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2015 Sino-U.S. investment conference successfully hosted on Nov 9th -11th at Renaissance Hotel in Richardson. The conference brought together 50 Chinese Investor Delegates with over 250 U.S. project sponsors, policymakers, entrepreneurs, trade associations, economic development groups, and professional service firms for the most important bi-lateral investment event of the year.
We look forward to seeing you in our 2016 conference next year!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 9th - 11th
Monday, Nov. 9th
Welcome. Seminar. Networking.
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Welcome & Registration
9:15AM-12:00PM Opening Ceremony
12:00PM-1:15PM Sponsored Lunch
1:30PM - 5:20PM Conference Seminars
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 3. Benefits, applications and challenges of Software defined networks (SDN)
12:00PM-1:30PM Sponsored Lunch
1:40PM-3:00PM Conference Panel Discussion
3:00PM-5:00PM One-on-One Business Matchmaking
5:00PM Conference Closing Remark
Wednesday, Nov 11th
10:00 AM- 4:00 PM. Career Fair