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Memphis China Business Experts Roundtable: Implications of US-China Trade Tensions

September 10, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm CDT

$15 – $25



  Memphis Chamber and TNCN logos


Greater Memphis Chamber and TN-China Network

invite you to


China Business Experts Roundtable:

Implications of US-China Trade Tensions


Monday, September 10, 2018

3:30 – 6:00 pm CT

Registration: 3:30 – 4:00 pm

Roundtable: 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Networking Reception: 5:30 – 6:00 pm


Memphis Bioworks Auditorium, 20 South Dudley St.

Free Reserved Parking – enter from Dudley Street


Cost: $15 for TNCN and Chamber members, $25 for non-members


This roundtable will focus on the near-term and longer-range implications of the growing trade tensions between the US and China. Panelists will cover economic, political, business, and investment considerations both leading up to this year’s mid-term election and longer-term strategic planning for the changing Sino-American relationship. After brief introductory remarks, the panel will respond to moderated and audience Q&A. The esteemed panel includes:


  • Coors Arthur, Arthur Dunavant Investments, Principal
  • Ralph Carter, FedEx Express, Vice President of International Regulatory Affairs
  • Ray C. Dillon, Sun Paper dba Sun Bio, US Consultant
  • Michael Drury, McVean Trading, Chief Economist
  • John Gurney, First Tennessee Bank, Senior Vice President, Sales Manager of the International Department (Moderator)


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For more information on this event, please contact Elizabeth Rowland at ERowland@TNChinaNetwork.org or Jinliang Cai at JCai@MemphisChamber.com

Thank you to our event sponsors for helping make this event possible:


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Panelist Bios:


George Coors Arthur is the President of Arthur Dunavant Investments, LLC, a commodity trading advisor established in 2009 which specializes in cotton.  From July 2006 to January 2009, Mr. Arthur was the Co-Head of Risk Management and Proprietary Trading for Dunavant Enterprises.  From September 1998 to February 2009 he was registered with the CFTC as an associated person of Dunavant Commodity Corp. (“DCC”), which was a futures commission merchant affiliate of Dunavant Enterprises.  Prior to his involvement with DCC, Mr. Arthur worked for the cotton division of Dunavant Enterprises. Mr. Arthur graduated with a B.A. from Washington and Lee University.


As Vice President, International Regulatory Affairs for FedEx Express, Ralph Carter leads a team of global regulatory and international affairs professionals and is responsible for development, coordination and advocacy of FedEx regulatory and trade policies. Mr. Carter’s team advocates for simpler, more open trade rules that reduce barriers and help FedEx customers expand their international business. Mr. Carter is a frequent speaker and contributor to international trade and economic policy organizations including APEC, the WTO, World Bank, World Economic Forum and the Business 20 (“B20”).  Mr. Carter has also served as Managing Director in the legal department of FedEx’s Europe, Middle East and Africa headquarters in Brussels Belgium.  Prior to FedEx, Mr. Carter served in the State Department as Special Assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union.


Ray C. Dillon was President and Chief Executive Officer for Deltic Timber Corporation from 2003-2016. Since his arrival, Mr. Dillon brought to the company a revitalized focus on efficiency and personal accountability within all levels of Deltic’s operations. The effects of this enhancement in core operating principles can be seen in the recent improvements in both the operating and financial results reported by the company. As President and CEO of Deltic Timber Corporation, Ray Dillon was involved with recruiting Sun Paper to Arkansas. In November of 2017, Mr.  Dillon was retained to represent Sun Paper as their U.S. Project Consultant.

Mr. Dillon was Executive Vice President of Gaylord Container Corporation until completion of its sale to Temple Inland Corporation in April 2002. Previously, he served as Vice President-Primary Production Operations and Vice President-Mill Operations for Gaylord, in addition to his other prior responsibilities.

Mr. Dillon began his 25-year career with Gaylord in 1977 as a process engineer at the Bogalusa mill in Bogalusa, Louisiana, for the predecessor of Gaylord, Crown Zellerbach. From 1987 until 1994, he was General Manager of Gaylord’s Pine Bluff, Arkansas, manufacturing facility. During the remainder of his tenure at Gaylord, Mr. Dillon held a variety of senior level positions in the Chicago, Illinois, corporate office of this $1.2 billion manufacturer of container board, corrugated containers, and other forest industry products.

Mr. Dillon earned a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1977 and an M.B.A. degree from the University of Chicago in 2000.


Michael Drury is the Chief Economist for McVean Trading & Investments, LLC. He joined the firm in 1992, after serving for five years as senior economist with Allen Sinai at Shearson Lehman Brothers and its successor firms. Mr. Drury began his career in New York in 1982 as senior economist at A. Gary Shilling and Company. He received his B.S. in economics from the Georgia Institute of Technology and did his graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Mr. Drury assesses macroeconomic developments around the world to help develop hedging strategies using futures markets in interest rates, currencies and industrial materials. He travels extensively in the United States and China, as well as to Japan, Europe and Latin America. Mr. Drury is the author of McVean Trading’s “Weekly Economic Update.” He is the chairman emeritus of the Global Interdependence Center, president of the Economic Club of Memphis, was the founder and first president of the MidSouth Association for Business Economics (a chapter of NABE), and is a member of the National Business Economic Issues Council (NBEIC) and a non-resident member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing. Mr. Drury lives in Germantown, Tenn. with his wife, Mahrou, and has three children.


John Gurney is a Senior Vice President in the International Department at First Tennessee Bank.  In this capacity, he manages the sales and credit team and helps companies to manage payment risks associated with exporting and importing goods and services.  He has worked in this area for 23 of his 24 years with First Tennessee.  He holds a professional letter of credit certification (Certified Documentary Credit Specialist or CDCS) from BAFT (Bankers’ Association for Finance and Trade) and has a BBA, majoring in international business from The University of Memphis.

Mr. Gurney currently serves on the State of Tennessee District Export Council and is a past president of the Memphis World Trade Club.

In 2017, Mr. Gurney retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve and has previously deployed to Iraq and Kuwait.

Living in a suburb of Memphis, Mr. Gurney lives with his wife of 20 years and their two children.


September 10, 2018
3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
$15 – $25
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