Port Tampa Bay Chief to Speak at International Business Conference

February 03, 2015

The Sixth International Business Conference at Saint Leo University this month offers business managers, students, and faculty the chance to hear leading experts on global trade and technology trends–as well as other topics of international consequence–in two days of programming, Thursday, February 19 and Friday, February 20. The event is being held at University Campus.

All available seats are already taken for the Wednesday, February 18 evening keynote address “Current Politics in the Global Economy” with Democratic political strategist James Carville.

Registration for the Thursday and Friday events are still open at the conference website.

Thursday morning features a number of sessions on cybersecurity topics. The university offers a Master of Science degree in the field, as well as coursework in the undergraduate computer science degree. Dr. Sreekanth Malladi is available as a special point of contact on those sessions, at sreekanth.malladi@saintleo.edu or at (352) 588-8190. Dr. Malladi is also overseeing an ethical hacking competition for students that is being conducted in the university’s cybersecurity laboratory on Thursday afternoon.

The Thursday lunch speaker is Paul Anderson, president and CEO of Port Tampa Bay (pictured) since December 2012. The port is gaining more recognition for its significant role in the Tampa economy. It already handles almost every imaginable commodity from all over the world, and is diversifying its services. Port Tampa Bay is known for expertise in handling bulk cargo, containerized cargo, and other general cargo. Port Tampa Bay is also becoming a more well-known point of departure for the cruise ship industry.

A number of other panel discussions and presentations are scheduled Thursday on the topics of higher education, entrepreneurship, leadership, international tourism destination management, the Ebola outbreak in Africa and crisis management lessons, and political assessments of China, Russia, and terrorism from the Mideast.

On Friday morning the conference resumes with a discussion planned on “Big Data,” and several other discussions from the areas of finance, human relations, higher education, sports business, and leadership.

Deborah Wilkinson, executive director of the Tampa Bay Trade & Protocol Council, will speak during lunch Friday on “Tampa Bay’s Unique International Role.” The council is supported by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and other partner institutions to help area businesses when they are hosting or greeting international visitors, dignitaries, and prospective trade partners.

In the afternoon, more discussions and presentations will resume on topics including Brazilian trade with Florida, higher education in Latin America, global communications and advertising, and more on information security.

To help close the conference, business attorney Curt Creely from the Association for Corporate Growth – Tampa Bay will deliver final remarks. He is also known for his work as a partner in the law firm of Foley & Larder LLP.