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Read some of the praise we've received from our members.

John MattsonOver the years, I have attended many MGTA (MITA and MWTA) functions. During that time, the greatest benefit to me of being an MGTA member has been the opportunity to keep in touch with a wide range of business associates—ones that I just wouldn’t have had the opportunity to see throughout the year without the MGTA seminars and functions. It becomes a means to measure the impact of national and international happenings with peers in the Midwest. That opportunity alone is a catalyst for individual and company growth.

John Mattson LCB / CCS
North Star World Trade Services, Inc.

Kris SchleifI first heard of this organization back in 1985 when I was in college. I joined because I was told I could build a great network and attend some useful seminars. Both were true! Over the years, I have used the seminars to update my skills and knowledge and have met some very informative people. This organization is something that grows and matures with you. There is always a wealth of information available at my fingertips, and I even learned how to golf last summer! MGTA = Minnesota’s Greatest Trade Ally!

Kris Schleif
Polaris Industries, Inc.

MGTA has been critical to my success! Through the MGTA network, I met my current employer and advanced my career. I have honed my leadership and organizational skills by serving on the Board and several Committees. I have had invaluable public speaking opportunities. The opportunities are there for anyone to dig in and participate, and I highly recommend it for both personal and professional growth!

Pam Olson
C.H. Robbinson

I find the MGTA to be an invaluable resource for information. The MGTA staff has always provided detailed answers and further avenues to find additional information if needed. The online training is well thought out and provides information in a format that is easy to understand and implement.

Kim Bohrer
Multek Flexible Circuits/Sheldahl Technical Materials

Renae JensenWhen I accepted a position in Compliance it was after five years in the Contracts Administration arena. Attending the documentation seminars (my second day on the job) gave me the confidence to begin my new position without feeling adrift in the new terminologies and regulations. It also gave me direction on where to emphasize self-directed learning. I look forward to attending more seminars to expand my skill set and keep abreast of current changes in the Import/Export field. The seminars were very well put together with hands-on experience as well as lecture. The lectures were well-paced and informal enough to feel comfortable asking a question at the appropriate time.

Renae Jensen
Emerson Process Management

Duncan McCampbellI became a member of MGTA because I have lived and worked overseas and believe there is great opportunity in the area of international trade. MGTA is the Midwest’s leading practitioner-based international trade organization and its focus is very practical and effective.

Duncan McCampbell
The Thomson Corporation

Anna OuttaraThe shipping industry is very complex, challenging, fascinating and constantly changing. I joined MGTA so that I can be informed by participating and get involved (hands on) in MGTA events; that way I can be proactive by bringing awareness to my customers. Another reason I decided to join MGTA is to network with other professionals in the field to get their perspectives, hear their experiences and learn from them so I can grow professionally.

Anna Ouattara
Donaldson Company, Inc.

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