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Ohio Asian American Economic Summit

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.

Radhika Reddy

Radhika Reddy

Michael Byun

Michael Byun


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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

Council President Kevin Kelley

Councilman Tony Brancatelli

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

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

JETRO Chicago Chief Executive Director Ralph Inforzato


Comparison of Japan and US slide

Innovation in Japan

Abenomics slide

Lianzhong Pan from Benesch spoke about doing business in China.



Lianzhong Pan from Benesch

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 in Washington DC

Le Cong Tien, Counselor/Economic Affairs from the Vietnamese Embassy

People of Vietnam slide

Economic reforms in Vietnam slide

Investor Michael Yap spoke about doing business in Singapore.



Michael Yap

Michael Yap

Panel on doing business in Asian countries

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

Vinita Mehra, Partner, Kegler, Brown Hill + Ritter


Vinita Mehra, Partner, Kegler, Brown Hill + Ritter slide - Why India

Vinita Mehra, Partner, Kegler, Brown Hill + Ritter slide

Vinita Mehra, Partner, Kegler, Brown Hill + Ritter slide

Next was this presentation by Mitch Thompson of Squire, Patton Boggs on International Tax Reform.



Mitch Thompson of Squire, Patton Boggs

Mitch Thompson of Squire, Patton Boggs


Monica Verma of Baker Hostetler spoke on Protecting Intellectual Property when doing International Business.



Monica Verma

Monica Verma


After this panel, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish spoke and welcomed the Consul General of Japan.



Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish

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

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

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

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



Susan Whitney of the US Department of Commerce Export Assistant Center

Susan Whitney


Susan Whitney of the US Department of Commerce Export Assistant Center slide

Robert Kurek of Key Bank spoke about international finance with the topic Global Business - Payment Risks and Options



Robert Kurek of Key Bank

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

Steve Strnisha of the Cleveland International Fund


Steve Strnisha of the Cleveland International Fund slide

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

Justin Kocher of Jobs Ohio

Justin Kocher of Jobs Ohio slide on jobs

Justin Kocher of Jobs Ohio - QED

Justin Kocher of Jobs Ohio slide

Radhika Reddy and Justin Kocher

Radhika Reddy and Justin Kocher


This panel also featured immigration attorney Margaret Wong.



immigration attorney Margaret Wong

Immigration Attorney Margaret Wong


Immigration Attorney Margaret Wong

Immigration Attorney Margaret Wong

Attorney Su He spoke about the Greater Cleveland Chinese Chamber of Commerce.



Attorney Su He

Attorney Su He


Chinese Chamber

After this last panel, Global Cleveland president Joe Cimperman introduced Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.



Joe Cimperman

Joe Cimperman


Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson spoke and then presented a proclamation to Honorable Sandeep Chakravorty, Consul General of India.



Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson


Radhika Reddy then introduced Honorable Sandeep Chakravorty, Consul General of India.

Radhika Reddy

Radhika Reddy




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, Consul General of India and Radhika Reddy

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

Radhika Reddy and
Consul General of Japan in Detroit Mitsuhiro Wada


CWRU's David Fleshler and Council president Kevin Kelley

CWRU's David Fleshler and Council president Kevin Kelley


Members of the Indian community with Honorable Sandeep Chakravorty, Consul General of India

Members of the Indian community with
Honorable Sandeep Chakravorty, Consul General of India


Margaret Wong and Rita Singh

Margaret Wong and Rita Singh


Ken Kovach, Mayor Frank Jackson, Mehmet Gencer and Annie Pu

Posing with Mayor Frank Jackson


Lisa Wong, Mona Alag and Ritu Mahna

Lisa Wong, Mona Alag and Ritu Mahna


Margaret Wong and Mehmet Gencer

Margaret Wong and Mehmet Gencer


Rita Singh, Nirmal Sinha and Mona Alag

Rita Singh, Nirmal Sinha and Mona Alag


Congratulations to Radhika Reddy for creating this important event.

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