July 15, 2021

11:30 am / 1:30 pm

CWTA Trade Policy & Exports at The Palm!
THURSDAY, JULY 15, 2021  11:30AM – 1:30PM 
Thursday, July 15, 2021 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM EDT
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The Palm Charlotte
6705-B Phillips Place Court
Charlotte, NC 28210
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John Galles

Carolina World Trade Association (CWTA)



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CWTA Mexico-Carolinas Textile Summit 2021
Tues. Jul. 27, 2021
11:00AM – 12:30PM
Webinar presented in conjunction with the U.S. Commercial Service & Dept. of Commerce and the Consulate-General of Mexico in Raleigh & Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs on key aspects for investment attraction and economic promotion, and implementation of the USMCA trade agreement with respect to textile manufacturing and engagement between Mexico and the Carolinas.

CWTA Luncheon – The Palm
Thurs. Aug. 19, 2021
11:30AM – 1:30 PM
TBA – CWTA lunch meeting and presentation of issues and policies affecting international trade at the local, state and federal levels. It is our ambition to provide a nonpartisan forum for the free exchange of knowledge and ideas, for a discussion of the challenges we face, and for an opportunity to bounce ideas off peers, enriching to you personally and professionally. We believe that meaningful shared dialogue and interaction between business leaders can result in powerful connections forged.

This is the annual renewal period for CWTA membership. CWTA depends entirely on membership revenue to bring you important and timely international trade information. If you have received your membership invitation, please make payment. If not, you may directly access the membership link here:

Don’t miss your opportunity to purchase the CWTA Jeweled Lapel Pin, engraved on gold-tone metal with a magnetic fastener (no holes in clothing) and featuring a crystal jewel representing the greater Charlotte region. Look for the CWTA Jeweled Lapel Pin on your Registration Form!

Carolina World Trade Association
Founded in 1964, CWTA is a chapter of the North Carolina World Trade Association (NCWTA), which promotes growth of trade between North Carolina and the world by providing education and networking opportunities for our global ecosystem.
As a business-driven non-profit organization, CWTA’s mission is to promote, foster and encourage international commerce success and expand economic growth in the Carolinas region. We do this by:
  • Advocating the interests of businesses engaged in international trade on local, regional, state and federal levels;
  • Educating businesses and their employees to the issues, policies, and practices within international trade;
  • Promoting opportunities for expanding inbound and outbound international commerce; and
  • Celebrating the successes of international trade in the region.

The Carolina World Trade Association (CWTA) is pleased to invite you to an in-person networking lunch at The Palm Charlotte on Thursday, July 15, 2021, with a presentation by our nationally recognized expert on the latest news and updates on Trade Policy, Export Market Opportunities, and the New Challenges surrounding U.S. exporters!
Lunch will feature your choice of bourbon-glazed salmon, crispy chicken parmigiana, or center cut filet mignon and all the fixins!!

Trade Policy, Export Market Opportunities, and the New Challenges Surrounding U.S. Exporters
Jonathan Szucs

Our speaker, Jonathan Szucs, is steeped in international trade experience, being Vice Chair of the National Association of District Export Councils and Vice Chair of the North Carolina District Export Council, in addition to being President of Advanced Superabrasives Inc. of Madison County.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced Advanced Superabrasives one of 13 winners of the 2020 Governor’s Export Awards, ranging from a small wooden-boat builder to the one of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturers in the world.
Gov. Roy Cooper
According to Governor Cooper, “These diverse companies raise the profile of North Carolina-made products around the world, promoting excellence in goods and services made possible by the exceptional workforce in our state. Today, we honor these companies for the way their exports promote the North Carolina economy, their grit during tough economic times and the more than 412,000 jobs they support state-wide.”
Jonathan’s presentation to CWTA will cover Trade Policy Updates including Vital Elements of Modern Trade Agreements, Global Trade and Exporting Post COVID-19, Supply Chain Management, Opportunities in Africa, Look North to Canada, The Future of US-China Relationship, Indo-Pacific Trade, and Southbound Trade Initiative.
He will also highlight Export Opportunities and Challenges addressing EXIM Bank and SBA Programs to assist Exporters, Virtual Gold Keys and Trade Shows, DEC Partnerships with Like-Minded Organizations, and Using DEC Resources to Further Exports, DEC Congressional Outreach, Innovative DEC Approaches, and Challenges in Exporting for Government Contractors.
This program should be of interest to All Exporters and Business Leaders!

Be sure to take advantage of in-person networking opportunities by arriving early before lunch is served! We will also have some time following the presentation for Q&A and further networking!!

Jonathan Szucs, Vice Chair of the National Association of District Export Councils, Vice Chair of the North Carolina District Export Council, and President of Advanced Superabrasives Inc.
Jonathan Szucs is a manufacturer and an exporter. He is the current President of Advanced Superabrasives Inc. (ASI) and the current Vice Chair of the National Association of District Export Councils. Jonathan also serves as the Vice Chair for the North Carolina District Export Council.
Under Jonathan’s leadership in successfully developing global distributors, Advanced Superabrasives earned the 2013 Presidential “E” Award for Exporting Excellence. In 2019, the Small Business Administration awarded Advanced Superabrasives its North Carolina Small Business Exporter of the Year Award. And in 2020, Governor Cooper awarded Advanced Superabrasives the “Governor’s Award of Excellence in Exporting.”
Jonathan received his Electrical and Computer Engineering Degree from Western Carolina University. Upon earning his degree, he joined Advanced Superabrasives as an Engineer and quickly grew to love exporting and traveling. In June of 2018, the Carolina World Trade Association awarded Jonathan their Leadership in International Commerce award. One of his biggest achievements is the exporting of a Superabrasive wheel to Mars on the Curiosity Rover.
Jonathan currently spearheads all new markets for ASI and is in charge of all international sales teams that ASI is forming. As part of his duties, Jonathan is also in charge of training new “Sales Engineers” in the art of international business for ASI. As part of Jonathan’s drive to improve Western North Carolina, he is also a member of Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy board for Land of Sky.
Jonathan Szucs can be reached at js@asiwheels.com.

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We sincerely appreciate your interest in Carolina World Trade Association events and invite any and all feedback from those in attendance as well as any suggestions for conduct of meetings or topics of interest for the international trade business community!

John Galles
Carolina World Trade Association (CWTA)