History of the California Council for International Trade – Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Founding CCIT Board of Directors

Founding CCIT Board of Directors – 1959/1960

Jack Gomperts, President, Jack Gomperts Company

Nathan Most, Executive Vice President, Getz Brothers

R.V. Winquist, President, General Steamship Company

E.H. Brumley, President, Brumley-Donaldson Company

Chalmers Graham, Sr., Partner, Graham, James & Rolph

B.T. Rocca, Chairman of the Board, Pacific Vegetable Oil Company

Dr. F.A. Brier, Assoc. Professor, University of San Francisco

Robert B. Fowler, Attorney, Fowler & Mertz

Al Perrish Winter, Wolff & Co., Inc.

R.V. Garrod, Chairman of the Board, Farmers Insurance Company

Peter Haag, Area Manager, James I. Metcalf Company

Former Chairs


Former Chairs, CCIT Board of Directors

  • David Zuercher, Exec. Vice President, Wells Fargo – 2006 – 2007
  • Everett Golden, President, Otis McAllister Inc. 2004 – 2005 
  • Paul Oliva, President, Oliva Global Communications Tamsin Randlett, Sr. Director, Govt Affairs Gap, Inc. 2001 – Northern California
  • Carlos Valderrama, Dir. Latin American Operations, Carlsmith Ball 2001 – Southern California
  • Mike Faulkner, CEO, Nimbus Water Systems, James Whittaker, Dir. Int’l Public Policy, Hewlett Packard 1991 – 1994
  • Greg Carnill, Director, Americal Farm Land Trust 1990
  • Dave Kenny, Partner Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP, Robert D. “Bob” Kleist, Evergreen ShippingArch Hardyment 1984-1985
  • R.L. DeLapAccounting 1982 – 1983
  • Walt Payne, President & CEO Blue Diamond Growers 1980 – 1982
  • Jerry Levine, President, Mentor International 1978 – 1979
  • J.H. DetheroCrocker National Bank 1975 – 1977
  • Robert E. Gomperts, Vice President, Calagrex Inc. 1972 – 1974
  • Warren S. Titus, FounderRoyal Viking Line 1970 – 1972
  • William A. Muriale, Intl BankingBank of America 1969 – 1970
  • Jack Gomperts, PresidentJack Gomperts Company 1967 – 1969
  • B.T. Rocca, Chairman of the Board, Pacific Vegetable Oil Co. 1960 – 1967

Former Members

Former Members, CCIT Board of Directors (Alphabetical Order)

  • Elaine Abbott, Sunkist Growers
  • Roger Baccigaluppi, Chairman, RB International
  • Donna Bayliss-Wallace, Owner. Bayliss Ranch
  • Kimberly Benson, Vice President. Cange International
  • Michael Bianco, Chairman, Asia Pacific Capital Corporation
  • P.M. “Marty” Bitter, Manager, Fed. Relations, Chevron Corporation
  • Anne Blackwood, Sr. Vice President, Comerica Bank
  • William Bold, Director of Govt Affairs, Qualcomm
  • Ronald Bornstein, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop
  • Anne Chadwick, The Chadwick Company
  • Doral Cooper, President, C&M International, LTD
  • Janice Cooper, President, Pacific Resources
  • Fermin Curzon, Mattel, Inc.
  • Derrell DePasse, Varian
  • Joseph Englert, President, Export Assist., Inc.
  • Charles Foster, Executive Director, Port of Oakland
  • John Gilbaugh, Sr. Vice President, Wells Fargo
  • Catherine Hutchinson, Apple Computer
  • William Ichord, Vice President, UNOCAL
  • Laura Ipsen, Cicso Systems
  • Jim Jarrett, Vice President, Worldwide Govt Affairs, Intel Corporation
  • John Leitner, President, WJ Byrnes & Co.
  • John Liebman, Attorney, McKenna Long & Aldridge
  • Jim MacLellan, Director of Marketing, Port of Los Angeles
  • Michael Mailbach, Intel Corporation
  • Fred Martin, Bank of America
  • John McKenna, President, The Lombard Group, Inc.
  • Walt Minger, Bank of America
  • W.J. (Mike) Moody, AT&T
  • Mary Mooney, Dir. of Sales & Marketing, Mooney Farms
  • Charles Nevil, President, The Meridian Group
  • Ned Ord, Ord & Norman LLP
  • Jim Pandol, Owner, Pandol Brothers
  • Stephen J. (Steve) Potash, President, Potash & Company 1987 – 1994
  • Joseph Rollo, CA Wine Institute
  • Mary Kay Ryan, Atlas Asia-Pacific
  • William Ryan, Atlas Asia-Pacific Top Oil
  • James Salisbury, Treasurer, Tri-Valley Growers
  • Frank Sebastian, Envirotech
  • Hal Shenson, President, H. Shenson International CCIT Sr. VP, 1989-1991
  • Cheryl Sill, Vice President & Manager, Bank of America
  • Susanne Stirling, Vice President, California Chamber of Commerce
  • Nicholas Unkovic, Partner, Squire Sanders
  • Helga Ying, Sr. Dir., Govt Affairs, Levi Strauss & Co

Former CCIT Secretaries / Executive Directors / Presidents

Former CCIT Secretaries / Executive Directors / Presidents

Joe Harrison – 2001 – 2004

Martina Johnson Kent** – 1987 – 1990s

Stephen J. (Steve) Potash* – 1970 – 1987

Charles Von Lowenfeldt – 1970Susan Brossy – 1967

Roger J. Fleischmann – 1960 – 1967

* From 1980 to 1987, CCIT was a client of the international public relations firm of Potash & Company, which housed and managed the organization, with Steve serving as its Executive Director. CCIT became the state’s leading international trade organization and commenced its tradition of holding an annual conference in Sacramento with state officials and legislators. CCIT’s original research during this period determined that one out of every 10 jobs in California was related to international commerce, directly or indirectly, and the Council used this data to counter protectionism and to advocate state and federal policies that would expand commerce.
For a decade or more prior to 1980, CCIT was domiciled in the San Francisco offices of the late Charles von Loewenfeldt, who had helped organize the group, and it was managed by principals of that PR firm – Charles von Loewenfeldt, the late Susan Brossy, and Steve Potash.
**First full-time Executive Director

Sampling of CCIT Annual Export Award Recipients & Speakers

  • Secretary Malcolm Baldridge, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Secretary John R. Block, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Secretary Ron Brown, U.S. Department of Commerce (Speaker)
  • John Chambers, President & CEO, Cisco Systems
  • California Governor George Deukmejian
  • Congressman David Drier, U.S. House of Representatives
  • California Lt. Governor Meryvn Dymally
  • Andy Grove, Founder, Intel Corporation
  • Ambassador Carla Hill, U.S. Trade Representative (Speaker)
  • Scott McNealy, President, Sun Microsystems
  • Robert Monagan, Chair, World Trade Commission
  • Jim Morgan, Applied Materials
  • Secretary Robert Mosbacher, U.S. Department of Commerce (Speaker)
  • Lew Platt, Hewlett Packard Company
  • Laura D’Andrea Tyson, Chair, President Council of Economic Advisors (Speaker)
  • Secretary Ann Veneman, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Senator Pete Wilson, U.S. Senate

CCIT Programs / Events

Warren S. Titus, CCIT Chair 1970 - 1972 and Founder, Royal Viking Line San Francisco

Warren S. Titus, CCIT Chair 1970 – 1972 and Founder, Royal Viking Line San Francisco

William A. Muriale, CCIT Chair 1969 - 1970

William A. Muriale, CCIT Chair 1969 – 1970

Jerry Levine, CCIT Chair 1977 - 1980 with J.H. Dethero, CCIT Chair 1975 - 1977

Jerry Levine, CCIT Chair 1977 – 1980 with J.H. Dethero, CCIT Chair 1975 – 1977

Arch Hardyment, CCIT Chair 1984 - 1985, John Sculley, Apple, CCIT Awardee, and Jerry Levine, CCIT Chair 1977 - 1980

Arch Hardyment, CCIT Chair 1984 – 1985, John Sculley, Apple, CCIT Awardee, and Jerry Levine, CCIT Chair 1977 – 1980

Jack Gomperts, CCIT Founding member and Chair 1966 - 1969 with Deputy Secretary Luther H. Hodges Jr., US Department of Commerce (1980 - 1981)

Jack Gomperts, CCIT Founding member and Chair 1966 – 1969 with Deputy Secretary Luther H. Hodges Jr., US Department of Commerce (1980 – 1981)

 J.H. Dethero, CCIT Chair 1975 - 1977, CA Lt. Governor Mervyn Dymally, and Robert Gomperts, CCIT Chair 1972 - 1975

J.H. Dethero, CCIT Chair 1975 – 1977, CA Lt. Governor Mervyn Dymally, and Robert Gomperts, CCIT Chair 1972 – 1975

Left, CA Senator Pete Wilson, U.S. Senate with Jerry Levine (right), CCIT Chair 1978 - 1980

Left, CA Senator Pete Wilson, U.S. Senate with Jerry Levine (right), CCIT Chair 1978 – 1980

 Left to Right, Betty Neuhart, Director - San Francisco, US Department of Commerce, USTR Ambassador Clayton Yeulter, CA Secretary of State March Fong Eu, and CCIT Chair Robert D. "Bob" Heist, Evergreen Shipping

Left to Right, Betty Neuhart, Director – San Francisco, US Department of Commerce, USTR Ambassador Clayton Yeulter, CA Secretary of State March Fong Eu, and CCIT Chair Robert D. “Bob” Heist, Evergreen Shipping

Secretary John Block, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Walt Payne, CCIT Chair 1980 - 1982, and R.L. DeLap, CCIT Chair 1982 - 1983

Secretary John Block, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Walt Payne, CCIT Chair 1980 – 1982, and R.L. DeLap, CCIT Chair 1982 – 1983

 Secretary Malcolm Baldrige, U.S. Dept of Commerce, Betty Neuhard, Director - San Francisco, U.S. Dept of Commerce, and Walt Payne, CCIT Chair 1980 - 1982

Secretary Malcolm Baldrige, U.S. Dept of Commerce, Betty Neuhard, Director – San Francisco, U.S. Dept of Commerce, and Walt Payne, CCIT Chair 1980 – 1982