Accidental Internationalist

Memoirs of a Businessman

by Alan S. Colegrove PE PhD & Cover design or artwork by Linda Colegrove



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/5/2019

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 176
ISBN : 9781480878655
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 176
ISBN : 9781480878662

About the Book

International business is not for the faint of heart. You have to be willing to go outside your comfort zone in many respects. Alan S. Colegrove did not start out to become an international businessman, yet his inadvertent trek into becoming a die-hard internationalist is a journey full of lessons learned and cultural interactions. So how did he get from growing up in Texas to globetrotting around the world?

Accidental Internationalist follows Dr. Colegrove’s journeys and life around the world for over four decades. While conducting business in multiple countries, he gets to experience jumping into a frozen lake in Scandinavia, sandstorms in the Arabian Peninsula, and bugs the sizes of dinner plates in Southeast Asia, as well as a host of international business issues from contract negotiations to export controls to corruption. He also gets to experience many of the vast arrays of cultures provided by the world beyond the safe harbors of the United States.

Travel with Dr. Colegrove as he learns to explore and enjoy the world while learning also how international business can be frustrating and complex but ultimately enjoyable and rewarding.

About the Author

Alan S. Colegrove, PE, PhD, has been in the international arena for over forty years. After serving seven years as a US Navy fighter pilot, he entered the defense-aerospace industry, spending most of thirty years in international business. He has lived three times overseas, has advanced academic degrees from three continents, and has traveled to over four dozen countries, doing business in about half of them. His experiences include East Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. His doctorate was in an obscure branch of defense economics known as offsets or countertrade. Dr. Colegrove currently resides in Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay with his wife of over thirty-five years. He has two grown children (who, when younger, lived overseas with him on one of his assignments) and one grandchild.