World Trade Week 2018

2017 World Trade Week Awards

As a national observance since 1935, World Trade Week has a long standing tradition of celebrating international trade and promoting its importance. 

In honor of this purpose, each year World Trade Week Southern California chooses to highlight a few select companies that have done an outstanding job in promoting global trade. 


EXPORT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Recognizes companies in the five-county area that have demonstrated success in exporting or have provided significant export services to others over the past two years. 

 

FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT AWARD

Recognizes foreign companies who have established U.S. operations in the five-county area and made significant contributions to the Southern California economy through financial investment in California companies or the establishment of local facilities.

  

BOB KLEIST LEADERSHIP AWARD

Recognizes and honors an organization or company that has demonstrated inspirational and visionary leadership in the development of world trade in Southern California. The recipient exemplifies the attributes of Bob Kleist, perhaps the best-known person in world trade on the West Coast, by advocating for Southern California’s interests in promoting trade and providing an education for the next generation of international traders. Past recipients include the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Los Angeles World Airports and the Milken Institute.

Robert D. Kleist was a pillar of the international trade community and a mentor to many. Kleist served as corporate advisor for Evergreen America Corporation, led the Los Angeles steamship association throughout his career and served as chair of the World Trade Week 1961. 

  

STANLEY T. OLAFSON BRONZE PLAQUE AWARD

Originally presented by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce in 1933, this award is one of the Chamber’s oldest and most prestigious awards. It is presented to an outstanding member of the global trade community in Southern California who has contributed to the advancement of world trade and international relations above and beyond job requirements.

 

 

 

 

For more information, contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569. 

 

 

 

 

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