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Ground crews load cherries for shipment from Sea-Tac. Photo courtesy of Port of Seattle

Ground crews load cherries for shipment from Sea-Tac. Photo courtesy of Port of Seattle

The Seattle-based World Trade Club is soliciting nominations for the Trader of the Year, an honor given by Washington State’s governor to a business that has done an outstanding job growing its international business.  Nominations are accepted through August 12 for an award ceremony October 20.

Awards are given in two categories: Trader of the Year and Emerging Trader of the Year. Awards are judged by the following criteria:

  • Maturity in international trade activities
  • Foreign sales as percentage of total sales
  • Demonstrated success in international market development
  • Innovation in product or service
  • Contribution to Washington State’s economic growth
  • Contribution to the community (philanthropic commitment)
  • Application package presentation and organization

The World Trade Club presented its first Trader of the Year award in 1967 when it was the “Man of the Year” award.  As more women entered the workforce, the award changed to the “Trader of the Year” award.

In 1996, Governor Mike Lowry acknowledged the importance of this award and of international trade to our State by lending the name of his office to the award.  In 1998, in order to recognize smaller businesses, the World Trade Club added a second award, the Governor’s Emerging Trade of the Year.