Arizona Congressman Speaks at Press Conference to Honor Wisdom Natural Brands® for Recent Presidential "E" Award Recognition

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Inclusion: Photos and Video from Monday, June 22 Press Conference

The Presidential award is the highest recognition any U.S. company can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

On Monday, June 22, Arizona Congressman Matt Salmon and Gilbert Mayor John Lewis honored Wisdom Natural Brands®, makers of SweetLeaf® Stevia Sweetener, on its prestigious Presidential “E” Award. The event was held at the Wisdom Natural Brands headquarters in Gilbert, AZ.

The Presidential award is the highest recognition any U.S. company can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. Congressman Matt Salmon also took this time to address the Trade Priorities and Accountability Act, H.R. 2146, which establishes procedures to enhance Congressional authorities in shaping and implementing trade agreements and is currently being discussed in congress. The legislation establishes Congressional trade negotiating objectives, enhances consultation requirements and information sharing with Congress before, during, and after trade negotiations, and provides the rules for Congressional consideration of trade agreements and their implementing bills.

Nearly 100 people attended the event, including executives from Wisdom Natural Brands®: Carol May, President of Wisdom Natural Brands, and Michael P. May, Ph.D., COO. In addition to state and local dignitaries, the celebration included members of the U.S. Commercial Service, AZ Commerce Authority, BBB Foundation, Gilbert Chamber of Commerce and Gilbert Office of Economic Development.

We are excited to share a sound bite of Arizona Congressman Matt Salmon’s speech at Monday’s press conference with transcript below, video of the Congressman’s speech in its entirety and photos taken at the press conference: http://www.mcfaddengavender.net/wnb_trade_event/

“I think you (Wisdom Natural Brands, makers of SweetLeaf) are a family owned business that has come up with an incredibly great idea that’s actually going to benefit humanity by providing a healthy sweetener. (SweetLeaf) Stevia is a great product and now you are going to export that and create more jobs for Arizona. (This Presidential E award) is about modeling top businesses. Everybody benefits from trade, in fact 1 out of 5 jobs in Arizona is trade related.”

For the attached press conference photo, here is the caption from right to left:

  • Arizona Congressman Matt Salmon
  • Michael P. May, Ph.D., Wisdom Natural Brands COO
  • Carol May, Wisdom Natural Brands President
  • Anna Flaaten, U.S. Commercial Service, Senior International Trade Specialist
  • Gilbert Mayor John Lewis

Please let me know if you would like more photos, details, or an interview with Michael May, Wisdom Natural Brands COO. Hope to hear from you soon!

*https://salmon.house.gov/

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