Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Speakers, "From Garage to Global: The Right Way to Expand Internationally"

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Alexandre Y.,    

Join the Florida Venture Forum and Nair & Co. for a discussion on how to best position your company for international expansion. From protecting your IP to hiring the best talent, a panel of international experts will discuss how best to enter both stable and developing markets worldwide!

How to establish a secure foothold in places such as China, India, Latin America and in other locations where economies are growing but volatile; the countries that are the easiest and hardest to expand into and why.

Program Details
  • Steps companies should take to ensure they are truly prepared to expand
  • What to keep in mind when hiring employees in foreign countries
  • Legal issues that can sidetrack expanding companies 
  • How to handle accounting and other financial issues    
  • Big surprises and even bigger mistakes
  • The roles investors and board members can and should play
And much more...Including your questions 

November 7th 2013

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Law offices of Greenberg Traurig
333 SE 2nd Avenue Suite 4400
Miami, FL 33131

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Stanley G. Jacobs, Jr.
Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Stanley "Stash" Jacobs focuses his practice on corporate and securities law, including mergers and acquisitions and private equity and venture capital transactions. He regularly counsels established and emerging companies, entrepreneurs and investors in significant corporate and transactional matters.

Opening Speaker

Sir Alan Collins KCVO CMG 
Advisor to the Board, Nair & Co.

Sir Alan is a former British diplomat, and brings to Nair & Co. a wealth of experience in international trade and investment, particularly in the US, Asia, and the Commonwealth countries. His association with various international industry bodies and government organizations provides invaluable political and economic insight to the company's strategies and operations. Previously, he has been the High Commissioner to Singapore and the Ambassador to the Philippines, Deputy Ambassador to Ethiopia, and the Director General of the British Trade and Cultural Office in Taiwan. He was also the Director General of Trade and Investment USA and Consul General New York, where he worked extensively to attract high-value inward investment to the UK. During his time in Singapore, Sir Alan was part of the delegation that won the 2012 Olympics for London.  He was the Olympics Ambassador for the UK, and directed international business-related work from the London 2012 Games aiming at outcomes worth over $15 billion to the UK economy. Sir Alan is a Non-Executive Director of Amlin plc, ICICI Bank UK, plc, JPMorgan American Investment Trust plc, and Prudential Assurance Singapore Pte Ltd, as well as the Non-Executive Chairman of Powetec Energy Ltd.


Chris Stone
Interim CEO, Nair & Co.

Chris Stone is a technology and services industry veteran, with a strong track record of building successful, global businesses. In 1992 he joined EDS as the UK Marketing Director, and stayed there through several roles until joining Digital Equipment Company in 1996 as the UK General Manager for Services. Following the acquisition of DEC by Compaq in 1998, he joined Accenture as an Associate Partner in the BPO practice, focussing on the Financial Services industry. In October 1999, He became CEO of Northgate, an £80M revenue Software and Services business. Over the next 12 years, Northgate grew through a combination of organic and inorganic growth to become the global No.2 specialist HR software and services business, and the UK No.1 Public Sector software business, with revenues of £850M and around 11,000 employees. 


Mark A. Lopez
Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig

Mark A. Lopez has advised multinational clients in connection with domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, private equity and corporate financings throughout Central and South America, the Caribbean, Europe and the United States. He is proactively involved with clients assisting them to grow their businesses. Mark has represented clients in cross-border transactions involving such countries as Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru and Spain. Mark has experience with the private banking industry, having completed a secondment with the local private banking branch of a major international bank where he served as Interim Director of Compliance.

John TullisPanelist

John Tullis
Partner & Head of International Activities, 
Tullis Health Investors

John is responsible for Tullis Health Investors' international activities.  His investment focus areas include international health care distribution and information technology investments, where he works with and engages companies, offering guidance and global perspective.  John has spent more than 15 years in international business in various capacities, including venture capital, capital markets, and corporate development. John has a BA from DePauw University.  He received a graduate business certificate from the University of Virginia's McIntire Business Institute, and an MBA from the University of Miami Graduate School of Business.  


Matt Waldron
Vice Consul for Trade & Investment, UKTI 

Matt Waldron is Product and Brand Development professional with undergraduate degrees in Business from Culver-Stockton College and an International MBA from the University of South Carolina's renowned Moore School of Business.  He has worked as a product manager and retail manager with companies such as Wal-Mart, GameStop Inc., Colgate-Palmolive, Pelican, and Logitech.  Matt has lived and worked internationally in Latin America, Asia and Europe. Matt has worked for UKTI for over six years as a Vice Consul for Trade & Investment; first with the Consumer Industrial team out of San Francisco and now with the Miami team covering Technology, Financial Services and Creative/Media sectors.


Thomas "Tigre" Wenrich, Chief Operating Officer,
Open English

Tigre has been with Open English since 2009, helping grow the business from Venezuela-based start-up to multinational with offices in Miami, Caracas, Bogota, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo, employing (directly and indirectly) over 2,000 people worldwide.   He has also served as CFO, helping to raise over $120M of venture capital during the past four years.  Prior to Open English, Tigre had a 16 year career in strategy consulting with The Boston Consulting Group, and he owned and operated a chain of 20 check cashing and payday loan stores in the Miami area.   He was born in the Dominican Republic and speaks fluent Spanish and English. Open English is an online school created to reinvent the English-language-learning experience. The company serves a large and rapidly growing global market, initially targeting Spanish and Portuguese speakers in the Americas. Through live instruction with native English speaking teachers and multimedia learning materials, all provided over the Internet, Open English empowers students on their customized path to English fluency.

Florida Venture Member Registration: $45.00
Non-Member Registration: $60.00

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