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18th Annual U.S.-China Trade Conference

Prospering in the Era of Automation and One Belt One Road

November 7 & 8, 2017

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

540 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611









We are pleased to invite you to our 18th Annual U.S.-China Trade Conference, which is to be held on Tuesday, November 7 and Wednesday, November 8 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.  This year, our focus is on trade strategy in the technology era.


Trade is a critical element in the prosperity of the global economy.  China has risen to the second largest economy within four decades through trade because of its competitive advantage due to its huge population and low-cost labor pool.  However, technology has recently taken over as the leading force in the economic growth of the world.  B2B, B2C, mobile devices, cloud computing, social media, automation, digitalization, co-working and co-living space are all buzz words of the last decade.  Technology that at one point seemed to be futuristic is now part of our daily lives.  Even GE, the industrial and consumer products giant, is now transforming to a digital industrial company with a focus on “Industrial Internet.”  The impact of technology on business and trade is fundamental.


Technology facilitates global trade by increasing the flow of goods and capital.  At the same time, technology is replacing manual labor and diminishing the importance of low cost labor.  Technology requires investment and is largely accessible only to those with access to capital.  This means that trade in the future will never be the same as in the past when less developed countries could emerge rapidly.  Technology’s by-product is monopoly, and monopoly controls product life cycle and everything built around it.  This further empowers those economically developed countries to reshape global trade strategies.

China, which has built its trade strategy on labor intensive industries, is under siege. Many of China’s manufacturing platforms are outdated, and its manufactured goods are facing obsolescence.  At the same time, e-commerce has offered new global channels to companies that would otherwise have no access to foreign markets.  With the recent signings of a large number of trade agreements, global competition is more intense and global trade is more complicated.  This highly condensed, comprehensive conference is timely and will examine some of the crucial factors in competing globally.  


The Honorable Hong Lei, Consul General of the PRC in Chicago and former Spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry of PRC will give a Keynote Speech on “How Can U.S. Companies Prosper from China's One Belt One Road Initiative?”


A new session on inbound investments from Chinese companies has been added. Three panelists will join the panel discussion: “Strategic and Cultural Implications of Chinese Companies Investing in the U.S.” They are Leo Liu, Managing Director / CFO, AnBang International (U.S.) (AnBang is the largest Chinese investor in the U.S., and their investments including acquisition of Strategic Hotels for $6.5 billion, Waldorf Astoria NY for $1.95B Nurdin Bi, CFO of Goldwind (Chicago), the largest wind turbine manufacturer in the world;  Nicholas Sheets, Attorney at Law,  Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.  The session will be moderated by Tracy Xu, Area Vice President, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.


Edward J. Wajda, Senior Vice President, Briggs & Stratton Corporation will now chair the concluding session: “Elements of Successful Trade Strategy in the New Age: An Open Discussion.” 


Technology now plays an increasing role in our daily life, and international trade is not the same as what it was when we hosted our first conference 18 years ago.  Along with technology, it comes with the elimination of jobs. This conference is extremely timely.  Not only will it address how U.S.-China trade has changed, but also it will discuss how we can position ourselves for the future.  I sincerely hope that you will come to join us to build this community in November 7 and 8.



Registration Information


Important Registration Deadlines


Early Registration Deadline: October 9, 2017.  Register early for a $100.00 discount.


Final Registration Deadline: October 27, 2017 



To Register:



You can register for the conference by any of the following ways


Email: Email a completed registration form to


Fax: Fax a completed registration form to (312) 368-9922.


Phone: Register over the phone by contacting our office at (312) 368-9911.


Mail: Please mail your completed registration form to our office


Attn: Siva Yam, CPA, CFA

U.S.-China Chamber of Commerce

55 W. Monroe Street, Suite 630

Chicago, IL 60603



Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile has a block of rooms available for conference participants at a special rate of $269.00 per night.  To make a reservation, please contact Marriott directly.


By Phone: Hotel General line: (312) 836-0100 or Reservation line:  1(877) 303-0104. Mention 18th Annual U.S.-China Trade Conference




The U.S.-China Trade Conference is being held at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

540 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.




November 7, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

     The Honorable Edward Burke, Dean and Chairman of Finance Committee, Chicago City Council


9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Messages from Co-Chairs

     Michael Turansick, Partner, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

     Lou Longo, Partner, Plante Moran, PLLC


9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

Keynote: How Can U.S. Companies Prosper from China's One Belt One Road Initiative?

     The Honorable Hong Lei, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Chicago (invited)

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Digitalization and Automation: How Have They Changed the World? A Panel Discussion

     Moderator: Siva Yam, CPA, CFA, President, U.S.-China Chamber of Commerce

     Panelists: Mohamed Abuali, Ph.D, Chief Executive Officer - Americas, FORCAM Inc.

                    Laura Ren, Director, Operations and Planning Strategy, Masimo Corporation


10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Coffee Break and Networking

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Is Manufacturing Moving Back to the U.S.? A Panel Discussion

     Moderator: Andy Rice, Senior Vice President, The Jordan Company

     Panelists: Teresa Hack, President, Channel Products, Inc.
                    Yen Lin, Director of International Sourcing, Briggs & Stratton Corporation

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Securing and Managing Work Force Across the Globe

     Michael Turansick, Partner, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Executive Lunch

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Strategic and Cultural Implications of Chinese Companies Investing in the U.S.

     Moderator: Tracy Xu, Area Vice President, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

     Panelists: Leo Liu, Managing Director/CFO. AnBang International (U.S.)

                    Nurdin Bi, Managing Director, Goldwind (Chicago)

                    Nicholas Sheets, Attorney-at-Law, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP


2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Operating in China in the Years of "China Dreams" - Dos and Don'ts

     Lou Longo, Partner, Plante Moran, PLLC

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Coffee Break

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Avoiding Trade Regulations Pitfalls under President Trump's Administration

     Eric Rock, Attorney-at-Law, Rock Trade Law, LLC

4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Reinventing Chinese Manufactures - En Dian Leather Goods: A Case Study.

     Siva Yam, CPA, CFA, President, U.S.-China Chamber of Commerce

4:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.


4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. 

Cocktail Reception/Networking

5:45 p.m.

Networking Dinner in Chinatown

November 8, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Is China Still Competitive for Sourcing? A Panel Discussion and Case Studies.

     Moderator: TBA

     Panelists: Chuck Whitmer, Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Intermatic Incorporated

                    Brian Weber, Vice President, Polo Custom Products


9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Intellectual Property Rights in the Technology Age

     Cary Levitt, Esq., Chief Operation Officer, Dennemeyer & Co, LLC

     Steven M. Shape, Managing Partner, Dennemeyer & Co, LLC


10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Coffee Break and Networking

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Accessing Chinese Consumer Market and Import Compliance: Facts and Fictions in the Digital Era. A Panel Discussion

     Moderator: Siva Yam, CPA, CFA, President, U.S.-China Chamber of Commerce

     Panelist: Donald Fischer, Principal, Fisher & Associates 

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Elements of Successfull Trade Strategy in the New Age: An Open Discussion

     Moderator: Edward J. Wajda, Senior Vice President, Briggs & Stratton Corporation

11:45 a.m.

Closing Remarks and Adjournment


Dr. Mohamed Abuali, Ph.D.

Managing Director, Americas, FORCAM, Inc.


Dr. Mohamed (Mo) Abuali is passionately leading and growing FORCAM operations in the Americas since its inception in 2012.


Mohamed Abuali immaculately executes philosophies from Industrial Engineering, a field that exclusively deals with the optimization of complex processes and systems. With mentorship from the Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS) at the University of Cincinnati, a recognized international leader in Predictive Analytics and Industrial Big Data, Mohamed redefines increased global competitiveness for FORCAM’s client landscape. 


Mohamed brings 20 years of manufacturing technology experience in digital transformation and predictive maintenance and analytics, with in-depth knowledge of delivering productivity improvements in Automotive, Aerospace & Defense, Medical Devices, and Oil & Gas manufacturers.


Mohamed holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and a Bachelor’s in Systems Engineering from the University of Arizona.

Nurdin Bi

Managing Director, Goldwind USA


Goldwind Science & Technology is the largest manufacturer of wind turbines in China and is the top 5 largest wind turbine manufacturers globally. Goldwind USA is the subsidiary of Goldwind Science & Technology in Chicago established in 2009.


Mr. Bi worked as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Managing Director in Goldwind USA for 7 years.


  • Obtained financing for over $600 million in total investment to date that has created hundreds of American jobs in sales,manufacturing, construction and service, achieved over 650 MW wind farms in the Americas.

  • Closed over $360 million financing for utility-scale project;


Prior to Goldwind USA, Mr. Bi worked as a Investment Director for Goldwind in China for 4 years. Prior to that, he worked for China Construction Bank and Chiyuan Tianhe accountant firm.


Mr. Bi obtained his Bachelor of Finance from Xinjiang University, and the MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

The Honorable Edward M. Burke

Dean and Chairman of Finance Committee, Chicago City Council


Edward M. Burke, 63, the Dean of the Chicago City Council, has served as Alderman of Chicago's 14th Ward for more than three-and-a-half decades. A recognized expert on city budget matters, Alderman Burke is the Chairman of the City Council Committee on Finance.


A master parliamentarian, Alderman Burke entered politics by following in the footsteps of his father, Joseph P., and became Democratic Committeeman of the 14th Ward in 1968 and Alderman in 1969. Alderman Burke was a Chicago Police Officer, serving from 1965 to 1968.


As Chairman of the City Council's powerful Committee on Finance, Alderman Burke holds the city's purse strings and is responsible for all legislative matters pertaining to the city's finances, including municipal bonds, taxes and revenue matters. Alderman Burke became Chairman for the second time in 1989. He previously served from 1983 to 1987. He also serves as a member of the Chicago Plan Commission.


Throughout his career in public life, Alderman Burke has been an avid student of Chicago history and is the co-author of two books, Inside the Wigwam: Chicago Presidential Conventions, 1860-1996; and End of Watch.


Alderman Burke is a partner in the law firm of Klafter & Burke and is involved in many civic and charitable organizations, including the One Hundred Club of Cook County, the Knights of Columbus and the Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago.


A lifelong resident of the Southwest Side, Alderman Burke graduated from Quigley Preparatory Seminary in 1961 and earned his Bachelor's Degree from DePaul University in 1965. He received his Juris Doctor Degree from DePaul University College of Law in 1968 and was admitted to the Illinois Bar that same year.


Alderman Burke and his wife, Anne, a Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, are the parents of four children: Jennifer, Edward, Sarah and the late Emmett. The Burkes are also the permanent guardians of Travis.

Donald Fischer

Principal, Fischer & Associates


Don Fischer is the Principal of Fischer & Associates, one of the country’s leading export compliance practices. Based in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., with affiliate offices in the E.U. and the People’s Republic of China, Fischer & Associates assists corporations with the development of comprehensive Export Control compliance and FCPA programs, as well as providing risk-assessments; development and implementation of control processes; Executive Suite and staff trainings; strategic advice on overseas expansion; outsource compliance services; and interface with government agencies.


Mr. Fischer is also Of Counsel to Neville Peterson LLP, a New York and Washington, D.C.-based law firm, providing supporting legal counsel to that firm on international trade matters.  

Mr. Fischer holds a J.D. and LL.M from the University of Miami School of Law, is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the California Chamber of Commerce International Trade Committee, and is a lecturer for the AUECO, NACUA, AUTM, American Conference Institute on export regulations, as well as C5 and SMI, based in Europe. 


Mr. Fischer has more than 25 years of export control experience. Prior to founding Fischer & Associates and becoming Of Counsel to Neville Peterson, LLP, Mr. Fischer served as the Managing Director of Pricewaterhouse Cooper’s Worldtrade Management Services practice, and global Export Controls Leader. Mr. Fischer has served as an Associate Attorney with Horton, Whiteley & Cooper and as a Director of International Trade at Deloitte & Touche. He is the author of many articles on export control compliance, Customs valuation, and multinational trade planning for the Journal of Commerce.

Teresa Hack

President and Chief Operation Officer, Channel Products


Teresa Hack is President and Chief Operating Officer of Channel Products, a privately held, Cleveland-based manufacturer of component systems and technologies for the gas appliance industry and a sought-after supplier of high-tech materials for the piezoelectric and piezo-ceramic industries.  Channel Products has manufacturing facilities in both the U.S. and China, with a distribution center in Europe.  Under her leadership, the company’s revenue has grown by over forty percent, the overall employee base has doubled, and she has built a culture based on high levels of both individual and corporate performance, as well as charitable service.

In addition to her management of Channel Products, Ms. Hack has earned a following as a speaker on issues of leadership, personal development, and business culture.  An accomplished business executive, she serves on the Board of Directors for one of the nation's leading retailers of high-end outdoor furnishings and on the Visiting Committee of Cleveland State University's Monte Ahuja College of Business.


Ms. Hack's most recent honors include recognition of Channel Products as a "2016 Evolution in Manufacturing" award, a “2017 Smart Culture” award recipient, a 2017 Distinguished Employer of the Year Award from the Ohio Cooperative Education Association, and her own inclusion as a Smart Business Magazine "2016 Progressive Woman" honoree.  Within the last several months, she was a keynote speaker for the Ohio Cooperative Education Association Conference, keynote for the Women’s Leadership Conference of Northeast Ohio, and was a featured panelist for the U.S.-China Chamber of Commerce Women’s Conference, the Smart Culture business awards, and the CSU College of Engineering STEM Women in Leadership conference. 


Ms. Hack holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a Master of Organizational Leadership degree.


With a passion for seeing people develop and thrive, Teresa lives by the mantra of leading people while managing process.  She believes that hiring, equipping, empowering, and developing intelligent human capital is key to continual success in any organization. 


Ms. Hack resides near Cleveland, OH.

The Honorable Hong Lei

Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Chicago


Mr. HONG Lei, born in August 1969, graduated with a BA degree.  He is married with a son.


1991-1994       Staff member, Attaché, Department of Information, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China (MFA)

1994-1997       Attaché, Third Secretary, Chinese Embassy in the Netherlands

1997-2000       Third Secretary, Deputy Division Director, Department of Information, MFA

2000-2004       Second Secretary, First Secretary, Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco

2004-2007       First Secretary, Division Director, Counsellor, Department of Information, MFA

2007-2010       Counsellor, Department of Information, MFA

2010-2016       Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Deputy Director General, Department of Information, MFA

2016-               Consul General of China to Chicago


Cary A. Levitt

Chief Operating Officer, Dennemeyer Group


Cary A. Levitt is the U.S. Chief Operating Officer for the Dennemeyer Group where he develops and implements strategies to exploit Dennemeyer’s extensive IP services.


Mr. Levitt’s 30 years of legal experience centers in the corporate sector where he has been at the forefront of intellectual property changes. As Chief Intellectual Property Counsel at Dow Corning Corporation, Mr. Levitt led a global team of more than 25 employees to advance and protect Dow Corning’s diverse technologies and markets. 


Previously, Mr. Levitt served as corporate counsel at DuPont and General Counsel of Solae, LLC, a joint venture by DuPont and Bunge. 

Yen-Jung Lin

Director of International Sourcing, Briggs & Stratton Corporation


Yen-Jung Lin is the Director of International Sourcing at Briggs & Stratton Corporation.  She has earned her Undergraduate Degree in Taipei, Taiwan and in Seoul, Korea and her Masters Degree in Mathematics, Business  & Computer Science from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1994.  She began her career in the US with a Liquid cooled engine company located in Wisconsin. Her jobs at this company included Supply Chain Management, Cost Reduction, International Sourcing and Logistics. 



Under Briggs & Stratton she was given the opportunity to share her knowledge in international sourcing areas with others. Her key task and accomplishments at Briggs included:



    2003 - Assigned Task of Establish Global Sourcing for Briggs & Stratton Corp.

    2004 - Milwaukee Sourcing Office was established

    2004 - B&S Chongqing Purchasing Team was successfully established in China to

              Comply with companies best practices

    2005 –Briggs Shanghai Sourcing and Supplier Quality Team established and trained

              on companies best practice to assist in finding qualified LCCS suppliers.

    2007 –Established Briggs Ostrava, Czech Republic, Purchasing Team

    2012 –Assigned to re-structure and lead Contract Manufacturing Sourcing &


    2012 - Integrate Briggs Curitiba, Brazil, Purchasing Team for sourcing best practice

    2014 – Current Manage  $200M+ LCC Procurement Spend and CM procurement


During this time, her Teams accomplishments have been to locate and qualify over 100 suppliers around the World.  Her Teams have been successful in finding LCCS in Taiwan, China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, India, Philippines, South America, India and Mexico.


In 2009 the Sourcing Team, directed by her, have reached their Goal of $10,000,000 (USD) in Savings as targeted. Her Sourcing Teams have also reached the 26% mark of LCCS purchases from it's overall purchases at B&S in 2013 



In 2012 Global Contract Manufacturing Sourcing Commodity Managers Team were structured and established



In 2013 Global Contract Manufacturing Sourcing Strategy was established and Sourcing process was implemented since



In 2017 the Global Contract Mfg Sourcing Team, have reached YTY 2.5% to 4% savings for the past 5 years of managing C/M Commodities.

Xu (Leo) Liu

Managing Director and CFO, Anbang International (U.S.)

Board Director of Strategic Hotels & Resorts


Mr. Xu (Leo) Liu is the Managing Director and CFO of Anbang International (U.S.) and Board Director of Strategic Hotels & Resorts. He brings over 20 years of financial expertise to the Anbang management team. Before joining Anbang in 2015, Mr. Liu was the Treasurer and Head of Financial Markets in Bank of China, New York, managed about US$80 billion balance sheet. Before he moved to the New York in 2001, he held various positions with the bank as a trader and portfolio manager in Beijing, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo.


Mr. Liu holds a BA in International Economics from Peking University and an MS in Financial Engineering from NYU, Polytechnic Institute. He holds Financial Risk Manager (FRM) certificate.


He is also a board director of China General Chamber of Commerce (U.S).

Tzu-Kai Lo

Associate Attorney, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy LLP


Tzu-Kai (Kai) Lo is an Associate Attorney with the Chicago office of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, and Loewy, LLP.  Kai concentrates his immigration law practice on employment-based immigration matters. He  represents a well diverse base of clients across a variety of industries, including solo proprietorships, startups, small-medium size enterprises, multinational companies, publicly traded companies, public school districts, high educational institutions, think-tanks, and not-for-profit organizations. His practice encompasses nonimmigrant visas including B-1s, E-1s, E-2s, E-3s, H-1Bs, L-1As, L-1Bs, O-1s, and TNs, PERM labor certifications, immigrant visas, citizenship and I-9 compliance.  He has represents clients of high-volume nonimmigrant visa filing, complex L blanket, L-1A and L-1B petitions, and PERM filing and audits and BALCA appeals. Kai has also represented clients of outstanding achievements in their EB-1A and EB-1B filing and has filed Immigrant Petition with a National Interests Waiver for certain foreign  entrepreneurs. He also represents individual foreign investor clients in their EB-5 immigrant petitions through direct investment or regional center pilot projects. Kai obtained his Bachelor of Law from National Taipei University in 1999, and Master of Laws (LL.M.) in 2002 and Juris Doctor in 2005 from the College of Law at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Kai speaks, reads, and writes English, Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese.


Lou Longo, CPA

Partner, Plante Moran


Lou Longo leads the Plante Moran Global Services Team. Plante Moran Global Services includes consultants, accountants and engineers experienced in strategy, finance, tax, and business operations for multinational organizations. Lou leads the firm’s Global Services’ offices in Chicago, Detroit, Shanghai, China and Monterrey, Mexico. In addition to his leadership role, Lou is an international business consultant assisting manufacturers and service organizations with global business strategies and transactions. He provides expertise to clients engaged in international business in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.


Mr. Longo's wide range of experience includes purchasing, operating, and the sale of a variety of business concerns. He assists clients with globalization and off-shoring strategies, foreign investments, mergers, joint ventures, transactional due diligence, market analysis, transfer pricing studies, and export market requirements. In addition, Lou is a frequent speaker on international business considerations to various groups, including World Trade Center chapters, the Export Academy, as well as business associations and client groups. This experience led to his appointment by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce to the District Export Council. Lou is quoted frequently on international business matters, including The Wall Street Journal, Smart Money, Financial Times and other business publications.

Laura Ren

Director of Operations Strategy and Analysis, Masimo Inc.


Laura Ren serves as Director of Operations Strategy and Analysis at Masimo Inc and has been with the company for 2 years and 10 months.  Masimo Inc., is located in Irvine, CA and is a global medical technology company that develops and manufactures innovative noninvasive patient monitoring technologies, medical devices, and a wide array of sensors.


Ms. Ren previously spent 20+ years with Motorola Inc. and worked in Quality Management and Supply Chain Operations in Tianjin MFG, China.  Ms. Ren also worked Sales Operations and Product Marketing in Beijing, China and Business Operations in Global Software group and PMO in IT in Schaumburg, IL for 12+ years.


Ms. Ren recevied her MS in Engineering Management from Northwestern University.  She received her MS in Robotics and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Tianjin University.  She is holds certification for PMP, 6 Sigma Green Belt, ITIL, ISO9001. ISO14001, and IT Portfolio Management.

Andrew W. Rice

Senior Vice President of International Business, The Jordan Company


Andy Rice is Senior Vice President of International Business at The Jordan Company, LP ("TJC"), a leading global middle-market private equity firm with $8 billion in assets under management. Prior to joining TJC in 1989, Mr. Rice held various corporate development, strategy and marketing positions at Ameritech, IC Industries, and The Pillsbury Company.


Mr. Rice has traveled extensively assisting TJC companies expand overseas. Since 1990, he has helped coordinate over 60 acquisitions, joint ventures and wholly-owned start-up operations worldwide. In addition, he has helped TJC companies establish numerous sourcing and sales offices worldwide.  During the past 15 years Mr. Rice has focused on projects in China, Southeast Asia and India where he travels regularly to support TJC projects in these growing regions. TJC and its affiliates has been a leading US investor in China completing 35 investments since 1995, including acquisitions of both private companies and State Owned Enterprises (SOEs). 


Mr. Rice earned a B.S. Industrial Engineering and an M.S. Industrial Engineering in Engineering Administration, both from New Mexico State University. In 1979, Mr. Rice was named the Outstanding Industrial Engineering Student in the U.S. by the Institute of Industrial Engineers. He also completed one year of graduate studies in international economics at the University of Melbourne, Australia, where he studied as a Rotary Foundation Graduate Fellow.


Mr. Rice is a 2011 recipient of the International M&A Leadership Award from The M&A Advisor. He currently serves on the board of the US-China Chamber of Commerce, the advisory board of ACG Chicago and several community service organizations. Mr. Rice is Past Chairman of the Board of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG Global).  He also formerly served on the boards of the Illinois Finance Authority and the Washington, D.C. based Small Business Exporters Association. Mr. Rice is also a member of the Executives’ Club of Chicago, the International Trade Association of Greater Chicago, the American Chamber of Commerce-China (Beijing) and the Irish Angels (a VC angel network affiliated with the University of Notre Dame).  He is also a volunteer with several community and Catholic Church groups. 

Eric R. Rock

Attorney at Law, Rock Trade Law LLC


Eric R. Rock concentrates his practice on customs and international trade matters. He has over 25 years of experience representing clients in all facets of import and export compliance, including the design of compliance programs, and reducing costs through favorable rulings concerning tariff classification, product valuation, free trade agreements, and special trade programs. He has also defended against trade violations arising from government investigations, audits, internal reviews, or penalty cases.

Mr. Rock has also advised clients regarding US export laws and regulations, including restrictions on the sale or disclosure of US-origin technology to foreign nationals, export licensing requirements, encryption controls and compliance with US trade embargoes.

Mr. Rock has developed unique experience in creating innovative compliance solutions and proactive countermeasures to address the challenges facing his clients. His firm is dedicated to delivering cost effective trade compliance services and legal defense.

Mr. Rock frequently handles inquiries related to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and antidumping / countervailing duties. He also assists clients in successfully enrolling in beneficial trade programs such as the Importer Self-Assessment (ISA) program and the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT).

His litigation experience includes defending antidumping scope exclusions and advocating preferential tariff classifications. He has also worked with congressional and government offices to successfully introduce special trade legislation.

Prior to his legal career, Mr. Rock was a licensed customs broker, working with corporate clients to implement trade compliance initiatives and tailor procedures to ensure the effective importation and exportation of merchandise. He is also a former Partner and Head of the Customs and International Trade Practice at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.


Steven Shape