During his 25-year career at GDEcD, Jim worked with over 175 companies whose U.S. subsidiaries currently employ more than 20,000. These include global names like Porsche (Germany), UCB (Belgium), Randstad (Netherlands) and Saint Gobain (France), and mid-sized companies like ATEX (Italy), Balta (Belgium), Glock (Austria), Hansgrohe (Germany), JCB (UK), Terma (Denmark) & WIKA (Germany).
Jim began his career at GDEcD in 1987 in the state’s European Office in Brussels. He also served as Chairman of the Council of American States in Europe, and he was a regular presenter at prestigious U.S. investment conferences organized across Europe, for example, by “Capital” magazine (Germany), KBC Bank (Belgium), the German Chambers of Commerce (Germany), the Paris Chamber (France), the Department of Trade and Industry (United Kingdom) and Confindustia (Italy). Before working with the State of Georgia, Mr. Blair was a Vice President at Bank of America in Atlanta.
Jim's Navigator Consulting firm specializes in FDI and he has a Japanese-speaking site consultant based in Jackson MS and a German-speaking consultant in his Dusseldorf office in Germany. Jim speaks German, French and a bit of Dutch.
Atlanta, GA 30345