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Build your global presence!

Whether you are just thinking about expanding your business internationally, or have some experience, you will want to attend the EDC "Protective Protocols for Global Growth - Best Practices" forum this June.

The purpose of the event is to emphasize building successful relationships - both domestic and foreign - as a key to success in the world of global trade.  Learn from subject matter experts on the basics, benefits, challenges and overall best practices of growing your global presence.

The quote the email signature line of Michelle Rozovics, one of our experts whose firm provides comprehensive legal advice to small, midmarket and global business, "See no evil, Hear no Evil, Speak no Evil, Write no evil, but if you us first".  Come learn why Michelle added that statement to her email signature and much, much more. 

Date:  Thursday, June 23rd

Time: 7:30 am to 2:00 pm

Location: 31North Banquet & Conference Center

217 N. Route 31, McHenry, IL (one mile South of Rt. 120)


7:30 to 8 AM Registration and Networking

8 AM Welcome and Overview of doing business globally

9:00 - 10:30  Caroline Berube, partner, H.J.M. Asia Law & Co., LLC & Michelle Rozovics, Founder and Principal of Rozovics Law Firm LLC.

10:45 - 11:45 - Panel of McHenry County business leaders involved internationally.

11:50 - Lunch and Keynote Speaker, Rick Pizarek, Vice President & General Manager Global Chassis Division, Affinia

Cost: $20.00 via paypal or check payable to: MCEDC, 5435 Bull Valley Rd, Suite 324, McHenry, IL 60050

Registration is required - click here.

Read more for speaker biographies:

Caroline Berube, Partner, H.L.M. Asia Law & Co., LLC - Caroline graduated from McGill University with a BCL and LL.B. degree and completed her studies at the National Unviersity of Singapore with a focus on Chinese laws.  Caroline began her legal career working in Singapore for a French law firm which was subsequently taken over by a British law firm.  During that period, she represented international corporate clients and banks in asset-financing and M&A cross-border transactions, traveling to various Asian countries in the course of her work.  In 2002, she moved to China to be part of the rapidly developing legal industry there, and joined a Chinese law firm specializing in corporate law.  Since then, her career has focused on Chinese corporate law and commercial practice, an area in which she has built up well-respected expertise amongst many European, Asian and North American clients.  Caroline is especially well-regarded for advising clients on the Asian legal structure of their companies, based on her sound understanding of the pitfalls and advantages of most Asian jurisdictions.

Caroline has advised clients in various industries such as manufacturing, energy (oil, gas and maining), technology and services.  Due to her longstanding expertise, practice and professionalism as a lawyer in China, Caroline has been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers.  She is also a regular speaker at many international conferences.  Caroline is an arbitrator approved by the Chinnese European Arbitration Center.

About HJM Asia Law & Co LLC is a boutique law firm in Asia that combines in-depth knowledge of Asian legal systems with a Western understanding of the way of doing business, drawing from its more than a decade of Asian legal expertise and Western commercial experience.

Michelle Rozovics, Founder and Principal of Rozovics Law Firm, LLC. - Michelle J. Rozovics bases her practice upon the belief that attorneys can be caring, personable professionals while simultaneously providing zealous, quality and sophisticated legal services.   Rozovics Law Firm, LLC is a small, McHenry-county based law firm which focuses on helping businesses with between 1 and 100 people transition into the global marketplace, and towards that end educates small and mid-market business owners about their rights and obligations under local, national, international and treaty laws.  The Firm assists clients in selecting and forming business entities, drafts and negotiates a wide variety of business agreements, including purchase and sale, commercial lease, and distribution and agency agreements.   On a litigation side, the Firm represents local, out of state and foreign businesses in a wide variety of business litigation matters in state and federal courts. Michelle is particularly interested in helping businesses with between one and 100 employees transition into the global marketplace.  Michelle and the other attorneys in her office work extensively with clients with technology issues, in many industries, ranging from software development, to computer hardware manufacturing, to global advertising services, to artist representation.

Michelle is admitted to practice of law in the State and of Illinois, the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.  As of June 15, 2011, Michelle will be a Solicitor of the Senior Courts in the United Kingdom, Wales and Scotland.  This will increase Michelle’s ability to assist Illinois clients with interests in European Union countries, as well as addressing legal implications of questions relating to tax haven jurisdictions.   Prior to opening her own law firm, Michelle obtained extensive experience as a litigator with a large national law firm, and as in house staff counsel for a Fortune 500 company. From 1996 until 1998, Michelle was a visiting lecturer in law at universities in Katowice, Poland and Nizhni Novgorod, Russia, where she taught courses in European Union law, comparative and international law, U.S. contract law, and legal writing. She was appointed by the Illinois State Bar Association President to the International & Immigration Section Council in 2009, and has helped establish the policies, programs and direction of that section since that time.  Michelle has been named a Contributing Editor for a book to be published in 2012 by the American Bar Association entitled Multiple Bar Admissions:  A Guide to Bar Admissions Outside the United States.  She has written and spoken extensively on issues of international law, business law, civil procedure, and legal practice, including two chapters in books published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education.  The Rozovics Law Firm, LLC has been featured in various American Bar Association journals.

Rick Pizarek, Vice President & General Manager, Affinia Global Chassis - Rick has the responsibility for Affinia's Global Chassis group which has sales of $250M and locations in the United States, South America, Taiwan, China, and India. He has worked in the automotive industry for over 30 years in various capacities including engineering, sales, marketing, and manufacturing.

Prior to his current position, Rick was Vice President of Affiinia's Asian office in Shanghai China.  From 2007 to 2010, Rick lived in Shanghai and traveled extensively throughout the Asian theatre.  During this time, he built a team that started a trading company that sells Affinia's products in China, supported Affinia's worldwide sourcing efforts, and negotiated several joint ventures.

He is a former board member of the McHenry County Economic Development Corporation and held the position of Chairman of the Board from 2004 to 2005. He was also a former board member and Past-President of the Friends of the McHenry County College Foundation Board as well as Past-president and board member of the Board of Directors of United Way of McHenry County.

Rick earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Indiana University. He has lived in McHenry County for fifteen years with his wife and four children.

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