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L.A. Area Chamber Announces Ambassador Mickey Kantor as Recipient of 2015 Stanley T. Olafson Award

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce announced today that Mickey Kantor, partner at Mayer Brown, will be awarded the prestigious Stanley T. Olafson award at the 89th annual World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast on Tuesday, May 5.

Formerly the United States Secretary of Commerce and United States Trade Representative, Kantor has been called “arguably the finest trade negotiator in the world,” (Chambers Global 2006) and has been noted for his political insights and connections (Chambers USA 2007.) As Trade Representative, Kantor played a major role in negotiations that led to the creation of the World Trade Organization, the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum. Under his guidance, the United States completed 200 trade agreements.

“Mickey Kantor has been a champion of world trade in Southern California and internationally for more than 40 years,” said L.A. Area Chamber Senior Vice President of Global Initiatives Carlos J. Valderrama. “His extensive career has helped shape foreign and domestic policy and made a tremendous impact on our country, region and economy.”

Presented each year to an outstanding member of the world trade community in Southern California, the Stanley T. Olafson award recognizes those who have contributed above and beyond their job requirements to the development and advancement of world trade in the region.

Recent recipients of the Stanley T. Olafson award include Mario Cordero, Federal Maritime Commission; Joseph Czyzyk, Mercury Air Group, Inc.; and Bella Heule, World Trade Center San Diego.

For nearly 90 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 600 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.


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