News Release
For Immediate Release

August 12, 2015

Michael Sullivan
GOED Communications Director

Jessica Nield
Marketing & Communications Director
World Trade Center Utah
(801) 538-8786

How do you get it?
Global Supply Chain presentations help company leaders navigate product acquisition.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT—Navigating the legal and social realms of a foreign country can be overwhelming when beginning or growing a business internationally. The Utah Global Forum will help business owners become more comfortable maneuvering the international law and logistics needed to move into foreign markets.

“Today’s global supply chain is highly efficient and cost effective but also very complex and not without risks,” said Tony Crisafulli, vice president of operations for OOCL (USA), Inc. “During the Utah Global Forum, we will develop a simple but robust supply chain risk management model.”

Crisafulli will be a featured presenter on global supply chains at the Utah Global Forum at the Salt Palace Convention Center on August 26. Following his presentation, an in-depth panel will examine the details of supply chain management.

Additionally, the panel will offer practical recommendations on how to select foreign suppliers and accurately measure their performance. This information will contribute to a company’s growth strategy, how to evaluate supply chain risk as part of a market entry strategy, how to appropriately prioritize markets for sequencing entry, and what to expect in terms of transportation and carrier issues.

Panel members include:
•    Tony Crisafulli, vice president of operations, OOCL (USA), Inc.
•    Ted Esplin, VP of US operations, Lifetime Products
•    Paul Whitlock, director of planning and supply chain, IM Flash
•    Matt Szuhaj, director of strategy and operations, Deloitte Consulting LLP
•    Lisa Cox, director of operations, Freightlink Air & Sea International
•    Simon Greathead, supply chain professor, BYU
•    Barbara Bagnasacco, partner, Kirton McConkie

The Utah Global Forum on importing and exporting will focus on a total of four key components: successfully marketing in foreign countries, global supply chain, cybersecurity and international finance strategies. Each topic will be highlighted in an engaging, fast-paced presentation, after which attendees will be able to go to an in-depth breakout session about the subject they found most interesting.

Register by August 12 for a discounted price. To learn more and to register for the event, visit


About Tony Crisafulli, Vice President of Operations, OOCL (USA), Inc.

Tony Crisafulli is Vice President of Operations for Orient Overseas Container Line, a leading container transportation and logistics service provider based in South Jordan, UT.  In his role, Tony is responsible for OOCL’s North American operations, which includes marine operations, equipment management, land operations and domestic subsidiary services. He has worked in international transportation and logistics for over 20 years, with a special emphasis in marketing, trade and operational management. Tony holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and History from Long Island University and a Masters in Business Administration and Finance from Golden Gate University.





About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Governor Gary Herbert’s commitment to economic development statewide. Utah’s economic development vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business environment and tourist destination. The mandate for this office is to provide rich business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. GOED accomplishes this mission through the administration of programs that are based around targeted industries or “economic clusters” that demonstrate the best potential for development. GOED utilizes state resources and private sector contracts to fulfill its mission.  For more information please contact:  Michael Sullivan, 801-538-8811 or