Perry B. Newman
Perry B. Newman is the founder and president of Atlantica Group LLC. Founded in 2000, Atlantica Group is a global business development consultancy based in Portland, Maine. Atlantica Group assists business, governments and not-for-profit organizations in achieving international development objectives. Clients are located in North America, Europe and Israel.
Prior to forming Atlantica Group, Mr. Newman served from 1996 – 2000 as Maine’s first Director of International Trade and President of the Maine International Trade Center. In that capacity and as an international business attorney he has facilitated exports, projects and exchanges with partners in more than twenty-five countries on four continents. In 2000, Mr. Newman was selected by the European Union to study project and infrastructure development in Brussels and Scandinavia.
He serves as the Chair of the Maine District Export Council, appointed first by United States Department of Commerce Secretary William Daley (Clinton administration), then by Secretaries Evans and Gutierrez (Bush administration), and most recently by Secretary Gary Locke (Obama administration). Long an advocate for international business and regional economic development, Mr. Newman is the author of the export guide, “The Ten Commandments of International Business.”)
A frequent lecturer and writer on global business topics, Mr. Newman’s work has appeared in Northeast Export, World Trade Magazine, Corp!, Progress Magazine (Canada), Israel 21C, the National Law Journal, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Lewiston Sun-Journal, the Bangor Daily News and the Portland Press Herald. He has spoken to groups on international business and economic development throughout the US and in Canada, and has been interviewed on such matters by National Public Radio, the Wall Street Journal, US Business Review and the CBC, among others.
A graduate of Oberlin College (B.A.) and Washington University (J.D.), he serves on the Board of Directors of the French American Chamber of Commerce for New England, the New England Canada Business Council, and the New England Israel Business Council. In 2004, Mr. Newman was named Canada’s first Honorary Consul to Maine.
In 2010, the State of Israel honored Mr. Newman for his “remarkable efforts” to promote economic collaboration between Israel and New England. Also in 2010, the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine presented Mr. Newman with a grant to study joint Jewish- Arab economic development initiatives in Israel.
Mr. Newman is an avid musician and long distance runner. He is married to the former Sharon Gwatkin, an attorney with expertise in environmental law, and has two grown daughters.