HONG KONG: Turning China Into Opportunity

A breakfast seminar on doing business with Hong Kong and China

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

7:30am - 9:30am

Grand Hyatt Denver
Pyramid Ballroom, 37/F
Pinnacle Club by Grand Hyatt
1750 Welton Street, Denver Colorado

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(From left: Jim Reis, President - CEO, WTC Denver; Abdul Sessay - City of Denver; Stephen Wong, Regional Director, Americas, Hong Kong Trade Development Council; Pam Reichert, Director, International Trade, State of Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade; Bryan Krueger, Senior Vice President, Corporate Sales, Marketing and Customer Support, CardianBCT; James Nelson, Partner, Lindquist & Vennum; Don Pangburn, Senior Principal, GHP Howorath)


The CSIA, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, and the World Trade Center Denver organized a complimentary breakfast seminar on doing business with Hong Kong and China using the Hong Kong business platform for the international business community at the Grand Denver Hyatt Hotel in Denver on Tuesday, March 10, 2009. The event was attended by over 130 local business executives.

Among the distingusihed guests were Ms. Pam Reichert, Director, International Trade, State of Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, who presented a welcome letter on behalf of the governor to Mr. Stephen Wong, Regional Director, Americas, of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

China's rapid development is opening new doors for US companies. Hong Kong, as an international services center and technology hub, is playing a leading role as a fast track to success. Whether you're looking to sell goods or services into the fast-emerging China market, or take advantage of competitively priced, high-quality manufacturing, Hong Kong has the experience and networks to help you get ahead. To facilitate the business needs of companies in Colorado, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council offers:

  • Sourcing - over fifteen trade publications packed with information on product trends and suppliers contacts as well as an online service for searching products, services, partners, agents, suppliers and manufacturers in Hong Kong and beyond
  • Customized Business Matching - supported by a team of experienced specialists, the Premier Connect services puts you in touch with qualified Hong Kong partners
  • Trade Fairs
  • Market Intelligence


7:30am - 8:00am Registration and Networking
8:00am - 8:05am

Welcome Remarks

James Reis
World Trade Center Denver

Ms. Su Hawk

8:05am - 8:25am



Hong Kong: Helping Manage Opportunities and Challenges in China

Stephen Wong
Regional Director, Americas
Hong Kong Trade Development Council

Click here to download presentation in PDF format, 4.68MB.

Stephen Wong is the Regional Director, Americas, of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC). Based in New York, he is the highest ranking executive of HKTDC overseeing all of the Council's activities in the U.S.A., Canada and Central and South America.

Prior to his present assignment, Mr. Wong was HKTDC¡¦s Director of Information Services responsible for spearheading HKTDC's extensive e-commerce capabilities and business training programs for Hong Kong enterprises. He has also held the position of Director of Production Promotion Department of HKTDC, raising the profile of Hong Kong¡¦s major industries from consumer electronics, apparel and accessories, to gifts and premiums.





















Panel Discussion: Business Opportunities and Experiences in Doing Business with Hong Kong and China

Moderator: Jim Nelson, Partner, Lindquist & Vennum

Before joining Lindquist & Vennum, Jim was vice president and general counsel responsible for legal affairs of the Gates Group, a $3 billion group of manufacturers of engineered metal and rubber products, a unit of Tomkins PLC.

His practice focuses on corporate counseling, international business development and transactions, and intellectual property protection. Prior to Gates, Jim was in private practice. Before that, he was with Ball Corporation as an attorney and business executive in Boulder, London and Singapore. Jim handles international and domestic contract negotiations and has a strong background in corporate development, joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions, together with construction, distribution and manufacturing. His international experience extends to Asia/Pacific, Middle East, Europe and Latin America.


Bryan A. Krueger
Senior Vice President, Corporate Sales, Marketing, and Global Customer Support

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As Senior Vice President of Corporate Sales, Marketing and Global Support at CaridianBCT, Bryan A. Krueger leads the strategic direction and tactical execution of across all business areas and regions. Mr. Krueger has employed sucessful processes within both domestic and international positions in marketing, sales, general management and supply chain management during his tenure at the company.


Donald Pangburn
Senior Principal
GHP Horwath, P.C.

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Donald has advised clients with accounting issues all around the world. Don is a Senior Principal in the Assurance Services department of GHP Horwath, and brings more than 35 years of experience in audit, tax, and consulting services. He is an international audit and tax resource director, coordinating the firm¡¦s international engagement services and acting as a liaison with Horwath International headquarters and other Horwath International member firms. Don holds a BS degree in Business Administration from the University of Montana.

8:45am - 9:00am

Q&A Session

A sample of questions posted by the event attendees:

  1. What is the most efficient way to locate qualified distributors in the Chinese Mainland?
  2. What is expected of us as a supplier from Chinese distributors?
  3. How to be introduced to commercial real estate investors?
  4. Is there CO-OP or logistics HUB that coordinates partial containers?
  5. What resources are available to determine if we are getting quality pricing and services from existing manufacturer in China?
  6. How do you find reputable manufacturers in China?
  7. What opportunities are there for educational/industry partnerships in Hong Kong and China?
  8. Has it become easier, now that the Olympics are over, to get a visa for mainland China in Hong Kong?
  9. What specific changes in China property rights are upcoming that will improve long-term capital accumulation and exchange of wealth between China and the USA?
  10. Do I patent/trademark my products in the States before packaging, partnering, and registering, in Hong Kong?
  11. Can HKTDC help companies, Colorado firms, get introduced in that supply chains process that manufacturing process to improve?
  12. What is the trade council doing about reviewing the meetings with these people? Do you do any pre-looking at these people to make sure they're up to snuff? What is going on with China and Hong Kong regarding this quality issue? But I like to know, what are you guys doing about getting the Chinese people to bring quality merchandise into the US?
  13. China and Hong Kong are places to be in; however, are there any considerations for us to keep in mind before we go there?
  14. Do you need to incorporate in Hong Kong in order to receive the IP benefit of Hong Kong companies, or are you granted that by just dealing through trade entity in Hong Kong?
  15. Hong Kong integral is your success in China by using your sourcing and quality control agents?

Closing Remarks

Following the closing remarks delivered by Mr. Jim Reis, President and CEO of the WTC Denver, Mr. Adbul Sessay representating the Mayor of the City of Denver presented a congratulatory letter to Mr. Stephen Wong.



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