Made in America with Neal Asbury and Rich Roffman
Entrepreneurship and Small Business Expertise for the 21st Century
As a successful entrepreneur, author, and advocate for American small business, Neal Asbury has made it his mission to promote American products to world markets and to fight against the inequities practiced by our trading partners with impunity against American manufacturers.
Neal is more than just an advocate for entrepreneurship. As CEO of The Legacy Companies, he has raised millions of dollars to purchase under-performing and undervalued American manufacturers to retain and create jobs at home as well as moving workforces from overseas back to the United States.
Each week on Made in America, Neal gives his insight on the top news stories and their impact on the worlds of entrepreneurship, small business ownership and the overall economy. Unlike other talk hosts or pundits who only look at these issues through the prism of politics, Neal’s analysis takes a non-biased approach based on real life experience in business as an American manufacturer and exporter.
He takes on some of today’s most pressing issues:
The surprising reasons that U.S. manufacturers have been exporting jobs for the last 20 years instead of supporting U.S. workers.
How to influence U.S. policies so that America’s small businesses, entrepreneurs and inventors can expand their global reach.
How America can bolster its key trade resources: Commodities, Capital and Consumers.
Changing the mindset of American companies so they stop fearing international competition.
Finding the funding solutions that will grow small businesses and create new entrepreneurs.
The overlooked role that fair and free trade plays in solving the world’s social ills such as corruption, poverty, the rape of our environment, labor rights and human rights.
After more than two decades of running international companies, Neal is confident of two things: the American work force is superior to others around the world; and American trade, regulation and tax policies put U.S. companies and workers at a competitive disadvantage globally. His goal is to lend his distinct voice and insights into exploring these important issues so that American business and policy get back on track during these tumultuous times.
If you are en entrepreneur, small business owner or anyone who believes that America’s best days are ahead of us, then you will want to tune into Made in America. The American Dream is alive and well and each week Neal and his guests will explore what needs to be done to grow American industry, promote American products, and keep America’s workers working.
Meet Neal Asbury
Neal Asbury is the 2008 recipient of the coveted United States National Champion Exporter of the Year Award. Over the past two years he has published over 100 articles on global trade issues, been quoted in The New York Times and has appeared on network television nationally and internationally discussing important trade issues. He is a weekly columnist for NewsMax.com and is the author of the book, Conscientious Equity, An American Entrepreneur’s Solutions to the World’s Greatest Problems. He is Chairman of Export University that has provided export training to thousands of students in over 20 States.
His advocacy has taken him to address the United Nations at the Commission of Trade and Development, as well as frequent speaking engagements at universities and trade associations throughout the United States.
Neal Asbury has been involved in global business since graduating from Rowan State University in 1979. He moved to Asia in 1980 to represent the interests of a number of U.S. manufacturers throughout the region. In 1987, he founded Asbury WorldWide, which became the largest American Export Management Company in the foodservice equipment industry, with twelve distribution facilities around the globe. In 1989, he began FAB Asia, Inc. in Manila, Philippines, which was the exclusive Asian fabricator of commercial kitchens for McDonalds as well as other well-known American chains.
Neal’s businesses were recently consolidated under The Legacy Companies, based in Ft Lauderdale, Florida that includes: Greenfield World Trade, Omega Appliances, Zeroll Products, Blakeslee Worldwide, Excalibur Food Dehydrators, General Slicing, Maxximum Refrigeration and Legion Industries.
His latest book, “Mapping America: The Incredible Story and Stunning Hand-Colored Maps and Engravings that Created the United States” is available at Barnes and Noble and Books A Million.
Meet Rich Roffman
Richard Roffman is a 30-year veteran publisher with extensive experience in the domestic and international arena. Mr. Roffman co-founded both LatinCEO magazine (1998) and Latin Trade magazine (1992); both titles enjoyed extensive circulation throughout North and South America. Latin Trade, the top English-language pan-hemispheric trade magazine in the United States and Latin America, was acquired by Freedom Communications, the nation’s 13th-largest media company. LatinCEO was sold in 2004 to CEO Publishing, which also acquired SouthFloridaCEO (formerly Miami Business magazine), another title co-founded by Mr. Roffman.
Among the domestic titles that Mr. Roffman published were New Miami Magazine, the Miami, Broward and Palm Beach Daily Business Reviews, South Florida Magazine and South Florida Home & Garden.
In addition to his publishing experience, Mr. Roffman has dedicated his pro-bono work for over 25 years to the South Florida international arena. He is a past chairman and vice-chairman of the World Trade Center Miami, a member of the Florida District Export Council (appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce), and appointed by Gov. Bush to the Board of Directors of the Free Trade Area of the Americas for the State of Florida. Mr. Roffman also served as senior vice president at Strategy Research Corporation, specializing in data on consumer markets in Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic population. He is also a past member of the Advisory Board of the Andreas School of Business at Barry University.
Mr. Roffman was also an adjunct professor of English at Nova Southeastern University where in addition to his English classes he ran the International Film Program and taught at the Institute for Retired Professionals and the Institute for Lifelong Awareness.
Mr. Roffman was voted in the “25 Most Accomplished Men in South Florida” by Channels Magazine. As such, Mr. Roffman is a much sought after speaker with many engagements throughout the United States, Europe and Asia including:
- The British Ministry of Trade
- The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Annual Goals Conference
- The City of New Orleans Latin American Convention for Metrovision
- The City of Dallas International Development Board
- The Houston International Development Board
- The World Trade Center, Miami
- Miami-Dade County’s Annual State of the Ports
- The Miami Air and Sea Cargo of the Americas
- The Miami International Achievement Awards
- The World Trade Institute in New York City
- The World Trade Center Annual General Assembly
- New York City, Panama, Beijing
- The Governor’s Regionalism Conference co-hosted with Governor Jeb Bush
- The Beacon Council’s Annual Economic Forecast
- The Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce “Doing Business in China” Conference
- The Latin America Market Planning Report Conference in: Miami, Chicago, New York
- The U.S Hispanic Marketing Planning Report Conference in Miami, Chicago (with The Chicago Tribune) and New York
Mr. Roffman has been quoted in:
- The Miami Herald
- The Chicago Tribune
- The Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel
- The Dallas Morning News
- The Times Picayune
- The Los Angeles Times
- Ad Age
- The South Florida Business Journal
Mr. Roffman has appeared on numerous television and radio shows in key cities in the United States including: New Orleans, Houston, Dallas, Miami, New York, and Los Angeles.