New Jersey International Trade Awards – NJITA


The New Jersey District Export Council (NJDEC) is proud to recognize excellence among New Jersey’s leading exporters in the four categories of Exporter of the Year, Service Exporter, New Exporter, and Minority Owned/Diverse Exporter.

The goal of the NJ International Trade Awards (NJITA) is to recognize and honor New Jersey companies that have worked diligently to expand their exporting efforts. They may have accomplished this by penetrating new markets or by increasing their presence in existing markets – or by embracing both growth strategies! By doing so they have contributed to the creation of new jobs while subsequently improving and enhancing the New Jersey economic landscape. 

Join us for….

  • Ample networking opportunities.
  • Insightful panel discussions with our award winners!
  • Welcome address from Melanie Willoughby, Executive Director, NJ Business Action Center
  • Fireside Chat with Bethann Rooney, Director, Port, Port Authority NY/NJ. 

2024 Award Winners

  • Exporter of the Year: Repechage Awarded to a New Jersey company that has grown its exports and made exporting a cornerstone of its business.
  • Service Exporter of the Year: Kallman Worldwide Inc. – Awarded to a New Jersey company that is successfully exporting services. Examples include, but are not limited to, architectural, engineering, legal, financial, construction, accounting, and consulting services sold to international buyers. In addition, education (foreign students studying in NJ) and travel & tourism (international visitors to NJ) are also considered service exports.
  • New Exporter of the Year: Route66 International – Awarded to a New Jersey company that has begun exporting products or services within the last two years.
  • Minority Owned/Diverse Exporter of the Year: ZAGO Manufacturing Co. – Awarded to a New Jersey company that is successfully exporting, whose owners or senior leaders and managers represent an underserved business community, which is defined as African American/Black, Asian American, Hispanic American, Native American, Veteran and Service-Disabled, Woman, or LGBTQI+. 

Ceremony Details

Date: May 15, 2024

Time: 8:30 am – 11:30 am (doors open at 8am – program starts at 9am)

Location: Galloping Hill Golf Course, 3 Golf Drive, Kenilworth, NJ 07033

Cost: $125


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Press release and winner information from the 2023 NJITA event