President’s Message

Barbie Peek, NAITA President & Chairman of the Board, and Director of Business Development, Port of Huntsville

Dear NAITA Members and Visitors,

The North Alabama International Trade Association (NAITA) is a business-driven organization that provides international trade Education, Advocacy, and Connections to promote economic growth in North Alabama and across the Tennessee Valley region. NAITA continues, as we have for the last 39 years, to serve as the regional catalyst for trade development and growth opportunities. Our programs and events cover international trade policy, global supply chain and logistics, export control regulations and compliance, export finance, legal issues, international marketing, and other targeted topics to keep our members current.

In 2022, NAITA plans to transition back to in-person events that are so important in developing and maintaining those connections that help business grow and thrive in the global economy. We have experienced success with our virtual events and will continue to offer live and recorded webinars that provide an extra convenience to our members and also make trade experts more readily available to our member companies in today’s virtual environment. The NAITA eNews provides updates on association and trade activities, introduces new international resources, and provides information on current international issues and trade policy. Click here to sign up for our e-news and to receive updates on NAITA and events. Up to date information on seminars and forums is also included on our website, www.naita.org, along with comprehensive information on NAITA events, international trade resource links, and our online membership directory (accessible to members only).

Workforce is indeed a critical component for companies pursuing international trade. NAITA continues to work with our local universities to establish connections with college students, with the goal of educating and strengthening our young workforce in international trade matters. This goal is one of importance not only to our members, but to our community, region, and state at large.

NAITA strives to be the strategic partner and trainer that organizations in the Southeast are looking for and depend on. Your business is a critical component of this strategy and will benefit from sponsoring and attending many of our major annual programs, whether virtual or in-person including:  NAITA World Trade Week - NAITA’s signature event promoting and advocating for international trade; Export Control & Trade Compliance Roundtables addressing specific topics and issues related to export licensing (both Commerce and State Departments) and trade compliance; FMS Industry Day in cooperation with the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC) highlighting opportunities for companies to engage in foreign military sales; and our continued Advocating for Free Trade with our trade partners, the Export Alabama Alliance, to proactively advocate for positive trade policy and free trade agreements to level the playing field for local businesses in the global economy.

I encourage you to engage with NAITA by exploring our website, participating in our events, and networking with speakers and other NAITA members. Benefits of membership and participation include targeted training opportunities and expanded local and global networks to support your business.

As a member of NAITA, your company or organization will benefit by using the resources of NAITA and our many trade partners to explore new markets overseas and enhance your global success.

Sincerely,

Barbie Peek
NAITA President