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.
Southern California World Trade Week awards include:
View a pdf of award descriptions
2014 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
Prior to serving at the federal level, Chairman Cordero was very active in the Long Beach Maritime Community. Initially appointed by the then-Mayor of Long Beach and confirmed by the Long Beach City Council in 2003. While a POLB Commissioner, Chairman Cordero spearheaded the POLB’s pioneering Green Port Policy, a policy aimed at reconciling economic growth and environmental stewardship to achieve long-term, sustainable port development. During his years serving on the POLB’s managing body; he served as both a vice-president and president. He also used his time and leadership position on the POLB to educate the public about the importance of a robust Port, an effort that included new and expanded community outreach initiatives.
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.
MyChelle began with a passion as pure and natural as the Rocky Mountains. Since 2000, the company has been obsessed with creating the most effective, nontoxic skin care products. The products deliver powerful, quick and visible results without using harsh ingredients or toxic chemicals. The company believes that beauty is so much more than skin deep. It’s self deep. Every moment is an occasion to be beautiful and with MyChelle, your most stunning self will be there to greet you every time you look in the mirror.
Foreign Direct Investment Award
Recognizes foreign companies that have established U.S. operations in the five-county area and have made significant contributions to the Southern California economy through financial investment in California companies or the establishment of local facilities.
In 1992, Omni-Lite Industries California Inc. begun as an idea in the living room of Calgary, Alberta native David Grant. In 1996, Omni-Lite’s products were featured in the Atlanta Summer Olympics in a special pair of gold track shoes developed with Nike that were for Michael Johnson, who set a world record in the 200m sprint. These early successes led to Omni-Lite venturing into other industries, such as aerospace, automotive and defense. Eventually seven U.S. patents were granted to the company, covering unique materials, special designs and process innovations.
Service Achievement 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.
Connections Unlimited is facilitating trade between U.S. manufacturers and overseas distributors.
Our idea: Connect the right U.S. manufacturers and distributors overseas.
Our goal: 100 percent client satisfaction - transforming complicated international transactions into virtually domestic sales.
Our philosophy: Give manufacturers and distributors the products and service they need to succeed.
We know the biggest challenge for a U.S. company is the fear of unknown. Fear to make mistakes and lose time and money along the way in global markets with a lot of red tape.
Our contacts, 22 years experience, bilingual capability, expertise and cross-cultural ability gives Connections Unlimited the know-how to help your company to grow and profit in the competitive international arena.
For more information, contact Global Initiatives Senior Manager Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.