Biography of Peter B. Alois - President and Founder of AGTS


Summary

Education:

            Georgetown University – BSFS in International
                                Relations (1972)
            George Washington University – MBA in Applied
                                Economics (1979)

Experience in international business (1973 to 2005):

            Washington, D.C.
            Costa Rica
            Ecuador
            Germany
            Miami, Florida
            Italy 
            Singapore
            Kuwait

Qualified in the following languages:

            Thai
            Spanish
            German
            Italian

Selected awards:

            - "Golden Hammer" for Reinventing Government, from
                            Vice President Al Gore - Miami, Florida
            - Diversity in Exporting, from the Director General of
                            the 
Commercial Service -
                                        Frankfurt, Germany
            - Bronze Star, from the U.S. Army - I Corps, Vietnam

Personal:

            Married to Beth Unkovic Alois, of Pittsburgh, since 1974
            Three grown children, one daughter-in-law and one grandson

 


During his career with the U.S. government as a soldier and as a diplomat, Peter, his wife Beth and their three children lived on four continents - working, exploring and representing in the most personal way the best of the United States.

He was a true 'intrapreneur' within the U.S. Department of Commerce, making effective and practical connections during his assignments. While in Germany, he recruited the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) into its first commercial trade show. He created a unique bilateral exchange for trade names with the Government of Ecuador to protect American intellectual property when he was assigned in Quito. In Milan, Italy, his office had more export sales than any other commercial office in the entire world. When he was reassigned to Germany, he became Commerce's expert on the Euro even before the currency went into circulation but was already in contractual use.  When he was based in Singapore, he launched a global marketing team to increase American exports of safety and security equipment, which Peter realized would also enhance the security of both the USA as well as of its trade partners. He organized and led the first official trade mission of American companies into Iraq while stationed in Kuwait.


Peter continues to bring people together for profit and mutual benefit. In 2007, he was honored with the invitation to be an Executive-in-Residence at Lincoln University, established in 1854 as one of the oldest historically black institutions of higher education. In 2008, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the German-American Chamber of Commerce of Philadelphia. In 2010, Peter was invited to join the West Chester Area School District's innovative B.E.S.T. team bringing the local business community together with high school students for 'shadowing.'


In 2011, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Global Philadelphia Association,  a new private-sector initiative to unite and encourage the international energies of the region. He hosted the Ambassador of Oman and the Commercial Attache in support of "GlobalPhilly 2013" during the fall. The Philadelphia Inquirer also published his op-ed entitled "Philadelphia steps up its global game" in April 2014.

In November 2015, the City of Philadelphia was elected to UNESCO's distinguished list of global cities as a World Heritage City. Philadelphia is the only city in the entire USA to have this significant honor, for its historical launch of democracy in 1776 which continues to spread around the world.
Please visit: www.globalphiladelphia.org

June 9, 2009, at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia: H. E. Houda Nonoo, then-Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the USA and Peter were graciously hosted by the Department of Anthropology. They are holding a Sumerian cuneiform tablet of 1800 B.C. which mentioned Bahrain ("Dilmun") as a paradise.