Gerald Shaye was educated at Dartmouth College, where he majored in Economics, and Columbia University Graduate School of Business, where he majored in Public Accounting.
Jerry began his career working in the Peace Corps in Venezuela, where he worked in the promotion of cooperatives in both urban and rural areas and was instrumental in the development of the country’s largest farmers’ cooperative.
After his Peace Corps assignment, he remained in South America, providing consulting services to an affiliate of an American company involved in the growing and canning of mushrooms. Later Jerry and several partners founded the first commercial mushroom farm in Venezuela.
Jerry then joined The Boulton Group, a large Venezuelan trading and manufacturing business, specializing in the manufacture, importation and distribution of food products, wines and liquors, construction materials and oilfield equipment. For over 10 years, Jerry held positions of increasing responsibility, including sales manager, general manager and vice-president, gaining diverse professional experience in manufacturing and international trade.
In his last six years in Venezuela, Jerry served as General Manager of Cooperativa La Andina, Venezuela's largest agricultural cooperative. La Andina is dedicated to the production and sale of vegetables to Venezuelan and multinational clients. Jerry also provided significant assistance to Venezuela’s Ministry of Agriculture in the development of policies regarding post-harvest handling and commercialization of vegetables.
Upon returning to the U.S. Jerry took an assignment as International Trade Specialist and later Director, International Trade Development with Empire State Development (The New York State Department of Economic Development). His responsibilities included the promotion of exports from New York State as well as the attraction of foreign direct investment. His work involved individual consulting with businesses wishing to engage in international trade. Jerry has been successful in assisting diverse New York State companies to initiate and to expand their export operations. He was instrumental in developing plans for four New York State trade promotion offices in Latin America and South Africa.
Jerry was responsible for the development and execution of trade promotion strategies, working with New York State staff and up to 12 foreign-based NYS offices. He also led trade missions to China, Japan, Europe, and Latin America.
As co-manager of the $1.2 million New York Interamerican Commerce for Consulting Engineers program, he pioneered the development of opportunities for New York consulting engineers in Latin America.
Jerry worked intensively in the development of a creative export education program, ExportNY. He has consulted with more than a thousand businesses in New York State and frequently hosts visiting delegations from foreign countries.
Jerry teaches International Business and International Marketing in the MBA programs at Union Graduate College, The State University of New York at Albany, The Sage Colleges and at the Universidad Del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
His work involves constant contact with consular authorities in New York City as well as close coordination with the U.S. Department of Commerce. Past president of the Tech Valley Global Business Network of New York’s Capital Region, Jerry has been a long-time member of its board. He serves as chair of the Albany-Tula Alliance and is on the board of the Albany Roundtable, The Albany Fund for Education and the International Center of the Capital Region.