News Release
For Immediate Release

January 31, 2014

Michael Sullivan, GOED Communications Director

GOED Seminar Teaches Business Leaders How to Avoid Cultural Mistakes
Improve your professional, business and government protocol skills at GOED seminar

Salt Lake City, UTAH — The International Trade and Diplomacy Office in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) invites you to participate in a unique seminar presented by the Protocol and Diplomacy International – Protocol Officers Association (PDI-POA). The seminar will be held Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Priority Dispatch in Salt Lake City.

“The seminar is designed to help you build a strong foundation in communication, understanding, and cooperation between individuals, businesses, governments and cultures,” said Franz Kolb of the International Trade and Diplomacy Office. “Presentations will center on learning appropriate protocol skills essential to avoiding cultural mistakes when hosting and conducting international business and diplomacy.  Such skills are very important for success in international relations.”

The PDI-POA was founded in 2002 as an international association of protocol professionals dedicated to issues of protocol service to our communities. It was established at the first international protocol meeting held at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. and it holds the highest level of collective expertise, training, information, and advice regarding internationally and nationally accepted rules of protocol.

The registration fee is $30 and includes lunch. Registration for this event is available online at


About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Governor Gary Herbert’s commitment to economic development statewide. Utah’s economic development vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business destination. The mandate for this office is to provide rich business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. GOED accomplishes this mission through the administration of programs that are based around targeted industries or “economic clusters” that demonstrate the best potential for development. GOED utilizes state resources and private sector contracts to fulfill its mission.  For more information please contact:  Michael Sullivan, 801-538-8811 or