Grow Trade Consulting Inc. reported that Nancy Ward, Gary Daley & Charlotte Robertson have assumed the role of trade facilitators with the state of North Carolina. They won the contract to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Russ Sawchuk, former Director for the North Carolina Canada Office.
North Carolina boasts a diverse breadth of industry strengths but one of the most vital is the furniture industry, which is particularly robust and a great boon to the state's economy. A 2013 Duke University study found that the High Point Market (the world's largest home furnishings show) has a more than $5.39 billion economic impact to the regional economy. The High Point Market alone supports more than 37,500 jobs and generates annual tax revenue of $123 million.
Before becoming involved in trade, Nancy Ward held positions in the adult education and marketing in the automotive sector. She has an honours degree in Political Science and a postgraduate designation in International Business. For three years she was Vice President of Communications in the Organization of Women in International Trade - Toronto, and in 2011 received the Joanna Townsend Award for Export Champion.
Gary Daley started his career in shipping and customs and managed many aspects of transportation including trucking, ocean shipping, freight forwarding, documentation and customer service. Gary also has a strong interest in interior design and takes on private projects in this area. Gary has been a key member with Grow Trade Consulting Inc. since its formation in 2004.
Charlotte Robertson has worked in trade and business development inseveral capacities since 1990 in Toronto. Working with the Council of Great Lakes Governors and with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, she is well experienced in working with companies and helping them grow their cross border opportunities.
With the extensive years of trade and business development experience, Nancy, Gary & Charlotte have successfully helped hundreds of small to medium-sized Canadian, U.S., overseas businesses recognize their market potential and best method of entry in the Canadian marketplace. They have also assisted many Canadian firms looking to expand their design, manufacturing and warehousing/distribution footprint in the U.S. Southeast.
Nancy, Gary and Charlotte and the team at Grow Trade Consulting Inc. say that they look forward to developing their relationship with members of the Canadian Home Furnishings Alliance and continuing to build cross border business that benefit both Canadian and U.S. firms. For more information see www.growtrade.ca
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