Join us for this first Global Chamber Chicago downstate event to learn about the latest Illinois export trends in manufacturing, agriculture, technology and more. Discover new opportunities!
Join us in Springfield, Illinois!
10:30 am to 11:45 am Registration/Networking
11:45 am - 12:45 pm Lunch
12:45 pm - 1:10 pm Ernie Watts, Executive Director, Global Chamber Chicago:
Welcome from Global Chamber - what we do, how we help.
1:10 pm - 1:35 pm Mayor Jim Langfelder, Welcome to Springfield:
Global Business Development in Springfield.
1:35 pm - 2:00 pm Dr. Ronald McNeil, Dean Emeritus, College of Business and Management, University of Illinois Springfield:
IL manufactured products export trends.
2:00 pm - 2:15 pm BREAK
2:15 pm - 2:40 pm Tamara Nelsen, Illinois Farm Bureau
Il agricultural products export trends.
2:40 pm - 3:05 pm Nicole Bateman, Midwest Inland Port in Decatur
Multi-modal transportation trends connecting Illinois globally.
3:05 pm - 3:30 pm Lothar Soliwon, ZG Worldwide
Central Illinois Technology Triangle to attract global investors.
3;30 pm - 4:30 pm Networking
Featured Speakers Include:
Jim Langfelder - Mayor, City of Springfield, IL
Nicole Bateman is the Executive Director of the Midwest Inland Port, the strategic development of Decatur through public-private partnerships as a distribution transportation center, capitalizing on Decatur’s central geography, its existing intermodal services from ADM, rail services from 3 Class I railroads, the potential of its quality airport infrastructure and its interstate access.
Dr. Ronald McNeil became dean of the College of Business and Management and professor of Business Administration at UIS in 2002. Before coming to UIS, McNeil was dean of the Charlton College of Business at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and associate dean of business at the Georgia College & State University. Prior to academia, he was president of a mining company, senior consultant to Fortune 500 companies and a manager for a not-for-profit organization.
Tamara Nelsen is Sr. Director of Commodities for the Illinois Farm Bureau, Tamara is responsible for the management of all Commodities Department activities and programs. The department works with agricultural organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies to provide programs in the area of economic, financial, production, and market education to Illinois Farm Bureau members.
Lothar Soliwon is president and CEO of ZG Worldwide, which offers a broad range of management consultants, specialized business services and technology solutions in the U.S. and 25 countries on six continents. ZG also has business brokerage for connecting buyers with sellers of businesses.
Ernie Watts currently serves as the Executive Director of Global Chamber® Chicago. In this role, his primary focus is to engage leaders, companies and communities in more successful cross-border trade and investment to accelerate global business growth and increase community success. Ernie has worked in corporate environments including Fortune 50, publicly traded global companies as well as small, privately owned domestic businesses.