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A Celebration of EU Day! Expanding Communities, Expanding Trade: The Future of Trade Between Colorado and the EU

  • 07 May 2014
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • History Colorado Center 1200 Broadway Denver, CO 80203


Registration is closed

Since July 2013, the United States and the European Union have been negotiating a comprehensive free-trade agreement known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). What does this mean for Colorado? Our distinguished panel will provide us with their analysis.

5:30 pm - Doors Open

6:00 pm - Panel Discussion Begins

7:00 pm - Reception

Title Sponsor



Joseph Quinlan is a Managing Director and Chief Market Strategist of Bank of America, Global Wealth and Investment Management.  With nearly 20 years of financial services experience, Mr. Quinlan most recently served as a senior global economist/strategist for Morgan Stanley. He lectures on finance and global economics at New York University, where he has been a faculty member since 1992. Joe was awarded the Transatlantic Business Award for his research on U.S.-Europe economic ties by the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union in 2006. In 2007, he was a recipient of the European-American Business Council Leadership award for his research on the transatlantic partnership and global economy. He is also the author, co-author, or contributor to eleven books. He has published more than 125 articles on economics, trade and finance. He regularly appears on CNBC, as well as Bloomberg television, PBS and other media venues.

Opening Remarks

James Nelson is the Director of the National District Export Council and an attorney with Lindquist & Vennum where he handles international and domestic contract negotiations. In addition, James has a strong background in corporate development, joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions, together with construction, distribution and manufacturing. His international experience extends to Asia/Pacific, Middle East, Europe and Latin America.

Before joining Lindquist & Vennum, Jim was vice president and general counsel responsible for legal affairs of the Gates Group, a $3 billion group of manufacturers of engineered metal and rubber products, a unit of Tomkins PLC. His practice focuses on corporate counseling, international business development and transactions, and intellectual property protection.


Sandi Moilanen is the International Division Director for the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT). As Director, Sandi coordinates programs that create and retain jobs in the state by helping Colorado companies to expand and diversify their markets globally and by helping companies from abroad to learn the value of doing business here. Sandi brings eight years of experience in international business development, manufacturing and international finance to the position.  Prior to joining the OEDIT, Sandi managed international financial transactions and overseas production planning for London Fog-Pacific Trail, an apparel manufacturer. 


Brian Friedman has more than 20 years of experience in the field of investment management and economic research.  Prior to joining GHPIA in 1999, he was a U.S. Equity Portfolio Manager with Owen-Joseph Asset Management and served as a U.S. & International Equity Analyst for Founders Asset Management, a Denver-based mutual fund company.  Before entering the investment business, he worked as a Research Assistant at the Brookings Institution, a leading public policy think tank in Washington, D.C.


Sarah Lambert is a policy maker with the European Commission, the European Union’s executive body. In 1995, she joined the organization after a career as a foreign correspondent for TV, radio, newspapers and wire services reporting from the US and later on the fall of the Berlin Wall and its aftermath across Europe. Since then she has worked in the policy units responsible for the EU’s internal market and EU transport links before going to London to head up the Commission’s government relations team there, responsible for all government and stakeholder liaison and for the political reporting back to Brussels. She was appointed Head of Office in 2008 and, when her posting in the UK ended, transferred to Madrid to fulfil a similar role.

Event Co-Chairs

Felicia Naranjo Martinez, Executive Director of CEUCE

Karen de Bartolomé, Executive Director of WorldDenver

Registration closes at 9:00 pm, April 29th

Event Parking

Metered parking can be found nearby and is free after 6pm. In addition, the Cultural Center Garage is not far from the History Colorado Center. It is located on 65 West 12th Avenue and is open 24 hours a day. Parking costs $4 for 2-3 hours; $7 for 3-5 hours.   

This is a program of the World Affairs Council of America in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States.

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