• International Business Association


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      Laura Janis
      Union Pacific Railroad

    The International  Business Associations' role is to increase the community's understanding of industry issues, promote business opportunities for its members and support student involvement in international trade.  As President of the IBA, I want to grow our organization, not only in size, but in engagement among existing members.  We want the IBA to provide continued value in the arena of awareness, education and the importance of involvement in issues and policies affecting international trade impacting local business members.  Long Beach is at the epicenter of trade in the United States with its proximity to the San Pedro Ports, and its impact is not only felt nationwide, but among all members of the IBA in their respective fields within the community.

  • HISTORY
    The International Business Association of Southern California (IBA) is a division of the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce formed in 1975.
    It has a membership of about 100 with an interest in national and international trade issues.  The IBA continues to debate issues and events and help its members and the community to face the challenges and opportunities of a global marketplace.
    
    MISSION
    The mission of the International Business Association is to provide a platform for our members to network and share information on trade, transportation and the global marketplace.
    
    
    
  • MEMBER BENEFITS
    The IBA is representative of the pride and professionalism of the international trade community.  Your membership in this highly respected organization is your passport to opportunities to work side by side with leaders in their fields.  The major benefits of membership are outlined as follows.
    
    LUNCHEON PROGRAMS
    From September through June, the IBA holds luncheon meetings where members and guests learn about current international business issues and opportunities from expert individual speakers and panels.
    
    NETWORKING MIXERS
    Receptions or mixers are held throughout the year at various locations to bring together and strengthen business contacts.  Members make important connections with representatives from a wide variety of international businesses, cultures and interests.
    
    
  • LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY
    The IBA monitors, analyzes and develops policy recommendations on local, state and federal legislation affecting the international business community.  As part of the Chamber’s lobbying and advocacy efforts, the IBA assures its members they will be informed and influential in government at all levels.
    
    WORLD TRADE WEEK
    Each May the IBA observes World Trade Week. With the support of the Port of Long Beach we are proud to honor a local high school teacher who has gone above and beyond their teaching duties to educate students on the importance of international business.  With the support of Long Beach City College, we are able to hold an annual World Trade Week Poster Contest.  Local high school and college students submit artwork with the annual theme in mind.  The winning poster is reproduced and distributed to all attendees at the May luncheon.
    
    World Trade Week was initiated as a local program by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce in 1926 and was declared a national observance by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935. 
    
    
  • International Business Association
    Board of Directors 
    
     OFFICERS 
    
    President, Laura Janis
    Union Pacific Railroad 
    
    Immediate Past President, Trini Jimenez
    BNSF Railway Company
    
     
    VP, Communications
    
     VP, Government Affairs
    
    VP, Programs
    
    
    DIRECTORS
    Leticia Arias
    US Commercial Service, USDOC
    
    Bruce Berwager
    Beta Offshore
    
    Aileen Colon
    Western Overseas Corporation
    
    Wendy Fung
    Port of Long Beach
    
    Marianne Gastelum
    CSULB, CITT
    
    Leah Goold-Haws
    LBCC, Global Trade & Logistics
    
    Shane Kennedy
    Sea Cargo, Inc.
    
    Geraldine Knatz
    USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
    USC Viterbi School of Engineering
    
    Justin McKay
    CSULB, IBA Student Chapter
    
    Ted Sullivan
    California Fuels and Lubricants