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
Diversity of Money
Diversity of People
Diversity of Resources
How to Jumpstart Your International Career

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 ...
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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