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OC World Trade Week Event Delivers a Power Packed Program

Monday, May 20, 2019

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Joining more than 500 attendees at the Greater Irvine Chamber’s fifth annual Orange County World Trade Week (OCWTW) Breakfast and Forum , was an impressive list of International-American chambers, business associations, public sector and private trade organizations, Consulate Generals from across Orange and Los Angeles counties, and members of business community to exchange ideas and learn from experts in international trade and exporting.

Steve Wagner, global managing director of Experian Decision Analytics, delivered a keynote on the topic of cybersecurity. Wagner discussed solutions and tools to better manage fraud as it relates to international transactions, and safeguard data against the constant and evolving threat posed by increasingly sophisticated cyber criminals.

The OCWTW Export Success Panel featured Harvinder Mudahar, international business manager, Technologent; Jessica Kleinert, international marketing manager, Taco Bell; and Michael Delaney, chief development officer, Worldwide Environmental Products, Inc., who offered insights into the challenges and opportunities for business expansion through exporting.

Richard Swanson, director, Pacific South Network, U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, discussed California’s role in the U.S. export supply chain, and which industries are slated to for lucrative export opportunities.

A woman shakes a man's hand in front of a booth with signs displaying the U.S. Commercial Service logo.

OCWTW Attendees connect at the International Resource EXPO.

Greater Irvine Chamber Executive Vice President awards Michel Seres of 11 Health and Technologies with the 2019 Global Leadership Award.

A man and woman stand at podiums on a stage in front of a crowd of attendees of the OC World Trade Week event.

Greater Irvine Chamber International Development Committee Co-Chairs Marv Sepe and Rima Nashishibi MC the OCWTW program.


A number of awards are formally presented at OCWTW event each year, including the Exporter of the Year award. Of the six nominees, Diamon-Fusion International was named the 2019 Exporter of the Year for its successful export strategies. Diamond-Fusion International’s global sales and distribution networks span more than 20 countries around the globe.

For her advocacy and assistance to foreign-owned companies expanding to the U.S., and her role as a leader in international work, Lynn Stewart, director of business development, California State University Fullerton, Irvine Campus, Extension and International Programs was named the 2019 Partner of the Year. Presenting the award was last year’s recipient, Greater Irvine Chamber Executive Vice President Linda DiMario.

The 2019 Global Leadership Award was presented to Michael Seres, founder and CEO, 11 Health and Technologies, for assisting U.K. lifescience companies expanding to Irvine/Orange County. Seres was the first Irvine Ready partner to open his offices as a staging area for companies easing their transition to the region. 

HSBC was the presenting sponsor for the event, which again this year includes and International Resource EXPO.


For more information on Orange County World Trade Week Breakfast and Forum, and to become involved in the annual event, contact Jessica Yip.

Category: Events, Chamber News, International Trade

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