An International Evening

Many thanks to the Tampa Bay International Business Council (TBIBC) for inviting me to be their Keynote Speaker and Special Guest last night at the Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) in Historic Ybor City! I was overjoyed to find myself again immersed in an international atmosphere, from the brick-paved Cubano streets to the Asian, European and Latino council members. Tampa is destined to become an international business center with organizations like the TBIBC leading the way!

While I appreciated the praise for my keynote, I believe the true highlight of the evening was the GIFF screening of the new documentary, “The China Hustle.” Brilliantly shot and absolutely compelling, this documentary was uniquely timely and relevant for me. My personal and professional experiences in China, along with recent news about Chinese domestic, foreign and business policy, came to a head as I watched this film play out. My compliments to Magnolia Pictures and the courageous cast who made this film possible. I sincerely support their mission to inspire more people to ask hard questions about our fiscal relationship with China.

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