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L&IT Annual Conference 2018

Self-Marketing and Recognizing Success Signals

February 28, 2018

Hendrix Student Center Ballrooms A&B

Organized and hosted by the Language and International Trade Council

With the support of the Department of Languages, the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities, the College of Business, and College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences

the beginning

The purpose of the Language and International Trade 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 Language and International Trade especially the importance of language and culture study for the professions

Agenda

8:00 a.m. Welcome Center opens
Ballroom A&B, Hendrix Student Center
9:00 - 9:05 a.m. Opening ceremony
9:05 - 9:55 a.m. Keynote Speech
10:10  - 11:00 a.m. Panel Discussion with Clemson alumni, moderated by Clemson students
11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Job Fair and Networking Lunch
1:30 - 2:55 p.m. Roundtable Discussion with Clemson students and international business leaders
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Networking social and Coffee Social

Photos (2018)



Conference Program

Note: Attire is business casual for this event.

All events of the L&IT Conference are walk-in except for the round table discussions.  The round table sessions are limited to 8 students per session, first come-first served.  

 

Keynote Speech: 

What do I/They See in the Mirror?
Understanding Yourself: Strengths, Weaknesses, Interests, Ambitions, Values
Donna Murphy
Donna Murphy, Initiative Leader – Customer Focused Innovation Lab , Michelin

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.

Strategic positions and projects include: successful co-development and deployment of a new brand of commercial truck tires, Uniroyal, for the North American market; global Marketing & Sales training and competence development; and international brand development (BFGoodrich Tires).

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.

Alumni Panel Discussion 

The panel will give Clemson students the opportunity to hear from alumni who graduated recently in the L&IT program and are now working in an international company. The aim is to exchange views on understanding the transition from Clemson to the workplace. The alumni will share their experience about:

  1. their studies at Clemson (including internships and study abroad);
  2. looking for a job and selecting a company; and
  3. their current work and responsibilities.
Sierra Axtell

Sierra Axtell, Alumna, French and International Trade

Sierra Axtell is a recent 2015 graduate of the L&IT French program.  During her years at Clemson she enjoyed being involved in the L&IT Society, interned for at Michelin as well as the International Center of the Upstate, and was an active member of the Triathlon club team.  She studied abroad her junior year in Lyon, France, taking Master's courses at l'Université de Jean Moulin Lyon 3, living with a host family.  Upon graduation, she started her career at Meyer Tool Inc., an aerospace and turbine technology company where she worked as an Assistant Project Engineer.  After 6 months she was offered a position at Scansource to join one of the merchandising teams as a Product Manager, working with sales representatives, vendors and resellers to ensure the efficiency and ease of delivery to all of Scansource's end users. After 2 and a half years she has just recently accepted and begun working at Michelin HNA, where she loves being a part of the Corporate and Business Services department.  She works closely with the Michelin sales team and dealers from all across North America, ensuring the efficiency and accuracy of the order to invoice process.

Sam Coil

Samuel Coil, Alumnus, Operations and Supply Chain Management Major, Italian Language Minor

Samuel Coil is a 2016 Graduate of the Management Major, specializing in Operations and Supply Chain focuses. He minored in Italian, and, upon graduation, began working with the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) in Charleston, SC. MSC is a containerized cargo vessel company that was born out of Sorrento Italy, family owned since it conception, and, after only 40+ short years, is the second largest steam ship line company in the world, second only to Maersk.

It is with MSC that Samuel began in the Import Customer Service Department. 6 months into working with the company, he was given the task of coordinating the special tasks of Re-Export and Change of Destination for the entire East Coast USA, acting as the point of contact for the customers and all 146+ MSC offices worldwide.

He uses his skills with excel to create programs and macros to improve the processes in his own and other departments. As the company continued to restructure for a globalized focus, Samuel was recruited for a team to establish the metrics by which the entire department (located in two separate offices comprising of more than 30 people) would be measured.

Just over one year working with MSC, Samuel was invited to attend the MSC University, a training program for future managers. Much like the difficulty of fraternity pledging, this is a 2 week boot camp of 24 hour project deadlines, daily tests, team building, and networking opportunities. Of the 1,100+ employees of MSC USA, only 10 are chosen each University from the USA, and only 2 from the Charleston office (334 employees).

Talon Frost

Talon Frost, Alumnus, Japanese and International Trade

Talon graduated from Clemson in 2007 with a BA in Japanese L&IT. After graduation, Talon joined the JET Program and lived in Takashima City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan for two years, teaching English at two public high schools. Upon returning to the U.S., Talon pursued his graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, where he received an MBA and Master of Public and International Affairs, with a specialization in International Political Economy. After graduation Talon moved to Atlanta, GA where he worked for the Georgia Department of Economic Development in International Trade, specifically export promotion, before joining a private IT consulting firm.

Talon now serves as the Director of Value Creation at Advocate, a boutique Technology Business Management consulting firm in Atlanta, GA where he has worked for the past four and a half years. Talon manages four teams which provide a variety of operational and consultative services to Advocate's enterprise clients. Combined, Advocate's clients have a presence in over 50 countries across the globe.

Tommy Goodman, Alumnus, Spanish and International Trade

Ben Montgomery, Alumnus, Mechanical Engineering, German Language Minor

Ben Montgomery. Mechanical Engineering, 2008.  Engineering Manager,Outdoor Product Development, Techtronic Industries Power Equipment.  Ben graduated in 2008 with a degree in Mechanical engineering and a double minor in German and International Engineering and Science.  Ben did 3 internships with BMW during his time at Clemson University, two in Spartanburg and one in Leipzig.    He has worked at TTI for the last nine years, spending his first 6 years in Anderson development  US outdoor lawn and garden gasoline and battery powered tools.  During this time he has traveled to China 2-4 times per year. For the last 3 years he has lived in Southeast China, traveling around 6 times per year to Stuttgart, Germany developing outdoor products for Europe. He has conversational fluency in German and ‘survival fluency’ (the bare-bones basics with poor pronunciation) in Mandarin.

Nicole Nissen Hewitt

Nicole Nissen, Alumna, Chinese and International Trade

I am a 2006 graduate of the Chinese & International Trade program. Upon graduating from Clemson, I moved to Shanghai, China, living and working there for five years. During my time in China, I worked in a few industries, including human resources software development and home furnishings and textiles. I relocated to New York City in 2013 and am currently the Global Director of Operations for Richloom Fabrics Group, a fabric converter servicing multiple industries. I have extensive international experience as an expatriate and have traveled throughout Asia for supplier visits, negotiations and quality control, as well as managing my organization's production, customer service and other operations-related functions. I feel the Clemson L&IT degree uniquely prepares students for management in a global organization through its mix of curriculum and study/internship abroad requirements, and I feel this degree has afforded me invaluable opportunities and flexibility in my career.

Job Fair Hosts

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 Ltd.

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:
Grant Burns, Vice President and General Counsel
Brianna Woodsby, Director of International Trade Compliance

Website: www.AFLglobal.com

BMW

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.

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. Click for Student Program Open Positions (Summer and Fall, 2018)

Representative:
Ralph Schwarz, Head of Corporate Communications Americas

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

Expeditors International

Expeditors is a Fortune 500 service-based logistics company with headquarters in Seattle, Washington, USA. At Expeditors, we generate highly optimized and customized supply chain solutions for our clients with unified technology systems integrated through a global network of 329 locations in 107 countries on six continents. As a service-based company, we don’t own the aircraft, ships, or trucks we use every day. This means we can be highly flexible in our approach to supply chain management, and very effective at finding the best route and pricing options.

Representative:
Branch Recruiter, Branch Trainer, Branch Health & Safety Representative

Website:  www.expeditors.com

Ingenics Corporation

Ingenics is a strong brand that people associate with values such as professionalism, innovation, cooperation, and action. These core values are shared by five further strong brands that exist under the roof of the Ingenics Group: Ingenics Management Consulting, Ingenics Interim Management, Ingenics Digital Solutions, Ingenics Engineering, and Ingenics Services. On one hand, the brands underscore the expertise of Ingenics in core areas of production, logistics, and organization. On the other hand, they also demonstrate the understanding of Ingenics with respect to core services of planning, optimization, and qualification – no matter what the industry.

Representatives:
Andreas Heinzelmann, Partner, General Manager
Robert Heusgen, Lead of the Ingenics Logistics Competence Center

Website: https://www.ingenics.com/en/brands/

JTEKT

JTEKT Corporation was established in January 2006 through the merger of Koyo Seiko Co. LTD., a world-class bearing manufacturer founded in 1921 and Toyoda Machine Works, LTD., a leading machine tool manufacturer excelling in cutting-edge machining technologies that was founded in 1941.  Combining the most advanced technologies and the manufacturing expertise of both companies, JTEKT delivers innovative products that satisfy the most demanding industries all over the world.  Products and Services include:  • Steering Systems • Driveline Components • Automotive Pumps • Ball, Needle, and Roller Bearings • Machine Tools & Mechatronics.  As a leading automotive supplier, consistently ranked in the top 20 globally*, JTEKT provides excellent career opportunities for individuals with the drive to succeed in a challenging and highly rewarding world class manufacturing organization.  *”Top Suppliers” Automotive News Supplement, June2016

Representative:
Marcella Kimbrell, Talent Acquisition and Retention Manager, Human Resources Dept.

Website: http://www.jtekt-na.com/www.linkedin.com/company/jtekt-corporation

Keer America Corporation

KEER America was founded in February 2013 as a result of an endless pursuit of excellence in textile. It is located in Indian Land South Carolina on 165 acres of land. It was a $218 million dollar investment to construct a 1,614,450 square foot manufacturing facility that will create over 500 new jobs over the next five years.  The first and only facility in the US began its full operation in February 2015 and has a production capacity of 30,000 metric tons of yarn per year.  The Phase II project started February 2016 designed for 65,000 spindles of ring spun will add two more plants at the same location.

Representatives:
Rachel Holler, HR Lead
Stephen Cung

Website: https://keeramerica.com/
Job Link: https://keeramerica.com/careers/

Richloom Fabrics Group

Located in New York City, Richloom is one of the largest suppliers of textiles in the United States. The company’s expertise extends from its leadership in the upholstery and casual furniture industries to its fashion direction in the decorative textile arena. Richloom Fabrics Group is a leader in industries such as residential upholstery, decorative jobber, RV, casual outdoor furniture & hospitality. Richloom is your answer for home textile needs.

Representative:
Nicole Nissen, Director of Operations - Contract Division
Sean Prouty, VP Operations

Website: http://www.richloom.com

Schaefer Systems International, Inc

SSI Schaefer International North America is a provider of state of the art, intralogistic storage/picking solutions for all types of industries. from initial data analysis and consulting services to complete in house manufacturing, that includes plastics and software, Schaefer is 100% committed to delivering the best value solution to its customers. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Schaefer is part of the SSI SCHAEFER group, a global leader in logistics & material handling founded in 1937 with offices and plants in over 50 different countries. 

Representatives: 
Adi Hadziahmetovic - https://www.linkedin.com/in/adi-hadziahmetovic-39b6b6a/ 
Chad Podd - https://www.linkedin.com/in/chad-podd-43853269/ 
Cliff Sweet - https://www.linkedin.com/in/cliff-sweet-9677073/

Website: https://www.ssi-schaefer.com/en-us 
Job Listing: https://careers-ssi-schaefer.icims.com/jobs/search?ss=1

Sunfiber LLC

SUN FIBER is a wholly owned subsidiary of the CIXI JIANGNAN CHEMICAL FIBER CO., LTD of Zhejiang, Peoples Republic of China. SUN FIBER, an international manufacturer of PET staple fibers, has a planned annual throughput of 100,000 tons (220 million pounds) divided evenly between two phases. The first phase is scheduled to go into operation at the end of first quarter in 2015 . SUN FIBER uses recycled PET bottle flakes as raw material. We recycle, wash and produce at our Richburg, South Carolina facility. We devote ourselves to provide our US customers PET staple fiber fill with high quality, and excellent service.

Representatives:
Christopher Winters, Vice President, Administration
Dong Jiang, Director of Fiber Production

Website: http://www.sunfiberllc.com/home.html 
Job Listing: http://www.sunfiberllc.com/career.html

Techtronic Industries Power Equipment

TTI is a world-class leader in design, manufacturing and marketing of Power Tools, Hand Tools, Outdoor Power Equipment, and Floor Care and Appliances for consumers, professional and industrial users in the home improvement, repair and construction industries. Our unrelenting strategic focus on Powerful Brands, Innovative Products, Operational Excellence and Exceptional People drives our culture.

TTI was founded by Mr. Horst Julius Pudwill and Prof. Roy Chi Ping Chung BBS JP in 1985, yet the history of TTI's unique and growing portfolio of world-famous brands stretches back at least one hundred and fifty years. Through a clear and consistent strategy of acquiring and developing established brands, TTI has grown to become a clear market leader in power tools, outdoor power equipment, hand tools and floor care appliances worldwide. TTI is proud of its own history, and proud, too, of the huge legacy of tradition and excellence that we have inherited from the brands that make up our Company today.

We are HQ’d in Hong Kong and have manufacturing facilities in China so we do look for individuals that can speak Cantonese and Mandarin. We primarily recruit for Engineering (Mechanical and Electrical) and Finance/Accounting. We hire for internships, co-ops, and full-time opportunities.

Representatives:
Lauren Hunter, HR Generalist
Ben Montgomery, Engineering Manager

Website: http://www.ttigroup.com/en/home

US Engine Valve

US Engine Valve supplies the global automotive industry with high engineered valves that help to increase fuel economy as well as improve a vehicle's overall efficiency and performance. In addition to serving global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), US Engine Valve is also a leading manufacturer of products available in the Automotive aftermarket though a network of qualified distributors and retailers.

Representative:
Mary Ann Craft, Human Resources Manager

Website: www.usenginevalve.com

Wetzel Services

With 20 years of experience in the field of relocation, language and intercultural training as well as real estates, Wetzel Services is a local leader in offering international services in Greenville, South Carolina. With a background of teaching English as a second language (ESL) and a master’s in education from Clemson University, Paul Wetzel founded Wetzel Services in 1996. Started as a language company, Wetzel Services soon expanded to support international companies not only with language and intercultural training but also with relocation and real estate needs for the expats they bring to the area.

Representative: 
Valerie Wetzel
Christina Becker

Website:/http://wetzelservices.com/

Round Table Hosts

The purpose of the roundtable session of the conference is to promote the diversity of international investment in our region.  Participating companies will host discussions with small groups of students – up to 6 students per round – to discuss their industry, their company, preparing for the job market, etc.   Each round will last approximately 25 minutes. 

Representatives of the different companies have sent their profiles to help students in choosing the tables for which they must register in advance. Students are encouraged to carefully read the profiles then select their top 5 companies during the registration phase. Every effort will be made to give students their top 3 choices. 

Click here to register for the roundtable session

Grant Burns

AFL (America Fujikura Ltd.)

Grant Burns, Vice President and General Counsel

Grant Burns serves as vice president and general counsel of America Fujikura Ltd. (“AFL”). In this capacity, Grant oversees all legal matters, including corporate governance, intellectual property, litigation and securities compliance as well as government affairs. In addition, Grant is also involved in the strategic and legal activities of several other Fujikura group companies, including Fujikura Automotive America (FAA) and Fujikura America Incorporated (FAI). AFL's human resources function also reports to Grant.

Grant’s legal experience spans over twenty-five years. Prior to AFL, Grant was most recently a Member at Nexsen Pruet, LLC, where he focused primarily on first chair litigation, compliance, labor and employment matters. Additionally, Grant mediated a wide variety of complex business disputes by court appointment. He previously had been a Shareholder with Ogletree Deakins, where he tried numerous cases to juries in state and federal courts. Further, he advised clients on labor, employment and contractual issues. During his career in private practice, he was recognized for excellence by publications such as The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, and Martindale-Hubbell (AV).

A member of the South Carolina Bar and the Virginia State Bar, Grant has been admitted to also practice in numerous federal district courts, appellate courts and the United States Supreme Court. He is also a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel and the Defense Research Institute’s Corporate Counsel Committee.

Grant is a graduate of Clemson University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Minor in Economics. He also holds a Juris Doctor from the Washington and Lee University School of Law. Grant has worked extensively with his alma mater, Clemson University, where he formerly served on the Clemson University Board of Visitors and as a past president of the university’s alumni association.

Grant is active in several civic and philanthropic organizations in the upstate of South Carolina including serving as the Chair of Spartanburg Community College's Foundation Board in addition to his service on the Executive Committee of the Upstate SC Alliance, the Greenville Chamber's Board of Advisors and the Clemson University MBA Executive Board. Grant is also a graduate of Leadership South Carolina.

In 2016, Grant was honored with the Clemson Alumni Distinguished Service Award which recognizes outstanding alumni who have given back to the Clemson community. Presented by the Clemson Alumni Association, the award is the highest honor that the Association bestows on an alumnus or alumna.

Website: www.AFLglobal.com

Woodsby

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 

Tim Williamson

AXA Advisors

Timothy L. Williamson, Retirement Planning Specialist/Financial Consultant 

Tim L. Williamson is a Financial Consultant for AXA Advisors, LLC and has been practicing for 24 years.  He holds a B.S. degree in Economics with concentration in Finance from Clemson University.  In addition, he has earned a Certificate in Retirement Planning from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and has been awarded AXA Advisors’ Retirement Planning Specialist title for completing the AXA Equitable At Retirement education program.  His office is located at 118 North Main Street, Anderson, SC 29621. AXA is a French multinational insurance firm headquartered in the 8th arrondissement of Paris that engages in global insurance, investment management, and other financial services.

Certificate awarded based on completion of a training program at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Securities offered through AXA Advisors, LLC (212-314-4600), member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory products and services offered through AXA Advisors, LLC, an investment advisor registered with the SEC. Annuity and insurance products offered through AXA Network, LLC and its insurance agency subsidiaries. AXA Network, LLC does business in California as AXA Network Insurance Agency of California, LLC and, in Utah, AXA Network Insurance Agency of Utah, LLC. AXA Advisors and its affiliates do not provide tax or legal advice. Individuals may transact business and/or respond to inquiries only in state(s) in which they are properly registered and/or licensed. AGE 100711 (1/15)(exp 1/17)

Ashley Waldrop

CNN/TBS

Ashley Waldrop, Sales Scheduling Editor for TBS Network

I am a 2016 graduate of the L&IT French program. During my time at Clemson, I studied abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France. During my search for my internship I made lasting connections at CNN and after graduation I moved to Atlanta, GA and began my career with Turner Broadcasting Systems Inc. in the International Sales Operations department of CNN International. I worked as a Commercial Log Specialist and was responsible for the schedule of commercials and sponsorships that aired on the Latin America feed of CNN International. In this position, I communicated daily with sales offices worldwide and worked quickly to adapt to breaking news coverage. In August of 2017, I transferred to the Network Operations Department as a Sales Scheduling Editor for TBS Network. In this role I manage the placement and positioning of commercials that broadcast nationally on TBS. The L&IT program provided me with a vast marketable skillset that enabled me to explore many different industries.

Website: http://www.tbs.com/watchtbs

Thomas Tugulescu

Consulate General of France in Atlanta

Thomas Tugulescu, Deputy Cultural Attaché for Educational and University Affairs

Thomas Tugulescu holds a degree in languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese) and a master in European and International from the Université de Toulouse. He studied for two semesters in Spain and worked in New Zealand for a year. After his studies, he worked as Policy Assistant at the Lifelong Learning Platform in Brussels before joining the European Commission as a French teacher. Passionate about languages, teaching, and travel, he works at the General Consulate of France in Atlanta as Deputy Cultural Attaché in charge of educational and university affairs.

Website: http://www.consulfrance-atlanta.org/

Kathryn Miner

Consulate General of France in Atlanta

Kathryn Miner, Cultural Services Project Coordinator

Kathryn Miner holds a PhD in French literature and a certificate in Psychoanalytic Studies from Emory University, where she taught courses in French grammar, literature and culture for seven years. She received her BA from Furman University with a double major in French and English. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, she worked as an English language assistant in Pau, France. She currently works as a Cultural Services Project Coordinator and Assistant to the Cultural Attaché at the Consulate General of France in Atlanta

Website: http://www.consulfrance-atlanta.org/

Tommy Goodman

Expeditors

Tommy Goodman, District Sales Manager

Tommy graduated from Clemson University in December 2003 with a degree in Language and International Trade, Spanish.  He started working for Expeditors right after graduating as an Import Agent in the Customs Brokerage department.  By his second year, he was promoted to Lead Agent, and then Management Trainee shortly thereafter.  As a Management Trainee, he spent the majority of his time learning about domestic transportation, warehousing, distribution and order fulfillment.  During this time he became a Licensed Customs Broker.  In December 2006, Tommy was promoted to Brokerage Manager and was responsible for a team of 20 people.  His primary responsibilities included customer retention, employee development, sales, operations, and department P&L.  In 2008, he took an opportunity to join the District Sales team and over the next 5 years led the Mid-Atlantic region in new logo revenue and year over year revenue growth.  In 2014, Tommy was promoted to District Sales Manager and has been leading the team’s sales efforts for the past 4 years.  His primary focus is to develop the team's knowledge, skill, and business acumen so they can provide tailored solutions to clients that truly add value to their business. Specifically, solutions that help reduce total costs within the supply chain, increase revenue to the bottom line, and prevent unnecessary future costs. With the team, Tommy drives local strategy and implements revenue and business development goals.  Expeditors is a Fortune 500, $6 billion global logistics company headquartered in Seattle, Washington. 

Website:  www.expeditors.com

Brigitte Briere-Anderson

Expeditors

Brigitte Briere-AndersonDistribution Operations Manager

Graduated from Clemson with a BA in L&IT French and a BA in Economics in 2010. Studied aboard for 6 month in Maastricht Netherlands and one year in Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium. Got an interview with Expeditors at Clemson through the L&IT program senior year and got hired that summer after graduation. Worked as a distribution agent and got promoted to lead within 12 months. Promoted to supervisor position in 2013  and currently the Distribution Operations manager since 2016.

Website:  www.expeditors.com

Bettina Clarke

Expeditors International

Bettina Clarke, Branch Recruiter, Trainer, and Health & Safety Representative

Bettina Clarke is a logistics professional with 20 years of experience in Global Logistics. She started working for Expeditors in 1999 as a Customs Brokerage Agent. She continued her tour as a Brokerage Agent for 15 years with a proven record of exceptional customer service, successful multi-account management and effective facilitation. During this time, Bettina became a Licensed Customs Broker and began to assist colleagues in their pursuit to becoming licensed customs brokers as well. Her effort proved to be successful in helping her colleagues pass the customs broker exam. Her passion to help others led her to the opportunity to become the Branch Trainer of the Atlanta Branch. In this position, Bettina utilized her knowledge and skill set to provide quality training that positively impacted personnel development. In addition to the Branch Trainer role, Bettina also manages the Recruiting and Health and Safety program at the Expeditors Atlanta Branch. Her mission is to continually strive to set the standard for excellence through total commitment to quality in people and training that foster continuous growth and unlimited opportunity.

Website:  www.expeditors.com

Marco Prosperini

Flame Spray North America, Inc.

Marco Prosperini, President & CEO

With extreme focus and determination Marco has become a prominent Entrepreneur owning a technical mechanical background, started in thermal spray coatings more than 30 years ago. In 1987 Marco began to work in the family owned company Flame Spray Spa founded by his father Edoardo in 1969. He started from the shop floor to acquire hands on experience. In 1992 he established his first coating facility for the printing industry. Subsequently he covered several different position within the organization to acquire a complete understanding of manufacturing and financial operations. Marco spent some time in the US to increase his technical knowledge for coatings and lived abroad in different countries while establishing the Group subsidiaries. Throughout, the years he has established and managed all of the Flame Spray Group subsidiaries and an engineering & trading company specialized in thermal spray coatings with subsidiaries in more than thirteen countries.

Currently Marco is CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors in Flame Spray Spa, CEO of International Operation in Flame Spray Spa, Managing Director for Flame Spray Hungary Kft, Managing Director for Flame Spray Croatia Doo, President & CEO for Flame Spray North America, Inc., Managing Director for Femtar Kft, Managing Director for Intela Holding Kft,

Today the Flame Spray Group is an international benchmark for applications in markets such as Gas Turbine, Oil & Gas, Aerospace, Printing, Corrugating, Railways and general engineering with a team of 450 highly specialized technicians and revenue above $85 Million.

Website: http://www.flamespray.org/contatti_contatti.html

Lisa Mcdermott

Hofstede Insights

Lisa DeWaard, Associate Partner with Hofstede Insights

Lisa has been working in the field of cross-cultural communication for almost 20 years, specialising primarily in the language and culture of Russia. As a linguist and teacher of Russian and Spanish, her research focused on linguistic miscommunication due to cultural differences. Now, as an Associate Partner at Hofstede Insights, she hopes to use this expertise to help businesses achieve success in the international realm.

Lisa, a native of the United States, has lived in Russia on and off for more than 25 years, working with schools and university programs. She is a member of the Board of Directors at Johann Goethe Schule, an international school in St. Petersburg, Russia. She has also lived in Italy and traveled extensively while working as a professor, providing teacher training and sharing research in the United States, Argentina, Russia, France, Canada, Italy, and Hungary.

Lisa has always had a broad range of interests and, desiring a new challenge, came to Hofstede Insights in September of 2017. This change was a very natural one, given that her previous research and teaching used the Hofstede Cultural Dimensions extensively, and that she has 8 years’ administration experience managing both people and programs. She is certified in Intercultural Management and can provide trainings in Trust Building and Global Virtual Management.

When she is not working, Lisa can be found traveling the world with her husband, Kirk, a kindred language learner and adventurer, with her dogs, or curled up in a comfortable chair knitting.

Website: https://www.hofstede-insights.com

Kimbrell

JTEKT

Marcella Kimbrell, Talent Acquisition and Retention Manager, Human Resources Dept.

JTEKT Corporation was established in January 2006 through the merger of Koyo Seiko Co. LTD., a world-class bearing manufacturer founded in 1921 and Toyoda Machine Works, LTD., a leading machine tool manufacturer excelling in cutting-edge machining technologies that was founded in 1941.  Combining the most advanced technologies and the manufacturing expertise of both companies, JTEKT delivers innovative products that satisfy the most demanding industries all over the world.  Products and Services include:  • Steering Systems • Driveline Components • Automotive Pumps • Ball, Needle, and Roller Bearings • Machine Tools & Mechatronics.  As a leading automotive supplier, consistently ranked in the top 20 globally*, JTEKT provides excellent career opportunities for individuals with the drive to succeed in a challenging and highly rewarding world class manufacturing organization.  *”Top Suppliers” Automotive News Supplement, June2016

JTEKT’s North American Headquarters is located in Greenville, South Carolina on the beautiful campus of Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR).  Marcella Kimbrell is the Talent Acquisition & Retention Manager for JTEKT North America Corporation.  Prior to this role Marcella spent 20 years as a Human Resources Manager in Research & Development, Manufacturing and Logistics operations.  Marcella is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in Marketing and Management and also has a Master’s degree in Human Resources from the University of Phoenix. Marcella and her family reside in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Website: http://www.jtekt-na.com/www.linkedin.com/company/jtekt-corporation

Donna Murphy

Michelin North America

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

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.

Strategic positions and projects include: successful co-development and deployment of a new brand of commercial truck tires, Uniroyal, for the North American market; global Marketing & Sales training and competence development; and international brand development (BFGoodrich Tires).

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

Sam Coil

Mediterranean Shipping Co. (USA) Inc.

Samuel Coil

Website: https://www.msc.com/usa?lang=en-gb

Nicole Nissen

Richloom Fabrics Group

Nicole Nissen, Director of Operations - Contract Division

Nicole Nissen is a 2006 graduate of the Chinese & International Trade program. Upon graduating from Clemson, she moved to Shanghai, China, living and working there for five years in multiple roles. During her time in China, she was exposed to a few different industries, including human resources software development and home furnishings and textiles, and experience working in both Chinese-owned companies and foreign-owned subsidiaries of American companies. She relocated to New York City in 2013 and is currently the Global Director of Operations for Richloom Fabrics Group, a fabric converter servicing multiple industries including retail, recreational vehicles and hotel/hospitality. Nicole has extensive international experience as an expatriate and travels throughout Asia for supplier visits, negotiations and quality control, as well as managing her organization's production, customer service and other operations-related functions.

Website: http://www.richloom.com

Sean Prouty

Richloom Fabrics Group

Sean Prouty, VP Operations

Experienced Vice President of Operations with a demonstrated history of working in the textiles and apparel industries. Skilled in Analytical Research, Trend Forecasting, Sales Development, and Retail Execution. Strong business development professional who graduated from San Diego State University graduate program and University of San Francisco undergraduate program.

Website: http://www.richloom.com

Ramon Nieves-Lugo

SC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Ramon Nieves-Lugo, Chief Marketing Officer/Partner

As CMO of UniComm Media Group, Mr. Nieves provides the strategic and marketing expertise necessary to deliver a successful product to a client. He is constantly meeting and consulting with clients in order to make sure objectives are met. He has lived in Greenville for seven years and has been active in the Hispanic community through the South Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, where he has served as Marketing Director. Mr. Nieves has a bachelor’s degree in marketing management and has earned an MBA with a concentration in marketing. Ramon serves on the Greenville County Human Relations Commission and on the Michelin Development Corporation Steering Committee

Website: http://schcc.org/

Schaefer Systems International, Inc.

Cliff Sweet, Technical Recruiter, Automated Systems Division

Cliff is a seasoned Human Resource professional with over 18 yrs. of experience specifically within the Talent Acquisition field. He is a Charlotte, NC native and UNC-Chapel Hill graduate with unique insight and experience consulting on a variety of HR topics throughout the Carolinas. Cliff currently manages the recruiting and retention process for Engineering, IT and Sales professionals at SSI-Schaefer Systems - North America.

Website: https://www.ssi-schaefer.com/en-us, https://www.linkedin.com/in/cliff-sweet-9677073/

Schaefer Systems International, Inc.

Adi Hadziahmetovic,Pproject Management

Studied Mechanical engineering at Clemson. I got involved with Schaefer through and internship at the Walgreens Distribution center in Anderson which was in a commissioning phase at that time. I was responsible for monitoring areas that were underperforming and recommending potential improvements. At the end of the internship I was offered a position as a controls engineer after graduation. From there I moved into project management. I have been responsible for execution of Capital Projects generally revolving around emerging/cutting edge technology in the field of Inter Logistics. 

Website: https://www.ssi-schaefer.com/en-ushttps://www.linkedin.com/in/adi-hadziahmetovic-39b6b6a/ 

Schaefer Systems International, Inc.

Chad Podd,  Applications Engineer

My name is Chad Podd and I am an Applications Engineer at Schaefer Systems in Charlotte, NC.  I graduated from Clemson University in 2013 with a B.S. of Civil Engineering and in 2015 with a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering.  I have always been attracted to the idea of working for an international company, thus the German origin of SSI was of interest to me from the start.  The support for language education at Clemson, particularly of German, helped me realize my goal.  Beyond my career, I am an avid fan of the Tigers and love to travel. 

Website: https://www.ssi-schaefer.com/en-ushttps://www.linkedin.com/in/chad-podd-43853269/ 

Christopher Winters

Sunfiber LLC

Christopher Winters, Vice President, Administration

Born in Pennsylvania, Christopher Winters graduated with a B.S. in Marketing and Pre-Law from Clemson University before continuing on to earn an MBA from University of Phoenix, Charlotte Campus. Mr. Winters has held progressive leadership roles for over 15 years.

Mr. Winters serves as the Vice President of Administration for Sun Fiber LLC, a manufacturer of Recycled Polyester Staple Fiber. Sun Fiber LLC is one of Chester County’s newest industrial investments poised to employ over 300 Associates within the next 3 – 4 years. Mr. Winters oversees divisions including, but not limited to; Human Resources, Safety, Information Technologies, Facilities, Public and Government Relations and Compliance.

Additionally, Mr. Winters works within the community through his service on various Boards and Commissions, including as Chairman of the Board for the Chester County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Executive Board of Directors for the Chester Development Association, along with donating his time to several charitable organizations.

Website: www.sunfiberllc.com

Sunfiber LLC

Dong Jiang, Director of Fiber Production

Website: www.sunfiberllc.com

Mary Ann Craft

US Engine Valve

Mary Ann Craft, Human Resources Manager

Mary Ann joined Eaton in 1991 as the Human Resources Manager at USEV.  Previous position included 8 years of HR management experience with Milliken & Company in the textile industry.  Mary Ann received a bachelor’s degree in management of human resources from Limestone College in Gaffney, SC.

Website: www.usenginevalve.com

Elena Colombarini

Vetroresina LLC

Elena Colombarini, General Manager

Elena graduated from the University of Bologna with a degree in Business Administration and Economics in 1999. She then began work as a financial analyst for "Il Sole 24 Ore". At this daily financial newspaper, she was responsible for the assessment and analysis of the management and funding of a group of companies listed on the Milan stock exchange. These businesses belonged to diverse sectors including the manufacturing, electronics, tourism, nautical, and papermaking industries. She compiled financial reports of these businesses that were subsequently offered to banks and other financial institutions. She also wrote articles and commentary on behalf of the newspaper. She later became the Overseas Sales Manager for Vetroresina SPA. When she took over this position in 2003, she also gained the responsibility of developing new strategies for widening the American market particularly regarding new applications for flat glass-fiber laminates. She maintains close relations with the new US plant, and she manages all relations with the American branch of the company. She also coordinates the activities of the research laboratory. In 2005, she was promoted to General Manager of Vetroresina LLC. Vetroresina is a distributor of Italian-made products in the U.S. market. Thereafter, she also became responsible for variety of areas including book keeping, general accounting, and relations with the general contractor for building construction and equipment installation projects. She has obviously made use of her skills in English, Italian, and French. She now lives in Greenville, SC, and maintains relations between Italy and the USA for Vetroresina.

Website: www.vetroresinallc.com


Be a sponsor for this year's Conference

LUNCH SPONSOR  1000.00 dollars  (we need 2 sponsors)

    • 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)

Schaefer

    • 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):

    • 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

ivannovation

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

    • 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

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Contact: Lee Ferrell (ferrell@clemson.edu)

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