Lt. Governor Kleefisch Headline Global Trade Conference at Blue Harbor





Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch will headline the 2nd Annual Wisconsin Global Trade Conference on August 18 at Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan. The day-long event provides local companies with networking opportunities and relevant information on global business trends. The conference will feature International Trade Consultant John Goodrich and Lisa Victoria Waller, Vice President of BDG International in Elgin, Illinois.

“The Wisconsin Global Trade Conference is the annual kickoff for the Lakeshore International Networking and Knowledge exchange,” says Lakeshore Technical College Global Education Coordinator Tandra Sbrocco. “By partnering with education, government and economic development organizations and sponsorship from local business, we’re again able to provide a terrific conference at an affordable rate.”

Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, a former small business owner and news reporter, serves as Wisconsin’s 44th Lieutenant Governor. Widely credited for coining the phrase, “Wisconsin is Open for Business,” Rebecca immediately played a key role in business growth and retention for Wisconsin. She serves as an economic development liaison and advocate for small business owners and chairs the Committee on Minority Unemployment.

John D. Goodrich is an International Trade Consultant and Licensed Customhouse Broker with more than 25 years of experience in international trade. He is currently the principal in the consulting firm of

JD Goodrich & Associates (JDGA.) Founded in 2001 JDGA specializes in assisting clients with import/export logistics and regulatory compliance issues. John graduated Cum Laude from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo Michigan with majors in Economics and German and a minor in International Commerce.

Lisa Victoria Waller is a graduate of Illinois State University, Bachelor’s of Science in International Business and an emphasis on Eastern Studies. Lisa continued her international studies of languages in Spanish, French, Russian and Swedish. In 1993, Lisa joined BDG International, Inc. Lisa has traveled professionally throughout Europe & South America and parts of Asia. She is a U.S. Licensed Customs Broker, IATA Certified, DG Certified, IAC Security Coordinator, a Certified Customs Specialist, and a Certified Export Specialist.

In addition to these keynote speakers, there will be experts from across the country to specifically address issues pertaining to agriculture and food products, manufactured products, and IC-Disc tax saving program for exporters. The event covers breakfast and lunch with plenty of opportunities for networking throughout the day.

The conference will also feature display tables from sponsors and partner organizations during the networking breaks. The conference cost is $100 for LINKe members and $125 for non-members. Contact LINKe for registration details at 920.693.1708 for registration information or

The Lakeshore International Networking and Knowledge exchange (LINKe) is a business consortium with the mission to enable the exchange of global business knowledge through networking and education. LINKe offers seminars, workshops and networking events from September to May each year for professionals involved with imports and exports. LINKe partners with education, government and business organizations to provide relevant and timely global business information to small and mid-size manufacturers and service providers in Calumet, Sheboygan and Manitowoc counties. For more information, email

About Lakeshore Technical College

Each year more than 10,000 people enroll in courses at Lakeshore Technical College. They rely on LTC for job preparation, to earn a degree, upgrade a specialized skill, train as an apprentice, or seek a high school equivalency. LTC faculty and staff meet students where they are in life and help them get one step closer to achieving their goals.<.p>

LTC, a nationally recognized technical college, was recently named a top 10 Bellwether Award finalist. The college was also ranked the #17 trade school in the nation by Forbes, the #3 two-year college in the nation for adult learners by Washington Monthly, #9 in the nation for two-year college educational outcomes by, and a top-150 two-year college for the fourth consecutive time by the Aspen Institute.

Close to 1,000 students graduate from LTC each year, and LTC’s associate degree graduates earn a median salary of $46,800 per year. In addition to the Cleveland campus, LTC serves students in Manitowoc and Sheboygan, and offers classes at four additional sites throughout the district. Visit LTC at

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