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L.A. Area Chamber Presents the Stanley T. Olafson Award at Annual World Trade Week Luncheon

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce today presented Nancy Woo Hiromoto, Director of Import/Export Operations of Citizen Watch Co. with the prestigious Stanley T. Olafson award at the Foreign Trade Association’s World Trade Week luncheon at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel.

The Stanley T. Olafson award is given to those who have greatly contributed to the trade community beyond their job requirements. The award has been bestowed on members of the Southern California international trade community for 75 years, and is named after former L.A. Area Chamber International Trade manager Stanley T. Olafson.  Olafson helped conceive of World Trade Week in 1926, which was declared a national observance in 1935.

“We are delighted to present Nancy Hiromoto with this distinguished award,” said Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben. “Nancy’s efforts to advance trade in our region are testament to her commitment to this cause, which benefits businesses and the economy in our region.”

As Director of Import/Export Operations, Hiromoto is responsible for a broad range of international disciplines at Citizen Watch including government regulatory compliance, international sales management, global customer and supplier relations and inventory control. Additionally, Hiromoto oversees the import and export operations of two subsidiaries, Citizen Watch Co. of Canada, Ltd. And Citizen Watch United Kingdom, Ltd.

Hiromoto serves on the executive board of the World Trade Week Committee and was Chair in 2004.  She has also chaired the Women in International Trade- Los Angeles, The Foreign Trade Association of Southern California and will soon Chair the Japan America Society of Southern California.

Past Stanley T. Olafson award recipients include Carlos Valderrama, Musick Peeler & Garrett; Captain Karsten Lemke, FuturePorts; Leslie Cazas, Nissan North America; Marianne Venieris, Center for International Trade & Transportation; and Marian Duntley, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

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The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit