Upcoming International Meetings

March 22, 2023 - CANCELLED

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM CT   Virtual Online Program

Keeping yourself and your company’s secrets safe while abroad

With international business travel making a return and data security becoming a major source of potential loss, how do you keep yourself and your data safe when traveling abroad? What additional precautions do you need to avoid kidnapping, extortion, arrest, or worse? What are the current best practices for keeping your mobile phone, laptop, network, and intellectual property safe?

We will hear from the subject matter experts from the following:

  • The Ackerman Group – the most experienced US firm in Executive Safety, Kidnapping, Extortion and Ransom
  • SureFire Cyber – a former FBI agent who led the investigation of the data breach of Sony Pictures by North Kora
  • Chubb Insurance – Kidnap, Ransom and Extortion Advisory and Insurance


Program Speakers:

  • Daniel Schultz, Vice President, Chubb Insurance
  • Jerry Bessette, Chief Operating Officer, SureFire Cyber
  • Joshua Ackerman, Senior Operations Officer, Ackerman Group


This 90-minute webinar is only $50 for ICE members and $75 for non-members.

Who should attend? When ICE did a similar presentation five years ago, it was one of our most popular and well-attended. Please forward and invite your Executives, International Sales and Support, Credit, and anyone else you may think would benefit.

Click HERE to register. 

Past Meetings

January 26, 2023

2023 Global Economic Forecast

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM CT   Virtual Online Program

Program Speaker: Chris Kuehl


Inflation! Interest Rates! A strong Dollar! A Soft Landing!  What does 2023 have in store for us?

Please join ICE for a virtual meeting with Dr. Chris Kuehl on Thursday, January 26th at 10:30 a.m. CT for a global economic review that is a must for credit managers and your international trade team. Chris is one of the most engaging – and funny – economists you will ever hear. He will take us on a review of the economic and political landscape both here and overseas to give you insight into how geopolitical events may impact your business in the coming year.

Dr. Chris Kuehl is a Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence. He provides forecasts and strategic guidance for a wide variety of corporate clients around the world. He is the chief economist for several national and international organizations

Prior to starting Armada in 1999, he was a professor of economics and finance for 15 years – teaching in the US, Hungary, Russia, Estonia, Singapore, and Taiwan. He holds advanced degrees in economics, Soviet studies, and East Asian studies.

Chris is the co-author of The Flagship and the Strategic Intelligence System – both publications from Armada. He is also an economist for the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association and responsible for the Credit Manager’s Index.

Needless to say, we are thrilled to partner with Dr. Chris Kuehl and excited for him to share his business and economic insights – all with a touch of humor. The takeaways from this webinar will empower you to make informed decisions about the future of your business.

Dr. Chris Kuehl’s 90-minute economic outlook webinar is only $50 for ICE members and $75 for non-members.

November 30, 2022

INCOTERMS with Silent Auction

What could choosing one term over another really mean to your International Transaction?

Incoterms are those pesky little 3 letter acronyms that are used by customers and vendors overseas when you are trying to sell or buy something outside of the USA. Ever wondered what all the fuss is about? Does it really matter which term you agree to in the end? Could you have the advantage of insisting on one of a couple of options when it comes to Incoterms?

Join us at ICE on November 30 as we do a deep dive into the 11 Incoterms that make up Incoterms 2020 and form the legal basis for who is responsible for what and how far on International transactions. Paul Jarzombek from LR INTERNATIONAL INC. a global freight forwarder headquartered in Chicago along with a panel of experts will break down the 11 Incoterms in detail and share real-world examples of when a particular Incoterm choice either helped or hurt in specific situations.

The morning will be spent on a deep dive into each of the 11 terms so they are all clearly understood with time for your questions. After lunch, The afternoon will see our panel providing examples of do’s and don’ts from real case studies of international transactions from their long tenures in global trade. Bring your questions as this group is committed to you feeling 100% confident regarding Incoterms as you leave for the day.

You will also have an opportunity to bid on and win some amazing prizes right from your phone as we hold our annual Silent Auction to support the ICE Scholarship fund. All processes will benefit the ICE Scholarship fund which in 2022 saw two recipients awarded funds sent directly to their higher education institution of choice to help with tuition expenses. PLEASE COME OUT TO THIS LAST ICE EVENT FOR 2022 and support our scholarship fund and interact with some amazing professionals on the topic of Incoterms 2020.

  • 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Registration
  • 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Speaker Paul Jarzombeck, deep dive on Incoterms 2020
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Luncheon and Networking
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Panel of experts discuss Incoterms and answer your questions
Program Speaker: Paul Jarzombek, President & CEO, LR International Inc.
Program Panelists:
  • Ursula Wegrzynowicz, Export-Import Bank of the United States
  • Bruce Glaub, Trade Acceptance Group
  • Sue Dragotta, WCTC
Location: River Club of Mequon, 12400 N Ville Du Parc Drive, Mequon, WI
July 12, 2022

The ICE Group, in conjunction with Madison International Trade Assn (MITA), held a joint educational seminar on July 12th at the Milford Hills Hunt Club in Johnson Creek, WI.  The half-day session: Understanding & Managing US Trade Controls and Sanctions on China & Russia was attended by 40 and led by a three-member panel consisting of John Ohnesorge, George Young Bascom Professor and Director, East Asian Legal Studies Center at University of Wisconsin Law School; Ngosong Fonkem, Esq. from the Chicago law firm of Page-Fura PC and Claudia Wolske, Global Trade Compliance Export Manager for Rockwell Automation.  The session was sponsored by Sayari, headquartered in Washington, DC a venture-backed and founder-led global corporate data provider and commercial intelligence company.

Some general takeaways from the seminar were:

  • Historically speaking it is unlikely China and Russia will become best of friends as memories of WWII remain.
  • Companies having global manufacturing or sales operations must look at trade controls and sanctions globally and not just from a U.S.-centric perspective.
  • For major importers and exporters, it is almost impossible to comply with trade controls and sanctions without investing in third-party technology.  Business ownership stakes by Russian oligarchs run deep and are difficult to trace!
  • Multinational businesses are sensitive to how they close down Russian operations and treat those employees.  Major consideration is given to avoid the Russian government seizing the closed operation’s assets and nationalizing the business.


This very successful and informative seminar was the first ever joint ICE/MITA educational collaboration.