President’s Message

Debbie McGee, NAITA President & Chairman of the Board, and President, PZI International Consulting

Dear NAITA Members and Visitors,

2020 was certainly a momentous year for everyone. NAITA recognized this early during the pandemic and looked at how we could assist companies on an international basis that were going through uncertainty during 2020.

Countries around the globe closed borders and restricted not only inbound and outbound movement of populations, but the internal movement of their own populations, creating new problems and concerns for global business with both workforce restrictions and supply chain disruptions.

NAITA continues, as we have for the last 37 years, to serve as the regional catalyst for trade development and growth opportunities. Our programs and events cover international trade policy, logistics, export control regulations, export finance, legal issues, international marketing, and other targeted topics to keep our members current.

In this new virtual environment, NAITA has continued to stay engaged with companies interested in or actively involved in international trade. 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 new “free” seminars and forums around the ever-changing “COVID” world are 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. During 2021, NAITA will make a strategic push to establish NAITA Student Chapters through our local universities, 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.

How to best to position NAITA in 2021 is the focus of the NAITA Strategic Committee. Going forward, NAITA will strive 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 Day - 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 expanded local and global networks to support your business.

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

Sincerely,

Debbie McGee
NAITA President