For more information or for sponsorship opportunities, contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569
Although Southern California World Trade Week awards are presented during official activities in May, the organization seeks potential awardees year-round. Nominations have closed for 2013.
Southern California World Trade Week awards include:
2013 Award Winners
Stanley T. Olafson Bronze Plaque
This prestigious plaque recognizes an outstanding member of the world trade community in Southern California who has contributed above and beyond job requirements throughout a long career in international trade. Stanley T. Olafson Bronze Plaque Past Recipients
Czyzyk was born in Poland, the son of Holocaust survivors. He traveled to Europe as a toddler and grew up in Canada. He moved with his parents to the United States when he was 16 years old and became a U.S. citizen.
Export Achievement Award
Recognizing 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.
The Inogen mission is to improve freedom and independence for oxygen therapy patients through innovative products and services. As a medical device manufacturer and accredited homecare provider dedicated to oxygen therapy, Inogen is ideally suited to develop products tailored to oxygen therapy users and to provide superior service to those users in their homes.
Located in Van Nuys, Calif. since being founded in 1979, Louroe Electronics, Inc. is the world leader in audio monitoring technology. Its continued growth has resulted from providing innovative products, receiving high customer satisfaction and maintaining strict devotion to quality standards. Louroe Electronics is recognized worldwide for its variety of audio monitoring technology, with its products used in 34 countries in both private sector and government applications. The company currently serves the needs of law enforcement, security, health care, entertainment, hospitality and retail industries. Louroe Electronics maintains rigorous standards to ensure products provide reliability, durability and excellent performance for customers’ needs. It is proud to continue designing, engineering and manufacturing at its Van Nuys headquarters.
SUNDÃRI is a distinctive collection of skincare products created from the purest ingredients and rarest essences distilled from nature. SUNDÃRI brings a portfolio of professional skincare products and treatments that are inspired by the ancient philosophy of Ayurveda practiced for thousands of years. SUNDÃRI is available in leading resorts and retail boutiques around the world. SUNDÃRI was founded in 2000 by super model Christy Turlington and partners. It is based in Long Beach, Calif.
Service to World Traders Award
This award honors service companies—such as banks, freight forwarders, brokers or insurance companies—for sustained, exceptional service and commitment to world traders in the five-county Combined Statistical Area (Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.
Euro VAT Refund, Inc is a leading United States financial services company specializing in assisting North American companies with value added tax (VAT) management, registration and refunds when conducting business internationally. Its clients are many Fortune 500 corporations as well as small- and medium-sized companies that trade internationally. Euro VAT Refund’s experts also frequently advise trade specialists within the U.S. departments of commerce, European embassies, consulates and trade offices in U.S. logistic companies and conference organizers. In 2010, during the economic downturn, Euro VAT Refund assisted American companies in recovering and avoiding over $50 million in VAT expenses, equivalent to some 1,000 new or saved employment opportunities. Euro VAT Refund is particularly proud of successful intervention in 1999 when the German government proposed introducing a new law that would stop VAT refunds to U.S. companies. Through an early alert to the Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C., the U.S. government was able to intervene and with Euro VAT Refund’s assistance, provide an official protest to Germany. Consequently, Germany did not change its laws and the substantial VAT refunds of many millions of dollars continue annually.
Bob Kleist Leadership Award
This prestigious 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, such as being a positive spokesperson and force for trade, advocating for Southern California’s interests in promoting trade and providing world class education for the next generation of international traders. Their work benefits the trade community at large and broadens the horizons of what is possible through trade.
A nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank, the Milken Institute believes in the power of capital markets to solve urgent social and economic challenges and improve lives. Its mission is to improve lives around the world by advancing innovative economic and policy solutions that create jobs, widen access to capital and enhance health. At the heart of the organization’s work is the idea that societies prosper if they have an educated, healthy workforce; open and efficient capital markets; and effective social institutions.
To submit candidates or for more information, contact Global Initiatives Manager Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.