InFocus - Spotlight on Brazil 
August 2014
DISCOVER GLOBAL MARKETS: The Americas offers your business the unique opportunity to build a personalized conference agenda. You may choose from a variety of industry-specific sessions, panel-led discussions, and private consultations that will turn your business interests into market potential.


In This Issue
What's Next for Brazil?
Two US Commercial Officers from Brazil
Marketing Partners
Discover What's Next for Brazil 
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"Representing over $100 billion in two-way trade in goods and services, our commercial relationship with Brazil is stronger than ever. Brazil's dynamic market offers tremendous opportunities for U.S. exporters across industry sectors." - Brian Brisson



The World Cup has ended and the 2016 Olympics are fast approaching.  There has been a huge amount of infrastructure and development investment in the years leading up to these events, which many U.S. companies have capitalized on.  Once these two mega-events have ended, what will be on the horizon for Brazil? What will be the next biggest area of investment, and how can your company take advantage of the opportunities?


One example of such ongoing opportunities is the Logistics Investment Program which calls for investments for concessions of highways, railways, ports, trains, and airports.  This is the largest logistics investment program in Brazilian history, budgeted for $120 billion, and is a long-term commitment to strengthen Brazil's infrastructure.


This, among other Brazil-focused topics, will be discussed at DISCOVER GLOBAL MARKETS: The Americas.  Join us to learn what the future holds for you in Brazil!

Meet with TWO Officers from Brazil


DISCOVER GLOBAL MARKETS: The Americas will give you the special opportunity to discuss your company objectives with TWO Commercial Officers from Brazil.  Doing business in Brazil requires intimate knowledge of the local environment, in both the explicit and implicit costs of doing business. These two attending officers will be able to provide extensive knowledge on diverse regions of the Brazilian market.  

  • Brian Brisson, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs, directs operations in Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, and Sao Paulo. 
  •  Devon Rambo, Principal Commercial Officer, oversees the operations of U.S. Commercial Service offices in Brasilia and Recife

You will also have the opportunity to sit face-to-face with all of our other Commercial Officers from the Western Hemisphere.  Register now to secure your appointments!

Canada and Mexico
Costa Rica, Dominican Republic,
El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru


Thank You to Our Marketing Partners

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Thank you to the following District Export Councils 
for their support:

Mid-Atlantic DEC
North Carolina DEC 
South Carolina DEC
West Virginia DEC

Interested in Becoming a Marketing Partner? 
Visit our Marketing Partner page or contact Greg Sizemore at 
704-333-4886 or  
For more information on how the U.S. Commercial Service can help your business expand internationally, please contact your local Trade Specialist at any time.

Greg Sizemore

Director, U.S. Commercial Service of North Carolina 


Whether your interest is Asia, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, or U.S. Free Trade Agreement countries, there is a DISCOVER GLOBAL MARKETS conference designed to meet your needs. Visit the series website to see which seven cities we're visiting in 2014!




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Event Details

The Americas 

October 29 - 31, 2014

Westin Charlotte Hotel 
602 South College St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 375- 2600

Participation Fee:

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Speaker Spotlight

Brian Brisson

Minister Counselor 

for Commercial Affairs

U.S. Embassy 

Brasilia, Brazil



Brian Brisson's primary role as Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs is to support the President's National Export Initiative. In doing so, he coordinates commercial engagement and supports U.S. firms operating in Brazil and Brazilian firms investing in the United States.


Prior to arriving in Brazil, Brian served as the Regional Director for the Western Hemisphere in the U.S. Commercial Service from 2008 to 2011. He has also served in U.S. Commercial offices in Argentina, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Mexico. 


Brian completed his undergraduate studies at the Notre Dame and went on to receive a Mater of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

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