L.A. Area Chamber Announces Federal Maritime Commission Chairman as 2014 Recipient of Stanley T. Olafson Award

Chairman Mario Cordero joins the ranks of previous recipients including Walt Disney, Tom Bradley & Jack Warner

April 3, 2014 12:00 pm

LOS ANGELES, CA —  The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce announced today that Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission, Mario Cordero will be awarded the prestigious Stanley T. Olafson Award at the 88th annual World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast on Friday, May 2. Presented each year to an outstanding member of the world trade community in Southern California, the Stanley T. Olafson international trade award recognizes those who have contributed to the advancement of world trade and international relations above and beyond job requirements. 

“Mario Cordero has played an active role in shaping the global trade landscape not only in Southern California but nationally as well,” said L.A. Area Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben. “With an extensive career that has spanned over 30 years, Cordero has significantly impacted regional and national economic growth with his efforts to advance global trade.”

At the Port of Long Beach, Cordero spearheaded the Green Port Policy, a policy aimed at reconciling economic growth and environmental stewardship to achieve long-time, sustainable port development. Cordero also served on the Executive Board for the American Association of Port Authorities’ Latin American delegation where he focused on leading efforts to develop cohesive policies for greater cooperation, increased trade and joint-growth across the combined North America and Latin America footprint. 

Cordero was designated Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) by President Barack Obama on April 1, 2013. Prior to being designated Chairman, Cordero served as an FMC Commissioner since he was sworn in on June 3 2011. In his role as Chairman, Cordero brings with him over thirty years of private legal practice and decades of public service – including serving eight years on the Board of Harbor Commissioners for the Port of Long Beach. 

For 88 years, World Trade Week has been dedicated to educating the public on the importance of global trade and its contribution to our local, state and national economy. Celebrated throughout the month of May with more than 30 events hosted by partnering organizations in Southern California, World Trade Week is jumpstarted by the Chamber's annual 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.

Stanley T. Olafson started “International Trade Week” in 1927 and today the award is named in his honor.  The Chamber has kept the tradition of awarding the Stanley T. Olafson award since 1933.  


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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