Trade and Tariffs: Impact and Opportunities for the Middle Market

Wednesday 10:30 am - 11:15 am, Conference Room (Ballroom A)

Moderators: Michael Taylor

Panelists: Steve Orava, David Filippelli

This session will take a closer look at how trade wars and tariffs are impacting middle market industrial companies and their PE owners – and strategies you can deploy to create value in this dynamic arena.

Few if any policy issues have dominated the headlines more than international trade – the Administration’s historic decision to rewrite decades-old Agreements while unilaterally imposing wide-ranging tariffs on goods vital to the industrial economy.  The bottom-line impact on companies large and small has been profound; the debate over whether such actions have succeeded continues to rage.  Yet, despite a flow of daily news coverage, tweets, speeches, and summits — events are still changing by the hour.   As a result, very few businesses or their owners truly understand what has happened, how it has happened, and what, if anything, they can do about it.

Has your supply chain been disrupted?  Have your customer relationships been frayed?  Have your costs risen, or your margins shrunk, as a result of a Presidential tweet or Administrative action — and the policy changes that followed?   If so, you’re not alone.

This session will provide an up-to-the-minute briefing on the current landscape of trade policy – with an eye toward allowing you tangibly to use that information in your businesses.  It will go “behind the headlines” to share what has actually changed and why, what may still change, and how those shifts in policy will reverberate throughout the economy for years to come. Most importantly, it also will share how you and your companies meaningfully can engage in these issues by discussing best practices that will take you from the sidelines to the playing field in a way that fosters value creation.