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SBA Names Chad Smith Exporter of Year

Exporter of the Year

Chad Remp of Wheeling Truck Center, Inc., a fourth-generation family business founded in 1933, is being recognized as Exporter of the Year and has conducted business in 94 countries since 2010. He was nominated by Diego Gattesco of the International Trade Administration.

“We stumbled into the international market by accident,” Remp said in a telephone interview from a Dallas airport as he was on his way to “bounce around South America” connecting with business associates there.

When representatives were setting up the company website, they clicked the button to indicate they would ship truck parts internationally, he said. Since then, they have learned the secret to success in the digital age is the same as it has always been.

“It’s really about hard work, following up with clients and building relationships,” Remp said.