International Business in the Tampa Bay Region – Opportunities and Challenges

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 10:10 AM

USFSP Student Center
USFSP University Student Center
200 6th Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Topic Panelists

Emmanuel Cerf
Born in France, Emmanuel moved to St. Petersburg, Florida with his family when he was 12 years old. Living in Florida a love for tennis and sailing quickly developed. Emmanuel remains enthusiastically involved in both sports as he looks forward to competing in international catamaran racing for many years to come. Emmanuel eventually went on to get a degree from the University of Florida, Go Gators! And today, Emmanuel and Montserrat Cerf, are active supporters of the local art and philanthropy community in Tampa Bay. As the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Polypack, Inc., Emmanuel Cerf inspires his team to drive global sales, increase overall market share, and implement the strategic planning that defines Polypack as a leader in innovation and customer satisfaction. By developing an international network of sales teams and service providers Emmanuel has established Polypack as a premier global manufacturer with sales in over 100 countries. After serving on the PMMI Board of Directors for over 8 years, Emmanuel will serve as chair for the next two, helping the world’s most successful packaging and processing association, with close to 1,000 members, establish a large international footprint.
Susan Harper
Prior to moving to Miami, Ms. Harper held two consecutive positions in Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa: Director General and Senior Arctic Official (2013-16) and Director General, Trade and Technical Barriers (2009-13). In 2004, she had been posted to the Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC, where she became Minister (Economic) in 2008. She had previously been Ambassador in Montevideo, Uruguay (2001-04), after having held trade positions in Yaounde', Paris and Buenos Aires. Before joining the Government of Canada, Ms. Harper taught at both Cambrian College in Sudbury, and George Brown College in Toronto. Susan has two children, who keep her academic, financial management and diplomatic skills honed.
Andrew McIntosh
Working with clients in a broad range of industries, both nationally and internationally, Andrew is a business and transactions lawyer with significant experience advising individuals and business entities, many of which are identified with renewable energies, green builds, and sustainable business initiatives. His collaborative approach enables him to effectively and efficiently counsel clients in various areas, including: Business organizations, Mergers and acquisitions, Private securities, Franchising and distribution, Debt financing, Joint ventures, Commercial contracts, Trade, and Cross-border business expansion. Clients also regularly look to Andrew for advice regarding corporate governance matters and shareholder disputes. As a member of the firm’s international practice group, Andrew provides representation to clients involved in cross-border and global business, both inbound and outbound. In doing so, he draws on his experience and relationships developed as a member of both the Ontario Bar and the Florida Bar. Maintaining a solutions-oriented mindset, he co-founded Cross Border Partners Advisory Services, which provides project management and consulting services to businesses seeking to expand their platforms through exports or direct investment. This compliments Andrew's law practice and allows him to provide comprehensive support to his clients’ efforts. From 2005 to 2012, Andrew served as Honorary Consul of Canada for Florida, pursuant to the Government of Canada's "Enhanced Representation Initiative." He continues to provide services to facilitate trade and investment activities through the Canadian Consulate General at Miami, assisting Canadian businesses with interests in Florida, and U.S. firms desiring to do business in Canada. He founded the Canada-Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce. In recognition of his efforts on behalf of Canada, Andrew was awarded the Governor General's Visit Medallion. Prior to joining Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, Andrew was a partner for many years with an international law firm where he served as global desk partner for the Florida market. Outside the office, Andrew enjoys spending time with his family, engaging in community service, and fly fishing whenever the opportunity presents.