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    Companies from Across Middle and East TN Attend China Business Experts Roundtable August 9

    David Crick, President of American Mechanized Technology, LLC, asking a question of the event panelists


    Companies from across middle and east Tennessee attended the China Business Experts Roundtable on August 9, 2017. Hosted by TN-China Network and Georgia China Alliance, the event provided a great networking and learning opportunity for attendees and panelists alike. Over 40 people participated in the event, including senior executives from manufacturing, exporting, and importing companies as well as seasoned China legal, accounting, branding, and consulting experts.

    The event opened with brief introductions from our expert panelists:

    • Steven Gu, Director of US China Business Advisory Services at PYA
    • Lei Fang, Partner at Jin & Fang law firm
    • Jim Ebel, CEO of CenterBrain Partners brand consultancy
    • Evian Qiu, Global Operations Associate at CenterBrain Partners
    • Jenny Li, Sourcing Consultant at AsiaSource Company
    • Raymond Liu, International Business Development Specialist at McKee Foods


    Following introductions, the floor was opened to audience questions. The first question kicked off a discussion on developments in intellectual property protection in China. A question on marketing to Chinese consumers in the digital age led to comments from the panel on branding and positioning in China. The panel also covered sourcing and workforce challenges in China, among other topics raised by the audience.

    For more photos from the event, see below.

    Thank you to our event partner Tennessee Small Business Development Center, as well as our event sponsors CenterBrain Partners, PYA, and the City of Chattanooga for helping make this event possible.


    PYA logo   CenterBrain logo   City of Chattanooga logo   TSBDC logo



    photo of China Business Experts Roundtable


    Panelist Jim Ebel of CenterBrain Partners


    Panelist Raymond Liu of McKee Foods


    Roundtable attendees


    Jim Joyner, VP for Corporate Excellence at Card-Monroe Corp asking a question


    Panelist Evian Qiu of CenterBrain Partners


    John Lin, VP of Engineering for Innovate Manufacturing


    Panelist Jenny Li of AsiaSource Company


    Panelist Steven Gu of PYA accounting firm


    Panelist Lei Fang of Jin & Fang law firm, and immediate past President of Georgia China Alliance



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