WTCA Member Forum 2021: The New (Virtual) Reality of Business

On November 15-19, the World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) hosted its third virtual global event, the 2021 WTCA Member Forum “The New (Virtual) Reality of Business,” bringing together nearly 600 attendees across 117 World Trade Center businesses in more than 50 countries and 27 industries around the globe, alongside renowned experts. The Forum offered a full week of virtual networking opportunities via a complimentary Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered B2B matchmaking platform, and three days of programming filled with insightful keynotes, panel discussions and workshops allowing Members to connect with their global colleagues and learn from prominent thought leaders to help navigate today’s changing environment as we head into 2022.

Highlights from the Members-only programming included sessions and workshops that provided WTCA Members with new tools to bolster their business and expand their global reach. Members learned about new and upcoming initiatives from the WTCA Membership team to enhance the overall WTCA Membership experience including the WTCA New Member On-Boarding Program, the revamped WTCA Accreditation Program, the 2021-2022 WTCAF “Peace Through Trade Student Competition,” and the 2021-2022 WTCA Champions Award. They were also introduced to seven new Members who have recently joined the network, and the opportunities and offerings at each new World Trade Center location; gained new resources including the WTCA Trade Services Operating Manual and the WTC Prime Office Index LatAm; and participated in workshops focusing on social media best practices and WTCA digital tools, to membership models for WTC business clubs, trade consulting & trade education, and developing collaborative WTC events and delegate programs.

Event attendees were treated to several engaging keynote addresses and fireside chats. Andrés Valenciano Yamuni, Costa Rica’s Minister of Foreign Trade, discussed Costa Rica's unique "Pura Vida" model, global trade, the country's OECD membership, and how to translate the idea of sustainability into an effective business and economic model. Ambassador Kelapile, President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) shared his vision for the organization and discussed opportunities for Africa. Jacopo Dettoni, Editor of fDi Intelligence, returned to our Member Forum programming this year to discuss current developments and trends in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), while Parag Khanna, Founder and Managing Partner of FutureMap, returned to discuss the concept of “Civilization 3.0” and his new book MOVE: The Forces Uprooting Us .  Further, attendees listed to a thought-provoking Fireside Chat between Ed Allison-Wright, Director of World Trade Center Gibraltar; Manuel Rees, Head of Project Development at RECO Immobilien- und Verwaltungs GmbH (World Trade Center Dresden); and Hans Wallström, Director of Sustainability at Skanska AB – on the correlation between sustainability and real estate. Lastly, Nick Dugdale-Moore, UFI's Regional Director Europe, discussed the future of the exhibitions industry in the next year.

Lastly, on behalf of the WTCA, Chairman John E. Drew and Executive Director-Business Development Robin van Puyenbroeck were awarded with a Certificate of Appreciation for the Association’s timeless dedication to intercultural understanding, and international trade and investment by the International Trade Administration (ITA). The award was presented by Diane Farrell, Acting Under Secretary and the Deputy Under Secretary for International Trade of the U.S. Department of Commerce, along with the U.S. Commercial Service New York and ITA teams. 

“Created in 2002, the certificate recognizes foreign business partners, trade associations, U.S. government agencies and other qualified recipients for supporting U.S. export development and creating opportunities for U.S businesses through trade,” stated Ms. Farrell during the presentation ceremony. “A valued partner of the U.S. Commercial Service New York for more than 20 years, the WTCA is being recognized today for its unwavering dedication to and success in international trade promotion in the face of adversity. Similar to the association’s resilience following the tragic events of September 11, the global network came together as ‘one WTCA’ throughout the COVID-19 pandemic — sharing resources, best practices and strategies to aid their local economies — symbolizing strength, hope, prosperity and resilience during these uncertain times.”

The WTCA team in New York is thrilled to have had strong participation from Members around the world over this full week of programming, and thanks its Members for making the past three virtual events so successful. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the team has hosted its annual flagship events in a new virtual environment and incorporated matchmaking capabilities with the use of advanced technology, showcasing how the WTCA is embracing and leveraging a new era of digital globalization. The dedication and engagement of its Members to participate in these events only reaffirms the Association’s mission to connect globally and prosper locally.

NOTE: Available public recordings from the keynotes and fireside chats with select expert speakers can be viewed here . Recordings of the Members-only sessions are viewable through the WTCA Resource Center here . Please note you must be logged into the WTCA Digital Platform in order to access. Also, please do not repost videos or share these Members-only session recordings as they are for WTCA Members only and one of the benefits of being a part of our Association.

For a free copy of Parag Khanna’s new e-book MOVE: The Forces Uprooting Us , please subscribe to the WTCA Trade Wins podcast and email . Limited copies are still available.

World Trade Centers (WTCs) in the Asia Pacific (APAC) Region Celebrate WTCA Day 2021

By WTCA Asia Pacific Regional Office (APRO)

While many countries throughout the Asia Pacific (APAC) region continue to battle COVID-19, the region’s World Trade Centers (WTCs), along with their business communities, joined WTC colleagues around the world to celebrate WTCA Day 2021 in June. The United Nations-designated date (June 12) recognizes the WTCA and its network of WTCs for encouraging and facilitating trade, promoting economic development, and fostering peace by bringing more than 320 cities from nearly 100 countries together — which has been even more important and relevant today in the era of social distancing. To commemorate the celebration, the WTCA Asia Pacific Regional Office (APRO) and APAC Trade Services Member Advisory Council (MAC) hosted the “2021 WTCA Day Celebration Special: Post-Pandemic Trend of WTC Business (APAC Perspective)” webinar on June 10, drawing participation from WTCs and business communities across the region.

The event examined the development and trends of the exhibition & conference, trade services and commercial real estate industries; those three main sectors of the WTC business; and a case study on how digitalization has transformed the WTC business model and service during the pandemic. The conversations aimed to prepare the regional WTCs and their business communities for the ongoing changes so they can be well-positioned to thrive and succeed in the post-pandemic era. Featured speakers included Mr. Anbu Varathan, 2020-2021 President of UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry; Mr. Allan Roddy, Chief Research Officer of Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) APAC; Dr. Samantak Das, Executive Director and Chief Economist, Head - Research and REIS of JLL India & Sri Lanka; Mr. Simon Wang, Executive Vice President of WTC Taipei; and Ms. Pamela D. Pascual, President & CEO of WTC Metro Manila. Mr. Robin van Puyenbroeck, WTCA Executive Director-Business Development delivered opening remarks while Dr. Bose K. Nair, Chairman, APAC Trade Service MAC, concluded the event.

The celebration also offered a special moment for regional WTCA Members to recollect and share their inspirational journeys with the Association.

“More than 50 years have passed since Mr. Guy Tozzoli founded the WTCA in 1969. During the span of half a century, the WTCA — as a global trade and investment ecosystem — has made significant contributions in connecting global trade, exchanging resources, sharing results and promoting the prosperity of the world economy. With the support of the WTCA, its APRO and global WTCs, WTC Kunming has kept learning, promoting and leveraging best practices [from the global network], offered quality services to our business members and local community, served as a bridge between local [business community] and international [WTCA network], and, as a result, has made great achievements,” said Ms. Lai Kai Chau, Chairwoman of WTC Kunming during her congratulatory address at the WTCA Day 2021 celebration.

To view a recording of the webinar, please click here.

2021 Wtca Day Apac Event

2021 Wtca Day Apac Event2

Q&A with the Inaugural 2020 WTCA Champions Awards Winners

The WTCA Editorial Team virtually sat down with the five winners of the inaugural WTCA Champions Awards to discuss their recent achievements and their aspirations for the organization in 2021.

*Champion Award for Member of the Year: Pamela Pascual of WTC Metro Manila
*Champion Award for Connectivity: Cheryl Smith of WTC Las Vegas
*Champion Award for Reciprocity: WTC Dublin (representative Rani Dabrai)
*Champion Award for Network Support: Karen Gerwitz of WTC Denver
*Champion Award for Sustainability: Evert Jan Schouwstra of WTC Leeuwarden

  • Congratulations to each of you on your recent achievements as recipients of the inaugural WTCA Champions Awards. Were you surprised by the nominations and how does it feel to win in your respective categories?

Pamela Pascual: To be recognized by my WTC peers and the Association, mean so much to me. And for this award to come during these unprecedented times, makes it all the more special. The magnitude and scale of the most coveted inaugural “Member of the Year” award is definitely overwhelming and I hope that it inspires my co-WTC Members to continue to trailblaze by contributing what is possible for the benefit of their communities and by setting a good example for other WTCs by elevating the quality of work that we all do.

Cheryl Smith: I was shocked and also humbled to know that I was selected by my WTCA peers – I am still blushing. I feel strongly that this recognition is a team achievement, and while I am grateful to be the individual recipient, I share the award with my entire WTC Las Vegas team. Without their talent, determination, creativity and resilience, WTC Las Vegas would not be nearly as successful. Because of our team, combined with our partnership with the Consumer Technology Association (CTA®), WTC Las Vegas was able to offer an innovative opportunity during CES® 2020 for all WTCA Members and their member companies to participate. I hope this model becomes the norm for other WTCs hosting large trade events around the world, and offers a new opportunity for the trade services and business club MACs.

WTC Dublin (Rani Dabrai): In Dublin, we have worked really hard to ensure that we are supporting our fellow WTCA Members with their reciprocity requests. We have leveraged our network to demonstrate the best example of trade services to enhance the offering of our network. Being a trade service-oriented WTC, we felt that it was important to show just how essential reciprocal trade services were to the development of each individual WTC and so — in creating a culture of “Help first” — we have opened doors to lots of exciting new relationships. It is wonderful to get the acknowledgement for the efforts of our team by being recognized as a Champion of Reciprocity.

Karen Gerwitz: I was absolutely surprised by the nomination and grateful for the confidence of my peers. The category of Network Support is the award I was most drawn to and especially honored to receive. I take great pride in our global network and know that by supporting the growth and strength of individual WTCs, it helps our entire network be more relevant and trustworthy for all of the businesses that we serve.

Evert Jan Schouwstra: I was very surprised and proud to have been nominated by my fellow WTCA Members, and, ultimately, it was a great feeling to win the award. I feel that the theme of sustainability that we selected for the 2018 WTCA General Assembly made a great impact on the whole organization, and influenced our win in this specific category.

  • 2020 was certainly a tumultuous year felt around the world that continues to carry onto today. What was your WTC’s proudest moment in 2020?

Pamela Pascual: World Trade Center Metro Manila (WTCMM) has been fortunate to be given a chance to play a pivotal role during the most difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic by allowing our government to use the WTCMM building for public use as a quarantine facility for six months. WTCMM was at the forefront of the Philippine government’s efforts to fight the spread of the virus, giving this CSR effort the much-needed exposure on print and social media. This was the silver lining we faced — with the community lockdown that started in March 2020 that left our exhibition halls empty, and with cancelations of booked exhibitions and events through the end of the year.

Cheryl Smith: One of the things that we are most proud of is that despite the challenges of 2020, the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), which is WTC Las Vegas, was able to move forward with a massive 1.4 million-square-foot West Hall expansion and an innovative new underground transportation system, the Convention Center Loop. The expansion and the Loop are exciting additions for not only our organization, but for Las Vegas as a whole, and this progress is so important because it will help position Las Vegas for the future of successful international meetings and trade events.

WTC Dublin (Rani Dabrai): We felt the uncertainty and turbulence as the chaos of COVID-19 unfolded around the world. In response, we wanted to do as much as possible to counteract the negative effects of the pandemic, and so our actions have been consistently network-centric. In 2020, we worked hard to launch many interesting initiatives, but our proudest moments have been around the times we have been able to collaborate with our fellow WTCA Members. Last spring, we launched our language exchange program with WTC Barcelona – an initiative which led to working with many other WTCs and deepening our relationships. Over the summer, we worked with the MACs to ensure strong participation in the China International Import Expo (CIIE) with our Dublin members and, as a result, we have created many partnership opportunities. By being proactive and fostering strong links across our network, we have been able to shine a light on the power of the WTCA and all it can deliver to our communities.

Karen Gerwitz: WTC Denver’s proudest moment in 2020 was our ability to pivot and transform a decades-long, in-person World Trade Day Conference into a virtual series and our most profitable event ever in just a matter of two weeks. COVID-19 accelerated our need to bring quality programming to our clients in a safe and on-demand format. By transforming our conference into a digital offering, we were also grateful that more than 30 WTCs and 400 attendees participated from across the world in our signature event.

Evert Jan Schouwstra: Throughout 2020, WTC Leeuwarden was working remotely – advising companies and connecting them with potential partners. Within the first two months of the pandemic, we altered our organization to operate nearly 100% online. We started offering webinar programs with fellow WTCs around the world, which resulted in a total of 18 webinars in 2020, with many more to come this year. We also launched a podcast series called “EXPORTVERHALEN (stories),” interviewing regional exporters, which resulted in a total of 17 in 2020, with more than 20 to come this year; developed blogs and white papers; and organized virtual trade missions. Our efforts over the past year contributed greatly strengthened the positioning of our WTC, increasing our website traffic per week by 10 times. I am very proud of my team for all their hard work.

  • Can you share what you/your WTC has planned for this year?

Pamela Pascual: Our mantra in 2021 is to rise and recover. While waiting for exhibitions and events to be allowed to reopen, we have taken this time to review WTCMM’s health and safety plan, ensuring that it conforms with government regulations in observing proper health protocols in staging events, and as part of the day-to-day operations at WTCMM. We feel this is an important element in restoring confidence in our clients and guests to encourage them to visit WTCMM during forthcoming events.

Cheryl Smith: The LVCC/WTC Las Vegas is looking forward to the return of in-person meetings and conventions this year, and throughout the year, we will be celebrating the fact that we now have this beautiful new hall and transportation system to help us usher in a new era of business. In addition to the West Hall expansion, we have been busy establishing and implementing enhanced cleaning and sanitization protocols, and earning GBAC STAR facility accreditation by ISSA: The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association (the world’s leading trade association for the cleaning industry). It will be thrilling to see all of that preparation put to action as we once again welcome global events and trade shows, and help facilitate business in a wide range of industries.

WTC Dublin (Rani Dabrai): We are working on a number of unique initiatives focused on enhancing global trade opportunities, as well as providing strong education to our members. Our exciting Retail Accelerator program is designed to fast-track the export of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) products into the US and we are overwhelmed with demand for it. We are also providing market entry educational programs, allowing our members to learn and understand their potential in foreign markets. We are excited to be doing all of this through partnerships with our fellow WTCs.

Karen Gerwitz: In the spirit of providing on-demand, real-time content for our clients, WTC Denver will expand its Accelerator — called the Global Trade Activator — to walk alongside small businesses in our region from strategy to execution, with the goal of scaling their businesses from domestic to international in the span of four months. WTC Denver will also make great strides in its real estate partnership this year, creating a placemaking campus the entire city will embrace.

Evert Jan Schouwstra: We have quite an intense program this year. For the first half of the year, we will host a webinar every week. We are continuing with our program titled “Promising Cities for International Business” with fellow WTCs; organizing two virtual events called “First Step in Export” and “World Trade Day,” and seven virtual trade missions in cooperation with other WTCs; launching a series of 10 webinars called “Next Step in Export;” and hosting a bi-weekly podcast.

  • What words of wisdom would you offer your fellow WTCA colleagues?

Pamela Pascual: Our plans are not our own. No matter how well our plans bode for our businesses, we cannot control what goes on around us. So, we have to take stock of what we can control and use that to rise up, improve and innovate.

Cheryl Smith: I do not feel old enough to offer “words of wisdom,” but I will share this — my success is the result of listening to and learning from others. The WTCA offers immense diversity of perspective and culture, and it has been one of my greatest career opportunities to work with and learn from so many talented people around the world. I am optimistic that through compassion, tolerance and openness, people from diverse cultures can find common understanding and work together for the betterment of humanity. I am proud to work for an organization and a destination that recognizes the beauty of diversity, and values innovation and opportunity for all.

WTC Dublin (Rani Dabrai): We are only as strong as our partners. If we can continue to work together — with a reciprocal mindset and a view to help our fellow Members — we will not only survive but thrive as a network.

Karen Gerwitz: The best form of flattery is when others copy your ideas. When your WTC has created a program, tool or business model that others want to implement, share it freely for the benefit of our network. With a stronger, relevant, and more innovative network, we all win.

Evert Jan Schouwstra: To me, the WTCA is like a family. It is the warmth, trust, respect and time we give and share with each other that makes this family so unique. We listen to each other and respect each other’s opinions, and it is my wish that this family feeling never disappears.

  • What role do you think our organization can play in today’s climate?

Pamela Pascual: I think the WTCA has done a remarkable job in adjusting to the needs of the times. The online discussion forums, webinars, and, not to mention, the very successful WTCA Member Forum held this past November have allowed WTCA Members to stay deeply connected like never before. This unprecedented health pandemic is new to all of us, and, being part of a global Association with Members in different parts of the world, makes one feel that we are not alone. Hearing and learning from one another about the various ways of approaching the global situation is, in many ways, comforting.

Cheryl Smith: Las Vegas has always set the gold standard as a leader in hospitality and events, and I believe we will continue to lead in the recovery of in-person global events and trade shows. Las Vegas is resilient, and so is the meetings and convention industry, and we are confident that, not only are people eager to get back to business, but the industry will successfully rebound and continue to grow.

WTC Dublin (Rani Dabrai): We are the only global organization of our kind with a local presence in our business communities which allows business owners to fast track their export journey. As such, in a post-pandemic world where companies need more support than ever before, we are uniquely placed to be able to help them. No other organization in our field is as connected, as developed, and as rich with knowledge and connections. If we can work together to develop these assets, we will be able to meaningfully help our members and develop our own businesses at the same time. We have to work cohesively to bring our global reach into our own back gardens.

Karen Gerwitz: In today’s climate consisting of a global pandemic and subsequent economic crisis, it is more important than ever to rely on a trusted network of professionals. The WTCA has endured 50+ years of economic crises and booms, and “we know people who know people.” Through the network’s virtual trade missions, direct trade support, online content and personal connections, businesses should rely on the tried-and-true support of the WTCA network to further business continuity on the global stage.

Evert Jan Schouwstra: The WTCA is THE example of globalization in business. Our role is to show that people from all different backgrounds can work together. We can set a global standard for other organizations to follow.

  • What are your/your WTC’s aspirations for our Association in 2021?

Pamela Pascual: The WTCA must continue to function as a global backbone and facilitate the necessary assistance and support to its Members affected by today’s climate through constant communication and by continuing to activate Members’ involvement through projects and other various means.

Cheryl Smith: It is my hope that more WTCs will engage both regionally and globally, and participate in all that the WTCA has to offer. It is also my goal as a MAC Chairperson to encourage and promote more WTC participation in integrated MAC activities such as conducting international trade missions with Business Club members in tandem with global trade show events held at member WTCs and creating win-win opportunities for all involved.

WTC Dublin (Rani Dabrai): We hope that we can continue to deepen our relationships and strengthen our network. WTC Dublin will work hard by contributing to the MACs, developing reciprocity and creating business opportunities for our network partners. In this way, we can incrementally build upon our global reputation and help to grow the WTCA network.

Karen Gerwitz: The WTCA should continue to feature relevant content that matters to businesses worldwide in our General Assemblies, featuring nuances of doing business in the host market. Our Member Seminar can focus more on how to effectively run a WTC or feature best practices among the network. We have the perfect storm now during this global pandemic to feature more virtual connectivity through virtual trade missions, online content sharing, and virtual tools to support our clientele. Continue to strengthen global partnerships, create thought leader opportunities for the WTCA’s leadership, and take bold positions on trade topics that matter to the network.

Evert Jan Schouwstra: I think the way we, as a network, work together and respect each other regardless of background, religion and race is a great example for international business and relationships. Our Association should continue to promote these values on a global scale.

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees of the inaugural WTCA Champions Awards. We look forward to kicking off the next iteration of the awards program later this year – stay tuned for more information.

Pamela Pascual Photo   Wtc Metro Manila 

Pamela Pascual (WTC Metro Manila): Champion Award for Member of the Year 

Cheryl Smith Photo   Wtc Las Vegas 

Cheryl Smith (WTC Las Vegas): Champion Award for Connectivity

Dublin Gray 

WTC Dublin: Champion Award for Reciprocity

Karen Gerwitz   Wtc Denver 

Karen Gerwitz (WTC Denver): Champion Award for Network Support 

2019 Ga Mexico Ej Schouwstra 

EJ Schouwstra (WTC Leeuwarden): Champion Award for Sustainability

WTCA Executive Director-Business Development Addressed 2020 CCPIT Event

On December 20, Robin van Puyenbroeck, WTCA Executive Director-Business Development, virtually attended and spoke at the 2nd annual “Chinese Listed Companies to Build the Belt & Road International (BRI) Cooperation Forum” held in Shenzhen, Guangdong province in China. On behalf of the Association, he provided opening remarks and participated at the event to discuss and support international trade and investment along the B&R route where two-thirds of the WTCA’s global network, or roughly 200 WTCs, are located. The event was co-hosted by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC), the Guangdong Provincial People’s Government and the WTCA.

With the theme of Joining Hands to Face Challenges and Promote Win-Win Cooperation, 400+representatives from relevant ministries and commissions, domestic and foreign listed companies, financial institutions, business associations, think tanks and WTC representatives around the globe gathered together at the hybrid event -- both virtually and in-person -- to discuss and exchange ideas regarding the BRI. Event attendees were treated to engaging plenary sessions to discuss how to boost global cooperation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, how to enhance the global digital economy and leverage China’s market opening up to foreign companies and investors, as well as how to promote the synergy between the advanced manufacturing industry in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the B&R countries.

In addition to Mr. van Puyenbroeck, Madam Gao Yan, Chairperson of CCPIT, Mr. Xu Lejiang, Vice Chairman of ACFIC, and Mr. Wang Xi, Vice Governor of Guangdong Province also spoke at the opening ceremony.

4. Gao Yan, Ccpit Chair   Preferred

WTCA Member Forum 2020: We Are Open For Business

Together Expanding Our Global Footprint

On November 17-19, the World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) hosted its first virtual global event, the 2020 WTCA “We Are Open For Business” Member Forum. Bringing together more than 300 registered participants from 141 World Trade Centers (WTCs) across the globe, alongside prominent thought leaders, the forum was filled with insightful mainstage and breakout sessions allowing Members to connect with their global colleagues and learn from expert speakers on topics relevant to today’s climate.

Highlights from the event include the introduction of three new WTCA partnerships with UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry; the Global Trade Helpdesk with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and International Trade Centre (ITC); and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). As part of the WTCA’s focus to create new strategic engagements, these organizations will expand the Association’s network of partners across various sectors and industries relevant to its Members. Through these engagements, the WTCA will enhance its Member connections and further its position as a leading advocate for global trade and investment.

Event attendees were treated to an engaging keynote address given by Adam Gordon, Engagement Director of the UNGC who discussed what the WTCA’s participation entails to ensure it operates responsibly and supports society in alignment with the ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. Further, they listened to a thought-provoking Fireside Chat titled “Re-Inventing the Post-Pandemic World – Why the Future of Global Cities Started Yesterday”— between Linda Conlin, President of World Trade Center (WTC) Greater Philadelphia and Parag Khanna, Founder and Managing Partner of FutureMap — on global trends that are shaping the future of global cities and the world economy, and the future of “Diplomacity” and innovation as the new balance of power. Programming also included several idea generator sessions between WTC Members and leading external experts on how WTCs can capitalize on and benefit from Academic Institutions, Logistics Hubs & Free Trade Zones, FDI and Airports in their regions. Other panel discussions were Member-driven and interactive allowing Members to learn from each other and share insights and best practices on how to look for opportunities in the Real Estate, Exhibition and Agriculture industries; how Trade Services can support all WTCs; and how to develop Education & Accelerator Programs, virtual Trade Missions and Business Clubs. The WTCA Regional Teams conducted round-ups highlighting each of the five regions that the WTCA represents and the opportunities available within each of those regions, and the WTCA Membership team provided updates and introduced new tools aimed to enhance the overall WTCA Membership experience.

Lastly, Robin van Puyenbroeck, WTCA Executive Director – Business Development announced the winners of the inaugural WTCA Champions Awards, recognizing outstanding contributions from Member World Trade Centers within the WTCA network, and in their local and global communities. This year’s winners include: Cheryl Smith of WTC Las Vegas (Champion Award for Connectivity); WTC Dublin (Champion Award for Reciprocity); Karen Gerwitz of WTC Denver (Champion Award for Network Support); EJ Schouwstra of WTC Leeuwarden (Champion Award for Sustainability); and Pamela Pascual of WTC Metro Manila (Champion Award for Member of the Year).

Seeing the diverse and engaged community come together virtually over the span of three days filled WTCA Headquarters with great pride. The WTCA relies on its Members’ engagement and relationships with each other, and it’s because of participation at this year’s Member Forum that the Association is one step closer to expanding its global network’s footprint. WTCA Headquarters thanks its Members for making this virtual event a great success and looks forward to reconnect again in person soon.

NOTE: Presentations and full video recordings from the 2020 WTCA Member Forum are available to all WTCA Members in the WTCA Resource Center here. Please note members must be logged into the WTCA Digital Platform in order to access. Also, please do not repost videos or share as they are for WTCA Members only.