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The Role of the Business Matchmaker

By Sean Mitton, Canadian Expat Network
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Douglas Wood Principal  Market Access International

Founded in 1996, MAI is a small, woman-owned consulting practice headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with partners in Halifax, Nova Scotia (MAI Canada, Inc.) and strategic alliances in 33 countries. The company's principals and associates offer an average of 20 years of international trade, investment and enterprise growth experience in complementary areas. MAI's principal consultants are fluent in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Slovak, Russian and Spanish while our worldwide, in-country strategic partners offer fluency in native languages.

Mr. Wood is an MAI Principal and provides technical assistance in the areas of SME development. Prior to joining MAI in 2001, Mr. Wood held such positions as the Director of Business Development for Kroll Inc.'s, Atlanta Office, Manager for Business Development and Programs at the Center for Public Policy and Education at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. and Business Advisor for the Presov Business Center in the Slovak Republic as a Peace Corp Volunteer. He also was an Adjunct Professor at Jozef Paval Safarik University in the Slovak Republic. Mr. Wood received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from St. Bonaventure University and a Master of Public Administration from West Virginia University. He is fluent in Slovak.

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