ORD Leadership Skills for Global Business Success

Date: January 16, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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SBDC International Trade Center at the Joseph Business School
7600 W. Roosevelt Road
Forest Park, IL
Contact: Ernie Watts
Leadership Skills Needed for Global Business Success
Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM CST
9:30 - 10:00 Networking
10:00 - 11:30 Group Discussion on Global Leadership
Global business author Michael Wynne will be leading a discussion based on his book Global Business Success which focuses on helping executives become successful international leaders.

What many American business executives usually don’t know is the risks of going global. As a result, they can make very expensive mistakes. We definitely want to minimize these for all our members!!

Michael Wynne, president of International Management Consulting Associates (IMCA), has managed business in many foreign markets as well as the US. Brian Butler and Ernie Watts will join Michael to provide real world examples of the many challenges leaders face to achieve global business success.

Bring your own real world examples and join other local business leaders in the discussion on Thursday, January 16, 2020.


  • Michael Wynne - President at International Management Consulting Associates (IMCA)
  • Brian Butler - Director of the Illinois SBDC International Trade Center
  • Ernie Watts - Executive Director at Global Chamber Chicago



Michael Wynne - President of International Management Consulting Associates (IMCA). Now in its 30th year, IMCA develops and implements business strategies that help companies achieve sustainable growth and profitability in domestic and international markets. Formerly with Mobil Oil, Michael was president of Mobil Ami, S.A., a chemical specialties subsidiary with responsibility for total Latin American operations. Promoted to Strategic Planning Manager with Mobil Chemical Company, he developed global strategies for a $400 million division. This involved marketing operations in 37 countries, as well as 15 manufacturing facilities and numerous licensing agreements. Promoted again, he became General Manager of a worldwide chemical specialties group. This operation served the Automotive, Appliance, Electronics, Furniture, Metal Manufacturing, Steel, and Aluminum industries.


Brian Butler - Director of the Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at the Joseph Business School in Forest Park, IL. The SBDC International Trade Center launched in 2018. Brian assists companies in starting to export as well as in expanding their current export business. He does this with resources available at the International Trade Center as well as in partnership with the State of Illinois Office of Trade and Investment (OTI), the US Commercial Service, the US EXIM Bank, the Chicago Regional Growth Corporation’s Metro Chicago Exports program, and other global entities. Brian is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and worked in international sales management roles for 20 years prior to coming to the International Trade Center. He has served as a bridge between US manufacturers and the international market by establishing and developing overseas distribution networks via dealers, distributors, sales/service agents, and joint venture partners.  

Brian has specialized in the Latin American and Caribbean markets having done business in 20 countries throughout this region which included extensive travel as well as local assignments while living in Colombia, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Haiti.  He has also done business with Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. He has undergraduate degrees in International Business and Spanish from Benedictine University (Lisle, IL), an international MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management at ASU, and is a CGBP (NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional).  He also currently serves on the board of directors of the International Trade Association of Greater Chicago.


Ernie Watts - Executive Director at Global Chamber Chicago. A senior international sales and operations executive recognized for driving revenue and profitability in distribution and service businesses, Ernie has international expertise in building established brands and launching start-ups. As President of TRC Chicago LLC he works with clients to build cohesive, high performance teams competing successfully in complex environments worldwide. As the Executive Director of Global Chamber® Chicago, Ernie's primary focus is to engage leaders, companies and communities in more successful cross-border trade and investment to accelerate global business growth and increase community success.