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Professional Development Meetings (PDMs)

NEW Season of Industry Speakers


Executive Networking and Dinner Event

Tuesday, September 12th






2200 Century Parkway,

Suite #0003

Atlanta, Ga. 30345

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5:30 - 8:00 pm


Members: $25

Non-Members: $40  
Students: $10

(In-Person PDM Includes: Free Parking and LoyalQ BBQ Dinner)

Limited Seating Available!

Register Early to Reserve Your Seat!


Keynote Speakers




Laurent Kahl

 International Business Consultant 

SBDC International Trade Center








Juan Cuellar

Senior International Trade Manager

Georgia Dept of Economic Development



How to Georgia Supports International and Domestic Trade

for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SME)


Keynote Speaker Biography

Laurent Kahl, from the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (Int'l. Trade), and Juan Cuellar, of the Georgia Department of Economic Development ( Int'l. Trade), will give separate presentations regarding the services (domestic and international) that both the University and the State of Georgia offers to Georgia Logistics SME’s (small and medium size enterprises).  

Laurent Kahl is an international trade consultant with the UGA Small Business Development Center. He has extensive private sector experience in the international trade field with over four decades working for both private and semi-government entities.

Prior to joining UGA SBDC International Trade Center, Laurent was a self-employed consultant for GlobalFootprints, an import/export consultancy that helped small- and medium-sized businesses navigate and succeed in the global market. Prior to founding GlobalFootprints in 2013, Laurent also worked for a wide range of large multi-nationals enterprises including HELLA in South America; Habasit America in Latin America; International Paper selling in the Middle East, Latin America and Canada; Kaiser Aluminum selling to the Americas; and Hercules International selling to the European Union and the Caribbean Basin.

Laurent has additional international logistics experience working for the Port of Charleston as a Regional Cargo Sales Manager in New York City. As for his Import experience, he created his own importing venture, Filter Supply America, where he represented a major German manufacturer of industrial filters - Mann + Hummel - that were distributed and sold in the U. S. and Canada. Laurent also acted as an Manufacturers Representative for LM Handling SPA., a family owned company based in Modena, Italy that manufactured high quality, custom made, high speed industrial conveyors and accessories.



Special Guest Speaker

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Dave O'Farrell

O'Farrell Career Management


Learn How You Can Accelerate Your Career Opportunities

Dave O’Farrell is a keynote speaker, outplacement consultant, and executive recruiter.  He helps employers on both ends of the employment life cycle – when they’re hiring and when they’re firing.


On the front end, he provides executive recruiting services. His specialty is finding great local candidates for local employers.


On the back end, O’Farrell helps employers soften the blow when they let employees go by offering the best outplacement services on the planet. He works with departing employees across the USA.  His service is a coveted employee severance benefit.


Clients think of him as a career strategist, résumé architect, and brand builder.


His background includes:

  • Thirty years in the career management business 

  • Seven years at a leading career management firm 

  • Three years at a leading sales training and consulting firm

  • Twenty-three years as Executive Director of JobSeekers of Peachtree City

  • Twenty-three years as President of O’Farrell Career Management


Reach out to Dave by email or through his LinkedIn page.

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