Echo International, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvnaia, is a translation, localization, and cultural consulting company that recevied the President’s “E” Award for export service companies on May 18, 2015. Whether the client is a large fortune 100 company or a small company looking to make it’s first international steps, Echo International exhibits the same passion to bridge linguistic and intercultural barriers to global commerce. Staff members from Echo Interntional are frequent speakers and presenters in local export seminars to help the region’s exporters.
Past Award Recipients
The President’s “E” Award was created by Executive Order of the President on December 5, 1961, to afford suitable recognition to persons, firms, or organizations which contribute significantly in the effort to increase United States exports. The President’s “E Star Award”, which was authorized by the Secretary of Commerce on August 4, 1969, affords continuing recognition of noteworthy export promotion efforts.
The “E” and “E Star” Awards are the highest recognition any U.S. entity may receive for supporting export activity. Companies are nominated through their local US&FCS office.
The primary quantitative criterion for the “E” Award is four years of successive export growth, usually accompanied by a rising percentage of export sales within total sales. An applicant’s demonstration of creative or innovative marketing that shows the company’s commitment to breaking into foreign markets generally is a significant factor in making award decisions.
“E Star” Award applicants should show four years of successive export growth since winning the “E” Award and show how marketing activities or services to exporters have increased since receiving the “E” Award. Businesses that continue to demonstrate excellence in exporting may receive additional “E Star” Awards.
During World War II, more than 4,000 "E Pennants" were presented to war plants in recognition of production excellence. The famous flag with the big "E" emblazoned on it became a badge of patriotism in action.
President Kennedy revived the World War II "E" symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America's exporters. Thus, the "E" Award Program was established by Executive Order 10978 on December 5, 1961. The "E Star" was authorized in l969 to recognize "E" Award winners for continued efforts in export expansion.
Winners of the "E" and "E Star" Award are authorized to fly the blue and white banner, to display the accompanying certificate of commendation which is signed by the Secretary of Commerce in the name and by the authority of the President, to wear and issue to employees an "E" lapel pin, and to refer to the award in their advertising.
For more information on the President’s “E” Award, please contact Lyn Doverspike at firstname.lastname@example.org