May 12 General Meeting

The North Texas DEC recently hosted it’s Q2 General Meeting with special presentations from Lawrence (Larry) Burns and Andrew Rollo.  Mel Drews, Chair of the Membership Meetings Committee, introduced the guest speakers to those in attendance.

Larry is considered an authority representing international intermodal ocean carriers.  Prior to 2020, Lawrence was a common contributor to industry news sources and a speaker at industry conferences.  His career spans 30+ years with multi-functional management roles in intermodal containerized ocean/land transportation, which was evident in his outstanding presentation covering various items of interest for US exporters.  His presentation covered the impact that delays at major ports are having throughout the supply chain, from on-time performance to vessel capacity.  Another item in particular, the trade imbalance with China, was a perfect transition into Andrew’s presentation.

Andrew Rollo serves as a Vice President for China and Transformational Exports at the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM).  In this role, Andrew helps lead EXIM’s efforts to ensure that U.S. exports can compete against exports supported by Chinese subsidies. He discussed various programs offered through EXIM to help US exporters expand their sales in international markets, as well as an overview of how different governments throughout the globe support exporters from their own countries.

In addition to these two keynote presentations, attendees were also provided with an update on the Texas State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grant from David Luna, Chair of the Legislative Affairs Committee.  Virginia Arteaga and Javier Mazon, Co-Chairs of the Exporting with the Experts Committee, shared information on the program recently held at the University of Texas at Arlington as well as some potential programs in the works for later this year.

From Executive Secretary Jessica Gordon, attendees received information on the 2022 Trade Winds to be held in UAE as well as the new Market Diversification Tool available through the International Trade Administration (ITA).  Some of those in attendance have already taken advantage of this tool and shared success stories from their businesses.

The North Texas DEC invites you to join the next meeting to be held on August 11.  Additional details will be sent this summer.