The Oregon Consular Corps is an organization consisting of consuls general, consuls honorary, vice-consuls honorary, consul emeriti, and ex officio members who have represented or do represent governments of foreign nations in Oregon.
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The State of Oregon has had consular services for over a century, with representatives residing in Portland and having jurisdiction extending throughout the western United States. Honorary consuls are committed to improving relations, communications, understanding and trade between nations, peoples and regions. Twenty-eight foreign nations maintain consulates in Oregon. Two nations, Japan and Mexico, maintain full consulates with professional staff and consul generals. Other nations rely on the services of honorary consuls who volunteer their time and services to represent their nations.
“I am pleased that Oregon Consular Corps will benefit from the strong leadership that Jim brings to our esteemed organization,” said John Blackwell, Honorary Consul, Malaysia.
Rudd is chief executive officer of Ferguson Wellman Capital Management, a privately-held registered investment advisory firm established in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to his service to the Oregon Consular Corps, Rudd is a director on the Oregon Economic Forum Advisory Board and past chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Portland Branch. He is currently co-chair of Oregon State University’s $1 billion capital campaign and a member of the Global Advisory Board with Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship. Other boards Rudd currently serves on include Medical Teams International, OHSU’s Knight Cancer Institute, Susan G. Komen Oregon & SW Washington Board of Advisors and United Way of the Columbia-Willamette President’s Circle.
“I am privileged to serve as dean of the Oregon Consular Corps for the coming year. Global diversity is a key feature distinguishing our Oregon community and the Consular Corps helps promote economic opportunity at home as well as abroad,” Rudd stated.
Also elected as officers of the Oregon Consular Corps for 2015 are Andrew MacRitchie, serving United Kingdom; Robert T. Manicke, serving Germany; and, Randolph L. Miller serving Lithuania. As the newly-elected dean, Mr. Rudd succeeds Françoise Aylmer, serving France.
The Oregon Consular Corps demonstrates its commitment to Oregon and the region by granting scholarships to junior and senior students of international studies at University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Portland State University and Lewis and Clark College. Scholarship funds are raised through charitable contributions to the tax-exempt Oregon Consular Corps Scholarship Fund and through an annual gala known as Celebrate Trade.
Celebrate Trade, scheduled for May 18, 2015, is the defining event of International Trade Week. As an award event, it recognizes extraordinary success in international business and scholarship. In addition to being elected to the position of Oregon Consular Corps Dean, he currently serves as honorary board chair of Celebrate Trade.
Seven Recognized for International Trade Leadership
What do a bicycle helmet company, a band called “Pink Martini” and a Grants Pass manufacturer of air quality monitoring equipment have in common? They were all among the recipients of the international business awards presented by the Oregon Consular Corps and other regional government, international trade and business leaders at the May 19th Celebrate Trade event.
As part of World Trade Week, the annual event recognizes the significant contribution Oregon’s traded sector companies make to the region’s economic vitality and quality of life. Awards were given in seven categories.
This year’s award recipients included (Click title for company details) :
Bob's Red Mill Natural Products - Governor's Trade Leadership AwardLast year Bob’s Red Mill experienced a 63 percent growth in its export sales, compared to 2012. They entered several new international markets, including Kuwait, Thailand, Uruguay, Brazil, China, South Korea, India and Cambodia. At the same time, the company also significantly increased export sales into its existing international markets of Australia, Canada, Singapore and Saudi Arabia.Met One Instruments, Inc. - Oregon Export LeaderThis privately-owned Grants Pass business employs more than 110 Oregonians statewide. Their Air Quality and Meteorological monitoring equipment products are sold in more than 75 countries and current annual exports to China and India total more than $10 million.Shimadzu USA Manufacturing, Inc. - Foreign Direct InvestmentShimadzu USA Manufacturing, Inc., a leader in the manufacture of high quality analytical and clinical instruments. Since 1997 their North American flagship facility in Canby has invested more than $5 million in a 54,000 square foot expansion that doubled their footprint. About 70 percent of their products are exported to Canada, Europe, China, Australia, Singapore and Central/South America. Their Oregon facility is one of the most productive and profitable plants in the worldwide organization.ZGF - Global LeaderZGF specializes in design to reduce impacts to the global environment. The company works with clients around the world in locations including Vietnam, Canada and multiple locations in China. In addition the company frequently participates in state and city trade missions helping position the city and the state as resources for the latest in sustainable building expertise.Nutcase Helmets - New ExporterNutcase sells half of their products overseas with $2.5 million of their revenue coming from a variety of global markets including Europe, Japan, Australia/New Zealand, Canada and South America. They recently participated in the trade and development mission to Japan, a trip sure to boost business prospects there.Maria Wulff, President World Affairs Council - Individual AchievementThe mission of the World Affairs Council is to broaden public awareness and understanding of international affairs and to engage Oregonians with the world. Maria Wulff has distinguished herself, Portland, and Oregon as president of the World Affairs Council. Before becoming chief executive of the Council, Maria worked for more than 20 years in international business as managing director of an import company based in the Philippines. She has lived in Morocco, the former Yugoslavia, and England. She has traveled extensively in more than 60 countries. Her record of civic engagement in Oregon is exemplary. Maria holds bachelor and master degrees from Portland State University, a certificate in Central European Studies from University of Zagreb in Croatia, and a graduate business degree from Harvard University.Pink Martini - Ambassador AwardThe mission of the World Affairs Council is to broaden public awareness and understanding of international affairs and to engage Oregonians with the world. Maria Wulff has distinguished herself, Portland, and Oregon as president of the World Affairs Council. Before becoming chief executive of the Council, Maria worked for more than 20 years in international business as managing director of an import company based in the Philippines. She has lived in Morocco, the former Yugoslavia, and England. She has traveled extensively in more than 60 countries. Her record of civic engagement in Oregon is exemplary. Maria holds bachelor and master degrees from Portland State University, a certificate in Central European Studies from University of Zagreb in Croatia, and a graduate business degree from Harvard University.
The “Celebrate Trade” event also raises funds for the Oregon Consular Corps Scholarship Program which provides scholarships to students at Oregon universities. These funds allow Oregon’s next generation of leaders to study abroad, gain international experience and expand their own cultural competence as they prepare to enter an increasingly global workplace.
Business Oregon, the City of Portland, Greater Portland Inc., Oregon Consular Corps, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Pacific NW International Trade Association, Portland Business Alliance, Portland Development Commission, the Port of Portland, and the U.S. Department of Commerce hosted this year’s event.
2014 Celebrate Trade Dinner a Success
The event presented by the Oregon Consular Corps and the City of Portland, was held May 19th, 2014. Private sector companies that made a significant contribution to Greater Portland’s standing as a leader in international trade and investment and their ability to create family wage jobs in the region were recognized. The business awards were presented to companies in four categories: Global Leader, Foreign Direct Investment, Export Leader and Small Business.
The celebration also focused on students coming from four of Oregon’s leading academic institutions participating in the Oregon Consular Corps International Relations Scholarship Program.
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Greetings from the 2014 Celebrate Trade festivities!
Portland Mayor Charlie Hales addresses the crowd.
Ready to join the fun at the 2014 Celebrate Trade event.
Gala Chair John Blackwell and members of the planning committee.
Governor John Kitzhaber speaks to the importance of our international bonds.
• Global Leader: Asiana Airlines
• Foreign Direct Investment: adidas America
• Export Leader: AIMCO
• New Exporter: Elemental Technologies
• Dean Robert Klonoff, Dean of Lewis & Clark Law School, Individual Achievement Award
• Gerding Edlen’s Green Ambassador Team
• Global Leader: Intel Corporation
• Foreign Direct Investment: ICTSI Oregon, Inc.
• Export Leader: Columbia Steel Casting Co., Inc.
• Small Business Exporter: Chris King Precision Components
• Small Business Exporter: DECK Monitoring
• Dr. Thomas Alva Bartlett
• World Forest Institute’s International Fellowship Program at the World Forestry Center
• Foreign Direct Investment: Vestas Americas
• Direct Air Service from PDX to Vancouver, Toronto, and Calgary: Air Canada
• International Business: Webtrends
• International Business: Leatherman Tool Group Inc.
• New to Export: Columbia Green
• International Projects for Science, Entrepreneurship, and Philanthropy: Fred Ziari
• Playing the World’s Game: The Portland Timbers
• Product Exporter of the Year: LaCrosse Footwear Inc.
• Product Exporter of the Year: Ajinomoto Frozen Foods USA Inc.
• Product Exporter of the Year: Iberdrola Renewables
• Product Exporter of the Year: Daimler Trucks North America
• International Service to PDX: Delta Airlines
• Leadership and Global Vision: Wim Wiewel
• Design & Innovation to the Global Marketplace: Ziba
2015 Celebrate Trade
2014 Leadership Awards
The 2014 Celebrate Trade Event
Past Award Winners
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