Traffic Club of Chicago Seminar Looks at Mexico-U.S. Trade

JOC Staff | Mar 27, 2013, 9:49 AM EDT

CHICAGO, Ill. — The Traffic Club of Chicago—in conjunction with the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce Mid-America Chapter—is presenting a one-day seminar on “Trends, Challenges and Opportunities” in the trade relationship between the U.S. and Mexico.

Seminar speakers and panelists will address global manufacturing issues that are impacting supply chain strategies, including a shift away from manufacturing in Asia to industrial centers in North America, especially Mexico. They will also explore how business and the economy are being affected by regional trading blocs, and will discuss the ramifications for suppliers and logistics companies.

“This is a key opportunity for anyone in manufacturing, shipping, retail operations, transportation, distribution, warehousing, or logistics anywhere in North America,” said James Giblin, chairman of the Traffic Club’s Education Committee. “It is all about understanding how Midwest companies—especially Chicagoland businesses—can be competitive in this fast-growing North American regional market.”

The keynote luncheon speaker will be Jose Zozaya, president of Kansas City Southern de Mexico. His presentation is titled “How to Do Business in Mexico—Beyond the Border.” There will be a Q&A session following his talk. Zozaya is also past president of the American Chamber in Mexico.

Networking and breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m., with the program starting at 8:30 a.m. It includes:

The opening address, “Global Economic Trends,” by David Hale, founder of David Hale Global Economics;

  • Panel 1—“The Climate for U.S.-Mexico Trade,” moderated by Peter Moirano, Citi Commercial Bank vice president of trade finance;
  • Panel 2—“Manufacturing and Logistics,” moderated by James Cooke, editor of DC Velocity.
Time: Thursday, April 25 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Wojcik Conference Center, Harper College
1200 West Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL