The Utah Global forum will help businesses export successfully and adapt to today’s global marketplace and succeed in untapped markets.


There are more than seven billion potential customers in the world, and 2.4 billion of them are online. How many of those customers are yours? How many can you reach today?


The opportunity for any business to expand into the global marketplace has never been easier.

E-commerce has redefined business borders and business owners are no longer confined by city, state or country borders. Today, expanding your sales abroad enhances your bottom-line.


The Utah Global Forum will facilitate the dialogue on how businesses can expand beyond local borders and develop a strategy of expansion into the global marketplace through importing opportunities and service exports. The program offers an incredible breadth of content, bringing experts from across industry, all with a single objective: move Utah businesses to the global business stage to meet the challenges of today’s business environment.


The Utah Global Forum will also create a special focus on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into Utah. FDI represents an opportunity to become more actively involved in international business activities for all sizes of business. As such, it may take many forms, such as a direct acquisition, construction of facilities, or investment in a joint venture or strategic alliance with a local firm with technology or licensing of intellectual property.


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Dal Holman

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The Utah Global Forum is now accepting nominations for "International Company of the Year" and "International Person of the Year".



Gary Richard Herbert is Utah’s 17th Governor. He took the Oath of Office on August 11, 2009.


Governor Herbert is focused on four cornerstones to strengthen Utah’s economy: Education, energy, jobs, and the ability of the State to solve its own problems. As a result, Utah is a premier destination for business, jobs, and an enviable quality of life. Under Governor Herbert's leadership, Utah has been recognized as the "Best State for Business and Careers" by Forbes magazine and the “best State to live in” by GALLUP.COM, among other accolades.


The Governor currently serves as the Chair of the Western Governors Association (WGA), on the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association (NGA), and on the Education and Workforce Committee of the NGA.



Delaney has extensive international travel experience and is a renowned global small business expert. She also helps big companies develop strategic initiatives that target global small businesses and teaches M.B.A. International Marketing at Loyola University of Chicago. She is the author of two books: “Start and Run a Profitable Exporting Business” (Self Counsel Press, 1998) and most recently, “Exporting: The Definitive Guide to Selling Abroad Profitably”


Quarles is founder and head of The Cynosure Group, a private investment firm backed by a network of large family offices in the United States. Before founding Cynosure, he was a partner of The Carlyle Group,[2] one of the world’s largest private equity firms.[3] From August 2001 until October 2006, he held several important financial policy posts in the George W. Bush administration, ultimately serving as Under Secretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance.


Cristina Hernandez is an International Sales Director, specialized in helping foreign companies do business in Mexico, and also assisting Mexican companies to export their products to new markets.

In her current position Ms. Hernandez is a founder at Managed Strategies. Ms. Hernandez brings over 8 years of professional experience in investment management, startup ventures and international business between the USA, UK and Mexico.


As General Manager of Kaddas Enterprises, Natalie is responsible for the day to day operations and strategic direction of the company. Kaddas is a second generation family business, for 47 years, they have been specializing in Thermoform Plastic Manufacturing. We have developed a product line for the utility industry that covers power poles, and substations; preventing animals from causing power outages.



Al Manbeian is the managing partner and founding member of GPS Capital Markets, Inc., a leading Corporate Foreign Exchange Brokerage Firm.  His firm has been recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in its region and for having best practices in its industry. Al has a wealth of experience in various facets of international banking, such as currency & derivative risk management, global treasury processes, and trade finance. Al speaks to these topics at various industry and academic forums throughout the country.


Andreas Roell is Founder and Managing Partner for Carib Ventures, a rapidly growing technology investment company. In this capacity, Andreas is spearheading the group’s inception of new business ventures from strategy development, financing and launch. Under his direct leadership are currently six ventures ranging from mobile technology, native advertising platform and Big Data Advertising. A 15 year technology and advertising veteran, Andreas Roell currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Advertising Federation, the largest advertising trade association in the World.


Barbara Bagnasacco concentrates on corporate, compliance, and securities matters.

She has extensive experience with domestic and international mergers and

acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, private and public equity and debt

offerings, general corporate matters, distribution, agency and licensing matters, and

market entry strategies. She regularly advises U.S. and foreign clients in connection

with the establishment, structuring, and compliance of their international operations.


Chris Fletcher leads the Salt Lake international tax practice. He has been with Deloitte Tax for 20 years and has experience in serving U.S. and foreign companies with U.S. and global tax planning. His expertise includes cross-border structuring, foreign tax credit planning, foreign tax minimization, global financing, intellectual property planning, extraterritorial income planning, and transfer pricing. Chris has also had significant experience with international tax issues in examinations by the IRS.


Connor Duffey is an executive vice president and chief credit officer for Wells Fargo Global Banking. Based in San Francisco, Connor is responsible for the credit supervision, policy, and quality of the group’s loan portfolio. Global Banking provides large corporate and middle-market companies with access to a full range of Wells Fargo’s international financial services. With U.S. locations from coast-to-coast and offices in Dublin, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Toronto, and Vancouver, Global Banking is dedicated to being the global choice for companies engaged in international commerce.


Kirk M. Ririe, born into an entrepreneurial family, pursued a broad education in chemistry engineering, languages, and communication, receiving his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Utah in 2005.  Kirk built a prototype, photographed it and ran an ad in a scientific journal.  Thus Idaho Technology, Inc. (ITI) was born in 1990.  Working with Dr. Wittwer and the University of Utah, ITI received NIH funding to add real-time fluorescent monitoring of the PCR reaction to its earliest PCR instrument, thus creating the LightCycler®.  In 1997 Kirk brokered a multi-year, multimillion-dollar licensing and collaborative research agreement with Roche Molecular Biochemicals.


Tarek Mango, partner and managing director of Mango Enterprises, completed his secondary education in Scotland and Cambridge, England. He obtained a bachelor’s in Middle East Studies at University of Utah and another in International Business at Westminster College. He received his M.B.A. in International Business at Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of Global Management. Tarek has been involved in international trade and business development for the past 18+ years. He has successfully consulted for, built, and introduced U.S. health care related brands into Middle Eastern, Asian, and European markets.


Craig Allen has worked for the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration since 1985.  He entered government as a Presidential Management Intern and, in this capacity, rotated through the four branches of the ITA.  From 1986 to 1988, he worked as an International Economist in the ITA China Office.

In 1988, Craig transferred from Washington to the American Institute in Taiwan where he served as the Director of the American Trade Center in Taipei.  He held in this position until 1992.

In 1992, Craig returned from the American Institute in Taiwan and re-joined the Department of Commerce for a three-year posting in Beijing.


Arun M. Kumar was confirmed, by the U.S. Senate on March 13, 2014,  as  Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets and Director General of the US and Foreign Commercial Service.  In this role, Mr. Kumar leads the trade and investment promotion efforts for the U.S. Government. With offices in over 100 U.S. cities and in 72 world markets, he also serves as the International Trade Administration’s lead official advocating for better market access for U.S. exporters.

Kumar has extensive global experience in the business world.  Prior to his nomination by President Obama, he was a partner and member of the Board of Directors at KPMG, LLP.  He led the firm’s West Coast Management Consulting practice serving major global clients as well as emerging Silicon Valley ventures while creating thought leadership to advance business practices in finance management. He also founded and led KPMG’s US-India Practice.


Paul D. Campbell is President of Campbell Scientific, Inc., a manufacturer of environmental data acquisition systems headquartered in Logan, Utah.  CSI has group companies in Canada, Latin America, Europe, Africa, China and Australia.  Campbell Scientific is recognized worldwide in the measurement and control industry for producing accurate and dependable instruments to meet customer needs.  Instruments are built to operate in remote and rugged conditions and have been used worldwide in environmental monitoring, research and industrial markets in applications including weather data, water systems, energy assessment, machine performance, structural analysis, and soil and earth measurements. Mr. Campbell’s career with CSI began in 1978 as a corporate officer serving as Treasurer and since 1992 as President.


Bryson Patterson is the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Regional Trade Finance Specialist. He helps small business and lenders in the Rocky Mountain Region to access SBA’s export finance programs and provides counseling and training on trade finance topics. Patterson underwrites SBA Export Working Capital lines of credit. He holds a master’s degree from the University of California, San Diego. Patterson enjoys fishing with his wife and three children.


Derek Miller is the President and CEO of the World Trade Center Utah, an organization dedicated to expanding international business for the State of Utah. Prior to his current position, Mr. Miller served as Chief of Staff to Governor Gary Herbert, overseeing the Governor’s Office, the Governor’s Cabinet and state operations. Mr. Miller has also served as Deputy Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) where he was responsible for recruiting new businesses to the state and helping existing Utah businesses to expand. While at GOED, Mr. Miller supervised the International Trade and Diplomacy Office and the Rural Development Office. Mr. Miller has also served as Director of the Utah Division of Real Estate.


Lane Beattie is the president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, a position he has held since 2003. He can rightly be called “Utah’s business leader.” Under his direction the Chamber has embraced a new era of business leadership that blends the best of a traditional chamber with top-notch and powerful business advocacy. During his tenure at the helm of Utah’s largest and longest-standing statewide business association, the Chamber has strengthened Utah’s economy by investing in transportation, reforming our health system, improving education and expanding international business. The Chamber was also the driving force behind Downtown Rising, a movement to enhance Utah’s Capital City that supported unprecedented investment in Salt Lake City’s central business district. Today under Lane’s leadership, the Chamber continues to support pro-business policies that will provide enduring benefits for the state economy.


“Ram” Sundaresan Ram, Ph.D., is an associate professor of global marketing at Thunderbird School of Global Management and world-renowned international marketing strategist.

Dr. Ram is recognized for his international expertise in the areas of services marketing, innovation management, and global branding strategy.

Dr. Ram is a well-published author of technical reports and book chapters, and his research has appeared in top academic and professional journals in the field. He won the 1985 Marketing Science Institute’s Outstanding Dissertation Proposal Award, and since that time, his work has been published extensively in the areas of new-product screening, technophobia as it relates to the usage or non-usage of high-tech products, corporate and customer barriers to new-product development, and expert-systems design and validation.




Thomas is the Managing Director of  gwSaar Saarland, Economic Promotion Corporation

Thomas Schuck has spent much of his professional career in real estate and technology. He holds degrees in Economics and Technical Engineering, and since 1992 has served in several capacities within Economic Development in the German State of Saarland. In addition to his current position as Managing Director of the gwSaar Saarland Economic Promotion Corporation, Mr. Schuck is also deeply involved in business development and real estate in Saarland. He is the Managing Director of the SHS Saar Holding Company, an enterprise group that oversees all activities of economic promotion in Saarland, as well as Managing Director of Saarbrücken Airport and Managing Director of a training center for socially disadvantaged adolescents.


Val Hale is the executive director of the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), which promotes state growth in business, tourism and film. Hale was appointed to the position in 2014 by Gov. Gary R. Herbert. Before accepting the position as executive director, Hale served for two years as president and CEO of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce, leading efforts in business community issues— including regional economic development and branding initiatives. Prior to serving in the chamber, Hale was vice president (2010-2012) for university relations at Utah Valley University (UVU), overseeing legislative affairs, marketing and public, media and community relations.


A business executive with 20 years of experience in a variety of industries, Mr. Heimburger has managed corporate business development, marketing and global strategy for large multinational firms. Mr. Heimburger has lived and worked overseas numerous times, including seven years based in Asia. He previously managed strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions for multinational corporations in Asia and North America, and developed projects throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Mr. Heimburger speaks fluent Japanese. In October 2005, Mr. Heimburger was appointed by Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. to be the Asia Pacific Director in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.  His focus includes business and diplomatic collaboration between Utah and Asia..


General admission & corporate packages


Regular Price

$85 each


General Admission

Grants access to Forum, exhibitors, lunch, networking

Use promo code “UGF5” to save $10 per ticket.



Regular Price

$95 each


General Admission

Grants access to Forum, exhibitors, lunch, networking





General Admission for 8 people, Exhibitor Booths,Grants access to Forum, exhibitors, lunch, networking.

Dal Holman

801.204.6838  |



The Utah Global Forum is now accepting nominations for "International Company of the Year" and "International Person of the Year".

A International Company is a “for-profit” company that has distinguished itself in international business within the State of Utah.  Items of distinguishment to be considered in nominating a company include the following: percentage of revenues derived globally; number of countries the company exports to and/or imports from; operations established in foreign countries; significant number or size of international transactions; and/or support given to  the international business community in Utah.  You may nominate up to five (5) companies, as long as you are not employed  by or affiliated with any of those companies (please use a separate form for each nomination).


An International Person is an individual who has distinguished himself or herself in international business within the State of Utah. Please nominate only one (1) person.



Sponsorship Kit

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Dal Holman

801.204.6838  |


Kadee Duclos

801.204.6826  |