At Lake Forest Graduate School of Management we offer a number of opportunities each year for students of our MBA Program to take part in our Global Focus Program. The Global Focus allows students to travel with faculty to a country that has been identified as an emerging business market, and engage with business leaders who help define the local customs, highlights and challenges of conducting business within the region. Past destinations have included places like China, Thailand and Poland with future destinations including Serbia, Turkey, Malaysia and – our highly anticipated – trip to Bogota, Colombia in February 2015. Our blog titled, “Destination Colombia” explains why we selected this location and the importance of its emerging market.
Did you know 70 percent of the world’s purchasing power is located outside the United States? According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, due to the increase in access through improvements in trade finance and the Internet, American companies have an opportunity to drive global market share, increase profitability and gain a competitive advantage. At a time when international business practices are continuing to grow and evolve, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management (LFGSM) wants students to experience this evolution first-hand.
Al Spector is the kind of socialpreneur who inspires other business leaders. After 22 years of his corporate career, he decided to pursue his passion for sailing by opening the Marin Sailing School in San Francisco Bay. His school is based in Sausalito, California.
Al Spector commenced his career as an in-house attorney with Grainger (GWW), a leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products with distribution is Asia, Europe and Latin America. He later joined Thompson Multi-Media in the role of a Director of International Logistics, and then served in a business development role with Savi Technology.
Presently Al is a Consultant for RGP (Resources Global Professionals) in the San Francisco Bay area. His expertise in supply chain and legal and regulatory matters allows him to consult a variety of clients on a broad range of products. He has served on an acquisition team for a global pharmaceutical firm, done strategic consulting for a global telecom client, a US healthcare network, and several technology companies.