US Ambassador to Korea Harry Harris | IBC Breakfast | Oct 8

The United States-Republic of Korea relationship is one of our most important alliances today — economic, political, military and cultural. Tennessee’s commercial ties with South Korea are among the top connections in a state that ranks high in foreign direct investment (FDI) and the state has an office in Korea to increase economic ties.

FDI accounted for nearly one-third of new jobs in 2017 and 56 percent of all capital investments in the state. Korean-owned LG Electronics joined Hankook tire as a major international investor in Tennessee — LG bringing 600 new jobs and $250 million in capital investment to our state.

The Korean commercial footprint in Tennessee includes 11 establishments, employing 5,205 Tennesseans with a capital investment of $998,177.000.

With such a major stake in Tennessee that Korea has built in recent years you will not want to miss an opportunity to hear from and talk with the United States Ambassador to South Korea H.E. Harry Harris.

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce International Business Council in Partnership with the Tennessee Valley Authority, the U.S. Commercial Service

and the Tennessee World Affairs Council

invite you to an IBC Breakfast with

Ambassador Harry Harris

A Conversation on the U.S.-Korea Business Relationship

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

8:00 – 9:30 a.m. CST

The Southern Steak and Oyster
150 3rd Ave S, Ste 110
Nashville, TN 37201

Ambassador Harry Harris was confirmed by the United State Senate on June 28, 2018 as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (ROK) following a distinguished naval career which culminated in commanding the U.S. Pacific Command. He is the first Asian-American to hold four-star rank in the U.S. Navy and the first to head USPACOM. Prior to USPACOM, he commanded the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

From 2011 to 2013, Ambassador Harris served as the representative of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to the Secretary of State. In this role, he traveled to over 80 countries with the Secretary and participated in most of the Secretary’s meetings with foreign leaders. He also served as the U.S. Roadmap Monitor for the Mid-East Peace Process.

Ambassador Harris was born in Japan and reared in Tennessee and Florida. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978. He holds master’s degrees from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. He also did post-graduate work at Oxford University and completed the Seminar 21 fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Full Bio Here

Supporting partners for the event include Baker Donelson, the Center for International Business at Belmont University, the Tennessee District Export Council, the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and the Tennessee World Affairs Council.

If you are interested in a meeting on October 9th with the Senior Commercial Officer for the U.S. Commercial Service in Seoul, South Korea on how to increase your company’s exports or enter the market, please email

8-8:30 a.m. Registration and networking
8:30-9:30 a.m. Program

$35 – Attendee

Parking: Complimentary self-parking is available in the Pinnacle at Symphony Place Garage. Please bring your ticket inside with you for validation.


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