We are pleased to bring to you a series of webinars showcasing opportunities in key markets for U.S. exporters. Join us to gain market insights from experts from the U.S. Embassy in the featured countries and prepare to navigate the new trade landscape. Each webinar will provide a snapshot of the current situation, market and sector overview, infromation on the road ahead.
A View from the Marketplace: Opportunities for Florida Companies in Colombia
Presentation Topics Include:
- U.S. – Florida – Colombia Trade Relationship
- Top Sectors of Opportunity for Florida Exporters
- Opportunities for Florida Food and Beverage Exporters
Jeff Geiger, Commercial Officer, U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce
Jeff Geiger joined the Foreign Service in 2013 and is currently the Commercial Attaché in Bogota, Colombia. His portfolio in Colombia includes SelectUSA, IPR, defense and security, infrastructure, energy, and automotive. Prior to Bogota he served in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for two years where he covered defense, infrastructure, automotive, transportation, and SelectUSA. Before joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Geiger worked as an International Marketing Specialist for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership in Richmond, Virginia. He has also worked as a consultant with a management consultancy in Northern Virginia, a policy analyst with the Virginia Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, and a Spanish and Portuguese interpreter. Mr. Geiger earned a BA from Earlham College, an MA from the University of Texas-Austin, and studied Economics and Mathematics at George Mason University. While an undergraduate, he studied for two semesters in Mexico and one semester in Brazil. In graduate school he spent two semesters at the Federal University of Bahia in Brazil. He is a resident of Virginia and speaks Portuguese, Spanish, and basic Arabic.
Adam Klein, Agricultural Attache, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Adam Klein arrived in Bogota, Colombia as the Agricultural Attaché on September 4, 2020. He is a first tour Officer in USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). From 2018-2019, he worked in FAS’s Office of Capacity Building and Development, guiding technical assistance and food aid programming to Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia. Before that, Adam was a Team Lead of the Asia Division in FAS’s Office of Country and Regional Affairs, focused on trade policy issues with India. Prior to his time with FAS, Adam worked as the Country Desk Officer for Poland, Greece, Bulgaria, and Turkey in the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he advocated for U.S. trade and commercial interests in the region. He also served at the U.S. Department of Energy in the Office of African and Middle Eastern Affairs. He received an M.S. in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University in 2011.
Alice Ancona, Senior VP and COO, World Trade Center Miami
As Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Alice Ancona will oversee WTCM operations, events and programs and be responsible for setting the strategic direction for the organization. She brings more than 20 years of experience to the WTCM. Her experience and leadership have been focused on developing and delivering international trade programs and trade missions, economic development, advocacy and cultivating new revenue generating services and solutions. Prior to joining the WTCM, Ms. Ancona headed the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s international efforts and was the primary advocate for international trade, logistics and investment policies with a focus on reducing barriers to trade, promoting efforts to expand market access, export facilitation, trade agreements and expanded development of Florida’s trade infrastructure. Prior to joining the Florida Chamber, Ms. Ancona led the governmental affairs division of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce where she directed the policy agenda on a wide range of issues, including trade, infrastructure investment, transportation, and workforce development. She has been part of successful campaigns to win congressional passage of trade agreements with key Florida trading partners to include: Colombia FTA, DR-CAFTA, Panama FTA, Chile FTA, KORUS and worked on efforts to secure the Free Trade Areas of the Americas. Ms. Ancona has served on various steering committees for Florida’s transportation planning efforts, she is currently Vice Chair of the South Florida District Export Council, member of the Florida International Trade Partnership, Board Member of the Miami Dade County International Trade Consortium, recipient of the 2014 International Women’s Day Award from World Trade Center Miami, named 2015 Person of the Year by the Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association, Inc., and recipient of the 2016 Women of Distinction Award by the Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce.
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