KONG: Turning China Into Opportunity
seminar on doing business with Hong Kong and China
March 10, 2009
Pyramid Ballroom, 37/F
Pinnacle Club by Grand Hyatt
Street, Denver Colorado
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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)
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.
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
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:
- 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
Business Matching - supported by a team of experienced
specialists, the Premier Connect services puts you in touch
with qualified Hong Kong partners
Kong:Helping Manage Opportunities and Challenges in China
Regional Director, Americas
Hong Kong Trade Development Council
to download presentation in PDF format, 4.68MB.
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.
Discussion: Business Opportunities and Experiences
in Doing Business with Hong Kong and China
Nelson, Partner, Lindquist & Vennum
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.
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.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Sales, Marketing,
and Global Customer Support
to download presentation in PDF format, 1.28MB.
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.
GHP Horwath, P.C.
to download presentation in PDF format, 509KB.
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
sample of questions posted by the event attendees:
What is the most efficient way to locate qualified distributors
in the Chinese Mainland?
What is expected of us as a supplier from Chinese distributors?
How to be introduced to commercial real estate investors?
Is there CO-OP or logistics HUB that coordinates partial
What resources are available to determine if we are
getting quality pricing and services from existing manufacturer
How do you find reputable manufacturers in China?
What opportunities are there for educational/industry
partnerships in Hong Kong and China?
Has it become easier, now that the Olympics are over,
to get a visa for mainland China in Hong Kong?
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?
Do I patent/trademark my products in the States before
packaging, partnering, and registering, in Hong Kong?
Can HKTDC help companies, Colorado firms, get introduced
in that supply chains process that manufacturing process
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?
China and Hong Kong are places to be in; however, are
there any considerations for us to keep in mind before
we go there?
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?
Hong Kong integral is your success in China by using
your sourcing and quality control agents?
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.