Winner Testimonials

Why Should Your Company Apply for the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Global Trade?  


Stefan Johanson 
ECO John

“We were really excited that we won this award and we have benefited a great deal from this. We received a lot of recognition in our community as well as from our customers all over the world. We got connected with new local contacts that are helping us to grow the company. Internally, it has motivated our employees and it is something new hires find very positive. The ceremony was very nice and ArDEC did an excellent job throughout the entire process.”


Chris W. Coleman 
Safe Foods Corporation 

​“It was an honor to be recognized and receive the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Global Trade.  Our Company and team members strive to produce and deliver the highest quality solutions to all our customers around the world. The Governor presenting us this award recognizes those efforts and gives us confidence for continued operational excellence as an Arkansas-based company.”


Joey Ward
International Sales 
Allen Engineering Corporation 

“The Governor’s Award for Excellence in Global Trade has validated Allen Engineering Corporation’s export efforts over the last few years. Allen won the award back in 2011 and winning again in 2018 has proven once again our commitment to global trade. With the help of the DEC and Commercial Services, Allen has been given the resources and aid to succeed with overseas business. The award also gave a newfound perspective and appreciation to all of our 180 employees on how our local efforts are having a global impact.”


Joel Edwards 
Clear Ballistics 

“We were honored to receive the Governor’s award for Rising Star. The recognition comes not only from the governor but from your local community. It has created positive benefits for us in growth, peer recognition, media and networking with other Arkansas business leaders that has helped us reach more global business possibilities. The support from ArDEC has been excellent.”

Curtis Schneekloth
Distribution Center Manager
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company

“We really appreciated the award and the positive press it generated. I believe we also benefited internally from increased recognition of the importance of our export business. The process was very easy and the professionalism of the ArDEC was excellent. The ceremony itself was very nice.” 

John Sinclair

Lycus Ltd.

“The fact we won an award created a great deal of positive recognition for us in our community.  It has been the basis for networking with the Department of Commerce and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission for resource information and assistance and it has also provide a forum for networking with like exporters. Lastly, it has allowed me to share our experiences with local companies who also export.”

Ben Steckling
Technical Sales/R&D
Garreco Dental

“There are many benefits to the Governor’s Award for an organization, such as: Peer recognition – Places you in front of Governor and other Arkansas business leaders; Local recognition – Employee draw when seeking new hires; Media recognition – Allows for PR through social media and print media; Networking – Opened doors to global business possibilities, ArDEC – Expanded thinking of exports, tariffs, etc.”