Ohio Asian American Economic Summit
Ariel International Center November 14, 2017
The Ohio Asian American Economic Summit took place November 14, 2017 at Ariel International Center in Cleveland. Ariel International and Margaret Wong & Associates LLC were the event sponsors. ClevelandPeople.com was honored to be a supporting organization.
Ariel CEO Radhika Reddy had worked toward this event for years and with the support of Margaret Wong was able to fill the room with people interested in doing business in and with Asia and a stellar group of speakers and panelists including the Consul General of India who flew in from New York and the Consul General of Japan who came in from Detroit.
Radhika introduced ASIA INC. CEO and Ohio AAPI Advisory Council Chair Michael Byun who welcomed the crowd.
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Ariel CEO Radhika Reddy then welcomed the crowd and introduced sponsors and supporters including Margaret Wong, Cleveland Council President Kevin Kelley and Councilman Tony Brancatelli and Chia-Min Chen from the City of Cleveland.
Council President Kevin Kelley
Councilman Tony Brancatelli
Along with keynote addresses and networking opportunities the Summit consisted of several panels on topics of interest to the sold out crowd.
Panel on Doing Business in Asian Countries
Panel on doing business in Asian countries
JETRO Chicago Chief Executive Director Ralph Inforzato spoke about doing business in Japan.
JETRO Chicago Chief Executive Director Ralph Inforzato
Lianzhong Pan from Benesch spoke about doing business in China.
Lianzhong Pan from Benesch
Le Cong Tien, Counselor/Economic Affairs from the Vietnamese Embassy in Washington DC spoke about doing business in Vietnam.
Le Cong Tien, Counselor/Economic Affairs from the Vietnamese Embassy
Investor Michael Yap spoke about doing business in Singapore.
Panel on Legal and Tax issues for doing business in Asian Countries
The Panel on Legal and Tax issues for doing business in Asian Countries included this presentation on Doing Business in India - Legal and Tax issues by Vinita Mehra, Partner, Kegler, Brown Hill + Ritter.
Vinita Mehra, Partner, Kegler, Brown Hill + Ritter
Next was this presentation by Mitch Thompson of Squire, Patton Boggs on International Tax Reform.
Mitch Thompson of Squire, Patton Boggs
Monica Verma of Baker Hostetler spoke on Protecting Intellectual Property when doing International Business.
After this panel, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish spoke and welcomed the Consul General of Japan.
Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish
Consul General of Japan in Detroit Mitsuhiro Wada gave the lunchtime keynote address and spoke about Japan and doing business in Ohio and Michigan.
Consul General of Japan in Detroit Mitsuhiro Wada
Chia-Min Chen from the City of Cleveland read a proclamation from the Mayor and presented it to the Consul General.
Consul General of Japan in Detroit Mitsuhiro Wada and Chia-Min Chen
Panel on Export/Import Trade and Finance with Asian Countries
The Panel on Export/Import Trade and Finance with Asian Countries included this presentation by William Friedman, CEO, Cleveland Cuyahoga County Port Authority. Mr. Friedman spoke about the Port, International Shipping and other topics such as access to capital.
William Friedman, CEO, Cleveland Cuyahoga County Port Authority
Susan Whitney of the US Department of Commerce Export Assistant Center spoke on How US Companies can sell overseas
Robert Kurek of Key Bank spoke about international finance with the topic Global Business - Payment Risks and Options
Robert Kurek of Key Bank
Steve Strnisha of the Cleveland International Fund spoke about EB5 Financing for Asian Investors.
Steve Strnisha of the Cleveland International Fund
Panel on Asian Businesses in Ohio
The Panel on Asian Businesses in Ohio included this presentation by Justin Kocher of Jobs Ohio who spoke about Asian Foreign Direct Investment in Ohio
Justin Kocher of Jobs Ohio
Radhika Reddy and Justin Kocher
This panel also featured immigration attorney Margaret Wong.
Immigration Attorney Margaret Wong
Attorney Su He spoke about the Greater Cleveland Chinese Chamber of Commerce.
Attorney Su He
After this last panel, Global Cleveland president Joe Cimperman introduced Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson spoke and then presented a proclamation to Honorable Sandeep Chakravorty, Consul General of India.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson
Radhika Reddy then introduced Honorable Sandeep Chakravorty, Consul General of India.
Honorable Sandeep Chakravorty, Consul General of India
After the presentation by Honorable Sandeep Chakravorty, Consul General of India, he took these questions from the audience.
Honorable Sandeep Chakravorty and Radhika Reddy
After the formal program, attendees continued to network and do business. Enjoy these other images from the Asian Business Summit.
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Radhika Reddy and Consul General of Japan in Detroit Mitsuhiro Wada
CWRU's David Fleshler and Council president Kevin Kelley
Members of the Indian community with Honorable Sandeep Chakravorty, Consul General of India
Margaret Wong and Rita Singh
Posing with Mayor Frank Jackson
Lisa Wong, Mona Alag and Ritu Mahna
Margaret Wong and Mehmet Gencer
Rita Singh, Nirmal Sinha and Mona Alag
Congratulations to Radhika Reddy for creating this important event.
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