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International Business Conference 2020

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THE CONFERENCE HAS BEEN CANCELLED

to protect the health of all concerned especially in the light of reported cases of COVID-19 in the Carolinas and Georgia.

 

Dear Friends, students and corporate partners,

Due to concerns about COVID 19 in the Carolinas and Georgia, the university has asked us to cancel events involving close contact.   My apologies for this inconvenience.  I appreciate your preparations and commitment to our university and to this annual conference.

I feel it is best for the health of all to postpone for a later date.

Thank you for understanding.

Best regards,

Lee Ferrell
Director, Language & International Business Program
Department of Languages
Clemson University

March 9, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

Global Competition for Markets and Resources in Latin America

March 11, 2020

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Hendrix Student Center Ballrooms A&B

Organized and hosted by the Language and International Business Council

With the support of the Department of Languages

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The purpose of the International Business Conference is:

  • To provide leadership opportunities for students of foreign languages
  • To promote student awareness of international businesses in the region
  • To provide networking opportunities for students, alumni and international firms
  • To raise awareness and understanding of globalization
  • To highlight Clemson University's relationship to the business community
  • To promote the importance of language and culture study for the professions

Agenda

9:00 a.m.

Welcome Center opens
Ballroom A&B, Hendrix Student Center

10:10 - 11:00 a.m.

Keynote Speech
Dr. Scott Baier, Professor and Chair of Economics, Clemson University

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion
Investments and initiatives in Latin American

Presentation by Claudia Velasco Osorio, Consul General of Mexico
Topic: “Mexico-South Carolina &North Carolina Economic Trends and Investment”

Coorporate Panelists:
Draexlmaier Group, Michelin North America, Minghua USA

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:10 - 2:30 p.m.

Roundtable Discussion with Clemson students and international business leaders

2:45 - 4:00 p.m.

Job Fair

Note: Attire is business casual for this event.

All events of the LAIB Conference are walk-in except for the round table discussions. The roundtable sessions are limited to 6 students per session, first come-first served. Click below for roundtable registration. Please register by Friday, March 6.

Roundtable Registration



Keynote Speech:

Trade Policies in the Current Era: Implications for US - Latin America Economic Relations

Scott Baier
Dr. Scott Baier, Professor and Chair of Economics, Clemson University

SCOTT BAIER - is a Professor at Clemson University.  He is currently serving as the Chair of the Department of the John E. Walker Department of Economics.  He holds a doctorate in economics from Michigan State University.  Prior to joining the faculty at Clemson, Professor Baier was an Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame, where he was awarded the Amoco Outstanding Teacher Award.  Professor Baier’s research interests include the causes and consequences of globalization, the economic impact of free trade agreements, and economic growth. From 1999-2012, Scott was a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta. From 2007-2008, he served as a Senior Economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors for President George W. Bush. More recently, he has served as a consultant to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and United States International Trade Commission (USITC).


Business Panel: 

Claudia Velasco Osorio
Claudia Velasco Osorio, Consul General of Mexico, Consulate of Mexico, Raleigh, NC.

Claudia Velasco Osorio started her diplomatic career in 1992. She has an extensive experience in different areas of the Mexican foreign policy. Her performance within the multilateral level has been remarkable, particularly her participation in the various American Regional Forums of Integration and in the field of Human Rights within the framework of the United Nations. 

Ms. Velasco Osorio’s accomplishments within the bilateral relations stood out during her tenure as Head of Political Affairs of the Embassy of Mexico in Brazil and more recently, in the Embassy of Mexico in Bolivia, where she served as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim, responsible for conducting, very efficiently, one of the most complex bilateral relations of our country, in a very sensitive situation. 

It is important to emphasize the outstanding results of Ms. Velasco Osorio’s performance in the economic, trade and investment promotion at the Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas, which included various activities such as tours for businessman to Mexico, partnerships between the public and private sector of both countries, and the opening of commercial flights to and from our country, among others. 

During her five-year tenure as Deputy Consul General of the Consulate General of Mexico in Houston, she placed particular emphasis on the process of continuous improvement, as well as on raising the quality of integral services aimed at our compatriots, promoting the application of new technologies. 

The reinforcement of the program “Consulado sobre Ruedas” (Consulate on Wheels), the new evening schedule in the Documentation Department, and the program created to issue Mexican birth certificates to Mexicans living abroad, as well as the registry of births of people born in Mexico living abroad, are just some of  her main achievements in that field.

She also launched successfully the window for comprehensive care for women and worked hard on the issues of preventive protection as well as the death penalty, key stone subject at the Consulate General of Mexico in Houston. 

In June 2019, she assumed the position as a Consul General in Raleigh, where she is working to continue strengthening ties with the Mexican community in the Carolinas, providing comprehensive services inside and outside the office, as well as working together with strategic allies for the benefit of our nationals in several topics. One of her mains target is promote the richness of the Mexican Culture in North and South Carolina.

Christian Langstein
Christian Langstein, Head of Corporate Development, Draexlmaier Group

Christian Langstein is responsible for Corporate Development of the DRÄXLMAIER Group in the Americas. Prior to this role, he was the director of Site Infrastructure and Sustainability. In this function, he oversaw all aspects related to the buildings and plants sites of the Tier 1 automotive supplier in the USA and Latin America. He also has experience in compliance and risk management. 

Christian first came in contact with the DRÄXLMAIER Group in the spring of 2000 as a purchasing intern at the company’s U.S. headquarters in Duncan, S.C. Upon graduation in 2003, he worked in project controlling at the corporate headquarters in Vilsbiburg, Germany, before transferring to Duncan in 2004 to head the project controlling group. With the expansion of the DRÄXLMAIER business operations in Mexico, Christian joined the team at the new plant site in San Luis Potosi as the head of Controlling in 2006 and later became the director of Finance and Controlling. He eventually became the managing director and CFO for the Latin American region, which covers the DRÄXLMAIER sites in Mexico and Nicaragua.

Christian, who is fluent in German, English and Spanish, returned to the USA in the summer of 2012 but continued to travel frequently for business to Mexico and Nicaragua for expansion projects. Until his promotion to head of Corporate Development in February 2020, he was director for Location Strategy and Site Infrastructure in the Americas.

The native of Waldkraiburg (Bavaria) is married and lives with his wife and two daughters in Hendersonville, N.C. Away from work, he enjoys mountain biking, hiking, the nice weather on the South Carolina beaches, and participating in his all-time favorite sport: skiing.

Website: https://www.draexlmaier.com/

Jorge Aceves
Jorge Aceves Ortiz, CBS/Finance Americas Director, Michelin North America

Jorge Aceves Ortiz, Mexican, 47 years old, married with two children. CPA Degree  and a MBA masters (both in Mexico), 3 languages: French, English and Spanish. My career started in Mexico in an audit firm for 3 years, then moved to a spirits company and worked there for 8 years and then moved to Michelin in Mexico.  Started as manager responsible for Treasury and Credit, then taking Accounting for the country.  Moved to USA for two years as Project manager and then move back to Mexico to become Financial Director for the country.  A new expatriation, now to France for 3 years and worked in a worldwide project to implement a new tire offer in different countries.  In 2016 back to the US to be responsible for Finance, Supply Chain and other Administrative functions for the R&D. In 2019 take the responsibility of Finance for the Americas in CBS (Corporate Business Services), responsible of a team of 170+ people.

Website: https://jobs.michelinman.com/en 

 Danny Newman, Operation Director, Minghua USA

 

Website: https://admin13628.wixsite.com/mysite

Roundtable Hosts

Raoundtable host AFL Stephanie Ocampo
AFL (America Fujikura Ltd.) 
Stephanie Ocampo, International Trade Coordinator

I’m originally from Uruguay and moved to the United States seventeen years ago. I graduated from Clemson in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in International Trade – Spanish and a minor in Business Administration. While attending Clemson I had the opportunity to study abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina for a semester which was a remarkable experience. Upon graduation, I started working as a Customer Service Representative at AFL Telecommunications. During that role I learned a lot about the products AFL offers as well as how important customers are for us. I had the opportunity to work with very successful people who inspired me to be persistent and work towards my goals. After three years I moved to the International Trade Department and I’ve been working as an International Trade Coordinator for the last four months. I’m responsible for the import compliance side providing certificates for the different free trade agreements, as well as making sure the material we are importing have all the information required by customs.

Website: www.AFLglobal.com 

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AFL (America Fujikura Ltd.)

Brianna Woodsby, Director of International Trade Compliance

Brianna is based in Spartanburg, SC and works for AFL Corporate Headquarters in Duncan, SC. AFL is a Fujikura company which manufactures a wide range of products including fiber optic cable and related accessories, wiring harnesses, test equipment and fusion splicers with manufacturing worldwide. Brianna is responsible for all export and import compliance matters to ensure regulatory requirements are met. She is also responsible for overseeing cost savings programs including duty drawback and free trade agreements, preparing and submitting export license applications, providing site education/training, M&A due diligence, managing other compliance personnel, as well as working with external legal counsel and consultants. Brianna led the company wide implementation of trade compliance software which has helped the company mange its growing business with minor additional investment in manpower. She has also successfully guided the company through a Customs and Border Protection Focused Assessment resulting in no major findings. She attends a variety of seminars, workshops, and other events to stay current on import and export trade compliance regulations.    Prior to AFL, Brianna was employed by Expeditors International, a global logistics provider, in the Customs brokerage department.

Brianna attended Clemson University where she obtained a bachelor of arts in French and international trade. She also holds a master’s degree in business administration from Clemson. Brianna is a Licensed Customs Broker and a member of the International Compliance Professionals Association. She also serves several civic and philanthropic organizations.

Website: www.AFLglobal.com  

Samantha Radecke
BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC
Samantha Radecke, Engineering Launch Planner

Samantha Radecke grew up on Hilton Head Island, SC and attended Clemson University for both her undergraduate graduate degree and her MBA. During her undergraduate experience, she participated in many organizations across campus including Habitat for Humanity, WiSE, Alpha Omega Epsilon, and played for the Clemson University Women’s Rugby Football Club. Samantha also had the opportunity to spend five weeks in Brussels studying abroad. She completed a three term co-op and two part time internships with BMW Manufacturing in Spartanburg, SC. It was this experience that led her to a six month internship at BMW’s research and development center (FIZ) in Munich Germany. Upon graduating from Clemson University in 2015 with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering, with a minor in International Engineering (German), Samantha joined BMW’s prestigious Engineering and Operations Management Development Program. This rotational leadership development program allowed her to work in three different roles and departments at the plant. During this program, Samantha worked in process improvement in the Assembly Department, as a front line supervisor in the Body Shop, and as the Project Manager for the 2018 model year vehicles in the Engineering Launch and Change Coordination Group. In this third rotation, she found her love and passion for working on new models and ended up taking a final position in this group. She is currently working as an Engineering Launch Planner, and is responsible for taking a part from concept to implementation on customer cars, up to two years before the cars are even released to the public. In her current role, Samantha has the opportunity to use her German language skills as she gets to work with the design team in Munich almost daily. She enjoys the balance of working with the designers and also the logistics and production teams right in the Spartanburg Plant. Samantha also completed her MBA in Business Analytics in August of 2018.

Website: www.bmwusfactory.com

Ian Fleming from BMW
BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC
Ian Fleming, Assembly Quality Engineer

Ian Fleming is a Clemson LAIB German Graduate who just celebrated his 5 year service anniversary with BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC.  After starting his career in the automotive industry with Draexlmaier Automotive of America, he joined BMW in the Engineering and Operations Management Development Program after spending a year abroad at the University of Bamberg in Bavaria, Germany. At BMW, he has held positions in Engine/Powertrain Design, Body Shop Logistics, Trade Compliance, and Assembly Quality.  He is currently a Quality Engineer in Hall 50 Assembly, where the X5, X6, and X7 are manufactured

 Website: https://www.bmwgroup-plants.com/spartanburg/en.html/

BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC
Paul Sinanian, Manager, Training, Talent Programs

When it comes to integrating oneself in an international business, Paul Sinanian has valuable insight on how to succeed in the automotive industry. With more than 29 years of experience in development, project engineering, and personnel management, Mr. Sinanian knows how to meet the challenges of cross-cultural collaboration and multi-cultural team engagement.

Mr. Sinanian began his career in manufacturing as an engineer for the Robert Bosch Corporation in 1991, specializing in the development of the anti-lock braking (ABS) systems. Later, when he accepted a position with BMW Manufacturing Co. in 1998, he was able to see the systems he had helped develop at Bosch implemented in BMW vehicles. In the 22 years at BMW, he has been involved in project planning for multiple new BMW models, the functional validation of steering, braking, suspension, powertrain, and integration systems, and management of validation teams for powertrain, driving dynamics, and integration systems. Since 2019 he has managed the human resource teams in leadership, technical, and vocational development as well as all talent management programs.

He has spent a total of three years abroad on international assignments in Germany and Japan, which gave him invaluable experience to lead in the global culture that BMW has expanded into over the last three decades. Mr. Sinanian holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Clemson University, and a duel BA in Accounting and Business from Furman University.

Website: www.bmwusa.com

BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC
Kathy Keiser, Section Manager Recruiting

Website: www.bmwusa.com

BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC
Dinda De Klerk, Talent Program Specialist

Dinda de Klerk grew up in South Africa attending the University of Pretoria, receiving her honors degree in Biokinetics. After a 10-year career in Wellness management within a South African power utility, Dinda joined BMW Group South Africa in 2004, working within the Occupational Health Services. At the start of 2018, Dinda transitioned to the United Kingdom, managing all Health services for the BMW Group in UK and Ireland. Currently Dinda has joined BMW Plant Spartanburg’s Training department, overseeing the student programs within the plant.

Website: www.bmwusa.com

Bosch-Rexroth
Eric Seawell

Website: https://www.boschrexroth.com/en/us/ 

Eileen Hinman from Capgemini
Capgemini
Eileen Hinman, Business Analyst in the Financial Services Strategic Business Unit

Eileen Hinman graduated from Clemson University in May of 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences, an emphasis area in Actuarial Sciences and Financial Mathematics, and a minor in Spanish. She was offered a position in Capgemini’s Business Analyst Master Class accelerated program for the Insurance Practice within Financial Services. Now, she lives in Columbia, South Carolina, with her occasional home at the client site. Balancing client work, Insurance Practice contributions, and community involvement within Capgemini, she has received numerous opportunities within her short time so far at the company to make a difference at the company and build a professional network across the United States and even the globe.

Website: https://www.capgemini.com/industry/insurance/

Florent Salako from Dassault Systemes
Dassault Systèmes
Florent Salako, Lead Consultative Academic Program Advisor and Ambassador - NAM

Mr. Florent Salako is a Lead Consultative Academic Program Advisor and Ambassador for North America at Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company. A French company, Dassault Systèmes is the world leader in 3D design software, 3D digital mock Up and simulation, and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, providing businesses and individuals with virtual universes to imagine sustainable innovations. 

Florent is responsible to develop academic partners to prepare the Workforce of the Futur for Dassault Systems ecosystem, including commercial Clients and partners. He promotes the value of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform with its holistic and integrated product development processes supporting various industries with DS’ portfolio of Industry Solution and Process Experiences. He is active through business transformation, coaching, and enablement leveraging DS’ products and state of the art best practices. He also has a global role at DS Education to support the processes necessary to empower people with knowledge and know-how to thrive in the Industry Renaissance. 

Florent has over 25 years of experience in PLM (Product Life Cycle Management), the past 4 with Dassault Systèmes. He has held responsibilities in multiple industry organizations in Aerospace, Transport and Software industries (R&D, Technology Development, Business Transformation, Software Solution deployment, Program Management) and a position of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering professor (specialized in product development, integration of business processes between Engineering and Manufacturing, interaction between leadership, innovation and team dynamic for Engineering students). He holds an Engineering degree and a Master of Applied Science, both in Mechanical Engineering, from École Polytechnique de Montréal. He also has a Master of Business Administration from HEC Montreal and is a Professional Engineer (registered in Quebec).

Website: www.3ds.com and https://academy.3ds.com/en

Christian Langstein
Draexlmaier Group
Christian Langstein, Head of Corporate Development

Christian Langstein is responsible for Corporate Development of the DRÄXLMAIER Group in the Americas. Prior to this role, he was the director of Site Infrastructure and Sustainability. In this function, he oversaw all aspects related to the buildings and plants sites of the Tier 1 automotive supplier in the USA and Latin America. He also has experience in compliance and risk management. 

Christian first came in contact with the DRÄXLMAIER Group in the spring of 2000 as a purchasing intern at the company’s U.S. headquarters in Duncan, S.C. Upon graduation in 2003, he worked in project controlling at the corporate headquarters in Vilsbiburg, Germany, before transferring to Duncan in 2004 to head the project controlling group. With the expansion of the DRÄXLMAIER business operations in Mexico, Christian joined the team at the new plant site in San Luis Potosi as the head of Controlling in 2006 and later became the director of Finance and Controlling. He eventually became the managing director and CFO for the Latin American region, which covers the DRÄXLMAIER sites in Mexico and Nicaragua.

Christian, who is fluent in German, English and Spanish, returned to the USA in the summer of 2012 but continued to travel frequently for business to Mexico and Nicaragua for expansion projects. Until his promotion to head of Corporate Development in February 2020, he was director for Location Strategy and Site Infrastructure in the Americas.

The native of Waldkraiburg (Bavaria) is married and lives with his wife and two daughters in Hendersonville, N.C. Away from work, he enjoys mountain biking, hiking, the nice weather on the South Carolina beaches, and participating in his all-time favorite sport: skiing.

Website: https://www.draexlmaier.com/

Roundtable Host Draxlmaier Ralph Schwarz
Draexlmaier Group
Ralph Schwarz,  Head of Corporate Communications Americas

Ralph Schwarz is the head of Corporate Communications for the DRÄXLMAIER Group in the Americas. In this function, he oversees all aspects of internal and external communications for the international automotive supplier in the Americas, including media relations, public relations / marketing, branding, sponsoring, and community affairs for the DRÄXLMAIER locations in Mexico, Nicaragua and the USA. Ralph, who joined DRÄXLMAIER as corporate communications specialist in July 2006, has worked in the journalism/mass communication field for more than 18 years. Before coming to DRÄXLMAIER, he worked for four years as an editor at Niagara Frontier Publications (NFP) in Grand Island, N.Y, where he was responsible for the weekly community newspaper, Niagara-Wheatfield Tribune. In addition to two town hall beats and one school board beat, he also served two years as sports editor for all three weekly papers published by NFP. Born and raised in Germany, Ralph transferred to the USA as a college student in 1995, earning a master’s degree in Print Journalism from Emerson College in Boston in 2001, as well as bachelor degrees in Business Administration (Accounting) and Journalism/Mass Communication from St. Bonaventure University in St. Bonaventure, N.Y., in 1999. Ralph lives in Duncan, S.C. Aside from work, he likes to read, listen to music and follow ice hockey and German soccer.

Website: https://www.draexlmaier.com/

Fitesa
Jessica Dahle, Nonwovens product development scientist

Website: https://www.fitesa.com/en/company/

Fitesa
Lindsey Moulder, Talent Acquisition

Lindsey Moulder is over Talent Acquisition at Fitesa, the second largest global manufacturer of spunmelt nonwovens, specializing in providing innovative fabrics to the hygiene, medical, and industrial markets. For the past four years, Fitesa has been ranked #1 by Fundação Dom Cabral as the Brazilian company with largest international presence (meaning the most percentage of revenue from outside Brazil). 

Lindsey obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and Human Resources Management from the University of South Carolina and holds a Certificate as a Human Resources Generalist from Greenville Technical College. Lindsey has a background in sales and marketing that brings a new skill set to Fitesa’s Talent Acquisition function. She is charged with developing effective recruiting and retention strategies, and branding Fitesa as a top place to work. She works to identify top talent, evaluate the employee experience, and makes recommendations for retention programs to help decrease turnover and ensure a positive environment for Fitesa employees.

Website: https://www.fitesa.com/en/company/

Jacques Marcotte
French-American Chamber of Commerce Atlanta
Jacques J Marcotte, President

Jacques J Marcotte is a Senior Management Executive working since 2009 as Principal of POWERMAR ASSOCIATES, LLC where he gets involved with clients on overall business issues, with particular focus on Sales and Marketing Management and Revenue and Margin Improvement.

Jacques brings tremendous international experience, having led worldwide reorganization the Instruments Division of BTG GROUP (based in Switzerland), first as VP Global Sales where he took over $3M annual costs and then as General Manager where he streamlined Operations (factories in Germany and Sweden). He had previously completed the reorganization of the Americas division of BTG GROUP where he reduced costs, developed and implemented a well defined channel strategy (including creating a direct sales and service subsidiary in Brazil).

Earlier career included 15 years at INSTRON Corp. whom he joined in Canada as General Manager of Instron Canada Inc. He held various posts at Instron Corp. and its subsidiaries and culminated in the role of VP Sales Americas, based in Canton, MA.

Specialties: Executive Sales Management, General Management (Operations, R&D, Finance), Turnaround of International Businesses, Post Acquisition Integration, Key Account Management, Top Line Growth, Growth of Billable service Businesses, Profitable Revenue Growth, Operational Re-organization, Staff Development, Professional Relationship Development.

Website: https://www.facc-atlanta.com/

Bonnie Sun from Greenfield Industries
Greenfield Industries / TDC Cutting Tools Inc.
Bonnie Sun, Vice President, Strategy and Compliance for TDC Overseas

Bonnie Sun is Vice President, Strategy and Compliance for TDC Overseas.   She is responsible for Global Financial Analysis for all TDC overseas companies including Europe and the Americas. Bonnie joined Top Eastern Group (TDC) and Greenfield Industries in January of 2011. Prior to joining TDC, for almost 8 years, Bonnie was Vice General Manager of Business for China Export and Credit Corporation. She also spent five years as Group Leader of International Trade Settlement for the Industrial Bank of Japan in Dalian. Bonnie holds a Master of International Accounting and Financing Management from University of Glasgow. She did her Bachelor of Industrial Management Engineering and Foreign Trade at Dalian University of Technology.

Website: www.gfii.com 

Suzanna Goulding from Greenfield Industries
Greenfield Industries / TDC Cutting Tools Inc.
Suzanna Goulding, Sr. HR Manager for Greenfield Industries TDUS/CA

Suzanna Goulding is Sr. HR Manager for Greenfield Industries TDUS/CA.  Suzanna guides and manages the overall provision of Human Resources services, policies, and programs for the Greenfield Industries employees throughout the US and Canada. Prior to joining Greenfield Industries in January 2019, Suzanna was Director of Human Resources for GRAEF Engineering, a large multi-state consulting firm headquartered in Milwaukee, WI.  She also spent six years as Human Resource Manager for two plants at Teknor Apex Company, a global plastics compounding manufacturer. Suzanna has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Clemson University and is both PHR and SHRM- CP certified.  She is President of the Oconee Chapter of SHRM.

Website: www.gfii.com 

Roundtable host Jasmine Bean
I.K. Hofmann USA
Jasmine Bean, CSP, CIR, Executive Search Manager

Born to a military family Jasmine grew up all over the US but currently calls Lake Harwell home. In 2008, she graduated with B.A. in Instrumental Music Education from Auburn University and by 2010 she joined the National Guard where she served 7 years as an MP. After several deployments, she decided to leave teaching and try her hand in the Staffing Industry. In 2013, she took a chance on herself and moved to Atlanta, GA for a contract position that would quickly turn into a career she was passionate about. She understands the importance of placing the right employee in the right job the first time, and has consistently saved companies money with creative hiring strategies. She joined the Hofmann Family in 2018 where she has established Direct Hire Division and serves as the Executive Search Manager. She loves guiding and educating her clients and candidates to ensure they are a “match made in heaven.” In her spare time you will surfing on Lake Hartwell with her 3 dogs.

Website: www.hofmann-services.com

Ingersoll Rand
Leonardo Florenzano, Project Manager

Website: https://www.ingersollrandproducts.com/en-us.html

Yuri Ivanov
IVANNOVATION Language Management
Yuri Ivanov, CEO

From his academic studies in translation and interpretation of Chinese, Russian, and English to a long career in aviation interpretation to managing large-scale translation projects at a global software company to starting his own translation agency, Yuri Ivanov has an extensive background in languages and translation.

In the late 1990s he realized the need for a translation agency that understood the complicated world of software localization and employed translators who understood specialized fields such as IT, engineering, construction, manufacturing, and so on. Such was the genesis of IVANNOVATION Language Management. Since that time IVANNOVATION has been serving companies around the world with professional translations. Further, by providing translation content management, the company helps its clients save money and build translation resources for long-term use.

Website: https://ivannovation.com/

Raoundtable Host Ivannovation Darren Jansen
Ivannovation Language Management
Darren Jansen, Marketing Manager

From a decade of teaching English in China and in the United States, to his work in a Chinese tech company, to his current role in a foreign language translation company, the intersection of language, business, and technology has always been Darren's passion. His mission is to connect people of the world to do business and gain mutual benefit. Outside of his work he loves reading Chinese literature and philosophy and taking long hikes in the forest.

Website: https://ivannovation.com

Chloe Finley JTEKT
JTEKT
Chloe Finley, Human Resources Generalist

Chloe Finley is a recent graduate from Clemson University with a degree in Language and International Business – Japanese. Chloe developed an interest in Japanese language and culture from a young age and began learning by attending a Japanese Saturday school in Atlanta when she was 9. Her interest persisted all throughout school and influenced her decision to choose the LAIB program at Clemson. While in school, she studied for 1 year at Sophia University in Tokyo where she took courses in Japanese language, sociology, anthropology, and business management. She has a strong interest in Japanese business culture and has learned extensively about the differences between Japanese and American business culture. She began working for JTEKT, a Japanese company, as an intern during the summer of 2019 for their Learning & Organizational Development team and had the opportunity to research, create, and facilitate multiple workshops on the differences in Japanese and American business cultures and how to work more effectively together. Now, she is employed full-time with JTEKT as a Human Resources Generalist for their Greenville headquarters.

Website: https://www.jtekt.co.jp/e/

Janet Krupka from Michelin
Michelin North America
Janet Krupka, Director of Recruiting

Janet Krupka has been a Michelin employee for 29 years.  She received her B.S. in Marketing/Management from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA, and then earned a Master’s degree in International Business (MIBS) at the University of South Carolina in May of 1985, in the French language track.  Janet has had held numerous HR roles during her career at Michelin, and spent ten years in truck tire Sales as well.  Currently, Janet is the Director of Recruiting for Michelin North America. 

In the community, Janet is a board member of The International Center of the Upstate, and chairs the Upstate International committee.  Janet and her husband, Tom, have three children, and live in Simpsonville. 

Website: www.michelincareers.com

Donna Murphy
Michelin North America
Donna Murphy, Initiative Leader – Customer Focused Innovation Lab

Donna Murphy has worked at Michelin North America, Inc. since June 1995 in a variety of North American Marketing and Sales positions as well as a 3 year global assignment based out of the company headquarters in Clermont Ferrand, France. Her career has focused on understanding the end-customer through first hand interactions, observations and research, building ideas based on these interactions and developing products and services to address their pain points.

Donna has recently accepted a new position as an Initiative Leader in Michelin North America’s Customer Focused Innovation lab where she will further engage with customers to further explore new ideas and concepts to address their needs. Donna has an international M.B.A./M.I.M from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management as well as a B.A. Language & International Trade (French) from Clemson University.  She is a graduate of Riverside High School in Greer, SC and lives in Simpsonville, SC.

Website: https://www.michelin.com

Michelin North America
Jorge Aceves Ortiz, CBS/Finance Americas Director

Jorge Aceves Ortiz, Mexican, 47 years old, married with two children. CPA Degree  and a MBA masters (both in Mexico), 3 languages: French, English and Spanish. My career started in Mexico in an audit firm for 3 years, then moved to a spirits company and worked there for 8 years and then moved to Michelin in Mexico.  Started as manager responsible for Treasury and Credit, then taking Accounting for the country.  Moved to USA for two years as Project manager and then move back to Mexico to become Financial Director for the country.  A new expatriation, now to France for 3 years and worked in a worldwide project to implement a new tire offer in different countries.  In 2016 back to the US to be responsible for Finance, Supply Chain and other Administrative functions for the R&D. In 2019 take the responsibility of Finance for the Americas in CBS (Corporate Business Services), responsible of a team of 170+ people.

Website: https://jobs.michelinman.com/en 

Minghua USA, Inc.
Jack Hu, Assistant General Manager

Minghua USA, a division of Jiangnan Mold Plastics Technology Corporation. One of the largest suppliers of plastic mold parts in China’s automotive industry, Jiangnan Mold Plastic Technology Corporation specializes in the development, manufacturing and sales of plastic products and hi-tech molds. The company manufacture a variety of parts and products for original equipment manufacturers and tier one suppliers in the automotive industry. 

Website: https://admin13628.wixsite.com/mysite

Minghua USA, Inc.
Danny Newman, Operation Director

 

Website: https://admin13628.wixsite.com/mysite

Paul Wright from Orihiro
Orihiro
Paul Wright

Paul Wright is an upstate South Carolina native and 2009 Clemson graduate of Language & International Trade in Japanese. For six years he worked in the factory automation distribution industry for Meiji Corporation in Knoxville, Tennessee serving primarily the Japanese automotive industry. Currently he's in charge of purchasing and assistant to the CEO for Orihiro USA located in Duncan, SC. His responsibilities now focus on the importation, support, and sales of food packaging machines from the company's home office in Takasaki, Japan.

Website: https://orihiro.com/english/index.html

Sherwin Williams
Lindsay Verhoff, Costal Area Recruiter

Website: https://www.sherwin-williams.com/



Job Fair

The mini job fair invites a variety of international companies to host a table for the purpose of interacting with our students and especially promoting job openings or internships available with their companies.  Students are encouraged to bring resumes to present to potential employers. Companies will set up space at tables along the walls of the meeting hall.   While there is no specific order for navigating the hall, conversations with company representatives will be first-come, first-served. Students will wait their turn in line at each station.

America Fujikura, Limited

AFL provides industry-leading solutions, products and services to the energy, service provider, enterprise and industrial markets as well as a number of emerging markets. We manufacture, engineer and install fiber optic products and associated equipment. At AFL, we design and manufacture real solutions and reliable services that make connections possible for our customers. While that is what we do, AFL is much more than that. We are a group of talented individuals who strive to make a difference. That is our culture. We are laser-focused on taking care of our customers, and we are just as committed to helping our communities.

When you work with AFL people, you will see the spark. It may be engineering the best field installable connector at an excellent value. It may be installing your data center to optimize technology and keep your business connected. Or, it may be research that results in a new technology that leads to a major impact. But it is always about doing more. Making incremental improvements that improve your business. How does this happen? It starts with living our values: Customers First,Integrity, Innovation, Collaboration & Accountability, Environment, Health & Safety, Community Engagement. So let us take you inside the AFL culture. Hear it from our associates—the people delivering the difference every day. We think you will like what you see and hear.

Representatives:
Brianna Woodsby, Director of International Trade Compliance

Website: www.AFLglobal.com

 BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC

As the world’s producer of BMW X3 and X5 Sports Activity Vehicles, as well as the X4 and X6 Sports Activity Coupés, BMW Manufacturing values innovative ideas and diverse approaches to meet the opportunities of tomorrow’s mobile world. Here, at the only BMW factory in the United States, we transform dreams into machines. With a more than $8 billion investment in South Carolina, this is where engineering perfection of the BMW X-models happens. It’s a place where collaboration exists in teamwork, and individuality flourishes through the implementation of ideas. A place where the BMW Core Values are cultivated and the Ultimate Driving Machine is built. As an industry leader in innovations and premium quality, BMW Manufacturing plays a vital role as the leading U.S. automotive exporter. It has also played an important part in shaping the surrounding community through educational programs and organizational support over the last two decades, and continues to help well into the future. BMW Manufacturing is proud to be located in Upstate, South Carolina at the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, providing the perfect mix of exciting city life and the great outdoors, or simply a great environment in which to raise a family.

Representative:
Samantha Radecke, Engineering Launch Planner
Paul Sinanian, Manager, Training, Talent Programs
Kathy Keiser, Section Manager Recruiting
Dinda De Klerk, Talent Program Specialist

Website: www.bmwusfactory.com 
Job Link: https://www.bmwusfactory.com/careers/

Draexlmaier Group

The DRÄXLMAIER Group is an international automotive supplier with more than 60 sites worldwide. Operating in North America since 1976, the family-owned company manufactures interior systems, wiring harness, electrical management systems and plastic components for global automakers in the premium segment. As a full-scale supplier, we offer career opportunities in program and project management, production, quality, sales, human resources, finance, procurement, research & development, engineering and logistics/SCM. In addition to our U.S. headquarters in Duncan, S.C., we maintain an engineering office in Mountain View, California, a production site in Livermore, California, and a logistic hub in Chattanooga, Tenn. As an independent and customer-oriented supplier, we offer innovative solutions from the initial concept right up through the delivery to the assembly line. Our employees work in a modern and healthy environment that offers excellent growth opportunities.

Fulltime positions at all of our U.S. locations are advertised at www.draexlmaier.us. Students interested in our Mexican locations can go to www.draexlmaier.mx to check the postings. 

Representative:
Ralph Schwarz, Head of Corporate Communications Americas

Website:  https://us.draexlmaier.com/?L=1

Fitesa

Representative: Lindsey Moulder, Talent Acquisition and Marketing

Website: https://www.fitesa.com/en/company/

Greenfield Industries / TDC Cutting Tools Inc.

Greenfield Industries Inc. (GFII) is an established leader in the industrial cutting tool industry. The company manufactures and sells drills, taps, end mills, and other cutting tools for a variety of industrial, maintenance, commercial, and construction applications under the brand names Cleveland, Chicago-Latrobe, Cle-Line, Cle-Force, Bassett, Vermont Tap & Die, and Putnam Tools. In 2009, Greenfield Industries became part of the Top-Eastern Group (TDC), the world's largest manufacturer of twist drills. TDC is a vertically integrated company that maintains the highest quality standards by controlling the entire product manufacturing process from mining the ore, to making the steel, to fabricating finished goods. Greenfield Industries operates manufacturing and support facilities in Seneca, South Carolina (company headquarters); Evans, Georgia; Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; and Mexico City, Mexico. Parent company TDC owns additional manufacturing facilities in Brazil, Germany, and China, and maintains support facilities in France and in the United States. The Greenfield campus is the closed major employer to Clemson University and is proud to host student interns and co op students.

Representative:
Suzanna Goulding, Sr. HR Manager for Greenfield Industries TDUS/CA

Website: www.gfii.com 

I.K. Hofmann USA

IK Hofmann was founded in 1985 by Mrs. Ingrid Hofmann in Nuernberg, Germany, where the company is still headquartered today. Today the company belongs to the top 5 largest Staffing Agencies in Germany and 2nd largest in Austria. The company operates approx. 120 offices in 7 European countries. In 2008 the US Subsidiary was established to better service our clients and take advantage, of the opportunity for growth in the US market. The US operation is Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and has expanded to 12 Branch locations with several Onsite operations in place throughout the US. We have clients from all over the world and specialize mainly in assisting European companies with their hiring needs here in the US. I.K Hofmann staffs an average of 25,000 employees with approx. 4000 clients world wide. Our Industry experience covers automotive, logistics, call centers, aerospace among others. We are experienced in placing employees for all organizational levels from the production floor to management.

We find the right people, at the right time, and place them in the right place!

Representative:
Jasmine Bean, Executive Search Manager

Website:  www.hofmann-services.com

IVANNOVATION Language Management

IVANNOVATION is a premier translation and localization provider of user interface, documentation, and marketing materials for manufacturing, software, automotive, law, energy, logistics, construction, aerospace, HR, and other industries. The company frequently processes unusual file formats and documents in advanced subjects. IVANNOVATION's professional translators are subject matter experts in various fields and are able to provide accurate translations for complex topics.

By using the latest technologies in the translation industry, IVANNOVATION ensures that clients never have to pay to translate the same sentences or paragraphs more than once. Its two-step quality assurance process gives clients confidence that they are getting a linguistically and technically correct translation: an essential factor in business communications.

Besides document translation, the company provides live interpretation for business meetings, site visits, and phone calls. IVANNOVATION has been providing quality language services in dozens of major global languages since 1998. IVANNOVATION loves to see its clients bridge borders and communicate accurately and effectively with their customers no matter what languages they speak.

Representative:
Yuri Ivanov, CEO
Darren Jansen, Marketing Manager

Website: https://ivannovation.com

Minghua USA, Inc.

Minghua USA, a division of Jiangnan Mold Plastics Technology Corporation. One of the largest suppliers of plastic mold parts in China’s automotive industry, Jiangnan Mold Plastic Technology Corporation specializes in the development, manufacturing and sales of plastic products and hi-tech molds. The company manufacture a variety of parts and products for original equipment manufacturers and tier one suppliers in the automotive industry. 

Representatives:
Jack Hu, Assistant General Manager
Danny Newman, Operation Director

Website: https://admin13628.wixsite.com/mysite

Orihiro

Orihiro Company Limited was established in December, 1972 in Gunma, Japan by current president and founder, Orihiro Tsuruta. It currently has an operating capital of 32.76 million yen and has production facilities and sales offices all over Japan. International locations also include China & the United States. Orihiro Co. Ltd. specializes in the design, production, and sale of food packaging and processing machinery as well as production and sale of raw materials for konnyaku, health foods, and supplements. Some of our major Clients include: dairy product manufacturers, bean (miso) paste manufacturers, noodle manufacturers, manufacturers of processed seafood and meat products, frozen food manufacturers, manufacturers of commercial and restaurant-grade food products and ingredients, manufacturers of arum root paste, pharmacies, and convenience stores.

Representative: Paul Wright

Website: https://orihiro.com/english/index.html

Sherwin Williams

Representative: Lindsay Verhoff, Coastal Area Recruiter

Website: https://www.sherwin-williams.com/

 

Be a sponsor for this year's Conference

Thanks to Department of Languages for its financial support of this event.

LUNCH SPONSOR  1000.00 dollars  (we need 2 sponsors)

Conference sponsor: Draexlmaier

  • Special acknowledgement during the conference and opportunity to address conference attendees.
  • Grouped logo listing on event web page
  • On-screen sponsor loop grouped with other sponsors
  • Logo featured on all digital event invitations and announcements and at coffee station

LIGHT AND SOUND SPONSOR  500.00 dollars (1 sponsor)

 Special acknowledgement during the conference and opportunity to address conference attendees.

  • Grouped logo listing on event web page
  • On-screen sponsor loop grouped with other sponsors
  • Logo featured on all digital event invitations and announcements and at coffee station

COFFEE BREAK Sponsor $250.00 (limited to one (1) sponsor):

Ivannovation logo

  • Grouped logo listing on event web page
  • On-screen sponsor loop grouped with other sponsors
  • Logo featured on all digital event invitations and announcements and at coffee station

JOB FAIR AND NETWORKING SOCIAL Sponsor $250 (limited to two (2) sponsors):

Company logo Greenfield Industries

  • Grouped logo listing on event web page and invitation
  • On-screen sponsor loop including individual logo during the conference
  • Logo featured on all digital event invitations and announcements and during the networking social

Contact: Lee Ferrell (ferrell@clemson.edu)