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Joe Meredith receives Virginia TradePort Innovator of the Year Award

Joe Meredith, president and CEO of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, was presented with the Virginia Conference on World Trade award this month.  

The award, presented at the Nov. 4-5 conference in Norfolk, recognizes a company or individual that has made a significant impact on international trade and business development in and around the Virginia TradePort.

Meredith holds a bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech, a master's degree from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. He also is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College's Program Management Course.

“In order to be a successful global competitor as a rural area you have to possess the 'global mindset.' One definition of an innovator is someone who introduces something new and makes changes in anything established," said David Denny, the 2010 recipient of the award. "This year’s recipient has clearly demonstrated the attributes of an innovator and has a major impact on not only our region, but also an impact directly and indirectly across the Commonwealth.”

Simply put, Meredith has been and continues to be a particularly valuable asset to our community, both locally and globally, said Jim Flowers, executive director of VT KnowledgeWorks and the 2012 award recipient.

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