James Ryan

International Trade Specialist

Jobst Hall 415B
(309) 677-3075
jryan@bradley.edu

Biography

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.  

Scholarship

Other Research and Presentations

Ryan, J. (Chair), IESBGA Annual Conference, "Opening/closing remarks, conducted session, introduced speakers, participated in session remarks", Il Dept of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Normal. (May, 2015).

Ryan, J., SCORE Workshop, "Exporting 101", Bloomington SCORE, Bloomington Public Library, 205 East Olive Street, Bloomington. (May, 2015).

Ryan, J. (Chair), IESBGA Annual Conference, "Opening/closing remarks, conducted session, introduced speakers, participated in session remarks", Il Dept of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Normal. (May, 2014).

Ryan, J., Money Week, "Introduction to Exporting: Business in a Globalized World", Turner Center for Entrepreneuriship, Peoria, IL (PNIC). (April, 2014).

Ryan, J. (Chair), Annual Conference Peoria Area World Affairs Council, "Opening/closing remarks, introduced speakers, participated in session remarks", PAWAC, Peoria, IL. (March, 2014).

Ryan, J. (Chair), Annual Conference Peoria Area World Affairs Council, "Opening/closing remarks, introduced speakers, participated in session remarks", PAWAC, Peoria, IL. (March, 2014).

Ryan, J., Great Decisions 2014/ US Trade Policy, "US Trade Policy and Its Implications for Central IL", Osher Life Long Learning Institute, Peoria, IL. (January, 2014).

Ryan, J., Rock Island International Trade and FDI Conference, "Panel Discussion on Federal, State and Local Assistance for International Trade", IL SBDC ITC at Black Hawk College, Rock Island Conference Center. (August, 2013).

Ryan, J., Rock Island International Trade and FDI Conference, "SBDC International Trade Center Resources", IL SBDC ITC at Black Hawk College, Rock Island Conference Center. (August, 2013).

Practice in Field

Consulting

  • SS Marine Products, 2013 - Present

Corporate and Organizational Board Memberships

  • 2012 Conference Planning Committee Chair, IL Entrepreneurship Small Business Growth Association. (January 2012 - Present).
  • IESBGA Vice President, IL Entrepreneurship Small Business Growth Association. (January 2012 - Present).
  • IESBGA President, IL Entrepreneurship Small Business Growth Association. (January 2012 - Present).
  • Board Member, Peoria Area World Affairs Council. (January 2010 - Present).
  • Vice President, Peoria Area World Affairs Council. (January 2010 - Present).
  • President, Peoria Area World Affairs Council. (January 2010 - Present).
  • Past President/Board Member, Peoria Area World Affairs Council. (January 2010 - Present).
  • Board Member, Peoria World Affairs Council, 2011 - Present

Conferences

  • Conference Attendance, Annual Conference Illinois Entrepreneuriship and Small Business Growth Association, IL Department Of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, 2010 - 2015
  • Conference Attendance, NASBITE International Annual Conference 2015, NASBITE International, 2015
  • Conference Attendance, NASBITE International 2011, Cleveland State University, 2011
  • Conference Attendance, ASBDC Annual Conference, Association of Small Business Development Centers, 2010

Faculty Development Activities

  • Exam question reviewer and writer, NASBITE International, 2013 

Licensures & Certifications

  • IESBGA CERTIFIED BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ADVISOR, 2015
  • Certified Global Business Professional, 2013
  • IESBGA CERTIFIED BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ADVISOR, 2012