President of National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones

President of National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones

Website The National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones (NAFTZ)

The Board is looking for their new President to build upon a strong reputational foundation and grow the organization. That desired growth will result from expanded membership outreach and recruitment, revenue diversification and educational opportunities, as well as programmatic offerings that promote long-term member value. The Board is excited to partner with their new President to build upon its strategic plan and identify and implement organizational strategic initiatives.

NAFTZ has built a strong reputation as the leading voice on issues relating to FTZs and has been successful in building relationships and collaborations on the Hill and with other federal agencies such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection. It has been well known and respected over the years for its expertise and contributions to education, industry promotion, events and advocacy. In 2019, the organization conducted an economic study of the positive impacts of U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones on regional economies. With a challenging political environment, this leader will have the opportunity to seek out key partnerships and alliances to further the mission of the Association with federal legislators.

The next President will build upon past successes while working to maintain the loyal membership base and strategically pursue desired member growth. A strong, forward thinking focus on business/revenue development is going to be key to future success of the organization. Working directly with the Board of Directors, the President will be responsible for enhancing NAFTZ’s role and profile as an advocate, an organization that provides top-tier member value and position the Association as the continuing leader in the field for years ahead.

The President will have oversight of three full-time employees, a Board of Directors with 16 members and an annual budget of approximately $1.5 million.


Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President works to provide leadership, vision and direction for the organization and to develop organizational strategy. This individual will implement policies approved by the board, manage the organization’s programs and operations, represent the organization and serve as its public face. They will oversee the development, implementation and evaluation of programs and services that support the NAFTZ mission. The President will lead the staff 4 and Board in developing a realistic annual budget and make financial decisions consistent with the budget approved by the Board, as well as manage external advisors including the General Council and Legislative Affairs. They will work closely with the Board of Directors to focus and meet the NAFTZ’s priorities, while balancing the needs of its members, membership growth and the continued promotion of the foreign-trade zones program. The President will have a strong external focus, listening to and serving the NAFTZ members as a spokesperson, being directly involved in legislative advocacy, and nurturing effective and efficient ongoing operations including prudent financial management of the Association.

To apply, please submit a current resume and letter of introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC  (click on the Apply button at the bottom of the page).
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