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L.A. Area Chamber Announces LAX Commissioner, UPS President Will Lead 2012 World Trade Week Efforts

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce announced today that Los Angeles World Airports Commissioner Valeria C. Velasco and UPS President Noel Massie will lead this year’s World Trade Week efforts, which include more than 30 events, briefings and activities to help raise awareness about the economic opportunities in global trade.

With Velasco serving as chair and Massie as vice chair, World Trade Week now stands to benefit from a leadership body that represents one of Southern California’s most important entry points for global trade as well as one of the region’s most important private industry organizations involved in international commerce.

“Valeria and Noel 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 Senior Vice President Carlos Valderrama. “Already established as the preeminent global trade event, we look forward to taking World Trade Week to even greater heights this year.”

For more than 80 years, World Trade Week has been the most extensive and unique program of its kind in the country. World Trade Week is dedicated to educating the public on the importance of global trade and its contribution to our local, state and national economy.

World Trade Week is celebrated throughout the month of May with more than 30 events hosted by partnering organizations in Southern California that are jumpstarted by the Chamber's annual World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast with more than 500 guests. World Trade Week supports college and high school scholarships, high school student and career counselor workshops, as well as briefings for civic and business leaders interested in benefiting from the global economy.

About Valeria C. Velasco:

Velasco was reelected vice president of the Board of Airport Commissioners in July 2007. She is a sole practitioner estate planning attorney in Playa del Rey and has served as a Los Angeles planning commissioner, staff legal counsel and Hispanic liaison to former Los Angeles City Councilman Michael Woo, assembly aide/Hispanic liaison to former Assembly Speaker Mike Roos, a bilingual elementary school teacher, and a fee dispute arbitrator for the State Bar of California.

Velasco earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of West Los Angeles, School of Law, a master’s degree in education from Claremont Graduate School, and a Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Long Beach.

About Noel Massie:

Massie is president for UPS’s central California district, which employs nearly 11,000 employees and serves more than 80,000 customers daily. He is responsible for all operations, customer relationship management and revenue management of nearly $2 billion annually.

Prior to his current assignment, Massie served as president for UPS's Chicago, Virginia and Southeast California districts. He began his career with UPS in 1977 in Oakland, California and served in many capacities within the organization. He started in operations and has spent time in engineering, learning and development, and in Atlanta working in UPS's corporate headquarters.



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

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