Texas – Latin America Business Summit Helps Texas Companies Access Nearshore Expanding Markets
The World Affairs Council of Austin presented the Texas-Latin America Business Summit on November 3, 2016 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Google Fiber Space, 201 Colorado Street. The Summit brought trade promotion experts and business decision-makers together for panels and meetings. The event is a unique face-to-face opportunity for Austin corporate representatives to make connections and learn about current inbound and outbound business opportunities with Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil and other Latin American nations.
Highlights of the 2016 Summit included a LATAM market overview by Gary Hoover, Founder of Hoover’s Online and first Entrepreneur-in-Residence of the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. Consul General Carlos González Gutiérrez provided information about resources available to Texas businesses considering investing in Mexico. Additional panelists offered their personal experience in entering various Latin American markets. Those speakers included: Eduardo Velasco, CEO of WaveMAX; Kevin Koym, Founder of TechRanch Austin; David Sandler, Co-Founder of Remarcs; Bill Hulsey, Principal of HULSEY PC; Paul O’Brien, Growth Hacker of SEO’Brien; Norman Newman, President of Demand Frontier; Bob Foster, Founder of GlobalNow; Anurag Kumar, CEO of iTexico; Salvador Castañeda, Managing Attorney of Castañeda Law Firm PLLC; and Angelica Garcia-Dunn, President & CEO of AIM Global Logistics.
Over the last decade, the Latin American region experienced a deep economic and social transformation, which lifted millions out of poverty and swelled the ranks of the middle class. Latin America’s economy is expected to rebound during 2017 and expand 2.0% against a backdrop of stronger global growth. Summit attendees learned how their companies might benefit from this growth.