• International Business Association


    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.

    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, Laura Janis
    Union Pacific Railroad 
    Immediate Past President, Trini Jimenez
    BNSF Railway Company
    Leticia Arias
    US Commercial Service, USDOC
    Bruce Berwager
    Beta Offshore
    Aileen Colon
    Western Overseas Corporation
    Marianne Gastelum
    Leah Goold-Haws
    LBCC, Global Trade & Logistics
    Shane Kennedy
    Sea Cargo, Inc.
    Justin McKay
    CSULB, IBA Student Chapter