Trade Alliance Hosts Ambassador of Thailand to the U.S.

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

His Excellency Mr. Vijavat Isarabhakdi, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the United States, speaks at a business luncheon organized by TDA at the offices of the Seattle Metro Chamber. The event took place last Thursday, September 11th


Boao Forum Conference in Seattle a Success

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Tian Wei from CCTV News (furthest left) moderated the last session of the conference: “New Alliances on the Subnational Level” featuring Jay Inslee, Governor of the State of Washington; Chen Wenhua, Vice Governor of Sichuan Province; Wang Lu, Vice Governor of Hainan Province; Wang Shushan, Senior Advisor for Xuchang City; and Ed Murray, Mayor of City of Seattle


TDA meets with WTA

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

The Trade Alliance met with leadership from the World Technopolis Association (WTA), including Mr. Han Sic Cho, currently Deputy Secretary General for the WTA (and former Trade Alliance intern!)


TDA preps for Minister Wan Gang visit to South Lake Union

Monday, August 18th, 2014

View of South Lake Union from Lake Union Park

Source: Adbar, Wikipedia

The Trade Alliance welcomed the advance team for Minister Wan Gang, China’s Minister of Science and Technology last week. The Minister is interested in visiting South Lake Union to learn about the recent developments in the area and its transformation into a life sciences and tech hub. The Minister will arrive next month and will meet with a variety of companies and organizations such as Vulcan, and Northeastern University.


TDA Meets with Pro Mexico, Mexicali EDC

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

From left to right: Brady Prim, TDA; Tamara Thorhallsson, TDA; Fernando Paz Pous, Pro Mexico; Didier Resendiz Acevedo, Industrial Development Commission of Mexicali

TDA was thrilled to welcome Mr. Didier Resendiz Acevedo from the Industrial Development Commission of Mexicali to their offices during his trip to Greater Seattle. Joining him was Mr. Fernando Paz Pous from Pro Mexico, who is based out of Seattle. The meeting discussed the aerospace industry, mutual areas of interest, and potential opportunities for partnership.


TDA President Speaks on World Bank

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Trade Alliance President, Sam Kaplan, speaks to the audience at a seminar hosted at K&L Gates

TDA, in partnership with USEAC, the Asian Development Bank, and a host of other organizations, helped to co-organize a business opportunities seminar themed on the “Demystification of the Asian Development Bank.” The event, hosted at K&L Gates, was designed to help manufacturers, suppliers, project developers, and consultants to learn how to bid on consulting and infrastructure projects in Asian countries supported by the ADB.

TDA President, Sam Kaplan, spoke about his role as a Private Sector Liaison Officer of the World Bank and what opportunities there are with the World Bank.


Reality About Raising Money in China Event

Monday, July 28th, 2014

TDA President, Sam Kaplan, along with fellow panelists, speaks to the audience at the “Reality About Raising Money in China” event

Photo Source: Screenshot of Session Video Courtesy of WBBA

TDA and WBBA organized a successful program to discuss the Reality About Raising Money in China event last week at the offices of WBBA. The program was held in advance of the Life Sciences and Investment Mission to China taking place this October, which both organizations are co-organizing as well.


WCIT hosts successful summer trade luncheon

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Members of the WCIT staff pose in front of the organization’s newly unveiled logo, along with Claire Reade, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for China Affairs (top row, 2nd from the left) 

Photo Credit: Seattle Metro Chamber

TDA’s dear friends over at WCIT hosted their annual Summer Luncheon last Thursday which was a big success. The sold-out event was held at the Washington Athletic Club and featured a keynote speech from Ms. Claire Reade, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for China Affairs. Ms. Reade provided her insights on current U.S.-China trade policy developments and discussed ways Washington employers can become more engaged in advocacy for increased competitiveness in trade with China.

The luncheon was also the opportunity for WCIT to publicly unveil its new logo, which you can see in the photo above.


TDA & Seattle Chamber Host Vietnam Post-Trip Reunion

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Delegates of the 2014 International Leadership Mission to Vietnam stand onstage with members of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry during an MOU signing

Last Tuesday, the Trade Development Alliance and the Seattle Chamber co-hosted the 2014 International Leadership Mission to Vietnam delegation for a post-trip reunion. Held at the Seattle Chamber offices, the reunion was an opportunity for delegates to reconnect and share their experiences from the trip now that they have had time to reflect. The reunion also was a chance to discuss follow-ups from the trip and discuss ways to stay in touch with the individuals and organizations the group met with.


Ray Conner Speaks at Trade Alliance Annual Dinner

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Ray Conner, President & CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, speaks to the audience at the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle’s Annual Dinner at the Bell Harbor Conference Center

Photo Credit: Steve Schneider Photography

Last Wednesday the Trade Alliance was honored to welcome Mr. Ray Conner, President & CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, to its Annual Dinner. Mr. Conner spoke about Boeing’s commitment to the region, the company’s international outlook, and its fierce global competition. The Annual Dinner, which brought together over 300 people from throughout the region and state, also featured 29 Ambassadors from all over the world. A Bing Lightning Round competition between the tables and an international forecasting panel were other programming highlights from the evening.