Tips to Improve Your Importing in 2020

Posted by: Doug Bruhnke - Global Chamber on Wednesday, January 29, 2020

It's a new year... is your business ready to improve importing?

Global markets are changing - products, services, tariffs, currencies, people, technologies and more. And so changes are required to optimize your growth and success in 2020.

We hosted a conversation of members who shared their experiences on how to improve the importing process for any business. Listen to the recording of the discussion HERE.

Thank you to our members Cambridge Global Payments, Trade River USA and Mangat Group for the time and insights!


  • Tony Singh - President at Mangat Group & Co-founder at Paradigm Floorcoverings on "Importer Perspective"
  • Layla Hollender - President of Trade River USA on "Financing Growth"
  • Andrew Howlett – Manager of Channel Partnerships & Alliances at Cambridge Global Payments on "Payments"

Speaker Backgrounds

Gurdeep "Tony" Singh - President at Mangat Group & Co-founder at Paradigm Floorcoverings. Tony Singh is a serial entrepreneur who has been successful for many years importing a variety of industrial and home products.

Layla Hollender - President of Trade River USA. Layla Hollender is an accomplished business executive with over 35 years of financial services experience, from international banking to investment banking, project and trade structure finance, as well as various domestic specialty finance products and services. Layla has held various positions in international banking, with geographical responsibilities from South America to Europe. In 1990, Layla was a cofounder of Saenz Hofmann Financial, a boutique merchant bank specializing in sovereign and corporate debt advisory services, as well as trade finance and Governmental export/import programs. In 2010 Layla founded TradeRiver USA, a non-bank online funding solution which finances trade, both cross-border and within the US. TradeRiver USA’s state of the art paperless purchasing system works by providing the Buyer, at any point in the supply chain, with a pre-approved revolving cash facility that can be used to finance trade with multiple suppliers. Layla received a BA from Bates College in 1978, with a double major in political science and theatre/speech. In 1981, she received an MA in International Business and Economics from the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. Layla is fluent in five languages, including French, German, Spanish and Italian.

Note: John Hollender stepped in at the last moment due to a family issue. Contact John.

Andrew Howlett – Manager of Channel Partnerships & Alliances at Cambridge Global Payments. Over the last 12 years, Andrew has worked with hundreds of clients across many different industries and sectors in both the US and the UK, helping them manage their foreign exchange exposure and international payments. Cambridge is one of the worlds largest non-bank providers of global payment solutions, utilizing our network of over 100 international banking partners and counterparty trading institutions to help companies of all sizes efficiently manage cross border transfers.

Contact Andrew.



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