Virginia International Business Council


Universal Leaf – Business Update and Reformed Tax Policy Insights

  • April 25, 2018
  • 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Universal Leaf Tobacco Co Inc, 9201 Forest Hill Ave, Richmond VA 23235


  • Available through April 15, 2018
  • Available through April 15, 2018
  • After April 15th
  • After April 15th

Registration is closed



Enabling International Trade Success Since 1948™


Join us at our Monthly Luncheon Program on April 25th for:



Universal Leaf Business Update and Reformed Tax Policy Insights


Featured Speakers:   Jim Huffman, SVP, Information & Planning, and Melanie Britton, Director-Taxes, with Universal Leaf Tobacco Company, Inc.


Two senior team members (Jim Huffman and Melanie Britton) from Universal Leaf Tobacco Company, Inc. will present an update on the current business, the effects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts of 2017, and take questions from attendees.


Details:  Wednesday, April 25, 2018  

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

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


NEW! Venue for this Luncheon Meeting:


                   Universal Leaf Tobacco Company, Inc.

                   9201 Forest Hill Avenue, Richmond, VA 23235


Cost:   Early registration [by April 15, 2018]: 

             $25 for VAIBC members

             $35 for non-members

             Registration after April 15:  $35 members, $45 non-members


Register online:


About the speakers:


Jim Huffman – SVP, Information & Planning – Universal Leaf Tobacco Company, Inc.  Jim grew up as a Navy brat and attended 10 schools in 12 years. He lived in two foreign countries as a child. Jim graduated from Clemson University with a BS in Accounting and also received his Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Florida. He previously served as Corporate Controller of Universal Leaf and is now an officer and member of Executive Committee.  He is in charge of Information Systems and Financial and Strategic Planning.


Melanie Britton – Director – Taxes – Universal Leaf Tobacco Company, Inc.  Melanie has obtained two degrees from the University of Virginia: Bachelor of Science and Master’s degree in Accounting.  She was a team member at both KPMG and RSM in Richmond, prior to joining Universal.  Melanie is a Richmond native who loves RVA and spends her spare time dabbling in Ironman triathlons, teaching Group X classes, volunteering with local charities and spending time with friends and family.


The Virginia International Business Council, Inc. (VAIBC™) 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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