Since 2005, Adah International has focused on assisting international companies throughout the process of expanding operations in foreign locations.

Hugh K. “Kirk” Atkinson

President, Adah International, Inc.

Kirk Atkinson grew up in Birmingham, Alabama.  He attended John Carroll High Catholic School, and received his bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Alabama in 2004.

Kirk’s grandfather, a machinist and mechanic, instilled a love of working with his hands at an early age.  Kirk put himself through college working as a certified automotive mechanic during the summer and winter breaks. 

His father, a professional technical writer, instilled a love of history and literature, which led to an affinity for adventurist authors such as Mark Twain, Ernest Hemmingway and Rudyard Kipling, and eventually the travel bug that would lead him to Europe. 

After college, he began working as a contractor for World Business Advisors in Birmingham, where he assisted with site selection and economic development duties for international projects.

Kirk became interested in European cultures and business while working for the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority.  As senior project manager, he managed the location and expansion of several European companies in Tuscaloosa County, including BLG Logistics, Inc. 

Kirk then followed BLG’s project team back to Germany to begin an international education and career path. In Dusseldorf he received German language and international relations training from the Heinrich Heine University and moved to Bremen to begin working directly for the BLG Logistics Group.  At the BLG, Kirk was on a projects team assisting with new logistics operations in England, France and Germany. 

While in Bremen, he was introduced to Bremeninvest, the lead agency for economic development and international trade in the State of Bremen and was charged with establishing their new offices in the southeastern United States. 

Kirk moved back to The States in 2010 and for five years directed U.S. development and trade efforts for Bremeninvest while also managing business development and project management for BLG, Inc.  Since then, BLG, Inc. has grown from around 100 employees to over 1,000 and Bremeninvest has welcomed several new American investments in the State of Bremen.

In February 2015, Kirk decided to concentrate fully on his own company, Adah International, Inc.  Adah’s services are focused on what Kirk came to find as the biggest needs between industry in the US and Europe: project management, engineering, maintenance and most of all, developing workforce with a German dual-apprentice model. 


Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime. (Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It)

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Nadja Dalberg

Senior Project Manager

Nadja grew up in a small town near Leipzig, Germany and earned her degree in International Transport Management at the University of Applied Sciences, Oldenburg, Germany.

She began her career with BLG Cargo Logistics in Bremen, Germany, in that company’s Internal Management Trainee Program. She has trained in Germany and in BLG’s Vance, Alabama facilities and is proficient as a Human Resources Generalist, Marketing Sales and Project Specialist, and Training Specialist.

Nadja now heads logistics and talent development projects for us at Adah International. She guides Adah’s customers for their logistics management needs, as well as training needs they might have, all with the vast experience she acquired in both Germany and “The States.”

Along with all her Adah responsibilities, Nadja is also a full time mom. She refers to her husband, Derrick, and beautiful daughter, Kaleigh Malia, as her obsessions.

Nadja says her favorite parts of her position at Adah are knowing that every day will be different. She enjoys “Working with so many different types of personalities and facing different challenges in every project and. ……..helping the youth find the right career!

Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans (John Lennon).

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Larry LeBeau

Senior Project Manager

Larry grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. His undergraduate degrees are in Business and Psychology from Auburn University, while his graduate degree in Engineering is from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. His formal education combined with his experience as a construction manager and a project manager make him highly qualified as the Senior Project Manager at Adah International.

His strengths are in managing large projects and coordinating the work of people from all over the world, from different disciplines, and in focusing the efforts of several different decision makers.

Larry is currently directing a large expansion project for an international concern.

He enjoys working out and is a self-confessed family man.

He and his wife Allyson have three kids.  Anna Kate who is 5, and 1 year old twins, Luke and Lauren. Being a father, Larry says, has been the greatest experience in his life.

“Character” is of prime importance to Larry, and to Adah International, Inc.

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. (Helen Keller)

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Ellen Atkinson

Administrative Assistant

Ellen, Administrative Assistant, is the axle around which the Adah International wheel spins. She keeps the office and the people who staff it running. She anticipates company needs and obtains solutions; she schedules; serves as the communications center; and is indispensable.

She says her life revolves around the office and her family and enjoys working with so many talented people. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, she attended private schools there, as well as Jefferson State Junior College and Samford University. Interestingly enough, she is a certified forklift driver and a nationally certified pharmacy technician.

Ellen’s past experience includes retail management and hospitals and laboratory environments. She is an avid reader in her time away from the office and is currently involved with vegetable gardening.

For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned. (Benjamin Franklin)

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Inés Packmohr

Marketing Manager

Inés is Adah International’s Marketing Manager, and she has lots of international experience. Born in Guatemala, she has lived in Central America, British Caribbean, Europe, and the U.S. Of her moves to different cultures, Inés says that those dramatic changes taught her that she was “….a lot more resilient than [she] knew.”

Inés has studied at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA, Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, AL, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She implements the marketing communications, analyzes potential and new client marketing needs, monitors Adah’s current projects for immediate marketing needs, and directs the budgeting and record retentions of her department. “Every project is a new project and requires study and learning new things,” says Inés, “and I get to meet and work with some very interesting and intelligent people.”

Outside of work, what interests her? “Bees!” she says with a big smile. “I study bees. They are very industrious and they are fascinating.” 

When questioned about her favorite quote (above), she responds, “To me, it means that I must be sure of what I am saying before I say it.

I will never say anything that couldn’t stand as the last thing I ever say. (Holocaust Survivor)

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