Samuel Kephart has been appointed interim president and CEO of the World Trade Center San Diego, the organization announced Nov. 26. He succeeds Steven Weathers, who announced his resignation, effective Dec. 4, for personal reasons.

Kephart, 63, has been vice president of marketing for the organization since July, when he was brought in to assist with branding, marketing and creating new sources of revenue. He is a veteran sales and media executive who has run his own consulting firm for the last 10 years. As president of Global Factors Inc., an export management company trading in specialty chemicals in the mid-1970s, Kephart became a charter member of the San Diego World Trade Association.

WTC San Diego Chairman Stephen Austin credited Kephart with successfully leading new strategies for expanding the organization’s reach.

“He has an excellent team and board to work with while continuing to make the [World Trade Center San Diego] an effective business facilitator,” Austin said in a news release.

WTCSD provides research, international trade services and introductions to facilitate and expand business opportunities for regional and worldwide business members and corporate clients. It operates under the World Trade Centers Association, which is headquartered in New York City.

— SDBJ Staff Report