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North Alabama International Trade Association
For Immediate Release
Contact: Anne Burkett, NAITA Executive Director
256.532.3505 ●

John Hamilton, NAITA President; Anne Burkett, NAITA Executive Director;
and Robert Stackpole, U.S. Department of Commerce
Robert Stackpole
Alabama Director, U.S. Department of Commerce
Named NAITA International Trade Advocate
HUNTSVILLE, AL, January 21, 2016 – The North Alabama International Trade Association (NAITA)honors and recognizes an individual who has contributed significantly to the general advancement of international trade and the specific vision and mission of NAITA with the NAITA International Trade Advocate Award.

This year’s recipient of the NAITA International Trade Advocate Award has been a champion for trade in North Alabama and across the state for over 17 years. Robert Stackpole, director of the U.S. Department of Commerce-Alabama Export Assistance Center, has been instrumental in encouraging and assisting businesses in exploring new markets and expanding their exports worldwide and has worked closely with NAITA to develop programs and recruit speakers to address the trade needs of the North Alabama business community. Mr. Stackpole is a certified global business professional and has over 200 hours of training in international trade education. He joined the U.S. Department of Commerce in 2008 and has over 17 years of extensive experience and education related to international trade in both the public and private sector.

About NAITA – Building a Globally Competitive Community

The North Alabama International Trade Association (NAITA) is a business-driven non-profit membership organization committed to increasing knowledge, interest and activity in international trade in North Alabama. NAITA’s mission is to promote economic growth through international trade education, training and networking. Further information on NAITA is available at
Upcoming International Business Events
  • February 18 - Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Winter Update Featuring Export Control Reform and IP Protection, at DAU Huntsville - Click here for further information and registration
  • February TBD - Trade Compliance Roundtable - It's 2016: Is Your Export Compliance Program Up to Date?
  • March 3 - NAITA FMS Industry Day: USASAC Security Assistance & FMS Across the Globe, at the Jackson Center - Click here to Register Online
  • April 17-19- 2016 Chamber Trip to DC, Washington, DC
  • April 18 - 2016 NAITA Washington International Trade Update, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DC
  • April 28 - NAITA World Trade Day, at The Westin Huntsville
  • April 28-29 - NAITA International Human Resources (IHR) Conference - Talent Without Borders, at The Westin Huntsville
  • May 26-28 - Southeast U.S.-Canadian Provinces (SEUS-CP) Annual Meeting & Matchmaking, Nashville, TN
North Alabama International Trade Association (NAITA)
P.O. Box 2457 | Huntsville, AL 35804
Phone: (256) 532-3505 |Fax: (256) 532-3704 |

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