PHOTO: CITT Executive Director Tom O'Brien at World Trade Week 2017
Spring 2017 marked the beginning of the 20th Anniversary of CSULB’s Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT), which has celebrated with a variety of events, initiatives, and awards this year. CITT has adapted to the changing environment of the industry through applied research, policy, leadership, and community engagement; and its educational programs play a crucial role in developing the next generation of the workforce.
Following CITT’s 2017 Town Hall, “20 Years of Goods Movement in Southern California,” the celebrations began at the April 8th Dirtbags baseball game at Blair Field. CITT hosted industry partners, instructors, mentors, and other supporters, who all enjoyed tasty BBQ and witnessed a convincing CSULB baseball victory. L.A. Transportation Club President Scott Weiss, a Global Logistics Specialist (GLS) alum, threw out the first pitch.
CSULB President Jane Close Conoley and CCPE Dean Jeet Joshee joined in honoring the center when they hosted the official CITT 20th Anniversary reception on April 12 at the Miller House. The event recognized those who have been integral to the center’s success, from members of its Policy and Steering Committee, to instructors in the GLS and Marine Terminal Operations Professional (MTOP) programs; as well as student research assistants, USC METRANS partners, Port of Long Beach representatives, and others.
CITT was also presented with the “International Achievement Award” on May 12 by the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce’s International Business Association of Southern California, as part of its 2017 World Trade Week. Guest speaker Dr. Anne Goodchild, Director of the Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Center at the University of Washington, discussed recent developments affecting the industry.
“The CITT team was honored to receive the International Achievement Award,” said CITT Executive Director Thomas O’Brien. “We’re excited to build on our first two decades of success in the years ahead.”
CITT was recognized in June by the annual FuturePorts conference, which featured a theme of “Strong Ports = Strong California.” CITT Director of Research Tyler Reeb accepted an award in recognition of the anniversary from FuturePorts Executive Director Elizabeth Warren, another GLS graduate.
The academic year concluded on July 6 with a graduation ceremony for the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 classes of both the GLS and MTOP programs. The keynote address from Cameron Roberts, partner and co-founder of industry law firm Roberts & Kehagiaras LLP, summed up CITT’s mission and graduates’ future careers by declaring that their industry is all about what happens“from the factory floor to the customer’s door.”
O’Brien pointed out that the anniversary is not as important as the work it envisions moving forward.
“What is clearer than ever, as CITT celebrates 20 years, is not just a milestone on a calendar,” he said, “but rather an affirmation that supply chain-oriented thinking will determine the success of leaders in labor, government, and academia; as well as goods movement professionals in the future.”