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Co-sponsored by:

The U.S. Commercial Service

The U.S. Department of Commerce

The Department of Homeland Security

9th Annual Northwest Export Conference: Exporting and the New Administration - Compliance and Opportunities

July 26-27, 2017 | 9.5 Law and Legal CLE credits, pending

This year’s conference will have an emphasis on companies new to exporting or considering whether to export along with providing you the latest information on exporting rules and regulations.

Early Bird Registration extended to June 7, 2017!


Businesses in the following industries are encouraged to attend: Hardware and Software; Safety and Security; Oil & Gas, Maritime; Medical; UAV/UAS (drones); Aerospace. Presentations will address: market briefings, export financing, export controls and much more.

With a new administration moving in new directions this year's conference is committed to providing attendees: the most relevant and up to date speakers and sessions; opportunities for 1:1 meetings with speakers; general networking sessions (including a Microsoft sponsored reception); and providing overall value by responding to your questions.

Co-sponsored by the: U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce; Department of Homeland Security; and Seattle University School of Law.


Schedule, agenda, and speakers are subject to change

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

8:00-9:00 a.m.

Registration, Breakfast and Networking 

9:00-9:15 a.m.

Opening Remarks  

Speaker: Annette Clark, Dean, Seattle University School of Law  

9:15-9:45 a.m.

Keynote Address 

9:45-10:15 a.m.

Session 1: U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Export Controls  

Speaker: Godfrey Guerzon, Special Agent, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Department of Homeland Security  

10:15-10:30 a.m.


10:30-11:30 a.m.

Session 2: International Traffic in Arms Regulations 

11:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m.

Lunch and Networking

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Session 3: Export Administration Regulations  

Speaker: Lani Tito, Export Administration Specialist, Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce

1:30-2:15 p.m.

Session 4:  Export Controls Case Study - ZTE

Speaker: Nelson Dong, Dorsey & Whitney LLP  

2:15-2:30 p.m.


2:30-3:15 p.m.

Session 5: Export Licensing and Export Control Reform

Speaker: Kenneth Oukrop, Director, Licensing Directorate Defense Technology Security Administration, U.S. Department of Defense

3:15-4:00 p.m.

Session 6: 

Speaker: David Ring, Wiggin and Dana LLP

4:00-6:00 p.m.

Networking Gathering  

Hosted by The Microsoft Corporation


Thursday, July 27, 2017

8:00-9:00 a.m.

Registration, Breakfast and Networking 

9:00-9:45 a.m.

Session 7: Growing Your Export Business with Compliance 

Speaker: Andrew Crowder, Trade Specialist, WA State Department of Commerce  

9:45-10:30 a.m.

Session 8: Sanctions and Embargoes 

Speaker: Misha M. Heller, Sanctions Licensing Officer Office of Foreign Assets Control, U.S. Department of Treasury

10:30-11:00 a.m.


11:00-11:45 a.m.

Session 9: Compliance Due Diligence

Larry Ward, Dorsey & Whitney, LLP

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Lunch and Networking 

12:45-1:30 p.m.

Session 10: Immigration Due Diligence for Your Exporting Business

Speaker: Sandra Hollcraft, Auditor, Homeland Security Investigations, Seattle, WA

1:30-2:15 p.m.

Session 11: Doing Business in Foreign Countries 

Geoffrey Bogart, Principal Commercial Officer for Northeast Brazil U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce

2:15-2:45 p.m.


2:45-3:30 p.m.

Session 12: Financial Due Diligence for Your Exporting Business  

Speaker: John Brislin, Export-Import Bank  

3:30-4:15 p.m.

Session 13: Growth with Export Compliance Management - Planning and Execution  

Company Roundtable 

4:15-4:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks, Evaluations and Adjournment


Early Bird Registration (extended to June 7) - $295.00

General Registration (on or after June 8, 2017) - $355.00

In person attendance only