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WTC Utah President and CEO Derek B. Miller Receives a 2017 CEO of the Year Award

News Release For Immediate Release March 16, 2017 Contact: Jessica Nield Communications Director World Trade Center Utah (801) 814-3491 jnield@wtcutah.com WTC Utah President and CEO Derek B. Miller Receives a 2017 CEO of the Year Award Salt Lake City – Utah Business presented World Trade Center Utah (WTC Utah) President and CEO Derek B. Miller with a CEO of the Year Award today at ceremony held at the Grand America Hotel. “I have always been interested in international development, international business and international affairs. I am grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to work with entrepreneurs and business owners throughout the state to expand Utah’s economy one company and one job at a time,” said Miller. “I am truly honored to be recognized as a 2017 CEO of the Year.” CEO of the Year Awards recognize executives who exude innovation, show sound business judgment and have proven financial success. Utah Business selects award recipients through a call-for-nominations process. To be selected, candidates must have proven to be successful leaders within their companies and communities. “Each year, Utah Business honors outstanding CEOs from private, public and nonprofit organizations. This year, we are honoring 10 chief executives who stand out above the rest,” said Heather Stewart, managing editor for Utah Business. “Derek Miller is being recognized in the ‘Nonprofit – Business Services’ category for his leadership in expanding World Trade Center Utah’s reach throughout the state and fearlessly advocating for trade in Utah.” Scott Anderson, president of Zions Bank and chair of the WTC Utah board, had the following to say about Miller’s recognition: “Oftentimes, we look at the business side...

World Trade Center Utah Strengthens Team with New Hire and Promotions

News Release For Immediate Release March 13, 2017 Contact: Jessica Nield Communications Director World Trade Center Utah (801) 814-3491 jnield@wtcutah.com World Trade Center Utah Strengthens Team with New Hire and Promotions Salt Lake City – World Trade Center Utah (WTC Utah) is bolstering up its staff to meet the growing needs of Utah companies. WTC Utah is pleased to report it has hired Kelsey Price to fill the newly created role of marketing director, promoted Teren Taniuchi to trade services director and hired Marcie Wallace as the full time office manager. “Our job at World Trade Center Utah is to help Utah companies export,” said Derek B. Miller, president and CEO of WTC Utah. “The addition of a marketing director to our team, as well as the promotions of Marcie and Teren, will help increase awareness of our organization and allow us to better serve the state’s business community.” Before joining the WTC Utah team, Kelsey Price worked as a digital content captain with the Sacramento Republic FC. She has extensive experience with digital media and marketing strategy. Price also worked as a specialist for the Army National Guard and as marketing and SEO Specialist for i4 Solutions Inc. Along with the hire of Price, WTC Utah also promoted two current employees. Teren Taniuchi was promoted from trade services specialist to trade services director and Marcie Wallace was promoted from fellow to office manager. Taniuchi is the point of contact for any company looking to expand globally. Wallace manages finances and office organization. These staff changes will allow WTC Utah to help even more companies “think, act and succeed...

Senator Lee Talks Trade and Reinvigorating America’s Middle Class at WTC Utah Forum

News Release   For Immediate Release Feb. 22, 2017 Contact: Jessica Nield Communications Director World Trade Center Utah (801) 814-3491 jnield@wtcutah.com Senator Lee Talks Trade and Reinvigorating America’s Middle Class at WTC Utah Forum Salt Lake City – Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) spoke to business leaders today at a World Trade Center Utah (WTC Utah) hosted forum about navigating globalization and creating policies to help America’s middle class. WTC Utah President and CEO Derek B. Miller kicked off the forum by talking about the growth opportunities trade offers. “If you are selling popcorn in a football stadium on a beautiful Saturday, why would you limit yourself to row 5 of section BB? The same principle applies to trade,” said Miller. “95 percent of the world’s customers live outside of the U.S. At World Trade Center Utah we want to help companies sell more products and services to those customers.” During his remarks, Senator Lee acknowledged both the benefits and challenges of globalization. He is concerned that today’s global capitalism brings together rich people from rich countries and leaves low- to middle-class workers out of the equation. “Globalization is a phenomenon that extends the benefits of capitalism beyond national borders,” said Lee. “This opens up all sorts of opportunities, but it also puts a new twist on the relationships between rich people and not rich people.” Senator Lee’s suggested solution to this problem is to implement a two-step tax reform: eliminate federal corporate tax all together, and raise taxes charged on dividends and capital gains. According to the senator, economists estimate that up to 50 percent of all corporate tax...

WTC Utah and JPMorgan Chase & Co. Team Up to Award Export Grants to Small Businesses

News Release For Immediate Release Jan. 25, 2017 Contact: Jessica Nield Marketing & Communications Director World Trade Center Utah (801) 814-3491 jnield@wtcutah.com WTC Utah and JPMorgan Chase & Co. Team Up to Award Export Grants to Small Businesses Salt Lake City – JPMorgan Chase & Co., World Trade Center Utah (WTC Utah) and Salt Lake County announced the launch of the Utah Export Acceleration Grant at the Winter Innovation Summit. This grant will provide Utah companies with funding to help offset the costs associated with global expansion. WTC Utah will manage the Export Acceleration Grant, which is made possible thanks to a $200,000 contribution from JPMorgan Chase & Co. “JP Morgan Chase & Co. selected Utah to receive funding because of its strong, emerging economy and large number of small-to-medium-sized businesses,” said Derek B. Miller, president and CEO of WTC Utah. “Companies in Utah are well positioned for international expansion, and this grant will provide the means for them to get the help they need.” “JPMorgan Chase is pleased to be a part of this exciting announcement in support of global expansion in partnership with the WTC,” said Craig Zollinger, managing director for JPMorgan Chase in Salt Lake City. “We support initiatives that provide opportunities for businesses striving to take their products and services to international markets. It’s this type of grant that can transform small businesses and we view this as a critical step in providing a successful framework as it relates to export acceleration.” World Trade Center Utah and Salt Lake County previously worked with JP Morgan Chase & Co. and the Brookings Institution on the Global...

Derek B. Miller Statement on Trump’s Withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership

News Release For Immediate Release Jan. 24, 2017 Contact: Jessica Nield, Communications Director World Trade Center Utah (801) 814-3491 jnield@wtcutah.com Derek B. Miller Statement on Trump’s Withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership SALT LAKE CITY – World Trade Center Utah President and CEO Derek B. Miller released the following statement on President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership: “President Trump’s decision to walk away from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a loss for Utah businesses, since international trade is an important part of the state’s economy,” said Derek B. Miller, president and CEO of World Trade Center Utah. “International business is big business in Utah, supporting 22 percent of all jobs and making Utah the fourth fastest growing export state. Trade deals will continue to be made, but the question that remains is whether the U.S. will have a seat at the table or if it will be left out. We need a national policy that will allow Utah businesses to continue to succeed in the global economy.” ### About World Trade Center Utah (WTC Utah) wtcutah.com The mission of World Trade Center Utah (WTC Utah) is to help Utah companies think, act and succeed globally. WTC Utah accomplishes this mission through three key objectives. First is to motivate and educate Utah businesses to expand their global presence through training seminars, regional forums and newsletters focused on international business development, trade issues and export opportunities. Second is to build capacity of Utah businesses for international trade through B2B consultations to identify expansion goals, assess current capabilities, determine overseas opportunities and connect companies with market experts and potential partners....