Virginia International Business Council


Monthly Luncheon Program on March 22, 2017

  • March 22, 2017
  • 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Omni Hotel, 100 S. 12th Street, Richmond, VA


  • Limited access + through March 15, 2017
  • Public access + through March 15, 2017
  • Limited access + March 16, 2017 through March 22, 2017

Registration is closed




Enabling International Trade Success Since 1948™

Join us at our Monthly Luncheon Program on March 22nd for:


Nine West + Foreign Trade Zone: An Accessory for Success

Discuss impact an FTZ has on Retailer Nine West


Featured Speakers:  Laura Godbolt-Virginia Port Authority; Russ Peaden-CRAC; George Fallon + Jason Powell-Nine West.


Presentation will include a brief Port of Virginia overview, what the FTZ is, and how Nine West has utilized the FTZ to help grow their business. Come prepared to ask questions about FTZ requirements and benefits.


Details:  Wednesday, March 22, 2017  


11:45am - 12:00pm:  Registration & networking

12:00pm - 1:30pm:      Luncheon meeting and program


Venue for this Luncheon Meeting:


Omni Hotel, 100 S. 12th Street, Richmond, VA


Cost:   Early registration [by March 15th, 2017]: 

$25 for VAIBC members

$35 for non-members

Registration after March 15th:  $35 members, $45 non-members


Register online:


About the speakers:


Laura H. Godbolt, Economic Development Manager, Virginia Port Authority. Laura Godbolt joined the Virginia Port Authority (VPA) in 2011 and currently serves as Economic Development Manager. She oversees The Port of Virginia Foreign Trade Zone Grant of Authority, Aid to Local Ports program, and manages economic development territories that include Greater Richmond, Central Virginia, Shenandoah Valley, and Northern Virginia. During her time at the Port she has helped to facilitate the creation of new jobs and capital investment through the successful recruitment and expansion of over 70 port-related distribution, transload, cross-dock and manufacturing facilities resulting in year-over-year increased container volume.

Laura serves as Volunteer Council President for The Port of Virginia and has led the organizations involvement with the United Way, ForKids, American Red Cross, and the Food Bank of South Hampton Roads. She is also an active member of several industry organizations including; Virginia Economic Developers Association (VEDA), Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC), National Association of Foreign Trade Zones (NAFTZ), Virginia Maritime Association- Future Leaders (VMA), and the Propeller Club.


She holds a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University in Political Science and earned her master’s degree at Old Dominion University in Public Administration, concentrating on Port and Maritime Administration.


Russell L. Peaden, Director Real Estate & Facilities, Capital Region Airport Commission.  Mr. Peaden has served the Capital Region Airport Commission/Richmond International Airport since 1998 as a foreign-trade zone program manager, manager of real estate, DBE liaison officer, and holds managing roles in risk management, procurement and human resources.  In 2004 he was promoted to Director of Real Estate and in 2009 to Director of Real Estate and Facilities.  As the FTZ program manager he is responsible for implementing all aspects of the program.  He has worked with local companies providing FTZ warehousing services, assisted in education programs at VCU, provides information and support for local governments and other officials to promote a greater understanding of the Commission’s Foreign-Trade Zone.  A graduate of the  University of New Mexico, he is a certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives, member of the National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones , the Airport Minority Advisory Council, Virginia International Business Council, and the International Facility Management Association. 


George W. Fallon, Jr, Direcotr of Inventory Control, Nine West Holdings. Inc.  George works at Nine West Holdings, Inc (formerly Jones Apparel Group) which is wholly owned by Sycamore Partners, LLC.  His job title is Director of Inventory Control with responsibilities including monitoring of inventory processes, process improvements and results reporting.  George was recently assigned the Foreign Trade Zone implementation project and has had Corporate FTZ Administrator added to his current title. 

From 1980 to 1998 George was in production and inventory control positions for manufacturing concerns.  George switched to the distribution environment in 1998 when he joined Jones Apparel Group, since sold to Sycamore and renamed to Nine West Holdings.  George was tasked with creating the Inventory Process Control group with focus being on improving inventory control processes.  He implemented cycle counting and manual process auditing with the goal of eliminating annual physical inventories.  At Jones peak, he was responsible for 13 distribution facilities in the US and Canada.  Jones was able to successfully eliminate all physicals by 2010 with some as early as 2004.  In 2015, George took on the FTZ implantation project.  Nine West successfully activated their first FTZ in South Hill, VA in January of 2016 for our One Jeanswear Group and a second in West Deptford, NJ for our Nine West Group.  They are currently working on two additional FTZ’s at 3PL’s in City of Industry, CA.


Jason B. Powell, Sr. IPC Manager/FTZ Sit Administrator, One Jeanswear Group, Inc.  Jason works at One Jeanswear Group, Inc. (formerly Jones Apparel Group) which is wholly owned by Sycamore Partners, LLC.  His current job title is Senior IPC Manager/FTZ Site Administrator with responsibilities including monitoring of inventory processes, process improvement and results reporting.  Jason was recently included in the Foreign Trade Zone project, and tasked with helping start the companies first FTZ.

From 2000 to 2003 Jason worked in the parcel environment for FedEx Ground, holding positions in both Service and Operations Management.  In late 2003 Jason joined Jones Apparel Group and became directly responsible for all inventory stocking responsibilities at their VA distribution facility.  In 2005 Jason accepted the roll of Training Specialist and became directly responsible for all OSHA, floor operation, and SAP/WM systemic training.  Jason also became a member of the Corporate Engineering Team at this point and was directly involved with all systemic and/or operation implementations for all Jones Apparel and Third Party Logistic warehouses.  In 2010, in addition to the Training responsibilities, Jason was tasked with all Inventory Process Control operations for the VA facility as well.  In 2013 Jason was promoted to Senior Inventory Process Control Manager and became responsible, reporting to George Fallon, for Inventory Process Control operations for all Jones Apparel owned distribution centers, along with any Third Party Logistic Warehouse’s in the US and abroad. In 2015 Jason joined George Fallon’s FTZ project and helped to activate our first FTZ’s in South Hill, VA and West Deptford, NJ.

The Virginia International Business Council

was established in 1948, and it has had a distinguished history as a membership organization serving businesses engaged in or pursuing international trade and the wide range of professionals in the public and private sector that facilitate and enable international trade.  Our monthly luncheon programs provide networking and educational opportunities vital to success.  We also periodically conduct special workshops featuring experts in the field on topics we believe to be especially timely and vital to our members, as well as several annual special events, which have historically included our December holiday party and spring golf outing.   We actively support other Virginia trade organizations and events, and provide scholarships and other outreach to Virginia colleges and universities.  For more information, please contact us:






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