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Illinois Exports Conference – Chicago

April 30, 2015 2:00 pm
April 30, 2015 4:30 pm
Laura Ortega
The Cervantes Institute
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31 W. Ohio, Chicago, IL, United States, 60654







Get Ready for Cross-Borders Transactions


Thursday, April 30th| 2:00-5:30pm


 Instituto Cervantes of Chicago | 31 W Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60654


Join the first Illinois Chamber’s International Business Council State-wide Annual Exports Conference and Learn how to finance and structure cross-border business operations and plan for optimal distribution solutions and tax treatment.  Our international panel of experts will break down the complex transactions and the relevant issues into easy to follow and understand bites.




Cristina Falcone, Vice President of Public Affairs, UPS Canada




Andre Fiebig, Partner at Quarles & Brady


Matthew Stanley, Executive Vice President, RedRidge Finance Group


Matt Houchens, Principal KPMG


Crystal Cuellar, General Cargo Director, Paxton International


Donna Maluleke, President of CITCA & Consul for Economic Affairs, South African Consulate in Chicago


John Wagner, VP Business Development, Advanced Diamond Technologies


John Pierson, VP of Sales and Marketing, Carstens, Inc.






Cristina Falcone is Vice President of Public Affairs for UPS Canada.  During her fifteen year tenure at UPS, Cristina has held several management roles in the areas of Product Management, Customer Loyalty and Public Relations.  In her current role, Cristina works actively with governing bodies to enable global trade opportunities for Canadian and U.S. businesses; particularly on solutions that help to reduce friction at the North American border. Cristina serves as the Chair of the board for the Canadian Courier and Logistics Association (CCLA) which represents a broad-based membership of time sensitive delivery and logistics services providers operating in Canada. She also serves on the board of the Canadian American Business Council; which is dedicated to elevating the private sector perspective on issues that affect Canada and the United States. She leads UPS’s Women’s Leadership Development Committee; including mentorship of candidates for development into future leadership roles.  Cristina lives with her husband and two children in Toronto and is an active volunteer with Scouts Canada and the United Way of Peel Region. 

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Contact Kelli Jessup at (217)  522-5512 ext 227 or


If you have any questions please contact IBC Executive Director Laura Ortega at or (708)369-4635.

For sponsor opportunities, call Elizabeth Dailey at (312) 507-1691 or





Get Ready for Cross-Borders Transactions



1:45pm | Registration


2:00pm | Welcoming Remarks & Introductions


   Laura Ortega, Executive Director Intl Business Council at IL Chamber of Commerce


   Donna Maluleke, President of CITCA & Consul for Economic Affairs, South African Consulate in Chicago




2:30pm | Keynote Presentation


    Amgad Shehata, Senior VP International Public Affairs & Strategy, UPS



2:45pm | Experts Panel Presentations & Discussion



   Moderator:  Dr. John Kalaras, CEO Quality Training



oCross-border Business Law

                    Andre Fiebig, Partner at Quarles & Brady


            oExport Financing

    Matthew Stanley, Executive Vice President, RedRidge Finance Group

oInternational Taxation

    Matt Houchens, Principal KPMG


oGlobal Logistics

                                    Crystal Cuellar, General Cargo Director, Paxton International

oIL Company Participants

    Advanced Diamond Technologies

    Carstens, Inc.



4:15pm | Special Appearance & Message from State of Illinois (tbd)




4:30pm | Closing Remarks


   Neli Vazquez Rowland, President/Co-founder of A Safe Haven Foundation


4:40pm | Networking Reception


5:30 pm | Adjournment



The First Annual ILCC Exports Conference will be catered by A Safe Haven Foundation, an IBC Partner Organization.


Webinar Option Available
Those unable to attend the conference will have an opportunity to follow the full-length program two days after the live conference via recorded webinar.  Log-in instructions for the recorded webinar and accompanying reference sources and materials will be sent to registrants following the conference.

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