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Understanding the European Market(s) – Mega Trends to Follow

Posted on May 1, 2013 by Barlas Bildir

Dear partners,

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the CITCA is hosting the Third Installment of the Europe 2020 Series: ` Understanding the European Market(s) – Mega Trends to Follow on Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 4 pm to 7:30 pm at Mesirow Financial.

This event will focus on the most important trends Americans have to know and following the EU region. The speaking program will be followed by a networking reception where participants can interact with European representatives from CITCA and other international business executives in the Chicagoland area over cocktails and appetizers.

Featured Keynote Speaker:
David Pistrui, Ph.D., serves as the Managing Director of Acumen Dynamics, LLC, a strategy-based firm that aim at helping organizations align vision and strategy with execution and performance. Dr. Pistrui’s activities include strategy development, business succession, assessment modeling, technology transfer, executive education and social science research throughout the world. He has held several scholarly appointments and worn many heads in regional business development organizations in the US and Europe.

Featured Panelists:
Roland van Marlen is the founder of MCSM Services which helps SMEs to grow their international sales and in some cases to multi-million dollar sales. Many of the companies that Roland worked with are still exporting successfully and have expanded considerably. Roland taught International Sales Management at a post graduate course at the Amsterdam School of Business. He also hosts seminars & workshops addressing on international marketing & sales.

Enda Meehan is Territory Director & SVP for IDA Ireland, Chicago. He leads IDA’s marketing teams in Chicago and Atlanta responsible for the attraction and development of foreign investment in Ireland, across a number of business sectors including lifesciences; ICT & software; engineering & cleantech; consumer, content & business services and financial services. Meehan’s experiences also include medical technologies and IDA project management for US medical device companies.

Iwona Bochenska is the Senior Trade Specialist in the State of Illinois’ Office of Trade and Investment (OTI). She develops business strategies and helps companies determine the best geographic market for its products and provide financial assistance for export ventures. The institution supports Illinois companies growing their exports and enter-ing the export markets, providing services such as Individualized counseling, assessment sessions, international trade leads and market research to Illinois companies.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, please contact Shufen Zhao:
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