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NFTC Celebrates 100th Anniversary, Receives President’s “E Star” Award for Export Service
Date: 5/28/2014
Written By: Nicole L’Esperance, The Fratelli Group for NFTC, (202) 822-9491

Washington DC – Today, the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) celebrates its 100th anniversary. In honor of its 100-year commitment to expanding U.S. trade, the NFTC received the President's "E Star" Award for Export Service – the highest recognition any U.S. entity may receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented the award today at a ceremony in Washington, DC.

"Today marks a huge milestone for the NFTC – 100 years of advocating the importance of an open, rules-based global trading system," said NFTC President Bill Reinsch. "Being recognized by the Administration for our efforts and receiving the President's ‘E Star' Award for Export Service on our centennial day is truly an honor. International trade is critical to U.S. economic growth and job creation, and the NFTC will continue its legacy of promoting the benefits of trade and working to ensure that America's exporting companies and the millions they employ are able to compete on a level playing field across the globe."

"As we reflect on our last 100 years today in celebration of our centennial, we are thankful and humbled to receive the President's ‘E Star' Award," said NFTC Vice President for Strategy and Growth James Wilkinson. "The NFTC has worked with the Administration to expand U.S. trade since its start – having been founded under the auspices of President Woodrow Wilson – and we will continue in our efforts to advocate for the U.S. trade agenda."

In an award notification letter, Secretary Pritzker stated, "The National Foreign Trade Council's achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs."

This "E Star" Award for Export Service is the third major honor for the NFTC in its centennial year. On May 12, the NFTC received the World Trade Week NYC (WTW NYC) 2014 Global Trade Award for its 100 years of significant contributions to the growth of international trade in the New York metropolitan region. On April 2, the NFTC was presented the 2014 Advancing International Trade Award by the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators International (NASBITE International) – the leading professional society of international trade educators – in honor of its legacy of advancing international trade.

This evening, the NFTC will commemorate its 100th anniversary with a private gala reception at the National Archives. To celebrate its centennial, the NFTC is also convening a yearlong series of programs and activities, such as its This Week in Trade History campaign, to examine the future of trade in the context of key industries, regions and issues. It will hold its 100th World Trade Dinner on December 3, 2014, in Washington, DC.

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