How Global Supply Chains Can Support Sustainability Through Contract Terms

Event date/time: May 16, 2023 from 11:30am – 2:00pm

UW Fluno Center Skyview Room, 601 University Ave, Madison, WI (this is an In-person only event).

Join MITA on May 16 and learn how multinational companies are reviewing their supply chains to address sustainability and corporate social responsibility.


Professor Steph Tai,  Law School, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Cost of Admission: In-person (with lunch included): MITA Members $50; Non-members $75; 

The Key-program Sponsor for the May 16 event is BDG International, Inc .

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Past Events

Ukraine- Post Conflict Economic Development

Tuesday, March 14, 2023 (in-person only event) from 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM 

UW Fluno Center Skyview Room, 601 University Ave, Madison, WI (this is an in-person only event).


Join MITA on March 14th to learn the latest information on economic development opportunities in Ukraine from our guest speaker, Terrance, “Terry” Dittrich.

Terry brings over 30 years of global construction/infrastructure and strategic planning experience, particularly in the former Soviet Republics/CIS and other emerging markets worldwide. He will provide updates on existing and future business development opportunities across multiple sectors such as agriculture, construction and industrial; and discuss new international government backed financing opportunities.  Terry recently attended the Rebuild Ukraine 2023 Conference held in Warsaw, Poland and will share insight and key take aways from his participation at the event.



11:30 AM – 12:00 PM       Registration and Lunch

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM        Opening and Sponsor Remarks

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM        Speaker presentation

1:30 PM – 1:50 PM       Q & A session

1:50 PM – 2:00 PM        Closing Remarks

Cost of Admission:  In-person (with lunch included): MITA Members $50; Non-members $75; 


MITA’s events are Co-sponsored by its Platinum Sponsors:  M.E. Dey &Co, Trek Bicycle, FTI Consulting and Star7.

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CROSSOVER: How, Why, ROI – Trade Compliance across the Company

Tuesday, February 14, 2023 (in-person event)

Main Program  11:30 AM – 4:00 PM 

UW Fluno Center Skyview Room, 601 University Ave, Madison, WI (this is an In-person only event).

Join MITA for our annual Trade Compliance event! 

Trade compliance is at the core of import/export operations. It supports successful global trade throughout all disciplines- sales, logistics/transportation, finance, legal, R & D/engineering procurement, I.T., supply chain, customer service!  Compliance is a partner but too often seen as a barrier.

Is there a good strategy and practical approach that moves compliance from the sidelines to the front row across all the functional areas of the company?  Can you demonstrate the ROI of good trade compliance? How do you gain the commitments required to achieve it?

Presenters will share integration approaches and must-know tips to increase the compliance voice with other departments strengthening the company’s overall trade agenda. Then, share and explore experiences in Strategic Networking with the speakers and with peer leaders in the compliance community. Discuss how-to’s, challenges / solutions for improving the company’s understanding of your role and hot topics. 

Register to attend— our expert speakers will share practical ideas to start implementing now.


11:30 AM – 12:00 PM       Registration and Lunch

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM        Opening and Sponsor Remarks

12:15 PM – 12:45 PM        Keynote Address: Jenny Patzlaff, Director, Supply Chain Practice at UW-Madison E-Business Consortium: Global Trade Management & Compliance- Collaboration Strategies Advancing Your Company’s Trade Agenda

12:45 PM – 3:00 PM       Speaker Presentations

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM        Panel Q&A and  Strategic Networking 

Cost of Admission: In -person (with lunch included): MITA Members $50; Non-members $75; 

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

MITA and UWEBC* are collaborating at The Fluno Center on February 14. UWEBC is hosting its Trade Compliance Special Interest Group (SIG):  learn more about the UWEBC event from 9a-11a at, just prior to our MITA event. The first 5 MITA Members registered for MITA’s 11:30a-4p event and also interested in attending the UWEBC event, may be eligible for a guest pass to the UWEBC event. After you review their SIG event, please contact UWEBC’s practice director, Jenny Patzlaff to learn more.

*UWEBC is UW-Madison EBusiness Consortium

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2023 Global Economic Forecast

Event date/time: January 10, 2023 from 10:30am – 2:00pm

UW Fluno Center Skyview Room, 601 University Ave, Madison, WI (this is an In-person only event).

Join MITA at the 14th annual Global Economic Forecast event where our expert presenters will make their predictions for the global economy. And, learn how the local challenges of talent acquisition are impacting Wisconsin’s economic health.


Brendan McKenna, Vice President and International Economist, Wells Fargo’s Corporate and Investment Bank
Dennis Winters, Chief Economist, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Cost of Admission: In-person (with lunch included): MITA Members $50; Non-members $75; 

The Key-program Sponsor for the January 10 event is Wells Fargo 

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WTA 6-week Seminar Series: 2022 Global Business Insights

MITA is a proud sponsor of the MMAC’s WTA 6-week Seminar Series: 2022 Global Business Insights!

For more than 50 years, MMAC’s World Trade Association (WTA) has brought together the top minds in international business to learn from subject matter experts, global business leaders and each other. For the second year in a row, WTA is converting their in-person conference to a virtual series every Wednesday in the fall.

Wednesdays, September 21 – October 26, 2022 at 11:30am

These events are FREE with your MITA Membership.


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Ocean Logistics in a Time of Disruptions

Event date/time: November 8, 2022.

This is a hybrid event:  In-Person from 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM (virtual starts at 12:30 pm and runs  until 2:00 pm)

Join MITA for this In-person or virtually event on November 8 and learn how to navigate the challenges of the oceanic global supply chains during the times of unprecedented disruptions due to the lasting effects of the pandemic.


  • Peter B. Lukszys, Distinguished Lecturer on Operations and Information Management at UW-Madison
  • Hariesh Manaadiar, Shipping and Freight Professional, Founder of Shipping and Freight Resource 
  • Sandi Siegel, President and Managing Director of M.E. Dey & Co.

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.

Location for In-person luncheon event: Fluno Center, 601 University Ave, Madison, WI 53715

The Key-program Sponsor for the November 8 event is Nash Global Trade Services

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MITA Holiday Social with Special Guest Byron Shoulton

Wednesday, December 14 from 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Please join fellow Madison International Trade Association (MITA) members for an end of year social event at historic Mansion Hill Inn in the heart of downtown MadisonWe will be joined by Mr. Byron Shoulton, International Economist at FCIA Management Co. Inc. 

Keynote sponsor for the December 14 event is Trek Bicycle.

Mr. Shoulton will be the speaker at MITA’s program on December 15th where he will discuss how international trade may be impacted by what’s happening in Europe and BRIC countries.  You can register separately for the luncheon event here.

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Major Markets: Trade Updates with Europe and BRIC Nations followed by MITA Annual Members Meeting

Thursday, December 15, 2022 from 11:30am – 2:30pm CT

UW Fluno Center Skyview Room, 601 University Ave, Madison, WI (this is an In-person only event).

We are pleased to have leading international economist Byron Shoulton as the featured speaker for our December 2022 event.  Mr. Shoulton will share his outlook on major economic, trade and political risks including their respective impacts on trade flows for the next 12-18 months. 


  • Byron Shoulton, International Economist with FCIA Management Company, Inc.

December’s program also serves as the annual membership meeting where MITA President Jay Nash will provide an overview of the year’s accomplishments and a preview of the year ahead.  All members are encouraged to attend.

Cost of Admission: In -person (with lunch included): MITA Members $50; Non-members $75

Key program sponsor for the December 15 event is Harris Bricken.    

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How the War in Ukraine Puts US Foreign Policy into Perspective

Event date/time: October 20, 2022 from 7:30AM – 9:00AM

This is an  In-person BREAKFAST event.

Location for In-person breakfast event: WEDC, 201 W Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53703

In response to Russia’s war in Ukraine, the United States has brought the full complement of US foreign policy tools to bear, short of direct military engagement. Using diplomacy and engagement with both friends and foes, its economic might and influence, and a wide array of financial and military assistance, the United States has been a major factor in Ukraine’s success thus far. Why is Ukraine’s fate so important to US interests, and how effective have these different foreign policy tools been?

Join us for a discussion with former US diplomat and senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs to learn more about America’s engagement on Ukraine.


  • Elizabeth Shackelford, Senior Fellow, U.S. Foreign Policy,  Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Cost of Admission: In-person attendees: FREE for MITA members and $20 for Non-Members.

The Key-program Sponsor for the October 20 event is  WEDC.   


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Complacent or Compliant: What’s Your Policy?

Event date/time: October 11, 2022

This is a WEBINAR event that starts at 12:30 pm and runs  until 2:00 pm.

Think about your business and ask – who is responsible for trade compliance? The answer is: Every employee in every division. 

Failure to create a robust plan and foster a compliance culture can result in fines, penalties, seized shipments and jail time. If your plan is leaning towards complacency – this is the perfect event to attend. 

The information shared will be applicable to all sizes of organizations for small-to-midsized companies to multi-nationals. 

Our expert speakers include: 

  • Margaret Lange, Compliance Director at M.E. Dey & Co.
  • Omero BanuelosSenior Counsel, Access Corp.
  • Brian Nowak, Business Development Executive, Access Corp.

Cost of Admission: Virtual attendees: $20 for MITA members and $35 for Non-Members.

The Key-program Sponsor for the October 11 event is  M.E. Dey & Co.

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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 webinar event on Canada’s Non-Resident Importer (NRI) program! Join MITA 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.
  • Jan Grosenick, Export Coordinator for Hatco Corporation,  Sturgeon Bay, WI.

Event date/time: September 13 from 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Cost of Admission:  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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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

Keynote sponsor for this event is Great Dane Pub & Brewing 

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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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