We added two new Board Members!

“City National Bank and Valero Energy Corporation are leading employers and generous supporters within the communities we serve,” said ITEP CEO Amy Grat

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Cheryl Gage, City National Bank

Los Angeles— International Trade Education Programs (ITEP), which introduces high school students to careers in international trade, transportation, and logistics, will increase its impact with the addition of two new board members.

Cheryl Gage, Senior Vice President for City National Bank and Stephen Faichney, Director of Public and Government Relations at Valero Energy Corporation, Wilmington will join ITEP on July 1st.

“We’re very excited to have them join the ITEP Board of Directors, said ITEP CEO Amy Grat. “Cheryl and Stephen are active and respected civic leaders within the Harbor and South Bay. Valero and City National Bank are also leading employers and generous supporters within the communities we serve.”

Cheryl Gage joined City National Bank in 1990 and currently serves as senior V.P. in the Bank’sLong Beachcommercial banking office. She assists privately held business owners in all aspects of business banking, and has been in market lending since 1984. Gage services a wide variety of clients in the transportation, trade, manufacturing and distribution, international financing, and construction sectors.

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Stephen Faichney, Valero Energy Corporation

Stephen Faichney has worked in the petrochemical field for 37 years with comprehensive experience in refinery process operations, environmental compliance, government and public affairs, and risk management. In 29 years with Valero, Faichney has designed and managed refinery hazardous waste and air compliance programs and is a California registered Environmental Assessor (REA) with experience in process safety management and environmental compliance auditing throughout the country.

Valero has had a long history of support of ITEP and the Wilmington community.  In addition to sponsoring ITEP’s Annual Scholarship Dinner, the company has also underwritten the ITEP MATCH (Maritime Agriculture, Tourism, Cuisine & Hospitality) Academy’s 10th grade trip to the   4-H Youth Leadership Conference at UC Davis and has provided funds for to support the GESA (Global Environmental Science Academy) trip to the Catalina Environmental Leadership Program.  Valero employees have volunteered as mentors, classroom speakers and mock interviewers, as well as represent the company on several of ITEP’s academy advisory boards.

City National Bank has provided numerous scholarships to GSS (Global Safety and Security Academy) students to attend the California Maritime Academy and has been a sponsor of ITEP’s Annual Scholarship Dinner.
“Cheryl Gage and Stephen Faichney are great supporters of ITEP and our mission. I’m personally delighted to be working with them to help take our organization to new heights,” said CEO Grat.



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