Rotary Club of Portland: Service Above Self

Importance of Trade to Oregon

Importance of Trade to Oregon

  • Tuesday
    February 27, 2018
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Barry Horowitz

During a career in international shipping, logistics and trade, Barry Horowitz began exploring the international trading world in Montreal, Canada in January, 1971. Holding positions from document runner and customs brokerage clerk; to Vice President of one of the first independent cargo consolidators; from ocean carrier sales rep to VP of Sales and Marketing; from rate clerk to Director of International Transportation at Nike; from Montreal to Los Angeles to Portland to London, England and back to Portland, Barry has seen it (almost) all: break bulk ships to containers to mega-containerships; small import/export operations to Nike’s global supply chain network; and a great deal in between and around the edges.


CMS Consulting Services was established in 2003 to serve the needs of organizations requiring independent, experienced advice and solutions across the full scope of supply chain management, international shipping and trade programs. Barry has successfully completed a wide variety of projects for importers, exporters, forwarders, ports and Government agencies. Some of these projects are noted below.


Barry has been under contract to the Port of Portland since 2009 performing work and serving as a trade development and logistics resource, on behalf of the Port, for many Oregon entities. These include Business Oregon; Portland Business Alliance; Portland Development Commission; Oregon Department of Agriculture; Portland State University; Greater Portland Inc; the Oregon Consular Corps; and others. In association with the US Department of Commerce and the US Export Assistance Office in Portland, he currently serves as Chairman of the Oregon Export Council.


His local and regional projects have included work for HannaAnderson; Fall Creek Farm & Nursery; SoloPower; the Geo. S. Bush Co.; Simplot; and various Oregon Commodity Commissions including those representing Blueberries; Potatoes; and Dairy Products. His national and international projects have included work for Monsanto, Inc; LAGear; Marks & Spencer; GESeaco; Kesko OY (Finland); The Port of Prince Rupert; and numerous others.


He has taught and written on International Logistics and Trade topics and has spoken at international trade, transportation and logistics conferences. From 1991 to 1994 he was Director, International Transportation for NIKE, Inc., responsible for Nike’s global product movement. Before Nike, he served in senior management positions with ocean carriers and the cargo consolidator DLCMS from 1994-2003, including two years (2001-03) establishing the service in Europe while living in London, England.


Barry is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada.