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Willis Black

Consultant-specialty in technology transfer/process/manufacturing - International Trade

De Pere, WI

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• Over 30 years of business experience encompassing capital equipment, commodity trading and hedging, foreign currency hedging, and international trade. 
• Sales and shipping, foreign business development on several continents, all forms of capital equipment and technologies including construction equipment, pipeline equipment, drilling equipment, and all types of computer hardware, fertilizer process plants and thermal/process equipment for mining industry. 
• Business start-ups, including business financing to SEC filings, and manufacturing company management, including manufacturing offshore, including India and China. 
• Concluded business in South America, Pacific Rim, Russia, Mongolia, most of Ivory and Gold Coast African countries, most of European countries, and parts of Central Asia. (47 countries) 
• Started and ran mining operations for precious metals and gem stones in several worldwide locations. 
• Expertise in negotiating contracts with senior business and government officials from many cultures. 
• Exim Bank financing, government negotiations, developing country financing/deal structuring 
• Letter of Credit and international finance specialist. 
 
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 
 
International Business: 
 
• Consulted for and became CEO of mining equipment manufacturing company, marketing equipment to business/government entities worldwide. 
• CEO of a high-tech trading company, with leasing company and engineering company, with offices in Luxembourg and USA and partnerships in UK. 
• Specialized in trading of product between various European and Emerging Mkt. countries and USA. 
• Negotiated trade agreements with major Russian companies and USA entities. 
• Marketed and sold capital equipment, products and commodities that shipped to nearly every continent. 
 
Financial Management: 
 
• Traded and hedged commodities-Chicago Board of Trade. 
• Hedged foreign sales of capital equipment sold in various currencies. 
• Developed funding for several small businesses, from startup stage to first SEC filing. 
• Developed trade into Western African countries with financing funds from European governments. 
• Specialist in trading/counter-trading agriculture equipment for natural resources in developing countries. 
• Structured Financing for Emerging/Developing Country projects 
• Started and owned capital equipment leasing company with office in Europe. 
• Offshore organization and setup experience in several global locations, Willis Black Resume' 
 
Recent (7) Years of Business 
 
• Managed capital equipment sales and finance structuring to Morocco, Brazil, Rep of Congo, China, Colombia, Peru, Canada, Philippines, China, with services to Venezuela, Jordan, Egypt, at times utilizing US Commercial Service Advocacy 
• Structured Strategic Alliance with USA and European firm for mining project participation in West Africa 
• Developed and managed business in Venezuela with credit and financing. 
• Organized International Business Department for USA manufacturer encompassing working capital lines, contract structuring, US Advocacy, staffing, sales management. 
 
Trade Negotiations: 
 
• Negotiated mining equipment sales to government officials of Mongolia. 
• Negotiated mining contracts with indigenous and government entities in South America. 
• Traded high tech and computer product between Mid Eastern countries and Europe. 
• Negotiated equipment sales into Central Asia and facilitated sales into most West African countries. 
• Negotiated sales of capital equipment in many countries, including process equipment for manufacturing fertilizers and ore processing, with successful sales in African. South American and Pacific Rim countries, with financing/risk mitigation arranged. 
• Joint Venture/strategic alliances in South America, Europe, Canada

Work Experience

Consultant-specialty in technology transfer/process/manufacturing

International Trade
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1998 to Present

equipment sales and structured financing developing countries 
CEO/Managing Director- WBBINTL

Trade Consultant

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1983 to Present

CEO

International Trade
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1992 to 1998

Mining and Heavy equipment into developing countries, primarily minerals and metals 
Concentrators for platinum, silver and gold industry.

Leasing Company
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1980 to 1983

Commercial and Residence
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1976 to 1980

Computer trading and Engineering; First Northern Computer-Offices in Europe

Commodity Trading and Hedging
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1971 to 1976

Specializing in Feed Ingredients, including soymeal, cottonseed meal, oils, ag. crops

Consulting Designer/Engineer for electronic packaging

Self Employed
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1966 to 1971

Education

Design

Brown Technical Institute

Engineering

University of Minnesota study

Legal/Accounting

Loyola University