The San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership is proud to our next PowerLunch of 2020:
PowerLunch: Supply Chain Interrupted
When: Thu, October 15, 2020 12:00 PM
Experts with decades of experience will discuss how businesses can diversify their supply chains to be protected despite a turbulent international market.
This talk will be of interest to large and small businesses alike.
The PowerLunch 2.0 series is proudly sponsored by Bank of America.
Speakers are provided by the Small Business Development Administration.
Ray Bowman, M.S., CGBP, is the director of the Small Business Development Center of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. He’s a business veteran with more than 30 years’ experience. He started three businesses, including an international trade consulting firm, and has worked as a consultant, trainer, and manager for several SBDC offices. Ray is a specialized consultant in international trade logistics, trade finance, vendor compliance, import and export compliance management, and overseas vendor and buyer issues. He has been an international and national keynote speaker and presenter in logistics infrastructure, international marketing, import and export, non-tariff trade barriers, and international export economy. Ray has taught classes at several colleges and universities and is an adjunct at Babson in Executive Education.
Vincent Iacopella is the Executive Vice President of Growth and Strategy at Alba Wheels Up International Inc. Vince’s responsibilities include leading Alba’s expansion into new markets and to increase the portfolio of product offerings with a focus on trade-sensitive imports and exports, as well as smart supply chain technology that drives value to importers and exporters.
At Alba, Vince, along with the owners and senior management team is responsible for leading efforts in sustainable topline growth and development and implementation of an integrated approach to sales and business development. Vince is responsible for driving the creation and development of product and service enhancements aligned with CBP, FDA, and EPA’s Trade Modernization initiatives in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) as well as the development of freight and supply chain products and their marketing to customers.
Along with the owners Vince works on Alba’s strategic partnerships in the market to drive value to Alba’s customers. Vince is based in the Los Angeles office but works on behalf of the entire company.
Vince is a licensed Customs Broker and served as past president of the Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association. He is current president of the Pacific Coast Council of Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders. In March 2013, he was appointed to the 13th Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of Customs and Border Protection, better known as COAC. This 20-member council advises the secretaries of the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Homeland Security on the commercial operations of CBP and related DHS and Treasury functions. He currently serves on the COAC and as Trade co-chair of the 14th COAC Committee on Commercial Operations of Customs and Border Protection, better known as COAC.
Jay Tsao, M.B.A., is the founder and CEO of Globesmart Technologies, a global B2E e-commerce marketplace startup utilizing innovative media and SaaS technology to facilitate commerce transactions and make trade between SME’s easier around the world. Tsao was a partner and board member of Scepture Corporation and BridgeArc Trading, leading international trading and distribution conglomerates. There he built several of the companies’ e-commerce platforms and managed supply chain partners from raw material sourcing, OEM/private label development, pre/post-production oversight, logistic strategies, and customs clearance.
Watch for announcements about our final PowerLunch of the year (focused on restaurant survival in 2020), a special collaboration with Kaiser Permanente, and the annual Merry Mingle, all coming in the near future!