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


Danae Helgeson

I'm an MGTA member because it provides me excellent opportunities to learn and network as I transition into the field of global trade. All the members are very willing to meet and provide assistance to new colleagues. MGTA's training events are also produced by leaders in the field and come at a discounted price when compared to similar events.

Nathan Dorschner

Danae Helgeson

Being a part of the local trade community through MGTA has been an invaluable component of my professional growth and development. I appreciate the unique fact that MGTA brings together diverse importers, exporters, freight forwarders and other international trade service providers. Because of that, the networking events and educational seminars foster in-depth conversations and are a great opportunity to not just build relationships in the industry but also give back to the trade community.

Danae Helgeson, LCB, CCS
Vista Outdoor

Kent Runksmeier

Years ago, I was asked to lead the global trade compliance for my employer at the time. With little previous experience it was imperative to find resources for training and information, especially at the local level. I joined MGTA and they have been a great resource ever since. In addition, this is THE best local opportunity to network with other professionals who are passionate and knowledgeable about international trade. The connections I have made through MGTA are invaluable. I can say with the highest confidence that MGTA has been a huge part of my professional career growth.

Kent Runksmeier
Lift Brands

John Mattson

Over 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 Schleif

I 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.

Renae Jensen

When 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 McCampbell

I 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

MGTA is a highly valued component of the trade and customs community in the Twin Cities. Target has sustained its participation in the MGTA because of the robust program of educational and networking events provided to MGTA members, including the trainings that supplement the knowledge of our team members, Marianne Rowden’s yearly trade roundup that gives our leaders insight into the latest events and a preview of changes that may be on the horizon, and of course the annual meeting that gives us a chance to reconnect with old friends and connect with other local professionals that work in this space.

Matt Rivard

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

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