Corporate Roundtable: Wednesday, July 11, Ralph A. Inforzato

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Corporate Roundtable: Wednesday, July 11, Ralph A. Inforzato

Corporate Roundtable  Speaker: Ralph A. Inforzato, Chief Executive Director of JETRO Chicago

JASM is very pleased to welcome Ralph A. Inforzato, the chief executive director of JETRO Chicago, to serve as the speaker for the JASM Corporate Roundtable on Wednesday, July 11. Mr. Inforzato will speak on the topic of transformational economic dynamics of Japanese investment within the United States.

In other words, Mr. Inforzato will be elaborating on today’s US-Japan economic relationship by addressing questions such as, what are Japanese companies saying about investing in the United States? More specifically, what is their guidance on business sentiment? And what do they see as opportunities and challenges for doing business here? Discussion revolving around the importance of retaining and expanding pre-existing Japanese production in the Midwest will also occur. Finally, Mr. Inforzato will discuss the challenge of how to better interact with Japanese companies who are operating in a very intense US business environment.

In August 2017, Ralph A. Inforzato was appointed the chief executive director of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) in Chicago. As chief executive director, he oversees JETRO Chicago’s activities designed to facilitate trade and investment between Japan and 12 Midwestern states served by JETRO Chicago.

For the last thirty-three years, Mr. Inforzato has been involved in significant JETRO related business development projects: Japan-US Biotechnology Initiative (2002-2010), which has sent more than 500 representatives from North American life sciences companies, universities and research institutes to Japan, enabling them to initiate research collaboration and business development in the Japanese biotechnology and pharmaceutical communities. He is directly involved in the teams that implement JETRO’s Japan service robotics business development projects and JETRO’s Monozukuri program, a series of seminars focused on Japanese manufacturing philosophies for engineers in North American technology companies.

A light buffet (continental breakfast) will be provided.


Wednesday, July 11, 2018
7:30 a.m.   Registration
8:00 a.m.   Program begins
8:45 a.m.   Q & A session
9:00 a.m.   Program ends

Stinson Leonard Street LLP
50 South Sixth Street, Suite 2600 | Minneapolis, MN 55402 (Google Map)

$20 Non-Member
$15 JASM Member
$7 Students (with ID)

Corporate Roundtable, July 11, 2018