Chief Executive Officer
As Chief Executive Officer, Matthew Talbert oversees all business operations, strategies, and partnerships at Aquafor. With a philanthropic spirit and years of experience in international business, Talbert funded and built the Borelite Drill to provide permanent access to clean water in third world countries. He leads Aquafor in all new ventures with an inspiring passion and a drive to succeed.
Talbert has previously launched several highly successful global businesses. In 1987, he founded Associated Barter Services, Inc., designed to serve corporate trade needs. The firm has since been expanded to meet the needs of larger businesses, providing alternative financing for advertising media and product purchasing. To reflect its expanded international focus, the company was renamed ABS Worldwide, Inc. in 1995. In partnership with the Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Talbert created a new company in 1997 designed to bring the concept of barter to the world’s most populous nation. ABS Worldwide, Inc. and the Government of the PRC jointly own International Product Exchange Company (IPEC). IPEC opened five offices in Mainland China, and the company entered into agreements for barter and purchasing opportunities representing approximately $600 million dollars (U.S.) of Chinese products. Talbert received his education at California State University Northridge, majoring in Business Management, and California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, majoring in Accounting. He has been featured in the Los Angeles Business Journal, and quoted in such nationally respected publications as Nation’s Business and Entrepreneur. In addition to making appearances on radio programs and CNN, Talbert has sat on the boards of the Corporate Trade Council (CTC) and the International Reciprocal Trade Association (IRTA).