James Foley

Director - Operations

Jobst Hall 141
(309) 677-3075


At the International Trade Center at Bradley University, Mr. Foley coordinates a program of counseling and training in international business planning, marketing, logistics and export finance. The centers are a joint venture between the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs and Bradley University with a mission to promote international trade and assist companies with trade-related expansion and training.

Mr. Foley is a frequent speaker on issues of international trade and teaches International Business courses at Bradley University's Foster College of Business. He was recently the President of NASBITE, the North American Small Business International Trade Educators and now serves as the Director for International Trade Certification. He also serves as chair of the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) International Section Executive Committee.

In 1997 he was awarded the Illinois Small Business Development Association ITC Director of the Year Award and in 2001 he received the Governor's Export Award from Illinois Governor George Ryan. He authored The Global Entrepreneur, Dearborn Publishing, discussing techniques to expand international trade for small to midsize companies. Numerous colleges and universities have adopted the text for both undergraduate and MBA international business courses.

Prior to joining the trade center in 1994, Mr. Foley lived and worked in Europe for seven years. His overseas business experience includes positions in marketing, sales, and corporate management in the computer industry. Mr. Foley received his MBA from the London Business School at the University of London. Before London, Jim worked in Los Angeles in the software industry, and also lived in Mexico City where he earned a Spanish proficiency certificate.



 Foley, J. F. (2012). International Marketing, 10th Edition. Naperville, IL: Naper Publishing Group. [Published: 2012]

Other Research and Presentations

Foley, J. (Leader), FL Small Business Development Center Conference, "Advanced Training: Certified Global Busn Prof", Florida SBDC Network, Miami FL. (June, 2015).

Foley, J. F. (Leader), "Achieving Export Success--Rural Focus", Wenatchee, WA. (June, 2014).


  • Chestnut Global Partners, 2014 - Present
  • Excel Foundry, 2012 - Present
  • Maui Jim, 2010 - Present

Corporate and Organizational Board Memberships

  • International Trade Committee National Co-chair, America's SBDC. (September 2007 - Present).
  • President, Exec, Board, Nasbite International. (April 1999 - Present).
  • Chairman, International Association of Trade Training Organizations. (October 2004 - October 2012).
  • Board Member, Chestnut Health Systems, 2014 - Present

Delivery of Executive Education

  • Management/Executive Development, Bradley University EDC, 35 participants. (June 2015).
  • Management/Executive Development, Bradley University EDC, 35 participants. (February 2015).