Top Tier 1 suppliers to Toyota Texas Manufacturing “Los Compadres” will share their insights, best practices, and knowledge on how to increase international business in San Antonio. The noon meeting is part of Free Trade Alliance San Antonio’s Annual International Business Forum scheduled on October 30, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in downtown San Antonio.
Explore| Connect| Expand is the Forum’s theme and will be an all-day event beginning at 8:00 a.m. and will include four one-hour panel discussions on best practices in international selling, global sourcing, top exporting markets and opportunities, and key international business resources. “Los Compadres” is the partnership of Berto Guerra, Max Navarro, Frank Herrera, and Fernando Reyes who supply the truck manufacturer. The event will also feature matchmaking and networking appointments for those companies seeking international business opportunities.
“The International Business Forum 2014: Explore| Connect| Expand is the re-branded Export Day,” explained Jose E. Martinez, President and CEO of Free Trade Alliance San Antonio. “Last year the City hosted San Antonio’s first Export Day to officially launch the City’s Export Plan. Our City partners handed the event over to the Alliance and we’ve re-envisioned it to make it an effective tool to build export awareness and educate San Antonio businesses on the key aspects, resources, and expertise available for export facilitation. As well as showcasing San Antonio’s assets, we want to facilitate foreign investment by bringing international investors to the event,” he added.
Carlos Jarquin, Vice President for Exports and Foreign Investment and the Forum’s lead coordinator said, “We’ve already had a lot of interest from companies in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, and Chile. We are encouraging our local companies to register early for the event so that they can take full advantage of the opportunity to connect with local experts and international companies. We see great opportunities for local companies to come explore other markets and increase awareness for the global economy,” he stated.