MITA Social at Trek Bicycle

Please join on us on August 25 for our annual social event where we network, learn about MITA’s upcoming events for the new program year, and socialize with people from various industries with one common interest: international trade

This year, the event will be hosted at the headquarters of Trek Bicycle, a global leader in the bicycle industry. Appetizers and assorted beverages will be provided. 

MITA members can attend the event for FREE. For guests or non-members, the cost will be $15 per person. Spots are limited so please sign-up today.

Date: Thursday, August 25th  from 4:30 – 6:30 PM

Location: Trek Bicycle Atrium, 801 W. Madison Ave., Waterloo, WI

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Benefits for US Based Companies Operating as a Non-Resident Importer in Canada

MITA is starting the new program year by hosting this hybrid event on Canada’s Non-Resident Importer (NRI) program! Join MITA In-person or virtually on September 13 and learn how to grow sales in this important market without taking on high operating costs or major business risk. 


  • John Quirke, Vice President, Trade Consulting for Frontier Supply Chain Solutions Inc.
  • Chris Borecky, Senior Business Development Manager, Trade Consulting for Frontier Supply Chain Solutions Inc.

Cost of Admission: In -person (with lunch included): MITA Members $50; Non-members $75; Virtual attendees: $20 from MITA members and $35 for Non-Members.

The Key-program Sponsor for the September 13 event is  the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP).

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Past Events

Understanding & Managing US Trade Controls and Sanctions on China & Russia

This special joint and in-person program on July 12 is offered by two of Wisconsin’s premier trade-related business associations seeks to shed light on how we got here, exactly where we are, and what to do now that we’re here when it comes to U.S. trade controls on China and Russia with a distinguished group of experts from academia, legal practice, and industry.


  • John K.M. Ohnesorge, George Young Bascom Professor Of Business Law at University of Wisconsin Law School and Director for East Asian Legal Studies
  • Ngosong Fonkem, Esq. of Page Fura PC
  • Claudia Wolske, Global Export Manager, Rockwell Automation

– 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Speaker Presentation and Q&A
– 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Luncheon and Networking

Program location: Milford Hills, W5670 French Rd, Johnson Creek, WI 53038

Cost of Admission:  ICE & MITA members: $55.00;  Non-Members: $75.00

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Milestones to Achieve a Successful Export Transaction

There are many aspects to completing a successful export transaction. A misstep to any one of them can risk winning the order, getting paid, or obtaining that next order. Join us for MITA’s May Program where we dive deeper into three key components to completing a successful export sale: shipping and logistics, settling on agreeable incoterms and risk mitigation. 

May 10 from 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM webinar


Paul Jarzombek, President and CEO with LR International

Aaron Zitzelsberger, Director of Global Trade and Investment with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).

The Key-program Sponsor for the May 10 event are LR International  and   WEDC.  

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Maximizing Profits and Cash Flow in an International Economy

Join us on Tuesday April 12th and gain insights from internationally active CFO’s on their best practices in the ever changing international economy.


Rich Malin, Vice President of Finance for Carmalabs (AKA Carmex)

Steve Victor, Chief Executive Officer for Fedco Batteries

Alan Schoepp, Chief Financial Officer at Mueller Sports Medicine

Bruce Glaub, Principal, Trade Acceptance Group, LTD

The panel will be facilitated by Ken Wasylik, Managing Director of E.M. Wasylik Associates.

12:30 PM – 12:45 PM Welcome and Opening Remarks
12:45 PM – 1:30 PM Speaker Remarks
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM Q & A Session and Closing Remarks

Cost of Admission: FREE for MITA Members; $20 for Non-Members. Registration required for all participants.

The April 12 webinar is sponsored by WisPolitics. 

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Intercultural Understanding – Keeping your Message, Meetings & Meaning On Track

Join us for MITA’s upcoming program  on March 8 where we tackle the topic of “Intercultural Understanding” and what drives how different cultures approach decision making, long term planning and authority. You will hear from Jessica Rathke with Hofstede Insights, an industry expert in the field of Dr. Geert Hofstede’s work on the six cultural dimensions and the applications for businesses and organizations. David Weber with Electronics for Imaging (EFI) will share some challenges and solutions to issues he has encountered in working with US and Asian partners in Japan, Korea and China.

12:30 PM – 12:45 PM Welcome and Opening Remarks
12:45 PM – 1:30 PM Speaker Remarks
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM Q & A Session and Closing Remarks

Cost of Admission: FREE for MITA Members; FREE for Non-Members (a $20 value) For MARCH EVENT ONLY. Registration required for all participants.

The Key-program Sponsor for the March 8 event is  The Geo Group.  

MITA’s events are Co-sponsored by M.E. Dey Import-Export, Trek Bicycle and The Geo Group.

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Global Trade Compliance 2022: ROCK ON!

Tuesday, February 8, 2022  [Webinar]

Whether you are a novice or experienced compliance professional or focused in another specialization, join MITA for this informative event and gain knowledge that will help you do your job better.

Main Program  12:00 PM – 3:00 PM 


12:15 PM – 12:45 PM    Keynote Address: Gwen Hassan, Compliance Officer and Legal Counsel

Forced Labor— A Matter of Conscience and Compliance

12:45 PM – 3:00 PM Concurrent Tracks – Attendees choose either the Export Track OR the Import Track in each of the two Sessions


Round I: Structuring a Global I/E Compliance Team

Hans Kuhn, Global Trade Compliance and Logistics Manager, Modine Manufacturing Company

Margaret Lange, LCB, Director of Compliance, M.E. Dey

Round II: Structuring a Local I/E Compliance Team

Ben Andrews, Manager, Global Logistics and Trade Compliance, The Vollrath Company, LLC

Ruth Girmscheid, LCB, CCS, President, International Customs Services, Inc. (ICS)



Round I: 21St Century Customs Framework

Julie Pojar, LCB, Senior Manager of International Trade Compliance, Kohler Co.

Jody Swentik, LCB, Director, Global Trade Compliance, Spectrum Brands

Round II: Best Practices for Implementing OFAC’s Sanctions Compliance Framework

Jenn Jin, Corporate Counsel, Briggs & Stratton, LLC

Lori Johnson, LCB, Director of Global Compliance, The Manitowoc Co.

Thank you to our Event Sponsor:  M.E. Dey Import-Export    

Cost of Admission:
FREE for MITA Members; $45 for Non-Members
Registration Required

Attend this half-day MITA webinar and stay on top of global trade compliance issues in 2022!


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2022 Economic Forecast: A Global Perspective

Join MITA at our 13th Annual Global Economic Forecast Conference to look into the future of the global economy.

At this MITA flagship event, two renowned economists will provide insights into the US and global economy


Marcia McGregor, Senior Investment Strategist & Managing Director, Bank of America

Ron Feldman, Chief Operating Officer at Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Cost of Admission:
FREE for MITA Members; $45 for Non-Members
Registration Required

Thank you to our sponsor Bank of America  

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Effective Management of the International Distributor Relationship – Optimizing Growth while Mitigating Risk

Come listen to our experts discuss their experience with distributor lifecycle management: from finding the right partner, to growing the partnership, to termination, if required.

December 14 from 1 PM – 2:30 PM webinar

Panel of Speakers:

Stephen R. Lundeen, Attorney, von Briesen & Roper Law Firm

Miguel Dominguez, Director of Sales & Support, Mirus Bio

Gautam Malik, President & COO, Gamber Johnson

Alexann Reno, CTPAT Program Manager, Siemens Corporation

The Key-program Sponsor for the December 14 event is

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Exporting Food and Ag Products: Trends, Trajectories and Tips

MITA is pleased to present this session focused on the future of food and ag exports from Wisconsin.

November 9 from 1 PM – 2:30 PM webinar

This program features a panel of speakers that will help you succeed in exporting of food and ag products despite the global upheavals.


Dr. Michael J. Swanson, Wells Fargo Agricultural Economist and Consultant

Cindy Brown, President of Chippewa Valley Bean 

Sam Allison, Global Markets Manager for Sartori Cheese

Nick Stoller, Associate Brand Manager – Global for Sartori Cheese

The Key-program Sponsor for the November 9 event is Wells Fargo Bank.

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Navigating the chaos of international and domestic supply chain

Join MITA’s panel of seasoned manufacturers and freight forwarders/customs brokers to learn firsthand how they are dealing with rising costs and delays. The panelists will share tips and strategies on how best to handle freight movement going forward.

October 12 from 1 PM – 2:30 PM webinar


Sandi Siegel, President, M.E. Dey & Co.

Paul Jarzombek, COO, LR International

Francis (Cody) Heller, CEO, Central Wisconsin Agriculture Services Global
Amber Wodill,
International Sales and Export Manager, Clack Corp.

Prospective Member Promotion: Apply your registration fee to a fully year membership. For more information and how to apply for this promotion contact us at:

The Key-program Sponsor for the October 12 event is WEDC.  

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MMAC World Trade Association’s Global Business Insights Virtual Series Events

MITA is co-sponsoring the upcoming  MMAC World Trade Association’s Global Business Insights Virtual Series Events every Wednesday from September 23 to November 4, 2020 from 11:30 AM – 1PM.

These seven critical topics will help businesses and practitioners at all levels of your company navigate current challenges and succeed in these uncertain times.

Cost of Admission: 

MITA Members can register at the same SPECIAL price as WTA Members.

Full Series Prices
WTA/MMAC/MITA Members: $100
Non-Members: $250

Individual Session Prices:
Members: $25 per session
Non-Members: $40 per session

For more information and to Register for all or individual events go to:


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MITA Webinar: Resources for Exporting and Importing: the Government Really is Here to Help

If you could find a key that would virtually open doors to new foreign markets, would you use it? If it was right here in Wisconsin would you want to know more? Would you still listen if it was a government program?

Tuesday, September 15 • 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

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