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MDPD assists with WTDC Fire Drill
On July 18, the Miami Dade Police Department Midwest District Neighborhood Resource Unit assisted WTDC with our Fire Drill. We work with our tenants, customers, and employees to educate them on evacuation routes and safety policies. Thank you MDPD!
5 Summer Interns from MDC Trade-Up Program join WTDC
WTDC is taking part in Miami-Dade College’s Trade-Up Summer Internship Program. High school students, from sophomores to seniors, are introduced into professional fields where they may be interested in working. 5 interns from Miami-Dade College’s Trade-Up Program are interning for 2 weeks to learn all aspects of logistics.
Miami Herald’s Jennifer Lu, in her July 3, 2017, article ‘These programs help high school students get real work experience’ reported: “Students will intern for 30 hours during the summer, (…) earning high school, and in some cases, college credit” for their internship experience. Click here for full article
WTDC believes it is imperative to educate the next generation of logistics professionals by supplementing their classroom learning with real-world experience in the field.
USTR revisits U.S.-Korea trade pact
On July 14, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified the Republic of Korea of its intentions to open discussions on the future of the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS). Since the implementation of KORUS in March 2012, the US trade deficit with Korea has more than doubled: $13.2 billion to $27.6 billion.
Image credit: Global Trade Magazine
Panama Canal Administrator reflects on 1st year of Big Ship era
Panama Canal Administrator Jorge Quijano recapped the first year of the extended Panama Canal in an in-depth interview with the Miami Herald. While the low price of crude oil has presented some challenges, Quijano noted a few highlights including the use of the expanded canal by cruise ships and that 1,535 Neopanamax vessels have made the new crossing.
Photo credit: Nicolas Psomas, Panama Canal Authority
Health & Wellness Spotlight:
As we grow WTDC\'s new Health & Wellness Program, we are continually meeting inspiring individuals who have dedicated their lives to health and wellness. We would like to showcase Mr. Miki Erez, founder & CEO of Wheelchair Fitness Solutions™, whose story inspired Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC Chairman, who regularly encounters Mr. Erez during his visits to the gym.
Miki is a veteran of the Israeli Air Force. In 1973, while serving in a heavy lift helicopter squadron, Erez was injured which confined him to a wheelchair. Despite his injuries, Mr. Erez has been very active in the community, joining Miami Heat Wheels (Miami’s official NWBA non-profit wheelchair basketball program), the Achilles Freedom Team of the US Army, and participated in Palm Beach and Homestead marathons.
We had the great pleasure of speaking with Mr. Erez, click here to read the extended Q&A on our website.
For WTDC’s new Health & Wellness Program, we would like to showcase Mr. Miki Erez, founder & CEO of Wheelchair Fitness Solution™, whose story inspired Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC Chairman, who regularly encounters Mr. Erez in his routine Gym visits.
“Miki is a veteran of the Israeli Air Force, In 1973, while serving in a heavy lift helicopter squadron Erez was injured which confined him to a wheelchair.” Despite his injuries, Mr. Erez has been very active in the community, being part of Miami Heat Wheels (Miami’s official NWBA non-profit wheelchair basketball program), of the Achilles Freedom Team of the US Army; and participated in the Palm Beach and Homestead marathon.
Mr. Erez is an active gym enthusiast and after realizing how many people with injuries like his were struggling to keep an active life, he founded Wheelchair Fitness Solution™. His company is developing a prototype machine that will allow individuals with restrictions to exercise in the comfort of their home with full professional efficiency. Please click the linkto watch the video of the machine.
https://www.wheelchairfitnesssolution.com/ - Video or click here
We had the pleasure of speaking with Mr. Erez and he answered some questions for us and gave his opinion on WTDC’s Health & Wellness Program.
Q&A with Miki Erez:
Mr. Erez, why did you create your company Wheelchair Fitness Solution?
For many years when I speak with disables individuals, and I tell them what I do for my activities, I found that some people don’t have the ability to go to the gym or to go swimming or to do all kind of different activities, for many reasons.
When I share my experience with these individuals I find out that they have a problem with following the exercises without them having the correct tools or abilities for that. So, I came up with an equipment that can help them do the most possible number of upper body exercises, as simple as possible, and that occupies the least amount of room conceivable.
How long have you been an active gym enthusiast?
I have been involved with sports all my life, not only gym, but running, swimming, exercising and especially after I got injured, I got more into the fitness and the exercises because I wanted to be independent and have a quality life. I wanted to have a long term of fitness.
I play basketball for the Miami Heat Wheels, and I participate in the Achilles Freedom Team of the US Army’s activities: I race with them including the Miami marathon, Palm Beach marathon, Homestead race and other activities. Most of the members of the Achilles Freedom Team are US Army Wounded Veterans.
What keeps you motivated to working out and living a healthier lifestyle?
My biggest motivation is my frustration, I turn it into the fuel that keeps me going. When I come across physical challenges, that are hard for me to accomplish, I get frustrated and try to find a way for me to overcome it. I turn my obstacles into challenges instead of letting them get me down. Most of the training and motivation is comes from your mind, anybody can do anything they want if they set their mind to it. Sometimes when I have pains, I don’t want to do anything, but I focus myself harder and set my mind to it. My reward is to stay healthy fit and Independent.
Mr. Erez, I know you are originally from Israel, what led you to Miami?
The climate in Miami is very similar to Israel. I first visited the USA in 1976 when I came in the celebration of the United States Bicentennial year. I later visited the US again in 1979 when I came with the Israeli Disabled Veterans to honor the USA Disabled Veterans. One of the cities I visited was Miami and I enjoyed it very much. Now I live here with my Family, my wife, children and grandsons.
How long did you serve for the Israeli forces?
From 1968 to 1973, until I had my injury.
Where did you meet Mr. Gazitua?
I met him at L.A. Fitness which is the gym that I go to train daily. I play basketball and lift weights there.
Mr. Erez, WTDC has recently opened a Health & Wellness program free for all its employee’s and tenants to practice a better and healthier lifestyle. What would you think about this program? And would you be interested in participating as a guest speaker?
As you mentioned the subject, I also train people in hand to hand combat with the focus of getting fit with a purpose. I educate people about physical fitness and train them in something that may help them in their life. I learnt the combat art while I was in the Israeli Military.
I personally think that the Health & Wellness Program is a great idea for any company. First, it shows that management cares about their employees, introducing them to opportunities to live a healthier lifestyle by providing them with the correct tools and instructions that will allow them to do it. But it all comes down to the individual’s responsibilities and motivation to be fit.
Independence Day - WTDC Closed
WTDC will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in observance of Independence Day.
Please note that WTDC will be OPEN on Monday, July 3, as well as July 5th, 6th, and 7th, regular business hours 8 am to 5 pm, closed 12-1pm for lunch.
US-Cuba Relations Update: President Trump's New Cuba Policy
On June 16, in Miami's Little Havana, President Trump announced his new policy towards Cuba. As many expected, the policy limits individually booked travel itineraries (dubbed people to people encounters) and forbids investment and purchases with Cuban military enterprises (which can include anything from hotels to infrastructure companies). The new policy will spell out which Cuban companies are under military control and are prohibited for U.S. citizens and companies, a notable change from the somewhat vague parameters opened during the Obama administration. The existing U.S. embargo of Cuba, which can only be overturned by Congress, remains intact.
The U.S. Embassy in Havana will remain open as the countries continue diplomatic relations. Travel will still be allowed under certain guidelines but with more complete records keeping and limitations on where travelers may stay and spend their money. The door to Cuba remains open for U.S. citizens and businesses but with a new emphasis on limiting funds that would have benefited the Cuban military and its business entities.
U.S. companies are already making changes as a result of these policy changes, including Southwest Airlines announcing yesterday that it would stop flying from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, to Varadero and Santa Clara, Cuba. More on that announcement here.
Cyzerg - Manuel Cassola
Protecting customer data and operating with maximum efficiency are technology requirements of all companies these days. WTDC would like to spotlight our vendor Cyzerg and its Chief Technical Advisor, Mr. Manuel Cassola:
"Forged on the principles of innovation, integrity, and empowerment, Cyzerg is driven to bring innovative technology solutions to the logistics industry. With a personalized and partnership-driven approach, Cyzerg has the knowledge and desire to build a road map to success with you."
For more about Cyzerg, click their logo below
This is not a paid advertisement.
Maersk Operation Crippled by Cyber Attack
Operations of Moller-Maersk Group (Maersk) continue to suffer due to a major malicious software known as 'Petya.' The company is continuing to deliver cargo but it cannot communicate with customers or take on new bookings at this time.
On June 27th 2017, Maersk confirmed via Twitter that their systems are being affected by the Petya malware, delaying their global operations. They continue to update their Twitter feed as systems become available.
Click the image above to expand Maersk's Twitter announcement on the Petya attack
To read more about the 'Petya' malware please click here. Article by Olivia Solon and Alex Hern 'Petya' ransomware attack: what is it and how can it be stopped?' published on June 28, 2017.
To read more about the Maersk situation, please click here. Article by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen 'Maersk says global IT breakdown caused by cyber-attack" published on June 27, 2017.
Miami-Dade College Trade-Up Summer Internship Program
Miami-Dade College's Trade-Up Summer Internship Program introduces high school students to the logistics field through the classroom and workplace experience.
MDC West in Doral, FL
WTDC Health & Wellness Program & Intern Alexander Muñoz
WTDC's new Health & Wellness program offers healthy living initiatives for WTDC Employees. The Gazitua family are avid nutrition and fitness enthusiasts and see the Health & Wellness program as opportunity to bring this balance of sound mind and sound body they practice into the workplace.
WTDC welcomes Intern Alexander Muñoz to our new Health & Wellness Program. Alex is attending FIU and is Majoring in Nutrition & Dietetics, with ambition to become a Registered Dietician. Alex is also a fitness and nutrition enthusiast. He is creating a motivating atmosphere that promotes healthy habits here at WTDC for a happier and more productive workplace!
WTDC Welcomes Orianna Camargo, Transportation Department Intern
WTDC welcomes Orianna Camargo to the team! Orianna, originally from Venezuela, is completing a summer Internship with WTDC Transportation Department and is a junior at Barry University, double majoring in International Business and Management. She is also a student-athlete part of the Barry University Rowing Team where she was part of the 2016 National Championship team. We're looking forward to good things from Orianna!
WTDC Chairman, Guest Speaking at Christian Chamber of Greater Miami
May 16th, Ralph L. Gazitua, WTDC Chairman is guest speaking at the Christian Chamber of Greater Miami.
Mr. Gazitua was ordained a deacon at St. Mary's Cathedral by Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy 30 years ago, on May 2, 1987. Deacon Gazitua has balanced his spiritual responsibilities as deacon with his commitments to his family and his career.
Mr. Gazitua is a successful businessman and community leader. He is also well known for his religious service to his church.
Deacon Gazitua is engaged in several church ministries including the Law Enforcement and Firefighters (LEAF) Emmaus. His role in detention ministry at Everglades Correctional, where he leads RCIA and Liturgy of the Word for inmates each week, led to his assignment as Chaplain to Miami-Dade Police Department.
The Gazitua family owns and operates WTDC, a Foreign Trade Zone and Logistics company that celebrated its 40th anniversary this March. Ralph is WTDC's Chairman and his two sons are also involved in the company: Luis Andre Gazitua is Legal Counsel and operates his own law firm Gazitua Letelier PA, and Sean P. Gazitua was promoted this year as WTDC's President & CEO.
Over his decorated professional career, Ralph has held appointments to numerous boards including The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County Trust, Beacon Council, FIU President's Council, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and serves currently as Miami Dade College's Chair for Supply Chain Management Advisory Council, and is an inductee of the Miami-Dade College Hall of Fame.