Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez will meet with U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson and local business leaders on Friday, March 16, 20102, to discuss how the private and public sector can work together to expand exports and create jobs.
The meeting is taking place after Secretary Bryson and Mayor Gimenez tour Pavilion Furniture, a company that is working with the Department of Commerce's Commercial Service to expand the exports of its products.
Business leaders participating in the discussion include Mike Buzzella, President and CEO of Pavilion Furniture; Raj Rangaswamy, President of Target Engineering; and Luis Arguello, CEO of DemeTech. Target Engineering, an engineering services firm, will be joining a Department of Commerce trade mission to India at the end of the month that Secretary Bryson will lead.
DemeTech Corporation, a producer of surgical sutures and blades, has previously joined a Commerce Department trade mission to Saudi Arabia. Luis Arguello, CEO of DemeTech also previously joined President Obama in an oval office ceremony for the signing of the U.S. Korea trade agreement - an agreement that goes into effect this week.
Under the new agreement, 80 percent of Korea's tariffs on U.S. industrial products will drop to zero. The agreement is expected to increase U.S. exports by approximately $11 billion, support tens of thousands of American jobs, and open up Korea's $1 trillion economy for America's workers and businesses.
Media Arrival Time 9:15 a.m.
9:30 - 10 a.m. - Secretary Bryson and Mayor Gimenez tour Pavilion Furniture
10 -10:45 a.m. - Secretary Bryson gives brief remarks and holds discussion with:
Mike Buzzella, President and CEO of Pavilion Furniture
Raj Rangaswamy, President of Target Engineering
Luis Arguello, CEO of DemeTech