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L&IT Annual Conference 2013

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The purpose of the Language and International Trade Conference is:

  • To promote the Clemson Language and International Trade Program and business studies at Clemson University
  • To promote student awareness of international businesses in the region
  • To provide networking opportunities for students, alumni and international firms
  • To provide a forum for members of academia and business to exchange ideas
  • To raise awareness and understanding of globalization
  • To highlight Clemson University's relationship to the business community.


9:30 a.m. Welcome Center opens
Ballroom A&B, Hendrix Student Center
10 - 10:15 a.m. Opening ceremony
10:15 - 11 a.m. Keynote speech: Jean-Noel Thiollier
Disney Parks & Resorts in Paris
11 - 11:30  a.m. Morning Program 1: Craig Lundgren
Business Development Executive at Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
11:30 a.m. - noon Morning Program 2: John Crowe
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Buckeye Technologies Inc
12:15 - 1 p.m. Lunch
1:15 - 2:30 p.m. Panel Discussion with Clemson alumni, moderated by Clemson faculty
2:45 - 4 p.m. Round Table with Clemson students and international business leaders
4 - 4:15 p.m. Closing ceremony
4:30 - 5 p.m. Ice cream social

Keynote Speaker

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Jean-Noel Thiollier
Disney Parks & Resorts in Paris

Jean-Noël Thiollier has been Director of Talent & Reward for Disneyland Paris since September 2008. His responsibilities include defining appropriate recruitment and remuneration policies to make Disneyland® Paris one of Europe’s favorite employersMr. Thiollier started his career in London with Ernst & Young before joining the Baxter Healthcare group. Over a seven-year period with Baxter Healthcare, he managed a series of mergers and acquisitions as well as their related human resource restructuring. From 2000 to 2003 he was involved with the Internet boom, working for Vivendi-Universal and managing the development of ‘à la carte’ remuneration packages in a talent-hungry field. It was from 2003 to 2005 that Mr. Thiollier worked for Gucci, putting together the human resources structure for YSL-Beauty. Most recently, in 2006, he held the position of Senior Vice President of Human Resources for the French national employment agency, ANPE, in preparation for its merger with the national agency for unemployment insurance.

Mr. Thiollier holds a joint degree from both Paris’s La Sorbonne and the University of Manchester. He also holds an HEC-MBA qualification in Strategic Human Resource Management.


Conference Speakers

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Craig Lundgren
Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP

Craig Lundgren currently serves as the Business Development Executive for the South Carolina/Western Carolina Region of Dixon Hughes Goodman. For the seven years prior, Mr. Lundren provided financial statement audits and employee benefit plan audits for primarily manufacturing clients as an audit manager with the Greenville, South Carolina office. He brings a diverse background to the position: two years experience teaching English in Japan; and, five years with Hitachi Electronic Devices USA as process quality control supervisor and Japanese/English interpreter.

Mr. Lundgren is very active in the community, serving on the boards of the Japan America Association, Greenville Sister Cities, Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce and the International Committee with the Greenville Rotary Club. At the state level, he is an active member of the South Carolina Economic Developers Association and the Urban Land Institute.

Mr. Lundgren received a Bachelor of Science Industrial Management and a Master of Professional Accountancy from Clemson University.

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John B. Crowe
Buckeye Technologies, Inc.

John B. Crowe was elected as chairman and chief executive officer of Buckeye July 1, 2006. He served as president and chief operating officer from April 1, 2003 until July, 2006. He was elected as a director of Buckeye in August 2004. He served as senior vice president, Wood Cellulose Division, from January 2001 to April of 2003. Mr. Crowe joined the company in December 1997 serving as vice president, Wood Cellulose Manufacturing, until January 2001. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Crowe was executive vice president / general manager of Alabama River Pulp and Alabama Pine Pulp Operations, a division of Parsons and Whittemore, Inc. and was Vice President and Site Manager of Flint River Operations, a subsidiary of Weyerhaeuser Company.

American Bakers Association

Paul Abenante, former CEO and president of the Washington-based lobbying group, the American Bakers Association
Mr. Abenante also served on the legislative lobbying staff representing financial institutions. He came to Washington with the Central Intelligence Agency and served more than two years on the White House staff in the White House Situation Room. He graduated from Southern Illinois University and pursued graduate studies at SIU and Long Island University. He has represented multiple international companies and testified before many international regulatory agencies.

AFCO  Associated Fuel Pump Systems Corporation-Anderson, SC

Andreas Abbing,  President
After completing his degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Applied Sciences Rhineland-Palatinate – Bingen, he began working for Robert Bosch, GmbH in 1984. During his time with Bosch, Mr. Abbing has worked in Japan, Germany, China and the US. In Japan, he was general manager of Bosch Automotive Systems – Higashi Matsuyama – JP Chassis Systems and general manager of  Project manufacturing restructuring with Bosch Braking Systems in Tokyo. From 2004-2010 he was vice president of Corporate Purchasing – Technical Support in Shanghai, China. A native speaker of German, he is also fluent in English and Japanese.

AXA Insurance and Financial Services

Timothy Williams, Financial Consultant
AXA Insurance is a French company headquartered in Paris. Mr. Williams is also  president of Delta Financial, LLC. He has been with his firm for 20 years in the SC, NC and GA market. His practice focuses on helping clients—individuals and small businesses—recognize, name and prioritize financial goals, develop and implement a game plan for achieving those goals, and then through periodic reviews monitor the progress. Risk management plays an important part, i.e. risk of premature death, risk of losing the ability to work, inflation risk, market risk,etc.


Dr. Kilian Funk, Manager of the Liaison Office of  BMW Research in South Carolina
Over the last 10 years he has held various positions at BMW in Munich in research and development. Prior to that he was a teaching and research assistant at the Technical University of Munich where he received his Ph.D. and diploma in mechanical engineering. He is fluent in German and English and has some basic knowledge in French and Spanish.

Century 3

Xiaodan (Dan) Zhou, Market Research Analyst
In her position, she is responsible for researching and assisting potential Chinese companies to locate/relocate or expand manufacturing facilities in the U.S. Thanks to her background in construction, Ms. Zhou works with project managers to bridge the communication gap due to language and cultural differences. She also holds a part-time position as Business Recruitment Officer for Asia with Upstate SC Alliance, where she focuses on researching the Chinese markets and targeting Chinese companies for investment in the Upstate region. Originally from Qingdao, China, Zhou received her Master’s in Civil Engineering from Clemson University in 2010 upon which she joined Century 3 and then Upstate SC Alliance in early 2011. She is fluent in both Chinese and English.

Century 3

Angela Maxwel, Global Marketing and Business Development Manager for Century 3 Inc.
Ms. Maxwell is responsible for developing and maintaining marketing and business development strategies to meet C3's objectives, evaluate customer research, market conditions, competitor data and implement marketing plans and changes as needed. Her position works with all aspects of marketing including market research, product/business development, sales and advertising.

Century 3, Inc. is a global company that designs, builds and relocates Industrial facilities throughout the US, China, Southeast Asia and across the globe. Century 3 Inc. was founded in Greer, SC, in 1977 and currently has established operations in North America, China and Southeast Asia with more than 900 employees globally, and more than 450 clients worldwide in over 4000 projects.

Previous to this, with over 15 years of experience, Ms. Maxwell held various positions as Director of Development and Marketing Manager Positions for non-profits in the United States and other international companies. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and speaks Spanish and English.

Draexlmaier Automotive of America

Lisa Cope, DAA Draexlmaier Automotive of America LLC, Duncan, S.C.
Lisa Cope has been working in human resources for more than 20 years. During that time, she has gained a wealth of experience in various areas of HR in different industries, including call centers, financial institutions, and automotive manufacturing. Her track record includes problem solving, implementing efficiencies and introducing best-practice standards.

Since joining automotive supplier DAA Draexlmaier Automotive of America LLC in 2011, she has been focused on talent management in the automotive industry and learning the cultural difference in a very diverse industry.

Prior to joining Dräxlmaier, she led a very successful recruiting department in the financial industry for 17 years, where she developed MBA rotational programs and undergraduate programs. What she most enjoys about
her job is the interaction with new recruits and watching them develop and grow with their careers.

Lisa is married and has five children and one grandchild.

EASC Executive and Strategic Consulting Group

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Clemens Schmitz-Justen, President
Dr. Schmitz-Justen’s career has covered a wide variety of fields and activities. A manufacturing engineer by education, he held various senior management positions within BMW for over 16 years. His responsibilities included operations in Germany, the U.K., South Africa, and the U.S.; most recently being President of BMW Manufacturing in Greer, SC until 2007.

Prior to joining BMW, he spent 10 years with the Fraunhofer Society for Applied Research in Aachen, Germany. There he managed consulting projects on production technologies for numerous international clients and was responsible for the manufacturing lab as Managing Chief Engineer. He holds a Master’s degree and a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from Aachen Technical University and is an Honorary Professor at Chemnitz Technical University in Germany.

Dr. Schmitz-Justen  serves on several corporate boards in the U.S. as well as in Europe and has been involved in various community service activities. He has addressed academic and corporate audiences as a keynote speaker at management and industrial conferences.

EASC Group in Greenville, S.C. and Stuttgart, Germany, supports its clients in their transatlantic and other international activities with special emphasis on the crucial and sensitive intercultural context. Based upon several decades of automotive industry experience, EASC’s  consulting approach is a comprehensive one: focus on business and production strategies as well as on finding the right talent to implement those concepts at the senior executive level.

Foreign Translations

Ken Zwerdling, CEO
With over 30 years of business experience, Mr. Zwerdling is the CEO of both Foreign Translations and Foreign Staffing. He oversees the firm's business development, marketing and internet/website activities. Prior to forming these companies, he was the president of New VentureZ Business Solutions, Inc., a management consulting firm specializing in the preparation of business, strategic, capital and marketing plans for emerging and expanding companies.

He has helped launch over a dozen companies in such industries as technology, internet, e-commerce, telecommunications, health care, manufacturing, real estate, financial services, entertainment and other service-related companies. He has extensive experience in financial modeling and in raising venture capital.

Mr. Zwerdling has an undergraduate degree from the State University of New York in Finance and Economics and an MBA from Nova’s Graduate School of Business.

French-American Chamber of Commerce-Atlanta

Daniel Bowers, Executive Director
Mr. Bowers received his undergraduate degrees in Finance and French from Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Missouri, and his Master's in Business Administration from Thunderbird – The American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, Arizona. Prior to joining the French-American Chamber of Commerce – Atlanta, he worked as an investment banker, specializing in middle market mergers and acquisitions and most recently owned his own fine-dining restaurant in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In addition to his training in business administration and finance, he earned the Grand Diplome de Patisserie from the Cordon Bleu in Paris, France.

In his position with the FACC-Atlanta, Mr. Bowers is responsible for promoting and enhancing business opportunities for companies with operations in the Southeastern United States who have business interests in France or are simply interested in French culture and language. The FACC-Atlanta represents some 80 corporations, from major international companies like Delta Airlines and InterContinental Hotels to small, privately held companies. The Executive Director of the FACC-Atlanta is tasked with providing a platform for these companies to interact and create valuable business contacts. This is achieved primarily through hosting or promoting functions or events, educational, social or otherwise.

The Hershey Company

Andrea Belbusti, Customs & Trade Compliance Analyst-Global Logistics
Ms. Belbusti  received her degree in in Spanish & International Trade from Clemson University in 2010. After graduating from Clemson, she  worked on-site with GE Energy through Sandler Travis Trade Adisory Services as a Customs Compliance Analyst. She has been with Hershey for 10 months and has gained experience in the international trade industry, primarily in Central/South American markets. In addition to Spanish, she has learned basic German and is currently learning Portugese (Brazil).

JTEKT Automotive South Carolina, Inc.

Katsuhiko "Ike" Ishikawa, President
Mr. Ishikawa graduated Nagoya University in Japan and received a Master's Degree in Engineering immediately upon graduation in 1982; he commenced employment with KOBE Steel Co. Ltd as an engineer.
He joined JTEKT Corporation in Japan in 1984 and studied precision metal forming technology at Toyota Motor Corporation. He returned to JTEKT in 1987, to work on process and equipment design for precision forgings for automotive components. Until December 2005, he was with the Manufacturing Engineering R&D Department as manager and general manager. He was promoted to Production Engineering Senior Manager, then again promoted as Vice Plant Manager. Between 2004 through 2009, he was a member of board of trustee of The Japan Society for Technology of Plasticity as well as Japan Forging Association.
He enjoys both working and living in South Carolina, and serves on the boards of the Japan America Association of South Carolina. He loves orchestra music and has played the bassoon since college, and is in his 4th season with the Foothills Philharmonic in Greenville.


Ned Abbott, Vice President, International Transportation and Logistics for Momentum Transportation USA, Inc., an independent agency of Landstar)
With his company for 6 years, Mr. Abbot has had various sales and general management executive positions with different ocean carriers and NVOCCs (Non Vessel Operating Common Carriers)during a 34 year career during which time he has worked in four countries overseas, including Europe and South America. He has a B.A. in Political Science from Emory University.


Thomas Ming, Vice President, International Operations
Mr. Ming is a senior global transportation operations and business development professional with over 40 years’ experience in international air and ocean freight transportation, freight forwarding and customer relations. His current position of vice-president, International Operations, Landstar Global Logistics, Inc. is backed by Landstar System, Inc., one of the most successful, financially-stable companies in the business. 

His know-how has been developed through the creation and implementation of solutions for customers’ international transportation related supply chain needs. These implementations have taken him to many countries around the globe. 

Mr. Ming is a past president and an active member of the First Coast Roundtable of the CSCMP.  A native of New Jersey, Tom earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from Clemson University and he and his family have lived in Jacksonville for almost 30 years.     

Lockheed Martin, THAAD Program

Jim Beck
Born Huntsville AL in 1964, Mr. Beck has a lifelong interest in Asia and has traveled extensively in Thailand, Philippines, Japan, Laos and Vietnam. He has a passion for development studies inherited from his father who worked in the field extensively. He is functional in Thai and Issan Dialects and Spanish. He maintains a home in his wife's village in Thailand and owns a rice, mango and sugar cane farm. His wife Yui is a former school principal in Thailand. They have two children.


Michael J. Ungar, Director of Corporate Recruiting and University Affairs, Michelin North America
Mr. Ungar is Director of Corporate Recruiting for Michelin North America. In this role, Mike is responsible for white collar hiring for the United States and for coordinating Michelin's recruitment network throughout North America. Prior to assuming this role, he worked throughout North America and Michelin Group in support of the deployment of Michelin Manufacturing Way, Michelin's standard manufacturing processes. During his 25 years with Michelin, he has held various leadership positions in manufacturing in both operational and support roles, such as Industrial Engineering, production management, investment management, and supply chain. Mr. Ungar holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the United States Military Academy and a Master’s in Business Administration from Clemson University. He grew up in Denver, Colorado.

Roedl Langford de Kock

Steven L. Cooper, Managing Partner – Greenville, S.C. and Charlotte, N.C.
Prior to joining Roedl in January 1999, Mr. Cooper practiced as an auditor with the South Carolina office of KPMG and a large regional CPA firm for fifteen years.

Practice Concentrations:

  • Attest and assurance services for manufacturing, distribution and service companies in various industries
    U.S.-GAAP to IFRS conversions
  • Tax compliance and consulting for foreign owned companies, transfer pricing, permanent establishments
  • Inbound investment planning, structuring and consulting
  • Accounting and business consulting
  • Business process outsourcing, accounting services and payroll

His hobbies and interests include reading, travel and automobiles. Mr. Cooper holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Clemson University. He is also active as a committee member of the South Carolina and North Carolina chapters of German-American Chamber of Commerce.

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


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.

Walt Disney Company

Mark R. Mannella, Director, International & New Business Compensation. 
Mr. Manella began his  career in 1981 as part of the first Disney College Program working as a Front Deck Host at Fort Wilderness at Walt Disney World. His career at Disney has included working in a variety of functions including recruitment, labor relations, employee relations, succession planning, compensation, benefits and business development. Many of his responsibilities have included working in a numerous countries including France, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and China. He was part of the opening team for major new businesses including Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland and Shanghai Disney Resort. Responsibilities in these new businesses include pro forma development, government negotiations and creation of compensation and benefit policies, practices and procedure.

Wetzel Services

Paul Wetzel, President

Wetzel Services, Inc., is a family-owned business in Greenville, S.C., that supports international companies in the Upstate. Its three divisions (Relocation, Realty, and Language & Intercultural Training) provide a full range of services that help international companies to quickly assimilate workers and their families into Upstate life.

Paul and Valerie Wetzel are the owners of the company, which was started over 18 years ago. The Wetzel Team consists of eleven employees. Five are native German speakers, and others speak French and Chinese. Wetzel Languages also has more than 15 teachers and intercultural trainers.

Mr. Wetzel has a master's degree in education (M.Ed.) along with his real estate brokerage license. He recently earned the National Association of Realtor's designation of "Certified International Properties Specialist."

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.

Joining our L&IT alumni on the panel will be Mr. Mark Manella of Walt Disney Company and Professor Dan Wueste of Clemson University.


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Andrea Belbusti Alumna, Spanish and International Trade

Global Logistics | Customs & Trade Compliance Analyst
The Hershey Company
I have been with Hershey for 10 months and have gained experience in the international trade industry, primarily in Central/South American markets. Before Hershey, I worked on-site with GE Energy through Sandler & Travis Trade Adisory Services as a Customs Compliance Analyst.


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Bernell King Ingram, Alumna, Japanese and International Trade

Visions International, Greenville, SC
Bernell King Ingram is a professional coach, consultant, trainer, certified Japanese and English language coach, author, and president of Visions International. Since 2000, Visions International has coached, consulted and trained entrepreneurs, global executives and expatriate families of multinational corporations spanning Japan, Korea, Mexico, Germany, Austria, Spain, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Argentina. Bernell has coached over 1200 entrepreneurs and assisted in securing over $1 million in financing. Bernell is a Clemson Women Firsts, the first student to graduate in Japanese and International Trade, and holds the esteemed award of Clemson University’s 2010 Young Alumnus of Merit. Clemson Women’s Leadership awarded Bernell the Going the Distance award and she has also received recognitions in business, diversity, women’s leadership and as an international professional scholar to Japan.

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Jordan Seignious, Alumna, French and International Trade

Michelin, Customer Service Account Coordinator
Upon graduation from Clemson in Spring 2011, I moved to France for a year as an au pair with a French family to complete my French fluency. When I came back to the United States, I worked a part time job and job searched for about 4 months before interviewing for and receiving my job at Michelin. My language skills were a huge plus in the hiring process. It also helped that I'd had an internship at Michelin during college. Since at Michelin, I went through two months of training in preparation for my job in the Customer Service department. The training was thorough and well-organized, so I felt very confident when I finally spoke to a customer for the first time in February of this year. My job is to speak with truck tire dealers all over North America, placing their tire orders, locating available stock, and performing some third party billing. I have enjoyed every minute so far. Overall, Michelin is a dream company to work for. The people and environment are wonderful, and the opportunities within the company are endless.

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Melanie Thompson, Alumna, German and International Trade

BMW Manufacturing Corp., Greer, SC
Melanie is a Senior Launch and Change Coordinator in the Engineering department at BMW Manufacturing Corp., LLC in Greer, SC. Her responsibilities include project management for new launches and interim changes for the X5, X5M, X6 and X6M wiring harnesses and electronic components. She has worked at BMW for 11 years. Melanie’s international experience includes living and working in Gelnhausen, Germany for 3 years in the early 1990’s. She also completed a 6-week study abroad with Clemson University in Nabburg, Germany in the summer of 1996. Since working at BMW, Melanie has taken several business trips to the BMW Forschungs- und Innovationszentrum (FIZ) located in Munich, Germany, most recently in December, 2011. Melanie earned a Bachelor Degree in German and International Trade from Clemson University in 2001. She is originally from Clemson but currently lives in Greenville, SC with her 9 year old daughter, Ellison.

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Natasha Korba, Alumna, French and International Trade

Disney Parks and Resorts US, Inc.
Natasha is a recent graduate from Clemson University. She is currently working for the Walt Disney Company, where she has participated in several internship programs, gaining experience across various lines of business. She has worked and volunteered on both coasts and in Europe in: Sales, International Recruiting, Events, Development, and Management. She is focused on professional development and continuing her education, thus is involved in numerous leadership and development opportunities offered by Disney. Recently, she received a Global Business Certificate from the Harvard Business School.  Since graduating from Clemson, Natasha has gained experience across the U.S. and in Europe. She interned for the International Trade Administration in Washington, D.C., worked as an International Sales Specialist in Connecticut and France, and studied Development Economics at the University of Warsaw in Poland. Natasha is passionate about international development and trade, and hopes to inspire others to get involved and pursue their goals.


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Brigitte Briere, Alumna, French and International Trade 

Expeditors International, Distribution Lead Agent
I began my studies at Clemson in the program for Language and International Trade. This gave me the opportunity to attend the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands for six months as well as the University of Louvain-La-Neuve in Belgium for one year to obtain my degree in Economics. L&IT was a great tool in order to gain a greater understanding how other countries conduct business and
prepared me for the workplace and the communication with these other countries. As an Air Export Agent, I personally communicate with Singapore, Poland, Belgium, and Brazil daily about orders and inventory inquiries.

I have now been promoted to distribution lead agent and am in charge of a team of 6 in the office and manage the warehouse temp labor. My daily operation consist mainly of managing a team that focuses on customer service, order processing, daily receiving, order consolidations, inventory management, and accounting. My knowledge acquired through the L&IT program certainly gave the competitive edge in being selected for the position and helped me gain my promotion.


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Mark R. Mannella, Director, International & New Business Compensation, Walt Disney Company 

Mr. Manella began his career in 1981 as part of the first Disney College Program, working as a Front Deck Host at Fort Wilderness at Walt Disney World. His career at Disney has included working in a variety of functions including recruitment, labor relations, employee relations, succession planning, compensation, benefits and business development. Many of his responsibilities have included working in numerous countries including France, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and China. He was part of the opening team for major new businesses including Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland and Shanghai Disney Resort. Responsibilities in these new businesses include pro forma development, government negotiations and creation of compensation and benefit policies, practices and procedure.

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Daniel E. Wueste, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Rutland Institute for Ethics

Dr. Wueste did his graduate work in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (M.A., 1979) and Washington University in St. Louis (Ph.D., 1985). His research and writing focus on issues in three areas: legal philosophy, social and political philosophy, and professional ethics. Wueste has a special interest in what ethicists can learn from legal philosophers and vice versa. His work has appeared in various journals including Cornell Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, Teaching Ethics, and Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing. He is the author of the chapter on professional ethics in The Biomedical Engineering Handbook, 2nd edition, the chapter on biomedical ethics in the Encyclopedia of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, and the editor of Professional Ethics and Social Responsibility (Rowman and Littlefield, 1994). Wueste is president of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum. He is an ex officio member of the Advisory Council of the Center for Academic Integrity, formerly at Duke University, which is now part of the Rutland Institute for Ethics at Clemson University.


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