Joseph O. Fritts
Elizabethtown, IN 47232
TRADESPAN INTERNATIONAL - Columbus, IN, January 1996 to Present.
Privately owned American company headquartered in Columbus, Indiana.
Established global marketing and networking services with major
emphasis throughout the Pacific Rim. Responsible as agent in sourcing
of materials for the Asian market and products for the United States,
while coordinating the quality control and logistical chain of
production. Management services to companies in areas of strategic
planning and acquisition or to those companies seeking entry into
China or other Asian locations. Developing and coordinating
investments into U.S. companies and U.S. investments into foreign
markets via joint ventures and strategic partnerships.
President, May 2006 to Present.
In addition to previous duties as Vice President, handle overall
direction of business activities, both domestic and abroad.
Responsible for coordination of activities for as many as five
offices abroad as well as the home office in Columbus, with
oversight of up to twenty-five personnel. Responsible for
development of U.S. investments into foreign markets, in the form of
sourcing joint ventures in order to link foreign manufacturing to
U.S. distribution channels. Provide consulting services to
companies seeking entry into China, Malaysia and Vietnam, in markets
such as coal, furniture, hardwood, metal castings, plastics and
Vice President - Sales & Marketing, January 1996 to April 2006.
Oversee the collaborative effort of customer acquisition and
maintenance via inside and outside representation.
Personally responsible for representation of company at trade shows
and the key interface, when soliciting new business traffic.
FFESAR, Inc. - Columbus, IN, March 1993 to December 1995.
Privately owned American company headquartered in Columbus, Indiana,
with sourcing and quality control in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, providing
services specifically in the residential furniture market.
Vice President of Marketing
Responsibility to acquire and coordinate new accounts, for
outsourcing of products from the Pacific Rim, with special emphasis
on products from Malaysia and Indonesia. Directed actions and
priorities of up to six employees, both domestic and abroad.
WTWO-TV (NBC Affiliate) - Terre Haute, IN, October 1990 to February 1993.
Production Assistant/Sports Reporter
Operated in-studio camera for newscasts, produced video and written
content for newscasts, directed live updates, and carried out field
reporting duties. Also wrote, edited, produced and anchored sports
highlight segment titled "On the Fritts", which took a humorous look
at local, college, professional and international sporting events.
H&R Block - Terre Haute, IN, January 1991 to April 1991 and January 1992
to April 1992.
Transported confidential tax documents between local office
Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN.
Bachelor of Arts, Communications (Radio/TV/Film), May 1991
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, May 1991
Columbus North High School, 1986
PROFESSIONAL and COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Alpha Epsilon Rho, National Broadcasting Society
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Columbus Chamber of Commerce
Landmark Baptist Church (Treasurer)
Muscular Dystrophy Association
World Trade Club