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Naviasia helps conduct a variety of conferences that focus on optimizing the opportunities available to small- and medium-sized businesses in China. To learn more about participating in these forums, please contact us at naviasia@naviasia.com.

NaviAsia Upcoming Events:

China: Promise to Profits
2008 U.S. China Business Forum
 Presented by:

October 15, 2008
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

Loyola University School of Law
25 E. Pearson Street

Chicago, IL 60611
About this Conference
This conference will inform and educate small and medium-sized businesses about the Chinese business frontier and how your business may be able to take part in this growth opportunity. The conference will get you up to speed on the booming Chinese economy and tie you into beneficial business resources on both sides of the Pacific from prominent speakers who have already succeeded in China. This conference, geared toward Presidents, CEO’s and other senior management, focuses on the impact of growing Chinese economy and strategies to take advantage of the business opportunities available in this dynamic economy.
Tentative Agenda
 7:30 am   Registration and Breakfast
 8:30 am   Welcome Remarks:
                Hon. Neil F. Hartigan, Chairman & CEO, World Trade Center Illinois
                Hon. Ping Huang, Consul General of Chinese Consulate General in Chicago
 9:00 am   Keynote Remarks:
                Representative, The Economist
10:00 am  Panel I: Current & Emerging Issues in China 
11:00 am  Coffee Break & Networking
11:30 am  Panel II: Company Perspective
12:30 pm  Luncheon and Keynote
 2:00 pm   Trade Show
 4:00 pm   Cocktail Reception & Networking
 5:00 pm   Adjourn
Reservations must be made through mail, fax or e-mail by Tuesday, October 14, 2008, and are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Early bird registration by October 1, 2008.

For additional information and to register, contact szhao@wtcc.org

Manufacturing Week Conferences in Rosemont

NaviAsia VP, Bill Liu will speak at the Manufacturing Week Conferences in Rosemont, the nation's leading conference on innovation in manufacturing, on Tuesday, September 23, 2008. His topic, "Manufacturing and Sourcing from China: Methodology and Case Studies" will be featured in Conference Session 206 (9:00am - 12:00noon). He will cover:
  • The current state of manufacturing in China
  • Benefits of sourcing products from China
  • The proper way of sourcing - methodology
  • Case studies
To register for this session, go to http://www.devicelink.com/expo/univ/Chicago08/conference_206.html

Manufacturing Conferences in Rosemont 

September 22-25, 2008 

Donald E Stephens Convention Center 
5555 N. River Road,
Rosemont, IL
(adjacent to O'Hare Airport)
Conference Description
Highlights for this year's event include sustainable business practices, the latest in lean manufacturing processes, medical manufacturing, and sustainable materials. Sessions are designed to provide practical and compelling information attendees can immediately apply to their job responsibilities. The conference offers both a multi-track program covering best practices in the broader arena of advanced manufacturing and also delves into industry-specific areas of focus.

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Kellogg Alumni Entrepreneur Conference

School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, May 29, 2008
Bill Liu, Vice President of NaviAsia, spoke at the upcoming Kellogg Alumni Entrepreneur Conference on May 29, 2008
Mr. Liu was part of the “Sourcing Globally" panel and shared his knowledge of sourcing from China.   

Kellogg Greater China Business Conference:


Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois- George Wu, Vice President of NaviAsia, was a feature speaker at the Kellogg Greater China Business Conference on April 19, 2008. 

Mr. Wu spoke at the conference to share his knowledge of and interest in doing business in China.  This year, the theme for the conference was "One World: Removing Barriers to Achieve Global Dreams." 


Global Initiatives in Management (GIM):
NaviAsia VP, Bill Liu addresses Kellogg students on China 

Evanston, IL - March 5, 2008- Bill Liu, Vice President of NaviAsia Consulting Group, a U.S.-China strategic sourcing and supply chain management consulting firm based in Chicago, IL., was the feature speaker at the GIM class on March 5, 2008. 


Mr. Liu shared his knowledge and insight of manufacturing and R&D in China.  This was Mr. Liu’s second lecture in the 2008 Winter Quarter at the prestigious Kellogg School of Management.  He has lectured at Kellogg since 2001

Evanston, IL - January 9, 2008- Bill Liu, Vice President of NaviAsia Consulting Group, a U.S.-China strategic sourcing and supply chain management consulting firm based in Chicago, IL., spoke at the GIM class for China Business. 


Mr. Liu shared his knowledge and insights on Chinese economy, business, culture, and manufaturing with Kellogg students.


China: Promise to Profits
U.S. China Business Forum
 presented by NaviAsia and the World Trade Center Illinois

Where & When
October 18, 2007
7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Northwestern University
Kellogg School of Management
(Downtown Campus)
340 East Superior
Chicago, Illinois
About this Conference
This conference will inform and educate small and medium-sized businesses about the Chinese business frontier and how your business may be able to take part in this growth opportunity. The conference will get you up to speed on the booming Chinese economy and tie you into beneficial business resources on both sides of the Pacific from prominent speakers who have already succeeded in China. This conference, geared toward Presidents, CEO’s and other senior management, will help you understand the balance between opportunity and threat by hands on training and best practices.
Registration and Breakfast
Welcome Remarks:
Hon. Neil F. Hartigan, Chairman & CEO, World Trade Center Illinois
Keynote Remarks:
Alfred K.C. Ho, Vice President and Director, China Advisory Service, Global Trade & Supply Chain Solutions, International Division, National City
Panel I: Current & Emerging Issues in China 
Panel II: Company Perspective
Luncheon and Keynote
Breakout Sessions: Regionally Specific
Cocktail Reception
Reservations must be made through mail, fax or e-mail by Tuesday, October 16, 2007, and are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
For additional Information, contact Amina K. Majeed at amajeed@wtcc.org

Managing Product Design and Development: The Global Supply Chain

NaviAsia VP, John Tomaszewski, lectures at Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering
Master of Product Development, Northwestern University
Managing Product Design and Development: 3-Day Executive Program
Gain the skills to manage the design and development of products for strategic competitive advantage. This intensive three- day program provides the skills to manage creativity and design, customer-focused innovation, gap analysis in the design process, strategy in design, industrial design essentials, human factors, and intellectual property. Participants will also gain skills in managing the product development phase-gate process, teams, and product performance metrics. Leading faculty from Northwestern University's Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science and Kellogg School of Management team with industry experts, using real-world case studies and group workshops to illustrate the frameworks discussed in the program. 
Key Benefits
In this program, you will:
  • Gain skills in identifying opportunities in the product development process
  • Learn a structured process for product development that uses specific phases and criteria to ensure successful product introductions
  • Understand issues dealing with cognitive psychology in the design process
  • Learn to use appropriate management strategies and supporting metrics to assure optimization of a product development group
  • Acquire techniques to enhance creativity as well as manage intellectual capital
  • Understand the value of design as strategy
  • Learn about end-user focused innovation research and the designer's role in achieving greater success 
Dates, Fees and Schedules

Spring 2007 (March 18 - March 21)
$5,150 - includes accommodations
$4,400 - without accommodations
20% discounts for groups of 4 or more

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for product development professionals who have either technical or marketing backgrounds. Participants who would benefit most are those who have a passion for product development and design, and whose organizations will benefit from a robust product development process

For more information, please contact:
Professor Walter Herbst
Academic Director
847-467-3375 or



Understanding China and Tools to be Successful

NaviAsia VP, Charles Li, speaks at Northeast Wisconsin Global Trade Conference

5th Annual Northeastern Wisconsin Global Trade Conference
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
KI Convention Center Green Bay, Wisconsin
 In Conjunction with Congressman Tom Petri (R-6th) & Congressman Steve Kagen (D-8th) 


"Every year, international trade plays a more important role in the economy of Northeastern Wisconsin . The Northeast Wisconsin International Trade Conference provides businesses throughout our area with an excellent chance to learn how the global economy has a direct impact right here and how our region can compete more effectively internationally. Thanks to the excellent line-up of presenters and the great networking opportunities with other attendees, there is something there for everyone, whether you're an experienced international business or a small business looking to get into the international trade arena."
U.S. Rep. Thomas Petri

"Throughout our nation's history, the hard-working people in Northeast Wisconsin have been successful international traders. The NEW North region has enjoyed a long and proud tradition of success in the global marketplace, and I am committed to working hard to help meet any challenges created by recent international Free Trade agreements. We must begin to establish Fair Trade deals, wherein we ship our values overseas - conservation, equal rights, childhood labor restrictions, effective collective bargaining, expanded access to higher education and environmental protection - not our jobs. Creating new opportunities and a better quality of life for working families, family farmers, small businesses and manufacturers both large and small must be our collective goal. By working together, we will continue to make Wisconsin the home of international trade, as we build a better future for everyone."
U.S. Rep Steve Kagen
Register here! - http://programs.titletown.org/

For more information, please contact Fred Monique, program manager, Highway 41 Corridor International Development Program, at mailto:monique@titletown.org or call (920) 246-1624.

China Global Initiatives in Management

NaviAsia VP, John Tomaszewski, lectures at Kellogg School of Management Executive Education program

For more information, please see the following link:


NaviAsia Vice President Facilitates Roundtable Discussion on Ningbo-Chicago Relations

By Phil Williams     
Chicago, IL - July 12 - Bill Liu, Vice President of the NaviAsia Consulting Group, which has been mentioned in Crain's Chicago as a leading Chicago consulting firm dealing with China, served as an interpreter and facilitator in a roundtable discussion with the delegation from Ningbo, China at the World Trade Center of Chicago (WTCC) on Wednesday, July 12th.

The roundtable was co-sponsored by the World Trade Center of Chicago and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce with the purpose of introducing the Ningbo Economic and Technical Development Zone Delegation to Chicago and initiating a discussion to promote mutual investments.

The meeting was attended by a number of Chicago business leaders involved in Sino-US trade including the Chairman of Chicago's China Committee, the President of World Business Chicago and was moderated by Neil Hartigan, Chairman of the World Trade Center Chicago. The Ningbo delegation was led by Zhang Ruping, Vice President of the Dagang Development Company, Ltd.
The event also included representatives from the Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing, the State of Illinois, World Resources China and the Kinsella Group, representing a variety of civic, government and business groups.

Throughout the roundtable discussion Liu switched seamlessly between his native Mandarin and adopted English, facilitating and leading a discussion on the potential for manufacturing and logistical alliances between the two cities as well as investment opportunities.

The outcome of the discussion was a general agreement and understanding of the next steps for the two cities to take in encouraging and facilitating the movement of small and medium sized industries to China. On the US side, leaders began to plan how they could aid in the Chinese effort to raise capital while the Chinese delegation began to plan how they could assist US companies in finding partners in China.

After the discussion the roundtable members joined a larger group at a lunch at the Mid America Club where the Ningbo delegation gave a presentation on the economic and industrial attributes of Ningbo. When the presentation was completed Hartigan concluded the day with a send off to the delegation as well as a thank you to Liu for facilitating.

“I want to take a moment to recognize and thank Bill and NaviAsia,” Hartigan said. “Our long friendship meant he was the only choice.”    

NaviAsia Vice President Keynote Speaker at Kellogg's Asian Business Conference

By Phil Williams

NaviAsia Vice President John Tomaszewski spoke on the growing domestic market and emergence of branding in China at Kellogg's Asian Business Conference on Saturday, April 29th. Tomaszewski, who has 14 years experience in emerging markets and a strong background in Chinese business, was the keynote speaker at the Kellogg Alumni Breakfast. The speech kicked off the conference Saturday morning and was attended by Kellogg alumni and other guests.

Tomaszewski quickly covered the importance of having on the ground experience in China. Bringing in experience and testimonials from the NaviAsia office in China, Tomaszewski highlighted new and developing models for sales in China.

Tomaszewski then moved on to explain how new sales and marketing approaches in China have in recent years transformed and evolved, citing the differences between Western and Eastern approaches to sales and marketing that influence these customer purchase patterns.

To further explore his points on branding and marketing in China, Tomaszewski showed a number of recent Chinese television commercials. Tomaszewski used these commercials to illustrate the latest trends in branding in China as well as the West's role in branding.

Tomaszewski stated that, “China has been picking up speed for quite some time. The historical focus has been on manufacturing but as Chinese companies mature so does their need to employ sophisticated brand, marketing and sales strategies.”

A discussion and Q & A session followed Tomaszewski speech which focused on China's potential for manufacturing and comments on China's new models for branding, brand creation and driving consumer behavior.

After Tomaszewski's speech, the conference moved into several executive forums and speeches by other top Asian business experts. The conference's executive forums focused on current developments in Asian business, including branding strategies, the region's growing consumer power and investment and access to capital.

Other speakers included Sam Pitroda, chairman of the Knowledge Commission of India; James A Lawrence, CFO of General Mills Inc and Professor Weiying Zhang, Executive Dean of Guanghu School of Management at Peking University.

Photos from the Conference

Tomaszewski takes a question from the audience. Question topics ranged from China's manufacturing potential to the impact of new branding models.

Tomaszewski discussses examples and testimonials from NaviAsia's experiences, citing recent developments occuring on the ground in China.

Tomaszewski shows one of several recent Chinese television commercials to the audience to emphasis his points on the growth of marketing and branding models.

Tomazsewski explains Chinese companies' need to employ more sophisticated brand, marketing and sales strategies.

Tomaszewski details the differences between Western and Eastern approaches to sales and marketing and how those differences affect customer purchase patterns.

Tomaszewski with Kellogg Dean Emeritus Donald Jacobs and Professor Weiying Zhang, Executive Dean of Guanghu School of Management at Peking University.

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At Kellogg, Kirk's Optimism on Display - Representative sees bright future for U.S., China

By Phil Williams

Congressman Mark Kirk receives a Kellogg
baseball cap from NaviaAsia's Bill Liu

U.S. Representative Mark Kirk spoke at the Kellogg School of Management in Chicago on Monday, February 6. The conference was hosted by the Kellogg Alumni Club of Chicago and organized by Bill Liu, Vice President of NaviAsia Consulting Group, a China supply-chain consulting firm based in Evanston.

A Republican from Illinois' 10 th District, Mr. Kirk is co-chair of the U.S.-China Working Group, a bipartisan organization that coordinates and decides crucial national policy relating to U.S.-China relations.

Speaking at February's conference, he discussed the need to refine economic and diplomatic relations as Chinese financial and military clout continues to grow. Mr. Kirk addressed an audience of more than 70 executives and Kellogg alumni at Kellogg's Chicago Campus.

Mr. Kirk also spent a significant portion of his speech outlining the need for increased marketing coordination between Chicago and China.

“Chicago businesses have a unique opportunity in China,” he said. “We should ignite a massive marketing campaign in China to promote Chicago, and back it up with goodwill.”

He noted, however, that small businesses in Chicago and the Midwest will need help in order to make inroads with China, but praised Chicago's civic leaders for jumpstarting the process.


Mr. Kirk also suggested a branding strategy that placed Chicago at the center of U.S.-China relations, the goal being to encourage Chinese companies to base their North American headquarters here.
The Congressman said that he sees O'Hare Airport as one of Chicago's best branding advantages, arguing that it provides easy access in and out of the country.
He predicted that Seattle would be Chicago's main competition, but noted that he had not seen Seattle city leaders take an active role as of yet.

Rep. Kirk explains a finer point of his plan
for strengthening the Chicago-China brand.

According to Mr. Kirk, the need for improved diplomatic relations with China as that nation's influence on the world stage grows will prove to be another crucial issue.

“The question is whether we are able to perceive the change in the world, the rise in China,” he said.
He explained that it is essential for America to prepare to deal with China as a world power, saying that a concrete, long-term strategy needs to be created to ensure that peaceful relations with China in the future come from productive relations now.

“The two largest economies on Earth should focus on building a relationship with each other,” he said.

After finishing his prepared remarks, Mr. Kirk answered questions from the audience on Taiwan-China relations, China's need for oil and factionalism in the Chinese government.

He concluded his speech with a final comment on the need for peace and productivity in U.S.-China relations.

“If there was a war between the U.S. and China, I can tell you who would lose,” Mr. Kirk said, “Both countries would lose.”

NaviAsia Vice President Lectures at Kellogg- Tomaszewski Lectures on China's New Role as a World Manufacturing Supply Base and China's Emergence into Marketing

By Phil Williams

Tomaszewski discusses NaviAsia's presence and experience in China

John Tomaszewski, Vice President of NaviAsia Consulting Group, a China strategic sourcing and supply chain management consulting firm based in Evanston, lectured at Kellogg's Executive MBA program on February 6th. Tomaszewski is a frequent guest lecturer at Kellogg on the topics of China and International Business.

Tomaszewski outlined and addressed the challenges that China now presents to the world and, specifically, to the US economy. Tomaszewski also pointed out the economic opportunities hidden within those challenges. His speech focused on how U.S. small to medium size enterprises (SMEs) can react to China and gain advantages in the Chinese market.

Tomaszewski, with 14 years experience in consulting and industry, has a strong background in Chinese business. His experiences working in China for both BP Amoco and the NaviAsia Consulting Group, have given him insight into the relations between US and Chinese businesses and the role they will play as China's economy grows.

Richard Honack, Associate Dean and Adjunct Professor of Marketing, explained to the audience that he brought Tomaszewski in to speak due to his direct experience in China. “John has experience on the ground,” Honack said, “And comes fresh from the streets.”

Tomaszewski spoke to the group of forty executives from across the globe on what they will need to know in order to work with China today and in the future. He began by discussing the history of China and how China has opened the doors to the Western World in the last three decades.

Understanding how China is opening up to the world is vital according to Tomaszewski, meaning that China will come to impact U.S. businesses regardless of their size or industry.

Tomaszewski then moved into a discussion of China's manufacturing capabilities, outlining the wide range of products that can be manufactured at lower costs than in the U.S. Tomaszewski described China as becoming the “manufacturing center of the world.”

He explained that this comparative cost advantage results in significant cost savings compared to the U.S. And, while this is also met with risks and challenges, it was noted that China represents the largest source of growth opportunity for U.S. companies that can utilize a hybrid manufacturing strategy.

Tomaszewski then spoke on Chinese companies, both explaining the Chinese management style and highlighting the recent moves by Chinese companies to develop sales and marketing capabilities.

Examples of Chinese advertisements were shown to the audience and the group discussed the advertisements' differences compared to U.S. advertisements. An interesting observation was how China has become more sophisticated in advertising over time and how foreign companies often miss the local context for attracting Chinese consumers.

The executives in the audience were absorbed in Tomaszewski's presentation and frequently asked questions.“This is the most engaged I've seen you guys,” Honack stated to the group during a break.


Photos from the Conference

Tomaszewski discusses NaviAsia's presence and experience in China

Tomaszewski highlights the pillars of advantage in utilizing China.

Tomaszewski shares an explanation of China's evolution as a world manufacturing supply base.

Tomaszewski explains Chinese and Western companies' sales and marketing approaches to the audience.

Tomaszewski shares best practices in working in China.

Tomaszewski discusses China's EasternCoast development versus the emergence of Central and Western China.

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Mayor of WuxiCity Visits Chicago - NaviAsia VP Acts as Delegation's Advisor

By Etan Harmelech

October 25, 2005--Chicago — Bill Liu, a Vice President at NaviAsia Consulting Group with more than 15 years of experience in international trade, served as the interpreter at a seminar promoting investment opportunities in and around Wuxi City, China.

The World Trade Center Chicago and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce co-sponsored the event with the purpose of introducing American businesses to the possibilities offered by one of China 's most prosperous cities. More than 90 attendees representing 65 different organizations assembled at downtown Chicago 's MidAmerican Club and listened to keynote speeches from Wuxi Mayor Zhang Jinxian and Director of Chicago City Protocol Eileen Hubbell.

Because the delegation from Wuxi did not bring along its own interpreter, World Trade Center Chairman Neil Hartigan called on Liu to translate for the mostly English-speaking audience.

“I want to thank Bill Liu and NaviAsia; they have been instrumental in everything we continue to do here at the World Trade Center ,” Hartigan said in his opening remarks. “I also taught Bill everything he knows about speaking Mandarin,” he joked.

The most vital translation came toward the conclusion of the conference when Hartigan, the former Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, exchanged ceremonial gifts with Wuxi 's Mayor Zhang.

Liu, who was born in China and attended business school at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, switched seamlessly throughout the morning between his native Mandarin and adopted English.

Hartigan said he placed his trust in Liu in large part because of his longstanding relationship with NaviAsia. “They are the leading firm in this area with respect to China ,” Hartigan said

Photos from the Conference

NaviAsia's John Tomaszewski was also in attendance at the seminar.

More than 50 companies sent representatives to the MidAmerican Club.

Wuxi Mayor Zhang Jinxian listens intently before taking the podium.

Bill Liu translates for Rajinder Bedi of the Illinois Office of Trade and Investment.

WTCC Chairman Neil Hartigan welcomes the Wuxi delegation.

Total American investment in Wuxi totaled $2.7 billion in 2004.

Liu with (from left) Eileen Hubbel, Xu Jingzhong, Hartigan, and Mayor Zhang.

Weifu High-Tech Chairman Xu Liangfei previews his speech with Bill Liu.

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NaviAsia Sponsors Conference on U.S.-China Business Relations

By Etan Harmelech

October 19, 2005-- Chicago — NaviAsia Consulting Group, in cooperation with the World Trade Center Chicago, hosted the second annual “ China: Promise to Profits” forum at Northwestern University 's Wieboldt Hall last Wednesday.

NaviAsia, a Chicago-based company that specializes in providing small- and medium-sized businesses with innovative approaches to supply chain management, co-founded the conference in 2004 as a way of educating U.S. companies about the opportunities available to them in China .

Eighty-five representatives from more than 50 different companies attended this year's conference. Keynote speakers included Lesley Schweitzer, a senior trade advisor at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Dan Ikenson, a policy analyst with the Cato Institute.

In his opening remarks, World Trade Center Chicago Chairman and former Illinois Lt. Governor Neil Hartigan thanked NaviAsia for its role in making Promise to Profits a reality and a success. “There's nothing we're doing here that NaviAsia hasn't had a hand in,” Hartigan said.

NaviAsia Vice President John Tomaszewski, who is also the president of the alumni association of the Kellogg School of Management, worked closely with Northwestern officials to bring the forum to Chicago and Wieboldt Hall for a second straight year.

In addition to working to ensure the success of Promise to Profits from behind the scenes, NaviAsia also played an active role at the conference itself. Tomaszewski was called on to moderate a panel featuring three companies' perspectives on the difficulties of moving operations to China —and how to overcome them. At the end of the discussion, the panel fielded questions from the audience about partnering with Chinese distributors, overcoming energy limitations, and protecting intellectual property.

“I really think the people who asked those questions came away with some sound, practical advice about how to take the next step,” Tomaszewski said. “Really that's what this forum is all about.”

In the smaller afternoon sessions, Tomaszewski led a seminar on strategic sourcing and supply chain strategy while NaviAsia Vice President Charles Li spoke about the importance of language and culture in developing Chinese business relationships.

“Respect the differences between our two cultures and you will succeed,” Li said.

At the program's conclusion, Hartigan talked about the importance of the forum in cementing the relationship between the two nations and again thanked NaviAsia for its role. “This is an excellent company; John and NaviAsia deal with every aspect of Chinese trade,” Hartigan said. “Do not hesitate to ask them for advice.”

Photos from the Conference

Bill Liu discusses Chinese law with attorney Bill Spence.

John Tomaszewski moderates a panel on company perspectives.

Attendees learn and ask questions about key economic issues within China .

Mr. Jing Li, Vice Chairman of the Tianjin Economic Development Area.

Former Illinois Lt. Governor Neil Hartigan: “This forum is vital.”

Over lunch, Bill Liu and Philip Kneisel discuss China 's prospects.

Hartigan and Tomaszewski confer before the morning session .

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Lesley Schweitzer on China 's future.

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China, Inc.: How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World with author Ted Fishman

Hosted by: NaviAsia Consulting Group

When: Thursday, 6/9/2005 at 5:15 pm (The presentation begins at 6:00 pm)
Where: Kellogg School of Business, Chicago Campus, 4th floor; 340 E. Superior Street , Chicago

Bill Liu
Vice President of NaviAsia and the founder/chairman of Kellogg Alumni Club of Chicago's Asia-Pacific Committee, has put together the informative lecture.

Please join us as
Mr. Ted Fishman shares information on how China is forcing the world to change along with it. "No country has ever before made a better run at climbing every step of economic development all at once," he writes, in China, Inc.: How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World. In tracing China 's ascendancy over the past 30 years (with annual growth of an astonishing 9.5 percent), Fishman presents a flood of facts, figures, forecasts, and anecdotes and examines the implications of this unprecedented growth for China , the U.S. , and the rest of the world.

China Promise to Profits: Doing business with China - Is the time right?

Sept 15, 2004

Photos from the Conference

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NaviAsia Webcasts

Winning strategies and proven approaches to capture the China opportunity for U.S. metal processors — with a focus on stampings

Thursday, April 29 or Friday, May 14
9 a.m. – 10 a.m. (will have a brief Q&A session after presentation)

Hosted by: RSM McGladrey, in cooperation with NaviAsia Consulting Group

Join us as we share our insights on the metal processing industry in China and its impact on U.S. manufacturing. We will discuss our proven approach for strategic sourcing and supply chain management from China and provide a real-life case/best practice of how a client was able to fully capture the China opportunity — not only with an average cost savings of 35 percent to 65 percent, but also with an improvement in product development cycle time!

To register, please contact Stacey Doherty at 847.413.6292 or stacey.doherty@rsmi.com

Expansion into the Far East Roundtable

Middle-market manufacturers today are facing tremendous cost pressures. Many are evaluating the Far East markets to meet customer demands, improve manufacturing margins and, possibly, serve the domestic market. Determining which strategy to use and implementing that strategy a world away is a complexity of operational, accounting, tax and legal matters, many of which are new and different from U.S. business.

Bruner-Cox LLP is pleased to present this roundtable featuring recognized experts in global expansion. Join us for an informative, executive-level roundtable discussion. Our roundtable format allows for your concerns to be addressed and your questions answered without taking you away from your office for an entire day.

Topics include:

  • A market overview with a focus on current events that are forcing manufacturers and distributors to re-evaluate their strategic business plans relating to a global marketplace
  • Challenges of expansion and how to best evaluate your options
  • A question and answer session to specifically address your concerns

When: May 25, 2004
8:00 - 8:30 am: Breakfast & Registration
8:30 - 10:00 am: Featured Presentation

Where: Firestone Country Club (click here for directions)
Cost: $35 per person
RSVP by: May 20, 2004

Featured roundtable presenters include:

Allan Cheshire,
former Director of Strategy and International Consulting for RSM McGladrey, the fifth largest international organization in the world, has more than 30 years of international business experience working for both RSM International and Fortune 500 companies. Through a program he developed for RSM McGladrey called The China Platform, Allan helps clients evaluate new markets, expand their businesses, and overcome global challenges in their current operations, including evaluating distribution options, finding the right partners, and ultimately addressing the opportunities and risks involved in taking operations abroad.

John Tomaszewski, Vice President for NaviAsia Consulting Group, has more than 12 years of combined industry and consulting experience in strategy, merger and acquisitions, supply chain/strategic sourcing and organizational transformation in the China marketplace. He also has significant experience in other emerging markets, such as Mexico, Romania and Poland.

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