2011 Events


Annual Dinner Featuring Michael Parks

Join the World Trade Club for our Fall cornerstone event, the Annual Dinner, this year featuring the Dean of Pacific Northwest Economy Watchers, Michael Parks.

New Normal? Great Disappointment?
Contained/lesser depression? Sustainable recovery?
An economic prognosticator's take on 2012 and beyond
-- international, national, regional, local

Come and hear Michael Parks' take on these matters, made all the more important with an upcoming election.

9 November 2011
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Holland America Dining Room
World Trade Center
2200 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121

Members:  $95
Non-Members: $125
Students:  $45

We will have limited seating and anticipate a sell-out crowd, so you will want to put this on your calendar now.

See registration link to the right.

Thanks to our Sponsors:




The US-Korea Free Trade Agreement:  Impact on Washington State Businesses

Friday, 26 August 2011

Bellevue City Hall, Bellevue, WA

11:30 am - 2:00 pm (lunch served)


Join the World Trade Club to hear a distinguished panel of industry representatives and trade experts discuss the Korean Free Trade Agreement and its potential impact on Washington State businesses. 

The U.S. - Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) was signed by the U.S. and South Korean governments on June 30, 2007. This agreement – the most commercially significant U.S. trade deal in more than a decade – now awaits approval by the U.S. Congress.  Once passed, this agreement will bring significant economic benefits and opportunities to Washington's farmers, businesses and workers.

Panel speakers will include:

  • William E. Craft, Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary, Trade Policy and Programs, U.S. Department of State
  • The Honorable Young-wan Song, Korean Consulate General
  • Mike Nunes, Business Development and Strategy for Boeing Commercial Airplanes
  • Robert Hamilton, Governor’s Advisor for Trade Policy
  • Tay Yoshitani, Chief Executive Officer for the Port of Seattle
  • Brian Thompson, Sales Manager, Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.

Introduction by Don Davidson, Mayor, City of Bellevue

Members and students: $25

Non-members: $40

Parking free with validation obtained at the City Hall Customer Service Desk.

On-line registration is closed, but you can register that day at the door.

Sponsors of this Event:




Congratulations to Trident Seafoods and Swype, Inc.

Winners of the 2011 Governor's Trader of the Year
and Emerging Trader of the Year!

Washington Governor Christine Gregoire gave out the awards at the World Trade Clubs annual Trader of the Year awards ceremony on Monday, 21 March 2011.  It was a full house at the Bell Harbor Conference Center’s Harbor Ballroom with members of the Washington State international business community. 

L-R: Julie Bennion, Vice President, World Trade Club; Dan Newhouse, Director, Washington State Dept. of Agriculture; Cliff Kushler, CTO, Swype; Mike McSherry, CEO, Swype; Christine Gregoire, Governor, State of Washington; Joe Plesha, Chief Legal Officer, Trident Seafoods; Rogers Weed, Director, Washington State Dept of Commerce; Jim Dickeson, Co-Presidnet, World Trade Club; Janet Leister, Co-President, World Trade Club

One of the World Trade Club's cornerstone events of the year, the Trader of the Year Awards was well attended and delightful evening for all.  Thanks to all those who attended, and thanks to this year's event sponsors and partners: Anderson Hay and Grain (2010 Trader of the Year), Coface North America, Lynden International, Supervalue International, Swype, the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle, Trident Seafoods, the Washington State Department of Commerce, and Williams Kastner.



 Expanding Business in Saudi Arabia

Seizing the $1.4 Trillion in Trade and Investment Opportunities

The U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council and the World Trade Club cordially invite you to a reception to discuss business opportunities for Washington State companies in Saudi Arabia.

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Columbia Tower Club, 701 Fifth Avenue, 76th Floor, Seattle, WA 98104 

Edward Burton, President and Managing Director, U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council will present, with executives from The Boeing company, KMD Architects, and Greenpoint Technologies.

The $35 registration includes refreshments and gourmet light fare.  An early registration fee of $30 is available to participants who register before February 5.  Click the link on the right to register.


 IgniteBiz is a supporting partner of this event.