TORRANCE — The Japan America Society of Southern California will present “Doing Business in Latin America: Opportunities for Japanese and American Companies” on Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Miyako Hybrid Hotel, 21381 S. Western Ave., Torrance.

Registration starts at 2:30 p.m., program at 3 p.m., and networking reception at 5 p.m.

A dynamic and fast-growing player in the global economy, Latin America offers vast opportunities for Japanese and American businesses looking to expand their presence in the region. With a rising demand of an emerging middle class, combined with significant reforms and policy continuity, Latin America’s economies have expanded to become serious international competitors.

A distinguished panel of experts will discuss business culture, practices and opportunities in Latin America:

• Graciela Meibar (moderator), vice president of global sales training and global diversity for Mattel Inc.; past vice president of Latin American exports.

• Andres Amezquita, vice president of e-commerce for Mattel Inc.

• Ernesto Omar Cavassuto, director of international brand finance and strategy for Mattel Inc.

Hosted by Miyako Hybrid Hotel and sponsored by the Port of Los Angeles.

Admission: $40 for JASSC members, $50 for non-members and at the door, $25 for students. For more information, visit

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