John Manzella is a world-recognized speaker on global business, trade policy, labor, and the latest economic trends. His valuable insight, analysis and strategic direction have been vital to many of the world's largest corporations and associations preparing for the business, economic and political challenges ahead.
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"Forum. Based on audience responses, he was our number one speaker! John discussed many diverse issues, including trade, labor, immigration, and economics, explained how they are connected, and provided the big-picture impact. It was very informative, interesting and engaging! John made so many great points that I wish he was on Sunday morning talk shows to discuss our need for smart immigration policy, new trade agreements, and the realities in China and Europe. It was outstanding!"
— Vanessa Leiby, Executive Director, Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association
"John helped our leadership team crystallize the macro-level trends we are experiencing today. Never before have we seen such a labor market and John’s concise and detailed slides aided us in our understanding. He allowed enough time for questions and was thorough in his responses. I’d recommend John to any group looking into current and future trends."
- Neil Peraza, Chief Financial Officer, MasterCorp.
"John was a great keynote speaker for us. His material was timely, and his ability to make complex themes accessible and interesting for our audience meant many found his to be the most valuable presentation of the event. Due to COVID-19, we had to pivot from a physical to online event, and John was able to adapt to the new format very easily. From a logistical point of view, John was easy to contact and great to work with, and we're looking forward to working with him again – hopefully in person!"
- Nidha Jasrai, Senior Content Producer, Urner Barry
"Independent Community Banks of North Dakota, the state trade association for community bankers, had the privilege of presenting John Manzella as a keynote speaker during our annual convention. John was super to work with and very well received by our attendees who rated him 4.8 out of 5. He conducted research on North Dakota and covered state and national economic perceptions and predictions. If you are looking for economic analysis that will keep your audience engaged and informed, I highly recommend having John speak at your next event."
- Wendy J. Ruud, Vice President, Independent Community Banks of North Dakota
"John's presentation on economic trends and global trade at our executive conference was excellent. He gave an in-depth analysis of the global economy in a way that really resonated with and engaged our members. His was a session that many attendees continued to discuss throughout the event. We look forward to working with him again."
- Jason Blake, Executive Vice President & COO, Associated Equipment Distributors & The AED Foundation
"The antidote to information overload comes from John Manzella's insights and clear business recommendations, based on his detailed analysis and understanding of complex and often disparate information. As business professionals, we're both blessed and burdened with abundant information, statistics, news, data, opinions, and outright conjecture. What does it all mean, and what should our business do? John Manzella identifies importance from noise, and delivers his insights in an actionable and entertaining manner. When John Manzella spoke at our California Fresh Fruit Association's annual meeting, the room was full and the audience of business principals was fully engaged."
- Rich Hallock, Vice President, The Greenspan Co./Adjusters International
"John Manzella's keynote speech at the National Association of Steel Pipe Distributors' Annual Convention was beyond our expectations. He gave an in-depth look at the world economy in a way all our members could understand. We look forward to having him come back again very soon."
- Susannah Porr, Executive Director, National Association of Steel Pipe Distributors
"John's recent speech was thought-provoking, captivating and based on sound data and his personal experiences abroad. In a humble manner, he delivered his observations and analysis on international trade, policy and the economy in a very concise and easily understandable manner while supporting valuable discussion among attendees. This was John's second AAMA presentation in two years. I look forward to another fantastic event with him again soon."
- Sundar Ananthasivan, Vice President, Engineering and R&D, Wausau Window and Wall Systems
"John recently spoke to members of the California Fresh Fruit Association during our 83rd Annual Meeting. His insight, clear business applications and honest assessment of the international business climate was well received. His use of timely statistics and up to date descriptions of business challenges had those in the crowd nodding in agreement. John is an engaging speaker and we would recommend his services to anyone in the business industry!"
- George Radanovich, President, California Fresh Fruit Association
"As a Disruptive Innovation expert, I've sat through many information-dense presentations. In our increasingly complex and dynamic global environment, John is a master at aggregating and analyzing a wide spectrum of important information and presenting it to a diverse audience in a meaningful and relevant style. I appreciate that he doesn't get drawn into the emotional politics of the day while maintaining clarity on the impact of policies and market drivers."
- Steve Chelette, Sr. Managing Partner, HOPE Collaborators, LLC.
"John spoke at our Annual General Meeting to 600 of our industry leaders and governing entities. He did a great job detailing the impact and opportunities presented by the current economic situation without playing the political blame game. Our investors left the meeting pleased with how informed they were about the global economic factors that will impact their businesses in the year to come."
- Iain Vasey, President and CEO, Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation
"John Manzella provided rich, detailed, and relevant information to help support the needs of our credit union leaders. The executives and board of directors in attendance were able to understand the impact of existing trends and how to operate cautiously to reduce risks in the year ahead."
- James Lenz, Professional Development Manager, Credit Union Executives Society (CUES)
"John's presentation at the New England Relocation Association conference was the sharpest and most insightful explanation of the current macro economy I've heard. He doesn't just "talk the talk," he thoughtfully has mastered the factors that have led to where we are today, and understands what must be done to initiate growth in the United States and world economy. Importantly, he can convey these complex ideas in a straight-forward, clear and concise manner — something few of his peers can do. John is engaging, likable and pensive. Several members of our association ecstatically declared how impressed they were with his presentation. He should be on CNBC and CNN every day."
- Brandon Tabassi, Relocation Director, RE/MAX Partners
"John is a world-renowned expert on global economic trends and how they'll affect us. His presentation at our TrustBelt Conference was outstanding — detailed, informative and thought-provoking."
- Adam Jones-Kelley, President, Conway, Inc.
"John's presentation at the National Poultry and Food Distributors Association's Fall Meeting left me thirsting for more! His ability to connect the dots between seemingly dissimilar economic influences and explain how, in fact, they are all woven into the same global economic fabric was outstanding. His content was enhanced by delivery that was clear, concise and easily understood."
- Russ Whitman, Senior Vice President, Urner Barry
"John Manzella's presentation at the National Portable Storage Association's Fall Seminar was spot on. He gave us a bird's eye view of the current global economy and world trade policies, and was able to boil that down to the likely impact on our members at a very local level in the near term."
- Mark DePasquale, President, National Portable Storage Association
"John has a rare gift; that of converting complexities of today's dramatically changing world economy into digestible parts the business audience can understand -- and apply. As Chair of Virginia's Committee on International Trade, I can say John's keynote address to the Commonwealth's World Trade Conference was energetic, offered comprehensive insight, and a balanced forecast of variables the audience was then empowered to consider during coming months of changing public policies, trade negotiations and tax reforms. John's on-spot, with skillful contribution to economic discourse. Well done."
- Hampton Dowling, Managing Partner, The HCB Group, LLC.
"John's recent presentation provided valuable insights into understanding global economic trends in the US. He takes a complex topic and articulates it in a format that is engaging and easy to follow."
- Tricia Gabberty, Senior Vice President and Regional Head of Marketing, North America, HSBC Bank
"As our SMART Conference opening keynote speaker, John set the tone for making this year's event the best yet. I have heard nothing but glowing remarks regarding the perspectives he shared and wisdom he imparted. John pulled back the curtain on the economy illuminating the affect global trends have on national, state and local commerce. The attending 500 business and community leaders came away better informed with an understanding of how to maneuver their communities and companies in these volatile economic times."
- Mike Fastenau, Economic Development Manager and conference sponsor, Black Hills Energy
"We have scheduled John to present to several of our clients. He provides useful, intelligent and insightful economic and policy information. And it's delivered in a way that shows the impact to business and is understandable. Members have enjoyed John's material and have indicated that they would like to hear more. I encourage other organizations to schedule John to present at their meetings; your members will find value in the presentation."
- Craig Addington, Senior Vice President, Thomas Associates, Inc.
"John's presentation on international economic trends spotlighting current U.S.-Chinese relations was exquisite and insightful. I particularly enjoyed his analysis of historic trends while cross-referencing quality sources. The web of information presented, although complex, was delivered in an easy to understand and practical way that I personally relished. The mainly American audience had representation from Ghana, Indonesia, Scotland, UK, and Canada that brought a unique dynamic to a very lively Q&A discussion. This was easily the best presentation on U.S.-Chinese relations I have attended."
- Dr. Phil Hancock CPSM, CPSD, MCIOBS, Managing Director, Glenochil Associates, LLC
"In an easy-to-understand and engaging way, John does an excellent job of laying out current economic variables and showing how they connect within the bigger picture."
- Florence Nicolici, Meetings Manager, American Architectural Manufacturers Association
"John's presentation brought a sense of balance to the volatile economic fluctuations we are currently experiencing. He is thorough, knowledgeable and engaging with an uncanny ability to draw the audience in regardless of their level of international economic experience. John was so popular at our last Trade Fest we brought him back to speak at our event again this year."
- Beverley A. Seif, Vice President and General Manager Mohawk Global Trade Advisors
"As this year's returning speaker of the Economic Forecast held by the Phoenix Business Journal and SRP, John Manzella has made a name for himself here in Phoenix. He delivered great content and certainly understands global business, economics and China trade. The comments I received after the event were tremendous. He connected with our audience and clearly captured their attention. A special thanks to John for making this event extremely successful two years in a row."
- Haley Metcalf, Event Manager, the Phoenix Business Journal
"John is an extremely insightful and dynamic speaker. He eloquently provided his thought leadership around current economic and global trends in a way that truly resonated with the audience. It was a privilege and an honor to have John as our guest speaker."
- Catherine Dumont, High Tech Marketing Manager Northeast District, UPS
"John provided a timely perspective on today's international economic situation. His presentation was informative and very entertaining for everyone who attended regardless of international or economic experience.
- Karl Kaliebe, Executive Director, World Trade Center Tampa Bay
"John's many years of experience in the area of global economics, business and policy provided a fresh and insightful perspective on today's international marketplace. Any organization with global aspirations should spend some time working with John as it will be time well spent!
- Bill Iannarelli, Director, Freed Maxick CPAs
"John Manzella provided an enlightening speech on the complexities of global business, various economic issues and their impact. The subject was narrated in an easy to understand, compelling and entertaining manner that kept the audience on the edge of their chairs. We are looking forward to having John speak to us again soon."
- Ann Demopoulos, Twentieth Century Club
"John's presentation on global trends, critical business issues and survival strategies at our Trade Fest was both insightful and engaging. Based on data he cited, it was evident John did his homework. He was extremely well prepared and is indeed an expert in the field of international business. We will ask him to return to speak at our Trade Fest next year."
- Gar Grannell, President and CEO, Mohawk Global Logistics
"John's presentation was most informative and enlightening. He kept the audience on the edge of their chairs. This was John's second engagement with us in two years. We need to bring him back every year."
- Marvin Easton, Program Director, International Men's Club of America
"John's presentation on the events and trends inside China and his forecasts for the near term provided a range of valuable insights for the audience at the 2015 Chief Housewares Executive Super Session sponsored by the International Housewares Association. His very professional presentation was followed by a lively Q&A which he fielded also like a pro."
- Dan Raftery, Facilitator, International Housewares Association
"John is an excellent speaker who understands global trends and U.S.-China trade very well. His insight on how U.S. Members of Congress operate is extremely informative and thought provoking to stakeholders of international business."
- Intan Chen, Director, Executive MBA Program Asia, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
"John's presentation on international economic trends at our client seminar was very informative and professionally delivered. We received great feedback from our clients after the seminar. Thank you, John!"
- Jim Barger, Commercial Banking Manager and SVP, Key Bank
"John's presentation was very informative, relevant and well done. While the topic was complex, he put it in terms the audience easily grasped. John's analysis of past events and forecasts were provided in a practical way that enabled our audience to leverage the information, make better informed decisions and prepare for what's down the road. Easily one of the best speakers I have had the privilege of hearing. I highly recommend his seminars and latest book."
- Al Testa, Vice President, APICS Buffalo Chapter
"John Manzella's recent speech exceeded our most optimistic expectations. Our members were very impressed with his extensive knowledge and insight of international commerce, global politics, manufacturing, trade, and China. Manzella is a polished speaker who captured our attention and left us better educated."
- Jack F. Nicholson, Program Director, International Men's Club of America
"John Manzella's extensive research brought keen insight and fresh perspectives to understanding the complex global economy. His lively presentation was at once entertaining and thought-provoking: exactly what we were looking for!"
- Richard Paullin, Executive Director, International Trade Association of Greater Chicago
"John Manzella's presentation to an audience of more than 700 at our annual Economic Forecast in Phoenix was extremely well received. John's command of the material was very impressive and many who attended commented that he was one of the best speakers we'd had in some time. I would recommend John highly for any business or organization looking for a qualified speaker with excellent presentation skills that keeps the audience interested and engaged."
- Ray Schey, Publisher, Phoenix Business Journal
"John Manzella has been providing great information and insights on global trends to our employees and customers. One hundred percent of attendees rated his sessions "Excellent" (79%) or "Very good" (21%). Fifth Third Bank is thrilled to work with John for our international thought leadership efforts."
- Peter Mack, Senior Vice President, Director of International Banking, Fifth Third Bank
"John's thought-provoking presentation and distillation of trends to their essence was a perfect companion to our Global Hospitality EXPO. His insights into both current and future global trends equipped our attendees to provide solutions that will have greater impact on the decision-making process."
- Karl Baker, Senior Vice President, American Hotel register
"John's presentation on global and economic trends given to International Marketing students at Buffalo State College was outstanding. The students were thoroughly engaged in his lecture, especially his expertise in China"
- Mary Ann Zylka, Adjunct Faculty/Business Administration Department, Buffalo State College
"SRP has been the presenting sponsor of the Phoenix Business Journal Economic Forecast breakfast for over 10 years. We have had various keynote speakers, but none were as impactful, engaging and relevant as John Manzella. Our commercial customers look forward to this event every year and have high expectations for the speakers we provide. John exceeded those expectations in every way and was a major contributor in making this the most successful breakfast yet."
- Anne Rickard, Senior Marketing Strategist, SRP
"John's presentation at our International Home & Housewares Association meeting was very on point. With the ever changing environment and issues in China, John brought some very key and thought provoking points of view to our group. These points and thoughts caused all of us to pause and reflect on where we are and what the future holds."
- James L. Glenn, President and CEO, Household Essentials, LLC
"Your keynote presentation confronted the brutal facts and provided insight on the trade deficit, business trends and global manufacturing. Registrants described your presentation as a home run!"
- Hazel J. Pankey, Director of Conference Programs, Industrial Asset Management Council
"The audience was immediately struck by John Manzella's breadth and depth of knowledge, especially on the state of the world economy, developments in the United States, and trends in the Asia-Pacific region. We would love to have him back again."
- Liang Fook, Assistant Director and Research Fellow, East Asia Institute
"John's keynote and remarks about the positive American economic outlook and the premium on knowledge as the only strategic, competitive advantage were inspiring. We've worked with John for over 15 years and find him to be a valuable business partner."
- John Rowney, Former Divisional President, Ocean Marine Division, Great American Insurance Co.
"John presented a very insightful and in-depth analysis of U.S.-China relations. I look forward to hearing another insightful presentation in the future."
- Sharleen Leong Meilin, Wee Kim Wee Centre, Singapore Management University
"John brings deep knowledge and keen insight into the dynamic nature of today's global marketplace. As an educator, he helps us reflect on our role as educators in preparing young people to take their place in this rapidly changing world."
- Anthony J. Day, Superintendent, Sweet Home School District
"John shared key lessons on how to conduct effective advocacy. As the voice of the Singapore business community, we appreciate his insights and useful learning points."
- Martin Yuoon, Assistant Executive Director, Singapore Business Federation
"You deeply understand U.S.-Chinese relations and we thank you for your brilliant analysis"
- Zhang Yuanpeng, Director and Research Fellow, Institute of World Economy, Jiangsu Provincial Academy of Social Sciences
"Members of the International Men's Club of America, which include many successful business leaders and professionals, are privileged to see some of the finest and most distinguished speakers at our monthly luncheon series here in Naples, Florida. John Manzella's recent speech was considered by some of our members as one of the finest presentations sponsored by the club. We are looking forward to having John speak again next year."
- Mark Dines, Director at Large, International Men's Club of America
"Our attendees found your presentation outstanding and packed with insight. It was obvious that you are in the know on the pressing issues making headlines across the world. I can categorically say that you gave the most outstanding presentation I have heard in my history of involvement with the conference."
- Theodora von Hohenstaufen Noll, Virginia Economic Development Partnership
"For an audience of industry professionals, many who have worked in China for years, John helped bring a much clearer picture of China's near and longer term impact on their businesses. We will reach out to John in the future as his predictions and analyses play out for this very volatile but integral part of our industry's supply chain."
- Perry Reynolds, Vice President of Global Trade Development, International Housewares Association
"John's deep knowledge-base and thoughtful presentational style causes his audience to lean in, to consider, and to walk away with a broader sense of the world community. Participants, young and old, have a new lens with which to view the world community as a result of their time with John!"
- Larry J. Leaven, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Sweet Home Central School District
"It was great to have you back for another excellent presentation. Your China analysis was very insightful and certainly stimulated the audience's thinking. Your previous presentation was a very informative and factual portrayal of what is really happening with globalization and its impact on corporations."
- Jim Ireton, Managing Director, MVITA
"As our keynote speaker on World Trade Day, John Manzella gave a brilliant presentation based on his extensive research and understanding of global trends, trade legislation and political realities. He has my highest recommendation."
- Thomas S. Norwalk, Board Member, International Trade Association of Southwest Ohio
"John gave an excellent, engaging and in-depth talk on the current and pressing issues facing global enterprises. The feed back from our member organizations in attendance was extremely positive. Special thanks, John!"
- Carl Diem, President, CDI International
"Thank you John for your wonderful presentation. You were absolutely outstanding! We were very fortunate to have you as our keynote speaker."
- Barbara Saieva, President, World Trade Association
"The audience loved your speech! Your grip on trade and globalization and its misperceptions is truly enlightening. And your explanation of trade's benefits needs to be heard and understood by all."
- Tim Nowak, Executive Director, World Trade Center Saint Louis
"Your surgical analysis of globalization, outsourcing and related issues was extremely enlightening and must be told to help all understand the need for America to get in the game and compete on the world stage. Well done!"
- Dick Rush, President & CEO, The State Chamber of Oklahoma
"Although several months have passed, many of my members often mention your outstanding and insightful presentation. You did a wonderful job transmitting pertinent and factual information while at the same time entertaining the audience with personal interest stories."
- Barbara Travis, Executive Director, Mississippi World Trade Center
"Not one to shy away from controversy, Manzella helps us grapple with today's most sensitive global economic issues. His answers are honest and stimulating." Larry Davidson, Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy, Indiana University Kelley School of Business
||Economic Trends, Global Trade, Labor, and What's Ahead
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||Economic Trends, Globalization and the Need to Improve American Capitalism
Rising protectionism, populism and inequality, along with economic trends and Covid-19, are having a profound impact on the United States, globalization and American capitalism. Plus, skills deficits, immigration issues, and tensions with China are severely affecting industry. In addition, advances in automation and digitalization, and the need for lifelong learning are adding greater complexity. This thought-provoking program peers into the chain reactions of what’s unfolding, reveals the myths and realities of globalization, and examines the need to improve American capitalism so we don't lose it.
||International Trade, New Realities and Ripple Effects
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||Will COVID-19 Kill Globalization? What Companies and Workers Need to Do
COVID-19 and trade battles with China and other countries have reduced trade flows. In turn, many argue that globalization will soon be dead. Globalization isn’t dying, it’s evolving, and existing trends are accelerating. This thought provoking program provides analysis of protectionist trends, how digital technologies and automation are transforming globalization, strategies companies and workers can implement to mitigate risks and seize opportunities, what’s ahead for China trade and U.S. companies manufacturing there, and what companies should do to prepare for future threats or pandemics.
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