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Press Release (October 5, 2017)

Virginia International University to Host Panel Discussion on International Trade Issues

On Friday, October 20, 2017, Virginia International University (VIU) is hosting an international trade panel during the 2nd annual International Business Conference. Panelists will feature international trade experts including Hampton Dowling, Ed Laughlin, Kathleen Pion, and George Harben.

Mr. Dowling was recently appointed by the VA State Legislature to join the newly formed Commission on International Trade for the Commonwealth of Virginia.  This commission will advise the Board of Directors for the VA Economic Development Panel (VEDP).  Mr. Dowling will report to the Governor on matters of international trade.

Also on the panel is Mr. Ed Laughlin and Ms. Kathleen Pion.  Mr. Laughlin serves as Defense Program Manager in VEDP’s Global Defense Program.  He provides export counseling to help clients create profitable growth in foreign markets.  Ms. Pion is Operations Manager for ZESTRON Americas, the global leading provider of high precision cleaning products, services and training solutions for the electronics manufacturing industry and semiconductor industries.

The panel will be led by Mr. George Harben, CEcD, CCR who is the Director of Existing Business Services for Prince William County Department of Economic Development and works with local businesses on retention and expansion issues.

Visit the conference website at https://conference.viu.edu/ibc/ to learn more about the conference and make your reservation.  ###

Virginia International University (VIU) is a non-profit institution in Fairfax, Virginia that intends to make quality education affordable to students with diverse backgrounds. VIU offers over 20 innovative degree and certificate programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels on campus and online. VIU also offers non-degree programs, including English as a Second Language (ESL), continuing education, and test preparation. For more information about VIU, call (703) 591-7042 or (800) 514-6848 or visit the University website, www.viu.edu.

VIU Media Contact:
Jane Bondarenko, PR Specialist
jane@viu.edu