Global ChamberŪ Chicago and Making Connections

Posted by: Alexandra Verhein on Friday, December 15, 2017

Every day we're working to connect our members to new opportunities for growth and success. The success of Global Chamber® members is most important to us, and helping them create connections is part of that success.

Recently the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) was organizing a visit by executives from India to connect with U.S. executives interested to grow their business. For the mission, the USTDA was in need of construction sites to visit in the Chicago area for the India Construction Safety Equipment Reverse Trade Mission (RTM). For the meetings it was important to connect key people in the construction industry to provide practical information and business connections - for new business deals.

Ernie Watts of Global Chamber® Chicago connected the team at USTDA with local leaders starting with Anthony Bruno from Development Service Corporation. The synergy was perfect! When the delegation from India arrived and had the chance to visit different construction sites, and attend a Labor Union presentation in Chicago, much was gained. It provided the visitors with a better understanding of the services U.S. companies can provide and set the stage for new business deals. Discussions are ongoing.

Ernie Watts and Global Chamber® Chicago

Ernie Watts is Executive Director of Global Chamber® Chicago. Ernie's entrepreneurial and international experience includes staff and management positions in both industrial markets and consumer hard goods. He has been directly responsible for strategic planning, sales and marketing, P&L and ROCE targets, investment analysis, strategic alliances, M&A, contract negotiations and the development of cohesive, high performance teams.

Ernie has worked in corporate environments including Fortune 50, publicly traded global companies as well as small, privately owned domestic businesses. Internationally, Ernie has traveled and sold extensively in every major world market with significant experience in the emerging markets of Asia, Latin America and Africa. In each case he has demonstrated a unique ability to focus on critical success factors and make the necessary connections between strategy and tactics to exceed profitability targets.

As President of TRC Chicago, an international management services company, Ernie works closely with client companies to enhance their performance and maximize their growth and profitability.

Ernie holds a business and marketing degree from Marquette University and earned his MBA in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He spent four years living in Mexico City and is a fluent, non-native Spanish speaker with a working knowledge of Portuguese

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