The Boeing 737 MAX: Implications for Global Supply Chains, Exporting, and Economic Growth

  • Monday, January 27, 2020
  • 5:45 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Polsinelli Conference Center, 150 N Riverside Plaza, 31st Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60606


  • OWIT, CCBFA, CSCMP, APICS, GMA, ACG, CCGA and the Traffic Club of Chicago

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The Boeing 737 MAX: Implications for Global Supply Chains, Exporting, and Economic Growth

A presentation by the International Trade Club of Chicago with the support of Polsinelli, an Am Law 100 firm

Monday, January 27, 2020

5:45 pm – 6:15 pm, Registration, Networking and Refreshments

6:15 pm – 7:30 pm, Program

Polsinelli Conference Center, 150 N Riverside Plaza, 31st Floor, Chicago

The decision to suspend the production of the 737 MAX is rippling through global supply chains, dampening US economic growth and threatening Boeing’s status as the country’s largest industrial exporter.  Hundreds of suppliers providing components are affected, layoffs have been announced, airlines have canceled scheduled flights, and US GDP is expected to decline by 0.5% in the first quarter of the year as a result of this decision.  When will the MAX return to service and how will this challenge reshape Boeing and the aerospace industry?

Our experts will assess the current situation and offer their respective views.

  •  Chris Higgins is a leader in the commercial aerospace practice at Avascent, the foremost aerospace and defense-focused strategy consulting firm in the world. Mr. Higgins has more than 18 years of experience in the aerospace and defense sector, including roles in industry, equity securities, and consulting.  His industry experience includes 10 years at Airbus in a variety of strategy and finance roles, primarily in the company’s European operations. Following his tenure at Airbus, Mr. Higgins served as the senior aerospace and defense analyst on Morningstar’s equity research team, won four research awards and was a frequent media expert, appearing in CNBC, Bloomberg, The Financial Times, and The Washington Post. Mr. Higgins, a CFA charterholder, holds an MSc in finance (with Distinction) from the Henley School of Business and a BA in economics from Rhodes College where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
  •   Joseph P. Schwieterman, Ph.D, a professor of Public Service Management at Depaul University, is a nationally known authority on transportation. The director of DePaul's Chaddick Institute of Metropolitan Development, Dr. Schwieterman is editor in chief of Issues in Aviation Law & Polivcy, a prominent international journal. he is a regular guest discussing aviation on WBBM 780 radio's Noon Business Hour and frequently quoted on National Public Radio about airports and air travel. Earlier in his career, Dr. Schwieterman spent seven years in pricing and market analysis at United Airlines. he is the author of several books, including Terminal Town: An Illustrated Guide to Chicago's Airports, Train Stations,Bus Depots and Steamships Landing, 1939 - present, published by Lake Forest College Press. 
  The moderator:
  •   Christopher Lin is an aviation industry veteran who is now transforming the global supply chain business process at World Vision International.  During his 25 years with United Airlines in a wide variety of management positions, Mr. Lin restructured the customer service function for Mileage Plus, led the startup of a wholly owned business aviation subsidiary known as Avolar, served as Controller for the International Division and held expatriate assignments as Country Manager China and Country Manager Singapore.   He also served as General Manager for a joint venture which built a world class business aviation center at Shanghai’s Hongqiao International Airport and advised an international group of investors focused on creating a new Chinese domestic airline based in Chongqing.

Welcome and introductions by:

  • Anthony “Tony” Nasharr, Shareholder, Polsinelli
  • Fabrice Bonvoisin, President, International Trade Club of Chicago

Event fee:

  • $10, ITCC members
  • $25, ITCC non-members

$10 with discount code for members of partner organizations: OWIT, CCBFA, CSCMP, APICS, GMA, ACG, CCGA and the Traffic Club of Chicago

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Space limited – advance registration required by January 24 to ensure availability and building access.

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