World Trade Club Honors Outstanding Achievements in International Trade
Seattle, WA—April 25, 2012—The World Trade Club is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Trader of the Year and Emerging Trader of the Year Awards. Established in 1967, the awards recognize locally-based companies that have contributed to the expansion of Washington State’s international trade through demonstrated success, industry leadership, and innovation and service to the community. This year’s award finalists were BlackRapid, Inc.; Brown and Haley; CID Bio-Science, Inc.; Enprecis, Inc; Ste. Michelle Wine Estates; and Washington Coordinators, Inc.
The 2012 Trader of the Year is Brown & Haley, a Tacoma-based confectioner that manufactures and markets premium confections including ROCA® buttercrunch. This year, Brown & Haley is celebrating its 100th anniversary and its 85th year of international activity which includes exports to more than 35 countries and imports from 6 countries.
“The recognition the World Trade Club has given Brown & Haley for its achievement with the ROCA brand is significant,” said Pierson Clair, CEO. “The world understands that American made products are of the highest quality and Brown & Haley is a leader in exporting U.S. manufactured confections.”
The 2012 Emerging Trader of the Year is Enprecis, a Seattle-based company that provides a software-based data collection and analysis product that helps organize data for major automobile manufacturers. Founded in 2006, Enprecis began its international trade activity in 2007, which now includes exports to 11 countries.
“I am delighted to accept this prestigious award on behalf of Enprecis,” said Enprecis CEO Richard Counihan. “We are excited to be among the who’s who of Washington companies.”
“These awards are an opportunity to celebrate the outstanding leadership and innovation in our international trade community,” said Julie Bennion, President of the World Trade Club. “Washington State has a thriving trade-focused business community and we are pleased that the World Trade Club has been able to assist in building and supporting that community for over 65 years.”
U.S. Congressman emeritus and Washington State gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee presented the awards at the Trader of the Year Awards Reception, sponsored by UPS and Brown & Haley, on April 16, at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center.
“Last year, Washington’s exports were valued at nearly $65 billion – a 21% increase from 2010,” said Congressman Jay Inslee. “It’s a pleasure to honor two of Washington’s most successful exporters and recognize the great work that is being done to ensure we remain one of the leading trade states in the nation.”
About the Award Winners
Brown & Haley – 2012 Trader of the Year
Brown & Haley is a Tacoma-based confectioner that manufactures and markets premium confections including ROCA® buttercrunch to more than 35 countries. This year, Brown & Haley is celebrating 100 years of operation, and 85 years of international activity. Over the past eight years, the company deployed several international strategies that have yielded 345 percent growth in exports. Over this time Brown and Haley has seen its international sales revenues climb from 10 percent of total revenues, to over 36 percent, as overseas demand for its products has exploded.
“Building export markets for Almond Roca is central to our growth strategy,” said John Melin, Chief Operating Officer of Brown & Haley. “We are pleased with our success, and proud to receive the World Trade Club’s 2012 Trader of the Year award.”
Enprecis – 2012 Emerging Trader of the Year
Based in Seattle, Enprecis provides a software-based data collection and analysis product that helps organize data for major automobile manufacturers. Their experienced client-management teams provide support services that help clients to track product quality, identify issues with parts and components assembly and sales, and provide better information and interaction between automobile suppliers, dealers, and customers. Founded in 2006, Enprecis began its international trade activity in 2007, which now includes export to 11 countries. Their clients include Chrysler, Dodge, Nissan, and many other household names.
About the World Trade Club
Established in 1946, the World Trade Club is one of the oldest international trade organizations in Washington. Its members include the state’s largest exporters and importers, as well as other service and product providers involved in international trade. The World Trade Club’s mission is to provide a forum for the business community to acquire practical skills for international business; provide briefings on international trade issues; expand the understanding of business practices of U.S. trading partners; and develop long-term strategic contacts to advance international business. The Club hosts regular events and seminars to provide in-depth information on specific issues of interest to its members.