Kentucky World Trade Day 2014

Presented by

Celebrating 25 years of trade in Kentucky!

The Event

Kentucky World Trade Day is the largest gathering of international trade and business professionals in the state.


Attendees will meet with country trade representatives from around the world.

Gain Expertise

Learn from trade experts how others are succeeding in international trade


Network with hundreds of Kentucky business people representing the states international manufacturing and service firms.

Awards Dinner Keynote
Developments in International Trade: New Opportunities and Challenges for Kentucky

Dr. Joshua Meltzer

Fellow in Global Economy and Development, Brookings Institution

Dr. Meltzer is a fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution and an adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies. He works on international trade law and policy issues rising at the World Trade Organization and under free trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations. He focuses on international trade and climate change issues and on the significance of the Internet and cross-border data flows for international trade. A regular commentator in international print media, Dr. Meltzer has been interviewed by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Financial Times, Asahi Shimbun and in global newswires, including Bloomberg News and Thomson Reuters. He has also appeared on television news media outlets, including BBC, CNN and Fox News. Previously, Dr. Meltzer was a diplomat at the Australian Embassy in Washington D.C. where he was responsible for trade, climate change and energy issues. Prior to his work at the Embassy, he was a trade negotiator in Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  He holds law and commerce degrees from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia as well as an S.J.D. and LL.M. from the University of Michigan Law School in Anne Arbor.


Conference Highlights

Workshop 1:

Keep Calm and Trade On: Resources for Your International Success
Gordon Garrett, MBA
Associate State Director, Kentucky Small Business Development Center network (KSBDC)



Mark E. Klein, CICP
Business Development Officer, The Export – Import Bank of the U.S.



Sara Moreno
Director, U.S. Commercial Service/Lexington, U.S. Department of Commerce



Morgan L. Pierstorff
Project Manager, Cabinet for Economic Development



Haley Stevens
Project Manager, Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement, Office of Mayor Greg Fischer

Workshop 2:

Trends in Trade: Whatʼs Hot and Whatʼs Not
Jeanine Duncliffe
Owner, Small Planet Consulting LLC



Douglas Karl Ebert
Executive Director, Americas for GZA (Greater Zurich Area)



Paul Lauritzen
Vice President, International Business, Big Ass Solutions



Karen G. Trial
Corporate Senior Manager – Import/Export Group, Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.

Workshop Moderator

Mark Drexelius
Owner, Drexelius Consulting

Countries Represented at Kentucky World Trade Day



Kentucky Chamber Members
World Trade Center Members
Single $149/Table $900
Non-members – Single $199/Table $1200

Lexington, Kentucky

Join us at the Griffin Gate Mariott Resort and Spa for education, networking and a dinner announcing winners of the Martha Layne Collins International Trade Excellence Award.

August 21, 2014

Registration – 12:30 PM
Breakout Sessions Begin – 1:30 PM
Reception – 5 PM
Dinner Program – 6:30 PM


The World comes to Kentucky

On August 21, 2014, Kentucky World Trade Day will be held honoring the 25th anniversary of the World Trade Center Kentucky as a membership organization focusing on taking Kentucky to the world. A leading provider of trade services and training, the center has offices in Lexington and Louisville to help the Commonwealth’s businesses export their products and services to customers worldwide.


Sponsorship and Exhibitor Information

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor or exhibiting at the 2014 Kentucky World Trade Day? Click through the full sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities brochure to the right or download the printable version by clicking here.

If you’d like to go ahead and reserve an exhibit space (includes dignitary booth space), click here. If you have questions regarding sponsorship or exhibitor opportunities, contact Andrea Flanders at