L.A. Area Chamber to Recognize International Trade Expert Abe Lowenthal with Stanley T. Olafson Award

April 15, 2010 8:00 am

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce announced today that University of Southern California international trade professor and expert on Latin America and the Pacific Rim, Dr. Abraham Lowenthal, has been selected as 2010 recipient of the Stanley T. Olafson award.

Dr. Lowenthal is the first Robert R. Erburu Professor of Ethics, Globalization and Development at USC, serves as president emeritus of the Pacific Council on International Policy — he was founding president from 1995-2005 — and is a nonresident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution.

“Dr. Lowenthal has helped local, state, national and foreign governments and business leaders understand the impacts of global trade,” said L.A. Area Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben.  “At the same time, he’s created a blueprint that has helped our region take advantage of the many opportunities presented by doing business overseas.”

Named for former L.A. Area Chamber International Trade manager Stanley T. Olafson, who helped conceive World Trade Week in 1926, the award is one of the Chamber’s oldest and most prestigious.  Each year, the Chamber’s World Trade Week Committee selects an individual who has dedicated his or her life’s work to the development of world trade in the region.

Past Stanley T. Olafson award recipients include Carol Rowen, International Trade Education Programs, Inc.; Nancy Woo Hiromoto, Citizen Watch Co.; 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.

Dr. Lowenthal will receive the award during the World Trade Week kickoff event on Monday, May 3 at the Los Angeles Marriot Downtown.  More than 500 business, government and civic leaders are expected to attend, including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and Dr. Fred Bergsten, Director of the renowned Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C will give remarks.


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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