Programme: Bachelor of Business Administration
Job: CEO of ErMats International Foods
My name is Erminio Fina and I am a commodity broker. In 2003 I founded and am the current CEO of ErMats International Foods, a brokerage firm that exports agricultural commodities worldwide. Today, through our firm, we serve over 100 companies, among them, some of the most renowned canning and packaging companies worldwide. We are very proud that each year, through our exports, over 20,000 Metric Tonnes of nourishing and healthy foods are distributed to the world's population.
I grew up in Italy, very happily playing soccer every day, until the age of 12, when that lazy bliss turned into adventurous excitement. My father, a biochemist, had earned a teaching position at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA, where we moved. By the time I graduated from high school at the age of 18, my father again determined our next move, this time he had taken a position as a researcher at the Max Plank Institute, in Heidelberg, Germany. It was then that Schiller International University came into the picture. In hindsight, it couldn't have been a better choice for me, already a citizen of the world, Germany only increased this notion and Schiller was the best venue to sharpen the ideals of the global man.
Germany then, as still today, functioned as the centre of the globalized economy, not only because geologically it is at the epicentre of Europe, but mainly because a real melting pot of worldwide entrepreneurship could be found there. This could not be more true of Schiller International University and Heidelberg, where all the kids of this new world gravitated around. Needless to say, when you are surrounded by such diverse people; including students, teachers and staff and all are bound to learn and/or perfect a trade, you can only be inspired. Nothing can teach you more than the inspiration of something greater than you, which then shapes your determination.
After my Bachelor of Business Administration at Schiller University (1983-1987), I went on to pursue a Masters Degree in International Business from the University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, USA. I received my Doctorate, Cum Laude in Economics from the Universita' di Bologna, Italy. My Doctoral thesis "A Test of Internalization Theory and Internationalization Theory: The Upjohn Company" was published worldwide by Management International Review and has been referred to by numerous academic researchers and was selected as one of the Financial Times Best 30 Articles.