Joe Pandolfi has a heart for Ethiopia, its people and economic situation. This is what motivated him to join the International Trade Council (ITC). He has traveled to several countries in Central and South America, China, and Ethiopia. My favorite place is Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
He is the owner of American Land Professionals, LLC, a fairly new company which handles real estate matters for pipeline, utility, and energy companies. He has been in the real estate industry for 40+ years. His journey to the present was by way of his creative business nature and being a serial entrepreneur. Additionally, life in Addis Ababa with the mission of helping non-profits with their self-supportive business endeavors, has certainly shaped his current career.
Joe's main goal is to responsibly structure and grow his business to create passive income in order to create business and income opportunities for those less fortunate.
Fun Facts & Advice
Name three people (dead or alive) that you would invite to dinner.
I would invite my grandparents to dinner.
What was the last book that you read?
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
Who inspires you?
My inspiration comes from Jesus Christ and a variety of friends and family members.
What advice would you give someone who wants to get into International Business/International Trade?
I am just learning, but I would say team up with someone who knows the ropes and is market/industry/country-knowledgeable. Also, be prepared for delays and glitches along the way.
What’s something coming up in life that you’re excited about?
Planning a trip to Addis in spring/summer.
What languages do you speak?
A little Spanish and Amharic (Ethiopia).
Have there been any memorable surprises or unexpected twists in your career?
While real estate is my life-long work, when the industry slowed in the mid-eighties, I became a Deputy U.S. Marshal for a short while in Washington, D.C. - quite enlightening and very memorable.
What else do you want to tell us about yourself/what is something unique about you that is generally not known?
One of my greatest joys in life is being “papa” to the best grandchildren ever.