Manufacturers evolve to capitalize on OC’s $25 billion international trade market

OCBC reveals how businesses tackle changing political and economic forces  to thrive at 2015 Economic Development Forum

IRVINE, CA — Orange County Business Council (OCBC) presents the 2015 Economic Development Forum, sponsored by Chase, Thursday, September 24 at Irvine Marriott. Under the theme, “Will Orange County Manufacturers survive in a Global Market,” the forum will highlight two of the region’s most critical and booming industries – International Trade and Manufacturing — and discuss how those industries will  evolve to thrive in today’s changing political and regulatory landscape.

With its proximity to major ports and airports, Orange County is a hub for International Trade, which accounts for more than 202,000 jobs. Last year, the county’s exports – many of which were manufacturing related – surpassed $25 billion, ranking Orange County as the 14th largest exporter in the U.S. However, recent developments such as Congress’ inaction to reauthorize the Export Import Bank of the United States, have affected some of the region’s top cross-cutting industry leaders. The forum will feature a moderated panel of experts from top manufacturers, such as The Boeing Company and QSC Audio Products, as well as International Trade powerhouses Port of Long Beach and UPS. The featured speakers will provide insight on how business evolves to succeed in a global economy, as well as discuss the recent slowdown of the ports and the effects on Orange County.

The forum will also feature keynote speaker Morgan McGrath, Head of International Banking, Commercial Bank, JPMorgan Chase, and a regional economic analysis from Southern California’s leading economist Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Adviser to OCBC.



  • Keynote Speaker: Morgan McGrath, Head of International Banking, Commercial Bank, JPMorgan Chase
  • Economic Data Analysis: Wallace Walrod, Ph.D., Chief Economic Advisor, OCBC
  • Panel Moderator: Kellie Aamodt, Vice President, West Region Marketing, UPS
  • Jatan Shah, Chief Operating Officer, QSC Audio Products
  • Dr. Noel Hacegaba, Managing Director of Commercial Operations and Chief Commercial Officer, Port of Long Beach
  • Tom Croslin, Vice President, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, SoCal Engineering Design Center, The Boeing Company


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Registration: 7:30 a.m.

Program: 8:00 a.m.

Adjourn: 10:00 a.m.


Irvine Marriot

1800 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, CA 92614

R.S.V.P.: Media interested in attending the forum should contact Delaine Moore, Communications Director, at or (949) 794-7220.

About OCBC:
Orange County Business Council is the leading voice of business in Orange County, California. OCBC represents and promotes the business community, working with government and academia, to enhance Orange County’s economic development and prosperity in order to preserve a high quality of life. OCBC serves member and investor businesses with nearly 250,000 employees and 2,000,000 worldwide. In providing a proactive forum for business and supporting organizations, OCBC helps assure the financial growth of America’s sixth largest county. For more information, visit  

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