About the Presenter
Keys for success in an intercultural environment (PPT, 503 KB)
Al Ernest, Executive with East West Associates, is a Blowing Rock business owner who imports Chinese Artifacts and prepares executives who travel to China. He will be speaking on keys for success in an intercultural environment. During his time with Owens Corning, Mr. Ernest invested and purchased equipment in China worth more than $200 million.
Sarah Green, Director of Events and International Expansion with Extreme Entrepreneurship Education, will talk about pursuing her international career goals – what worked and what did not. She'll emphasize the importance of having an "entrepreneurial mindset," and will discuss things students can do to start their international career entrepreneurially while they are waiting for their "big career break."
I'm Hiring (PPT, 1 MB)
Steve Jesseph, President and Chief Executive Officer with WRAP, will be speaking on how students can make themselves marketable for an international career. WRAP certifies factories to a 12-point code of conduct covering legal, labor, environmental, security and customs compliance areas for labor-intensive consumer products manufacturing.
Global Supply Chain Management (PPT, 4 MB)
Shannon Meadows, a 2005 marketing graduate of Walker College, is Manager of Business Development-Southeast region for UTi Worldwide in Charlotte. She is an active member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and currently serves as Vice Chairwoman of the Appalachian State University Supply Chain Management Board of Advisors. Her presentation is entitled, "Global Supply Chain Management- Where do you fit in?"
Key Points to Marketing Internationally (PPT, 1 MB)
Grace Palacios-Will co-founded Charney/Palacios & Co, a Miami firm that grew to become the leading and largest print media representative company in the US. The firm was acquired in 1991 by Publicitas, a Swiss-based global media representation network. She served from 2004 to 2006 as CEO of Publicitas Leading Hispanic Media. In 2008 she was appointed CEO Americas, responsible for overseeing all business units in Canada, the US and Latin America. She has appeared for two consecutive years in the “Who’s Who in International Business in South Florida” as well as the “Top 101 Global Leaders” published by South Florida CEO. In November 2001, she was awarded “International Business Woman of the Year” by Women in International Trade and she is listed among the “Top Latinas in the US” by Hispanic Magazine. The title of Grace’s presentation is “Key Points to Marketing Internationally.”
Greg Raty is VP, Domestic & International Sales, Slade Inc., Statesville, NC, and recipient of the President's 2010 E-Award. This award is the highest honor for exporting excellence in the U.S. Mr. Raty travels abroad frequently developing international sales for Slade, Inc.
Raty's speech is entitled "Global Success - Through Your Initiative & Available Resources." He will outline and clearly identify the many fears of going global and follow through by recognizing the available solutions and resources already in place worldwide. "Based upon your business, products and objectives, success can be found and as well as long lasting, reliable contacts and consultants worldwide."
International Internships. Think Bigger (PPT, 154 KB)
Erika Vass, Vice President of Finance with AEISEC Appalachian, will speak on the value of businesses hiring international interns and discuss outgoing international internships. She is a junior pursuing a finance Degree, focusing on financial planning. After school, she plans to intern abroad through AIESEC.
Dr. Randy Edwards, Dean of the College of Business, will give the opening remarks and welcome.