• International Business Association

  • Trini Jimenez

    International Business Association 
    President, Trini Jimenez

    The International Business Association's role is to increase the community's understanding of industry issues, promote business opportunities for its members and support student involvement in international trade.  The IBA sponsors events that provide timely updates on the status of environmental, traffic, security and legislative issues.  Jimenez is Director of Government Affairs for BNSF Railway Co. "International trade and international business have gotten a bad rap." he says.  "We know the truth is that international trade creates far more jobs than it loses.  It's a net benefit.  Because the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach are so important as an economic engine, we play an important role in educating people about that."


    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 200 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.
    The mission of the International Business Association is to promote international business and trade throughout Southern California.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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 
    President, Trini Jimenez
    BNSF Railway Company
    President Elect, Laura Janis
    Union Pacific Railroad 
    VP, Communications, Nathan Ho
     VP, Government Affairs, Trini Jimenez
    BNSF Railway Company
    VP, Programs, Laura Janis
    Union Pacific Railroad
    Leticia Arias
    US Commercial Service, USDOC
    Greta Budai
    Long Beach Unified School District
    Michael Christensen
    Port of Long Beach
    Aileen Colon
    Western Overseas Corporation
    Marianne Gastelum
    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
    Lynn Stewart
    Center for International Trade & Development
    Rancho Santiago Community College District
    Ted Sullivan
    California Fuels and Lubricants
    Jesse Urquidi
    P2S Engineering, Inc.