NMMA receives award for exports

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NMMA senior vice president of government and legal affairs, Nicole Vasilaros (right), accepts the E-Award from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.

NMMA senior vice president of government and legal affairs, Nicole Vasilaros (right), accepts the E-Award from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.

The U.S. Department of Commerce has honored the National Marine Manufacturers Association with its President’s “E” Award for Export Service, in recognition of the organization’s achievements in making significant contributions to an increase in U.S. exports.

The “E” Award reinforces NMMA’s success in building its members’ businesses as they expand into international markets.

“The E-Award is a significant honor and recognizes our export team led by Julie Balzano, in helping member companies grow and diversify their business, allowing them the added benefit of creating new ways to insulate their bottom line from economic shifts,” said NMMA president Thom Dammrich in a statement. “I encourage our members to reach out to Julie for a one-on-one consult to learn how we can help your business explore export opportunities.”

Balzano was heading to the Cartagena International Boat Show in Colombia today, where she helped to establish a U.S. pavilion years ago.

“The National Marine Manufacturers Association’s achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs,” said U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

The President's “E” Award was created by executive order of the president to afford suitable recognition to persons, firms, or organizations which contribute significantly in the effort to increase U.S. exports.

Since its launch in 2012, NMMA’s export development program has focused specifically on access to export education, international events, new market development, and business-to-business connections.

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