Over 220 executives and thought leaders in global trade and investment attended the World Trade Center Atlanta’s 3rd Annual World Trade Day on May 3rd, 2018. This year’s theme was, “Trade Talk: Capturing Global Markets in a Turbulent World.” Similar to last year, the event included a full-day conference with eight panel discussions and a keynote address by Griffith “Griff” V. Lynch, Executive Director Georgia Ports Authority. New this year was the expansion of the  International Pavilion.

The John C. Portman Global Leadership Award, created to honor the legacy of John C. Portman Jr., the globally renowned architect, developer and visionary who helped launch Atlanta’s international growth was awarded to Michelle Nunn, President and CEO of CARE USA. Nunn’s leadership and commitment to raising awareness of the value of global trade to reducing poverty is exceptional. Portman’s grandson, John Portman, IV, President of Portman Holdings, the land and property development company founded by his grandfather, presented the award.

About World Trade Day – Continuing a Trade & Investment Legacy

In 1935 President Franklin D. Roosevelt officially proclaimed a national observance in the United States each May of the benefits of global trade. Each U.S. President since then has renewed this declaration, asking for communities across the nation for their commitment.

The World Trade Center Atlanta, one of 330 centers of international business exchange across the globe, responded to the call with its 3rd Annual World Trade Day in Georgia on May 3, 2018.

This historic event honors the international trade community and their contributions to the economic power of the region. It convenes CEOs, policy-makers, scholars and thought leaders to discuss today’s most pressing trade issues and opportunities to build a strong regional economy.