President’s Message

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

Dear NAITA Members and Visitors,

For more than 35 years, NAITA has served as a catalyst for trade development and growth opportunities in North Alabama. 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 an expanded local and global network to support your business.

NAITA 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.

The NAITA enewsletter informs members of association activities, introduces new international resources, and provides information on current international issues and trade policy. Click here to sign up for our enews and to receive updates on NAITA and events.

Our website provides comprehensive information on NAITA events, international trade resource links, and our online membership directory.

NAITA, a central player in the growth of international trade in North Alabama for almost 40 years, works in concert with our member companies, the regional business community, elected officials, and our strategic partners in the Export Alabama Alliance, to facilitate international business growth and will continue to do so in the future. Additionally, during 2020, we will push to establish Student Chapters of NAITA with our local universities, as our goal to educate and strengthen our young workforce in international matters is one of importance not only to you, but to our community at large.

Major annual programs your business will want to sponsor and attend include:

NAITA World Trade Day  NAITA’s signature event promoting and advocating for international trade – an excellent opportunity to collaborate and make your products and services known in North Alabama and around the globe.

Export Control and Trade Compliance Roundtable Periodic events to address specific topics and issues related to export licensing and trade compliance, includes informal networking with local compliance professionals, as well as those from the federal government and export compliance consultants.

FMS Industry Day  The U.S. Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC) senior staff discuss opportunities for industry participation in Foreign Military Sales. This popular event is attended by a large and small businesses from throughout the United States.

Advocating for Free Trade  NAITA and the Export Alabama Alliance proactively advocate for positive trade policy and free trade agreements to level the playing field for local businesses in the global economy.

Once again, I encourage you to join us in exploring new markets overseas and to use the resources of NAITA and our many partners to enhance your success.


Debbie McGee
NAITA President