Future of Trade Summit

9:00am - 9:30am
Registration, Check-In


9:30am - 11:00am
Panel 1 - Trade Policy and the Future of Trade Agreements

The current international trade environment remains dynamic. Come learn where the future of trade is trending as it relates to free trade agreements, tariffs and taxes. Panelists will discuss the pros and cons of current and proposed trade policies and the corresponding business/economic impact at both the national and state levels.



Don Pierson
Secretary, Louisiana Economic Development

Edward T. Hayes
Partner, Leake & Andersson LLP

Reuben Smith-Vaughan
Executive Director, AACCLA; Executive Director, USCBC and Senior Director, Americas
U.S. Chamber of Commerce


11:00am - 12:30pm
Panel 2 - Financing, Banking & Currency

The changing regulatory landscape has direct implications on international finance and the banking and business community. Learn about the latest economic and monetary trends impacting this sector, locally and internationally, and ways in which businesses can remain competitive in the global economy.


Eugene Cornelius, Jr.
Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of International Trade, Small Business Administration


Don Sanders
Director-Partner, Orion Instruments

Alexander Lara
Executive Director and Trade Advisor for JPMorgan Chase

Carson Strickland
Senior Vice President, Global Trade Finance, Regions Bank


12:30pm - 2:00pm
Keynote Speaker & Lunch

Keynote Speaker

Thomas H. Hudson
CEO of G2, LNG