On the morning of August 12, 2011, the International Trading Partners Series commenced at the Northern California World Trade Center from 9am to 10am. This particular meeting in the International Trading Partners Series featured New Zealand. Sixteen business and community leaders met to directly network and discuss possible business opportunities with both US Government export executives and international governmental trading representatives. Hosted by the Northern California World Trade Center, the International Trading Partners Series highlights six of the top 10 trading partners with California.
Mr. Matt Yancey, Director of Workforce Development and Education at the Sacramento Metro Chamber acted as moderator and began the meeting with welcoming remarks and introductions for two speakers from the U.S. Commercial Service and the Consulate General of New Zealand. Mr. Yancey was followed by Mr. George Tastard, Director of the Sacramento US Export Assistance Center (USEAC), who introduced the U.S. Commercial Service and explained the services, offered to California businesses regarding importing and exporting. Following Mr. Tastard and wrapping up the meeting was Mr. John R. Mataira, the Consul-General of New Zealand.
Overall, the International Trading Partners Series: New Zealand was a success. Mr. Tastard developed a contact in The Jack Ahern Company Inc. who is interested in promoting their product in New Zealand. The Sacramento USEAC is following up with Jack Ahern, manufacturing and distribution chairman of The Jack Ahern Company Inc., to discuss potential market entry strategies for New Zealand. Mr. Tastard also made contact with two representatives from DB Schenker: Jim Gilmore, Route Development Manager – Australia/New Zealand, and Simon T. Goss, Sales Manager in Sacramento. The Sacramento USEAC is following up with these representatives to request their partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service. In addition, Mr. Tastard met the New Zealand Consul-General to Los Angeles, Mr. John Mataira, who is being connected to the US Export Assistance Center of Los Angeles. George also spoke with the New Zealand Consul to Sacramento, Starr W. Hurley, to whom we are advertising export/import services offered by the U.S. Commercial Service. Lastly, Mr. Tastard met Travis Hemmen, who heads business and market development for Westervelt Ecological Services. The Sacramento US Export Assistance Center is currently reviewing potential markets for the client to begin exporting overseas.
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