Governor Brown Urges International Community to Continually Advance Trade Through Innovation at 88th Annual World Trade Week Celebration

Governor Jerry Brown, Mattel Chairman and CEO and 600 members of the diplomatic corps kicked off a month-long celebration of world trade in Southern California

May 2, 2014 10:00 am

Los Angeles – Governor Jerry Brown spoke to the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and more than 600 business executives and members of the diplomatic corp about maintaining and growing California’s position in international trade during the 88th Annual World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast. 

“We can't hesitate in the face of challenges – we can't get tired. California is exciting – it's a land of opportunity and international vibrancy,” said Governor Brown.

The L.A. Area Chamber’s annual Kickoff Breakfast jump starts more than 20 events hosted by partnering organizations celebrating world trade in Southern California. World Trade Week dedicates itself to educating the public on the importance and benefits of global trade on the local and national economy through a series of educational programs and events. 

“It’s a global economy. We must ensure that our local business are seizing opportunities to expand,” said Gary Toebben, L.A. Area Chamber president & CEO. “By celebrating World Trade Week we are continually investing into the economic prosperity of this region.”

This year, Bryan G. Stockton, Chairman and CEO of Mattel, delivered the keynote address encouraging companies to understand their core values and seize opportunities to connect with consumers far and wide. 

"We are a globally connected digital environment; technology brings us closer," explained Stockton, “At Mattel, our focus is on execution and innovation.”

The morning’s program also included an award ceremony honoring individual organizations and companies that have had a major impact on the international trade community. Also, several college and high school students were awarded scholarships as part of the World Trade Week’s Education Initiative. 

Chairman Mario Cordero, Federal Maritime Commission was awarded the Stanley T. Olafson Bronze Plaque to recognize his outstanding contributions as a member of the international business community in Southern California. 

The Export Achievement Award was given to local companies, especially small and medium sized firms, which have experienced significant and continued growth in export sales, and now derive a significant portion of their revenue from exports. This year two companies were recognized – True Religion Brand Jeans and MyChelle Dermaceuticals LLC.

The Foreign Direct Investment Award was awarded to Omni-Lite industries for being a non-U.S. company that has made a significant investment in the Southern California economy. 

Connections Unlimited was the 2014 Service to World Traders award recipient for sustaining exceptional service and commitment to global traders in the Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.  


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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