2015 Convention Speaker: Antwaun Griffin


Antwaun Griffin was appointed by President Obama to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary for U.S. Operations at the International Trade Administration (ITA) in May 2012.

In this role, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the U.S. Commercial Service’s network of 108 U.S. Export Assistance Centers whose trade specialists work closely with U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide to help American businesses develop or fine-tune their global growth strategies. Through this work, Antwaun and his organization helps to facilitate billions of dollars in export sales annually through trade counseling, international business matchmaking, market intelligence and commercial diplomacy.

In addition, Antwaun plays a key role in shaping the Obama Administration’s trade promotion and economic policy; helping U.S. businesses increase exports, expand into new markets and compete globally. He collaborated in the design and lead of all U.S. government-wide efforts to implement the President’s National Export Initiative (NEI), leading to over $700 billion in increased exports since its launch in 2010. In this capacity, he plans and conducts strategic outreach to public and private sector organizations and stakeholders nationwide, enhancing awareness of exporting and inward investment as economic development tools.

Prior to joining the ITA, he served as Senior Advisor at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) from 2009 through 2011. In this position, he helped implement the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; ensuring that policies, guidelines and operating procedures of SBA’s 114 district offices were aligned with the Obama Administration’s vision for helping small and medium-sized enterprises weather the “great recession.” This was accomplished through increased access to capital, government contracts and entrepreneurial education for U.S. – based small businesses.

Antwaun has a strong understanding of the interagency, legislative and intergovernmental processes; and routinely counsels businesses, state and local officials and economic development organizations on federal economic development programs. He developed his political, management, and strategic acumen over a decade of experience in politics and field operational management; serving as a senior staffer or campaign manager on numerous statewide and national issue-based or political campaigns.

Antwaun is a native of Richmond, Virginia and graduated from the University of Virginia where he was an Echols Scholar.

Antwaun will be participating in the breakout session on Emerging Markets.

We invite you to join Antwaun and our other special guests for four days of exceptional programs, inspired discussions and networking with fellow mid-market CEOs at the 2015 CEO Connection Mid-Market Convention.

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