L.A. Area Chamber Appoints Los Angeles, Long Beach Port Commissioners to Lead World Trade Week Efforts


January 14, 2010 8:00 am

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce today announced the appointments of two port commissioners to lead World Trade Week 2010.

The Chamber appointed Port of Los Angeles Commissioner Kaylynn Kim as Chair and Port of Long Beach Commissioner Mario Cordero as Vice Chair.  Together, the two high-volume port commissioners bring tremendous international trade experience as they begin to guide World Trade Week, which includes more than 40 events held throughout Southern California each May.

“Kaylynn and Mario will be a highly effective combination and will provide exactly the type of leadership and insight required to produce world-class international trade programming for our region,” said L.A. Area Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben.  “Already established as the preeminent global trade event, we look forward to taking World Trade Week to even newer heights.”
Kim was appointed to the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and confirmed by the Los Angeles City Council on September 9, 2005.  A successful attorney, she currently serves as an associate at Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natis, LLP, where she concentrates on real estate transaction, banking and finance, international trade and investment, and energy law.

“It is an honor to Chair an important effort such as World Trade Week, which can influence how our region benefits from trade worldwide,” Kim said.  “I look forward to working with all of our partners and organizations to begin creating new opportunities for the Los Angeles business community.”

Cordero, a Long Beach workers’ compensation defense attorney, is Vice President of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, elected to the post June 2009 by his colleagues on the five-member Port governing board.  He was appointed to a second six-year term on the Harbor Commission in 2009 by Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and confirmed by the City Council.  

During his first term, he also served the Board as Vice-Secretary and President. Mr. Cordero spearheaded the Port’s pioneering Green Port Policy and promoted an expanded Port community outreach initiative, including development of the Pulse of the Port cable television program.  He is also involved with the Latin American Delegation of the American Association of Port Authorities.

For more than 84 years, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce has helped educate the region about the importance and benefits of global trade through World Trade Week, held each May.  This unique celebration begins with the annual World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast attracting more than 500 business and civic leaders. The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, along with Los Angeles World Airports and the Chamber, are founding sponsors of World Trade Week.

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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 www.lachamber.com.


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