LOS ANGELES – Today, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its 93rd annual World Trade Week (WTW) Kickoff Breakfast at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel. With more than 800 business leaders and members of the diplomatic corps in attendance, today’s event kicks off the largest WTW celebration of its kind in the country.
The morning’s program featured a keynote address by Dr. Udo Lange, COO, FedEx Logistics, Inc., who spoke about how companies can do business in an ever-changing global environment.
“I was honored to be the keynote speaker at the World Trade Week event,” said Dr. Lange. “It was the ideal venue to discuss the changes taking place in the global economy and how they’re affecting the logistics industry. As I shared during the keynote, at FedEx we address these changes by focusing on our customers’ needs and helping them navigate the challenges of global trade.”
Guests also heard from a panel of speakers, including Cindy Allen, VP, Regulatory Affairs and Compliance, FedEx Logistics; Alan McCorkle, SVP, West Coast Operations, NYK Ports; Dr. Chris Thornberg, President & Founder, Beacon Economics; and moderated by Dr. Jonathan Woetzel, Director, McKinsey Global Institute. The panel discussed changes and trends in global trade, including data, privacy, regulations and more.
Dr. Jerrold D. Green, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Council of International Policy in Los Angeles, was awarded the Stanley T. Olafson Bronze Plaque Award for his outstanding contributions to the world trade community in Southern California.
“I’m simply a storyteller, and the story I tell is the story of global Los Angeles – which is actually your story,” said Dr. Green in his acceptance remarks. “This award celebrates not Jerry Green, but everyone in this room. It celebrates global Los Angeles.”
This year’s Export Achievement Award, given to companies in the five-county area who have demonstrated success in exporting or in providing export services, was awarded to DimEye Corp. and Frazier Aviation. California Steel Industries, Inc. and Turkish Airlines were awarded the Foreign Direct Investment Award for their strong commitment to contributing to the future economic growth of the area. Lastly, the International Visitors Council of Los Angeles was awarded the Bob Kleist Leadership Award for their inspirational and visionary leadership in the development of leaders in the global trade industry.
In addition, as part of the WTW’s Education Initiative, 20 local college and high school students were awarded scholarships totaling $12,000.
The L.A. Area Chamber’s annual Kickoff Breakfast jump starts more than 30 events hosted by partnering organizations celebrating world trade in Southern California. WTW 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.
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.