• CONFERENCE  program

    At the second Sino-US Conference participants will meet Chinese investors seeking new business opportunities in addition to qualified Chinese and US business professionals interested in helping businesses discover and explore new business opportunities in China.


    Recent changes to the China economy bring new business opportunities to the emerging regions of Texas. These opportunities are attracting new investors and businesses to the Dallas-Fort Worth region. The second Sino-US economic, Investment, Trading, and Education Conference in Dallas will serve as a bridge between China and the U.S. to promote economic and cultural relationships.


    Investors from Henan province, Hefei city, Shanghai Chamber of Commerce, Chongqing city, Jiangsu province, and Zhejiang Chamber of Commerce will attend the second Sino-US conference seeking new business opportunities in real estate, technology, construction materials, aviation, healthcare, energy exploration and production, and EB-5. The delegation includes government officials, business owners, and members of the chambers of commerce. Also in attendance will be local mayors and government officials,  economic development corporations, real estate and technology businesses.

    Business Conference & Booth exhibition

    Nov. 9th & 10th, 9AM - 5PM - Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel

    The conference Committee has planned a two-day educational conference about investing in the U.S., State law, U.S. economy, business culture, taxation, banking, import/export, and other topics.

    Delegates from China will exchange information on economic environment, investment and trading policies, culture and education with and local business owners and government officials; Prominent business leaders and academics will share experience in regards to cross border transactions; Sponsors will participate as exhibitors and showcase qualified business opportunities

    VIP Reception and Dinner

    Nov 9th, 5:30 - 9:00 pm - Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel

    Committee members of Dallas Chambers of Commerce, mayors from DFW cities, local economic development corporations (EDC) directors, and local Chinese community leaders will join delegates from China together to foster business relations and explore business opportunities.

    Career Fair

    Nov 11th 10:00 am - 4:00 pm - Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel

    Approximately over 200 students and local professionals, eight major universities in DFW area, and over 20 local companies are anticipated to participate this Career Fair. It is a great opportunity for companies to identify and recruit new, qualified candidates for employment

  • Speakers

    Albert Shen

    National Deputy Director of Minority Business Development Agency at U.S. Department of Commerce

    Albert K. Shen is the National Deputy Director of the Minority Business Development Agency. He serves as the principal advisor to MBDA National Director, Alejandra Y. Castillo, overseeing the management of the day-to-day operations of the agency.


    Shen’s agency portfolio includes leadership of the Agency’s business development, intergovernmental/legislative, and national strategic initiatives that directly impact the growth and development of minority businesses in the US. He leads all new policy initiatives that require stakeholder or congressional advocacy. He also directs special programming that includes the establishment and ongoing efforts on increased access to capital. That work includes: new supplier diversity models; youth entrepreneurship; mergers and acquisitions; private equity/venture capital; government contracting and new international markets in Asia, Africa and South America. He serves as the MBDA liaison to the White House on economic priorities in international trade and supply chain innovation. 


    Esau C. Liu

    Senior Vice President, East West Bank

    Esau is Senior Vice President, Team Manager of Commercial Lending with East West Bank, focusing on middle market and corporate customers with a particular emphasis on international banking capabilities and bridge banking with China. With $29.9 billion in assets and a market capitalization of $5.8 billion, East West Bank is one of the 30 largest public banks in the U.S.


    Prior to joining East West Bank in 2011, Esau was an international corporate banker at HSBC, a private banker at Citibank, and a corporate banker at Cathay Bank. He has also served as Chairman of the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce. His 30-year banking experience centered around building expertise in loan review, C&I middle markets, community business banking, commercial real estate lending, international private banking, and multi-national corporate banking.

    John McKiel

    Senior International Investment Specialist - SelectUSA at U.S. Department of Commerce

    John is a Senior International Investment Specialist at SelectUSA, where he manages the Greater China portfolio internationally, and the Southwest portfolio domestically. In his international work, he assists foreign companies from the Greater China region in their journey to invest in the U.S. market. Domestically, he helps economic development organizations in the Southwest United States in developing their FDI attraction portfolios.


    Prior to his work at SelectUSA, John worked in FDI attraction at the local level for the Deputy Mayor’s Office for Planning and Economic Development for the District of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked as a federal consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton. A native of Indiana, John has a BA in Political Science from Indiana University and an MBA from The George Washington University. He spent nearly six years living in China and Taiwan and speaks Mandarin Chinese.

    N. Andrew Elliott

    Vice President, Strategic Marketing, ZTE USA


    Mr. Andrew Elliott is a technology veteran with specific expertise in marketing and business development for mobile devices, mobile technology solutions, applications and ecosystems. As the vice president of strategic marketing, Elliott is responsible for developing the strategy and executing the marketing plans for building the ZTE brand in the USA.


    Prior to joining ZTE, Elliott spent 10 years with Nokia, where he helped transform the company into an ecosystem player. Elliott helped grow the Nokia Services business in North America to over $100 million in revenues across online, retail and operator channels. Prior to joining Nokia, Elliott was with Microsoft Corporation where he held a variety of sales and international marketing roles that enabled him to work across a full range of technology products. His experience spans from consumer to back office enterprise-class products. He helped define emerging markets opportunities while in the Entertainment & Home Division, and helped to market and sell these products across all major channels including retail, large account resellers and OEM.

    Ryan Wright 

    CEO of FIG Tree Capital Venture

    Ryan is the Chief Executive Officer of FIG Tree Capital Ventures and has been involved in the venture capital industry for the past 13 years.  Over the course of his career, Ryan has been involved in numerous energy and real estate projects totaling over 300 million in total capital.   After leaving one of the largest oil and gas investment firms in the county in 2009, Ryan began his relationship with the company as an independent consultant for FIG Financial Solutions.  In 2010, Ryan joined the firm full time as CEO.  Shortly thereafter, the company rebranded as FIG Tree Capital Ventures.

    With Ryan’s direction, FIG Tree Capital Ventures has continually created a diversified inventory of high quality energy, real estate, and start-up technology projects with structures that are consistent with the company’s business model of providing ground floor, industry cost investments, that focus on cash flow generation, asset accumulation, and the creation of tax benefits.

    Dr. Konstantinos Kanonakis

    Senior Scientist, Huawei Technologies

    Dr. Konstantinos Kanonakis is a Senior Scientist with US R&D, Huawei Technologies. Previously he worked as a Research Staff Member at NEC Laboratories America, Princeton, NJ, where he led the SDN activities of the Optical Networking Department. In the past he was a Senior Researcher at Athens Information Technology (AIT), Greece, serving as the Project Manager for the €3.5M E.U. project ACCORDANCE on OFDMA-PON. His work is focused on architectures, control schemes and resource allocation for optical core/access and data center networks. Dr. Kanonakis holds 3 U.S. Patents and has co-authored more than 60 scientific articles in international journals and conferences. He received his

    Ph.D. and Dipl.-Ing. Degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece in 2008 and 2004 respectively.

    Randy Byers

    Dean of Online Education

    Since joining Dallas Baptist University in 1999 as a full-time employee, Mr. Byers has served as Director of Computer and Technology, Director of Online Education, Director of Institutional Process Management, Director of International Admissions, and Executive Director of International Programs.  He has led numerous institutional committees including the DBU Mission Statement Reaffirmation, the Intensive English Program Accreditation Self-study, and various Institutional Effectiveness reviews. Mr. Byers holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and a Master of Education in Higher Education from DBU.  He is completing his dissertation toward a Ph.D. in Higher Education with a concentration in Business Computing Systems at the University of North Texas. 

    James Chen

    International Business  Development Director

    Office of Governor Greg Abbott

    James Chen joined the Office of the Governor, Economic Development division as Regional Director-Asia/Pacific. His main role is to help foreign companies from Asia Pacific to invest in Texas and Texas companies to do business in Asia Pacific as well. Prior to this position, he had various experiences in real estate investment, equity investment, and information technology. James Chen holds an MBA from Duke University and a Bachelor of Science degree from China.

  • Schedule

    November 9th - 11th 

    Monday, Nov. 9th

    Welcome. Seminar. Networking.

    8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Welcome & Registration

    9:15AM-12:00PM Opening Ceremony

    • Keynote Speech 1: Sino-US welcome remarks
    • Keynote Speech 2: City of Frisco welcome remarks 
    • Keynote Speech 3:  Investing in U.S for minority business
    • Keynote Speech 4: Emerging Tech Leaders

    12:00PM-1:15PM Sponsored Lunch

    • Keynote Speaker : FIG Tree Capital Ventures

    1:30PM - 5:20PM Conference Seminars

    • Seminar 1. Cross-border financing between China and U.S
    • Seminar 2. Overseas investment and branding strategy
    • Seminar 3. Texas investment opportunities and policies
    • Seminar 4. Challenges and opportunities of oil and gas Investments in the U.S.
    • Seminar 5. City of Frisco Investment Opportunities

    5:30PM—6:15PM VIP Cocktail Reception

    6:30PM-8:00PM Dinner Banquet

    8:00PM-9:00PM Dance Performance from China

    Tuesday, Nov. 10th

    Seminars. Deal Making. Conclusion

    8:00AM – 9:00AM Registration


    9:00AM-11:45AM Conference Seminars

    • Seminar 1. Key issues and common disputes when investing in U.S. 
    • Seminar 2. Investment opportunities in DFW Area
    • Seminar 3. Benefits, applications and challenges of Software defined networks (SDN)

    12:00PM-1:30PM Sponsored Lunch


    1:40PM-3:00PM Conference Panel Discussion

    • Immigration matters and taxation 
    • Trade-offs of studying in the U.S. 

    3:00PM-5:00PM One-on-One Business Matchmaking


    5:00PM Conference Closing Remark

    Wednesday, Nov 11th

    Career Fair

    10:00 AM- 4:00 PM. Career Fair

  • conference hotel

    Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel

  • Contact Us!

    Contact info:

    Tel: 972-836-8732

    Email: 2015meeting@acfic.org