Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker addressing the NFTC Board of Directors. With her are President Bill Reinsch and Chairman Alan Wolff.
WTO Director General Robert Azevedo speaks to NFTC members at a special luncheon in honor of the NFTC Centennial
NFTC President Bill Reinsch (center) with (from L-R) John Healey, MP (Labour) and Ben Wallace MP (Conservative), along with Peter Chase of US Chamber and Simon Moore of CBI. Taken at the NFTC Centennial Conference, "Emerging Issues In Transatlantic Trade" last week in London.
NFTC President Bill Reinsch blows out the candles on the 100th birthday cake after the Transatlantic Trade conference in London.
The 2014 Advancing International Trade Award from the international trade educators’ group NASBITE International.
NFTC Vice President James Wilkinson accepting the 2014 Advancing International Trade award on behalf of the NFTC.
Ambassador Bill Brock delivers Keynote address at the NFTC 100th Birthday Reception, May 28, 2014
Master of Ceremonies Bill Lane, Caterpillar, NFTC 100th Birthday Reception, May 28, 2014
NFTC President Bill Reinsch accepts President’s E Star Award from Acting Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade Ken Hyatt
GLOBAL TRADE AWARD presented to Bill Sheridan, Vice President International, Human Resources Services, NFTC by Nancy Ploeger, President, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, NY District Export Council, WTW NYC Liaison.
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Word From the President
July 2014

Presidencies are about the future – or they ought to be.  Every President has to cope with unexpected crises – remember Hoover in 1929, George W. Bush on 9/11 and again in 2008, and many others.  It is the rare Administration whose attention is not diverted by unforeseeable events, and the great risk, always, is that the President will be swallowed by events and lose sight of his most fundamental task, which is inspirational:  to provide his vision of the future, to tell us how to get there and to tell us that we can be better than we are and can rise to the challenges that changing times provide. He needs to do that because that is what Presidents are about – making sure the America of tomorrow is intact, healthy and strong for our children, our grand-children and future generations after them...  
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NFTC Celebrates 100th Birthday at the National Archives
The NFTC Foundation hosted NFTC's Centennial Birthday gala reception at the National Archives in Washington, DC, on May 28, where nearly 300 NFTC members and VIP guests gathered to mark the precise date of our founding 100 years earlier, just blocks down Pennsylvania Avenue at the long-gone Raleigh Hotel. Master of Ceremonies Bill Lane and NFTC Chairman Alan Wolff warmed the crowd with recollections of changes in trade policy over the years and drew parallels between today's massive trade talks and the driving force behind the world's original and still the greatest unified market and free trade area – the United States.

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As NFTC turns 100, we thought it would be fun to look back at various milestones in our history, and the history of trade policy, to see how far we've come and to track themes of the past, which still resonate today and into the future.

August 15, 1914: The opening of the Panama Canal, thus beginning an irreversible rearrangement of global commerce, enabling faster transportation of goods and lower shipping costs. A systematic U.S. policy to encourage foreign trade became needed, as well as a body to educate the public and businesses about trade and study ways to improve trade conditions. The U.S. government’s call for a group to examine these kinds of problems eventually became the NFTC.

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