AAEI 93rd Annual Conference & Expo

Minneapolis, MN
Monday, June 16, 2014
Welcome to the AAEI 93rd Annual Conference and Expo Website!

AAEI is setting the stage for the best conference yet! This year's conference, appropriately themed, "A Fresh Perspective," will feature discussions about global issues such as what America is like as a trading partner, trade with challenging countries, difficult issues in trade, the direction of U.S. trade policy, and the current state of Beyond the Border. We will also be including the U.S. centric discussions that our members count on each year to keep abreast of industry trends. 

We are also excited about this year's conference, because you will see front and center all of the changes that have been made including the refreshing of the AAEI logo and website, as well as new implementations using technology and social media. This year's conference is one you don't want to miss!

Wednesday Luncheon Keynote Announcement

Assistant Secretary of Export Enforcement

David W. Mills
Wednesday, June 18
12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. 

Mr. Mills was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on February 11, 2010, as President Obama’s nominee for Assistant Secretary of Export Enforcement at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS).  In this capacity, Mr. Mills is responsible for the protection and promotion of U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives through a law enforcement program focused on deterring the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and missile delivery systems, diversion of dual-use goods to unauthorized military end-uses, terrorists and state sponsors of terror and prohibited foreign boycotts.  He oversees an elite cadre of special agents dedicated to the enforcement of export control laws.  Export Enforcement special agents are located worldwide - at the U.S. Commerce Department in Washington, D.C., in nine domestic field offices, and at U.S. Embassies in the United Arab Emirates, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, and Russia.  Export Enforcement also administers an active industry outreach and education program focused on strengthening industry compliance with the Export Administration Regulations.

Tuesday Luncheon Keynote Announcement*
Acting Deputy Commissioner Kevin McAleenan
Tuesday, June 17
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Kevin K. McAleenan was named acting deputy commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, effective March 30, 2013. As such, McAleenan becomes the chief operating official of the 60,000-employee border agency.

Previously, McAleenan served as the acting assistant commissioner of the CBP Office of Field Operations, leading the agency’s port security and facilitation operations. He was named to the position December 31, 2011. He previously served as deputy assistant commissioner, Office of Field Operations between July 2010 and December 2011. OFO is the largest component in CBP and is responsible for securing the U.S. border at ports of entry while expediting lawful trade and travel. With OFO, McAleenan was responsible for overseeing CBP’s antiterrorism, immigration, anti-smuggling, trade compliance, and agriculture protection operations at 20 major field offices, 329 ports of entry, and 70 international locations in more than 40 countries. He administered a staff of more than 28,000 employees, and an operating budget of more than $3.5 billion.

As deputy assistant commissioner, McAleenan was particularly involved in the development of CBP’s Advanced Air Cargo Screening program, the development of CBP’s new trade agenda, and efforts to optimize management of resources though business process transformation and modeling.

*Due to a scheduling conflict, Commissioner Kerlikowske can no longer attend the Annual  Conference*

Tuesday Morning Keynote Announced
Congressman Erik Paulsen
Tuesday, June 17
9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m

In January 2013, Congressman Erik Paulsen was sworn in to serve his third term representing Minnesota’s Third Congressional District.

Paulsen's legislative agenda parallels the initiatives that make Minnesota a great place to live, work and raise a family: a strong economic climate for job growth, a fairly-funded and accountable education system, a well-preserved environment, safe communities, and tax reform for taxpayers and businesses.

Paulsen is a member of the Ways & Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over health care, economic and trade policy and is the chief tax writing committee in the House of Representatives. He supports pro-growth initiatives and believes that open markets are the key to a strong economy.

Erik is also a member of the Joint Economic Committee, a bicameral Congressional Committee composed of ten members from the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, which studies and performs research on matters relating to the U.S. economy, and advises Congress on how to best spur economic growth and create jobs.

In addition, he is a member of the Free Trade Working Group and the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Working Group.  The Free Trade Working Group was formed nearly 20 years ago to educate Members and promote policies that would open foreign markets to U.S. goods.  

Join us in Minneapolis!

Minneapolis is a glittering metropolis that is easy to get to, easy to get around and easily one of the most vibrant, engaging cities in America. It is a place where critically-acclaimed shows, restaurants and museums mesh with the natural beauty of lakes, trails and parks.The city has the perfect blend of natural beauty and urban sophistication. No other American city has a chain of lakes, the mighty Mississippi, and 200 miles of walking, biking and cross country ski trails within the city limits literally steps from the most vibrant arts and music scene outside NYC; the best shopping in the region, and museums among the finest in the nation. Minneapolis is the American city where natural and urban drama shares a single stage.

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