Asia and Middle East
Joe Robinson has 43 years practical, hands-on experience in global commerce targeting success in new markets highlighting investment opportunities. He lived abroad 4 times; traveled to 83 countries and exported to 105 countries in both private corporations and in government positions.Joe provides business start-up best procedures, new market penetration, executive consulting, work shop training, and technical transfer services to large and small corporations, government agencies and global non-profit organizations.
He graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and a Master’s Degree in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management. He was 1 of 5 Americans to receive a full Japanese government scholarship to study International Market Research at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, the leading Business School in Asia.
Joe was the International Trade Manager for the State of Virginia, formerly of the Governor’s office, to provide successful performance accountable export management, marketing and best global business practices covering export control support and compliance training and procedures and led many successful overseas businesses and governor delegation trade missions to Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.
Joe was among the first to visit China’s US Dept. of Commerce 1982 trade exhibition since 1947 and led the very first of any state trade mission opening up Saudi Arabia. This wealth of real-life experience affords Joe the opportunity to provide consulting services to corporations, NGO’s and universities focusing on government regulations and compliance issues and directed towards generating new markets and new businesses highlighting profit return and successful investment opportunities. Joe also writes global business and technical export articles for International Business Training, world-wide international internet publication.
He designed “Export Management & Marketing Procedures, Documents & Compliance” workshops. Joe trained over 1050 exporters in over 240 companies from very small as well as leading Fortune 500 companies.
Joe co-authored the book “Global Business: From Theory to Practice”, a college text book for MBA classes and for those already in international business interested to further their career with a guide truly
“from theory to the practical”. It was printed in 2008.
Joe’s practical experience comes from managerial positions at Rohm & Haas Chemical; American Cyanamid; and American Hofmann; was country manager for A. H. Robins Pharmaceutical in Tokyo; and vice president for Vickers Kawasaki joint venture in Kobe, Japan; and international marketing manager for the Limitorque valve actuator company. He was president and owner of his own international business, Robinson Engineering Products.Joe was also president of three international trade associations, one of which he founded. He continues to author export subject matter articles for International Business Training (www.i-b-t.net), an international publication based in Minneapolis, MN.
One highlight of Joe’s career was providing White House Executive Briefing to the President of the United States on the pros and cons of the NAFTA Agreement.Joe’s hobbies are wilderness camping and whitewater rafting, the Grand Canyon, the Saudi Arabian Desert, the Yukon, Alaska and the Appalachian Trail. He continues global business travel and enthusiasm for outdoor wilderness adventures.