Under Secretary Francisco Sanchez Visit to
June 7, 2013
|Two roundtable meetings were held at WTCAK's
classroom in the morning: Travel & Tourism Roundtable and
International Trade Roundtable. Under Secretary Sanchez is the
highest ranking U.S. official for both industries. Pictured
above the participants of the Travel & Tourism Roundtable.
||WTCAK/Alaska Export Assistance Center & the
Export Council of Alaska conducted the 26th Annual Export Alaska
Celebration Luncheon. Approximately 200 state's business and
government leaders attended the event. Under Secretary Sanchez
was the keynote speaker.
|Sanchez together with Alaska's Lt. Governor
Mead Treadwell and Yoshi Ogawa, a member of the Export Council
of Alaska, present the Export Council Scholarship to Kateryna
Zozulya, one of the scholarship winners. This year, a total of 6
students received the scholarships.
||Under Secretary Sanchez and Lt. Governor
Treadwell present the Governor's North Star Award for
International Excellence to Lynn Johnson, President of Dowland-Bach
Corporation. Dowland-Bach exports hydraulic and electronic
control systems to the Middle East. This year,
6 organizations received the North Star Awards in various fields.
|WTCAK Chairman, Greg Galik and Under
Secretary Sanchez sign an MOU between the U.S. Department of
Commerce and the Center. WTCAK operates Alaska Export Assistance
Center, a field office of the U.S. Commercial Service in
Anchorage, for the last 5 years.
||WTCAK Chairman Greg Galik awards the
Immediate Past Chair Rick Pollock the Ambassador Circle Award.
Rick serves on WTCAK Board of directors for more than 10 years
and was a Chairman of the organization for the last 4 years.
Rick Pollock is the Vice President for Global Projects at Lynden
|Under Secretary Francisco Sanchez gives the
keynote presentation to the attendees of the Export Alaska
||A standing ovation to Chuck Becker, a former
director of the Alaska Export Assistance Center and a veteran
employee of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
the participating organizations:
U.S. Commercial Service is the trade
promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade
Administration. U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals in over 100
U.S. cities and in more than 75 countries help U.S. companies get
started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets.
The Export Council of Alaska is one of a
nationwide network of export councils intended to foster the
international competitiveness of the United States. Nationwide, export
councils link together 1,500 leaders of business, government, and
academia with the International Trade Administration (ITA) of the U.S.
Department of Commerce. They serve as an advisory group and
communications link between the exporting community and the U.S.
Commercial Service of the ITA.
World Trade Center Alaska is a private
non-profit membership organization providing international trade and
business services to members and community partners across the state.
The mission of WTCAK is to assist Alaskans to successfully compete for
trade and investment in the global market place.