Continuing a collaboration forged in 2013, Hofstra University’s Frank G. Zarb School of Business and the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration hosted an export seminar on Friday, May 8, in recognition of World Trade Week 2015. The event, “Going $trong: The US Dollar and the Global Marketplace,” was held at the Hofstra University Club.
Sponsored by TD Bank, this year’s seminar featured Millan Mulraine, deputy head of U.S. research and strategy, TD Securities as the keynote speaker. Newsday corporate reporter Ken Schachter moderated the panel discussion, followed by a question-and-answer session. Panelists included Luciano Centanni, partner-in-charge, Long Island Market and director of International Business Center, Grant Thornton LLP; Tom Kehoe, president, K&B Seafood, Inc.; and Dr. Anoop Rai, PhD, professor of finance, Frank G. Zarb School of Business.
The partnership between the Zarb School and the U.S. Commercial Service, which has a network of worldwide offices, strives to deliver educational programs and events that leverage both entities’ expertise to help U.S. businesses – particularly small- and mid-sized firms – more export-savvy. Their joint effort aims to strengthen the U.S. economy by supporting local jobs through expanding U.S. exports. Closer to home, the strategic partnership enhances networking and educational opportunities for Zarb students and cultivates collaboration with faculty to enhance their research initiatives.
“The strength of the U.S. dollar continues to have a significant impact on the economy especially affecting American businesses’ ability to remain competitive in the global marketplace,” said Gioia Bales, associate dean for the Zarb School. “This seminar explores export strategies and the many resources available for Long Island businesses in this economic climate.”