San Jose
November 19, 2015
1 Day Event

GTR, the global financial services information provider, were delighted to host the West Coast Trade & Working Capital Conference 2015, at The Fairmont San Jose, on November 19, 2015. This one-day conference attracted over 150 business leaders to provide extensive networking opportunities for local, regional an international corporates, as well as domestic and international financial institutions; lawyers; policy makers, and specialist trade finance risk analysts.

The conference opened with a keynote address by Dan North, Chief Economist of Euler Hermes, whose keynote address, ‘Sustaining US growth in an unstable global market,’ focused on the main drivers and headwinds within the US economy; how global economic trends are effecting US production and exports, as well as how oil prices are impacting trade.

Working capital priorities within the tech industry was discussed by a high-level representative from Intel Corporation, which followed an onstage live Q&A session surrounding the use of blockchain and bitcoin by financial and corporate entities. Experts from Blockchain, Skuchain, Coinalytics and Epiphyte were able to answer delegates’ questions on how new innovative technologies can be used by the business community.

Key exports markets was also under the spotlight. The President of the Brazil-China Chamber of Commerce will discuss how China and the US can increase bilateral trade, as well as how exporters can best enter the Asian market. Opportunities within the LatAm and Brazilian markets was also addressed.

“The US economy has many reason for optimism, with many sectors exploring potential global markets,” says the producer of the event, Paul Greetham. “This conference brought together experts to share their knowledge on how best to manage their working capital and liquidity needs, as well as how to strategically align their export policies with international financing standards.”

With so many high-level delegates in attendance, networking was a key feature throughout the day. With specific networking lunches, an evening drinks reception and numerous breaks, there was ample opportunity create new business contacts and build relationships with the market’s main players.

“The annual West Coast Trade & Working Capital Conference has rightly become a flagship event within the GTR calendar,” says Peter Gubbins of GTR. “Many delegates and supporters return year after year and have helped develop this key industry gathering into a hotbed of contemporary discussion and unrivalled networking. We look forward to facilitating business in the region for many years to come.”

  • Rob Stigall, Director, National Sales Manager, Commercial Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Dan North, Chief Economist, Euler Hermes
  • Christopher Boone, Executive Advisory Board Member, Intel Corporation
  • Shannon Manders, Editor, Global Trade Review (GTR)
  • Matthew Strong, Partner, Credit, Political & Security Risks, JLT Specialty
  • Charles Tang, Chairman, Brazil-China Chamber of Commerce
  • Paul Szurek, Strategy & Partnerships, Blockchain
  • Edan Yago, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Epiphyte
  • Maureen Sullivan, Managing Director, North American Trade Sales Head, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Robert Krieger, President, Krieger Worldwide
  • Inwha Huh, Regional Head, Global Trade & Receivables Finance, HSBC
  • Geoffrey de Mowbray, Chief Executive, Dints International
  •  John Stillwaggon, Senior Vice-President, Sales, DS-Concept Factoring
  • Gary Cutress, International Sales Director, Bolero
  • Ken Rosenberg, Senior Vice-President & Manager, International Banking Department, Bridge Bank
  • Rob Pierson, Letter of Credit Specialist, Whalen Furniture Manufacturing
  • Jim Miller, President, Global Trading Partners
  • Thomas Burr, Director, Transactional Trade Finance, MUFG Union Bank
  • Dennis Chrisbaum, Director, International Trade Finance, US Small Business Administration
  • Jeff Finley, Chief Financial Officer, Westside Trading
  • Debra Davis, Credit Manager, Crystal Creamery (Foster Farms Dairy)
  • Danielle Austin, Director, International Trade Solutions, Americas, Wells Fargo
  • Don Harkey, Senior Vice-President, Arthur J Gallagher & Co
  • Rani Christie, Managing Director, California, Euler Hermes North America
  • Andre Python, Vice-President, Underwriting, FCIA Management Company
  • Gary Mendell, President, Meridian Finance Group
  • Rob Hough, Broker, Financial & Political Risks, CGNMB
  • Peter Jordan, Senior Vice-President, Trade Credit & Political Risk Insurance, Marsh

Venue: The Fairmont San Jose
Address: 170 South Market Street, San Jose, California, 95113
Telephone/Fax: + 1 408 998 1900 / + 408 287 1648



Email: Paul Greetham at


Email: Grace O Dwyer Smith at


Email: Lamide Ojutalayo at

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