Bio of Gerald L. Allison

Gerald L. Allison
co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer
AJC International

Gerald L. AllisonGerald L. Allison is co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of AJC International, which was incorporated in 1972. The Atlanta-based AJC International is a world leader in the trading and distribution of frozen and refrigerated food products, as well as in logistics and logistics services. The company has suppliers and customers located in more than 140 countries across six continents. Under his leadership, AJC became a leader of protein exports from the United States and a large contributing factor in the exports of protein from other countries.

Allison worked in refrigerated cargo sales for Sealand from 1963 to 1966 and with Gold-Kist Poultry as the export manager from 1967 to 1970. In 1970, leveraging these experiences and seeing a business opportunity, he co-founded AJC International with Jim Chalmers and fellow 2012 Hall of Fame inductee Eric Joiner.

He was a founding director of the Summit National Bank, an Atlanta-based bank that served Chinese Americans. He served on the loan committee, audit committee, and as vice chairman at various times during his 17-year tenure.

Allison has been a dedicated member of AIESEC – a student organization dedicated to exchange programs for business students, with local committees at more than 800 universities worldwide. He has served on the board of advisors for various local committees of AIESEC over the past 30 years and was inducted into the AIESEC Hall of Fame in September 2003. He currently is serving on the board of directors of AEISEC United States. He has been a member of the Society of International Business Fellows since 1993. He also is a member of the Hong Kong Association of Atlanta, Inc. and served as its president between 2004 and 2007.

Allison received a BA in economics from Northern Illinois University in 1962.