The World Trade Centers Association Reveals Inaugural Champions Awards Winners

Awards Recognize Excellence Across Association’s Global Network
Nov 19, 2020

NEW YORK, NY – November 19, 2020 – Today, the World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) announced the winners of the 2020 WTCA Champions Awards, its inaugural awards program designed to recognize outstanding contributions from member World Trade Centers (WTCs) within the WTCA network, and in their local and global communities. The association’s global network is comprised of more than 320 highly connected, mutually supporting businesses and organizations in nearly 100 countries.

Part of the association’s 50th Anniversary celebration, honorees were nominated by their fellow WTCA members, while winners were selected by a select panel for their contributions to the network across four categories — Connectivity, Reciprocity, Network Support and Sustainability — and the coveted Member of the Year award exemplifying the values, vision, mission and goals of the association.

The winners are as follows:
  • Champion Award for Member of the Year: Pamela Pascual of WTC Metro Manila for representing the WTCA brand effectively, providing brand exposure to thousands of businesses entering its expo space and availing themselves of the multiple services that the WTC Metro Manila team provides.
  • Champion Award for Connectivity: Cheryl Smith of WTC Las Vegas for offering incredible VIP benefits to all WTCs and their delegates at the world's largest consumer electronics show, CES® in Las Vegas.
  • Champion Award for Reciprocity: WTC Dublin for offering B2B matchmaking services and preparing their member SMEs to go global, ensuring benefits of the business transaction are properly reciprocated.
  • Champion Award for Network Support: Karen Gerwitz of WTC Denver for sharing her knowledge and experience with her fellow WTC members, and making important contributions to the network through her work in the WTCA Member Advisory Council - Conferences & Exhibitions and Trade Services.
  • Champion Award for Sustainability: Evert Jan Schouwstra of WTC Leeuwarden for inspiring WTCs and companies from across the world to learn more about The Netherlands' strength in the following Sustainable Goals: clean water and sanitation, good health and well-being, industry innovation and infrastructure, and gender equality, among others.

“The inaugural Champions Awards winners embody all that our association has represented over the past 50+ years. They are a true resource for not only their peers, but also the local business ecosystems and communities in which they operate,” stated John E. Drew, Chair, Board of Directors of the World Trade Centers Association. “On behalf of the organization, I am pleased to extend my congratulations to all of this year’s winners and nominees. The power of our network stems from the dynamic engagement of our diverse member base, and together, we are able to make a positive impact on trade and investment on a global scale.”

All winners were announced and awarded virtually by Robin van Puyenbroeck, WTCA Executive Director-Business Development, during the WTCA’s global Member Forum where more than 300 participants across 141 World Trade Centers came together for the association’s first global virtual event. To learn more, please visit the Champions Awards homepage and follow the WTCA on social media using the hashtags #WTCAChampion and #WTCA50:


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About the World Trade Centers Association (WTCA)
The World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) is a network of more than 320 highly connected, mutually supporting businesses and organizations in nearly 100 countries. As the owner of the “World Trade Center” and “WTC” trademarks, the WTCA licenses exclusive rights to these brands for Members to use in conjunction with their independently-owned, iconic properties, facilities and trade services offerings. Through a robust portfolio of events, programming and resources that it offers its Members, the goal of the WTCA is to help local economies thrive by encouraging and facilitating trade and investment across the globe through Member engagement. To learn more visit