World Trade Week
Highlighting Orange County’s position as a hub for international trade, the Fourth Annual Orange County World Trade Week Breakfast & Forum welcomed a record 550 attendees.
Orange County World Trade Week is a salute to trade and export. The annual event is aimed at increasing the volume of trade in Irvine and Orange County by highlighting the benefits to the region's trade infrastructure and economy. The complementary components of the OC World Trade Week are designed to encourage businesses of all sizes to explore trade as a means to grow.
Keynote Speaker: Joe Kiani, Founder & CEO, Masimo
Through his keynote address, Masimo Founder & CEO Joe Kiani shared details of his journey to being one of the world’s most admired global medical technology innovation companies, which began with only $40,000 and a personal mission to improve patient safety at hospitals worldwide.
Masimo is an innovation powerhouse delivering key noninvasive medical breakthroughs that not only help improve patient safety but also reduce the cost of care. Kiani and Masimo have helped to solve the “Unsolvable” problems plaguing patient monitoring through significant inventions with more than 600 issued and pending patents worldwide.
Special Guest: Sarah Kemp, Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce
The 2018 iteration of Orange County World Trade Week was joined by Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade for the U.S. Department of Commerce, Sarah Kemp, who addressed the sold-out crowd, and reminded and praised the trade climate in Southern California.
Export Success Story Panel
During a perennial favorite of the event’s program, the Exporter Success Story Panel, leading Orange County exporters shared their experiences in international trade. Moderated by Greater Irvine Chamber Executive Vice President Linda DiMario, panelists included Dr. Taher Sheyani, managing director, TS Pharm Inc.; Soheila Mirhashemi Ph.D., president and CEO, NeoMedix Corporation; and R. Steven Tungate, president and general manager, Service Supply Chain and Innovation, Toshiba American Business Solutions.
Exporter of the Year: Grandma Lucy’s
Exporter of the Year 2018 was awarded to Grandma Lucy’s. Grandma Lucy’s is a family-owned and operated pet food manufacturer in Orange County. Growing from conducting business in one country in 2015 to three in 2016, they now export to a number of countries in the double digits, and intend to double that number in less than a year.
Leading International Development in Orange County
Marv Sepe of CTC Global, and Jim Mayfield of U.S. Commercial Service, were presented with the 2018 Partner of the Year Awards for championing the international initiatives of the Chamber and lending their time and expertise.
Linda DiMario was presented with the inaugural Global Leadership Award for her exceptional leadership in international business development.
Join companies representing global trade throughout the world by sponsoring the most extensive trade program in Orange County.
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Trade Agency Partners
California Center for International Trade
California Manufacturing Technology Consulting
Hong Kong Trade Development Council
OC Small Business Development Center
Orange County Association of REALTORS
SCORE Orange County
Small Business Administration
So Cal Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
U.S. Commercial Service, Export Assistance
Women in International Trade OC
World Affairs Council of Orange County
International American Chamber Partners
British American Business Council of OC
Hong Kong Association of Southern California
Korean American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County
MAPLE Business Council
OC Iranian American Chamber of Commerce
Orange County Chinese American Chamber of Commerce
Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce
Western American Turkish Chamber of Commerce