In coordination with the recent Work Ag Expo held in Tulare, California, the Italian Trade Agency (ITA) invited EMDA to speak and present our “Gateway to North America” session at their ITA Pavilion. EMDA President, Steve Prouty and the Association’s 2nd Vice President Mark Tibbitts gave the Presentation and took questions and comments at the conclusion.
Also in attendance were representatives from Invest Northern Ireland. Invest Northern Ireland is the Regional Economic Development Agency for the Government of Northern Ireland, and has applied for Associate membership in EMDA.
Both agencies brought member companies from Italy and Northern Ireland looking to develop business partners in the United States.
Prouty notes, “I personally believe this event was very productive as we refreshed our Italian relationships and promoted EMDA to new and developing marketing possibilities in Northern Ireland.”
Notable Names in Attendance: Antonietta Baccanari, (Italian Trade Commissioner), Houston; Andrea Ferrari, (Director Italian Trade Commission for United States), Miami Office; Salvatore Grignano, (Marketing & Promotion Officer, ITA), Houston; Marco Acerbi, ( Director EIMA), Italian Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Federation, Bologna, Italy; Mark Reid, (Head of Trade, Americas), Invest Northern Ireland, Miami; Patrick McCrosson, (Business Development Manager), Invest Northern Ireland, New York Office; and Colin Hassard, (International Trade Adviser), Invest Northern Ireland, Belfast Office.