William A. Laraque Biography
William Alain Laraque was literally born to a world of international trade, philanthropy and education. His father owned an import/export company, was a diplomat and business leader. His mother was a professor of French and also a trained nurse determined to apply her knowledge and skills to help the poor and illiterate.
Mr. Laraque became an international banker in 1975, and was leader of international business development teams at Chemical Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and HSBC, where he generated substantial fee income for these banks from his international trade and financing efforts.
Mr. Laraque left the turbulent world of banking and finance in the decade of 1990–2000 and became the international sales manager of two consumer product companies and supervised their logistics and shipping as well.
In 1999, Mr. Laraque was discovered by software companies automating trade finance and banking, He successfully applied his skills and knowledge as an international trade finance consultant at CSI/Banktrade and Surecomp.
In 2006, Mr. Laraque led the business development effort of the U.S. Export-Import Bank in New England. The innovative, manufactured products and services of that region were successfully financed, insured for political and commercial risk and exported throughout the globe with Eximbank support fueling an era of record growth for this little known and underutilized U.S. government agency.
The Vietnam War served as a backdrop to Mr. Laraque’s leadership training and the application of his acquired knowledge of business management and operations research techniques. He served as a U.S. Marine platoon commander and supply/logistics and embarkation officer for a US Marine Infantry Battalion and rose to the rank of Major. He reorganized the armory system of the 1st Bn., 3rd Marines and created the “logistics train” concept of resupplying a Regimental Landing Team on live fire operations in the Mojave Desert-based National Training Center for which he received numerous letters of commendation.
Mr. Laraque holds a MS/MBA in Systems Management and Operations Research from the University of Southern California and has taught various aspects of international business subjects at Hofstra University and Baruch College. Mr. Laraque is presently the Managing Director of US-International Trade Services and teaches international trade and logistics at Baruch College in New York City.
Mr. Laraque is fluent in French.