Campus: CSU Long Beach -- July 8, 2005
Cal State Long Beach Administrator Receives 2005 Stanley T.
Marianne Venieris, executive director for the Center for International Trade
and Transportation (CITT) at California State University, Long Beach, received the
2005 Stanley T. Olafson Award at the recent Foreign Trade Association annual World
Trade Week luncheon and trade fair held in Los Angeles.
CITT, a multidisciplinary center for multimodal transportation studies and research,
education, training and policy analysis, is run through CSULB's University College
and Extension Services (UCES).
The Olafson award is the highest honor an individual can receive in the local
international trade community, and Venieris is in pretty good company. Past
recipients during the 70-year history of the award include Walt Disney of Disney
Productions (1947), Jack Warner of Warner Bros. Studios (1955), and former Los
Angeles mayors Fletcher Bowron (1945), Sam Yorty (1973), and Tom Bradley (1984).
"It was certainly a highlight of my career and a great honor," said Venieris, whose
entrepreneurial spirit brought together representatives of the multi-faceted trade
and logistics industry to jointly address training and education issues. "It's
just one of those things that I would never believe would happen to me. I am
particularly pleased as it reflects on the quality of work being done for the
industry at CSULB.
"It also speaks well to the partnerships we have established with the industry
over the past several years," she added. "We definitely have become an active
contributor in this exciting industry. Our role goes beyond training and education,
but also providing a neutral forum where all parties of the industry and its
community stakeholders can come together."
The award is named after Olafson, a former World Trade manager of the Los Angeles
Chamber of Commerce, who was a champion for international trade in the region. It
was Olafson who, in 1926, organized the first World Trade Week to create community
awareness of the important role played by its harbor in the local community. In
1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared World Trade Week a national
observance of the international trade industry.
"When you look at past recipients of this award, you realize the high-caliber
individuals who have been honored and Marianne is certainly in that category,"
said Cal State Long Beach President Robert C. Maxson. "Her dedication and deep
involvement in the transportation and trade community is well documented and she
is most deserving of this prestigious honor."
Venieris is also the director of transportation programs at the CSULB Foundation
and serves as deputy director of METRANS Transportation Center, a partnership of
CSULB and the University of Southern California. Sponsored by U.S. Department of
Transportation and Caltrans, METRANS is dedicated to solving metropolitan
transportation problems through research, education and outreach.
Responsible for the establishment of the CITT, Venieris has developed strong
partnerships with the international trade and logistics community. She oversees
the development, administration and marketing of graduate level and professional
development training programs, certificates, professional designations, manages
technology transfer and outreach activities.
In addition, Venieris is on the board of directors at Gateway Cities Partnership,
Inc., a regional economic development organization for 27 cities in southeast Los
Angeles County, and chair of the Gateway Cities' Trade and Transportation Cluster.
She is vice chair of the California Marine and Intermodal Transportation Advisory
Council and on Long Beach Mayor Beverly O'Neill's and Los Angeles Mayor James
Hahn's Supply Chain Advisory Task Force.
Venieris is a graduate of Leadership Long Beach (1997), and she was profiled by
the Journal of Commerce in 2004 as one of 22 women in Trade and Transportation in
the United States with important and influential positions.
A native of Germany, she worked there in the construction industry, specializing
in reinforced concrete. Venieris earned a bachelor's degree in marketing and an
MBA with an emphasis in management/organizational development, both from CSULB.