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August 27, 2013

Avalon Announces Winners of 2013 WESCCON Scholarship

CHICAGO (Tuesday, August 27, 2013) - Avalon Risk Management is proud to announce the winners of the annual WESCCON Scholarship, part of the Pacific Coast Council of Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association’s (PCC) scholarship program.

The scholarship will allow five (5) industry members of PCC to attend the 33rd Annual Western Cargo Conference – WESCCON 2013 held at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA on October 17-20. The scholarship funds provided by Avalon will be used to cover the cost of airfare and accommodations at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort. The PCC also waives the conference registration fee for scholarship recipients.

To qualify, candidates must have had a minimum of 2 years experience in the logistics industry and have never attended WESCCON. To apply, candidates needed to submit an application and agree to submit an essay after attending WESCCON summarizing their experience at WESCCON and explaining how their attendance will benefit them and further their career goals. Avalon works closely with industry associations to support education, awareness and compliance.

“One of Avalon’s core values is personal growth and knowledge, we enjoy partnering with WESCCON to provide this scholarship award and take pride in the new talent it helps brings to the industry,” stated Lisa Gelsomino, Avalon’s President/CEO who presents the scholarship awards at WESCCON each year. Avalon is proud to help members of our industry grow through furthering education, this year’s winners are:

  • Jonathan Z. Orozco, San Diego Customs Brokers Association
  • Robert Hoxha, Columbia River Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association
  • Jeanne Clark, Los Angeles Customs Brokers & Freight Forwards Association
  • Nathan J. Reed, Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of Northern California
  • Samantha Pate, Customs Brokers & Int’l Freight Forwarders Association of WA State

Victoria Lane, President of the PCC also stated, “The Pacific Coast Council extends it gratitude to Avalon Risk Management for providing the scholarship to our industry. This is a wonderful opportunity for our industry professionals to dip into the wellspring of knowledge provided by this excellent conference.  Congratulations to all the winners!” WESCCON is the premier event for the international trade community with over 280 attendees, don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the industry experts, online registration is available at

Avalon Risk Management provides insurance and surety solutions to the transportation and logistics industries. Local service is provided through ten offices in major U.S. port cities and Toronto, Canada. Products include: Bonds, Marine Cargo Insurance, Professional Liability, Property & Casualty, Executive Risk and specialty auto programs including Truck, Courier and Paratransit.

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