World Trade Center Kentucky Testimonials

General

"Our membership with the World Trade Center Kentucky provides us with great resources to support the training and professional development of our International group. I have personally attended a number of the WTC programs and find them invaluable in expanding my knowledge base of the complex international trade world. Many of the WTC offerings such as the International Trade Certification program are considered to be core training components for our staff". – Paul Lauritzen

Kentucky International Trade Summit

“Your event was a rousing success!” - Don Cherrie (President – Nimlok Kentucky/SignCrafters

“It was an awesome event.” – D. Stewart Ditto II (First Lt., USMC (Ret), Project Manager – Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs)

“This Summit was one of the best ones yet. I really appreciated the roundtable discussion.” – Rick Grana (President – Impex)

“You all did a fantastic job yesterday – it was my third year at the event and it is always a pleasure!” – Andrew Aikens (Marketing Specialist – TECHLINE®, LINAK U.S. Inc.)

“Being a student, I believe the Trade Summit was a great opportunity to learn outside the classroom from business leaders and gain insight on the changing world of global commerce.” – Mackenzie Conarro (Student – University of Kentucky Gatton School of Business)

“Great event and much better venue this year.” – Cheryl L. Williams (Manager, International Sales – DHL Express)

“Great program the other day as well! I did not attend the event last year and as my first time in I was very impressed with the organization and caliber of the speakers and attendees.” – Steve Marks (International Supply Chain – Papa Johns International)

“Just wanted to say awesome job on the World Trade Day - Employees from Hitachi that were with me were very impressed and really enjoyed the day. Congrats to you and your team!” – Karen G. Trial (Corporate Senior Manager, Import/Export Group – Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.)

“The board meeting, the evening reception and the world trade day events were astounding. Keep up the good work! Staff's performance was exceptional.” – Jas Sekhon (Amick Homes)

“A brief note of thanks for a successful World Trade Day.  I know a lot of creative hard work goes into putting on an event like this and the DHL team felt it was the best event in the past few years.” – Cheryl L. Williams (Manager, International Sales – DHL Express)

“Just wanted to thank you for the great day you organized this past Friday. Informative, educational, great fellowship and networking made the day incredible.” – Alan Sutherland (Safety Coordinator/ Public Relations Manager – Clark Material Handling Company)

“I LOVED the event on Friday! It felt well-run, open, and there was energy and excitement from the attendees. Well done!” – Taylor Trusty (CEO – Blackstone Media)

Global Executive Forum

"Global Exec Breakfast Forum is very important to our small business.  Not only is the networking outstanding, the content of all the breakfast forums is excellent.  The forum on T-Tip was very helpful because you can read everything you want on the topic however it is much easier to understand when you you hear it from people who know the topic inside and out.” – Sally Lawler (SkiSkootys)

"As an organization that raises direct foreign capital for Kentucky-based projects, the Global Executive Series is a vital resource for Bluegrass International Fund.  Not only does the Series provide crucial insight into the policies and politics that open doors for Kentucky’s companies but it also helps companies, such as ours, anticipate and navigate these opportunities wisely and strategically." – Lynn E. Allen (President & CEO – Bluegrass International Fund)

“The World Trade Center Kentucky is a very valuable partner. Their Global Executive Forum allows me to connect with high – level individuals representing a wide variety of quality companies. The meeting topics address current issues, and the presenters are top notch. Businesses in our Commonwealth benefit from the work and support of the World Trade Center Kentucky.” – Kent Waide (Ruby Concrete)

International Trade Certification

“The WTC-KY International Trade Certification program was a great benefit to me and for what I do in my current job position.  Even though my position primarily deals with the financial and legal aspect of our foreign transactions, it was rewarding for me to learn about the other elements that concern our exports and imports. I felt that the speakers were very knowledgeable in their respective fields and that the WTC-KY staff was very hospitable. I highly recommend this program for anyone that has involvement in foreign business.” – Missy Walden, CBA (Sr. Credit Analyst – Link-Belt Construction Equipment Company)

“I recommend the International Trade Certification Program to both those who are new to and experienced in the realm of international trade. The program covered a wide range of topics from market research to logistics to legal considerations, involving business outside of the U.S. Each topic was presented by experts in each particular field. This program is one of kind, I don’t know of any other program where you can gain so much valuable information in a 3 day time period.” – Kristin Forsthoefel (Global Distribution – Big Ass Fans)

“I would highly recommend this certification program to any professional who wants to get serious about international commerce. The World Trade Center Kentucky put together a wonderful group of instructors who were very experienced; they shared information and relevant examples that you would not find in a textbook. I gained valuable skills that can be immediately put to us in my current role and also made contacts with other participants that I anticipate will pay dividends well into the future. I certainly look forward to additional training opportunities put on by the WTC Kentucky.” – Scott Love (Economic Development Coordinator – Louisville Metro Economic Development)

“I found the International Trade Certification Program quite beneficial to my role as we are experiencing increase business opportunities overseas.  The program was thorough, covering a range of pertinent topics from market entry strategies to details on shipments, INCOTERMS and free trade agreements.  WTC-KY secured highly experienced local individuals to cover the discussion topics, allowing for tailored group discussions.  I highly recommend this program as it provides the background required to be a knowledgeable participant in international business.” – Stephannie Block (Business Manager – Momentive Chemical)

“The International Trade Certification Program was well worth my time.  About half of the information presented applied directly to my position in export compliance and the rest I found interesting enough to take back to my coworkers.  The expert keynote speakers were appreciated.  All other aspects of the seminar were well planned and accommodating.” – Juli Jepson (International Shipping Specialist – OYSTAR America)

Trade Advisory Services

“The Trade Advisory Services program is a great extension of the education and training offered by the World Trade Center of Kentucky (WTC-KY). The WTC-KY can now provide one on one service direct and on site to those wanting to expand their international exposure. I fully expect this service will increase international awareness as well as increase growth for exports.” – Lloyd Jones (Consulting Partner – World Trade Center Kentucky)

Trade Advisory Services can provide your organization with an international marketing team for hire. TAS can help you determine the best markets and tactics to execute an export strategy that adds to your business's growth, create new skills in your organization and expand the reach of your company's product. – Mark Drexelius (Consulting Partner – World Trade Center Kentucky)

Importer / Exporter Bootcamp

“Excellent Session!!!!” – Cynthia Bonn, Owner Equss Run Vineyards

“The tools presented and discussed were exceptional as well as the real world examples.”  - Henry  - Mission Vision Partners

Internships

“In terms of offering its interns opportunities after graduation, the WTC-KY goes above and beyond.  Since interns have direct interaction with clients, every project becomes an interview and I have done projects for some of the area’s top businesses, the Governors’ office, the Republic of Korea’s Ambassador, and organizations like the United States Chambers of Commerce.” – Corey Todd (University of Louisville College of Business, Economics, Summer 2012)

“While interning at the World Trade Center Kentucky I have been able to grow my career in a positive and constructive hands-on environment.  Not only do I have a University education, but the skills, networking, and experience needed to begin a career in my field of interest.” – Corey Todd (University of Louisville College of Business, Economics, Summer 2012)

“I interned at WTC-KY in 2010 as I finished my Finance major and International Business Minor. Unlike other positions, my internship provided me with insightful guidance in choosing and understanding different career opportunities by working closely and on a daily basis with my coach/mentor at the internship. In addition to the career support I received, my limited knowledge base of international trade greatly improved through research on current information on international countries, companies, trade issues, regulations, and procedures to fulfill research requests of international member firms. This type of hands on experience was crucial for me to understand the "big picture" mission of the WTCKY.” – Rachel Wooten (University of Louisville College of Business, Finance and International Business, Summer 2010)

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