenia Ibañez, Executive Director
Victoria Eugenia Ibañez, Executive Director

American Chamber of Commerce of Colombia - Barranquilla

Victoria Eugenia Ibañez is the Executive Director of the Colombian American Chamber of Commerce, Barranquilla Branch. She founded the entity in Barranquilla, Colombia in 1998, as the newest branch in the country. She has 15 years of experience operating successfully among the commercial and industrial community, leading initiatives on good governance, ethics, educational programs, and corporate social responsibility projects that promote bilinguals in the region. As head of the Sister Cities Committee Barranquilla-Tampa, Ibañez has led multiple trade missions to the United States. She belongs to several boards of directors in Barranquilla.

Joe Lopano, CEO
Joe Lopano, CEO

Tampa International Airport

Joe Lopano arrived in Tampa on January 1, 2011, as Tampa International Airport's new CEO. Prior to accepting the position, Lopano worked at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport for 14 years as Executive Vice President for Marketing and Terminal Management. He has 22 years of airport and airline expertise, having held management positions at Continental Airlines, Lufthansa, BWIA and Pan Am. He has held leadership roles in financial planning, international route development, advertising and frequent flyer programs. Lopano serves on the boards of the U.S. Travel Association's inaugural Gateway Airport's Council and is a member of the executive committees for the ACI–NA U.S. Policy Board and the Tony Jannus Society.

Mike Meidel, Director
Mike Meidel, Director

Pinellas County Economic Development

Mike Meidel took the helm as Director of Pinellas County Economic Development in August 2004, continuing his distinguished career in the region, and bringing with him his experience as an economic development professional and a community leader. As Chair of the Florida Economic Development Council's Executive Committee, Meidel continues his commitment to outreach, education and community service as a leader in economic development. Meidel has been involved in economic development efforts in Florida since 1982. He joined the Florida Power (now Duke Energy) Economic Development Department and became the Area Manager for North Pinellas County. He was selected as President and CEO of the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce in 1999.


Presenting Sponsor

  • Chase

Program Sponsor

  • Port Tampa Bay
  • Tampa International Airport

Country Sponsors

  • Edelweiss
  • Copa Airlines
  • Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the 2014 International Hall. To find out how your business can benefit from participation in this growing annual event, please contact Lorrie Belovich at (813) 518-2654 or

Table Sponsor | $400

Sponsorship Includes:

  • Reserved table and priority seating for 10
  • Name recognition on table
  • Registration for 10 attendees


The International Service Providers Expo, presented by the Tampa Bay Trade & Protocol Council, features the local and federal resources available to companies interested in international trade opportunities.

Presented by:

  • Tampa Bay Trade & Protocol Council


Participants include:

  • U.S. Commercial Service
  • Enterprise Florida
  • America's SBDC Florida
  • Foreign Trade Zone 79
  • SunTrust
  • BBVA Compass
  • Edelweiss
  • Copa Airlines
  • Port Tampa Bay
  • Women in Trade
  • Achieva Credit Union
  • Export Import Bank of the United States

Exhibitor participation is included in select sponsorships, or available with an Exhibitor Fee of $500. Exhibitors receive a skirted table display in the EXPO area and registration for three attendees. To reserve your position at the EXPO, please contact Deborah Wilkinson at (813) 276-9457 or

Trade Events

The 2014 International Town Hall is just one of many events taking place in the Tampa Bay area, and around the state, in celebration of World Trade Month 2014. Individuals and businesses are encouraged to attend and support as many of these events as possible.

Interested in adding your event to the calendar? Please contact Lorrie Belovich at (813) 518-2654 or for more information.

Wednesday, May 07

Enterprise Florida Foreign Office Visit (UK/France)

The Enterprise Florida International Offices of the United Kingdom and France will be in the Tampa Bay area to discuss with companies their interests in both the UK and French markets. The EFI office will also meet with organizations and companies with offices or resources in these markets to help strengthen relationships.

Max Stewart, International Trade Development, Enterprise Florida at (813) 276-9430 for more information.

Monday, May 12

Intellectual Property Boot Camp

If you have a business and a website, you are a potential target for counterfeiters. How do you protect yourself? Start by attending this one-day Intellectual Property Boot Camp provided by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Learn the essentials about protecting intellectual property patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyright in the U.S. and abroad. Featured topics include identifying your intellectual property assets; minimizing your IP exposure on your website; protecting trademarks internationally; international patents and their strategic considerations.

Sponsor: Tampa Bay Export Assistance Center, U.S. Department of Commerce
Fee: $45
Location: EpiCenter at SPC, 13805 58th Street N, Room 453, Clearwater, FL.
Contact: Dan Bjerk at (727) 464-7347

Please check out a complete listing of events here.


Join us for the 2014 International Town Hall: A Community Briefing on the State of International Business in Tampa Bay, presented by Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and Pinellas County Economic Development. Attend to win! All attendees will be eligible to win one round-trip ticket to Zurich courtesy of Edelweiss Air, and two round-trip tickets to Panama City courtesy of Copa Airlines.



Friday, May 9, 2014
7:30 to 11:30 a.m.


Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
2900 Bayport Drive | Tampa, FL


$30 for an individual ticket, including breakfast. For group ticket purchases, please consider becoming a SPONSOR.


For more information, please contact Lorrie Belovich at (813) 518-2654 or at