(Feb. 27, 2012) -- Jaime A. Martinez '03, senior international business consultant with the UTSA International Trade Center, has been appointed marketing agent for a new Ex-Im Bank partnership with UTSA.
The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) recently signed an agreement with the UTSA International Trade Center as one of Ex-Im Bank's latest city-State Partners. Located at the UTSA Downtown Campus, the trade center is part of the UTSA Institute for Economic Development and provides services to a 79-county regional network of small business development centers.
"The role is essentially an extension of my small business advising services. Being a partner with the Ex-Im Bank gives my clients more resources to draw from when it's time to export, create jobs or find capital," said Martinez."This is a great opportunity to provide Texas businesses with the resources for global expansion with the help of Ex-Im Bank."
Martinez will continue to work with clients in the service, retail and manufacturing industries in starting and growing their businesses to new markets. As the designated Ex-Im marketing agent, he will help market the services of the Ex-Im Bank through a variety of means including one-on-one meetings, seminars and webinars. He will walk local businesses through a range of Ex-Im bank financing tools including working capital support and export credit insurance and guarantees that will enable them to better compete in growth markets abroad.
Martinez earned a UTSA B.B.A. in international business, studying international marketing, international management and strategy, and logistics and documentation in relation to the import and export of goods. He has worked as a small business adviser for the UTSA Institute for Economic Development since 2007, holding positions at the San Antonio Small Business Development Center and more recently at the International Trade Center.
As an SBDC adviser, Martinez helped small businesses create business plans, obtain capital and create jobs. Before coming to UTSA, he worked as a financial specialist and in international private banking with Wachovia Bank and Frost National Bank. He received special recognition as Business Adviser of the Year for 2009.
UTSA is the Ex-Im Bank's fourth partner in Texas -- the only one in San Antonio, with three partners in Dallas and Brownsville.
The UTSA International Trade Center is one of the largest and most successful trade assistance organizations in Texas, helping companies become globally competitive through technical trade consulting, customized market research and innovative training programs. In 2011, the center helped clients generate $210 million in global sales, obtain $9 million in financing, and create or retain more than 1,400 jobs. The center is a specialty program of the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network. Follow them on Twitter @TexasTrade.
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