Virginia International Business Council



Upcoming events

    • September 27, 2017
    • 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Omni Hotel, 100 S. 12th Street, Richmond, VA

    Join us at our Monthly Luncheon Program on September 27th for:


    Lithuania – Gateway to Eastern Europe

    A Discussion on Trade + Defense Procurement in Lithuania


    Featured Speakers: 

    Rolandas Kriščiūnas – Lithuanian Ambassador to the US

    Vaidotas Urbelis – Lithuanian Defense Advisor + US Commercial Service Representative


    Presentation will include a brief overview on trade relations between the US and Lithuania, defense issues, and the current geopolitical situation.  Commercial Service will speak on exports from the US to Europe and the resources available at a federal level to grow businesses through international trade.


    About the speakers:


    Rolandas Kriščiūnas assumed his role as Lithuania’s ambassador to the United States on Aug. 3, 2015. It’s the first such post for Kriščiūnas.  Kriščiūnas was born Oct. 16, 1970, in Panevėžys, Lithuania. He attended college at Vytautas Didysis University in Kaunas, Lithuania, earning a bachelor’s degree in business informatics in 1993.

    Kriščiūnas joined his country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs shortly thereafter and was a third secretary in the Economic Department’s Economic Analysis Division. The following year, he took time out to go to the United States and study economics at Ohio University. He graduated with a master’s degree from there in 1996. He also completed European Union studies at the Clingendael Institute of International Relations at The Hague, The Netherlands. He then returned to the Economic Analysis Division as a first secretary.


    His first Washington assignment came in 1998, when he was stationed at his country’s embassy as a first secretary. Kriščiūnas returned to Lithuania in 2001, but this time to the Finance Ministry, where he was the director of the European Union Program Management Department. In 2004, he was named an undersecretary of finance. In 2008, toward the end of his tenure at that post, he completed a management studies program at The Swedish Institute in Stockholm. The following year he was named vice minister at the Finance Ministry.  He returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2012 as a vice minister, and remained in that job until being posted to Washington.


    Vaidotas Urbelis – Defense Advisor - Vaidotas Urbelis currently serves as the Representative of the Ministry of Defense / Defense Adviser at the Lithuanian Embassy in Washington DC. During his carrier he held numerous positions at the Ministry of Defense, Lithuanian delegation to NATO and the EU and the Parliament. Before moving to the USA, for six years he served as the Defense Policy Director in the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense. Vaidotas Urbelis is the author of numerous publications on defense policy, intelligence reform and foreign policy issues. He received PhD in social sciences from the Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University.



    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 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:




    • October 18, 2017
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • George Washington Hotel, Winchester VA 26601


Past events

September 21, 2017 Virginia Maritime Mixer Central Chapter
May 24, 2017 Monthly Luncheon Program on May 24, 2017
April 25, 2017 Richmond Region State of the Port Luncheon April 25, 2017
April 20, 2017 21st Annual VAIBC Golf Outing & Scholarship Fundraiser
March 22, 2017 Monthly Luncheon Program on March 22, 2017
February 22, 2017 An Open Conversation with Export-Import Bank: Learn about tools available to small businesses to expand overseas sales.
January 25, 2017 Changing Tides: Trade Compliance in a New Political Era
December 06, 2016 Holiday Party
November 16, 2016 Settling Your Ocean Shipping & Cruise Line Disputes – For Free! Alternative Dispute Resolution Services – Using the Office of Consumer Affairs & Dispute Resolutions (CADRS), Federal Maritime Commission (FMC)
September 28, 2016 Challenges to International Trade and Global Trade Pacts: What we can learn from BREXIT
June 16, 2016 20th Annual VAIBC Golf Outing & Scholarship Fundraiser
May 23, 2016 "The Importance of International Trade: Virginia's Place on the World Stage" featuring The Honorable Terry McAuliffe, Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia
April 20, 2016 Sustainability: How to Achieve Meaningful Progress towards a Circular Economy
March 23, 2016 Richmond Region State of the Port Luncheon March 23, 2016
February 24, 2016 TPP: What do you need to know and what will it mean for your business?
January 27, 2016 Washington Dulles International Airport - Virginia's Air Cargo Gateway
December 14, 2015 Holiday Party
November 18, 2015 Does Your Current Insurance Cover All of Your International Risks?
October 28, 2015 Virginia versus the World Wine Tasting Networking Event
September 23, 2015 Compliance Workshop on Export Control Reform and Networking Luncheon "CPB Trade Transformation Update"
May 27, 2015 How to Unlock Major Opportunities for your Business with Trade Agreements
April 30, 2015 19th Annual VAIBC Golf Outing
April 22, 2015 How to Build Strategic Partnerships in Latin America
March 25, 2015 Aligning Economic Opportunity - Hampton Roads to Richmond
February 25, 2015 Global Fulfillment the Amazon Way
January 28, 2015 Service Center Metals … A Virginia Company with Global Reach
November 19, 2014 "Foreign Trade Zones and the Alternative Site Framework" and “Virginia Port Incentives, Port Tools for Business”

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