Event Details

We would like to invite you to attend a free educational seminar, Demystifying Investment in the USA: Steps for Success. The event is aimed at entrepreneurs interested in expanding their business footprint in the U.S. marketplace.


SelectUSA assists companies of all sizes to navigate the investment process, including the resources to make informed decisions for location selection, connection with Economic Development Agencies (EDOs), and assistance in navigating the federal regulatory system.


The U.S. Commercial Service in Poland, the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), and the Council for American States in Europe (CASE) cordially invite you to participate in a virtual investment seminar and networking event April 22 at 15:00.


The seminar will introduce investors to resources for developing a successful U.S. market expansion plan, and will be followed by a virtual networking event, so that attendees may directly engage with representatives from the US Embassy in Warsaw, Economic Development Agencies (EDOs), The U.S. Commercial Service and additional investor resources.


Agenda

3 PM - 3:10 PM
Registration & Networking
3:10 PM - 3:20 PM
Opening Remarks by Co-organizers
3:20 PM - 3:30 PM
Role of the AmCham’s American Investor Desk
3:30 PM - 3:40 PM
Role of CASE and State Representatives in Europe
3:40 PM - 3:50 PM
SelectUSA & Virtual SelectUSA Summit Preview
3:50 PM - 4 PM
Investor Visas & Recent US Travel Policy Developments
4 PM - 4:30 PM
Virtual Networking

Speakers

  • David Dolhomut (American Investor Desk at American Chamber of Commerce in Poland)

    David Dolhomut

    American Investor Desk at American Chamber of Commerce in Poland

    https://americaninvestordesk.pl/

    David Dolhomut is the Project Manager in charge of the American Investor Desk at the American Chamber of Commerce in Poland. He is responsible for the support, preparation, and coordination of various AmCham events and projects, such as assisting Polish companies through the AID project in their expansion to the U.S. through cooperation with various local and foreign stakeholders interested in helping Polish companies with their foreign growth.

    Previously, David was an Acting Trade Commissioner at the Canadian Embassy's Trade Commissioner Services in Warsaw, Poland. At the Embassy, he was responsible for developing the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) market strategy plan for Poland, which then expanded to the EU as a larger project for the region. He also did trade promotion by participating in meetings with local contacts in several Polish cities to introduce CETA's benefits in their sector.

    David also supported the logistics of various events and trade shows, such as the 2019 winter reception in cooperation with the Polish Canadian Chamber of Commerce (PCCC) and the MSPO International Defense Industry Trade Show in Kielce, Poland.

    He provided market research to respond to service requests from Canadian clients in the following areas: life sciences, forest & wood products, aerospace, clean technologies, automotive, metals & minerals, defense & security, information, communication & telecommunication (ICT), agriculture & agri-food and oil & gas.

    David is fluent in English, French, and Polish. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in International Business from the John Molson School of Business – Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He also has a Master of Arts degree in International Business with a specialization in Business Central and Eastern Europe from the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) in Warsaw, Poland.

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  • Vanessa Göschl (Managing Director – State of South Carolina Europe Office & CASE Vice Chair at Council of American States in Europe (C.A.S.E.))

    Vanessa Göschl

    Managing Director – State of South Carolina Europe Office & CASE Vice Chair at Council of American States in Europe (C.A.S.E.)

    http://www.invest-in-usa.org/

    Based in Munich, Germany, Vanessa Göschl joined the South Carolina Department of Commerce team in 2018 to serve as the managing director of the state’s Europe Office.

    Prior to accepting this position, Vanessa served as the senior vice president of economic development at the Charlotte Regional Partnership, where she directed all business development recruitment and marketing efforts for a 16-county, two-state region.

    Vanessa holds a master’s degree in economic development from the University of Southern Mississippi, as well as a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Boston University. She earned her Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation from the International Economic Development Council in 2009 and was named one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers by Consultant Connect in 2017. 

    Vanessa serves as Chair of the International Advisory Committee for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) based in Washington D.C., and Vice Chair of Council for American States in Europe (CASE). Vanessa speaks English and German.

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  • Tony Housh (Chairman at American Chamber of Commerce in Poland)

    Tony Housh

    Chairman at American Chamber of Commerce in Poland

    Tony Housh, is a strategic policy, business and communications advisor with twenty five years of experience in Poland and CEE. He has advised and assisted companies in a wide range of sectors including defense, energy, innovative technologies and bio-sciences. He has served as the Chairman of AmCham since January 2015.

    He is a frequent commentator on Polish television outlets as well as on leading radio and has published numerous articles on trade, investment, innovation and security in a wide range of publications.

    He served as a non-executive board member and audit committee member of the NASDAQ and WSE listed CEDC and participated in transactions totaling well over 1 billion USD. He previously served as the Director of the American Chamber of Commerce and the country officer for Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Albania at the US Department of Treasury.

    Prior to beginning his work in Poland in the early 1990s, Tony held analyst roles in London and Brussels as well as running two successful US Congressional campaigns.

    Tony received his MA in European Integration cum laude from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium). He is a graduate of the University of Kansas (USA) and was an exchange scholar in Soviet & East European Studies at the University of Essex (UK). He is an alumnus of the Salzburg Seminar.

    In November 2014 he was awarded the Knights Cross for services to the Republic of Poland by President Komorowski. In January 2018, Tony was appointed as Director for Poland, Central Europe & Baltic Region at Northrop Grumman.

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  • Neil Pickett (Deputy Senior Commercial Officer at US Embassy, Warsaw)

    Neil Pickett

    Deputy Senior Commercial Officer at US Embassy, Warsaw

    Neil Pickett joined the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Foreign Commercial Service in July 2013 and was posted to the U.S. Export Assistance Center (USEAC) in Chicago. In 2015, Neil transferred to the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey where he served as the Deputy Principle Commercial Officer. Neil arrived in Warsaw, Poland in July 2019 to serve as the Deputy Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy.

    Prior to joining the US Government, Neil served as the International Sales Manager for a Chicago area manufacturing company for more than 12 years. In that capacity, he developed a sales and distribution network in more than 50 countries and built an offshore joint venture in Shenzhen, China.

    Neil resides in Warsaw, Poland and speaks English, Polish, Turkish and has a working knowledge of Spanish and German.

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  • Joshua Seeberg (Director - European Representative Office of Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development)

    Joshua Seeberg

    Director - European Representative Office of Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development

    As Director of the European Representative Office for the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, Joshua Seeberg oversees both daily and strategic operations aimed at growing the presence and impact of Europe-based businesses in Kentucky’s economy.

    Seeberg leads a team primarily focused on recruiting new corporate investment and job creation for Kentucky by European companies. As well, he and his team maintain and grow relationships with European businesses that have a current Kentucky presence. His office also works to facilitate trade between European nations and the Bluegrass State.

    Prior to his role with Kentucky, Seeberg spent more than 10 years working in transatlantic relations, mainly with the German American Chamber of Commerce. He served as Executive Director of the GACC Colorado Chapter, where he grew the organization’s membership and revenue by double digits year-over-year. Seeberg then transitioned to the GACC Midwest headquarters in Chicago, where he worked to expand the German-style apprenticeship model in the Midwest.

    About Kentucky:
    From our office in Hamburg, Germany, we support European companies that are looking to expand into the United States and help them find the right business environment, workforce and financial incentives to do business in Kentucky. More than 200 European companies are enjoying successful business ventures by operating in Kentucky. Kentucky welcomes international investment. We have enjoyed great success because of our low business costs, central U.S. location and exceptional quality of life.The manufacturing industry, with a strong focus on automotive, is a major pillar of the local economy that has grown steadily over the past many decades. Due to the consequences of the corona crisis, and in particular the long-term effects on global supply chains, we see enormous potential for European manufacturers in the United States. Also, through our Discover Kentucky initiative, we support European companies in entering the U.S. market by opening a small business representation, by finding distribution and/or business partners and by opening new sales channels

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  • Patrick Slowinski (U.S. Consul General in Krakow at U.S. Consulate General in Krakow)

    Patrick Slowinski

    U.S. Consul General in Krakow at U.S. Consulate General in Krakow

    Patrick T. Slowinski returned to Poland to serve as the U.S. Consul General in Krakow in August of 2019. Mr. Slowinski was previously posted to Poland, where he served as a Vice-Consul at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw.

    His most recent overseas assignment was as Deputy Economic Counselor at the U.S Embassy in Moscow. A career member of the Foreign Service, Mr. Slowinski has represented U.S. interest abroad in Poland, Ukraine, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, and Russia.

    He has also served in Washington D.C. as the Poland Desk Officer in the Office of Central European Affairs. Mr. Slowinski has extensive energy policy experience and served a Senior Energy Diplomacy Officer for Eurasia at the State Department’s Bureau of Energy Resources.

    Mr. Slowinski also represented U.S. trade interests in his assignment and as Director for Central and South Asia at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President of the United States of America.

    Mr. Slowinski has received numerous State Department Awards, including Superior Honor Awards and Meritorious Honor Awards. He also received meritorious step increase awards and a National Export Achievement Award for his commercial, economic, and trade efforts in Central Asia.

    A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mr. Slowinski holds a doctoral degree in education from Brigham Young University and a post-doctoral degree from Kansas State University. He speaks fluent French, Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian. Patrick has four children.

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  • Andy Utschig (Deputy Consular Chief at US Embassy, Warsaw)

    Andy Utschig

    Deputy Consular Chief at US Embassy, Warsaw

    Andy Utschig is Deputy Consular Chief at U.S. Embassy Warsaw and the head of the Visa Unit. He previously served abroad for the U.S. State Department in Paramaribo, Suriname as a Political Officer (2006 through 2008), in Tokyo, Japan as a Consular Officer (2009 to 2011), in Banjul, The Gambia as Consular Chief (2011 through 2014), and in Osaka, Japan as Visa Chief (2014 through 2017). While in Osaka, the Visa Unit processed visa applications resulting in over $2 billion per year in new investments in the United States. Osaka is one of the five busiest Treaty Trader and Investment Visa posts in the world. From 2017 to 2019 Andy worked in Passport Services in Washington, DC, supervising the worldwide passport audit program.

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