Waldwick, NJ. 3 May 2023. In recognition of the U.S. Commercial Service’s National Export Week and the start of World Trade Month this week, Kallman Worldwide saluted the global trade industry and reiterated the company’s longstanding support for the U.S. Commerce Department’s commitment to strengthening the nation’s economy through exports.
“Global trade is a year-round conversation punctuated by events, and National Export Week is an event that moves that conversation forward on behalf of American industry, particularly the 300,000 small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are the backbone of the U.S. export community,” said Kallman Worldwide President and CEO, Tom Kallman.
Celebrating its 60th year in the business of advancing global trade, Kallman Worldwide is best known as the leading organizer of U.S. industry at international trade shows. The company earned the President’s “E” Award for trade promotion in 2012 and “E Star” Award in 2022 for its extraordinary efforts to help U.S. exporters connect digitally to international markets when the pandemic shut down live events in 2020.
“When we talk about exporting, it’s not just about the transaction of goods and services between countries,” said Kallman. “It’s about advancing the core values underlying those transactions such as enterprise, community, resilience, and service that make America the world’s preferred choice for innovation and partnership at every link in the supply chain.”
Perhaps no period over the past 60 years of company history proves the point more than Kallman’s emergence from the pandemic. As the trade show industry rebounded, the company introduced new product and service offerings and leveraged its legacy of corporate social responsibility to forge deeper connections with international trade influencers, thought leaders, and decision makers on behalf of the U.S. export community.
“The pandemic was an epic wake-up call to exporters everywhere, and I’m proud of the way our customers and stakeholders responded to the challenge,” said Kallman. “Technology gave us the tools to survive in the short term and strengthen for long-term growth and stability as the market came back. And when the dust settled, none of it was at the expense of the live, face-to-face human connections that have been the foundation of global trade since the beginning of time.
“If there’s one message, I’d encourage everyone to take away from National Export Week 2023,” he said, “it’s ‘Be prepared.’ You can never take global trade for granted.”