Albert Beckford Jones
Founder, Chairman & CEO
Having worked in the United States and in international environments for 30 years with people from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and languages has contributed to the meaning of success for Albert B. Jones. He has worked for American businesses that enabled U.S. companies and institutions to bridge the gap between global ambitions and the realities of profitable international business. He has assisted in the development and implementation of international strategies and business development throughout the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, and South America. In each of these endeavors, Mr. Jones has held highly influential senior executive-level positions. Some of the most challenging and complex of these opportunities have also been the most rewarding.
In 2011-2012, Mr. Jones was appointed the Manager of Business Development at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), a U.S. multi-billion-dollar endowed, international, co-educational graduate science and Research university on the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia. Mr. Jones is credited with establishing KAUST’s Business Development Department, where he lead major business opportunities and commercial projects that attracted investors to generate long-term revenue, support capital/operation requirements, and lessen the University’s dependence on their endowment. From 2008 through 2010 he was the Senior Advisor to the president of the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF Global); CRDF Global is a non-profit organization authorized by the U.S. Congress, established in 1995 by the National Science Foundation and active in over 30 countries. At CRDF Global, Mr. Jones led their global business development and international scientific and technical partnerships with foreign governments, corporations, and institutions throughout the Middle East and North Africa regions (MENA). From 2006-2007, in his role as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Executive Director of General Motors’ largest operations in the Middle East (Aljomaih/AAC), and one of their largest in the world, he oversaw the human resource and administrative affairs of more than 3000 employees. He also managed $370 million associated with assets in excess of $1.5 billion and a financial organization comprised of 85 regional financial professionals.
Albert Jones’ career began in 1983 as Financial Controller and Management Information Systems Executive for ASTC Corporation, a leading contracting, trading, and investment company based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He managed a budget of $90 million associated with $2 billion in assets. Back in the U.S., in 1989, he joined First National Bank of Chicago (now JP Morgan Chase) as Corporate Planning Officer and a member of a five-person Executive Support Unit for the Bank’s executive management team and the Vice Chairman of the Board. He then spent two years as a special Business Analyst for the executive management of British Petroleum (BP) evaluating capital investments on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Later, in 1993, Mr. Jones was named Vice President and Senior Manager of Corporate Strategic Planning for Society Corporation, where he managed the strategy development function for the merger between Society Corporation and Key-Bank (KeyCorp) that formed an $80 billion corporation. In 1995 Albert founded Trading and Consulting International, Inc. (GoInternationally.com), based in Chicago, and is currently the Chairman Emeritus and CEO. At Trading & Consulting International, Inc. he leads international strategic planning and business development initiatives. He has advised United Technologies and the Manufacturing Advocacy Growth Network (formerly CAMP) on selection and set-up of overseas joint ventures, served as International Investment Consultant to Key-Bank’s senior management to raise global capital for private equity deals, and has served as a Financial Advisor for Merrill Lynch’s Global Private Client Group.
Mr. Jones is an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow from both Harvard University and the University of Chicago and holds two Masters Degrees: in Economics from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and in Policy Analysis and Management from the University of Chicago. Mr. Jones holds a license in Series 7 General Securities Investments, and is a Series 66 Uniform Securities Investment Agent State Law and Investment Adviser. He has spoken at international economic forums and is the current Chairman Emeritus of the national Public Policy of International Affairs (PPIA) Program Board of Directors based in Washington, D.C. He is also a Board Member of the Council of International Programs – Chicago. He is a former board member and trustee of Hampshire College, Lake Erie College, Cleveland State University Foundation, Cleveland Music School Settlement, Chicago Committee, China Advisory Board and Cleveland Council on World Affairs and Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations.