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MGTA History

Since 1924, business people from Minnesota and neighboring states who share an interest in international business opportunities have joined together to exchange ideas, experiences and information through the programs and services offered by the Midwest Global Trade Association (MGTA). MGTA remains active and growing today, stimulated by new members and changes in the global market place.

MGTA is a nonprofit organization supported entirely by the efforts and contributions of its membership. The association draws on the talents and resources of international professionals and corporations throughout the region. Members include companies of all sizes and levels of international experiences, as well as individuals with a range of business interests and perspectives. Anyone interested in international trade is invited to become a member and share the experience.

Midwest Global Trade Association Mission Statement

The Midwest Global Trade Association supports the global trade community through professional development, networking, and industry resources.

A History of Commitment to Global Trade

The Midwest Global Trade Association has evolved through several name changes and has shared affiliation with other organizations.

2015 – Achievements

  • Emphasized membership growth during 2015, and grew to over 600 members
  • Hosted a sold out annual golf event in August 2015
  • Awarded 2 scholarships to local students

2014 – Achievements

  • Increased membership,
  • Continued our partnership with the Heartland shippers conference in Kansas City
  • Started to partner with other organizations/associations on joint events

2013 – Achievements

  • Member communities launched with targeted events for MGTA Students, Young Professionals, Leaders, and Experts
  • Host organization for Cargo Business News’ Heartland Shippers Conference in Minneapolis in April
  • Website re-launch with design improvements and user enhancements

2012 – Achievements

  • Feed My Starving Children volunteer event
  • 10th annual golf event
  • Committee charters clarifying committee structure, responsibilities, and benefits
Inaugural Importer/Exporter of the Year award

2010 – Achievements

  • Conducted outreach to trade groups in the Midwest – North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin. Currently we have seven cooperating organizations based in the Twin Cities.
  • Improved communication with foreign trade associations – Global – using Skype and sharing best practices.
  • Created educational opportunities that will WOW you for both Import and Export with top-notch speakers and a new certification program including a scholarship for the next generation of international trade students.

2009 – Achievements

  • Continued member involvement & secure members on Committee Leadership levels as well as other forms of involvement.
  • Increased sponsorship programs for webinars and the entire year.
    • For seminar locations, meals & such for education
    • For webinars, forums, location, cost
    • For printing & supplies
    • Grow webinars, blogs & other hi-­tech initiatives showing the MGTA as current with global changes & able to communicate on hot topics

2008 – Achievements

  • Refined committee structures, start the base of the sponsorship program, increase member involvement
  • Accomplished this through volunteers, end the year with positive cash flow.

2002 – Achievements

  • Merged MWTA and MITA to provide international companies one membership fee for both imports and exports.

2003 – Midwest Global Trade Association (MGTA)

The consolidation of MITA and MWTA created the new Midwest Global Trade Association (MGTA). The association continues to grow and evolve, reflecting the richly diversified needs of its members. With dedication and commitment to international business, the association is well positioned for continued success and growth into the 21st century and will continue to deliver value to its membership.

1996 – Midwest Trade Association (MWTA)

On May 21, 1996, MWTA was recognized for its outstanding contribution towards international trade with the "Governor’s International Trade Award.” MWTA’s 72 year history had served Minnesota’s international business community to promote Minnesota’s image, educate thousands and bring Minnesota’s international business interests together for a common purpose.

1985 – Midwest Importers Trade Association (MITA)

Midwest Importers Trade Association (MITA) was founded in May 1985. MITA’s early accomplishments were to help avert a reduction of import services provided by Minneapolis/St. Paul U.S. Customs District. Today, the U.S. Customs continues to maintain full service capabilities in the Twin Cities as a result of this concerted effort on the part of MITA and other trade and business groups.

1984 – Minnesota World Trade Association (MWTA)

In its 60th year, the association had grown to 450 members. April 11, 1984 was declared "World Trade Day” by the City of Minneapolis and the State of Minnesota. The records of MWTA were donated to the Minnesota Historical Society recognizing the historical significance of the association in the State of Minnesota.

1983 – MWTA

Education programs became an important and distinct function within the MWTA organization.

1957 – MWTA

With a new name, the association formulated its primary mission: To promote and encourage world trade. To accomplish this objective the association further defined its role:

  • Professionalize international business through enhancement of skills and competence levels.
  • Provide forums for the exchange of practical foreign trade information and shared experiences.
  • Provide a vehicle for expressing members’ views on foreign trade legislation to our government representatives

1930 – Northwest World Trade Club

The group expanded in size and scope of opportunities.

1924 – Export Club

The first meeting of interested businesspersons was convened in St Paul. The shared interest was export opportunities for member companies.

Past Presidents

2016 Kylle Jordan    
2015 Adam Redlin    
2014 Jason Lloyd    
2013 John Wilson    
2012 Mark Toth    
2011 Mark Toth ( Assumed duties for Marci, currently Vice President    
2010 Marci McClafferty    
2009 Sandy Taylor    
2008 Chris Nelson    
2007 John Novak    
2006 Mike Miklas    
2005 Darcy Pouti    
2004 Susan Senger    
2003 Paul Johnon    
2002 - was the year of the merger of MITA and MWTA
MWTA MITA
2002 Susan Senger 2002 Paul Johnson
2001 Dave Knack    
2000 Ann Thomas    
1999 Jeff Kaufmann    
1998 Mark McNeil    
1997 Dawn Ambuhl    
1996 F. Doug Watson and Tom Guetzke    
1995 Chris Lidberg    
1994 Ted Kluznik    
1993 Daniel D. Stemm    
1992 Elizabeth Ward Young    
1991 Nancy Leitz    
1990 Frank Baeumier    
1989 Christine Elmore    
1988 John Tschida    
1987 Steven J. Timmer    
1986 Cynthis R. de Lopez    
1985 Yvonne Halpaus    
1984 George P. Johnson    
1983 Evelyn A. Sprada    
1982 Michael E. Murphy    
1981 Bernard E. Conlin    
1980 Robert W. Gibson Jr.    
1979 D.J. Bautch    
1978 Thomas V. Firth    
1977 Paul Strand    
1976 Bonnie J. Neubeck    
1975 Vincent G. Burns Jr.    
1974 Sterling Norbeck    
1973 Michael Prichard    
1972 Frederick Winston    
1971 Gilbert J. Hill    
1970 Louis R. Brewster    
1969 J.C. Van der Have    
1968 Roger L. Prigge    
1967 Paul M. Lemieux    
1966 A.J. D'Ailly    
1965 Robert E. Bunker    
1964 Edward C. Radi    
1963 Sam Shark    
1962 Ken M. Seaman    
1961 Lawrence A. Doherty    
1960 C. William Escher    
1959 Leonard P. Hunke    
1958 Robert S. Sienes    
1957 Robert C. Sharp    

 

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