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Bridging the cultural gap - Alumni Profiles
December 2011 Issue
As a trade facilitator for the Italian fashion and perfume industries, Martin McNeese has honed his credentials deftly: He speaks a host of European languages like a native; he earned an undergraduate degree in finance from UGA; he studied fashion management and both Italian and American customs law; and he has a clear passion for Italy, including dressing in casual chic style. His Anglo name, however, comes from his late father, who hailed from Vidalia, but whose career in the U.S. Air Force took him to a base in Aviano, Italy. Growing up in Europe, Martin (BBA ’88) learned seven languages, including Russian, and realized that he had an unusual cross-cultural perspective. “Eventually I understood that I could be a two-way bridge between America and Europe, bringing people together in a positive manner,” he says during an interview in Vicenza, where he has lived for the past 11 years and where he is senior partner in his own firm. “When I …
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