ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sonny Perdue, 81st Governor of Georgia; David Perdue, former CEO of Dollar General; Trey Childress, Georgia’s COO for Governors Deal and Perdue; and Heidi Green, former Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, today announced the launch of Perdue Partners, LLC.
Perdue Partners, LLC (www.perduepartners.com) is an Atlanta-based global trading company that facilitates U.S. commerce, with an emphasis on the export of U.S. goods and services, through trading, partnerships, consulting services, and strategic acquisitions.
Perdue Partners, LLC is founded on high-level experience and broad expertise in private industry, international economic development and commerce, and government. The purpose of Perdue Partners is to assist companies in maximizing investments and engagements with a well-defined strategic vision, informed analysis, experienced management, and seasoned judgment.
“In traveling the world and meeting with global companies and government leaders, I have seen first hand the dynamic, increasing demand of the new middle class in emerging markets for quality goods. This demand provides new opportunities to sell American products and services abroad,” said Governor Perdue. “Our mission at Perdue Partners is to help strong companies reach their full potential through accessing new markets, reaching new customers and ultimately growing their sales.”
Perdue Partners will be working with businesses that are ready for international growth, companies that need experienced consultation or partnership in exporting, companies that are considering U.S. operations and need relocation expertise and incentive consultation, and companies and organizations that need economic development expertise. The combined experience of more than 90 years with management of multi-billion dollar operations and international relationships in more than 25 countries around the world ensures Perdue Partners offers clients a seasoned, networked team to assist them.
“In the last 20 years we have seen the growth of new consumers in Asia which today is demanding more and more sophisticated Western consumer products. With this partnership mix of proven management experience and international commerce expertise, we offer companies, governments and organizations a unique portfolio to help them leverage these new consumer opportunities,” added David Perdue.
Consumer spending in Emerging Market Economies is anticipated to grow by an annual average rate of 10.4 percent between 2010 and 2020 with China, India, Brazil and Russia being the largest consumer markets, according to the Euro Monitor International. As a result, the International Monetary Firm forecasts that the purchasing power of consumers in emerging markets will outpace developed countries with in the next three years. The growing purchasing power of new consumers in emerging markets offers new export and sales opportunities for U.S. goods and services. The mission of Perdue Partners is to leverage these market opportunities and promote the commerce of U.S. goods and services as a global trading company.
For more information on Perdue Partners, visit www.perduepartners.com.
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Sonny Perdue, a founding partner of Perdue Partners, LLC, served as Georgia’s 81st Governor and owns successful commodity trading and logistics companies. In 2010, Governing magazine named Governor Perdue as one of its 2010 Public Officials of the Year for his outstanding leadership in reforming the culture and management of state government. The Reason Foundation honored Governor Perdue as a 2009 Innovator in Action, recognizing him as a leader who “aggressively pursued new strategies to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of government and deliver better value at less cost to taxpayers.” And, in 2008, the Pew Center on the States ranked Georgia among the best managed states in the nation emphasizing the value and impact of improvements made by Governor Perdue’s Commission for a New Georgia.
David Perdue, a founding partner of Perdue Partners, LLC, has enjoyed a successful 39-year career in retail and branded consumer products. While focusing on international consumerism, David lived in France, Singapore and Hong Kong as well as several locations within the U.S. During his career, Perdue served as Chairman and CEO of Dollar General, a Fortune 500 Company, with oversight of 9,000 stores nationwide. He was Chairman and CEO of Pillowtex, a textile manufacturing company. He also served as President and CEO of the Reebok brand and is credited with revitalizing the athletic brand in the early 2000s. Mr. Perdue served as a Senior Vice President of Haggar Inc., and was Senior Vice President of Asia Operations for Sara Lee, where he established the firm’s first Asia headquarters.
Trey Childress, a founding partner of Perdue Partners, LLC, served as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the State of Georgia, responsible for leadership and supervision of Georgia’s nearly 100 state departments, agencies, and their boards and commissions. Prior to being named as COO, he served as the Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning & Budget, responsible for the State’s $35 billion budget (total state and federal funds), annual capital outlay portfolio of $1 billion and strategic planning and management. In these roles, he provided critical financial leadership, leading reorganizations and business process reforms improving customer service and operational efficiencies. With his leadership, Georgia maintained its AAA bond rating during unprecedented financial challenges and worked to reform Medicaid realizing over $3 billion in savings for the state of Georgia.
Heidi Green, a founding partner of Perdue Partners, LLC, recently concluded four years with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), serving as Commissioner of the Department and Deputy Commissioner of Global Commerce. While at GDEcD, she managed a staff of 200 people and an annual budget of $27 million. Under her management the Global Commerce team was reorganized into industry clusters to better serve clients, systems and business operations were streamlined to adjust to a 25 percent reduction in budget appropriations, and a new four-year $10 million international marketing campaign was launched. Despite budget challenges, the agency attracted more than 65,000 new jobs to the state under her tenure. She led the agency’s work to grow Georgia’s small business and international trade sectors as well as its global, national and statewide market penetration.