Do you know a company that has demonstrated success and leadership in international business?  Do you know a company growing their international business?  Nominate them for Trader of Emerging Trader of the Year.
2015 TOY Winner
2015 Trader of the Year winner Tim O'Neil of Measurement Technology Northwest with Rep Derek Kilmer and WTC President Robert Webster

Trader of the Year
This award recognizes a Washington State business that has demonstrated success and industry leadership through its innovation in products or services, its contribution to the local economy, and its service to the community.

Emerging Trader of the Year
This award recognizes a small- to mid-sized Washington State business that has demonstrated recent innovation and success in international activities.

Judging Process and Criteria

  • Maturity in international trade activities
  • Foreign sales as percentage of total sales
  • Demonstrated success in international market development
  • Innovation in product or service
  • Contribution to Washington State's economic growth
  • Contribution to the community (philanthropic commitment)
  • Application package presentation and organization


The World Trade Club presented its first Trader of the Year award in 1967 when it was the "Man of the Year" award. As more women entered the workforce, the award changed to the "Trader of the Year" award. In 1996, Governor Mike Lowry acknowledged the importance of this award and of international trade to our State by lending the name of his office to the award. In 1998, in order to recognize smaller businesses, the World Trade Club added a second award, the Governor's Emerging Trade of the Year.

How to nominate a company
To nominate a company, please send information, detailed below, in an email addressed to David Deslauriers at vicepresident@worldtradeclub.net, by August 12, 2016.
  • Company Name
  • Company address
  • Officer Name
  • Officer Title
  • Phone Number 
  • Email address
  • Person or company making this nomination
  • Your contact information in case we need to reach you

*Deadline for nominations is August 12, 2016.*
The World Trade Club will send an application packet and letter notifying companies of their nomination. We will tell them who nominated them, unless you specifically request to be anonymous.  Yes, you can self-nominate!


Upcoming Events

2016 Trader of the Year Awards
Join us for hors d’oeuvres and drinks to celebrate the 2016 Governor's Trader of the Year award winners at our annual reception featuring Keynote Speaker John Melin, President of Brown & Haley and past Trader of the Year winner.  We are excited to announce that this years awards will be held at the Governor's Mansion in Olympia.

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