Spotlight Latvia: Gateway to Business in Europe and Beyond Conference Program

October 26, 2017

Waldorf Astoria Chicago Hotel:  11 E. Walton Street Chicago, IL 60611

8:00am – 8:30am


8:30am – 8:40am

Opening remarks by the Ambassador of Latvia, H.E. Mr. Andris Teikmanis and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy H.E. Mr. Arvils Aseradens

8:40am – 8:55am

Presentation “Spotlighting Latvia as a Place for Business” by the Chairman of the Latvian Investment and Development Agency Mr. Andris Ozols

8:55am – 9:25am

“Finding Success in Latvia” – International Companies Successfully Operating in Latvia
Discussion with Max Jegorovs: Accenture Latvia: Laura Ludika: Axon Cable; Andris Lacis: Baltic Technology Group

9:25am – 9:30am

Introduction of Companies Presenting for “Spotlight LV” Award

9:30am – 10:15am

“Taste of Latvia” Food & Dairy Panel

Moderator: Jim Staples
Panelists: Seymour Paul Ferreira: Amber Beverage Group; Normunds Stanevics: Food Union; Peteris Zimants: Pure Chocolate; Janis Garancs: Aloja-Starkelsen, Baiba Puzule, Orkla Confectionaries

10:15am – 10:25am

Coffee Break

10:25am – 10:55am

“Byte of Latvia” IT Panel

Moderator: Jim Kleinops
Panelists: Andrejs Strods: Blue Bridge Technology; Rihards Kalnins: Tilde; Sergejs Skusovs: MEDITEC Ltd: Mihails Scepanskis: CENOS

10:55am – 11:30am

“Shortcut to Latvia” Transportation and Logistics Panel

Moderator: Uldis Sipols
Panelists: Gundars Abols: Latvian Railways; Andrejs Petrovs: Kreiss; Normunds Volbets: Sonora; Alvis Haze: Ventbunkers

11:30am – 12:00pm

“Quick Take” Manufacturing Panel

Moderator: Jeff Scott
Panelists: Martins Lacis: Latvijas Finieris; Janis Simins: Jauda; Dzintars Celms: Friteks

12:00pm – 1:00pm


1:00pm – 1:10pm

“Spotlight LV” Award Announcement

1:10pm – 1:40pm

“Latvian Companies Successfully Operating in the US”

Discussion with Janis Bergs: SAF Technologies; Maris Lucans: Printful; Andre Schwiontek: Valmieras Stiklu Skiedra

1:40pm – 2:00pm

“Latvia as a Regional Banking Center”

Presentation by Mr. Vadims Reinfelds, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Deputy Chairman of the Board, ABLV Bank, AS

2:00pm – 2:15pm

Coffee Break

2:15pm – 2:45pm

“Latvian Business Law and International Investment”

Presentation by Maris Vainovksis, Eversheds Sutherland Partner

2:45pm – 4:00pm

Breakout sessions by industry group; private meetings

4:00pm – 4:15pm

Launch of Latvian Chamber of Commerce in USA

4:15pm – 4:30pm

Conclusory Remarks

4:30pm – 6:00pm

Cocktail Reception