Rising Economic Development Star of the Week: Christina Stimpson
October 5, 2015
Christina Stimpson, 31, is the Director of International Trade at the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce in Alabama. DCI is pleased to honor her as a winner of our 40 Under 40 awards — the only award of its kind recognizing young talent in the economic development profession.
As Director of International Trade, Christina is responsible for leading the Chamber’s trade promotion and development efforts in selling Alabama products and services throughout the world. In addition, Christina is responsible for fostering cooperation with local, state and regional trade entities to ensure a good climate for trade. As leader of the Chamber’s international trade program, Christina coordinates and hosts the international trade leadership series; an educational series designed to engage new companies and enhance business owners’ experience in international trade. The series consists of export planning, research, logistics, documentation, international financing, export insurance and more.
Under Christina’s leadership, trade missions have been conducted to Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, France, India, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden and Thailand. Export sales from trade missions have created 1,900 jobs.
During Christina’s tenure, the Chamber’s International Trade division has won the “Going International Award” by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives and the State of Alabama’s “Governor’s Trade Excellence Award.” In May of 2014, the Mobile Chamber received the President’s “E” Star Award for Export Service from the US Department of Commerce, presented to firms and organizations for continued performance in increasing and promoting exports.
In addition to her work at the Chamber, Christina serves on the USA Mitchell College of Business Marketing Department Advisory Council and is a member of the Leadership Mobile Class of 2015.
What’s your passion for places?
I love experiencing the feeling of culture shock. Immersing yourself in a new culture forces you to adapt, learn about yourself and new traditions and while it can be overwhelming, it’s completely worthwhile.
What have you learned so far in your career?
Don’t take yourself too seriously. And be kind to everyone you meet.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself continuing to grow in my profession, while balancing work and home life.
About the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce
The Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce in Alabama strives to meet the needs of the Mobile area. As a private business organization, the Chamber serves as a progressive advocate for business needs to promote the Mobile area’s economic well-being. The Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce is one of the nation’s oldest continuously accredited Chambers, and received its 25-year accreditation with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1992. To learn more visit https://mobilechamber.com.