Mr. Taft is President and CEO of USATies, a consulting company that helps small and medium businesses develop marketing and business plans and assists them to commercialize products through international contract manufacturing and distribution. USATies has an international staff in three countries and is registered with the United Nations and other government organizations. He has consulted for a number of organizations and a multitude of public and private companies.
Through his programs at the University of Central Florida and his own consulting and previous work in the U.S. Foreign and Commercial Service, he has helped over 2,500 companies expand abroad in over 100 countries. His book, How to Grow Your Business Globally, has enjoyed success worldwide.
He has served on a number of boards, including the Florida District Export Council, the Florida International Development Council, Team Florida, and now Palingenesis Manufacturing Inc. and is a founding member of the Orlando Foreign Affairs Committee. He has been a keynote speaker at numerous functions, and has a large network of contacts in Florida, the U.S. and internationally.
His clients have included the U.S. Department of Defense, the Constituency for Africa, and several overseas governments. He has conducted training and done consulting work for foreign governments, and trade specialists from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Enterprise Florida and several World Trade Centers. His courses include international economic development and trade. He also consults with many company executives on various aspects of international business.
As president and CEO, he managed the international efforts of all the Florida World Trade Centers. He worked with Enterprise Florida to create the Florida Team Trade Network. As part of this effort, he coauthored and helped to negotiate the first-ever business alliance between the U.S. Government (U.S. Department of Commerce), State (Enterprise Florida) and private (World Trade Centers) sectors to combine resources for an integrated statewide trade promotion program, and toured the state with Enterprise Florida to promote the network with economic development partners.
The program, won the U.S. Council for Urban Economic Development’s Gold Trade Export Award for “the most innovative, effective community-based trade program in the U.S.”
Mr. Taft has taught international business at Georgetown University and the University of Central Florida. While at UCF he created and ran the award-winning IB 2000 Program that he expanded to four universities to cover all of Florida. Through the program over 100 students traveled to over 35 countries to work on behalf of Florida companies. He generated over $50 million in sales for Florida companies. He also trained nearly 100 commercial officials from 21 countries and consulted on the reconstruction of selected national foreign commercial services.
In this position as Under Secretary for the U.S. Department of Commerce, Mr. Taft managed 130 overseas offices that specialize in brokering international business between U.S. companies and those of other countries, with resources of $110 million and over 1,200 people. He has been involved in several key trade negotiations for the United States around the world, including the initial sessions of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Uruguay Round that resulted in the forming of the World Trade Organization. Over his career, he has assisted hundreds of companies in their exporting efforts. He also worked on the development of new U.S. commercial programs in Europe, China, Latin America, Croatia/Bosnia, South Africa and Vietnam.
As U.S. Commercial Minister in Australia and Venezuela, he helped over 50 U.S. corporations win major projects abroad amounting to over $10 billion and in many cases assisted these corporations in developing salable offsets to be most competitive.
Companies include General Electric, AT&T, Lockheed Martin, Rockwell International, Harris Corporation, Litton Industries and UPS to name a few. He developed the AUSA program that created strategic alliances between Australian and U.S. companies, and helped form business relationships between Australian organizations and U.S. counterparts that stand to this day.
He developed a commercial agreement between the states of Louisiana and Zulia (in Venezuela) and helped resolve a major antidumping case between Venezuela and the United States.
In this position as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Promotion Services, he managed all of the export services and international computer operations for the U.S. Department of Commerce, including trade show exhibition services, the International Buyers Program, the Agent Distributorship Service, and the Gold Key Service, among others.
Mr. Taft has also served as Chairman of the Marketing Task Force on the President’s Trade Promotion Coordinating Commission. He taught international business at Georgetown University, and has published articles in the international trade press.
Mr. Taft has a bachelor’s degree from St. Michael’s College, a Certificate of Administrative Management from the University of Virginia, and an MBA from the University of Connecticut. He served on the Board of the U.S. Foreign Service and is a member of Who’s Who in America.
After 4 years of working with Palingenesis as a consultant, on July 20th 2009, Mr. Taft accepted the appointment as Director of Strategic Planning and Finance for the Company and has brought to Palingenesis a wealth of experience in international marketing and finance as well as an extensive list of clients both governmental, public and in the private sector.
Ted J. Staley, Chairman of Palingenesis Manufacturing Inc. explained that “Palingenesis and its subsidiary company, Pathogenesis Inc. is uniquely suited to meet the waste management needs of most if not all countries. Palingenesis is marketed to governments and municipalities throughout world and with the appointment of Mr. Taft with his wealth of international experience and contacts the company’s future looks bright indeed”.
Mr. Taft, said, "I see a tremendous market worldwide for Palingenesis’s revolutionary waste treatment and processing systems that not only treat and process almost all types of waste including MSW and most types of hazardous and toxic waste including hospital waste. MSW waste is converted it in to usable concrete replacement products such as building blocks, roof tiles, sewage pipe, curb siding, paving slabs, and much, much more and though my company USA Ties we already have great interest from several countries. We plan on developing brand name recognition and positioning of Palingenesis with many governmental agencies and private sectors throughout the world”. Mr. Taft went on to say, "what could be more important today then saving our environment for ourselves and for future generation”.
Palingenesis Manufacturing, Inc. (palingenesismfg.com) is a company dedicated to the design, manufacture and operation of proprietary equipment intended for the treatment and processing of Municipal Solid Waste and most types of the Industrial, Commercial, Hazardous and Toxic Waste including Hospital, Solid, Liquid and Sludge Wastes that are generated in today's market.
Palingenesis began developing its process technology over seven (7) years ago and after thousands of trials and hundreds of laboratory tests on a wide range of diverse waste streams, carried out using the Palingenesis proprietary chemical mixtures/formulas and additives the company can state with authority that its process and machinery have no peers, either in the ability to treat the various waste streams or operate at positive cash flow. The Company currently has over 90 clients and process's over 36,500 tonnes of H&T waste per year.