James Ryan

International Trade Specialist

Jobst Hall 415B
(309) 677-3075


Jim Ryan, our International Trade Specialist, has a wealth of overseas experience and a passion for international trade. Jim, a native Peorian, received his BA from Stetson University in Florida and an LL.B from the University of Glamorgan School of Law and Finance in Wales. After completing his law degree, he received a diploma from the Institute on International and Comparative Law at Oxford University in England and then returned to the US to receive an LL.M in International and Comparative Law from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Jim has taught at universities in Singapore and Malaysia and worked for San Jose-based technology firms in Asia, where he held positions in international business development, concentrating on foreign market entry and start-up operations in Southeast Asia, the UK and the US. Jim launched an import/export venture in 1997, expanding it to include retail operations in Kuala Lumpur in 2001 and Miami Beach in 2002. Jim sees this as an exciting time to be back in Peoria and he is eager to assist area businesses in expanding internationally.