Our Managing Director

Jonathan A. Fink has over twenty-five years experience working with the senior management of manufacturers and high volume exporters ranging from small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to multi-billion dollar transnational corporations. His ability to understand the complexities of doing business in the global market grows out of years of experience working in and with the international business operations management of high technology, consumer products and agribusiness related firms in the United States, Southeast Asia and Latin America.

After holding post-graduate positions as an investment banker with Thomas James Associates in Washington D.C. and Manager of Government Relations with the New York based American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI), Jonathan took up a position based out of Jakarta, Indonesia where he served as Export Marketing Advisor to the senior management of PT Argo Pantes, Integrated Textile Industries, one of Asia’s largest fully integrated woven textile mill manufacturers. While with Argo Pantes, flagship company of the annual $2 billion dollar Argo Manunggal Group conglomerate, Jonathan worked with the firm’s senior management to resolve and successfully negotiate several technical international trade matters including two anti-dumping cases filed against the company by the European Union (EU) and two high volume multi-million dollar technology licensing manufacturing agreements. In addition, he was in charge of developing and implementing a corporate market diversification plan that resulted in approximately ten million dollars of new textile exports into regional Asian markets in its initial year of implementation. Working on behalf of the management of the conglomerate, he served on a senior management team that prepared a feasibility study to convert a 10,000 hectare Argo Manunngal owned cocoa plantation in West Sumatra, Indonesia into a production and processing of palm oil for export to the industrialized world markets.

In 1996, Jonathan used his experience and core competency in the marketing, export, and branding of textiles and apparel to launch IndoAsean Trade Inc., a highly profitable international trading company specialized in extending and rationalizing the SE Asian textile and apparel supply chains for several U.S. and regional Asian based textile importers and manufacturers. While heading up IndoAsean Trade Inc, his firm brokered the export of high volume container loads amounting to over $5 million dollars per year of textile raw materials from manufacturers in Indonesia and SE Asia. In late 1990s, at a time when SE Asian markets were undergoing financial turmoil, Jonathan relocated from SE Asia to his company’s U.S.-based office in San Antonio, Texas and he pursued a strategy of diversification and expansion into consulting services focused on assisting small and medium-sized US manufacturers in a wide range of industries to expand operations in the global market. Jonathan steered the practice into several new areas of consulting including advising U.S. exporters on export compliance with the US Export Administration Regulations or “EAR” (15 CFR Parts 730-774) as well as the International Traffic in Arms Regulations or “ITAR” (22 CFR Parts 120-130). In recent years, he has developed a significant portfolio advising the senior management of over fifty US companies spanning various hi-tech sectors ranging from commercial and military aerospace, semiconductors, machine tools, information technology, and electronic component manufacturers and distributors on complex EAR and ITAR related export compliance and licensing cases.

In addition to managing TSI Global Consulting, for many years he has served on the adjunct faculty at both San Antonio College and the University of the Incarnate Word where he has taught undergraduate courses in macro and microeconomics. He also has held graduate-level adjunct teaching positions in international business in the Bill Greehey School of Business at St. Mary’s University. Jonathan has presented papers at several national and regional conferences including the Academy of Economics and Finance (AEF) and Association of Social Economics (ASE) on topics related to international trade and economic development in Southeast Asia and Latin America. In September of 2007, he was invited as a guest of the Mayor of Brisbane, Australia to serve as a speaker on a high-level panel of internationally renowned experts that included senior U.S. government officials, at the Asia Pacific Cities Summit (APCS) in Brisbane, Australia.  In May 2019, he moderated a high-level Panel at Super Conference 2019 in Chicago sponsored by Law.com, entitled How to Navigate Tariffs, Trade Wars, and Global Supply Chain Disruption. He is often quoted and interviewed by the press on key international business and trade policy matters.

Jonathan holds a master’s degree in international economics from Boston University (1988) and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Richmond (1986) where he was also an NCAA Division 1 cross-country and track athlete. He is also ABD status (all but dissertation) having completed all of his coursework towards a Ph.D. in International Economic Development at the University of Southern Mississippi where he was inducted in 2007 into the Phi Kappa Phi academic honor society.  He is conversant in both Indonesian and Spanish. In his spare time, he can normally be found on his road bike swiftly riding the farm roads of the Texas hill country preparing for his next road race or spending time outdoors at a dark sky rural location studying deep space objects as an amateur astronomer.

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