Robert Thompson, Editor-in-Chief, World Trade Daily

Written by Doyce Powell, a new virtual forum providing world trade data, corresponding technology, and business applications, will be launched on May 1, 2011. As a trailblazer of international trade information for two decades, Robert Thompson has become a major player whose efforts have been successful in reshaping the global economy and global trade technology.

In 2008, Thompson was the first recipient of the Global Corporate Leadership Award by the World Trade Center Association Committee on Peace and Stability through Trade. Since the early ’90s, he has had several successful international business ventures, including expanding the international trade markets of Nashville, Tennessee and opening the Greater Nashville Trade Center.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in filmmaking from the University of Missouri-Columbia with the class of 1979. He earned a master’s degree from Regent University in marketing communication, TV, and film with the class of 1981. He had a successful career in entertainment that prepared him for the ventures ahead in the Global Market. Thompson taught at Regent, where he was responsible for setting up the film department.

In the early 1980s, Thompson established the largest independent film studio in Los Angeles with more than seventeen sound stages within 1,000,000 square feet. In 1993, he founded Big Picture Media – a diverse media production company – that he operated until 2000, when he started CenTradeX.

Robert Thompson built CenTradeX within ten years as a respected trade intelligence provider to the WTCA, U.S. Government, Foreign Agricultural Service, certain domestic commercial, and logistics affiliations.

In May 2010, UBM Global Trade announced its purchase of CenTradeX assets to compliment PIERS that was launched over 30 years ago by the Journal of Commerce and has become a primary source of U.S. waterborne trade information and a leader in global trade solutions. CenTradeX was chosen for its technology expertise, industry knowledge, and advanced data analytics according to John Day, CEO of UBM Global Trade.

May 1, 2011 Robert Thompson launches World Trade Daily.

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