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March 1st Newsletter; WTDC 40th Anniversary, LiveLikeBella 5k Walk/Run, Miami Dade College Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society, GMCC Event: Cuba, A Year in Review

Posted on March 1st, 2017 at 2:43 pm

WTDC celebrates its 40 year anniversary

 

40 years in business! On March 8, 1977, WTDC was founded by the Gazitua family as a U.S. Customs General Order Warehouse. We've come a long way since those days but still maintain our commitment to service and our employees as a family owned and operated Foreign Trade Zone and Logistics company.

 

"WTDC's future is focused on building a company that unites technology and best practices with the values we share as a family," said  Sean P. Gazitua, WTDC President & CEO.

 

Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC Chairman and former President & CEO, reflected on the values that led to his company's success, "First is God and Family, the core of our values and our responsibility to each other. Second is Continuing Education and Wellness, a sound mind and body are essential to peak performance. Third is Community and Business, giving back and enabling others in education as well as business relationships built upon transparency. And finally, Legacy, seeing that the Gazitua family business and tradition of excellence in logistics continues in a 3rd generation under my son Sean's leadership."

 

 

 

LiveLikeBella 5k Run/Walk

 

On Saturday, February 25, WTDC employees and their families participated in the 3rd annual LiveLikeBella 5k Run/Walk at Zoo Miami. Over 2500 people attended the 5k and assisted the local charity in raising almost $150,000.

 

LiveLikeBella is a childhood cancer foundation focused on ending childhood cancer. It funds innovative pediatric cancer research, provides support for families with children in treatment, and even assists families with the purchase of of headstones and urns if the child passes away. The charity continues after Bella's passing to be an inspiration to families afflicted by cancer and to bring resources to fight childhood cancer.

 

 

LiveLikeBella.org

 

 

 

 

 

Miami Dade College Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society

 

On Friday, February 24, WTDC Chairman Ralph L. Gazitua was a guest speaker for Miami Dade College's Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society inauguration ceremony. Sigma Beta Delta recognizes the scholastic achievements by students studying business, management, and administration.

 

Mr. Gazitua is currently the Chair of the Supply Chain Management Advisory Committee for the School of Business at Miami Dade College and is pictured below with Dr. Beverly Moore-Garcia, President of  Miami Dade College Kendall Campus, and Dr. Sandra Torres, Assistant Professor at Miami Dade College - School of Business and Advisor to Sigma Beta Delta.

 

 

 

 

GMCC Event:

Cuba, A Year in Review

 

Join the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, WTDC Chairman Ralph L. Gazitua, and a panel of speakers for a discussion on the changes, advances, and regulations between the US and Cuba up until this moment. Panelists will discuss their experiences setting up and conducting business operations on the island and what the future might hold.

 

9 a.m. Registration

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

GMCC

 

Speakers

Ralph Gazitua, Chairman, WTDC

 

Alicia Lines, Regional Director, Financial Distribution  Service

 

Ritchie Lucas, Associate Publisher, Cuba Trade Magazine

 

Ana Quintana, Policy Analyst, Latin America and the Western Hemisphere, Heritage Foundation

 

Aliette Rodz, Partner, Shutts & Bowen LLP

 

Click here for event info and registration

 

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February 16th Newsletter

Posted on February 16th, 2017 at 4:11 pm

Reminder: WTDC will be open on President's Day, Monday, Feb. 20th

 

 

U.S.-Cuba Relations Update

 

First U.S. origin container arrives in Port Mariel for cruise industry 

 

This week Savino Del Bene-Miami (SDB) completed its first shipment of agricultural products from Port Everglades to Cuba’s Port Mariel to service the cruise ships  in Havana's  cruise terminal. SDB received a 2 year exemption from the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) for these recurring shipments. 

 

John Paul Brigneti, VP Global Logistics Cruise & Marine Solutions for Savino Del Bene Miami, added, “This shipment represents a major milestone for SDB and for the cruise industry. It is great to see this shipment come to fruition after nearly two years since first visiting Cuba and Port Mariel to understand its capabilities and operations.”

 

Seatrade Cruise News: Savino Del Bene OKd to supply Cuba cruise operaion from the US

 

John Paul Brigneti - license 'a major achievement'

John Paul Brigneti, VP Global Logistics Cruise & Marine Solutions for Savino Del Bene-Miami

 

 

U.S.-Cuba Relations Update

 

More Oceania cruises departing from PortMiami to stop in Cuba

 

PortMiami will be the departure point for 6 additional Oceania cruises in 2017. The 684 passenger cruise liner will include educational sessions about Cuban culture to qualify for an exemption to visit the island. The new journeys, available starting November 14th, will be from 6 days to 13 days in duration. The routes expand beyond Havana to include stops in Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba as well as other destinations in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.

 

Miami Herald: Oceania cruises adds more Cuba trips from Miami with multiple stops on the island

 

 

 

The Business Forum Group launches in Doral

 

Last night Co-Founders Pete De La Torre and Tony Calatayud introduced their new business enterprise: The Business Forum Group. Doral Mayor J.C. Bermudez opened the event  at the InterContinental at Doral Miami by advocating his support for Pete and Tony's vision. Also in attendance were Councilwoman Ana Maria Rodriguez and Councilwoman Claudia Mariaca. The group is starting in Doral but plans to take its business leveraging concept focused on 12 key verticals to different communities. 

 

Click to read more on The Business Forum Group 

 

 

 

FIU Intern Nicolas Gonzalez

 

WTDC welcomes Nicolas Gonzalez! Mr. Gonzalez, FIU Class of 2019, School of International and Public Affairs, is completing his internship with WTDC Operations. Thank you Nicolas!

 

 

 

Live! from the 2017 Miami International Boat Show 

 

Join and follow us on our WTDC social media outlets today, Thursday, February 16, as our WTDC Interns Kevin Maloy and Marcello Cardillo will be corresponding from Miami International Boat Show. Thursday is Premier Day, check in to see what's new and happening at the boat show scheduled to run through this weekend, Feb. 16-20. Click for album

 

 

For Boats and Personal Watercraft, WTDC handles container and flat-rack loading, export documents, warehousing, packing and crating, customs clearance, and transportation. Contact WTDC for your next export of boats or marine supplies.

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