LOS ANGELES, CA — The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce announced today that Otis Cliatt, president of Pacific Harbor Line and Vincent Iacopella, executive vice president, growth and strategy, Alba Wheels Up will lead this year’s World Trade Week efforts as chair and vice chair respectively.
For 92 years, World Trade Week, an initiative of the L.A. Area Chamber, has been dedicated to educating the public on the importance of global trade and its contribution to our local, state and national economy. The original week-long observance has grown to more than 30 events, briefings and activities held each year throughout the month of May in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura.
Cliatt and Iacopella will oversee World Trade Week’s 2018 launch during the Chamber's annual Kickoff Breakfast with more than 900 guests on Friday, May 4, at the InterContinental Hotel Los Angeles Downtown. World Trade Week supports college and high school scholarships, high school student workshops, as well as briefings for civic and business leaders interested in benefiting from the global economy.
About O. L. (Otis) Cliatt II:
Otis Cliatt was promoted to president of Pacific Harbor Line in October 2012 after joining the company as vice president in July 2010. He has more than 20 years of experience in the railroad industry, specializing in railroad operations, safety and labor relations. Cliatt began his railroad career with the Union Pacific Railroad. His career also includes director and regional vice president with CANAC Inc. He has served on the Board of Directors of the ASLRRA and CSLRA, and on GE Transportation's Customer Advisory Board. He has also served as the chairman of the ASLRRA Veterans Recruitment Committee. Cliatt is a military veteran having served with the U.S. Army's elite Special Forces Command and with the Special Operations Command. Cliatt is a graduate of Florida A&M University and the UCLA Executive Program.
About Vincent Iacopella:
At Alba, Iacopella’s Vince's responsibilities include leading the company's expansion into new markets and increasing the portfolio of product offerings with a focus on trade sensitive imports and exports, as well as smart supply chain technology that drives value to importers and exporters with trade sensitive shipments. A licensed customs broker, Iacopella has worked in the Los Angeles market for 30 years, managing importer and exporter customer relationships in the sectors of retail goods, apparel, footwear, and trade sensitive products and commodities. In March 2013, he was appointed to the 13th Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of Customs and Border Protection (COAC) and in 2015 he was Trade Co Chair, with responsibilities over all COAC activities and its 20-member committees dialogue with Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Treasury. Iacopella is a past president of the Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association, and current president of the Pacific Coast Council of Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders.
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.