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In 1991, Jay formed JEB International Tobacco Company, primarily as a tobacco consultancy. Throughout the Nineties, Jay provided buying, grading, contracting, and receiving station operational expertise to companies in the US and Brazilian Markets, most notably Philip Morris USA, DIMON Inc., a predecessor company to Alliance One International, Inc., and Sul America Tobacos. In 1999, through JEB, Jay formed a partnership with Kannenburg and Hail and Cotton, Inc., forming KBH&C Tobacos Ltda., to process and sell Brazilian tobacco. In 2007, Jay added to JEB’s service offering dry storage operational services and in 2008 began receiving station operational services in Virginia and North Carolina in the US Market. Jay continues expanding JEB’s service offering by adding international leaf procurement services, expanding the receiving station operational service into Kentucky and by hiring a team of professionals to assist in managing the company’s lines of businesses. Jay began his entrepreneurial career as a young man working on the family farm, where he continues producing quality flue-cured and burley tobacco. In 1995, Jay earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
R. Dale Powell
In 1985, Dale entered the tobacco industry with Dibrell Brothers Tobacco Company as a buyer trainee. In 1987, he was promoted to buyer and from 1990 until 1999 he served as senior buyer. During these years, Dale bought both US flue cured and burley tobaccos and traveled to various countries, including Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Guatemala, Italy and Greece. In 2000, he was promoted and assigned to the Japan Tobacco International account. In 2001, he was promoted to Assistant Vice-President of sales in charge of North, South and Central America. In 2006, Dale left the industry to join Commodore Homes of Virgina, where he was quickly promoted to Regional Sales Manager for the Southeastern Region. Dale joined JEB in 2011. Dale attended Danville Community College and Virginia Tech.
Scott joined JEB International Tobacco Co. in 2010. Prior to joining JEB International, he provided corporate financial consulting services to several business clients operating in Virginia and North Carolina. Scott was employed with Dan River Inc. (an $800 million public textile manufacturer) for 16 years in various financial positions leading to Senior Vice President – Chief Financial Officer until May 2006. Before joining Dan Diver, Inc., Scott was the Assistant Treasurer at Alumax (a $2.5 billion aluminum producer, now part of Alcoa) in charge of banking and finance from 1989 to 1990, and from 1981 until 1990, he held various financial management positions leading to Assistant Treasurer at Westpoint Stevens (a $2.2 billion public textile manufacturer). From 1979 to 1981, Scott was the Accounting Section Head at Melrose Wakefield Hospital. Scott began his career in 1978 as a Staff Accountant with a real estate investment firm. Scott earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Western New England University in May 1978.
In 1990, Peter began his career in banking where he served in lending, investment services, compliance and strategic planning. In 2000, Peter joined DIMON Inc.’s internal audit function where he primarily performed operational audits focusing on enhancing controls and efficiency on the financial and operational sides of the business. In 2006, now with Alliance One International, Inc., the successor to DIMON, Inc., Peter directed the audit plan for AOI’s African Region. In 2012, Peter joined JEB as the company’s Financial Manager. Peter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Richmond and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Phyllis began working in the tobacco industry as the bookkeeper for a local tobacco auction warehouse in 1987. During the off season, she began preparing income taxes and providing accounting services for other businesses and with a partner opened and operated a successful tax and accounting company for a number of years. She continued working with the tobacco warehouses and JEB International during the tobacco sales seasons and in 2004, she sold her business and began work full time as the Account and Office Manager for JEB International. She also provides accounting services to the Barker Family farms and other Barker related companies. Phyllis grew up in the Danville area and attended Chatham High School and Danville Community College as well as The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA.
Kim has 18 years of experience working in the tobacco industry. She began her career working at Barkers Receiving Station in 1999. During this time she trained in receiving, shipping, and contracting. In 2003 Kim was promoted to Station Manager. Kim trained in operations, management and joined the board of directors with GAP. Working closely with contracted growers, Kim managed contracts for flue cured and burley to assist customers in getting quality tobaccos. In 2006, Kim joined JEB International and trained in grading tobacco and processing. In 2008, Kim worked together with JTI to develop a grower base, contract signing and set up receiving stations in flue and burley. In 2012, US Agro Logistics was founded. Kim worked again to develop a grower base, open a receiving station and contract tobacco for CTI. Kim continues to grade tobacco for US Agro, manage contracts and participates with growers closely to ensure farming operations meet customers satisfaction. Kim attended Danville Community College.
Sara began her career working with Community Improvement Council, Inc., in finance. Sara accepted a position with Barkers Receiving Station in 2006 as a weigh master and assistant to contract signing. Sara was promoted in 2008 to JEB International Storage Facilities. Duties including, daily records keeping and inventory of all tobaccos received and shipped. Sara moved into the position of Assistant Manager of Storages in 2010. Sara was promoted to Manager in 2015. Currently Sara manages all storage for JEB International and bookkeeping for many companies inside of JEB. Sara attended Danville Community College
LeE MINH NGHIA
In 1994, Lee began his career in Vietnam Airlines in Planning Investment Department. In 2008, Lee joined Abacus Global Distribution System as the Country Marketing Manager. In 2010, Lee was working independent in the global trading and consulting services. In 2016, Lee joined JEB as the Regional Sale Manager. Lee is now incharge of the market within South East Asia countries. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Banking Business from the Vietnam National Economic University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the French Vietnamese Center of Management (CFVG).
Linda Park / Executive of Sales Asia
Over 25 years’ industry experience in business and deal making in the areas of international commodity trade and Business Consultancy.
- International commodity items (Crude oil, Copper cathode, Sugar) trade and finance – 2003 to present
- Investment and project finance consulting – 2008 to present
- Power plant projects and finance between South Korea and Vietnam – 1998 to present
- Regional Client Development Specialist at JEB Int’l– 2016 to present
- Exclusive overseas consultant, Manpower (Recruited employees to work in the United States from Vietnam). – 1998 to 2008
- Recruiter from Asia, UK, Germany, Africa, Canada, etc., to education industry-1993 to 1998
- Dongguk University – Computer Science
Specialized Expertise and Competencies:
- Private equity funding for specialty manufacturing industries and commercial real estate projects.
- International mineral trade and financing
- International crude oil trade and finance
- Business development advisory
- Project Financing