Join West Michigan World Trade Association for our Annual Awards celebration held prior to West Michigan World Trade Week. Founded in 1960, the West Michigan World Trade Association is a well-respected gateway for world trade development in the area. The organization seeks to provide:
*high quality ongoing education
*valuable networking opportunities
*peer-to-peer sharing of industry specific best practices
*mentorship to the next generation
In response to rising trade, the organization launched the World Trader of the Year Award 1977. Each year, nominations are accepted and a single award is issued to an individual, academic/organization or business that:
*holds a strong presence in the West Michigan area
*conducts business in several foreign countries
*demonstrates commitment to international trade
*and is innovative
Past award recipients include prominent community members such as: SoundOff Signal, Gordon Food Service, Founder's Brewing Co., Fred Keller of Cascade Engineering, Amway, Birgit Klohs of The Right Place Inc., Van Andel Global Trade Center and many more.
This year the Board has decided to expand this award to select a recipient in each category. WMWTA is pleased to announce that we have chosen to honor the following 2019 winners:
Dematic, World Trader of the Year BUSINESS Award Recipient
Women At Risk International, World Trader of the Year ORGANIZATION Award Recipient
Kerri Orders, World Trader of the Year INDIVIDUAL Award Recipient
We will also honor the 2019 Student Study Abroad Scholarship Recipient, Joshua Hunter, and hear a short testimony regarding the experience of Kyle Ferris (the 2018 winner).
A cocktail and hors d'oeuvre reception will occur as the sun sets over our great city. Located on Miller Johnson's outdoor patio, you won't want to miss this view or the excitement of congratulating the winners! Register now as space is limited.
Dematic is a global engineering company that designs, develops, supports and builds logistics solutions that optimize supply chains, improves performance and increases productivity. Our industry leading software and automation technologies allow organizations to be responsive to customer demands, labor challenges and asset and space utilization requirements. With more than 75 years of robust design and delivery experience, Dematic's track record of success has led to the development and implementation of more than 6,000 world class integrated systems for a customer base including some of the world's biggest companies.
Click on the image above to watch a recent video by Dematic focusing on "Goods to Person Picking Solutions"
About Women At Risk International
Officially founded in 2006, Women At Risk International unites and educates to create circles of protection around those at risk through culturally sensitive, value-added intervention projects such as:
*WAR Chest-boutique- which sells handcrafted jewelry, gifts and accessories made/imported from at-risk people from around the world
*Vocational training and additional education abroad
*U.S. Training Center (USTC) which offers steady employment, skills training and mentorship to local at-risk women
*Tea Trade Café
Through the years, the breadth of WAR, Int’l’s reach has continued to expand as the number of projects and partnerships has steadily multiplied. To date WAR has planted/partnered with projects and programs in more than 50 countries, on 5 continents.
About Kerri Orders, Aquinas College
Kerri is an adjunct professor at Aquinas College and has her own consultancy, Zest International, which assists companies on their marketing and export development strategies. After spending 20 years working throughout Europe, she recently relocated back to her native West Michigan. Her marketing career began at Scholastic (NYC) and evolved into diverse international roles, UK Marketing Director, European Marketing Director, and Country Director, France, with several global companies, Warner Bros., Infogrames - Atari, and Hanna Barbera. In Paris, France, Kerri was an adjunct professor at I.A.E. and E.D.C., teaching International Marketing. She holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in Management from Boston University. Kerri is an active volunteer with several regional organizations, including the West Michigan World Trade Week, Van Andel Global Trade Center (board member) and West Michigan World Trade Association (board member and former president).
About Joshua Hunter, Grand Valley State University
Pursuing a B.B.A in General Management, with a minor in Computer Science, Joshua Hunter will travel to Mosbach, Germany in the Fall of 2019. Fulfilling German Language requirements as well as International Business Credits, post study abroad, his estimated graduation date is May of 2020.