“Developing an Export Strategy”

Join Us Friday, February 15, 2013  ALL STAR WEEKEND as we build bridges to International Business. Connect with international contacts, recruit global investors, explore new partnerships and attract a worldwide audience through building relationships around the globe.

This conference is designed to provide an overview of the types of top quality support services available to frequently requested topics. Topic’s that will be discussed are: “Trade & Finance: Managing Letters of Credit When Exporting” and “International Transportation – Shipping.” Gain a better understanding of the many elements of international trade as we discuss new and exciting business opportunities around the world.

Topics Include:
  •  Approaches to Exporting
  •  International Private Banking
  • Organizing for Exporting
  •  Direct Sales to Foreign Retailers
  •  Contacting and Evaluating Foreign Representatives
  •  Distribution Considerations

Featured Speaker


Bill Prout
SVP, Commercial & International Banking, Bank of Houston
Vice Chair, The Houston District Export Council (HDEC)


Bill Prout is an international banking executive with extensive experience in commercial banking and trade finance. Bill entered the international banking business in the 1990’s when he joined the Export-Import Bank of the United States in Washington, DC. Since that time he has honed his expertise while working at commercial banking institutions and helping them build their international and commercial banking capabilities. Bill joined Bank of Houston in 2011 to start a new group focused on commercial and international banking, bringing in the expertise and key individuals to manage letters of credit, international private banking and trade finance.


Guest Speaker/ Panelist

Helen L. Callier

Government Procurement Connections, GPC 2013 Chair 

Bradlink LLC, President


Bradlink provides facilities design, information technology, project/program management, and operations & maintenance support services. Some of their most recent accolades include, Bradlink leadership being elected to serve on American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Business Member Board of Governors committee board, receiving Award of Organization from Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC), being recognized as an Outstanding MWBE Professional Services Firm by the City of Houston, and also being recognized as a METRO Small Business Success Story Bradlink, specifically provides program management for the Houston Airport System via HAPMT Joint Venture Team, and currently works on DFW Airport’s Design/Design Management TRIP project.  Other clients include CH2MHILL, Gensler, TD Industries, ACS, and Jacobs.  


Guest Speaker/ Panelist

Janette Marlowe
President, Global Transportation 


Janette Marlowe is a 30 year veteran in the business  of  International Transportation and Shipping.


Guest Speaker/ Panelist


President, CEO Houston Business Development, Inc. (HBDi)


Marlon Mitchell is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Houston Business Development, Inc. (HBDi), a non-profit, community development financial institution engaged in revitalizing neighborhoods and stimulating economic growth throughout the Houston metropolitan area and surrounding counties. Established in 1986, HBDi provides tools vital to the expansion and growth of small businesses including access to capital and integrated support services tailored to the needs of emerging entrepreneurs. Under the leadership of Mr. Mitchell, The organization has helped to facilitate over $82 million in funding to small businesses resulting in the creation of approximately 3,000 jobs for citizens of Houston.


Friday, February 15, 2013


International Trade Center,  
11110 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX 77072



11:30am – 1:30pm


$100 per person  –  $250 for group of three (3)
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For Information! or 832-448-0524