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"Up Leaders" at JAS Brazil

The JAS Brazil leaders go through development program

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May 21, 2021
JAS leadership program virtual meeting
JAS leadership program virtual meeting

JAS Brazil believes that training is one of the best ways to continuously encourage team members individual growth as well as team growth. Training also encourages synergy throughout the team. To continue this focus on training, in May the 'Up Leaders' development program was launched and focused on strengthening the skills of JAS Brazil leaders. The first meeting was attended by managers and directors, the next round of meetings will include supervisors and coordinators.

With the expertise of Omeltech Desenvolvimento to guide JAS Brazil on this journey, the team is confident and looking forward to learning and growing together. The team is eager to continue on with the program's schedule and looks forward to a successful completion of the training soon.

JAS Leading into the Future

By
Marcelo Santi
February 11, 2020

JAS is excited to announce the graduates of the 2nd Edition, 2019, Leading Into The Future Management Program. in Latin America.

This program lasts several weeks and puts participants through simulations, experiential activities, and case studies. These experiences enable our leaders to flourish and reach their full leadership potential, giving them guidelines to operate within while solving problems and thinking on their feet.

This program not only teaches real life scenarios, but also enables our team members to self-analyze themselves and discover more about how their leadership styles impact others and their team. This helps leaders to better understand others needs and improve upon their style of management. This self evaluation leads to better synergy within and throughout departments as well as greater successes over time.

JAS Leading Into the Future - Management Program, has 4 modules that each participant must complete before graduating. They are You as a Leader,  My team, Our Organization, and  Integrated View. Congratulations to our new program graduates as we look forward into 2020, ready to take on new challenges.

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JAS Makes Splash at Mexico Aerospace Summit

JAS is proud to have had the opportunity to participate in the 2019 Mexico Aerospace Summit, held in Queretaro, Mexico. In 2004 Mexico had 100 U.S. and European Aerospace manufacturers, in 2017 that number had grown to 330 and is expected to reach 420 by the end of 2020. The aerospace industry is one of the largest industries manufacturing in Mexico today, proving to be a lucrative investment for the country.

Participants at the summit this year had the chance to delve into the specifics of how the aerospace industry in Mexico has grown so rapidly over the past few years. They were also offered the opportunity to visit aerospace manufacturing plants located in Queretaro, as well as a visit to the "Made in Mexico" aerospace products exhibition.  This summit also allowed participants to gain knowledge of the competitive advantages that aerospace manufacturers in Mexico receive, as well as participate in Business-to-business meetings with the leaders of  industry.

It was a real pleasure to join the JAS aerospace team in Mexico for the Queretaro aerospace summit. JAS is investing heavily in this sector with dedicated personnel and tailored services.

- Stefano Redditi, EVP Sales & Marketing, JAS Worldwide

The 2019 Mexico Aerospace Summit allowed for interaction with many experts in the aerospace industry, including product plant managers and OEM's. Those in attendance were also taught the details of aerospace intellectual property protection and BASA (U.S.-Mexico Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement). Which lead to greater insights into the business dynamics of the main aerospace product manufacturers.  

JAS works with a range of companies in the aerospace industry – from Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers, to OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), and MROs (maintenance, repair and overhaul) clients.  Beyond our freight forwarding services, JAS also offers Aircraft on Ground (AOG) services, out of gauge services, and engine transport solutions to the sector.  One driving feature of our aerospace success is our JAS technology solutions.  Our ability to put data to work for our aerospace customers so that they can make more intelligent decisions is not only allowing JAS to grow our current customer base, but attracting new clients for our customers. The success of our customers is our success.

JAS has built a worldwide network of Aerospace experts.  Our offices in Bangalore, Dallas, Hamburg, Los Angeles, Queretaro, Singapore, Seattle, Tianjin, and Toulouse bring knowledge specific to the aerospace supply chain to our clients.

JAS to Participate in 2019 Mexico Aerospace Summit

JAS Worldwide is proud to announce its participation in the 2019 Mexico Aerospace Summit taking place in Queretaro on August 14-15.

The Aerospace industry in Mexico is growing exponentially and JAS Mexico, along with a global effort on focusing on this vertical, is making this market a priority that will be upheld as such for years to come. All of the most important organizations in the aerospace industry will be participating in this event. JAS will also have the opportunity to schedule back to back meetings and plans visits with customers and potential prospects.

Our VP of Sales LATAM, Manuele Mazzacurati and the VP of Aerospace Vertical John Brennan will be joining this event together along with the Top Management in JAS Mexico.

Come to Queretaro and find us at Hall 64!

Worldwide Sales Team Meeting Takes Place

The annual JAS Worldwide Sales Team meeting took place between July 29th and August 2nd 2019 at the JAS Global Headquarters in Atlanta, GA.

The week-long meeting brought together the JAS Global CEO, the Executive Vice Presidents of Sales and Marketing, Strategic Development, and the VPs of sales from EMEA, APAC, Italy, the USA & Canada, and Latin America. Also attending were the Executive Vice Presidents from EMEA, APAC, the Americas, and Italy.

The gathering was centered around a series of workshops that are designed to aid each region with their sales plans for 2020. Participants are encouraged to work as a team on each plan, knowing that anything that is done in one region affects all other regions.

It is always a pleasure to spend time with our regional heads of sales. The workshop format adopted this year helped the team to produce original ideas on how to accelerate our growth even in a difficult market. I am proud of this team and am looking forward to the implementation of those ideas.

I would like to thank the JAS regional executive vice presidents for their participation as well as our global CEO, whose input is always invaluable

Stefano Redditi, EVP Sales and Marketing

Global HR Meeting Engage JAS to Make the Difference

The JAS Global HR Meeting, hosted by Aline Quirino, Vice President - Global Human Resources, took place May 27-31, 2019 at the JAS Worldwide Headquarters located in Atlanta, GA, USA. The meeting brought together the global HR heads from Asia Pacific (APAC), Europe, Africa & the Middle East (EMEA), and Latin America (LATAM) , along with HR heads from Italy and the United States.  With special JAS guests Tahira Fumo - Global CFO, Nan King - Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, Stefano Redditi - Executive Vice President Sales & Marketing, Linda Tallent - Executive Vice President IT, and Peter Hoegger - Vice President of Global Process Compliance.

The meeting centered around one main concept, to align individual goals with the JAS corporate strategy while promoting an atmosphere of ongoing communication between leaders and employees, and therefore allowing JAS to better care for customers. Spanning multiple topics, including an improved performance evaluation program, refined employee on-boarding and training, talent management and growth strategies, reviewing the Global HR mission, vision and value statements, discussing the biggest challenges faced in 2018, and evaluating what can be done better in 2019. Several other topics were discussed and evaluated to aid in engagement with company priorities and strategies, ensuring that Global HR has the key processes in place to enable the entire JAS team to be engaged and function at the highest possible standards.

JAS Global HR is making efforts to create an interactive environment that lends itself to open and continuously flowing feedback between employees and leaders.  This type of environment allows for the alignment of company goals at the individual level by clearly communicating the strategic business objectives across the entire company. Having clearly defined goals allows employees to better serve clients and achieve those goals. JAS Global HR also seeks to improve talent management and therefore employee life cycles within the company, giving customers longer relationships with familiar and loyal faces as well as strengthening the bond between company and employee. Having clearly defined goals, in addition to identifying, attracting, & retaining key talents within the company allow JAS to operate on a higher level, giving our customers the best experience possible, every-time.

At JAS people make the difference, and JAS Global HR are the supportive connectors to aid them!

JAS USA Attends Coverings 2019

JAS Forwarding attended the 2019 Coverings Show which took place at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL from April 09th to April 12th.

Coverings Show is the largest event in the vertical sector of Stone, Granite, Marble, Quartzite, Travertine, Quartz and Tiles in North America housing over 1000 exhibitors and 15 thousands visitors in an area of 300.000 square feet. The International exhibitors are visiting from Brazil, India, Italy, Japan, Greece, China, Egypt, Turkey, Israel and Spain.

The outcome of the event was a success.  JAS Forwarding was located in the main passage making a high volume of clients passing our greetings. As a result of our past years development, market acknowledgement and support from our long term partnerships with manufacturers, other suppliers and consignees, the event provided a positive numbers of visitors exceeding 60 companies with either existing or potential business partners.  

For more than 30 years, Coverings has been the most predominant event for the ceramic tile and natural stone industry. Year after year, visitors from every facet of the tile and stone industry find Coverings to be the most important event to see thousands of new products, new suppliers and new technology to support future growth.


The exhibitors are divided between:

The next Coverings Show will be in New Orleans, LA as from April 20th till 23rd of 2020.

Participants:

Mr. Leon Kouyoumdjian – Transpacific Trade Lane Director – USCOR
Mr. Arun NIkkan – India Trade Lane Director – USCOR
Mr. Manoel Versolato – Product Development Manager – BRSAO
Mr. Pablo Talledo – National Sales Director – ESMAD
Mrs. Rishma Patel – CHB Manager – USATL
Mr. Joao Machado – Natural Stone Vertical Director - USCOR

JAS APAC Joins JAS Latin America in Meetings

At the 2019 Latin America Sales Meeting the JAS Latin America team had the pleasure of receiving a from Stefano Olmi (VP Sales Asia Pacific) and Margarita (BDM China). This was great opportunity to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the JAS Asia Pacific network and the JAS Latin America network. This meeting also allowed team members to discuss and agree upon strategies moving forward that will aid both regions in better serving their customers.

The presence of Margarita and Stefano in the meeting was commented and complimented by several important JAS customers meetings in Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. Showing our customers that JAS cares all throughout out network.

As part of continuing this strategy several JAS colleagues from Latin America will visit the Asia Pacific region in the coming weeks. JAS APAC and JAS Latin America are sure that this will set the stage for a continuous growth and solid relationships between the two regions.

JAS LATAM Sales Meeting 2019

The beautiful city of Lima, Peru on the Pacific Ocean was the setting for the scenario of the 2019 JAS Latin America Sales Meeting on Feb 6 and 7, 2019.

The protagonists of the meeting were all JAS Sales Managers and Global Account Directors from the nine JAS subsidiaries in Latin America. All of whom did a fantastic job to make it a productive and dynamic meeting. It was an amazing time full of focused discussions and great integration.

The event was hosted by our Latin America Regional VP of Sales & Marketing,  Manuele Mazzacurati. The meeting resulted in a great success also thanks to the presence of several special guests such as Stefano Castellazzi (VP Sales & Marketing Italy); Stefano Olmi (VP Sales & Marketing APAC); Margarita Rubio( National Account Manager China), Tony Romano (VP Sales & Marketing USA), Stefano Redditi (EVP Sales & Marketing),  Adrian Emmenegger (JAS Americas EVP), Matt Ross (VP Supply Chain Solutions), Matthew Burgess (VP Global Ocean Consolidation Services), Lars Huebecker (VP of Ocean Freight Americas).

During the two days of activities, attendees had a chance to analyze 2018 results and set strategies for 2019. This, in addition to several workshops, focused on customer solutions.

We appreciated everyones participation and contribution to this event, which was great and well organized with the help of JAS Peru.

We look forward to a fantastic 2019, our great people will certainly make the difference!

JAS Management Program "Leading into the Future"

The first edition of the Americas Regional JAS Management Program, Leading Into the Future meeting took place in 2018 and consisted of Managing Directors and Directors from all over the region whose scope of responsibilities within their countries include Operations, Sales & Marketing, and Finance.

Leading into the Future, a JAS Management Program is a highly interactive program which includes online training, individual analysis, and personalized coaching. These processes and tools give individuals the ability to unleash their full, individual, potential as well as gives them the drive to energize their teams and empower others to consistently achieve higher levels of performance.

This higher level of performance allows JAS to deliver better and more consistent results to our customers by focusing on results through four modules. These four modules focus on you as a leader, your team, our organization, and an integrated view of all three.

JAS LATAM Subsidiaries Get Together for World Cup

Seven out of nine subsidiaries of JAS in Latin America were passionately living the excitement of the FIFA World Cup 2018! Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Peru, Panama, and México all celebrated and watched the games.  

It was a fantastic occasion for everyone to get together and support their heroes, especially with the team spirit and passion of the JAS colleagues in the region.

JAS Brazil Hosts Q1 Result Meetings
Mid-Year Sales Event in Latin America

Every year during the months of July and August, each subsidiary of JAS organizes a Mid-Year Sales Event.

During the meetings, every sales executive has the opportunity to present to top management. They often present their achievements during the first half of the year and their plans to achieve targeted goals in the future months. It is a fantastic occasion to discuss strategies and ensure alignments with the company's targets in order to achieve another excellent year of results!

This year, the VP of Sales of Latin America, Manuele Mazzacurati, is personally attending the event in every subsidiary, while the EVP of Sales WW, Stefano Redditi, will be attending the events in Mexico and Brazil.

JAS Latin America 2018 Sales Meeting

The beautiful city of Bogota, Colombia was the location chosen for the 2018 Latin American Sales Meeting. The annual meeting is an event where all JAS Sales Managers and Global Account Directors from the nine JAS subsidiaries in Latin America meet and discuss the past year, goals, and strategies for the future.

This year the event was hosted by JAS Latin American Regional VP of Sales & Marketing,  Manuele Mazzacurati. The meeting was a great success and strengthened synergies at the regional and global level, as attendees were also privileged with the presence of several special guests such as the JAS VPs of Sales & Marketing of the USA, Tony Romano, and Asia, Stefano Olmi, JAS VP of Air Freight, Gregor Vrhunc, and JAS Americas EVP, Adrian Emmenegger.

During two days of activities, attendees had the chance to analyze 2017 results and outcomes and set strategies for 2018. This, in addition to several workshops, focused on customer service and business development.

JAS Latin America appreciates everybody´s participation and contribution to this event, which was great and well organized with the help of JAS Colombia.

We look forward to a fantastic 2018, our great people will certainly make the difference!

JAS Brazil Holds Customer Events

Continuing the tradition from last year, JAS Brazil held its customer events again this year.  Once again, the branches from São Paulo, Campinas and São José dos Campos hosted several of their global clients and celebrated all of their achievements from the past year together.

JAS Brazil believes that these informal events are the perfect opportunity, not only to discuss market expectation for the following year with our valued customers, but to also strengthen the relationship with them.

JAS Brazil looks forward to another successful year and creating more to celebrate in the future.

JAS Participates in Relay Run for Charity

JAS Worldwide is proud to sponsor the efforts of 12 employees as they take on the 200-mile Reebok Ragnar Tennessee Relay Run, March 23-24, 2018.

This event goes on for 48 hours and consists of each team having a member run part of the distance, passing the baton to the next team member as they complete their section of the run. This run is different from others as it requires a team to be dedicated enough to work and train with one another to achieve their goals.

In addition to the time and dedication these JAS runners put into training for the run, they will also be working to raise money for the St. Jude Children Research Hospital through their run. The team goal is to raise at least $4,000 through donations.

This group of dedicated runners will be running as the “JAS Foreign Legionnaires." The group includes Stefano Redditi, Matthew Burgess, Peris Johnson, Scott Kimel, Khuyen Vo, Graeme Robinson, Scott Luchenbill, Sandra Manfredi, Dan Dunlavy, Alessio Profeti, Manuele Mazzacurati, and Fritz Belinga.

Stefano Redditi, EVP Sales & Marketing at JAS Worldwide, spoke about the challenge:

“I am looking forward to this new challenge. This is a complex event. Running 200 miles non-stop, day & night, requires a group of physically and mentally prepared people. The ‘logistics’ of the event is not a joke.  We will split our 12-person team into 3 person sub-teams. We will then use two vans to coordinate transport of the runners. One van will follow the current runner while carrying two additional team members, meanwhile the 2nd van will shuttle the next 3 runners from the base camp located about mid-course to the next point.

What is most important though, is that we are going to raise money for the St Jude Children Research Hospital. St. Jude is a childrens hospital that advances cures and means of prevention for catastrophic diseases that affect children. At St. Jude, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion, or a family’s ability to pay. We are proud to be running to help raise money for this hospital.”

Redditi added, "I would like to thank JAS Worldwide and in particular, our global CEO Marco Rebuffi, for supporting the JAS team!”

JAS is proud to be sponsoring these employees as they take on this challenge.

If you would like to support the JAS Foreign Legionnaires and donate to St. Jude Children Research Hospital, please click the button below.

JAS Hosts Mid-Year Sales Events

Every year, JAS holds mid-year sales events all over the world to evaluate sales efforts for the first half of the year and establish goals for the second half. Executive Vice President (EVP) of Sales and Marketing, Stefano Redditi attends most of these events around the globe. This year he was present for the events in United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Brazil, United States, China, Japan, Korea, and Mexico.

​"The mid-year sales event is a key meeting for our sales people and me. During these meetings, each sales person has the opportunity to present his or her achievements and indicate the new targets for the remaining part of the year. JAS sales teams are second to none! This year’s events were the best ever” says Stefano Redditi, JAS EVP Sales & Marketing.

For the sales people, this is a great opportunity to “show off” in front of the local management, their peers, and the EVP of Sales and Marketing.

​It is also an opportunity for the entire team to take a moment out of their daily routine and reflect, together with peers and management, on what has been done in the first part of the year and attack the second part at full speed.  

Well Done JAS/SALES team!

Strategic Planning for JAS Colombia

On August 25, 2017 JAS Colombia, with the support of their Managing Director, began their first Strategic Planning event. This event was set up to give JAS Colombia's team the opportunity to share ideas with one another and their core process leaders. The event also allowed JAS Colombia to take a moment to reflect on how things are today, where they want to go as an organization and how they are going to achieve those goals.

They did this by bringing new ideas to this event and working as a team towards a common goal. Thanks to the active participation of all attendees, the event ended with the launch and implementation of a new strategy that JAS Colombia calls JAS Ambassadors. JAS Ambassadors is intended to spread more knowledge and information about the JAS brand to main business centers in Colombia. This will be achieved through commercial missions aimed at a one-on-one relationships with potential customers that will allow JAS Colombia to understand the real needs of the customers located in different areas of Colombia. This will mean that JAS Colombia can offer a customer a proposal with higher value, and allows JAS to generate more business opportunities for businesses of Colombia, as well as growth opportunities for the other countries in the region.

JAS Peru Holds Town Hall Meeting

On Friday May 19th 2017, a Town Hall meeting was held in Peru for the JAS team, where the management team announced the company's progress so far this year. The management team was joined by the project, finance, and sales teams. Each manager explained the progress of his area and team, and also shared a pleasant moment with all employees about the strategy and points to develop during the rest of the year.

Group Meetings like this one are imperative to the continued growth and development of JAS Peru. We are excited to see where the next year takes us.

JAS Brazil Branch Managers Meeting 2017

​The Branch Managers Meeting took place in Guaruja, Sao Paulo, Brazil and was joined by all of the directors, branch managers and commercial team to align goals and actions to be taken in 2017.

The three days of activities included presentations of budget goals for JAS Brazil, the strategy of each Branch Manager to reach it and also a commercial training day.

JAS Brazil has also rewarded its most profitable branch in 2016, JAS São José dos Campos, with a trophy to recognize their effort and motivate the team.

JAS 1st Annual Americas Meeting

Vibrant Panama City, Panama was the scene for JAS Americas’ first annual meeting held April, 2017.  Managing Directors for all countries (LATAM, North America, Canada, Mexico, SAM) were in attendance to collaborate and create further dialogue among Americas countries, as well as, with other JAS organizations.  Lines of communication, sales challenges, successes, and information were exchanged between Americas' teams (including executives representing air & ocean products, along with Human Resources) and regional leaders from APAC (Tomas Sonntag), Italy (Stefano Castellazzi), and EMEA (Stefan Sigg).  We were privileged to hear from, JAS Agent, Intermax (Mauricio Barrientos) and Power Business Intelligence SME, Scott Lunchbill, who lent expertise to assist all countries both technically and relationally, as they expand into the future.

Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) were discussed in detail by individual countries.  Information was exchanged which opened dialogue and created future opportunities for areas across the world to work together, while creating further collaboration among those in attendance.  Attendees gained new technical system information which provides up-to-the moment detailed statistics related to sales, billing, and process completion – data which offers customers many more reasons to choose JAS for solving their logistics needs and challenges.

JAS Latin America Sales Meeting 2017

The JAS Latin America Sales Meeting took place in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The meeting was headed by the VP of Sales,  Manuele Mazzacurati, and was joined by all of the Sales Managers in the region.

The intense two days of activities have also seen the presence of several visitors from Corporate HQ, the Americas Region, and US top management team including John O’Connor, Stefano Redditi, Matthew Burgees, Tony Romano, and the EVP of Americas Adrian Emmenegger.

The meeting was hosted by the great team at JAS Brazil and was very successful in aligning the sales goals and strategy for 2017 in accordance with the newly born Americas Region.


It was a great time of integration, cooperation, and an incredibly motivating atmosphere; the right kick off for a year of challenging goals in an area of the world that is slowly exiting their recession.

People make the difference, now more than ever!

JAS at Professional Development Seminar

The APICS Triangle Chapter is pleased to host a professional development meeting on Logistics with special guest speaker, Nate May. Seating is limited, so register early to reserve your space.  

About the Topic

Logistics is defined as a business-planning framework for the management of material, service, information & capital flows.  The etymology of the word “logistics” is quickly connected to military and troop support related tasks, however logistics origins go far deeper historically.  For 5,000 years logistics have had a fundamental role in worldwide development.

Being part of the global economy is high on the priority list of most companies today.  Whether it is to capitalize on global sourcing or tap into surging business and developing consumer markets overseas, the focus on global logistics as a value driver  in any supply chain is in the forefront.

The global logistics landscape today will be discussed and its evolution as the world continues to get “smaller” and more “connected.”

JAS will also look at how the global logistics discussion has changed from “rates” & “transit” to “data” & “analytics” as global markets have become transparent. Finally, JAS will discuss how ecommerce is requiring supply chains to be even more agile than ever and how global logistics fits.

About the Speaker:

Nate May is the APAC Trade-lane Director for one of the top privately held global freight forwarders, JAS Worldwide. May has been in the industry for 13 years with a primary focus in bridging the communication & cultural gap between the US and Asia by driving efficiencies across JAS’ Trans-Pacific network through flexibility, market awareness & analytics.

May currently lives in Raleigh, NC and has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from NC State University.  He has won multiple achievements throughout his career in Global Logistics.

Agenda:

Registration:         5:30 - 6:00 pm

Dinner:                  6:00 - 6:45 pm

Presentation:         7:00 - 8:00 pm

Location:  McKimmon Center @ NCSU1101 Gorman St.Raleigh, NC 27606

Pricing:

Early registration through January 6th: $30 for members and $40 for non-members. After January 6th, late pricing applies - which is an additional $10. For student discount codes, contact your university's APICS chapter leadership or send an inquiry to profdevt@apics-triangle. Note: There is a $10 discount for students.

JAS PO&G Attends Breakbulk Americas

JAS Projects Oil & Gas is proud to be an exhibitor at Breakbulk Americas in Houston, TX from September 26-29, 2016.

​Breakbulk Americas is an annual exhibition and largest of its kind in North America.  It brings top tier shippers together with breakbulk and project cargo service providers. This exhibition is the venue to connect with executives from leading EPCs and other large-scale shippers who are moving cargoes globally.  JAS will be in attendance with our global projects – Oil & Gas Team, inclusive of our CEO, Marco Rebuffi. This four day event is being partially sponsored by JAS Projects Oil & Gas via our booth participation.  Breakbulk Americas 2016 will showcase a wide range of products and services related to logistics & transportation sectors from the leading exhibitors. Exhibitor profile of this event includes specialized ocean carriers, freight forwarders, ports/terminals, logistics providers, road, rail, barge and air transportation, export packers, and equipment companies.  

Come by our booth, number 605, and let us introduce you to our new alliance partners, Necotrans, that bring expertise to West Africa!

JAS Attends 2016 Coverings Stone Fair

JAS attended the 2016 Coverings Stone Fair at the McCormick Convention Center in Chicago, IL, USA from April 18th to April 21st.

The Coverings Stone Fair is the largest event in the vertical sector of stone, granite, marble, slate, quartzite, and travertine in North America with 20,000 visitors. The show is over 350,000 square feet with 900+ exhibitors from Brazil, India, Italy, China, Egypt, Turkey, Israel, Argentina, and Spain.

The outcome of the event was a great success. The rate of JAS’ growth in this vertical has made us a very powerful competitor in the market. 2015 was a record year for our Natural Stone Vertical with 3,107 containers (Northbound Brazil) and 4,346 containers Worldwide; generating more than $17 million in revenue for JAS!

Stone Vertical History:
Since the mid 90’s, North America has been focusing on the countertop sector and has throughout the years reported a significant growth. Espirito Santo is the main producer and exporter of ornamental stones out of Brazil and is responsible for 47% of the overall production and 44% of the exports. They constitute for more than 50% of the Brazilian stone industry (in number of gang-saws and factories, as well as in terms of growth).

The stone sector estimates an average growth in exports of 30% over the next five years and the predicted export volume going to North America for the year 2016 is 55,000 TEUs.

JAS USA Co-Sponsors Foreign Trade Seminar

JAS USA is proud to co-sponsor the Foreign Trade Zone Seminar in Durham, NC, USA on March 22nd, 2016 with the Triangle J Council of Governments.

During this seminar guests will learn about the benefits that companies can reap from duty elimination, duty reduction, duty deferral, decrease in brokerage and processing fees, and overall improved supply chain efficiencies.

During the seminar the following will be addressed:
- What is a Foreign Trade Zone?
- How does a Foreign Trade Zone Work?
- Who is involved with setting up a Foreign Trade Zone?
- Benefits of a Foreign Trade Zone
- Learn from those who have set up and operate Foreign Trade Zones here in FTZ#93 – Revlon and Cormetech
- Questions and Answers


Where: Triangle J Council of Governments,  4307 Emperor Blvd #110, Durham, NC 27703
When: Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 1:30 – 5 pm, with cocktail hour followed afterwards for networking


JAS USA Partners with U.S. Commercial Services

In an effort to help promote SMEs in the United States to export, JAS USA has partnered with the US Commercial Services in their Export University 101 program. This program provides valuable guidance to US companies who have foreign market interest for their products or services.  The program outlines the basic steps that exporters or potential exporters need to take in order to market, sell, and ship their products overseas.

JAS USA has been working with the US Commercial Services over the past five years.  Export Trade Lane Director, Nate May has been asked to speak at the upcoming Export University in Greenville, North Carolina on Wednesday, January 20th to discuss the role of the freight forwarder in the export process. This partnership has been beneficial to both parties and most importantly to the exporter. JAS' participation provides yet another resource that shippers can rely on for export assistance.

The United States Commercial Service (CS) is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration, which helps U.S. companies succeed in markets around the world. The impact of this work ripples throughout the U.S. economy—broadening and deepening the U.S. exporter base, removing obstacles to the export success of U.S. small and medium-sized companies, advancing U.S. business interests abroad, attracting inbound investment, and supporting job creation in the United States. In 2013, the CS helped in more than 18,000 export transactions in nearly 200 international markets worth billions of dollars.

JAS USA Celebrates 20 Years

JAS USA recently celebrated 20 years of doing business as JAS Forwarding (USA), Inc., with a festive gala at Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta. Adrian Emmenegger, President and CEO of JAS USA thanked the Chairman, Management Advisory Board, and colleagues from China, Italy, UK, Germany, Brazil, the Middle East, and Israel for having traveled to Atlanta for the celebration.

​Emmenegger recalled “during the past 20 years, JAS USA corporate offices have moved at least four times to larger offices as the Company grew from fewer than 100 to almost 600 employees.

He believes “it is important to reflect on our past to remember what made us successful and not to forget about this when thinking about our future. There were good reasons why our clients decided to work with us and we should never forget that. The main ingredients for success are still the same - to focus on the needs of our clients and go the extra mile to service them. It is important to keep our eyes on the ever-changing needs of our clients.”

Mr. Emmenegger thanked all employees in 25 branch offices for their hard work and support in making JAS USA successful. “It is only through their tireless efforts and willingness to go above and beyond expectations that we are able to grow our market share in this competitive environment.”

“Our company slogan says, 'People Make The Difference', and I believe in this very much. As only the 3rd President of JAS USA, and having spent one-third of those 20 years in this position, it should also be pointed out that both prior CEOs are here with us tonight.”

Mr. Emmenegger thanked all attendees, customers, corporate executives, branch and regional managers, and guests from Worldwide management for their on-going support in continuing to write the “Story of JAS USA” into the future.

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