Lew Cramer

Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors


With decades of experience within the international business and real estate sectors, many consider Lew Cramer one of the most well-connected economic development professionals in the Intermountain West.

As founding president and CEO, Cramer led World Trade Center Utah from 2006 through 2013. With his talented colleagues and strategic partners, he enhanced Utah’s international expansion by assisting Utah firms in connecting with global business opportunities, a method he employs today at Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors. The success of Cramer’s vision and efforts is shown in Utah’s position as the only state in the nation with positive export growth every year for the past decade, including over $19 billion of merchandise exports in 2012.

During the George H.W. Bush administration, Cramer served as Director General of the U.S. Commercial Service, leading the activities of 1,400 commercial officers at over 100 embassies worldwide and 65 offices throughout the United States.

During his many years in Washington, D.C., he worked with US West International in developing major telecommunications projects in over 30 countries. He also served as a White House Fellow in the Reagan administration, Deputy Assistant Commerce Secretary, and Assistant Secretary of Commerce for International Trade.

Cramer currently serves on several corporate and nonprofit boards, including American Management Association Board of Trustees, World Trade Centers Association Board of Directors, Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors, World Trade Center Utah Vice Chairman, Financial Services Corporation Chairman of the Board, Economic Development Corporation of Utah Board of Directors, Utah Technology Council Board of Directors, and Envision Utah Board of Directors.

Cramer has also practiced real estate law in Los Angeles and in the San Francisco Bay area. For many years, he taught real estate law at the University of Southern California and international business at Georgetown University. He graduated with honors in the charter class of the Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark School of Law.

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