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WTIA to Host Executive Networking and Education Event About International Business Development

SEATTLE, WA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/10/11 -- The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) (http://www.washingtontechnology.org), one of the largest statewide associations of technology companies, IT departments and individual technology professionals in North America, today announced the lineup for its first GoGlobal event, designed to connect Washington technology companies to world markets.

The U.S. exports a mere 12 percent of its gross domestic production, far below the 24 percent average for high-income countries. With slow growth on the horizon, exporting is no longer a luxury, but a necessity for continued American business growth. According to the Washington State Department of Commerce, four percent of Washington companies export, compared to a national average of one percent. Of that one percent, 58 percent export to only one country, typically Mexico or Canada.

Navigating international business requires the proper region-specific insights and contacts, and attendees of the GoGlobal event will gain valuable access to both. The keynote address will be given by Rajeev Singh, president and COO of Concur, with a wrap up presentation by Mike McSherry, CEO of Swype. In addition, attendees will participate in structured roundtable discussions with field-tested executives, support specialists and country experts who will share their experiences working in the following countries: Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Mexico and the United Kingdom. The event will also provide executives the opportunity to network with key contacts to assist technology companies in going global.

"This event brings together Washington technology businesses that have already successfully expanded abroad with those who aspire to do so," said Susan Sigl, president and CEO of the WTIA. "We are lucky to live and work in an area so ripe with technological innovation, and with the right tools and guidance, many of our local technology companies are well positioned to further their reach through international expansion."

Roundtable discussions will be led by executives from some of the most successful Washington technology companies, including:

  • Airbiquity
  • Apptio
  • Concur
  • Data I/O
  • ExtraHop
  • INRIX
  • Intellectual Ventures
  • iSoftStone
  • NCsoft West
  • NetMotion Wireless
  • OpenText
  • Perlego Systems
  • SEOmoz
  • Streambox
  • Swype
  • Zetron

Along with the WTIA, event partners include Microsoft, Microsoft Bizspark and the Washington State Department of Commerce. Event sponsors include adaQuest, Celerity Works, Hoffmann Eitle, iSoftStone, Moss Adams, Silicon Valley Bank, Lionfish, RocketDog Communications, GeekWire and Sterling Communications.

What:
GoGlobal, the WTIA's first event fostering business development abroad

Who:
Registration is by invitation only and limited to executives from the technology industry responsible for international business development or strategy. Interested registrants can request an invitation online at http://www.washingtontechnology.org/goglobal.

Why:
Learn from Washington's leading global technology companies about expanding internationally.

When:
12:30-7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 9, 2011

Where:
W Hotel, Seattle

Cost:
$75 for WTIA members; $100 for non-members

About the Washington Technology Industry Association
The Washington Technology Industry Association, founded in 1984, is one of the largest statewide associations of technology companies, IT departments and individual technology professionals in North America. With more than 1,000 members representing more than 125,000 employees in Washington State, the association is a catalyst for sharing expertise, fostering collaboration, delivering key business services and advancing the value and global impact of technology companies doing business in Washington. The association's corporate sponsors are F5 Networks, HTC, Microsoft, Moss Adams LLP, RealNetworks, Regence BlueShield, Vertafore and Wells Fargo Insurance Services. For more information, go to www.washingtontechnology.org.

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