Mexico – The Myths, The Realities and The Opportunities
August 16, 2016 , MSU Management Education Center


Registration Information

Meeting details and registration information are available in the events section of  For registration and program information, contact OESA at 248.952.6401 or

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Note:  Refunds cannot be given after August 9, 2016. Substitutions are always welcome. Substitutions are always welcome. Charges will appear as “Motor & Equip MFG Assoc.” Pay at the door registrants are held to the same cancellation policy as prepaid registrants and will be invoiced if cancellation is not received by August 9, 2016.

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Conference Details

When you think about doing business in Mexico, do you worry about the news headlines? Or do you focus on the facts (business opportunities)? Do you know what it truly takes to be successful in Mexico? On Aug. 16, 2016, OESA will host “Mexico – The Myths, The Realities and The Opportunities” at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy, MI. The meeting focuses on opportunities in Mexico in the coming years and provides lessons learned on what it takes to be successful in Mexico. If you are considering investing in Mexico, or want to take it to the next level, please join OESA and our partners for this event.

Oscar Albin, Executive Presidente, Industria Nacional de Autopartes A.C (INA), will share information about the Mexican supplier industry association and discuss opportunities and challenges he sees in the market. Guido Vildozo, Senior Manager, Americas light vehicle sales forecasts, IHS Markit, will share the latest Mexico production numbers as well as what insights can be gleaned about the future. Kevin Williams, member, Clark Hill PLC, and Alberto Campos, partner, Sanchez Devanny, will share insights into the most current legal issues facing U.S. companies when doing business in Mexico. These presentations will be followed by a Q&A segment. This general session will be followed by breakout sessions.

The “Making the Move to Mexico” breakout session will be hosted by Doug Donahue, vice president, business development, The Entrada Group, and David McQueen, management consultant – business development, The Offshore Group. Donahue and McQueen will help attendees understand the scope of opportunities available in Mexico and how shelter companies can help. Topics will include: the pro’s and con’s of various locations; how the shelter service model increases the feasibility of being in Mexico; and feedback on opportunities. Bill Baughman, president and COO, Plastomer Corporation, and Charlie Hess, president, St. Clair Technologies, will join the panel to share lessons learned and address questions from attendees.

The “Strengthening Your Foundation in Mexico” breakout session will be hosted by Alberto Torrijos, automotive industry sector lead, Deloitte, Manuel Nieblas, manufacturing leader, Deloitte , and Gerardo Prado and David Puente, partners, Sanchez Devanny. The Deloitte and Sanchez Devanny teams will outline and explore legal and business challenges automotive suppliers face once they are established in Mexico. Topics will include labor costs, employment challenges, government incentives, trade agreements, tax and export issues and safety. Scott Paradise, vice president, marketing and business development - the Americas, Magna International, and Daniel Sceli, president and CEO, Peterson American Corporation, will join the presenters for a panel conversation sharing lessons learned and addressing audience questions.

The event will conclude with lunch and a presentation by Lisa Drake, global purchasing director, Ford Motor Company.  Drake leads Ford's efforts to develop Mexico supply base as part of their future product program development.

Conference Agenda

7:30 a.m.. 


Registration, Networking and Continental Breakfast


8 a.m.


Welcome and Opening Remarks
Ginger Juncker, Executive Director, Councils and Member Programs, OESA


8:10 a.m.


Opportunities and Challenges in Mexico
Oscar Albin, Executive Presidente, Industria Nacional de Autopartes A.C (INA)


8:30 a.m.


Mexico Market Overview
Guido Vildozo, Senior Manager, Americas Light Vehicle Sales Forecasts, IHS Markit


9 a.m.


The Legal View
Kevin Williams, Member, Clark Hill PLC
Alberto Campos, Partner, Sanchez Devanny


9:30 a.m.


Panel Question and Answer

10:15 a.m.   Networking Break and Transfer to Breakout Rooms
10:30 a.m.   Breakout Sessions

Session One: Making the Move to Mexico
Doug Donahue, Vice President, Business Development, The Entrada Group
David McQueen, Management Consultant – Business Development, The Offshore Group
Bill Baughman, President and COO, Plastomer Corporation
Charlie Hess, President, St. Clair Technologies

Session Two: Strengthening Your Foundation in Mexico
Alberto Torrijos, Automotive Industry Sector Lead, Deloitte
Manuel Nieblas, Manufacturing Leader, Deloitte
Gerardo Prado, Partner, Sanchez Devanny
David Puente, Partner, Sanchez Devanny
Scott Paradise, Vice President, Marketing and Business Development - The Americas, Magna International
Daniel Sceli, President and CEO, Peterson American Corporation
Panel Moderator: Carlos Gutierrez, Counsel, Clark Hill

12 p.m.   Networking Lunch
12:45 p.m.   Lisa Drake, Global Purchasing Director, Ford Motor Company
1:25 p.m   Concluding Remarks
Ginger Juncker, Executive Director, Councils and Member Programs, OESA


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