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The Impact of the 2016 Elections on Trade and the Year in Review
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When: Friday, November 18, 2016
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Where: General Mills Headquarters
1 General Mills Blvd
Golden Valley, Minnesota  55426
United States

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2016 U.S. elections, as well as events leading up to them, will be historically significant irrespective of their outcome. Our speakers will share their insights on many key related topics that will help you anticipate and prepare for 2017 and beyond. They will cover:

  • Gridlock vs. Cooperation: Advancing Trade Policy Issues Following the 2016 Elections
  • The 115th Congress: Trade Committees and Potential Memberships and Their Impact on Trade Issues
  • Our Place in the World: A View on Trade Pacts Amid Political Acrimony at Home
  • What will Become of 2016 Leftovers—Miscellaneous Tariff Bill, TPP, TTIP and the Fate of Other Free Trade Agreements?
  • What’s Going on From a Global Perspective? Is the Focus on Trade Shifting? Will There be Winners and Losers?
  • High-Level Thoughts on the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act
  • Customs Doubles Down on Enforcement of AD/CVD Anti-Circumvention Law


Trade compliance personnel, corporate government affairs personnel, in-house trade counsel, and Chief Compliance Officers


(Includes continental breakfast and beverages)
Members: $55
Non-Members: $75
Students: $15


Marianne Rowden, President & CEO, American Association of Exporters and Importers

Marianne Rowden is President and CEO of AAEI following years of service as the Association's General Counsel. Ms. Rowden has testified before Congress on trade legislation because of her extensive background from practicing law over 20 years concentrating in international trade and transportation regulatory compliance. Ms. Rowden creates trade policy solutions based on her experience advising importers and exporters on a wide range of trade compliance issues relating to the entire global supply chain, sourcing goods, transportation contracts, trade security, compliance audits and penalties, export licenses, embargoes and mergers and acquisitions involving foreign corporations.

Ms. Rowden serves as an Adjunct Professor at The John Marshall School of Law and speaks widely to U.S. and international audiences on trade issues, representing AAEI on the World Customs Organization’s Private Sector Consultative Group (PSCG), U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Japan Machinery Center for Trade and Investment, ieCanada, EFA European Forum for External Trade, Excise and Customs, the Council of Supply Chain Management, the Transportation Law Association, and the Transportation Law Institute.

Bryan Tackett, Senior Vice President, The District Policy Group, Drinker Biddle & Reath

Bryan R. Tackett is a government relations director with the firm’s Lobbying & Advocacy team and senior vice president with the District Policy Group. He has significant experience in the financial services industry and other policy areas such as health care, energy, and technology.

Bryan most recently served as president of Wexford Strategic Advisors, where he advised clients of PD Frazer Associates, a small advisory and government affairs consulting firm. In this role, he led client engagement and lobbying efforts for domestic and international clients in the financial services, energy, natural resources, technology, telecommunications and health care sectors.
Prior to Wexford, Bryan was with Venn Strategies, LLC, where he oversaw government relations advisory services for a large association of small businesses. He provided counsel and insight on legislative and regulatory issues, specifically in the context of tax reform, and advised on PAC budget and spending priorities.

Bryan’s Capitol Hill experience includes serving as an intern in the office of U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO). He also spent six years working on Wall Street, advising financial services firms and Fortune 500 companies on strategic, cost-effective restructuring transactions in the areas of corporate finance, including capital markets and private equity, as part of insurance and risk management due diligence reviews.

Bryan has played a role in efforts to avoid intrusive regulatory actions by a number of federal agencies, resulting in the avoidance of millions of dollars in possible compliance costs from agencies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency. He also has worked in communications and public outreach for associations and clients, including social media and traditional media.

Bryan has been quoted in a variety of political and business media, including The Wall Street Journal, POLITICO, CNN Money, and NPR's Marketplace.

Douglas J. Heffner, Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Douglas J. Heffner litigates customs and international trade matters including antidumping duty, countervailing duty and safeguard cases. He represents foreign companies in Canada, Europe, Japan and Mexico, as well as domestic producers in industries that range from high-tech to heavy industry, to consumer and industrial goods. He also represents trade associations, government agencies and embassies in a broad range of matters.

Doug counsels foreign clients to establish preventive monitoring programs designed to avoid or minimize the impact of antidumping investigations. He advises foreign companies on bilateral and multilateral disputes arising from NAFTA, the Uruguay Round of GATT and World Trade Organization. He has represented clients before the Court of International Trade, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and NAFTA Panels. Doug has significant experience helping clients negotiate innovative agreements to settle trade cases quickly and regularly advises clients on legislative issues that affect international trade and investment.

Doug also advises clients on preference programs, such as Buy American and Buy America issues, as well as on Customs issues.


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