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California Center President Speaks at the meeting with Governor Brown and Jiangshu Party Secretary

SACRAMENTO,CA ( October 5th, 2015) – California Center’s President/CEO Margaret Wong and Vice President of Global Operations, Gordon Hinkle attended a special meeting yesterday at the Stanford Mansion in Sacramento, California.  The meeting featured Governor Brown and China Party Secretary, Luo Zhijun of the Jiangsu Province who had gathered for a special friendship delegation meeting focused on climate change and business relations. Governor  Brown and Jiangsu Party Secretary Luo Zhijun announced that Jiangsu Province – California’s Chinese sister-state – has endorsed the Under 2 MOU climate agreement, a pact among cities, states and countries around the world to limit the increase in global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius – the warming threshold at which scientists say there will likely be catastrophic climate disruptions.

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Margaret Wong, President of California Center, speaks at the meeting.

Wong gave special remarks during the event detailing the engagement of California Center in the Jiangsu Province and its plans to create a special offline-to-online showroom to promote California goods and products in the city of Wuxi.  Additionally, Wong promoted the creation of the newly formed U.S. Smart Cities Alliance (USSCA) which derived from an April Presidential Trade Mission team to China, led by Secretary Penny Pritzker of the U.S. Department of Commerce and Deputy Secretary Dr. Sherwood-Randall from the U.S. Department of Energy that Wong was a part of.   The USSCA, being led by Wong’s McWong Environmental Technology company, and other top U.S. companies from the trade mission, like The Digit Group, Sensity, Xylem, Dais, Dresser-Rand and others — is focused on bringing top-down support in both China and the U.S. for U.S. smart technology and clean energy companies to engage in smart city projects all throughout China.

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Governor Brown (Right) and Jiangsu Party Secretary Luo Zhijun (Left) shake hands after signing MOU.

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Governor Brown delivers speech at the event.

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Jiangsu Party Secretary Luo Zhijun speaks at the event.

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Brian Peck, Deputy Director of International Affairs and Business Development, speaks at the event.

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Susanne T. Stirling, Vice President – International at California Chamber of Commerce, speaks at the event.

California Center Successfully Organized U.S. Business Summit at Green Dragon Lake in China

Beijing, China (August 17-19, 2015) – California Center successfully organized a group of U.S. companies to attend U.S. Embassy meeting in Beijing and U.S. Business Summit at Green Dragon Lake district in Beijing, China from August 17 -19, 2015. The purpose of the meeting and the Summit is to help U.S. companies to understand the Green Dragon Lake (GDL) project and how to implement U.S. companies’ technologies into the project. Owned and operated by China Development Orient Urban Development and Investment Co., Ltd ( CDO), the GDL project is a world-class sustainable energy and clean technologies project that will utilize the latest in clean/smart energy innovation. The project presents a great opportunity for U.S. companies in green energy/smart city industries to implement their technologies into the project. Participating companies include Honeywell, Cisco, GE, McWong Environmental Technology, The Digit Group, Dais Analytic Corporation, Dresser-Rand, Xylem, Autodesk, LumaNext, Ecolab Inc and Chic Capital. Most of the participating companies are also the ones that joined the April presidential trade mission in China  led by Secretary of U.S. Department of Commerce.

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On August 17,  the group attended the meeting at U.S. Embassy in Beijing and was welcomed by Val Huston, Principal Commercial Officer at U.S. Commercial Service of U.S. Embassy, together with other U.S. Embassy staff. During the meeting, the group discussed about the Green Dragon Lake project and how U.S. companies can participate to help the project to become a low-carbon model city in China.  At the beginning of the meeting, Margaret Wong, President of California Center and McWong Environmental Technology introduced the overview and history of the forming of U.S. Alliance on Smart Energy and low carbon cities.  Following that, special presentation about the Green Dragon Lake project was delivered by Edward Zhu, the Chief Strategist of CDO. The special presentation along with the Q&A section answered questions about the scope of the project, technologies that will be used and overall vision of the project. Later, Paul Doherty of The Digit Group presented how U.S. companies can assist  GDL to become a successful low carbon/smart city by implementing  U.S. technologies in the project. Val Huston of the U.S. Embassy are very supportive of the project and provided detailed suggestion on how the group can better relay the significance of the project in order to gain top-down level support from both U.S. and China governments.

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On August 18th, the group attended U.S. Business Summit at the Green Dragon Lake project site. In the morning,  China Development  Orient Urban Development and Investment Co. Ltd. (CDO), the operator  of the project, held a site tour to help the group to understand the development area and surrounding environment.  Following the site tour, CDO chairman Mr.Zuo Kun and  Vice President  Mr. Zhang Kun welcomed the group and gave the group an overview of the Green Dragon Lake project, including the project’s mission and planning.  In the afternoon, the U.S. companies present had the opportunity to provide individual presentations about their companies with the group and CDO representatives. Several individual private meetings for contract negotiations also occurred with many of the companies present and CDO.

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The next day on August 19th, the business summit concluded with more private meetings and discussions with U.S. companies and CDO.

In summery, the meeting at the U.S. Embassy and the Business Summit at the Green Dragon Lake project site were well received by all parties. California Center will continue to connect U.S. companies with the project and help U.S. companies to get contract from it.  Gaining support from U.S. government will help facilitate the collaboration between U.S. companies and the project. Therefore, California Center is planning to provide a high-level debriefing about the summit in Washington D.C. with U.S. government staff from Department of Commerce, Department of Energy , U.S. Trade office and so on.

California Center Orgnaized High-level briefing in D.C. for China-Based Green Dragon Lake Project

Washington D.C.(July 15th,2015)-California Center successfully organized a high-level briefing in Washington D.C. to introduce China-based Green Dragon Lake (GDL) project, which is  a newly developed urban area in design phase located 25 kilometers southwest of Tiananmen Square in Beijing and covers about 122 square kilometers. Owned by China Development Orient Urban Development and Investment Co., Ltd, the GDL project is a world-class sustainable energy and clean technologies project that will utilize the latest in clean/smart energy innovation. The project presents a great opportunity for U.S. companies in green energy/smart city industries to export their technologies to the project.

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The briefing was held at the U.S. Department of Commerce office in downtown Washington D.C. on Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 from 8:00am to 10:30am. The goal of the briefing was to put the GDL center stage for key decision and policy makers in U.S. government and related U.S.companies to support and participate in the project.

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The briefing was very successful and well-received by the attending U.S government officials and companies.

High-level Guest Speakers at the Briefing including:

Patricia Loui – Board of Directors Member, EXIM Bank (Presidential Appointee)

George Mui – Senior Advisor for the White House – Initiatives on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders/Global Market Access Team Lead, U. S. Department of Commerce – MBDA

John C. Yang – Senior Advisor for Trade and Strategic Promotion, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce (personal advisor to Secretary Penny Pritzker and to the President)

Albert Shen – National Deputy Director, Minority Business Development Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce

Carl B. Kress – Regional Director East Asia, The Middle East, North Africa, Europe, Eurasia/Energy Sector Worldwide Team Leader, U.S. Trade & Development Agency

Patrick Santillo – Deputy Assistant Secretary for China, U.S. Department of Commerce

John Larsen – Trade Promotion Coordination Committee Secretariat, U.S. Department of Commerce

Frank Spector – ITA Trade Missions, U.S. Department of Commerce

Edward Zhu – Chief Strategist, China Development Orient Urban Development and Investment Co., Ltd

Margaret Wong – President/CEO, McWong Environmental Technology and California

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Gordon Hinkle – Vice President, California Center

List of Key U.S. Companies/Agencies/Organizations in Attendance at briefing:

  • Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. DOC
  • California Center
  • Capitol MBDA Business Center, U.S. DOC
  • China Development Orient Urban Development and Investment Co. Ltd.
  • Cummins Inc.
  • Dais Analytic
  • Dresser-Rand
  • Essex
  • Honeywell
  • International Trade Administration, U.S.DOC
  • McWong Environmental Technology
  • National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ACE)
  • Sensity Systems
  • Superior Brands Corp.
  • The Digit Group
  • U.S. Department of Commerce – Office of the Secretary
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • U.S. DOC ITA Industry & Analyst Division
  • U.S. DOC ITA Office China
  • U.S. DOC ITA Travel Missions
  • U.S. Export Import Bank
  • U.S. National Export Strategies
  • USTDA
  • White House – Initiatives on AAPI (WHIAAPI)
  • William McDonough

Margaret Wong Won the 2015 Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship “ACE” Entrepreneur Award

On May 14th 2015, Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship presented Margaret Wong the 2015 “ACE” Entrepreneur Award during the 2015 ACE National Conference in Washington.  This prestigious award is presented to outstanding business leaders like Ms. Margaret Wong who has built an exemplary business and are a role model for the Asian Americans and Pacific Islander business community.

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Margaret Wong, President and CEO of California Center, McWong Environmental and Energy Group and McWong International, Inc., has been doing business with US and China for almost three decades.  Margaret has been known as the “Business Empress” based on her success in linking multi-million dollar businesses between California and China, and at the same time serving as “unofficial ambassador” to China in her quest to promote better business cultural understanding between US and China. Thanks to her dedicated hard work and contribution to linking businesses between U.S. and China, Margaret Wong has won numerous other awards, including the 2012 U.S. Presidential “E” Award for Excellence in Exporting and the 2011 U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) “Exporter of the Year”.

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Opening Gala of The 150th Anniversary of The Chinese Building The U.S. Transcontinental Railroad Kicked off Successfully At Sacramento

 

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SACRAMENTO, CA – A special committee of community leaders, led by Celebration Co-hosts C.C. Yin Founder of the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) and Margaret Wong, President/CEO of the California Center, has been formed to commemorate the 150th Anniversary Celebration Commemorating Chinese Building of the U.S. Transcontinental Railroad. The Opening Gala Celebration was held on Friday, May 15th, 2015 at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento, California to honor the thousands of Chinese immigrants who helped build our nation’s first transcontinental railroad and as a result helped to shape our nation’s history.

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Hosts and Sponsors of The Celebration

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C.C. Yin (L) – Founder of the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) ; Margaret Wong ( R) – President/CEO of the California Center

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 More photos can be found at APAPA Facebook Page: Link

Between 1865 and 1869, thousands of Chinese immigrant laborers toiled at a grueling pace and in perilous working conditions to help construct the world’s very first transcontinental railroad. Without Chinese workers, it would have been impossible to complete this historic expansion effort that played a major role in building America. The Chinese laborers worked through natural disasters, wars, and a changing transportation industry, but never received the full attention and credit that they deserved – until now!

“It is an honor to work with so many of our state’s community leaders to finally pay a proper tribute to the countless Chinese workers, many of whom gave their lives, to help build the first transcontinental railroad in the U.S. – forever changing the shape of progress and industry in our great nation,” said C.C. Yin, Founder of APAPA and Co-host.

A significant part of the celebration included the promotion and release of a documentary film which details the story of Chinese immigrants and their involvement in the building of the railroads. Over the last 10 years, the special documentary film crew for “The Silent Spike,” by Shandong TV & Media Group has been to America dozens of times. They visited numerous historical sites and museums along the pacific railroad to gather information on the Chinese workers. They visited the University of California, Berkeley; Stanford University, University of Reno, the Chinese Historical Society of America and other relevant agencies doing research. The group also interviewed more than 70 experts in history, business, political officials, the descendants of laborers, as well as several small historical town residents. They collected volumes of important historic information about the Chinese railroad workers and plan to share that wealth of gathered history, to help celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the workers during this series of special events.

During the Opening Gala, Professor  Xuejun Yang from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts exhibited his Sculpture The  Trailblazer, one of a series sculptures he has been working on since 2010 to commemorate the great contributions Chinese immigrants made to build the U.S. railroad.  More information about Professor Yang can be found at http://yangxuejun.artron.net/ .

Sculpture The Trailblazer by Professor Xuejun Yang was exhibited at he Opening Gala.

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Professor Xuejun Yang discussed about the stores why he created the sculpture.

For more details about the events and history, visit: www.railroad150.com

President of California Center Margaret Wong shared her experience about the Presidential Trade Mission on U.S. Department Commerce website: China’s Long-Term Play

 

The following blog was first posted on the U.S. Department Commerce website. The original link is http://www.commerce.gov/news/blog/2015/04/chinas-long-term-play

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April 20th, 2015 – Guest blog post by Margaret Wong, President and CEO of California Center (Golden California Inc.) and  McWong Environmental Technology

McWong Environmental Technology President & CEO Margaret Wong joins Commerce Secretary Pritzker, Ambassador Baucus, Deputy Energy Secretary Sherwood-Randall and other officials on 24-American company delegation to China

Californai Center and McWong Environmental Technology President & CEO Margaret Wong joins Commerce Secretary Pritzker, Ambassador Baucus, Deputy Energy Secretary Sherwood-Randall and other officials on 24-American company delegation to China

As a participant of a special 24-American company delegation to China, led by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and U.S. Department of Energy Deputy Secretary Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, I came prepared to share with U.S. and China leaders about the latest in U.S. capabilities and the business opportunities for U.S. environmental and energy efficient technology and services to be utilized in China. In particular those technologies related to clean water, smart cities and the latest wastewater treatment techniques – with a highlight on unique solutions we use to treat specific contents of wastewater, by using mainly membrane and thermal technology in the zero liquid discharge processes. Thanks to U.S. leadership like that of Secretary Pritzker and Deputy Secretary Dr. Sherwood-Randall, there has been a very positive top-down approach to help build public-private partnership allowing businesses like ours to create bottom-up solutions that have been warmly received. Not only have I found a warm welcome by the numerous leaders we have met with along the way, but I have found a common thread that speaks to the larger picture, which is the deep interest to create better and improved methods for smart and sustainable growth in China.

A lot has been made about recent reports indicating a slow-down in China’s economy, noting a reduction from 10 percent annual average GDP gains from 1980 to 2012 to the latest numbers Wednesday, indicating that China’s first-quarter gross domestic product grew 7 percent, the slowest pace since the 2009 global recession. However, very little is being discussed about what I call “China’s long-term play,” to turn China’s economy into a more sustainable one. A recent Bloomberg article also illustrates this point by noting that at the same time that many are noting a reduction in GDP gains, they are failing to point out the “scent of fast money hovering over Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong, where stock markets are enjoying explosive rallies. The Shanghai Composite Index is up 94 percent over the last 12 months and some $4 trillion has been added to the total market value — now $7.3 trillion — of companies listed on domestic exchanges over the past year.”

The article goes on to point out that the services sector for the first time accounted for more than half, at 51.6 percent, of GDP in the first quarter and that consumption growth was also solid. These factors cannot be ignored. It is clear from our meetings with key government representatives, that China is focused on creating new and innovative solutions to not only sustain economic goals but also to improve living conditions and build more environmentally sound/efficient long-term investments into their cities. The U.S. has a unique opportunity to step up in these areas and assist China in meeting these admirable goals.

However, such investment in creating sound and sustainable growth will not come without some growing pains. My personal experiences and discussions during this trade mission lend credence to the notion that China is committed to the long haul. McWong Environmental Technology will do all it can to create sound clean energy solutions to assist in those efforts, to improve the overall quality of life in China – which in turn has global benefits for us all in terms of economic stability and improved health!

 

Margaret Wong, President of California Center and McWong Environmental Technology, joins for Special Presidential Trade Mission to China – Attends meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

April 13th, 2015 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with a U.S. presidential trade mission in Beijing on April 13, 2015 , urging stronger cooperation with the United States in clean energy, environmental protection and other areas.

US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker (L) and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang ( R)

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The delegation, consisting of 24 U.S. business leaders in the clean technology field, is the first-ever presidential trade mission sent to China by the Obama administration. Margaret Wong , President of California Center and McWong Environmental Technology (MET), an environmental engineering company headquartered in Sacramento with offices in Shanghai and Beijing, joined the mission with the other 23 U.S. business leaders. During the trade mission MET will be sharing with U.S. and China leaders its strong presence in China and the business opportunities for US environmental and energy efficient technology and services in particularly related to clean water, smart cities and the latest waste water treatment technologies that the U.S. can offer. “We are very proud to be the only Sacramento area company(MET) selected to join this group of world-class innovation leaders from the United States, all working for the common cause of decreasing harmful pollutants of water and air creating increased economic opportunity globally,” said Margaret Wong, President and CEO of MET.

Penny Pritzker-U.S Commerce  Secretary (R1); Margaret Wong-President of California Center (R2)

Penny Pritzker-U.S Commerce Secretary (R1); Margaret Wong-President of California Center (R2)

“China is accelerating a new type of ‘people-oriented’ urbanization plan, which offers a huge market for the advanced technology and management experience of the United States,” Li told the delegation led by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. Pritzker told Li that the mission shows how important the U.S. government considers its trade ties with China.

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Li urged combining U.S. technology, regulation and experience with competitive Chinese equipment and industries to jointly explore third markets. “This will help boost balanced growth of our two-way trade,” he added. Li said China is willing to enhance strategic trust and substantial cooperation with the United States, properly manage differences and jointly cope with regional and global challenges. Calling trade ties a “ballast” in China-U.S. ties, Li said the two economies are highly compatible, and both countries enjoy huge cooperation prospects in such areas as infrastructure, energy, information and environmental protection.

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Premier Li called on both sides to facilitate negotiations on a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) to reach a “high-level and balanced” agreement at an early date. China’s reform and opening-up policy and its commitment to World Trade Organization regulations will remain unchanged, he said. “China will continue to open wider to the world and will have a more transparent and predictable market,” said the premier. He welcomed companies from various countries to enter the Chinese market and enjoy fair play. Li pledged to treat Chinese and foreign companies equally and better protect intellectual property rights. The Chinese premier called on the U.S. side to ease high-tech exports to China and take effective measures to make Chinese investment in the United States more convenient.

Margaret Wong joined US Presidential Trade Mission

Pritzker told Li the U.S. side is ready to boost cooperation with China in areas such as clean technology, energy conservation and environmental protection. She welcomed U.S.-China joint cooperation in developing third markets, and welcomed more Chinese companies to invest in the United States. The United States will elevate BIT negotiations with China in a constructive manner in an effort to reach a list acceptable to both as soon as possible, Pritzker said.

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California Center Joins the Doing Business In China Workshop by CIFAR

March 25th, 2015

Davis, CA – California Center team was invited to join the workshop -Doing Business in China- by UC Davis  California Institute of Food and Agricultural Research (CIFAR) on March 25th, 2015 at the RIM Silverado Sensory Theather, UC Davis.  During the workshop, Margaret Wong, President and CEO of California Center, delivered engaging speeches about how California Center uses its network and Ecommerce platform to help California businesses to successfully do business in China.

Sharon Shoemaker, founder and director of CIFAR, makes introduction aobut CIFAR

Sharon Shoemaker, founder and director of CIFAR, makes introduction aobut CIFAR

Sharon Shoemaker, founder and director of CIFAR, makes introduction about California Center

Sharon Shoemaker, founder and director of CIFAR, makes introduction about California Center

Margaret Wong, President and CEO of California Center, delivers speeches about California Center

Margaret Wong, President and CEO of California Center, delivers speeches about California Center

In addition, Jia Chen, China Direct program manager from Cal Asian Chamber of Commerce, introduced the Chamber’s new program that is aimed to help California businesses to export to China. China Direct program is a federally funded program administered by the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce under cooperative agreement with the International Trade Administration’s (ITA) Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) under the US Department of Commerce (USDOC). Operating in the largest exporting state in the U.S. and a leading global trade hub, the CHINA DIRECT is geared towards facilitating the long-term growth of California’s processed foods industry exports to China. The program is expected to generate an estimated $85 million in exports over the next four years. California Center has formed a strategic partnership with the Chamber to facilitate the success of the program.

Jia Chen, China Direct program manager from Cal Asian Chamber of Commerce, introduced the Chamber's new program that is aimed to help California businesses to export to China.

Jia Chen, China Direct program manager from Cal Asian Chamber of Commerce, introduced the Chamber’s new program that is aimed to help California businesses to export to China.

Also, Genevieve Herreria, California Manager from California Office of Trade and Investment, shared insights about how the trade office is helping both U.S. and Chinese companies to do business in the U.S. and China.

Genevieve Herreria- California Manager from California Office of Trade and Investment (R)

Genevieve Herreria- California Manager from California Office of Trade and Investment (R)

Brian Wong, Alibaba Vice President, Office of the Chairman – Gives Special Fireside Chat

February 23rd, 2015

California Center Vice President, Gordon Hinkle with BRIAN WONG, Alibaba Vice President, Office of the Chairman

1990 Institute Special Event – Globalizing China’s Largest Internet Company (San Francisco, Monday, February 23rd, 2015)

Gordon Hinkle(right), VP of California Center with Brian Wong,  Alibaba Vice President

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Alibaba, often dubbed the Amazon and eBay of China, is one of the world’s largest e-commerce companies and is best known for completing the world’s biggest initial public offering, having raised $25 billion in 2014.

During a special fireside chat with Alibaba Vice President Brian Wong – a 1990 Institute board member who works with Jack Ma in the Office of the Chairman, shared his firsthand experiences inside Alibaba and its early globalization efforts – with the lens of being one of the early Americans in the company.

A Palo Alto, California native who moved to Hangzhou in 1999 during the early dot-com days, Brian spent nearly decade at Alibaba, helping it grow from a small apartment startup to a behemoth with billions in revenues. He has held a myriad of Alibaba roles, from Chief Web Producer to head of International Marketing, Senior Director of Strategic Business Development, VP of Global Sales, and VP of Supplier Development. During that time, he established and managed numerous teams and business groups within China and beyond China’s borders — from India and the United States, to Southeast Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

“It was a very informative evening hearing from one of Alibaba’s pioneer executives.  Brian’s personal story of perseverance and determination was inspiring,” said Gordon Hinkle, Vice President of the California Center.

During the event, Brian shared several anecdotes and discussed:
• The hard lessons learned with Alibaba’s early global expansion efforts
• The journey of a Chinese company going public in the U.S.
• Shaping Alibaba’s unique company culture with talent recruited outside of China
• The challenges of working, living and assimilating in China as a foreigner
• Opportunities for young American professionals heading to mainland China

California Center Joins Business Forward and SBA for a White House Business Council Briefing With Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

February 17, 2015

Sacramento, CA – California Center was invited to join Business Forward and the U.S. Small Business Administration for a White House Business Council briefing with Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. During the event, Ms. Contreras-Sweet discussed with all the participants how international trade policies affect local businesses and the economy as whole.

 

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SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet (In Red)

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Gordon Hinkle (middle),VP of California Center

 

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