On October 23, 2013, over twenty Russian business leaders – all Executive MBA students at the prestigious Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration – visited Highland Forwarding, Inc. and Highland Project Logistics, Inc. in Londonderry, New Hampshire. The stop was part of a national visit arranged by the Academy to introduce their executive students to innovative businesses in the USA with Russian connections and customers.
Highland Forwarding, Inc. is an innovative international logistics company with strong business and cultural ties to Russia. It has placed six times on the INC 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in the USA, and has increased its staff by 30% every year since its founding in 1998, currently employing 29 staff in the states.
The visitors were welcomed by a Proclamation from NH State Senator Sharon Carson, which was read by Town Manager Kevin Smith. Mr. Smith also held a question-and-answer session responding to several questions about the business climate, welfare responsibilities, population growth rates, and the government’s role in encouraging and regulating business start-ups and their growth.
Highland President Radek Maly and Business Development Director Natasha Derkach hosted the delegation for the remainder of the day. “These visits are always informative for our company and for these executives” said Maly. “We hope they will leave with a better appreciation of the positive business environment here, and someday do business with our company or others in Londonderry”.
Town Manager Kevin Smith said he was pleased to tout the advantages of Londonderry; both its economic advantages as well as its natural resources, “Radek has built a great building on a great site; it’s a wonderful asset for the community for demonstrating our advantages.”