Office of International Trade | Leadership

Office of International Trade

Peter J. Cazamias
Associate Administrator
Peter J. Cazamias

Mr. Cazamias is the Associate Administrator for the Office of International Trade with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) responsible for administrating the newly reorganized department with oversight and execution of four program divisions: (1)The Federal & State Trade Development Division— which focuses on delivery and management of grants program,(2) The International Trade Finance Division—which provides Trade Financing, counseling, and training  with SBA's 3 Loan programs via 19 Export Assistance Centers Nationwide, (3) The International Affairs & Trade Policy Division—which focuses on  National initiatives, Trade policy mandates, export promotion interagency collaborative efforts, field network and outreach, and (4) Administration & Operations with focus on Budget, Human Resources, and Management. Duties include development of international trade strategies and strategic plans, and leadership of the OIT and other staff in formation and administration of trade policies and programs, and coordination of interagency activities with the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Agriculture and State, the U.S. Trade Representative, the Export Import Bank, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.
 
Prior to joining the SBA, Mr. Cazamias gained a great deal of international experience in both the energy and real estate fields.  He lived in the United Kingdom in 2016 where he consulted with an entrepreneurial partnership on the raising of a real estate private equity fund called Merewood Capital.  Before this, he spent 7 years in the energy industry, where served as a business segment manager for oilfield service supplier FMC Technologies in Houston Texas.  There he launched a new, service-based business unit that provided end to end pressure containment services for BP, Exxon, Shell, and Chevron.  He also worked at a pipeline technology company Insituform Technologies, where he lived in Hong Kong and worked as the Asia Pacific CFO, and then in Delhi, India as CEO of Insituform India.  While living in Asia, Mr. Cazamias spent 5 months in China’s Hebei Province undergoing immersive language training in Mandarin.
 
Mr. Cazamias served our country as an Officer of Marines, graduating from Officer Candidate School in 1997, The Basic School in January 2000, and Naval Justice School in July 2000.  He remained on active duty until October 2002, serving as a Judge Advocate in Quantico, VA and achieving the rank of Captain.   
 
Mr. Cazamias received his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Yale University, a Doctorate of Jurisprudence with a focus on commercial law from The University of Texas, and an MBA with a focus on Finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  He is conversationally fluid in Spanish, Italian, and French, and some Mandarin.

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