Atlanta – Georgia Trend magazine has named Julie Brown, President & CEO of the Georgia Foreign-Trade Zone (GFTZ), to its 2019 list of the “100 Most Influential Georgians.”

The magazine annually recognizes Georgia politicians, academics, business and economic development leaders with its “100 Most Influential” list. The final selections are leaders in their field who the magazine’s editors say, “have exhibited the character necessary to inspire, challenge, lead – and influence us.” Georgia Trend covers state politics, education, business and industry. Its “most influential” list celebrated its 21st year with the 2019 selections

Julie Brown

Brown, who is also a founding member of the board of directors of the World Free Zones Organization and is second vice chair of Panama Gateway International Association, Inc., has previously been recognized on the magazine’s list of “Notable Georgians.”

Here is how the magazine described Brown:

“From the world’s busiest airport to one of the world’s busiest ports, foreign trade is the lifeblood of Georgia’s economy. As president and CEO at the Georgia Foreign Trade Zone, Brown’s goal is to help businesses be more competitive by lowering production costs in federally designated zones with the goal of boosting economic activity in the state. “

“The most important aspect of this honor is the recognition of the value and the importance of the foreign-trade zone program to our state,” said Brown. “From supply chain professionals to chief financial officers of companies both large and small, word is spreading about GFTZ and how we are helping businesses save time, save money and strengthen their ties to our community. With each passing year, we are doing more to support job growth, wage growth and productivity. I’m grateful for this recognition and excited about the continued growth of the FTZ program in Georgia.”

“This is a well-deserved honor for Julie,” said John W. Wallace Jr., Chairman of Panama Gateway. “She has worked extremely hard in her capacity at the Georgia Foreign-Trade Zone to emphasize  the importance of the foreign-trade zone program to businesses in Georgia. We are fortunate to have her as a member of the Panama Gateway Board because of the value her skills and connections bring to our corporate members.”

More Georgia businesses are using the foreign-trade zone program today than ever before, according to a GFTZ media release about Brown’s selection. Under her leadership, the release said, the number of people employed by companies that make use of the program’s benefits with GFTZ’s service area has soared to more than 9,000. Additionally, GFTZ has also been awarded the “Top Free Zones Award” by Site Selection magazine for the past two years.

About Georgia Foreign-Trade Zone

Georgia Foreign-Trade Zone (GFTZ) is a private non-profit corporation that serves as the federally appointed grantee with administrative responsibilities over Foreign-Trade Zone #26, serving the majority of Georgia. GFTZ is dedicated to fostering economic growth in Georgia and the U.S. through the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zone program. For more information visit