Lexington Trade Policy Event


We would like to invite you  and your associates to register (complimentary) for the morning event that we are having  in Lexington about US Trade Policy, the updates and  benefits of policies that can affect our exports which assist in economic development and local job creation. Please be aware that a portion of these sessions are “closed to the press.” Please see agenda attached. Registration for private reception will be sent under separate e mail. RG

This event is headlined by the KY/Southern Indiana District Export Council and the United States and Foreign Commercial Service/ITA.  

Some of our speakers include Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton, Congressman Andy Barr , KY Commissioner Ryan F Quarles, KY House Speaker Pro Tem, Representative David Osborne; Tom McGinty, National Director and Deputy Assistant Secretary, Acting, U.S. Operations of U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service/ ITA, U.S. Department of Commerce; Stephen Vaughn , General Counsel, Office of U.S.Trade Representative, (Executive Office of the President);  Christina Sevilla, Deputy Assistant USTR for Small Business, Office of U.S.Trade Representative, (Executive Office of the President); Pat Kirwan , Director, Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPPC), U.S. Department of Commerce; Rosalyn Steward, Assistant Chief Counsel, Office of Advocacy, Small Business Administration; and Sarah  Bonner, Senior International Trade Policy Specialist, Office of International Trade,  Small Business Administration.

The United States Commercial Service promotes trade and investment by providing services to assist companies to export their products, such as Trade Promotion, Research, Compliance, Customs and Trade Facilitation, and assist with other non tariff barriers problems that my be encountered that hinder our exports. They have staff in the US, and embedded in US Embassies around the globe. The USTR office has other objectives, some are to negotiate US objectives and bargaining positions concerning Trade Agreements, matters concerning the operation of any trade agreement, and other matters arising in connection with the development, implementation , and administration of the Trade Policy of the United States.  There are also Industry Trade Advisory Committees (ITAC’s)  with members that are from the private industries and various associations that advise the USTR. The ITACs address market-access problems, trade barriers, tariffs, discriminatory foreign procurement practices  and information, marketing, and advocacy needs of their industry sector.

With this in mind, this event will give the attendees an opportunity to hear directly from some of the Department of Commerce, USTR, and SBA  personnel that deal with these issues in the current environment as it may relate to future success in international trade.

Please use this link for the Registration, you will have to indicate what group you and your guests/associates are representing, such as District Export Council member, Sponsor, Partner or EDU – Educational institution, students, and administration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trade-policy-us-agenda-update-lexington-tickets-42887180712


We look forward to seeing you soon.

Best regards,

Richard Grana
Chair- US Trade Policy KY Event
Co Chair-Trade Policy Committee-
National Association District Export Council
V. Chair-KDEC
Member-ITAC 11
1811 Deerhaven Ln
Paducah, KY 42001

Trade Policy Update

April 5, 2018

Valvoline Inc.
100 Valvoline Way
Lexington, KY



8:00 – 8:30           

Registration and Networking

8:30 – 9:30

Morning Welcome

  • Robert Brown
    Chair- NADEC
    National Association District Export Council
    Chair- KY KY District Export Council
  • Richard Grana – Moderator
    Chair – Trade Policy Event Committee
    Co Chair-Trade Policy Committee-NADEC
    Vice Chair – KDEC


  • Honorable Jenean Hampton
    Lt. Governor of Kentucky


  • Honorable David Osborne
    Speaker Pro Tem of the KY House

9:30- 9:45 

  • Commissioner Ryan F. Quarles
    KY Commissioner of Agriculture


Q&A On U.S. Trade Policy

  • Moderator: Richard Grana- President Impex
    Chair-Trade Policy Event Committee
    Co Chair – Trade Policy Committee
    Vice Chair – KDEC
  • Stephen Vaughn
    General Counsel
    Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR)
    Executive Office of the President

10:15 – 10:45

View from the Hill

  • The Honorable Andy Barr (R-KY)
    House Financial Services Committee


From this point on the sessions below are:

“Closed to the Press”

11:00 – 11:30

Commerce Department Update

  • Tom McGinty
    National Director and Deputy Assistant Secretary, Acting
    U.S. Operations, U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service / ITA
    U.S. Department of Commerce

11:30 – 12:30     

Trade Policy- Small Business  Issues and Resources

  • Moderator: Richard Grana- President Impex
    Co Vice Chair NADEC
    Vice Chair – KDEC
    Member-ITAC 11
  • Christina Sevilla
    Deputy Assistant USTR for Small Business
    Office of U.S. Trade Representative
    Executive Office of the President
  • Pat Kirwan
    Director, Secretariat
    Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPPC)
    U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Rosalyn Steward
    Assistant Chief Counsel, Office of Advocacy
    Small Business Administration
  • Sarah Bonner
    Senior International Trade Policy Specialist
    Office of International Trade
    Small Business Administration


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