Utah Global Forum, October 17th 2017

The Utah Global Forum facilitates the dialogue on how businesses can expand beyond local boundaries and develop an import and export strategy to expand into the global marketplace. The program offers an incredible breadth of content, bringing experts from across multiple industries, all with a single objective: move Utah businesses to the global business stage and meet the challenges of today’s business environment.

The Utah Global Forum also specially focuses on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Utah. FDI represents an opportunity to become more actively involved in international business activities for businesses of all sizes. FDI takes many forms, such as a direct acquisition, construction of facilities, investment in a joint venture, or strategic alliance with a local firm with technology or licensing of intellectual property.

2017 Utah Global Forum

View our agenda and a list of our panels below.  Click an event to view more information about that event.

7:30 AM

Check-in and Networking Breakfast

8:30 AM


Shelby L. Peterson
Utah Export Assistance Center, World Trade Center Utah Board Member

Steve Starks
Larry H. Miller Sports and Entertainment, Salt Lake Chamber Board Member

Carine Clark
Banyan, Governor’s Office of Economic Development Board Member

8:45 AM

Keynote Speaker

Ana Navarro
GOP Strategist and Political Contributor to CNN, ABC News, and Telemundo

9:30 AM

What is Happening Around the World
Elizabeth Fuchs, Wells Fargo

What is Happening in Utah
Scott Wilmarth, CBRE

How Technology is Changing the International Business Landscape
Vance Checketts, Dell EMC

Made in the USA
Randa Fahmy, Fahmy Hudome International

10:45 AM

International Person and International Company of the Year Awards
Presented by KeyBank and the World Trade Association

11:00 AM

Networking Break and Trade Show

11:15 AM

Breakout Sessions

Diversity of Markets
Diversifying markets increases stability and revenue. Speakers will discuss the challenges and opportunities of doing business abroad and explain how you can best tap into key markets. Network with speakers and form connections that will be valuable as you expand your company internationally.



Missy W. Larsen
Senior Director of Government Relations and Corporate Partnerships, doTERRA


Chris Lo
Director, Los Angeles Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC)

Sean S.H. Wang
Executive Director, Taiwan – USA Industrial Cooperation Promotion Office

Tom Jacobson
Board Member, Utah Israel Economic Council

Antonia Zierer
Executive Director of Invest in Bavaria’s West Coast Office

James Oury
Senior Partner, OC Chartered Accountants & OC Solicitors

Diversity of Money
Are you a small business wondering how to maximize your profits? Do you have questions about access to financing or how to keep more of the money you make abroad? Join the Diversity of Money breakout session to have these questions answered. Having a smart financial strategy in place could be the difference between success and failure.



Chris Fletcher
International Tax Director, Deloitte


Elizabeth Fuchs
Regional Vice President Global Banking International Group Wells Fargo & Company

Scott Stone
Senior Vice President and Process Control Manager for the Fee Income Division, Zions Bank Corporation

Pedro Piedra
Senior Vice President, Foreign Exchange & International Trade, KeyBank

YI-Xin Soh
International Treasury Solutions Officer for Global Transaction Services, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Diversity of People
People are a company’s greatest asset. As your company seeks to increase your competitiveness at home and abroad, workplace diversity is key to organizational growth. Learn how a diverse workforce can improve a company’s talent, innovation, creativity and bottom line.



Rachel Wertheimer
Trial Lawyer, Parr Brown Gee & Loveless


Elaine Young
International Practice Group Chair at Kirton McConkie

Sunny Sanyal
Chief Executive Officer Varex Imaging

Mark Holland
CEO of Ascend HR Solutions

Diversity of Resources
International business does not have to be intimidating. There are dozens of private and public resources available to help companies ease the process of doing business in a foreign country. Learn about resources to increase your company’s competitiveness in the global marketplace, including Foreign Trade Zones, grants, internet sales platforms and more.


Theresa Foxley
President & CEO at EDCUtah


Kevin Johnson
Shareholder, Parsons Behle & Latimer

Benjamin Kolendar
Deputy Director, Department of Economic Development Salt Lake Corporation

Shelby Peterson
Acting Director, U.S. Commercial Services

Stuart Clason
Associate Director of Regional Transportation, Housing and Economic Development at Salt Lake County

Don Willie
Managing Director, World Trade Center Utah

How to Jumpstart Your International Career
Are you interested in a career in international business and affairs? Hear from and network with successful professionals who have spent their careers working around the globe. Questions you have about how to get started in the industry, how to stand out as a job applicant or what it’s like to travel the world can be answered at this breakout session.



Jonathon Wood
Managing Director of the Whitmore Global Management Center


Brian Greeff
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Jordan Menzel
Director of Corporate + Community Impact at CHOICE Humanitarian

Chase Winder
Government Relations and Enterprise Sales, Qualtrics

Sung-Joo Lee
Manager RTKC Growth Programs, Copper & Diamonds, Rio Tinto

12:00 PM

Networking Lunch

1:00 PM

Featured Speaker

Javier Palomarez, President and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Introduced by: Don Salazar, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

1:30 PM

Governor Gary R. Herbert Remarks
Introduced by: Robert Brough, Zions Bank

2:00 PM

Networking Desserts

2:30 PM


Ed Macha is Utah’s 2017 International Person of the Year!

Ed Macha is the President and founder of Reliable Controls Corporation, an international company specializing in plant automation, commissioning and optimization. With a footprint spanning from Alaska to Patagonia, Reliable Controls has earned global recognition for its world-class expertise in the primary industry since its foundation in 1999.

Mr. Macha was born into the mining industry, having spent his childhood at a mine town in Southern Peru. He moved to the US with his family in 1982 and earned a Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State in 1994. He has lived in multiple countries, working alongside people from all over the world, not only on projects related to mineral processing, but also in the water, chemical and oil & gas sectors.

With sustainability as a guiding principle for all functions of business, Mr. Macha is committed to finding real solutions to achieve Sustainable Development goals in the US and worldwide, focusing on water, energy, mining and commerce, for the overall benefit of mankind.

ULTRADENT is Utah’s 2017 International Company of the Year!

We are driven to improve oral health globally through science, creativity, and education.  Our passion to improve oral health has made Ultradent into the incredible company it is today. Ultradent is a global dental and orthodontic manufacturing company that has experienced non-stop growth for over 30 years, and is driven for continued growth! We have vertically integrated disciplines of chemistry, engineering, automation, robotics, marketing, and more. Ultradent’s products are used worldwide by dentists, orthodontists, group practices, dental labs, government agencies, and universities.


Sponsor Testimonials

Jonathan Hafen
Jonathan HafenShareholder, Parr Brown Gee & Loveless
Our law firm loves the Utah Global Forum! The speakers are entertaining and informative, and the networking lunch provides a great opportunity to develop existing and new relationships. The event draws an impressive group of larger, established companies as well as up and coming companies looking to expand their products into international markets. We have successfully developed new business through the conference, as well as made important contacts with future prospects. If you are a business looking to expand internationally, or if you provide services to international businesses, then the Utah Global Forum is a “must attend” event.
Theresa Foxley
Theresa FoxleyEDCUtah
EDCUtah is proud to partner with the Utah Global Forum. As Utah companies obtain access to resources that increase their customer base internationally and attract Foreign Direct Investment, Utah’s economy grows. This forum is one of the best places for companies to gain these resourcesDAACCd
Ben Johnson
Ben JohnsonVP and Relationship Manager, Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo has been a proud sponsor of the Utah Global Forum since its inception and values the international insight and networking the event brings. It covers relevant topics in a unique setting and provides a way for local businesses and leaders to keep a pulse on global business trends.
Kirk Jowers
Kirk JowersdoTerra, VP of Corporate Relations and European Markets
doTERRA is a proud partner of the Utah Global Forum. The Forum helps propel economic growth in Utah by creating the contacts, information, and resources necessary to increase participating companies’ international business opportunities and effectiveness.
Terry L. Grant
Terry L. GrantPresident, Key Bank
KeyBank is a proud sponsor and participant in the Utah Global Forum.  This is a neutral forum where the Utah business community with any international interests or aspirations, comes together to learn and network together.  Being involved from the very first forum to now, I have seen the forum grow and mature into one of the best events of the year in our State
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