- June 19, 2020
-- MAPLE Business Council (https://www.maplecouncil.org)®
is pleased to announce the appointment of John T. Costanzo (https://www.maplecouncil.org/
costanzo) as Executive Director of the newly launched New York Chapter. Costanzo will leverage his expertise and 35-year career in cross border logistics to guide MAPLE in its mission to grow Canada - U.S. economic trade.
MAPLE Business Council is a member organization that spans business sectors and partners with the Canadian Consulate General offices, the U.S. Commercial Service, World Trade Centers, cities and economic development agencies. Founded in 2015, MAPLE brings businesses together through networking, events, thought-leadership platforms and online interactions to encourage business growth through bilateral investment, trade and entrepreneurship with Canada. MAPLE Business Council is active in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto, Montréal and New York.
"We are so pleased to welcome John to our leadership team. John brings an impressive background to MAPLE and we are truly honored to have his support in growing our Canada-U.S. economic relationship,"
said Stephen Armstrong and Robert Kelle, co-founders of MAPLE Business Council. "Canada and the U.S. already have the largest trading relationship in the world, but there is so much opportunity still to be had for U.S. businesses to grow their business across the border. Our goal is to make it easy to take advantage of these opportunities and generations of our countries working together as strategic allies."
Costanzo is President & CEO of LDK Global Logistics, a New York based consulting firm specializing in helping U.S. based companies to navigate the complexities of international trade and logistics, including transportation and delivery, customs clearance, returns management, shipping technology, regulatory and tax matters, and establishing international distributor networks.
Prior to his formation of LDK, Costanzo led Purolator International, Inc., a leading provider of US/Canadian cross-border logistics, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Purolator Inc., the largest privately held integrated freight, package and logistics solutions provider in Canada.
Costanzo joined Purolator in 2001 to develop and expand the company's U.S. business, and over his 17-year tenure introduced new services and transformed the operations from three to 32 U.S. markets. Costanzo's leadership led to a tenfold increase in annual sales from $20 million to $200 million, and consistently high operating margins. Purolator International today has over 270 employees and a diversified client base, from industrial manufacturers and distributors, large specialty retailers, medical equipment and diagnostics manufacturers, and e-commerce companies.