Friday's celebration of global trade included remarks by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, a keynote speech by Laurie Tolson, chief digital officer of GE Transportation, and a special conversation with U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan about the agency's initiatives in enhancing the region's global competitiveness and the impact of e-commerce. Congratulations to our award recipients, which include Jim MacLellan, director of trade development at the Port of Los Angeles, with the Stanley T. Olafson Bronze Plaque Award, and 13 high school and college student scholarship awardees!
Members of the Chamber's World Trade Week Committee received a private tour of Yusen Terminals in the San Pedro Harbor, where they learned about key terminal service operations and containerized cargo. Members also had the rare opportunity to view the harbor from the working four post-Panamax cranes situated in the terminal.
On May 4, more than 900 regional business executives, civic leaders and members of the diplomatic corps celebrated the 91st Annual World Trade Week (WTW) in downtown Los Angeles. Attendees heard from Former British Prime Minster Tony Blair, Mayor of L.A. Eric Garcetti and ESRI Co-founder and CEO Jack Dangermond. Award Recipients included Stanley T. Olafson Award Recipient Amb. Vilma Martinez; Export Achievement Award Winners Borla Performance Industries Inc., Cosmobeauti Labs, and UltraGlas, Inc.; as well as Bob Kleist Leadership Award Recipient Port of Los Angeles Trade Connect. 17 students were also awarded world trade educational scholarships during the ceremony.
For 90 years, World Trade Week (WTW), an initiative of the L.A. Area Chamber, has been the most extensive and unique program of its kind in the country, dedicating itself to educating the public on the importance and benefits of global trade on the local and national economy through a series of educational programs and events. World trade is celebrated throughout the month of May with more than 30 events hosted by partnering organizations in Southern California that are jump started by the Chamber’s Annual WTW Kickoff Breakfast with nearly 800 guests.
A World Trade Week educational program was held at the Flight Path Museum to discuss careers in international trade. Hosted by the WTW Education Committee, in partnership with LAWA, speakers included representatives from LAWA, FAA and U.S. Customs & Border Protection, who briefed students on selecting a career in this field and necessary skills.
87th Annual World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast
World Trade Week Historical Photos
Nearly 500 business executives and members of the diplomatic corps came together for the 84th Annual World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast (photos by ImageActive).