Leadership

Founder and Executive Director

Elizabeth Rowland

Elizabeth Rowland.

Elizabeth Rowland founded TN-China Network in the fall of 2014 after having worked in government policy, law, and business for nearly a decade in both the US and China.

After serving as a legislative aide in Washington, DC, for a US Congressman from Tennessee, Elizabeth moved to China in 2007 and founded Abella Galleries, an online jewelry company that sourced from China. From 2010 to 2012, Elizabeth joined the American Chamber of Commerce in China (AmCham China) as a policy analyst and editor of the Chamber’s American Business in China White Paper.  As coordinator and later Vice Chair for AmCham China’s Policy Committee, she also collaborated with Chamber leadership to formulate and execute policy advocacy priorities and strategies. In 2012, Elizabeth joined the Beijing office of Covington & Burling law firm as senior manager of policy analysis (a non-lawyer). In addition to tracking and analyzing opportunities and challenges created by Chinese and US investment and trade policies, Elizabeth facilitated client development through an InvestUSA initiative to connect Chinese investors with US companies seeking investment.

In 2013, Elizabeth returned to Tennessee to be closer to family and start Rowland China Advisory, a China investment and trade consulting firm. While networking and information gathering across the state for her consulting company, she realized that there was no active, state-wide platform to bring together the many people across Tennessee that do business with China. To fill this need, in the fall of 2014 Elizabeth founded TN-China Network.

Elizabeth received her master’s degree in international relations with concentrations on international economics and China studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in international affairs focusing on Latin American studies. She is proficient in Mandarin Chinese and fluent in Spanish. Elizabeth was born and raised in the rolling hills of East Tennessee.

 

Board of Directors

 

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Jeremy Goldkorn

Sinica Podcast
Co-Host and Co-Founder

 

Jeremy Goldkorn is co-host and co-founder of the Sinica podcast and currently acting editor-in-chief of SupChina.com. He moved to China in 1995 and became managing editor of Beijing’s first independent English-language entertainment magazine. In 2003, he founded the website and research firm, Danwei, which tracked Chinese media, markets, politics and business. It was acquired in 2013 by the Financial Times.

Jeremy is founder of Great Wall Fresh, a social enterprise to help Chinese peasant farmers run small tourism businesses catering to foreign outdoor enthusiasts.  He has lived in a workers’ dormitory, produced a documentary film about African soccer players in Beijing, and rode a bicycle from Peshawar to Kathmandu via Kashgar and Lhasa.  He moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 2015, and is board chair of the TN-China Network.

 

 

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Lulu Copeland

Chattanooga State Community College
Director of Economic and Workforce Development

 

Lulu Copeland is the Director of Economic and Workforce Development at Chattanooga State Community College, which is recognized as a leader in workforce development programs. Working with all academic divisions within the college and resources in the community, she has contributed to many company training initiatives in the region.

Prior to joining Chattanooga State, Lulu served as adjunct faculty with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s School of Engineering and Computer Science, and was a design engineer and then Manager of Engineering Design and Documentation at Olan Mills.

Lulu is very active in the Chattanooga-area engineering and business communities. She served as the President of Chattanooga Engineers Club in 2001 and is a founding member of Society of Women Engineers, Chattanooga Area Section. Lulu served as President of Chattanooga Technology Council in 2009 and is currently a board member. Lulu is active in Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce programs and projects, including as a board member of the Chamber’s International Business Council. She also serves on the board of the Small Business Development Center of Hamilton County and the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, an all-girls STEM school. In 2000, she started a summer program at Chattanooga State to help enrich area teens’ access to and knowledge of STEM careers.

Lulu is also involved in the Chattanooga Chinese community. Since 1996, she has coordinated with the Chattanooga Chinese School in the operations of its Sunday afternoon programs at Chattanooga State. In 2009, she represented Chattanooga as a delegate to a Sister City conference in Wuxi, China.

Lulu is originally from Taipei, Taiwan. She immigrated to the US in 1971 and moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she currently resides, after spending her early teen years in the Philippines. Her family origin is Fujian, China.

Lulu has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering, and MS degree in Engineering Management, both from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

 

 

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Jim Lambert

FCStone Merchant Services
Director of Sales

 

Jim Lambert has more than 30 years of experience in agricultural commodities trading, much of which has been spent in the greater cotton industry. For the past two-plus years, Jim has developed FCStone Merchant Services (subsidiary Nasdaq listed, INTL FCStone Inc.) cotton trading and financial services business in Nashville, Tennessee. A large part of the industry interaction has been developing risk management tools for the “fiber-to-fabric” textiles supply chain, including farmers, cotton merchants, textile mills, and even some well-known brands. Before returning to Tennessee, Jim spent 15 years living and working in China, first in several trading, operations, and business development positions for Archer Daniels Midland/Wilmar Trading and most recently as Managing Director of INTL FCStone Trading Co. Ltd, the Shanghai-based subsidiary of INTL FCStone Inc. Prior to returning to China in 2010, Jim was Vice President of INTL FCStone subsidiary, Globecot Trading, a dedicated cotton futures and options firm.

 

 

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Board Secretary

Darcie Goodwin

International Marketing / Communications Consultant

 

Darcie Goodwin currently works as an international marketing / communications consultant for clients including FedEx Express, Nike, and Think Global. Her previous experience includes serving as Communications Manager for FedEx Express in China and traveling the globe with ORBIS International, where she handled media relations and communications. She has also held positions at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce; US Asia Commercial Development; the Taipei YMCA; and for former US Congressman Buddy MacKay.

Darcie earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Political Science from Drew University in New Jersey and a Master of Business Administration in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. She is proficient in Mandarin Chinese.

 

 

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Lisa Catron

Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau
International Sales Manager

 

Lisa M. Catron is the International Sales Manager with the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau (Memphis CVB). She handles incoming international tour groups, foreign independent travelers (FITs), receptive operators and has knowledge of all Memphis festivals and conventions. She has traveled to over 25 countries selling Memphis as a destination for international travelers.  A main focus is China, making connections with tour and travel companies and developing new and exciting product that is attractive to consumers and wholesalers.

Lisa has 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry and international business. Prior to becoming International Sales Manager at Memphis CVB, she served 15 years as their International Destination Marketing Operator. Prior to joining Memphis CVB, Lisa worked at LaQuinta Inn & Suites, first as Director of Sales then as General Manager. Lisa also served as Director of Sales at Holiday Inn. Prior to that, she held several positions at Adam’s Mark, AmeriSuites, and Howard Johnson Plaza.

Lisa has been awarded several hospitality awards in tourism for her sales and marketing skills and ability to showcase destinations. Some of her awards include TN Round Table STAR of the Industry Award within the State of TN 2015 and Tourism Team Goal Buster Award 2005-2015.

 

 

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Steven Gu

PYA
Director of US-China Business Advisory Services

 

Steven Gu assists businesses looking to expand into US or China markets, advising them on issues related to initial public offerings (IPOs); mergers and acquisitions (M&A); private equity ventures; leverage buyouts; bankruptcy; due diligence; tax accounting, asset monetization, planning; research; compliance; and business strategy.

Raised in China, his unique bi-cultural and bi-lingual background assists organizations in managing political, legal, tax, and economic business issues. While working within Big 4 and regional accounting firms, he has helped facilitate a variety of business deals, including the largest M&A transaction in the telecommunications industry ($28.1 billion) and the fifth largest bankruptcy restructuring deal in the US. Additionally, he provided outbound investment professional services for the largest Chinese state-owned petroleum company, hydropower company, and privately owned real estate company, as well as Hong Kong’s largest publicly traded medical equipment company.  His familiarity with both American and Chinese business practices affords him the ability to broker effective communication between firms, clients, and companies, as well as government agencies.

Steven holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of Florida, a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (China) and a Masters in Accounting from West Texas A&M University. He is a Georgia-certified public accountant and has been granted Bar Admission in the state of New York.

He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the American Bar Association, and the Technology Association of Georgia. He has served as a Board Member with the National Association of Chinese Americans and as a Global Commerce Council member with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He was a part of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s 1st China Trade Mission Planning Committee. He has been awarded Sector Deal of the Year for Financial Services by M&A Advisors and Top 25 Most Influential Asian-Americans in Georgia by Georgia Asian Times.

 

 

Board Member

Raymond Liu

McKee Foods Corporation
International Business Development Specialist

 

 

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Lori Odom

Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
Director of International Business

 

Lori Odom is the Director of International Business for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. In this capacity she leads the Chamber’s international business initiatives, promoting the Nashville region globally and facilitating economic growth through inward investment and the expansion of existing regional industries into international markets. She also leads the International Business Council, a cross section of the region’s international business leaders who serve as advisors to the Chamber and as advocates for international businesses operating in or considering investing in Middle Tennessee.

Odom has deep roots in international business and economic development, having served multiple roles within the State of Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. As Director of Global Project Management, Odom focused on recruiting domestic and international businesses to the state. Prior to that, she served as Director of International Investment, where she oversaw operations of the state’s business development offices in China, Japan, Germany, and Canada.

A graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Lori earned a Master of Science in Human Resource Development and a Bachelor of Science in Communications.

 

 

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 John Scannapieco

Baker Donelson
Shareholder and Co-Lead of the Firm’s Global Business Team

 

John M. Scannapieco is a shareholder in the Nashville office of Baker Donelson and is co-chair of the firm’s Global Business Team. He provides strategic guidance and counsel to businesses and individuals on their existing global operations and to those contemplating seeking global expansion.

John assists US and foreign clients with the sale and disposition of assets, and the negotiation and drafting of distribution, manufacturing, employment and agency agreements throughout the world, including Central and South America, Europe and Asia. He also works with a variety of US-based companies in connection with their business activities in China, Europe, the Americas and Africa. In addition, he also advises companies that are contemplating pursuing a China strategy as well as those companies that are currently doing business in China or with China-based businesses.

John is a board member of the TN-China Network, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s International Business Council and a member of the board of the Japan American Society of Tennessee. He also represents Baker Donelson in TerraLex and Mackrell International, two leading international legal networks. Through his involvement in these organizations, he routinely helps clients locate resources, including legal, financial accounting or other assistance, to complete transactions or to resolve disputes throughout the world. He has been recognized by Mid-South Super Lawyers in International Law.

 

 

 

 

TN-China Network Staff

 

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Fei (Faye) Liu

Research Manager

 

Fei Liu began as a Research Associate with TN-China Network in August 2015. She was promoted to Research Manager in April 2016. Examples of her research topics include Chinese companies in Tennessee and US city and state promotional efforts to boost exports and attract Chinese investment.

Previously, Fei served as a market research assistant and international business communications intern at FirstPathway Partners, working hands-on with management to support its EB5 services and communicate with potential foreign investors. She also worked as a senior editor at Unbabel, which provides global translation services supported by technology. She focused on English-Chinese translation and completed 3000+ projects, earning the title of “trusted editor”. Fei also has professional experience in sales and banking.

Fei graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in finance. In 2015 she earned a Master of Science in management with a focus on financial analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Fei is originally from Anhui province, China, and now lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.

 

Aron Shiers

Research Associate

 

Aron F. Shiers conducts research for TN-China Network (TNCN). Areas of his research include Chinese outbound foreign direct investment in Tennessee, including greenfield and brownfield investments, acquisitions and joint ventures, as well as Tennessee investments in and trade with China. As part of his research he tracks investment announcements, job creation, business structure and ownership, and more. Aron also researches Chinese cultural and community events in Tennessee as well as educational events related to China and international trade and investment. Through his research, he has contributed to the development of the TNCN Service Provider Directory and TNCN online resources, which include listings of service providers, government agencies, trade organizations and corporations. In addition, Aron writes investment- and trade-related blog posts, creates podcasts of TNCN events, and maintains event listings on the TNCN website.

Aron joined TN-China Network in May 2016 and is passionate about learning more and contributing to United States’ relations with China. Aron earned his bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies and International Trade with a Minor in Mandarin from the University of Memphis in 2016 and graduated Magna Cum Laude. A native of Vicksburg, Mississippi, he now resides in Memphis with his wife and son.