Paul Beretz, CICE (Certified International Credit Executive), is Managing Director of Pacific Business Solutions, a company he created in 1999. In addition, he is a founding partner of Q2C (Quote to Cash) Solutions. He brings over 30 years of global, corporate experience in finance and management with industries such as telecommunications, semi-conductors, forest products, chemicals, plastics and consumer products among others. His expertise includes analyzing opportunities and providing resolutions in the order-through-collect cycle for manufacturers, distributors and service companies located worldwide.
Paul is a faculty member at St. Mary’s College (CA) in the Master of Arts in Leadership program. His adjunct faculty postings also include UC Berkeley and Michigan State University. In 2003, under the combined sponsorship of FCIB (Finance Credit & International Business), Michigan State University and the U.S. Department of Commerce, he created a course in international credit and risk management. Paul is the project manager and lead instructor in this online certificate program that was developed for professionals around the world who to export their products or services. Topics addressed cover financing and treasury, risk mitigation techniques, cross-cultural influences, ethics, negotiations, country and currency risk assessment, international trade law among others. By the end of 2010, over 1,300 professionals from 35+ countries have successfully completed the program. Also, at the request of CMA, he created and instructs in two online certificate courses, “Understanding Financial Statement Analysis” and “Business Credit Principles.” Both on-line programs have been approved by NACM as certification course requirement equivalents. In addition, Paul has been an instructor in international credit for NACM’s GSCFM summer program at Dartmouth College.
Mr. Beretz has given over 200 presentations and in-house training programs to Fortune 500 companies, associations and professional groups including NACM, FCIB, Credit Research Foundation and Dun and Bradstreet. He has been an expert witness, written articles for trade publications such as Business Credit and IOMA, quoted by news organizations (e.g., Bloomberg), is a member of the Advisory Editorial Board of IOMA’s publication, Managing Credit, Receivables & Collections, edits books on financial management and authored a book for the American Management Association on credit management. In 2009, he was asked to contribute an article on “Essentials for Export Success” for QFinance, a 2,000-page book, produced by the country of Qatar and published by Bloomsbury Press, UK.
In 2007, Paul was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the Under Secretary for International Trade of the U.S. Department of Commerce for his contributions to the “Trade Finance Guide,” a reference publication produced by the Commerce Department for U.S. exporters.
Mr. Beretz served as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. for 2008-2009. Paul also received the “Credit Executive Award of 2008″ from CMA.
Paul earned his BBA from the University of Notre Dame, an MBA from Golden Gate University and the Executive Award at the NACM GSCFM held at Stanford University.