"Thank you! We really enjoyed it and appreciate the information. As veteran as some of us feel about overseas adventures, there were still things that both Bruce and I did not know! It was a great reminder for us that there are a lot of nuances between difference cultures! And Randon really was happy with the training. He called me the next day specifically to say thanks and how much he got out of the training. That was unusual for him, so it really said something! I have no doubt we will do this again in the future, so we will be sure to give you a call!"
City of Murrieta, California
Participant in the City of Murrieta Cross-Cultural Protocol Training Course - July 2013
"The entire day was full of discovery, history, information, and fun. WTCSD has an amazing staff and all the participants were really great people. I was able to truly visualize the entire process of a supply chain after attending the event. After hearing me rave about the trip, several of my coworkers can’t wait to attend the 2013 tour." (Ports Study Tour 2012 Participant)
Read Kellie's blog about the Port Tour!
"The WTCSD has assisted Palomar Technologies in doubling exports over the last 3 years via hosted trade missions to countries in key markets, trade service consulting and networking with industry leaders in our region. The assistance of the WTCSD has been invaluable to the growth of my business and additionally, they are a really fun group to work with!"
Bruce W. Hueners
"We Make the Machines that Make Computers"
"I found the recent training on Japanese culture highly educational even after working with the market for 3 years now. Actually, I keep thinking back on my past trips wondering how many people I may have offended unintentionally!"
Director of Asia Marketing
"Ms. Rowland was knowledge,entertaining, and spoke in a manner that was easy to hear and understand. Excellent program. The was well first rate."
(Event Attendee: Doing Business in Japan - Culture Meets Commerce)
The Maxham Firm
"Congratulations on organizing a great event this morning. Going to WTCSD events is worthwhile for me/my company. I meet interesting people to do business as well interesting people to have a great talk with. I learn about how they build their business. That makes me an ambassador of the WTCSD!"
Director of Sales & Marketing
Parallax Visual Communications
"We look to the World Trade Center for global expertise and opportunities to increase international convention and trade show business. During the organization's 'China Mission Tour', we successfully partnered with the organization to promote San Diego as a leading business destination and the Convention Center as a premiere convention facility."
President & CEO
San Diego Convention Center Corporation
"WTC is a valuable partner to the Airport Authority and our mission. In partnering with WTC, the Airport Authority has been able to access a breadth of international trade knowledge and staff resources that have significantly enhanced our international air service development and community outreach efforts."
Thella F. Bowens
San Diego International Airport
"The association between Dole and WTC has been and continues to be an enormous asset. Last year Dole's corporate relations department contacted WTC's staff for assistance with the CAFTA legislation and was extremely impressed with their knowledge and professionalism. It's a tribute that on several occasions since, corporate continues to call on WTC for their needs."
Barrett A. Jung
General Manager- West Coast
Dole Fresh Fruit Company
"The staff at the International Relations Office of the San Diego World Trade Center did a splendid job of helping to arrange VIP treatment for the recent visit of the Minister of Health of the Peoples' Republic of China. She worked with TSA so we could greet the Health Minister directly at the arrival gate at Lindbergh International Airport and also arranged a complementary lounge for his departure flight prior to boarding. We were able to have a limo parked outside the terminal to whisk the health minister off to his hotel in La Jolla. The process could have been complicated by the fact that the minister's flight arrived in the late evening more than an hour late, but everything worked flawlessly. We were even given some refreshments at the gate while we waited for the overdue flight! While this sort of VIP treatment is commonplace when U.S. dignitaries arrive in China and other Asian countries, I never knew it would be possible for us to reciprocate here in the United States. The whole process was seamless."
William R. Brody, M.D., Ph.D.
Salk Institute for Biological Studies
“I am writing on behalf of my wife, my colleagues, and myself to thank you for your wonderful arrangements and warm reception during our short but enjoyable visit to San Diego. I especially appreciate the efforts you and the WTCSD has done in promoting trade relations between the USA and Vietnam. The feelings all the members of our delegation and I have received from the trip will encourage us to do our best to further strengthen the Vietnamese- US relations in general and the relations between Vietnam and San Diego in particular.”
Le Cong Phung
Ambassador of Vietnam
“Congratulations on the International Relations Office. The Abu Dhabi delegation you coordinated last week was impressive. I am sure that international delegations will find great benefit in your expertise and coordination. Receiving delegate information in advance of the arrival was detailed and helpful, and needless to say well-organized.”
Vice President of Marketing
“Your assistance in facilitating the delegates arrival and departure from San Diego International Airport and in coordinating logistics while in San Diego greatly assisted the visit and provided the delegates with a positive image of San Diego. The coordination that you provided in their visit to the Imperial Valley and the materials and DVD that you provided also greatly increased the benefit of that visit and the delegates' understanding of the capabilities of San Diego companies to support the development of geothermal energy projects in Kenya.”
U. S. TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
“Many many thanks for all your work, and your staff’s, in facilitating the Belgorod visit. Your help ranged from nuts and bolts planning and event support, identifying economic opportunities and bringing in additional companies, alerting us to potential cultural gaffs, to worrying about so many of the details that make a trip go smoothly. Without you, the event would have been less successful and taken up much more of our time to put together. I look forward to working with you again.”
Energy Policy Analyst
City of San Diego
“Thank you for all of your good work facilitating the recent visit of the delegation from Abu Dhabi. We receive international groups on a regular basis and one of the things missing has been the lack of consistent pre-visit preparation and coordination by any professional group. This was the best visit I have participated in and clearly your work at the WTCSD is to be commended. Not only was this group well prepared and interesting, but it was a great fit in terms of both our interests. The success of this visit can be measured by the fact that they are returning next week to follow up on key areas of mutual interest we discovered during our discussions.
I look forward to working with you in the future. Again, thank you for taking the lead in this very important role in the region.”
Christina Luhn, Ph.D.
Director. MEGA Region Initiative
San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation