SIA Mission Statement:
To educate the international trade community by providing a forum for the exchange of information on the export and import process.
The Winter Basics Conference will now be held VIRTUALLY February 14 – 18. With the health and safety of all participants in mind, the SIA Board changed this conference to be totally virtual.
As a member of SIA, you can attend various SIA events throughout the year for free. The Keynote Speaker for the upcoming Volunteer of the Year and Speaker of the Year (VOTY/SOTY) on Wednesday, January 26 at 1:00pm EST is Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Mike Miller.
SIA Board Nominations
SIA is now accepting nominations for the SIA Board of Directors for the 2022-2024 Board Term. All nominees:
To nominate someone or yourself, go to: https://digitalmatters.formstack.com/forms/2022_board_of_directors_nomination_form
Interested individuals must complete the Nomination Form and submit no later than COB February 28, 2022.
In honor and recognition of Jill Garrison’s contributions, commitment and spirit, SIA established The Jill Garrison Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is established to recognize individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the organization and have consistently demonstrated an exceptional commitment to SIA over the individual's career, doing so with the utmost integrity and spirit, as exemplified by Ms. Garrison. At the 2021 Fall Conference, SIA President Marc Binder announced the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award winner – Ms. Jean Singer Rosch.
Jean has served as a long-time member of the Society for International Affairs and her name has been synonymous with SIA for many years. Jean served the position of Business Operations/Secretary Treasure and then again from 2012-2016 serving as a Director of Planning and Education on the Board of Directors from 1999 to 2008.
Jean retired from industry after a distinguished and exceptional career in International Trade. From 1987 to 2011, Jean worked at ITT Corporation. Jean worked her way from Paralegal/Legal Secretary, to Contracts Manager, Export Administrator and finally Manager of Exports. She witnessed first-hand ITT’s acquistion by Excelis, and ultimately by L3Harris.
Jean’s contributions over the years underscores the true meaning of this award. Notably, when we lost Jill in 2019, Jean came out of retirement to serve as our interim Business Manager, helping SIA stay afloat until we could hire a new Business Manager.
A donation in the amount of $1,000.00 was made in Memory of Jill Garrison to the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation, on behalf of Jean Rosch.
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