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About the Speaker
Richard “Chip” Thomas, General Manager, American Export Training Institute, West Chester, PA
During his banking career, Chip Thomas developed a skill in training
and was responsible for international product and service training for
Mellon Bank’s customers and employees. He left banking in early 1995 to
pursue his interest in training by helping to establish the American
Export Training Institute (AETI), which provides practical training in
export finance to corporations and financial institutions throughout the
U.S. and Canada. Chip is co-author of the Trade Finance Handbook,
Thomson, 2005. The book is targeted to small and mid-size companies
interested in how to effectively enter the international trade arena.
Chip’s interest in international affairs and cultures began in high
school where he had the opportunity to finish his junior and senior
years at a private school in Zimbabwe, Africa. He finished his B.A. from
So. Illinois University in 1969, majoring in economics and history, and
completed a master’s degree in 1975 from the Thunderbird Graduate
School of International Management. After his undergraduate degree, Chip
spent two and a half years working in Colombia, S.A., with the Peace
Corps, followed by another two years in Colombia with the U.S.
Information Agency (USIA).
Upon returning to the U.S. and completing his graduate studies, he
entered a 22-year career in international banking, specializing in
international trade and finance. This work led to extensive
international travel, with a two-year assignment working and living in
Mexico. Chip speaks fluent Spanish.
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