WTC Utah-led trip to Russia a great success

Last month WTC Utah led a group of local business leaders to attend the General Assembly of the World Trade Centers Association. Representatives from Zions Bank, Kirton & McConkie, Access Technology Solutions, Cuisine Unlimited and Women Empowerment Global Outreach joined WTC Utah for a week of networking, seminars and tourism hosted by World Trade Center Moscow.

Attendees to the General Assembly were welcomed by crew members of the International Space Station via live stream. After the great welcome, the assembly was high quality throughout with presentations from the President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia, an adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin and leaders from various international economic development organizations. Attendees were also provided with many cultural opportunities, including an evening at the Bolshoi Theatre, tours in Moscow and Saint Petersburg and a visit to the world famous Hermitage Museum.

Members of the WTC Utah delegation returned with glowing reports of their travels. “I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and I think one of the most valuable parts was meeting the WTC members from other countries,” said Chris Boyle, president and CEO of Access Technology Solutions. “We do business in many countries and are always looking for trusted and reliable partners in various parts of the world. It can be difficult to know which companies are good and which are not. The various WTC offices are proving to be helpful to us in navigating those waters.”

“We very much appreciated the invitation of WTC Utah to attend this conference,” Maxine Turner of Cuisine Unlimited said. “Our goal for attending was to make connections for the Sochi [Russia] Olympic games in 2014... Being with WTC Utah certainly opened doors for us and we established valuable relationships.”

WTCA General Assemblies occur annually with the 2013 meeting taking place in Mumbai, India. If you are interested in joining the 2013 delegation stay up to date by following WTC Utah on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or signing up for our newsletter.

Click here to view photos from the Russia trip.

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