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Theo Prodromitis, President Out Front Brands, is honored to have been able to help promote, and participate in, the IIFA Global Business Forum, Hosted by the University of South Florida College of Business. Presenting an exciting opportunity for collaboration and networking, the conference is themed, “Indo-U.S. Partnership: A Catalyst for Economic Growth” and takes place at the Tampa Convention Center April 24-25, 2014.
Today, the Indian-American community has been at the forefront of innovation, knowledge-based services, and entrepreneurship, creating jobs and contributing to the U.S. economy. Two-way commerce between India and the U.S. crossed the $60 billion mark in 2012, but there is potential for reaching the $100 billion mark. The Indian economy has grown to be the10th largest in the world, and experts project India will become one of the top five economic powers by 2050.
India and the United States follow business practices anchored in core values of democracy, pluralism, individual freedom, and respect for contractual obligations. These similar values provide a starting point for these two nations to pursue deeper partnerships and enjoy the resulting benefits. However, protectionist policies followed by both nations are obstacles to deeper commerce ties. These policies include barring foreign companies from certain sectors of the economy and raising the cost of doing business through regulations and legal measures.
Hosted by the University of South Florida College of Business
Tampa Convention Center
Tampa, April 24 & 25, 2014
The excitement of Bollywood and International Indian Film Academy Awards is complemented by the significance of the IIFA Global Business Forum. The theme is “Indo – US Partnership, A Catalyst for Economic Growth”. The IIFA Diversity Training Committee has spent the last few months conversing with business leaders about Tampa hosting IIFA Weekend. Many executives and companies inquired,“Why should we attend?”
5 Things everyone ought to know:
1. Tampa is the first U.S. host city for the prestigious International Indian Film Academy weekend – Past host cities include Macau, China; Singapore; Toronto, Canada; and Colombo, Sri Lanka.
2. Your Participation Matters – Participation by the Tampa Bay area business community encourages robust business development with this prestigious organization.
3. There is something for everyone – The presenters range from top Indian business leaders to entertainers and government representatives.
4. Your voice can be heard on the international stage – Share your perspective and get answers to your questions about international business.
5. Organizers want you to attend – The USF College of Business produced this event with a focus on education and inclusion.
On April 24th and 25th Tampa will host an incredible conference on international trade and the global economy. The list of presenters is awe inspiring. A few highlights include:
Business & Economics
Bharat Desai – Chariman of Syntel (NASDAQ:SYNT) Multi-national IT services provider with $825 million in revenues in 2013. Desai is a resident of South Florida
Mukesh Aghi – CEO and Board member leads Larsen & Toubro Infotech, a subsidiary of the USD 13.5 billion Larsen & Toubro Group One of the fastest growing IT services companies, L&T Infotech is ranked by NASSCOM as the 9th largest software and services exporter from India
Policy & Influence
Representative Gus M. Bilirakis – US Congressman 12th District (R) serves on The Energy and Commerce Committee and Vice Chairman of the Veteran’s Affairs Committee.
Shabana Azmi – Former member of Indian Parliament, Actress, USF Professor
For $199 investment you can experience the who’s who of Indo- US relations, commerce, global insights and influence. Please feel free to contact us with any questions. We look forward to seeing you there! #outfrontbrands #theoprodromitis #michellenault #IIFATAMPA
Theo Prodromitis facilitated one of the first briefing sessions on behalf of the sensitivity training committee for Visit Tampa Bay and unveiled the new IIFA GET Training video. This new video and program is geared towards educating Tampa Bay Area businesses about Indian culture and customs, in preparation for the upcoming IIFA Awards that Tampa will be hosting April 24-26. Forty excited guests representing various businesses and organizations attended this meeting at the Crumb & Cork Tuesday morning in downtown Tampa, March 25, 2014. #IIFA #outfrontbrands #visittampabay
“The information presented by Theo Prodromitis at a briefing for the Downtown Tampa Partnership, was highly informative. I felt her presentation will truly help acclimate Tampa to the great international opportunity coming up in April with the Bollywood & IIFA Weekend. A great conversation about strategies to share in the success of IIFA. I hope other groups and organizations take the time to participate in this diversity training.”
-Michael Laverty, Commercial Manager, City of Tampa Dept of Solid Waste