SALT LAKE CITY — If you have had occasion to meet Lew Cramer, chances are you were met with a wide smile and a firm handshake, and left the encounter with a positive outlook.
That’s because besides being one of the brightest business minds in Utah, Cramer is also one of the state’s most engaging personalities.
Those qualities have served him well in his role as founding president and CEO of the World Trade Center Utah — a nonprofit business support organization — and were among the attributes that have led him to his new job with one of the region’s largest commercial real estate firms.
Cramer announced Monday he will step down from his position as head of the WTC Utah on Nov. 29 to become president and CEO of Coldwell Banker Commercial Intermountain.
During a news conference at the Grand America Hotel, Gov. Gary Herbert praised his longtime friend for his efforts in bolstering the state’s international business economy. In addition, Herbert declared Oct. 28 “Lew Cramer Day” in Utah.
“We wish Lew the very best in his new position and thank him for his service to Utah during the past seven years as founding president of World Trade Center Utah,” Herbert said.
Cramer noted that he looks forward to continuing his work in helping Utah grow its global business presence.
“My job has been to position Utah as a leader in the international marketplace,” he said. “To succeed, one needs to be internationally minded. By showcasing our global competitiveness, the brainpower of the Intermountain West and attracting international dignitaries to (Coldwell Banker Commercial Intermountain's) Utah, Idaho and Anchorage locations, economic growth will come exponentially.”
Cramer was instrumental in enhancing the state’s international export expansion by assisting Utah firms in connecting with global business opportunities.
During his tenure, Utah became the only state in the nation with positive export growth each year over the past decade. Utah’s merchandise exports have increased by more than 300 percent since the WTC Utah was founded in 2006, reaching a record $19 billion in 2012.
Before to moving to the Beehive State seven years ago, Cramer served as director general of the U.S. Commercial Service during President George H.W. Bush's administration, directing the activities of 1,400 commercial officers at more than 150 embassies worldwide, as well as in 65 offices throughout the United States.
During the Reagan administration, he served as a White House fellow, a deputy assistant commerce secretary and as the assistant secretary of commerce for international trade.
Cramer also worked with U.S. WEST International in developing major telecommunications projects worldwide.
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