Global Manufacturing and Growth Summit USA-Mexico-Japan

08 Jun 2017
3:30pm - 6:00pm MST
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Join us for this special multi-metro seminar being held together in 5 locations with manufacturing, marketing and other executives discussing successes and challenges entering new markets and setting up facilities in other regions... Japan, China, Mexico and the U.S.

You may attend this event at one of the 5 locations OR virtually. Attend 'live' at one of the 5 venues or 'virtual' using the zoom link.

This event is being held in collaboration with ProMexico.

Manufacturers in segments including aerospace, automotive, consumer and industrial are encouraged to attend this event to learn more about site selection and other factors influencing cross border and global manufactures to better compete in today's competitive and fast=changing world.

Do you manufacture in Japan, the US, Mexico, China or ASEAN countries? Join us to learn more about the economics and also how to build teams that are effective across borders - marketing, selling and producing.

Purpose: Share ideas, issues and tips about evaluating and operationalizing growth and manufacturing between Asia and North America, and the US and Mexico.

Who Should Attend: Executives in business, finance, marketing, operations and sales who are evaluating cross-border growth opportunities and next steps.

Contact Doug Bruhnke for questions.


  • Global Chamber®
    • Doug Bruhnke, CEO/founder at Global Chamber®
  • Global Chamber® Tokyo2-1-15 Hiroo, Shibuyaku, Tokyo, Japan 150-0012
    • Hiroshi Konno, President/CEO at Konno Corporation
    • Kazuaki Ohishi, Senior Economist at Institute for Int'l Economic Studies
    • Sumio Otsuji of Toyota Motor Corp. & Institute for Int'l Econ. Studies
    • Nobuo Yoneyama at Global Chamber® Tokyo
  • Global Chamber® Phoenix, 1475 N Scottsdale Road, Suite 200, Scottsdale
    • Eric Miller, Co-Owner and Principal, PADT
    • Eduardo Gonzalez, Dep. Trade & Investment Commissioner, Promexico
    • Vinayak Gupta, EVP Operations at Zero Mass Water
    • Kirk Gerber, VP Manufacturing at Zero Mass Water
    • Arnulfo Martinez, Executive Director at Industrial Development Commission of Mexicali
    • Luis Ramirez, Principal at Ramirez Advisors Inter-National
  • Global Chamber® Tucson, Mexican Consulate, 3915E Broadway, Tucson
    • Jan Knight, Principal at Bancroft Information Services
    • Eduardo Saavedra, EVP of Business Development at Offshore Group
    • JP Martin at Global Chamber® Tucson
  • Global Chamber® Nashville, at member Dickinson Wright, 424 Church Street, Suite 1401, Nashville
    • Gus Scannapieco, CEO, Global Business Ventures (NAFTA Specialists)
    • Amos Smith at Global Chamber® Nashville
  • Global Chamber® Hermosillo, Delegación Federal de Economía en Hermosillo
    Blvd Solidaridad, Rincon de la Herradura, 83200 Hermosillo, Sonora 
    • Arturo Freydig, CEO of ECN
    • Christian Aguirre at Global Chamber® Hermosillo


3:30 - 4:00pm Pacific US / 6/9, 7:30-8:00am Tokyo... Registration

4:00 - 5:00pm Pacific / 6/9, 8:00 - 9:00am Tokyo

Market Entry/Growth Panel Discussion

  • Introduction
  • Jan Knight in Tucson - "Cross Border Market Research"
  • Hiroshi Konno in Tokyo - "IoT Trends and Opportunities"
  • Eric Miller in Phoenix - "Product Development in a Global World"
  • Vinayak Gupta in Phoenix - "Growing & Operating Cross Border, Marketing Side"
  • Eduardo Gonzalez in Phoenix - "Growing & Manufacturing, US vs Mexico"
  • Gus Scannapieco in Nashville - "Next on NAFTA"
  • Q&A

5:00 - 6:00pm Pacific / 6/9, 9:00 - 10:00am Tokyo

Global Manufacturing Panel Discussion

  • Introduction
  • Kazuaki Ohishi in Tokyo - "Japan-Mexico Business Trends in Automotive"
  • Sumio Otsuji in Tokyo - Q&A Only
  • Kirk Gerber in Phoenix - "Growing & Operating Cross Border, Manufacturing"
  • Eduardo Saavedra in Tucson - "Manufacturing in Mexico"
  • Arturo Freydig in Hermosillo - "Automation to Become More Competitive"
  • Luis Ramirez in Phoenix - "Cross Border Issues"
  • Arnulfo Martinez in Phoenix - "Setting Up Operations"
  • Q&A

6:00pm Pacific / 6/9, 10:00am Tokyo.



Speaker Bios (Alphabetical by Last Name)

Arturo Freydig, CEO at ECN. Arturo founded the company ECN Automation in 1991, focused on the process automation market in Northwest México, when the System Integrator Industry was starting. ECN Automation has specialized on process Industries like Mining, Food & Beverage, Power and Chemicals, He expanded the company to 12 offices in México and international to the USA in Arizona and Nevada, and more recently to Peru. ECN introduced an R&D area for mining process optimization called SuiteMet. The company has expansion plans to South America (Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia) 2018 and Canada 2019.

Kirk Gerber, VP of Manufacturing at Zero Mass Water

Eduardo Gonzalez, Deputy Trade & Investment Commissioner at Promexico. Eduardo holds a degree in Public Accounting from the Autonomous University of Baja California in Mexico, and holds several certifications in management and risk management. He has an extensive resume in business promotion within major Mexican companies with international exposure. Additionally, he has vast experience representing the Mexican Government, as he previously served as commercial delegate for Bancomext in The Hague, Netherlands. Recently he served as State Director of the ProMexico office in the state of Baja California. Eduardo is on the Board of Advisors for Global Chamber® Phoenix.

Vinayak Gupta, EVP of Operations at Zero Mass Water

Jan Knight, Founder and Principal at Bancroft Information Services. Bancroft Information Services provides “insight to entrepreneurs, from start-ups to grown-ups”. Originally from the UK, Jan is now based in Tucson, AZ. Her client base is national and international as is the research she provides to clients. She also provides customized market analysis, competitive profiles, industry profiles and more to shape business plans, marketing strategies, commercialization plans, product development and new business development across industries. Jan holds a BA from U.C. Berkeley and an M.A. in Information Resources from the University of Arizona.

Hiroshi Konno, President/CEO at Konno Corporation. Konno Corporation is a leading manufacturer of material handling equipment. Their EAGLE brand hydraulic toe-jack has over 70% of the Japanese market. The company also has a sheet metal operation where more innovative products have been developed and produced. Mr. Konno has successfully grown the company with his innovative mind and has received various awards related to corporate reform and enlightening employees.

Arnulfo Martinez, Executive Director at IDC of Mexicali. “Arnie” has 20 years of experience in the attraction and retention of industrial investment into Mexico, having worked before at the Secretariat of Economic Development of the State Government of Baja California, the Trade Commission of Mexico for Southeast Asia located in Singapore, and on the private sector at an industrial shelter services provider with operations in the Northwest and Central Mexico. Mexicali IDC is a nonprofit that attracts, supports and retains businesses in the industrial manufacturing sectors of Mexicali including in Aerospace, Automotive, Electronics, Food Processing, Medical Devices, Metal-Mechanics, Renewable Energies, IT and Software Development.

Eric Miller, Co-Owner at PADT. PADT provides tools and services to companies who design and manufacture physical products. As a co-founder of PADT in 1994, Eric was able to also pursue his interests in IT, graphic design, 3D printing, database programming, and small business management. Eric is often called upon to write and speak on simulation, design, and 3D Printing as well as on startups and the high-tech sector.  In addition, he is a member of the Arizona Technology Council Board of Directors, the BioAccel Advisory Council, and the screening committee of Arizona Technology Investors. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the UC, Berkeley and started his career focusing on the application Computer Aided Engineering to turbine engine components.

Kazuaki Ohishi, Senior Economist at the Institute for International Economic Studies in Tokyo. The Institute was established by Toyota Motor Corporation 30 years ago. He previously worked for Toyota for 30 years in the areas of sales and project planning for Latin American markets. Until June 2014, he served as Chief Coordinator at Toyota Motor Sales de Mexico, being stationed in Mexico City.

Sumio Ohtsuji, President of the Institute for International Economic Studies, Established by Toyota Motor Corporation. Mr. Ohtsuji worked for Toyota for 36 years in areas such as long range planning for North America and other markets and international government/public affairs. He served as Senior Vice President at Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) in Washington, D.C.

Luis Ramirez, President of Ramirez Advisors Inter-National. Luis has over 25 years experience in US-Mexico border infrastructure projects, North American relations, international business and negotiations, regional economic development, industrial site selection, government procurement, project management and governmental affairs. He leads multidisciplinary teams on cross-border projects including site selection for major manufacturing facilities, joint venture partners and more.

Eduardo Saavedra, Executive Vice President of Business Development of Offshore Group. Eduardo has corporate responsibilities to engage in strategic thinking and planning to sustainably grow The Offshore Group’s businesses by acquiring new clients, opening new venues, and supporting existing clients with their development in Mexico.

Gus Scannapieco, CEO at Global Business Ventures. Gus has worked in 39  countries, including operations in Mexico and Japan. During the drafting of the NAFTA agreement in 1993, he was asked by the Clinton administration and 49 prominent business executives to review the final draft before the Agreement was signed into law. He was asked to be at the signing. Gus has owned companies producing hand care products for the healthcare industries, and among his accomplishments, he developed a world-leading hand sanitizer. Gus holds a degree in Accounting from Providence College and an MBA from the University of Rhode Island.



Mexicali Economic Development Corporation. The Mexicali EDC is a nonprofit organization works to attract, support and retain businesses in the industrial and manufacturing sectors of Mexicali, providing a 'soft landing' for global companies.






The mission of Promexico is to promote the attraction of direct foreign investment and the export of goods and services, as well as the internationalization of Mexican companies in order to contribute to Mexico's economic and social development and strengthen the country's image as a strategic business partner.





08 Jun 2017
3:30pm - 6:00pm MST

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