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Becker & Poliakoff Attorney Jennifer Diaz Recognized As OWIT 2011 Member Of The Year

posted by Jennifer Diaz March 28, 2012 1 Comment

The Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT), with more 2,000 members in 26 affiliate chapters worldwide, has recognized attorney Jennifer Diaz as its 2011 Member of the Year. The Award is presented for outstanding contributions to the organization and strong commitment to advancing women in international trade and business.

The professional association also selected OWIT’s South Florida chapter – of which Ms. Diaz is immediate Past President — as its 2011 Chapter of the Year.

In presenting the prestigious award to Ms. Diaz, OWIT cited her leadership in forging partnerships between her Chapter and prominent South Florida business and professional organizations, and for entering into an MOU with Miami Dade College to assist in developing a new export compliance program. The organization also praised Ms. Diaz’s creation of a social media chair on the Chapter board, an initiative that has resulted in one of the largest OWIT chapter fan bases on Facebook, a thriving LinkedIn presence and an active fan base on Twitter.

Ms. Diaz is the head of Becker & Poliakoff’s Customs & International Trade Practice Group. A Miami native, she graduated from Miami Beach Senior High, University of Miami and Nova Southeastern’s Shepard Broad Law Center. She is an alumnus of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Miami program and serves on the Boards of the Miami Council for International Visitors and Miami Beach Sister Cities. In 2011, she was named a Rising Star by SuperLawyers magazine.

OWIT’s South Florida Chapter was recognized for its leadership, and helping further the OWIT mission by sharing best practices and fostering education and networking opportunities among global trade professionals. Since hosting the 2007 OWIT Global Conference, the South Florida chapter has gained prominence in the South Florida business community.

Join OWIT International as we honor the recipients of our 2011 Annual Awards.
March 30, 2012 at 12:00 EDT
Register Now
No charge to attend this complimentary webinar.

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2nd Conference of the Americas

posted by Jennifer Diaz April 26, 2011 0 comments

The International Bar Association’s 2nd Conference of the Americas takes place at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Miami, Florida, May 4-6, 2011. The inaugural Conference of the Americas took place in Mexico City in 2008.   The International Bar Association (IBA) is the largest legal organization in the world.

This Second Conference will again be the perfect opportunity for legal professionals from North America and South America to network, share information, and identify issues, concerns and opportunities across the Americas’ legal markets and jurisdictions.  The Program sessions are focused on 8 areas:

  1. The region in the aftermath of the financial crisis.
  2. Cartel enforcement and leniency programs.
  3. International trade.
  4. Taxation
  5. Dispute resolution.
  6. Energy issues and infrastructure.
  7. Social networking.
  8. General Counsel Forum.

This event is also supported by the International Law Section of the Florida Bar Association.  The Conference Program Co-Chairs are Pierre Bienvenu based in Montreal, Peter Quinter based in Miami, and Claudio Undurraga based in Santiago.  To register for the conference, please do so on-line.  For questions, please contact any of the three people above.

I look forward to seeing you in Miami.

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International Boston Seafood Show – LIVE!

posted by Jennifer Diaz March 22, 2011 0 comments

I am at the final day of the annual International Boston Seafood Show held at the Boston Convention Center. With record attendance and a record number of exhibitors filling the convention center floor with extravagant booths overflowing with shrimp, fish, crab, lobster, and other seafood delectables from all over the world, the Show is a success.   After all, this is the largest seafood show in North and South America.  Perennial exhibitors Pescanova, Inc. and Preferred Freezer Services had the largest and most memorable displays.  In addition to my speaking on the topic of "Food Safety", my law firm exhibited at the Show for the first time, and shared a booth with food testing laboratory, ABC Research Corp.

Serious topics for the educational seminars included "Rebuilding Consumer Confidence in Gulf Seafood," and "Food Safety".   There was significant discussion of aquaculture.  For pure fun, the Show included a new Game Lounge, the 5th Annual Oyster Shucking Competition, the 2nd Annual Tweet & Meet Tweetup, and a keynote address from Wayne Rogers, the actor from the hit series M*A*S*H.

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Forbidden Places for Tourism and Trade

posted by Jennifer Diaz August 30, 2010 3 Comments

Please make plans to attend the Forbidden Place-Tourism and Trade  seminar on Friday, September 24, 2010. This seminar will take place at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, Miami, Florida. This half-day seminar will address a variety of recent regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Topics to be addressed include travel to and trade with restricted countries, immigration aspects of tourism to sanctioned countries, and representing a client who is the subject of an investigation or penalty by the OFAC.

Click on this highlighted link for a pdf of the full brochure for the agenda of the event.  Our featured luncheon guest speaker is Charles Bishop, Sanctions Coordinator, OFAC.  Mr. Bishop has primarily been involved with administering the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, including license applications for Service Providers, Carrier Service Providers, Travel Service Providers, and Remittance Forwarders.

Please call The Florida Bar’s International Law Section at 850-561-5831 to register over the phone, fax your registration to 850-561-5816 or register on-line at www.floridabar.org/CLE.    Attorneys who attend will receive Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the J.W. Marriott Hotel Miami at the rate of $114 single/double occupancy. To make reservations, please call the hotel directly at (305) 329-3500. Reservations must be made by September 3, 2010 to assure the group rate and availability. Group rate is valid 3 days before and 3 days after the event, based on availability. After September 3rd, the group rate will be granted on a "space available" basis.

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Upcoming OWIT-South Florida Networking Opportunity You Must Attend

posted by Jennifer Diaz January 13, 2010 1 Comment

On January 27, 2010 you will have the opportunity to meet the new Board of Directors for the Organization of Women in International Trade’s South Florida Chapter.   OWIT-South Florida is a networking and educational organization that promotes women and men in international trade and commerce.

As the incoming President to this group of distinguished professionals in international business, I’ll admit I’m biased, but, I do have say, this is a great group to get to know.  We have representation on our Board from Adobe, C.H. Robinson, Kroll, Robertson Forwarding, UPS, and Mastercard, to name a few.  Meet us personally at my law firm, Becker & Poliakoff’s Coral Gables office at 121 Alhambra Plaza, 10th Floor, on January 27th, from 6-8 p.m. You will be glad you did.

Put on your calendar these must attend events:

  • February 17, 2010 – Are You "Women Certified?" Delia Passi, founder of Broward-based Women Certified, talks about her company’s mission to teach companies, especially sales people, how to sell to and retain female consumers.
  • March 24, 2010 – Crisis? What Crisis? If your firm faces a reputational tsunami, call the "trouble valet."  Judy Miller, CEO, JM Advisory and former Pulitzer-prize winning investigative journalist, explains how she helps companies in stressful situations avoid reputational meltdown.
  • November 2, 2010 – Hear Donna Shalala, President, University of Miami,  former Secretary of Health and Human Services under the Clinton Administration, speak at our annual International Business Women of the Year (IBWOY) awards.

Get Involved!  Join one of our several committees.  Reach out to our Committee Chairs to learn more.

Join OWIT-South Florida on Linked In as well and start a discussion – let us know what you’d like to see with OWIT-South Florida in 2010!

I look forward to making membership in OWIT-South Florida a worthwhile and fun experience. If you ever have questions, comments or program ideas, I am always interested in your feedback,and want to make sure this organization is a valuable asset to everyone involved. Please feel free to contact me directly with questions and comments.  See you January 27th!

Don’t miss out. If you want to network with the movers and shakers of Miami’s international trade scene, you must attend OWIT-South Florida’s "Meet the New Board" event on January 27, 2010. This is the group that will bring Donna Shalala to you in November, get to know us!