Madison International Trade Association: Revolution in the Middle East — What does it mean for business?


Jen Pino-Gallagher

Communications Director

Madison International Trade Association

Ph: 608-516-3257

Email: [email protected]

Madison, WI – In 2010, Wisconsin companies exported nearly $700 million worth of products to the Middle East. What does the ongoing unrest mean for Wisconsin businesses? The Madison International Trade Association’s (MITA) April program will address this issue and offer companies insights for dealing with the rapidly changing political environment. Presenters at the event include Dr. Jon Pevehouse, UW Madison and Mr. Salim Hawi, Oshkosh Corp. The event takes place Tuesday April 12, 2011 at the Madison Marriott West (1313 John Q Hammons Drive. Registration starts at 11:30 a.m.; the program begins at 12:30 p.m. Charge is $30 for members and $40 for non-members and includes lunch.

Dr. Pevehouse a renowned international relations expert from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will review causes, current conditions, and possible future outcomes of the political unrest. Mr. Hawi, Senior Director of International Shared Services at Oshkosh Corporation, will talk about the firm’s experiences selling in the region and their view on prospects in the Middle East.Meeting attendees will also learn about potential scenarios for peace and unrest in each of the Middle Eastern countries. Also presented will be views on the potential impact on the region’s business climate as well as U.S. firms’ decisions to pursue opportunities or abandon the market.Registration deadline is Friday, April 8 and can be made at or by contacting Jill Carmichael at [email protected] (or 608-241-1341).

About MITA

MITA is a Madison, Wisconsin-based organization whose mission is to foster understanding of the issues, practices, information, legislation and trends that affect and influence all aspects of international trade. Membership includes a broad spectrum of professionals interested in and involved with international trade throughout the state of Wisconsin. Membership, meetings and information are open to all interested parties of the public, and professionals at all levels of international organizations participate in MITA activities. Member companies include manufacturers, food companies, and services providers such as freight forwarders, banks, law firms as well as universities and governmental institutions. More information is available at the website: