Ralph Watkins was an international trade analyst at the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) for 37 years. From 1986-2005, he was the Program Manager for Production Sharing. During that time, he supervised and co-authored 19 annual reports on the use of U.S. components and materials in foreign assembly plants, focusing on the cross border integration of manufacturing in North America and the Caribbean Basin. During 2006-2007, he was Deputy Director for the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and contributed a chapter on “The China Challenge to Manufacturing in Mexico” to Oportunidades en la relacion economica y comercial entre China y Mexico, edited by Enrique Dussel Peters (United Nations, 2007). Mr. Watkins was a visiting scholar in the College of Business Administration at the University of Texas at El Paso for a semester in 2009, where he lectured on international trade and helped organize a conference on the U.S.-Mexico partnership. On retiring from the USITC in August 2012, he formed Americas Trade Analysis, LLC, which provides assessments of factors influencing the competiveness of industries in the Western Hemisphere producing goods for regional and global markets.