Eric Beaty – Economic and Commercial Attaché
United States Consulate for Western France
Born in Sapulpa, Oklahoma on October 21, 1958, Eric Beaty grew up in Nacogdoches, Texas. He graduated from Nacogdoches High School in 1976 and did his undergraduate studies at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, earning a B.A. (Cum Laude - 1979) with a double major in French and German and a minor in history. He went on to earn an M.A. in French literature at Rice University in Houston, Texas (1982). Later, Beaty received an Msc. in Linguistics from Aston University in Birmingham, U.K. (1996).
Beaty began his career at the University of Rennes 2, France in 1981 as a lecturer in American studies. He then worked as the assistant director of courses at two Chambers of Commerce in France. In 1986, Beaty became the executive director of a bi-national center known as the Franco-American Institute, an organization created by Rennes City Hall, the U.S. Embassy in Paris and Rochester, N.Y. City Hall in 1961.
In 1999, Beaty was instrumental in setting up the United States Consulate for Western France. He was hired in 2000 by the U.S. State Department that same year as the Economic and Commercial Attaché.
Beaty has participated in the organization of 14 White House visits and 36 congressional delegation visits. He has chaired the Rennes-Rochester, N.Y. sister-city relationship since 1986. He is on the board of the University of Rennes 2. Beaty has received 18 meritorious and superior service awards from the White House, the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Department of Commerce. Beaty received a National Export Initiative award for his export success stories in 2011.