ACSI and the Research Center for Chinese Politics and Business (RCCPB) at Indiana University co-hosted a luncheon at ACSI’s offices on Sept. 26, 2014. The event featured a presentation by the new RCCPB Practitioner in Residence, Dr. Zhang Xingxiang, in which he addressed American companies’ advantages and challenges in working with Chinese companies. Speaking from his experience at General Electric (China) for the past decade and previous tenure with the State Council’s Legislative Affairs Office, Dr. Zhang provided a unique glimpse of an evolving Chinese market.
ACSI was pleased to host their third annual gala at the JW Marriott on September 16, 2014. Over 275 guests were in attendance representing ACSI member organizations, regional supporters, special guests and volunteers. Chinese Consul General Mr. Zhao Weiping delivered the keynote speech and spoke to the growing Indiana – China relationship. Mr. Tom Xiao, employee of Eli Lilly and a board member at ACSI, received an award for his individual work in the Chinese community in Indiana, Cummins received an award for their corporate work in China and ACSI’s new board members were introduced. The Indianapolis Chinese Community Center, Inc., provided traditional Chinese dance as entertainment for the evening.
Thank you to all of our sponsors, performers, volunteers, silent auction donors and JW Marriott staff! Your support made this event possible.
For more information about RCCPB and their events, contact RCCPB@indiana.edu or visit rccpb.indiana.edu
The America China Society of Indiana (ACSI) hosted its annual Summer Social with the Indy Eleven soccer team on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014. With 43 members in attendance, guests were able to mingle during a networking session before Indy Eleven took on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in front of a sold-out crowd at IUPUI’s Carroll Stadium. Despite the lack of goals in the 0-0 result, everyone had a great time making new friends during the cool, evening weather.
On Friday, May 9th, the America China Society of Indiana hosted a reception for Dr. Bing Xiang, Dean of Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) at the JW Marriott. Known as the “Harvard of China”, CKGSB is China’s only private educational institution and provides executive-level training at its campuses in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. CKGSB’s alumni include more than 2,500 C-Level business leaders whose companies together generated more than $1 trillion USD in 2011.
Reception attendees had an opportunity to network before Dr. Xiang gave a presentation on the growth of China’s economy and globalization trends. The reception was the first event as part of the Dean’s trip to Indiana during which he met with education, government, and business leaders throughout the state.
On March 6th, Global Caravan Technologies (GCT), a luxury RV and specialty vehicle innovator, unveiled its CR-1 Carbon prototype at the Dallara IndyCar Factory in Speedway , across the street from the company’s R&D headquarters.
The CR-1 Carbon becomes the world’s first all-carbon fiber, super-luxury RV for series production, utilizing technologies from multiple industries including motorsports, automotive, IT and aerospace. The prototype offers substantial benefits to consumers including smart control functions, high fuel economy, high strength structures and innovative designs.
“Consumer-driven innovation is at the heart of GCT’s mission,” said Harrison Ding, chairman and president of Global Caravan Technologies. “We built a transformative product through collaborations with world-class partners.”
The company, which boasts partners such as Dallara and Purdue University, employs a veteran team of former IndyCar champions and aerospace technicians to design and build its state-of-the-art products.
“GCT brings transformation to an industry we Hoosiers are already very proud of,” said Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann. “We’re very pleased to support this innovative company as it continues to grow.”
Backed by significant investment from China, GCT plans to market its products internationally with a strong focus on China. As part of the country’s five-year plan, both central and local Chinese governments are aggressively investing in RV tourism infrastructure.
“With the continual growth of China’s middle-class, Indiana exporters are seeing strong opportunities for international trade,” said Colin Renk, executive director of the America China Society of Indiana. “Thanks to the welcoming efforts of our state’s industries and communities, we’re cultivating a China-friendly Indiana for business.”
The Indy Chamber hosted their annual World Trade Day Conference on April 25, 2014 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Indianapolis. The event program featured panel discussions on the new non-stop multimodal Canadian Route which allows Indiana goods quicker access into the Asian market, economic opportunities for U.S companies in Europe, global cities, economic opportunities in emerging markets, and economic opportunities for U.S. companies in Asia/Pacific. Included on these panels and in other presentations were Consuls representing 13 countries. Chinese Consul General, Mr. Zhao Weiping, attended a luncheon with ACSI board members and special guests prior to his panel presentation where the future relationship between the Consul General’s office and ACSI was affirmed.
On April 18, 2014, ACSI hosted its latest installment of the China Business Proficiency Series, “Successful Investment Strategies with China” at Ivy Tech’s Indianapolis campus. An ACSI board member, Chris Douglas shared his experiences from living and working in China and as well as his experiences as an investment advisor in Indiana where he now serves as Managing Director of Red Wing Capital, an investment banking firm established to facilitate foreign direct investment. Harrison Ding, also an ACSI board member, proceeded to discuss trends in the Chinese economy and case studies of successful Chinese investment in Indiana including his own company, Global Caravan Technologies.
The America China Society of Indiana (ACSI), the Purdue University Center for Career Opportunities (CCO), and the Purdue Chinese Students and Scholars Association (PUCCSA) hosted the Mandarin/English-speaking Career Fair for students on March 11th at the Frances Cordova Recreational Center on Purdue’s campus.
The unique event, which featured 24 companies including Sears Holding Company, BKD, Apple, the International Center and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, brought out more than 500 undergraduate and graduate looking for internships and full-time positions in both Indiana and China. Hosted in Indianapolis the previous two years, the event is the state’s only such career fair designed for Chinese students.
“We see education as an important pillar in developing a China-friendly Indiana,” said Colin Renk, executive director of ACSI. “Through our blossoming partnership with Purdue, we’ve been able to add a tremendous amount of value to both students and businesses throughout the state.”
On the evening of March 10th, several employers participated in a networking program designed to help students develop interview and professional interaction techniques. Beginning with a series of instructional seminars, students then intermixed with employers and faculty members to test these techniques.
“We were thrilled with the high-quality of engagement that took place between our students from China and the employers that sought to recruit them,” said Tim Luzader, director of the CCO. “The success of this career fair reflected very positively on the collaborative efforts of Purdue’s career center, alumni association and student organizations with the American China Society of Indiana.”
“What impressed us most about the job fair was the students’ familiarity with both our organization and the ways to market themselves in a professional environment,” said Lei Wang, project manager of the International Center.
The Indianapolis Chinese Community Center Inc. hosted a Chinese New Year celebration on January 28, 2014 at Clay Middle School in Carmel Indiana. The event featured ICCCI’s dragon dance group as well as the Zhejiang Performing Arts Troupe from China performing traditional Chinese dances, songs, acrobatics, and magic. ACSI was pleased to be able to sponsor this event which brought a distinct taste of Chinese culture to Central Indiana.