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Meet Michael Gay, MITA’s New President

Meet Michael Gay, MITA’s New President

Oct 11, 2017

This past August, the Board of Directors of the Madison International Trade Association elected Michael Gay as its new president.
 
Mr. Gay, also Senior Vice President of the Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP), will serve this year as president, replacing former MITA president Monica Wahlberg who finish her term. The new president has been affiliated with MITA for over a decade, was elected to the board last year, and hopes to build upon the organizations successes over that time.
 
“I would like to see our membership grow, particularly corporate memberships as well as manufacturers,” Gay said. “During my tenure as president, I’d like to pursue strategic partnerships, membership growth, and I’d like to help MITA move in the direction of reaching a point where it has a full-time staff member to maintain the professionalism of the organization.”
 
Gay benefits from a strong background in economic development, which he hopes to leverage to continue to aid MITA members in growing their businesses. That growth, he believes, comes from giving companies the resources and tools to pursue sustainable business across the globe.
 
“It’s important for this region to become more globally connected,” Gay said. “There is much global opportunities outside the domestic market, and I think between the expanse of Wisconsin manufactured goods coupled with global opportunities, companies here should look to begin exporting more strategically. What we as an organization need to do, ultimately, to accomplish this is to continue to connect these companies with the plethora of international trade resources available so that they can make educated and profitable decisions.”
 
Board Member Harry Haney of Loyola University will serve as vice president to Gay, and two new board members, Katy Sinnot of WEDC and Michael Lauenstein of Mueller Sports Medicine, will be involved in programming and communication committees.
 
“I’m excited to work with the current board of directors and help them with their commitment to continued excellence in international trade programming,” Gay said.