Connecting, Innovating, and Sustaining
with 21st Century Infrastructure

Chicago, IL • November 1-3, 2016


Sponsors and Supporting Organizations

Diamond Sponsors
Silver Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors
Bronze Sponsors

Gold Sponsors
Supporting Organizations

John C. Robak

Greeley and Hansen is a leader in developing innovative engineering, architecture, and management solutions for a wide array of complex water, wastewater, and related infrastructure challenges. The firm has built upon over 100 years of proven civil and environmental engineering experience in all phases of project development and implementation to become a premier global provider of comprehensive services in the water sector. Greeley and Hansen is dedicated to designing better urban environments worldwide. Greeley and Hansen received the President’s “E” Award for Exports and is a member of the Illinois District Export Council.

Paul W. Weida


Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in Power, Oil & Gas, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2015 were US $3 billion. Follow us on and in social media.

AECOM is a global network of experts working with clients, communities and colleagues to develop and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most complex challenges. Delivering clean water and energy. Building iconic skyscrapers. Planning new cities. Restoring damaged environments. Connecting people and economies with roads, bridges, tunnels and transit systems. Designing parks where children play. Helping governments maintain stability and security. AECOM connects expertise across services, markets, and geographies to deliver transformative outcomes. Worldwide, AECOM designs, builds, finances, operates and manages projects and programs that unlock opportunities, protect our environment and improve people’s lives. AECOM is built to deliver a better world.

Itron is a world-leading technology and services company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water. We provide comprehensive solutions that measure, manage and analyze energy and water. Our broad product portfolio includes electricity, gas, water and thermal energy measurement devices and control technology; communications systems; software; as well as managed and consulting services. Itron is advancing smart cities initiatives by empowering cities to improve public services, enhance energy and water management and increase economic vitality through collaboration, innovation and leadership.

Tina Ruane

Michelle Bonina

Reed Exhibitions and the U.S. Commercial Service launched a partnership in 2009, focused on increasing international sales from small and medium-sized U.S. businesses. The agreement educates exporters on utilizing international trade shows to expand their business and ultimately increase their ability to source and sell internationally.

Reed Exhibitions organizes over 500 events, across 43 industries, in 43 countries – a market reach of over 7 million. Reed Exhibitions International Sales Group is a local support for U.S. companies, dedicated to providing guidance on new market entry strategies, giving insights into business practices globally, while ensuring our customers see results at our events. For more information, please feel free to contact Kelley Brady or Michelle Bonina

Argonne National Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory ( is a multidisciplinary science and engineering research center where 1,600+ world-class researchers work alongside experts from industry, academia and other federal agencies government laboratories to address vital challenges in clean energy, technology, the environment, and security.

Irving A. Backman

Irving A. Backman and Associates will demonstrate several new, advanced technologies to aid in the fight against Global Warming and Climate Change, reducing electricity consumption, providing clean, drinkable water from contaminated sources, and also available for most agricultural and industrial needs.  Likewise, low initial and operational costs and possible financial assistance will assist installations. We Can Do It!

Kelleigh Beal

As a communications and Internet of Things (IoT) leader, AT&T is helping cities deploy integrated Smart City solutions to accelerate sustainable economic growth and create safer and more efficient cities in which citizens live, work and play. The AT&T Smart Cities framework helps urban areas address critical issues such as infrastructure, transportation, citizen engagement, public safety and smart grid management, to help better meet the needs of citizens by using Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. 

FedEx Express invented express distribution and is the industry’s global leader, providing rapid, reliable, time-definite delivery to more than 220 countries and territories, connecting markets that comprise more than 90 percent of the world’s gross domestic product within one to three business days. Unmatched air route authorities and transportation infrastructure, combined with leading-edge information technologies, make FedEx Express the world’s largest express transportation company, providing fast and reliable services for more than 3.6 million shipments each business day.

Ric Frantz | C.E.O.

LR INTERNATIONAL, INC. is a global Freight Forwarding company established in October of 1988 and has grown from a two person operation to having representative offices throughout the U.S, and in 102 countries worldwide. With our capability and coverage we are able to work with exporters of all sizes including large multi-nationals with a great variety of commodities. In addition, LRI help clients of all sizes to increase their global market share by offering training, counseling, inter-acting with U.S. Export Assistance Centers, and working with our international partners to offer market information.

LRI has been presented with Illinois Governor’s Export Award, The President’s “ E Award, and this year the President’s “E-Star” Award for Export Service. Lastly, LRI has had a presence on the Illinois District Export Council since 1994.

Motorola Solutions creates innovative, mission-critical communication solutions and services that help public safety and commercial customers build safer cities and thriving communities. Spanning devices, infrastructure, software and services, you can find our solutions at work in a variety of industries including law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, national government security, utilities, mining, energy, manufacturing, hospitality, retail, transportation and logistics, education, and public services.

Founded in 1928, Motorola has a history of innovation that has revolutionized communications. From pioneering mobile communications in the 1930s and manufacturing equipment that carried the first words from the moon in 1969, to supporting modern-day emergency response equipment for disaster relief efforts around the world, Motorola Solutions has a global footprint with solutions that demonstrate our thought leadership. 

Lori Duckwall

Dentons is the world's first polycentric global law firm. A top 20 firm on the Acritas 2015 Global Elite Brand Index, the Firm is committed to challenging the status quo in delivering consistent and uncompromising quality and value in new and inventive ways. Driven to provide clients a competitive edge, and connected to the communities where its clients want to do business, Dentons knows that understanding local cultures is crucial to successfully completing a deal, resolving a dispute or solving a business challenge. Now the world's largest law firm, Dentons' global team builds agile, tailored solutions to meet the local, national and global needs of private and public clients of any size in more than 125 locations serving 50-plus countries.

KoMarketing is a B2B online marketing agency. We build the connections that drive B2B business success, through in search, social, and content marketing. Celebrating over 10 years of client success stories, our organization prides itself as being a true B2B marketing partner. We work with a diverse range of global B2B organizations, from technology and software to industrial and manufacturing to business and professional services.

Adrian Mutton (Northeast and Midwest Region)

Ken Silverman (West Region)

Michael Green (Mid-Atlantic and South Region)

What's your next step for global expansion? Sannam S4is equipped to take care of all of the important in-country details and logistics, and to ensure that your organization is empowered to establish its strongest in-country business platform, thereby maximizing the return on your expansion investment. We provide the space, hiring, accounting, banking, payroll and tax set up and compliance in order to ensure that organizations can establish a strong in-country platform, free from the headaches of compliance, with the aim to minimize risk and maximize return on the organization's expansion investment.


  • AIA Chicago
  • Alliance to Save Energy
  • Chicago Council on Global Affairs
  • Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
  • Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City
  • Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Office of Trade and Investment
  • Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC)
  • Illinois SBDC International Trade Centers
  • Industrial Internet Consortium
  • International Trade Association of Greater Chicago
  • International Traders of Iowa
  • Greater MSP
  • Metro Chicago Exports
  • Mid-West Energy Research Consortium
  • Minnesota District Export Council
  • Minnesota Trade Office
  • Missouri Department of Economic Development
  • Penton
  • Quad Cities Chamber
  • Rockford Area Economic Development Council
  • Small Business Administration
  • State of Iowa
  • The Water Council
  • U.S. Green Building Council - Illinois Chapter
  • World Business Chicago
  • 1871 - Chicago's Technology & Entrepreneurship Center

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