Profile: Charlotte Gallogly
The internationalization of Miami and Florida started long ago, perhaps even before Ponce de Leon touched down in 1513. But for modern Miami, and the gateway function that Miami is known for today, some could make a case for 1966 as the year internationalization took hold. And it all started in a conference room at Miami International Airport, with 15 minutes and 30 civic and business leaders convincing a multinational to establish its Latin American regional office here.
Nearly 50 years later, a coalition of businesses, trade operators, civic leaders and more has an organization to help attract international business – the World Trade Center Miami. Today, millions of international visitors come to Miami each year and over $50 billion in imports and exports flow through the US Custom District’s South Florida region.
Helping to grow and guide that flow of goods and trade is the World Trade Center. Charlotte Gallogly, president of the center, has been with the non-profit organization since 1987. In nearly three decades, she’s seen Miami grow from a gateway region with just one or two international markets to an anchor for international trade.
Through events like the upcoming 18th Americas Food and Beverage Show and Conference, Oct. 27-28 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, the World Trade Center Miami helps to connect businesses of all sizes with trade opportunities in Miami and abroad. With a new World Trade Center building in the works on PortMiami, the organization is looking forward to the next 30 years of trade and growth in Miami.
Miami Today Reporter Nina Lincoff interviewed Ms. Gallogly at the center’s current offices.
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