Saint Jo, Texas
A native Texan, Joseph Dial is a founding member and former president of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation. In 1989 he was elected by 24 gubernatorial appointees from the five Gulf coastal states to serve as the first Chairman of the Citizens Advisory Committee to the US Environmental Protection Agencyâ€™s Gulf of Mexico Program. Leading up to that time, Dial owned and managed a multifaceted cattle, crop and agricultural products/services business in South Texas. He was also active in banking and international trade and exported agricultural products to foreign countries for 25 years.
Upon receiving Presidential Appointments from George Bush (41) and later Bill Clinton, Mr. Dial served as a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in Washington DC from 1991 to 1997. In January 1998 he was named a Fellow at the Institute of Politics, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He was a consultant to several foreign governments and US firms in the fields of Global Derivative Markets Development and Managing Change in Agriculture through Electronic Commerce. He served as a member of the United Nations Conference of Trade and Development, Committee on Commodities Group of Experts.