World Trade Day 2016
Wake-Up to Global Trade:
Showcasing the Value of Exports


World Trade Day is an annual event celebrating Kansas City’s international business community. Typically falling during the third week of May, the President of the United States issues a proclamation to recognize the unification of the international trade community to raise awareness and promote the international trade of goods, services, ideas, and culture. Cities across the country celebrate World Trade Day, World Trade Week, or World Trade Month.

May 19, 2016, 3-6 p.m.
Kansas City Power & Light Headquarters
1200 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64105

World Trade Day Review
The World Trade Center - Kansas City’s World Trade Day 2016 on June 19th was a successful celebration of Kansas City’s international business community. The event started with opening remarks from Terry Bassham, CEO of Kansas City Power & Light. Mr. Bassham welcomed the crowd to the KCP&L event space and introduced keynote speaker Matthew Swindells, Senior Vice President of Population Health and Global Strategy at Cerner. Mr. Swindells discussed Kansas City as a city with immense potential to become even more of an international trade hub, recognized throughout the world. He spoke of shattering small-town perceptions of our city by bringing foreigners to Kansas City and showing them that “everything is world-class, from the sports to the food.” He also announced the Missouri and Kansas exporters of the year, TK Architects and Vektek, Inc, respectively.

Next, Nyamusi K. Igambi with the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service, moderated a panel with guests from Notes to Self Socks, TK Architects, and Garmin, discussing all aspects of global trade and allowing audience members to ask questions about the different trade strategies of each company. Jana DeShay with UPS announced the opening of the UPS Midwest Xport Challenge in conjunction with Dentons law firm and the World Trade Center - Kansas City. This competition is intended to “give local businesses a platform to showcase their business and provide the tools and resources they need to connect their products with the world.” Valuation of prizes for the winners is $25,000, and companies can apply on the UPS website. Finally, Al Figuly with the Greater Kansas City Foreign Trade Zone gave the closing remarks, and a networking event followed the presentations.

Event Agenda

3:00 p.m. Check-in and Networking
3:20 p.m. Welcome and Introductions
Terry Bassham, Chairman, President & CEO of KCP&L
3:25 p.m. Matthew SwindellsKeynote: GO GLOBAL KC!
Matthew Swindells, Senior Vice President, Population Health and Global Strategy, Cerner
-Recognize Kansas and Missouri Exporter of the Year recipients
-Recognize Kansas and Missouri World Trade Month Proclemations
3:50-4:50 p.m. Nyamusi K. IgambiPanel Discussion and Q&A
Moderator: Nyamusi K. Igambi, U.S. Commercial Service

Bret Holder, Specialist – International Trade Compliance, Garmin
Mike Cummings, Principal, TK architects
Laura Schmidt, Chief Positive Person, Notes to Self LLC
4:50 p.m. UPS XPort Challenge Kick-off Announcement
Whitney Power, Marketing Manager - Central Plains District, UPS
4:55 p.m. Closing Remarks
Al Figuly, President & CEO, Greater Kansas City Foreign Trade Zone, Inc.
5:00 p.m. Networking Reception
6:00 p.m. Event Concludes

Thanks to our presenting sponsor:

  Thanks to our World Trade Day sponsors:

Kansas City International Steering Committee