October NCMA Education Event

October 11, 2018
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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Courtyard by Marriott Richland Columbia Point
480 Columbia Point Dr
Richland, WA 99352
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This summer President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2019. A major goal of the law is protecting emerging technologies from premature release by more closely weighing the risks and benefits of foreign technology transfer and its effect on U.S. national security and foreign policy.  The Export Control Reform Act (ECRA) makes significant changes to U.S. export controls, and imposes new restrictions on the transfer of technology to foreign licensees, suppliers and customers.  Combined with international political upheaval caused by Brexit, re-negotiation of treaties such as NAFTA, a strained relationship with Russia, reciprocal tariffs on trade with China, hacking and theft of trade secrets by North Korea, Iran and China, protectionism for U.S. defense industries, and other factors, export control is growing in importance. Alan will attempt to make sense out of the headlines and show how you can position your business to avoid problems and get a leg up on competitors.

Alan Rither graduated from law school in Seattle at a time when Boeing was just laying off 70,000 workers, so job prospects for brand new lawyers in the area were dim. He took what he thought was a “temporary” job at Battelle in their contracts department at PNNL. He managed two groups in Contracts before moving to the legal department in 1985.  He is still there and he’s glad that he took “the road less traveled.” Alan is Past-Chair of the International Practice Section of the Washington State Bar Association and a founder of the Export Control Coordinators Organization within the Department of Energy laboratories.  Alan is an old friend of Jim Nagle, one of our favorite speakers, and like him, Alan is a Fellow in the NCMA and a Certified Professional Contracts Manager. 

NCMA Columbia Basin Chapter is supporting Kids Konnection Program through December 2018.  Kids Konnection is a program for kids who have close family members who are going through cancer treatment.  The goal of the program is to reduce the stress to children and parents during and after a diagnosis and to create a fun, safe environment for children to ask questions and learn more about cancer.

Once a reservation is made, you can cancel your reservation up to seven days prior to the event. If you do not cancel your reservation at least seven days prior to the event, we will contact you and request payment for the event.


$20.00 Member - Cash, Check, or Credit Card @ Door

$25.00 Non-Member - Cash, Check, or Credit Card @ Door