Published 04/05/16

Chafee Center Director Ray Fogarty at World Trade Day 2010

Chafee Center Director Ray Fogarty '79 addresses the guests gathered for Rhode Island World Trade Day in 2010.

Chafee Center director wins lifetime achievement award from NASBITE

Raymond Fogarty ´79, director of the John H. Chafee Center for International Business at Bryant, is the recipient of the NASBITE International John Otis Lifetime Achievement Award. NASBITE International is a professional organization for the global business community. Members include educators, trainers, trade specialists, and practitioners who engage in or facilitate global business activity. This is the highest honor presented by NASBITE International and recognizes a lifetime of achievement in international trade education or training by those who have distinguished themselves through leadership or service nationally or internationally.

Dedicated to international trade for more than 30 years, Fogarty also serves as director of the Rhode Island Export Assistance Center, director of World Trade Center Rhode Island, Rhode Island state trade director, and chair of the District Export Council.

In nominating Fogarty, Provost and Chief Academic Officer Glenn M. Sulmasy noted that “his innovation in the field demonstrates the foresight of a visionary. While serving as associate director of the Rhode Island Small Business Development Center in 1983, he incorporated international services into the offerings. In 1986, he drove the launch of the state’s first World Trade Day which has grown to be the largest such annual event in the country with more than 600 attendees. In 1988, he founded the Rhode Island Export Assistance Center at Bryant University which focuses on international trade activities including market research, international training, international trade shows and trade missions. That year, he also assisted in the formation of NASBITE (National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators), and in the creation of the Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) credentials.”

"His innovation in the field demonstrates the foresight of a visionary."

Under Fogarty's guidance, the Chafee Center has developed several programs to help companies increase international sales. The Otis Award highlights the work Fogarty has done at Bryant that exemplifies the University’s expertise in international business and quality education, as well as its skill integrating classroom learning with real world experience in assisting local businesses succeed in the global marketplace.

In 1999, Fogarty helped drive the formation of the Eastern Trade Council, an accelerator for regional trade development and policy. He also serves on the State International Development Organizations, dedicated to supporting state international trade agencies. An advocate for international trade programs, his initial proposals for a nationwide trade effort helped the U.S. Small Business Administration develop the State Trade Export Promotion program.

The Lifetime Achievement Award has special significance to Fogarty because he worked with Otis during the early days of the movement to place international trade education in a more prominent position in colleges, universities, and public service institutions.