Arnie de la Porte (posthumous)

Arnie de la Porte

Arnie de la Porte (posthumous)

Charles A. Andre de la Porte, or Arnie de la Porte as he is known, was born and raised in the Netherlands. He is a graduate of de Kweekschool voor de Zeevaart, the oldest Nautical Academy in Europe, and a retired officer in the Royal Dutch Navy.

After his nautical career he became very active in international business first in Shell and later as Sales Director for a B. Elliot and Co., a large European machine tool company, followed by General Manager of McCulloch of Europe and In 1981, he became Vice President International of Ridge Tool and located to Elyria, Ohio. Here he Co-founded Hexon inc. where he specialized in export and turn-arounds

In 1996 Her Majesty the Queen of The Netherlands appointed Arnie as Her Honorary Consul for the State of Ohio.

Here is a partial list of his accomplishments:

Past Co-Chairman of the Cleveland Tall Ship Festival

Past Grand Commodore of the Ohio Commodores

Honorary chair of the Rotary club of Cleveland

Honorary president of the Cleveland Rotary Club

Past Chairman of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

Past Chairman of the board of the Elyria Country Club

Board member northern Ohio district export council (Nominated By US Secretary of Commerce)

Founding Board member of the French American Chamber

Founding Board member of the British American Chamber of Commerce

Founding Board member of the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce

Founding Board member of the Benelux Business Association

Founding Board member of the German Roundtable

Past president of the Cleveland World Trade Association

Past board member of the Greater Cleveland Growth Association

Past board member State of Ohio economic development Council

Founding board member business advisory board Maine Maritime Academy, in Castine, ME

Founding Board member Cleveland World Trade Association Foundation

Founding board member North East Ohio Trade Network

He was awarded the “Ordre National du Mérite” by the country of France

His motto was: “Trading nations seldom go to war.”

Arnie de la Porte will be inducted by Lithuanian Consul Ingrida Bublys