Global Finance: The Lifeblood of Your International Company

Pete CodellaNews

Businesses who choose to take their products abroad can greatly increase their customers and profits— but not without a solid financial strategy. The Utah Global Forum will provide insights into the current state of the global economy and enlighten attendees about the financial resources that are available to Utah businesses looking to expand internationally.

“U.S. companies view international markets as growth opportunities for their products, services and supply chains,” said Lynn Durning, executive vice president and division manager for Wells Fargo’s Global Banking Group. “As companies continue to invest in the global marketplace, factors such as currency risk, the regulatory and compliance environment, and tax and legal standards play an important role in international business planning. Understanding how these factors impact business and having a sound financial plan are critical for companies to grow in the U.S. and globally.”

Finance is one of the four topics to be featured at the Utah Global Forum on August 26 at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Durning will be the featured “power presenter” on finance and, following her presentation, Durning will join a panel of experts to discuss global finance in greater detail.

Cramer, international trade enthusiast and current president and CEO of Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors will moderate the global finance panel. The panelist lineup is an impressive one with representatives from many of the major financial institutions in the state.

Panel members include:
• Mark Garfield, Senior Vice President, Zions Bank International Banking
• Jeff Long, Vice President, International Trade Finance, KeyBank
• Lynn Durning, Executive Vice President, Division Manager, Global Banking International Group, Wells Fargo
• Dennis Chrisbaum, Director, International Trade Finance, U.S. Small Business Administration

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 “power presentation,” after which attendees will be able to go to an in-depth breakout session about the subject they found most interesting.

Register now using the code UGF15 to save $15 on your admission ticket. To learn more and to register for the event, visit