USCIB Recognized with Presidential-Level Export Award

New York-based United States Council for International Business honored as one of 123 companies nationwide for success in exporting and export service

This press release was issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce

L-R: U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Derek Leite, USCIB’s director of Trade Services
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker (left) presents the President’s “E” Award to Derek Leite, USCIB’s director of trade services.

New York, N.Y., May 16, 2016 –  United States Council for International Business (USCIB) was recognized today as one of 123 companies and organizations to receive the President’s “E” Award for exporting excellence during a ceremony in Washington, D.C..

Honoring USCIB was Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker for their work as an advocate of open markets and promoter of U.S. exports. Derek Leite, USCIB’s director of Trade Services, was on hand to receive the honors from the Secretary.

“USCIB has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion,” said Secretary Pritzker in her congratulatory letter to the company. “The “E” Awards Committee was very impressed with USCIB’s dedication to promoting international trade. The organization’s innovative work to implement the ATA Carnet was also particularly notable. USCIB’s achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs.”

The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

“This is a period of expanding use of ATA Carnets by U.S. companies,” said Leite. “This spurs U.S. exports worldwide, and helps to smooth the flow of global commerce. We would like to thank our ATA Carnet issuing providers, Boomerang Carnets and Roanoke Trade, for their persistent efforts to help grow ATA Carnet usage in the United States and around the world.”

Carmela Mammas, director of the U.S. Commercial Service New York, said this type of recognition highlights how hard businesses and organizations in The Empire State are working to be successful in a globalized economy.

“Congratulations to the United States Council for International Business on their well-deserved “E” Award,” said Mammas. “USCIB has played a crucial role in strengthening and growing our economy by providing export promotion services to the business community. They should be proud of this extraordinary achievement.”

The “E” Award ceremony is one of the highlights of World Trade Month, a month-long celebration of the benefits that U.S. exports bring to national, state, and local economies through job creation and growth.

About USCIB:
USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and regulatory coherence. Its members include U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world. With a unique global network encompassing leading international business organizations, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment. More information is available at www.uscib.org.

Contact:
Jonathan Huneke, VP communications, USCIB
+1 212.703.5043 or jhuneke@uscib.org

Staff Contact:   Kira Yevtukhova

Deputy Director, Marketing and Communications
Tel: 202.617.3160

Kira Yevtukhova manages USCIB’s print and online publications, including the website, e-newsletter and quarterly magazine, and serves as the organization’s digital media strategist. Prior to this role, Kira worked for over five years within USCIB’s Policy Department, focusing on climate change, environment, nutrition, health, and chemicals related policy issues. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and is currently pursuing an MBA at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.
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