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Attn: Siva Yam, CPA, CFA
U.S.-China Chamber of Commerce
55 W. Monroe Street, Suite 630
Chicago, IL 60603
November 13 and 14
19th Annual U.S.-China Trade Conference
"Making Decisions in the New U.S.-China Trade Order"
U.S. and China trade relations are entering into a chapter that is so drastically different from we have ever seen before and in such an unpredictable manner over a considerably short period of time.
The present and the future are clouded with uncertainties that have changed and will continue to change in the blink of an eye with no clear path to stay on track.
Many multinational companies as well as consumers are unprepared for such a drastic change.
China is actively promoting its “One Belt One Road” initiative and has expanded to “Digital Belt and Road.” The success of the initiative will change the world economic landscape
Block chain technology and crytocurrency have dominated the news, created tens of thousands of jobs, and created a flood of conferences and seminars. While many have made hundreds of millions in engaging this technology, many more have lost hundreds of millions in the process. What is the implication on trade, eCommerce, and fintech?
Industrialization comes with environmental issues. After decades of disregard of the environment, China is imposing a number of rules to protect its environment and even restricts the import of wastes. What is the implication for U.S. companies operating in China and what are the opportunities for Green Technology?
This highly condensed, comprehensive conference will contiue to update the current economic and business climate in China and will address some of the operational and management issues in operating U.S.-China business. At the same time, as we make decisions for the future, it will focus on the future trends and business sectors that warrant discussion.
Why is this event critically timely and important?
Weifang Zhou, President, UL Consumers
Michael Turansick, Managing Partner, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP
Lou Longo, Managing Partner, International, Plante Moran
The U.S.-China Trade Conference is being held at the Union League Club of Chicago
65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604
Telephone: (312) 427-7800 or (800) 443-0578
Michael F. Turansick
Partner, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP
Michael F. Turansick is a Partner at Fragomen, Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy LLP and manages the Firm’s Chicago office. A graduate of Fordham Law School in New York City, Mr. Turansick has been practicing in the field of immigration and nationality law for over 30 years. He manages a diverse practice that it is comprised of individual, start-up, mid size, and large multinational companies encompassing a broad range of industry sectors. His work on behalf of clients includes advising on PERM compliance strategies, the immigration consequences of Mergers & Acquisitions and other corporate restructurings, Form I-9 and H-1B/LCA compliance, EB-5 immigration options and strategic immigration program management. A frequent author and speaker on immigration topics, Mr. Turansick is listed in the current edition of The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers.
Associate, Gleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Nicholas Sheets is an associate in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.
Mr. Sheets’ practice focuses on the organization and operation of private investment funds. He regularly assists global and major regional sponsors with their fund formation and management activities in Asia.
Mr. Sheets joined Cleary in 2010. From 2013 to 2016 he was resident in the Hong Kong office.
Nicholas previously served as an intern at the Department of Treasury, U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue, and separately with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.
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).
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.
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.
President, U.S.-China Chamber of Commerce
A Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst, Mr. Siva Yam, CPA, CFA, is an internationally recognized expert in U.S.-Asia business. He is an entrepreneur and investment banking professional with over 20 years of experience in mergers, acquisitions, public offerings and private placements of securities, with a focus in cross border business and trade activities between the U.S. and Asia, in particular, The Greater China Region and Vietnam. Mr. Yam also serves as President of the United States of America-China Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit organization founded by the late Prescott S. Bush, Jr. that is dedicated to promoting trade and investment activities between the U.S. and China. He recently co-founded and serves as Chairman of the U.S.-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce, an organization that works to foster the growth of U.S.-ASEAN business, specifically, between the U.S. and Vietnam through the combined resources of the U.S., China, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and India. Previously, he co-founded an investment banking boutique and served on the Advisory Board of the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago. Currently, Mr. Yam is setting up a number of ventures in Vietnam and China, which include projects in the areas of real estate, healthcare, education, entertainment and sports.
Mr. Yam received his MBA from Duke University on a Fuqua Fellowship and his Bachelor of Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Wisconsin. Previously, he also graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic with Honors and is fluent in both English and Chinese.
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.
Managing Partner, United States, Dennemeyer Group
Steven Shape has practiced intellectual property law since 1982. His background is in electrical engineering and computer hardware, software and integrated systems. He represents clients in litigation and in United States and foreign patent, trademark and copyright prosecution matters.
Mr. Shape has successfully represented clients in complex business litigation focused on patent infringement claims, trademark and Lanham Act claims, copyright claims, unfair competition claims, false advertising, trade secret claims, and related antitrust and business causes. He has served as counsel in a number of jury and bench trials and has extensive experience in all aspects of Federal Court litigation including preliminary injunctions, summary judgments and appeals to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the United States Patent and Trademark Office, including post grant proceedings (IPR and PGR).
Mr. Shape counsels clients in transactions involving IP rights worldwide, including providing infringement, validity and freedom-to-practice opinions and managing licensing programs in the United States and overseas. His expertise includes the electrical arts, computer technology (hardware and software) , database systems, cyber-security and data protection, e-commerce systems and software, audio and video (A/V) systems and processes, multimedia and digital communications, heart mapping technologies, medical devices, semiconductor devices, telecommunications, electronic discharge machining (EDM), CNC systems, manufacturing, machining processes, fastener manufacturing and the mechanical arts.
Steven is licensed to practice law in Illinois (1982), Wisconsin (2008) and many federal courts, the United States Supreme Court (1984), the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (1982) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (Reg. No. 30,802). He is also a Licensed Private Pilot.
Attorney at Law, Rock Trade Law LLC
Mr. Jay Fine is Vice President of CompX International (CompX) and General Manager of CompX Grayslake, located in Grayslake, Illinois. CompX is a publicly held (NYSE MKT: CIX) and is a leading manufacturer of security products used in the recreational transportation, postal office, office and institutional furniture, cabinetry, tool storage, healthcare and a variety of other industries. CompX International is also a leading manufacturer of stainless steel exhaust systems, gauges, throttle controls and trim tabs for the recreational marine industry. CompX products are principally designed for use in medium to high-end product applications, where design, quality and durability are valued by its customers.
Mr. Fine has visited and formed business dealings in various countries and factories primarily in Asia. He travels to Asia approximately 4 times a year for the past 20 years.
Mr. Fine earned his B.S. in Accounting, cum laude at the University of Illinois (Champaign, IL), and is a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Fine earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, is admitted to the State of Illinois Supreme Court and has earned his Master’s in Law (LLM) in Taxation at IIT – Kent College of Law.
Alexander B. Hammer
Lead International Economist, the U.S. International Trade Commission
Alexander Hammer is a Lead International Economist at the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC). He specializes in U.S.-China trade issues and is head of his agency’s China Research Program. Mr. Hammer has particular interests in China’s industrial sector development, ownership reform, IPR challenges, and policy-related bilateral trade issues of economic consequence.
To date, Mr. Hammer held three different positions during his 13-year tenure at the USITC. In 2016-today, and again in 2005-2011, he has worked in the Office of Economics, first as a Senior International Economist and later as a Lead International Economist. Between these two positions, Alex was on detail (similar to sabbatical) while serving as the agency’s Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the Chairman.
Prior to his appointment at the USITC, Mr. Hammer worked at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) where he conducted macroeconomic surveillance on a wide portfolio of countries in the Asia and Pacific Department (1999-2005). Before that, Mr. Hammer worked at the Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates (currently Global Insight) as a Senior Economic Analyst specializing in macroeconomic analysis and forecasting of Asian countries (1995-1997). Earlier appointments have included those at the United Nations Association (in Boston, MA- USA), le Sénat de la République Française (the French Senate in Paris, France), and the Royal Institute of International Affairs – Chatham House (London, UK).
Mr. Hammer is an active researcher, prolific writer, and leader in his agency. He is the Head Economics Editor for the USITC’s Executive Briefings on Trade, and served for a two-year term as the Editor-in-Chief of the USITC’s Journal of International Commerce and Economics. He is also co-Chairman of the USITC’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, Co-Founder & Executive Board Member of a Kenyan NGO (Progressive Advancement In Rural Kenya) and President of his local Toastmaster’s International club. Mr. Hammer holds a BA in Economics from Brandeis University and the London School of Economics; an MA in International Economics and China Studies from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Senior Vice President, Data Solutions, UL LLC
Clyde Kofman is a senior executive with proven ability to lead both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. He joined UL 10 years ago as Chief Commercial Officer to drive a greater commercial presence and help UL fulfill its role as a global facilitator of trade. During the past decade, UL’s revenue has more than doubled and its capabilities have expanded through acquisition into adjacent spaces, including; sustainability, performance testing and supply chain analytics.
In 2014, Clyde was asked to lead UL’s not for profit parent, Underwriters Laboratories Inc. During the past four years, he has successfully leveraged UL’s research to modernize safety standards and drive the safe introduction of new technologies.
Clyde recently was asked to co-pilot UL’s efforts around digital and explore how AI, machine learning and big data can help to demystify the growing complexity of global supply chains.
Starting as an auditor in 1984, Clyde learned the fundamentals of business. He later pursued his passion for inclusive and collaborative work environments as a management consultant and ever since has been a student in the science of leadership.
Clyde serves on the Board of Trustees of the Adler Planetarium of Chicago, the membership committee of the Chicago Economic Club and is a past member of the corporate visiting committee of Case Western Reserve University and the executive advisory board of the Perfect Power Institute.
He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in accounting from the University of Illinois, a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a certificate in executive education from the Yale School of Management.
In addition to his work at UL, Clyde has spoken at a number of forums and panels on safety science, standards and leadership.
Andrew W. Rice
Senior Vice President, 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 $10 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 75 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).
Michael A. Rodenberg
Director, Murakami Corporation
President and CEO, Murakami Manufacturing USA, Inc.
Michael serves as a Member of the Board for Murakami Corporation Japan and is responsible for their operations in North and South America. In addition, he is the current President/CEO of Murakami Manufacturing USA. He has a bachelor’s degree in Japanese from Brigham Young University and a MBA in Global Management from the University of Phoenix. Over the past 25 years, Michael has worked at several leading public companies with assignments in Japan, China, and various locations in the U.S. His experience includes, manufacturing operations, business development, and mergers and acquisitions. One of his favorite things to do is bridge the gap between cultures by finding the best from each side and combine to something better. In 2013, he was selected as the first non-Japanese to serve on the board of Murakami Corporation, an organization with over 135 years of history and tradition. He currently serves as a board member for The Japan America Society of Kentucky, the Advisory Board for the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center, an organization designed to meet Kentucky’s pressing workforce challenges, as well as Chair for the Kentucky Chamber Education and Workforce Council.
Corporate Finance Vice President, GRUMA
Rogelio Sánchez is Vice President of Corporate Finance at GRUMA, S.A.B. de C.V., world's leading tortilla and corn flour producers. With leading brands in most of its markets, GRUMA has operations in the United States, Mexico, Central America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. GRUMA is headquartered in Monterrey, Mexico, and has approximately 20,000 employees and 74 plants. In 2016, GRUMA had net sales of US $3.6 billion, of which 75% came from non-Mexican operations.
Responsible for Corporate Finance, Investor Relations and Financial Planning areas. Develops and implements financial strategies for funding and/or value creation, financing through debt and equity markets, communication with debt and equity investors, financial issues for Board Meetings. Trading and management of company’s stock programs in the Bolsa Mexicana de Valores. Development, analysis and follow up of value creation measure indicators. Financial Budgeting. Cash Flow Management.
Previously, Rogelio was financial planning manager and information manager at this group. He joined GRUMA since 1984. Prior to GRUMA, he was financial planning analyst at ALFA, steel sector.
Sánchez holds a bachelor of science in chemical engineering and management from ITESM.
General Counsel - North America, COFCO International
Rozan is a transactional attorney with extensive transactional experience acquired working for international and national law firms and two international companies. He is admitted to practice law in New York, Illinois, Arizona and Missouri, and is multilingual.
Currently, Rozan is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary – North America, for COFCO International, a multinational company, responsible for all of the legal affairs of the company in North America (USA, Canada and Mexico) – he is also a member of the management team for the North American operations.
COFCO International is a global agribusiness with a six-continent supply chain - it operates with logistics and processing assets in the key global trade flows, employs more than 12,000 employees in 35 countries, and has annual revenues of over $34 billion. It provides a diverse range of agricultural products to its global customer base. Its products and services range from sourcing, processing, storage and shipping, to trading and marketing a wide spectrum of essential raw materials, including grains and oilseeds, and softs commodities like sugar, coffee and cotton.
Steven T. Sirota, P.E.
Chief Operating Officer, SES, LLC
Mr. Sirota has over 25 years experience in serving the steel and aluminum industries. He holds a BSME (’91) and MBA (’05) from Geneva College and has obtained Professional Engineering licensure in 1998.
After joining SES in 1994, Mr. Sirota was a Project Manager in the Continuous Improvement Group, also functioning as Manager of Small Design and Build projects from 1998 to 2003. He joined the Project Management Group in 2003 as Senior Design and Sales Engineer, where his talents were focused on serving SES’ critical long products customers. In 2013, Mr. Sirota was named Vice President – Engineered Equipment Sales and was responsible for the company’s $60 million annual sales revenue.
Most recently, Mr. Sirota was promoted to the position of Chief Operating Officer in 2016. In this capacity, he is responsible for engineering, manufacturing, services, automation and purchasing. He also is closely involved with all of the company’s international sourcing initiatives.