Jim Rhodes- Director ITEN WIRED
Stan Harper – JETRO Influencer
ITEN WIRED is a conference hosted by IT Gulf Coast and Florida West Economic Development Alliance. The annual summit provides networking and learning opportunities for executives, entrepreneurs, technology professionals and academia to foster local economic development efforts surrounding innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship.
The ITEN WIRED planning team is composed of volunteers from IT Gulf Coast, Florida West Economic Development Alliance, and other members of our local IT community.
- Jim has actively participated in the planning of the annual ITEN Wired Summit since 2012 and is in his 5th year serving as its director.
He is a native of Pensacola and a graduate of Tate High School and the University of West Florida, where he received his degree in finance. He moved to Charlotte, NC in 1997 with a goal of furthering his career in banking, but later developed a passion for information technology. Upon graduating ECPI College of Technology, he officially entered into the world of IT in 2001. After working several years as a network engineer, he and his family relocated back to Pensacola in 2007.
Jim has been employed by AppRiver since 2008 and currently manages the mobile solutions team which provides mobile device support for a global customer base of almost 300,000 users. He also serves as an advisor to the board of directors for IT Gulf Coast and as a board member for Innovation Coast.
He is married and has two sons. He enjoys golfing, kayaking, and fishing.
We hope you can join us for Japan-US Grass-Root Business Partnership Forum organized in collaboration with local authorities. This Forum will deepen the essential economic partnership between Japan and the U.S. To further that aim, the Forum will advocate the creation of new business through bi-directional Trade and investment, strengthening cooperative work between Japan and U.S. companies, as well as business expansion in other countries and regions.
By promoting Grass-Root Business partnerships, we hope to contribute to the economic prosperity of both countries and regions. The format of the Forum will be divided into two sessions, one focused upon the strategies Japanese companies have taken when expanding in the U.S. market, and the second session focusing on the opportunities that currently exist in the Japanese market as well as newly emerging ones, including advanced technology applications. We hope that you will save the date. An invitation will be issued shortly.
1) Opening remarks and Greeting: Hon. Ashton Hayward, Mayor of Pensacola
2) Keynote address: JETRO Atlanta Chief Executive Director, Norikazu Mori
3) JETRO function of Business Development with Japan
4) Session 1 Approaching Business in Japan (US Speakers)
- Attractiveness of Japan as a Hub for business expansion in Asia
- Challenges Encountered and Overcome Japan
- Case Studies Key Factors for Company Success in Japan
- Opinions for making Japan more investment-friendly to U.S. Companies
5) Session 2 Approaching Business in the U.S. (Japan Speakers)
- Case Studies Key Factors for Company Success in the U.S.
- Opportunities for Japanese and U.S companies alliances with advanced technology.
JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization)
Organizer of Japan-US Grass-Root Business Partnership Forum
About the Japan External Trade Organization
JETRO is a non-profit organization that connects businesses with the resources they need to successfully expand to Japan. Since 2003, JETRO has supported more than 15,000 business investment projects and helped over 1,500 companies successfully invest in Japan.
Originally established in 1958 to promote Japanese exports abroad, JETRO’s core focus has since shifted to promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) into Japan and helping small to medium-sized Japanese firms maximize their global export potential.
Through JETRO, clients can incorporate their business in Japan; receive visa, immigration, and HR support; find dedicated office space; identify local government subsidies; meet Japanese business partners; and more.
JETRO is organized and managed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), a ministry of the Japanese government that focuses on economic and industrial development through innovation, technology, and foreign investment. JETRO currently maintains 74 offices overseas in 55 countries and 46 offices in Japan, including the Tokyo and Osaka headquarters.
JETRO in the United States
There are six JETRO offices in the United States. Each offers a full range of business support services to U.S. companies seeking to invest in Japan, as well as several industry-specific exhibits, seminars, and webinarsfor networking and partnership purposes.
In the last decade, JETRO has helped hundreds of U.S. businesses successfully enter or expand in the Japanese market. Companies supported include Amazon, Tesla, AdRoll, Johnson & Johnson, and more.
Business Investment Services
JETRO provides a wide range of free and subsidized business services to foreign businesses. Companies can work one-on-one with JETRO to learn more about business incorporation, visa applications, legal regulations, subsidy programs, and more.