|Dear ITC members, friends and colleagues-|
No one can disagree that 2008 has been a challenging year. From the disasters of the earthquake in China, the tsunami in Malaysia to the instability of the Middle East and "saber-rattling" of the giant economies of India and Pakistan, all within the backdrop of a "global economic crisis" and a recession in the U.S., there has been much to be concerned about.
Through it all, the International Trade Center has moved forward in 2008 offering important business meetings and instructional seminars to benefit you and your business. To date, we have held over 33 events in less than 20 months in business. We greatly thank you for your support of all our activities.
At the same time, a new U.S. president has been elected and he has already been busy naming members of his cabinet and is offering the promise of "change." We all wish the new president well at this challenging time.
2009 will certainly be a time of change and in order for us as individuals, business people and concerned citizens involved in the global economy, we must embrace change while adopting flexibility and openness as we face a world with many new challenges.
Starting with our first major event on January 16th at the ITC, when we will host the Consul General of Canada, we invite you and your colleagues to become more involved in the ITC, to become active Trade Club members and to explore the many possibilities of growing your global business and friendships through us.
May you all have a safe, healthy and prosperous new year!
Wea H. Lee, President
Gary Randazzo, Board Chairman
John Robbins, Manager
International Trade Center