Jerry Hingle is President and CEO of International Trade Associates, a boutique consultancy dedicated to assisting U.S. businesses and trade associations expand internationally and take full advantage of federal resources in helping them do so. The consultancy has clients in the forest products and produce industries and has strategic partners available in several industry sectors located around the globe.
Hingle launched International Trade Associates after serving seven years as Executive Director and CEO of the Southern United States Trade Association (SUSTA), an export development trade association composed of the Departments of Agriculture of 15 Southern U.S. states and Puerto Rico. He directed the organization's $10 million promotional campaign aimed at developing export markets for high-value food and agricultural products. SUSTA operates in more than 30 countries worldwide and has a full-time staff of 12.
Hingle joined SUSTA after working 10 years with the Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA), a trade organization representing the U.S. lumber industry, where he directed the industry's international marketing and trade policy program in more than 20 countries.
Prior to working at SFPA, Hingle worked with the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) in Washington, D.C., where he managed international marketing and research programs for wood products in Asia, Mexico, and the European Union. Before his AF&PA position, he was account manager of public relations and research for A&MV Public Relations International in Brussels, Belgium, where he conducted market potential studies for U.S. agricultural products in Europe.
He is an appointee to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade (ATAC), where he advises U.S. government trade policy negotiators on industry objectives and bargaining positions as the United States enters into trade agreements or on matters related to agricultural trade policy. Hingle previously served for four years on the Industry Trade Advisory Committee for Forest Products under the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Hingle is also an appointee to the Louisiana District Export Council, a regional council of international trade advisers appointed by the Secretary of Commerce, and Board member of the World Trade Center of New Orleans and Chairman of its Agriculture Committee. He served on Loyola University’s Executive Mentor program, providing guidance to students on business skills and career paths.
He is a native of New Orleans, where he graduated from Loyola University in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in business administration, majoring in marketing. Two years later, he earned his MBA from the European University in Brussels, Belgium, specialized in international management.
He is media trained and a go-to source for print, radio, and television stories. Featured in numerous trade media outlets as well as NPR and BBC World.
- European University, Brussels
- Loyola University New Orleans
- Brother Martin High School
- Southern U.S. Trade AssociationExecutive Director of an export development nonprofit, present
- Southern Forest Products Association
- American Forest and Paper Association