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||Welcoming of New Deputy Assistant Secretary and New Office Name
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An information service from the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI)
U.S. International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
April 2, 2002
Welcoming of New Deputy Assistant Secretary and New Office Name
We are pleased to welcome the leadership of Douglas B. Baker as the new
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Service Industries, Tourism and Finance.
He has served in this position since November 13, 2001.
Mr. Baker oversees and manages four separate offices, which develop trade
policy and implement trade promotion activities for US businesses in the
service, tourism and finance industries. The services sector represents
approximately 75% of the economy of the United States. In 2001, services
generated $283 billion in exports for the country. The U.S. also enjoys
a trade surplus of $80 billion. This is the 31st consecutive trade surplus
in services which helps to offset the $427 merchandise trade deficit.
This office also works with companies that seek to increase exports under
the Export Company Trading Affairs Act, which was signed into law in 1982,
by then President Ronald Reagan. This program provides certain antitrust
protections for businesses that create partnerships for the express purpose
of exporting, with a strong focus on small and medium-sized businesses.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Baker served as the executive director and
deputy general counsel for the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority
from 1999-2001. During his tenure, the Sports Authority developed and
financed more than $1,000,000,000 in sports-related infrastructures. Mr.
Baker was associated with the law firm of Looper, Reed, Mark & McGraw
from 1993 to 1998. He practiced public and administrative law, as well
as commercial litigation. Mr. Baker developed a practice representing
clients before state and local governments, in addition to representing
local governmental entities. In 1991-1992, Mr. Baker served as a law clerk
for a United States District Court Judge in Houston, Texas.
Mr. Baker also served in the second Reagan administration, where he was
a policy analyst at the Agency for International Development. His office
was responsible for researching and preparing summaries of the current
political situation in emerging democratic countries, in addition to providing
direct electoral assistance to these countries. In 1990, Mr. Baker served
as associate staff counsel to the Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce
Committee, where he focused on energy regulatory matters.
A native of Houston, Texas, Mr. Baker received his B.A. degree from the
University of Texas at Austin and his J.D. degree from South Texas College
of Law, in Houston, Texas. In 2001 Mr. Baker was honored by the Houston
Jaycees, as an outstanding Young Houstonian. Mr. Baker and his wife have
recently relocated to Alexandria, Virginia.
Concurrent with Mr. Baker's arrival, the Tourism Industries office was
renamed the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI) and merged
with the offices of Service Industries and Finance. To learn more about
the Office of Service Industries, Tourism and Finance please visit the
Commerce website at: http://www.ita.doc.gov/sif
OTTI's website address remains the same, go to http://tinet.ita.doc.gov
The OTTI staff size has remained the same, but the budget did see a significant
increase in FY 2002 funding to provide for more research statistics. The
mandate of the Office expanded since September 11th to incorporate assistance
in the domestic market recovery as well as the international market, which
has been the traditional role for OTTI.
Since joining Commerce, Mr. Baker has been very active in working with
the industry. He has appeared at a number of trade shows and met with
regional tourism promotion organizations. He also provides leadership
assistance to Assistant Secretary Linda Conlin with the development of
the Tourism Policy Council, which has held monthly meetings, with over
15 federal agencies and offices involved in travel and tourism, since
9/11. Mr. Baker would like to encourage the industry to reach out to him
to help define the role Commerce should play in assisting the industry's
recovery from the tragic events of September 11.
Please join us in welcoming Mr. Baker to his oversight role in the Department
of Commerce for the travel and tourism industry. He can be reached at
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