On June 26, 2019, the 2019 Governor’s Export Awards Ceremony, organized by Governor J.B. Pulitzer and the Illinois State Government, was held in Chicago. Illinois companies, exporting products and services outside the U.S., attended the ceremony and networking reception, together with local and foreign officials as well as many trade organizations.
Member companies of CGCC-Chicago – including Wanxiang America, CJS Trading, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines were also invited to participate, while LI Jie, Executive Director of CGCC-Chicago, also joined. LI Gang, VP of Wanxiang America was invited as the guest of honor. Deputy Governor Juliana Stratton, members of the US Department of Commerce, and a number of officials from the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity presented, including Hovan Asdourian, Director of the Chicago Office of the US Department of Commerce;
Margo Markopoulos, Director of the Investment & Trade Office of the Illinois Department of Commerce; Erin Guthrie, Acting Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and REN Zhigang, Senior International Trade Specialist- Asia-Pacific & China of the Illinois Department of Commerce.
Awards are presented in categories including Exporter of the Year, New Exporter, Exporter Continuing Excellence, Agricultural Business Exporter, Service Exporter, and Export Awareness and Development. CGCC-Chicago is grateful to the Illinois Department of Commerce for its emphasis on the export economy and hopes that such healthy cooperation between Chinese and Illinois enterprises will continue into the future.