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Conference agenda for June 18th in Troy, MI “China: Key Strategies for Succeeding in its r Auto Industry”. You can attend live or via internet. Bill Russo to present remotely. Includes a discount registration pass.

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  1. 1. CHINA Conference June 18, 2009 – Troy, MI “China: Key Strategies for Succeeding in its Auto Industry” A full-day conference to assist you with your China needs. Also available via ‘live’ webcast over the Internet! A powerful lineup of speakers will address critical issues for auto suppliers considering venturing into China, expected to be the world's hottest automotive market for the next 20 years. China experts will discuss the advantages and cautions of rushing to join China's booming auto industry, examining communication challenges in China, protection of intellectual property, the reasons for being in China, the market outlook, sourcing and purchasing strategies, ideal products for sourcing in China, human capital and recruitment issues, contracts and legal issues for sourcing from China, the daunting government policy shaping the industry, as well as several auto industry case studies. The full-day conference offers great opportunities to learn more about how to succeed in China's business market whether you are setting up operations in mainland China, doing business there, or considering sourcing from China. Topics will include: Legal Challenges of Setting up China Operations Challenges of Automotive Logistics in China Tax Planning for your China Operations Compliance and Ethics Program in China Lessons Learned when Sourcing from China Leadership Recruitment in China Cultural Challenges of Doing Business in China Where: MSU Management Education Center, Troy, Michigan When: June 18, 2009 - 8:30am - 4:00pm Who: Conference is for automotive manufacturing suppliers only Cost: In Troy, MI: $595 per person (includes networking luncheon) Via Live Webcast: $375 per person (includes archived version) FREE: Receive “Doing Business in China” CD free when you register! Contact Ruth Fernandes:
  2. 2. AGENDA China Conference June 18, 2009 – Troy, MI “China: Key Strategies for Succeeding in its Auto Industry” A Conference – June 18, 2009 – Troy, MI Also available via ‘live’ webcast over the Internet! 8:30 – 9:00 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast “The Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on China's Automotive Industry” Bill Russo, Founder and President, Synergistics Ltd. (Remote Presentation from Beijing, China) “China: Language and Cultural Insights” Michael Su, Language and Cultural Consultant, In Other Words Language Services “Legal Challenges of Setting up and Maintaining Operations in China” Jia Zhao, Senior Partner China Practice, Baker & McKenzie LLP “Tax Planning for your China Operations under the New Unified Tax Law” William P. Kingsley, Tax Partner, Grant Thornton LLP “Challenges of Automotive Logistics in China” Jeff Hurley, Senior Vice President Global Automotive, CEVA Logistics 12:00 – 1:00 pm: Networking Luncheon with Exclusive GlobalAutoTV Interview “China: an Overview from the Experts” interview with executives from the Center for Automotive Research, Lean Enterprise China, BorgWarner, and Magna International “China and the Global Automotive Marketplace” Stephen R. Polk, Chairman, President and CEO, R.L. Polk & Co. “Implementing a Compliance and Ethics Program in China” Preston Torbert, Senior Counsel, Baker & McKenzie LLP “Bumps in the Road Require Renewed Focus in Sourcing” Michael Thomas, Managing Director & Asia Operations Advisory Group and North America Plant Transitions Lead, BBK “Key Steps in Sourcing from China” Janet You, Former Program Integration Manager, Chrysler LLC 4:00 pm – End of Program Contact Ruth Fernandes:
  3. 3. “China: Key Strategies for Succeeding in its Auto Industry” A Conference – June 18, 2009 – Troy, MI SPEAKERS’ BIOS LARRY FOBES – Wayne State University “Guest Moderator” Larry Fobes is Director of the Wayne State University, School of Business Administration’s “Institute for Organizational & Industrial Competitiveness (IOIC)”. His graduate work includes an engineering master’s from Wayne State University, and an MBA from Duke University. Fobes created, hosts, and co-produces with Detroit Public Television, the Emmy award winning television series, “Leaders on Leadership”. Leaders from a wide range of global organizations share their leadership experiences and insights with a studio audience of students, and broadcast viewers in Michigan, Oklahoma, coast to coast in Canada, and Hong Kong. His corporate experience includes 30 years service at Ford Motor Company in product design, scientific research, operational finance, and global business strategy. Fobes built and led a globally dispersed team supporting 150 national markets on 5 continents for 8 Ford corporate brands. BILL RUSSO – Synergistics Ltd. “The Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on China's Automotive Industry” Bill Russo is the Founder and President of Synergistics Limited. He has extensive experience in the automotive and electronics industries, with more than 25 years of experience at driving strategy and performance improvement in Fortune 500 environments. In his role the first Vice President of North East Asia automotive operations, Russo successfully negotiated and secured government approval for 6 vehicle programs within a 3-year time period with 3 different Asian partners. In this time period, he launched a regional holding company as well as 2 distribution companies. Russo oversaw the industrialization of the first Chrysler and Dodge-branded vehicles in Asia.
  4. 4. As head of Product & Business Strategy, Russo led the integration of 3 key planning functions: strategic planning, long-range product planning and the capital investment plan. He had played a major role in achieving a major business turnaround by strengthening operational transparency through deployment of a system-wide balanced scorecard. His work earned international acclaim and was featured in leading business journals (Harvard Business Review, Controlling magazine). As a Business Transformation Consultant, Russo has led global cross-functional multi- disciplinary teams in the identification and implementation of business improvement initiatives throughout key value streams and functions. He holds a US Patent for his innovative efforts towards reducing automotive New Product Development cycle time. Russo is a dynamic speaker and frequently published author and opinion leader. His viewpoints on the China Automotive industry have been frequently published online and his viewpoints have aired on National Public Radio. Russo has also authored numerous articles on corporate governance, performance management, technology management and process reengineering. He has spoken frequently at conferences hosted by the Conference Board, Hammer & Company and the Balanced Scorecard Collaborative. He has spoken at two Automotive industry conferences at China’s Great Hall of the People. Russo is a tireless and passionate individual who utilizes his process-driven skills to achieve results. Russo has a Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University in the City of New York. JIA ZHAO - Baker & McKenzie LLP “Legal Challenges of Setting up and Maintaining Operations in China” Jia Zhao is a partner in the international law firm Baker & McKenzie LLP and is based in Chicago. She has practiced law with Baker & McKenzie for almost twenty years. She focuses her practice in legal aspects of trade and investment in China and advises U.S. clients on investment and trade in China and on legal, political and cultural issues. Her advice covers many aspects of trade and investment including corporate, tax, labor, foreign exchange, and intellectual property. In the past few years, she has established about three dozen equity joint ventures, wholly foreign-owned entities and other investments in the manufacturing and service sectors in China. She has also assisted Chinese companies in their overseas investments. Zhao has extensive work experience both in the Chinese government and in law practice. Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie permanently, she worked as United States Desk Officer at the Department of American and Oceanic Affairs of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign 2
  5. 5. Affairs in Beijing. In this capacity, she interpreted for President Nixon, Secretary of State Kissinger, and other U.S. officials. Later, she dealt with international legal questions as First Secretary at the Department of Treaty and Law and the Department of American and Oceanic Affairs in the Chinese Foreign Ministry. Zhao served as the Co-chairman of the People's Republic of China Law Committee of the International Law and Practice Section of the American Bar Association from 1992 to 1994 and on the ABA Asia Law Initiative Council from 2003-2006. She has lectured about China before many different audiences in the United States and has published articles regarding Chinese legal developments in the East Asian Executive Reports, The China Business Review, Corporate Finance and Sweet & Maxwell Asia’s Commercial Laws of East Asia. Zhao was the first PRC national to receive the J.D. degree in the United States, the first PRC national to become a member of the Bar in the United States, and the first person to be admitted to the bar in both China and the United States. WILLIAM P. KINGSLEY – Grant Thornton, LLP “Tax Planning for your China Operations under the New Unified Tax Law” William P. Kingsley is a Partner in Grant Thornton’s Tax practice located in Southfield, Michigan and has over 22 years of experience in providing tax services to privately held and publicly traded companies. Kingsley has extensive experience in all areas of taxation, including international, corporate, partnerships and accounting methods. He also specializes in international mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining the firm, Kingsley was a tax partner at BDO Seidman where he was responsible for creating the China tax desk acting as the primary contact for all outbound China tax questions and issues. He will utilize his past experiences with China tax planning, assisting Grant Thornton’s international tax group with all China related tax questions and issues. Kingsley’s work focuses on advising multinational companies on the tax, financial and business aspects of doing business in China. He has presented China tax related topics to over 20 different groups. Kingsley earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting from Aquinas College and his Masters in Taxation from Grand Valley State University. Kingsley is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants. 3
  6. 6. JEFF HURLEY – CEVA Logistics “Challenges of Automotive Logistics in China” Jeff Hurley is Senior Vice President Global Automotive for CEVA Logistics. Hurley graduated from Michigan State University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree and in 1995 completed the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business Partnership Program. With more than 25 years in the industry, Hurley is a recognized leader in logistics operations. He began his career with a predecessor of CEVA, Customized Transportation, Inc., in 1985 as Manager of Sales and Marketing. Since that time, he has held several executive positions within the company, including Director of Sales and Marketing, Vice President of Business Development, Vice President of Operations and Senior Vice President of Operations. In 2003, Hurley was appointed COO of the CEVA business unit in North America, responsible for overseeing all of CEVA’s field operations throughout the continent. In April 2007, Hurley was appointed senior vice president for global automotive for the company’s worldwide operations in that sector. This allows him to leverage his extensive automotive logistics experience against global client needs. Hurley is a member of the Society of Logistics Engineers (SOLE), the American Production Inventory Control Society (APICS), and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). MICHAEL SU – In Other Words “Chinese Language and Cultural Insights” Since 1998, Michael Su has worked as language and intercultural training consultant for companies with a global, diverse workforce and/or with business interest in China. Among his past and current clients are Aisin, Ajax, Alcoa, American Axle & Manufacturing, ArvinMeritor, Assurant, BASF, Bosch, Brose, Butzel Long, Celanese Chemical, Chrysler, Cold Heading, Comerica Bank, Continental Airlines, Delphi, Denso Corporation, Detroit Zoological Institute, Dow International, Eagle Ottawa, Enterprise Automotive Services, Faurecia, Federal-Mogul, Ford Motor Company, Fori Automation, General Electronics, General Motors, General Plastics, HarmanBecker, Haartz, ITT Industries, Jonnson Controls, Johnson Electric, Lawrence Technological University, Lear Corporation, Lenovo, Longaberger, Magna, Magni, Mars Advertising, Menlo-Conway, Metaldyne, Nissan, Oakland Community College, Oakland University, Polk, PPG Industries, Prestolite Wire, Progressive Stamping, Prudential Financial, Ricardo, Siegel-Robert Automotive, Siemens AG, Stahl’s, TRW, Tyco Electronics, the University of Chicago, Visteon Corporation, Wire Rope Corporation of America, Yazaki, and ZF Sachs AG. 4
  7. 7. Su is an adjunct faculty member at Schoolcraft College and Macomb Community College. He is also a member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, headquartered in Washington D.C. Su received a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Wayne State University. He also acquired over ten certifications from Michigan State University, the University of Hawaii, the University of Minnesota and the U.S. Department of Education in intercultural and foreign language training as well as in instructional technology. He is the author of a white paper on the Chinese business culture. His first book, “Learning Chinese the Fun and Easy Way,” will be published in the spring of 2009. “China: an Overview from the Experts” - GlobalAutoTV exclusive interview with David Cole, Marcus Chao, John J. McGill and Steve Rogers: DAVID COLE - Center for Automotive Research (CAR) David Cole is the Chairman of the Center for Automotive Research. The Center for Automotive Research, a nonprofit organization, is focused on a wide variety of important trends and changes related to the automobile industry and society at the international, federal, state and local levels. CAR conducts industry research, develops new methodologies, forecasts industry trends, advises on public policy, and sponsors multi- stakeholder communication forums. Research studies investigate how international, federal and local issues influence the industry, and how the industry affects society in such areas as employment, the environment and the consumer. CAR’s mission is to assist the global automotive industry's competitiveness and technological advancement by creating unbiased economic and systems modeling research development, new manufacturing methodologies, forecasting industry futures, advising on public policy, and conducting industry conferences and forums. MARCUS CHAO - Lean Enterprise China, Inc. Dr. Marcus Chao is the CEO and President of Lean Enterprise China, Inc. (LEC), a non-profit organization disseminating lean practices to Chinese manufacturers. LEC has offices in Shanghai and Beijing. Chao’s 30 years of management experience in global corporations covers engineering, materials management, manufacturing, supply management, and business development. Chao is skilled in leadership, Sino-U.S. business development, supply management, quality systems, and developing lean enterprises. In 2005, he retired from Delphi Global Supply 5
  8. 8. Management as a Director. From 1995-2001, he was Chairman and President of Delphi (China) Holding Company. An active leader in the Asian-American communities, Chao served as the President of the Association of Chinese Americans and the Detroit Chinese Professional and Academic Association. He currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce, the Wu Manufacturing for Excellence Foundation, the Advisory Board for the University of Michigan Art Museum, and the Northwood University School of Supply Management. Chao received a bachelor’s degree in Taiwan and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Kansas. He also received a MBA from Wayne State University. JOHN J. McGILL - BorgWarner Inc. John J. McGill is Vice President, Global Supply Chain and Champion of Emerging Market Utilization. Prior to accepting that new position in July, 2005, McGill was president and general manager of BorgWarner TorqTransfer Systems, Drivetrain Group. Previously, he was president and general manager of BorgWarner Cooling Systems from October 1999 to December 2002. Prior to joining BorgWarner, McGill was general manager of Eaton's Fluid Power and Torque Control Products divisions. McGill's 18-year career with Eaton included numerous human resource, production, purchasing, and manufacturing positions. McGill holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska. He serves on BorgWarner - Shenglong's Board of Directors. STEVE RODGERS - Magna International Steve Rodgers is the former Vice-President Marketing and Business Development Asia Pacific. Rodgers joined the Magna Corporate Office in August 2003 as Vice-President, Marketing and was appointed to Business Development Asia Pacific in May 2005. Prior to his appointment to the Magna Corporate Office, Rodgers served as Senior Vice-President, Marketing of Intier Automotive. Other previous positions within the Magna Group of Companies included Vice-President, Sales and Marketing for Atoma and VicePresident, Sales and Marketing at Tesma. He also served as the Assistant General Manager at Karmax Heavy Stamping within the Cosma Group. 6
  9. 9. Prior to joining Magna, Rodgers served as a Sales Representative and Manager, Strategic Planning & Information Systems with General Motors of Canada. Rodgers holds a B.M.E. from the GMI Engineering & Management Institute in Flint, Michigan. STEPHEN POLK - R. L. Polk & Co. “Current State of the Economy and Future View of China” Stephen Polk, Chairman, President and CEO of R. L. Polk & Co., heads the organization which is the leading global provider of advanced information and marketing solutions for the automotive industry. Automobile manufacturers across the globe turn to R. L. Polk & Co.’s intelligence and insight to help them understand their market position, identify trends, build brand loyalty and gain a competitive advantage. Since joining Polk in 1981, Stephen has held various positions of increasing importance throughout the Polk organization. Throughout his tenure, he has focused on preparing the company for success in the 21st century. Stephen restructured the organization around customers’ needs and accelerated the development of new products and services, exiting less profitable businesses, streamlining operations and sharpening the company’s automotive focus. A frequently requested speaker, Stephen is a recognized industry expert in providing insight about the global automotive marketplace. His speeches cover a wide variety of topics including competitive business conditions, automotive market overviews and consumer trends. Stephen is also active in speaking engagements and thought leadership events sponsored by Polk on behalf of its customers. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Denison University. PRESTON TORBERT - Baker & McKenzie LLP “Implementing a Compliance and Ethics Program in China” Preston Torbert is a partner in the law firm Baker & McKenzie LLP and is based in Chicago. He is a graduate of Princeton University and received a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. in Chinese history from the University of Chicago. He is admitted to the Illinois Bar and is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He has served for three years as Co-chairman of the People's Republic of China Law Committee of the ABA's Section of International Law and Practice. He has also served as Chairman of the International Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. Torbert was one of the founders of Baker & McKenzie's China Practice Group and has spent five years in the People's Republic and Taiwan. He began the study of Chinese in 1964 and is often mistaken for a native speaker. He played a key role in establishing the Taipei 7
  10. 10. office of Baker & McKenzie in 1978 and later the Beijing office in 1981. He first visited the People's Republic in 1975 and has represented U.S. multinationals there numerous times since then. He advises clients on strategic planning for China, the legal, tax and practical aspects of trade, licensing and investment as well as the negotiation of contracts in China. Since 1979 he has participated primarily in the drafting and negotiation of equity and cooperative joint venture contracts on behalf of a broad range of clients that include the largest U.S. multinationals as well as some medium and small sized companies. Torbert's publications include numerous articles on issues in trade and investment with China such as joint ventures, wholly foreign-owned ventures, technology transfer, taxation, contracts and intellectual property in The China Business Review, East Asian Executive Reports, Corporate Finance, International Financial Law Review, and other U.S. and Chinese publications. Torbert has lectured numerous times in Chinese on legal subjects in China and has also made dozens of presentations in the United States, Europe, and Asia about China. Torbert is the author of The Ch'ing Imperial Household Department (Harvard, 1977), is knowledgeable about the Palace Museum in Beijing, and offers guided tours of the Museum to clients when in Beijing. He is also the author of the book 法律英语:中英 双语法律文书制作 (Legal English: Guidelines for Drafting Chinese-English Bilingual Legal Documents) published by the Fudan U. Press in 2004. Torbert also reads and speaks Russian. His English translation of the RSFSR Labor Code was published in The Soviet Codes of Law (W. Simons, ed., 1980). In 1979 he spent six months in Moscow conducting research on Russian law at the Institute of State and Law of the USSR Academy of Sciences. In the 1990’s he worked on foreign investment projects in Russia and spent time in the Moscow office. MICHAEL P. THOMAS – BBK “Bumps in the Road Require Renewed Focus in Sourcing” Michael P. Thomas serves BBK clients as both advisor and interim manager. His knowledge and experience are so extensive, trade and professional organizations frequently request him to appear as a featured speaker. Thomas has acted as CEO, CFO and Director of Operations within a variety of industries. He has expertise in both finance and operations and is a master of quot;next logical stepsquot;. Thomas has successfully drafted, implemented and concluded reorganizations, negotiating workout plans with federal and state taxing authorities. Thomas’ involvement developing and implementing plans for operations initiatives has resulted in dramatic cost improvements and more efficient operations for clients in North America, Asia Pacific and Mexico. In one case, Thomas’ process improvement assistance helped a manufacturer develop and launch a new line; that firm enjoyed $1.0 million in sales in its first business year. In another case, he moved an auto parts manufacturer from Chapter 11 bankruptcy to profit 8
  11. 11. in 13 months by restructuring operations to increase throughput 25 to 30% and reducing scrap and defect levels by 25 to 30%. While functioning as President of a supplier purchased out of bankruptcy, Thomas negotiated an agreement with a national union (at minimal cost to the company), commandeered a new product launch (meeting customer client schedules) and led the company through ISO implementation. Serving as Vice President of a bankrupt tier one supplier, he assumed control without interrupting customer assembly lines. When he began his involvement, the company was losing $1 million per month. He successfully negotiated a contract extension with an international union. Ultimately, he brought the company to a six month profit of over a half million dollars. This resulted in a successful sale out of bankruptcy to a Fortune 500 company, allowing the people in the plant to keep their jobs. JANET YOU – Chrysler LLC quot;Key Steps in Sourcing from Chinaquot; Janet You spent the past 11 years working for Chrysler. She was the Program Integration Manager responsible for China Vehicle programs, Global Sourcing (LCC) at the Minivan Platform Chassis Engineering. You has also been actively involved in US – China Supply Chain Management, Merger and Acquisition business development, and Marketing Development for many Chinese Manufacturers. You holds Bachelor’s Degrees in both Mathematics/Mechanics and International Business from Fu Dan University, Shanghai, China. She also has a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and an M.B.A. from Michigan State University, MI, USA. 9
  12. 12. Special Value Registration CHINA Conference & Webcast June 18, 2009 “China: Key Strategies for A full-day Conference (and Succeeding in its Auto Industry” live Webcast) to help auto suppliers with doing business with/in China A full-day conference to assist you with your China needs. A China Conference & Webcast by A powerful lineup of speakers will address critical issues for auto suppliers considering venturing into China, still expected to be the world's hottest automotive market for the next 20 years. The full-day conference will also WHEN: June 18, 2009 be broadcast live via webcast over the Internet. The conference offers great 9:00am-4:00pm opportunities to learn more about how to succeed in China's business market Includes Breakfast and whether you are setting up operations in mainland China, doing business Networking Luncheon there, or considering sourcing from China. WHERE: MSU Management This SPECIAL VALUE PASS is for a qualified AUTOMOTIVE GUEST of Education Center Synergistics Ltd. Pay $298 only (a $595 value) to attend in Troy, MI 811 W. Square Lake Rd or $250 only (a $375 value) to attend via live webcast. Troy, Michigan Topics will include: WEBCAST: Online via the Internet Baker & McKenzie: Legal Challenges of Setting up and Maintaining Operations in China ~ Synergistics: The Impact of the Global Financial Crisis This Special Value Pass is a courtesy on China's Automotive Industry ~ Grant Thornton: Tax Planning for your of and China Operations under the New Unified Tax Law ~ BBK: Bumps in the Road Require Renewed Focus in Sourcing ~ R. L. Polk & Co: China and the Global Automotive Marketplace ~ Economic and Automotive Projections ~ CEVA Logistics: Logistical Challenges in China ~ Baker & McKenzie: Implementing A Compliance and Ethics Program in China ~ and more. Yes, I would like to attend and take advantage of this special value pass! Please fax this completed form to 248 927-0347 Name: ________________________________ Position/Job Title: ____________________________ Company: _________________________________________________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________________________________________________ City: ________________________________ State: ___________ Zip: _________________ Email address: _________________________________________________________________________________ Telephone: ________________________________ Fax: _______________________________________ I will attend in Troy, MI - Charge my Credit Card for $298 only ____VISA ____MasterCard ____AMEX I will attend via Webcast - Charge my Credit Card for $250 only ____VISA ____MasterCard ____AMEX Card number _________________________________________________ Expiration Date _________________ Contact: Ruth Fernandes -