Robert H. Scarlett serves as director and/or advisor to a number of small
manufacturing companies. He was introduced to the field of international
business at an early age. His father, R. D. Scarlett, served as Managing Director of 3M-Germany, in the 1950s; and had other overseas postings elsewhere in the world.
Mr. Scarlett began his own overseas career, shortly after graduating from
Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota; and has spent more than forty-five
years working in a wide range of international activities, with both private sector companies and with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) involved in international economic development.
For thirteen years, Mr. Scarlett served as Chairman of the Board of Durex
Products, Inc., of Luck, Wisconsin, a small private manufacturer of custom
equipment for the mining industry. Mr. Scarlett introduced Durex’s products into
the Latin American mining markets and joined with Gummi Küper GmbH in
Bochum, Germany, to create an international alliance of similarly specialized
companies to serve the global mining industry. Mr. Scarlett now serves as
President of Medical Equipment Exporters, Inc., Senior Associate with Grupo
Avance, LLC, and Senior Advisor at Clearwater Layline, LLC, - all
headquartered in Minnesota, USA.
Mr. Scarlett has devoted his career to helping small- to mid-size growing
businesses meet the challenges they face as they enter or expand in global
markets. He also has dedicated much of the past forty-five years to service as a
volunteer for ACCION International, Somerville, Massachusetts, and its extensive
international network of microlending affiliates. He currently serves as a member
of ACCION’s President’s Circle.
In his home community, Mr. Scarlett is a past chair of the Minnesota International
Center and is now an Honorary Director. He also currently serves as President of
Minnesota-Uruguay Partners of the Americas Board.
Mr. Scarlett is fluent in German, Spanish and Portuguese and has lived or
worked throughout Europe and most of Latin America.
Together with Dr. .Lawrence Koslow, Mr. Scarlett is author of Global Business:
308 Tips for Taking Your Company Worldwide, Koslow & Scarlett, Butterworth-
Heinemann, Oxford, UK 1999.