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2011 AmCham South China Board of Governors Qualified Nominees

2011 AmCham South China Board of Governors Qualified Nominees

 

Dear Members,

The nominating period is officially over on Nov 12th. Please see below for bios and CVs of all qualified nominees for board positions and familiarize yourself with the candidates. The voting period will begin this Friday.

Thanks and best regards,

David Buxbaum
Chair, Nominating Committee

AmCham South China

 

 

Officers
President - Harley Seyedin
(Sithe Global Pacific)
Prior AmCham Service: Served as Governor
2001 - 2002 and as President 2003 - Present
Vice President - Steven Cheng
(Amway (China) Co., Ltd.)

Prior AmCham Service: Served as Governor
2003 - 2005 and as Vice President 2006-Present

 

 

   
Secretary - Thomas A. Podgurski
(Royal Service Air-Conditioning)

Prior AmCham Service: Served as Governor 2002 -2003 and as Secretary 2004 - Present
Treasurer - Tim Wen
(Allway Co., Inc)

Prior AmCham Service: Served as Treasurer 2001 - Present

 

 

       

GOVERNORS
(listed in alphabetical order without preference)

 Simon Foo
(Chartis Insurance Company China Limited Guangdong Branch)
Prior AmCham Service: Chair of Membership Committee 2003- 2005 Served as Governor 2006-Present

David Hon
(Dahon Technologies)
Prior AmCham Service: Served as Governor 2003 - Present

Frederick W. Hong
(Frederick W. Hong Law Offices)

Prior AmCham Service: Served as President 1996&1997, and Served as Governor 2007 - Present

 

 

 

 

 

 Lilly Li
(KPMG Advisory (China) Limited, Guangzhou)
Prior AmCham Service: Served as Governor 2009 - Present

Joe Zhou
(American Appraisal)
Prior AmCham Service: Co-chair of IPR Committee 2002-2003 and Served as Governor 2004 -Present

 

 

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

For President:

Harley Seyedin - Sithe Global Pacific______________ ______ Back to Top
Prior AmCham Service: Served as Governor 2001 - 2002 and President 2003 - Present

Harley Seyedin President of Sithe Global Pacific (Sithe Global US is one of the worlds largest energy and power groups with over US$15 billion in new projects in operation or development worldwide), President of American Chamber of Commerce in South China and Vice Chairman of Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce. Under his direction since 1991, his company achieved firsts in many areas in China, including: The first majority western owned power plant; the first western invested toll road; and, the first fully US accredited Catholic university campus in China. In 1991 President George Bush recognized Mr. Seyedin for his assistance related to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). He was nominated by three governors of the State of Maryland (and appointed by the unanimous vote of the Maryland Senate each time) to four terms of office to the Board of Trustees of Montgomery College. He served as Chairman of Montgomery College and State Chairman of the Maryland Association of Community College Trustees, representing all seventeen colleges in the State.  He served on the Board of Directors of the Kennedy Institute, by appointment of Cardinal James A. Hickey.  He was a recipient of an award in business from the US Department of Commerce.  He received recognition from the US Senate Sergeant At Arms for his service to US Senate Deliberations. He served two terms on the Maryland Advisory Board of the US Commission on Civil Rights.

 

 

For Vice President:

Steven Cheng - Amway (China) Co., Ltd. ______________________ _______ ____Back to Top
Prior AmCham Service: Served as Governor 2003 - 2005 and as Vice President 2006-Present

I have been serving as Vice President of AmCham in South China since 2006, before that as Governor from 2003, and have always been an active member in supporting a wide array of events organized by AmCham in South China.  I strongly believe that AmCham can play a very positive role in promoting trade, commerce and investment between the US and China, particularly in South China.

Currently, I am the Vice President of Finance of Amway Greater China. I have been working and living in Guangzhou for 13 years to have profound sentiment towards the city.  As one of the largest direct selling companies with sales over US$8.7 billion, Amway has been a strong promoter of Sino-US trade relationship. Both its Chairman and President have tested in front of the Congress to support PNTR and China’s entry to WTO.

Amway China, one of the Top 500 largest MNCs in China, has been a devoted member of AmCham in the past years, who has actively sponsored and taken part in meetings, seminars and other programs organized by AmCham in South China.  This is also in line with our company’s drive to promote Sino-US bilateral relationship and free trade between the two countries.  As an AmCham member, we pride ourselves in not only fast and sustainable development but good corporate citizenship.  To date, we have 57,000 Amway volunteers participating in 6,000 philanthropic activities, contributing over 1,000,000 volunteer hours.  Our footprints of love and social accountability can be found from Michigan in the US all the way to the Great Wall in China.

It is an honor for me to be on the Board of Governors from 2003 to 2005 and serve as the Vice President from 2006 to 2010.  With my background in Finance and my experience of doing business in China, particularly my passion to provide opinions and services to all the member companies, I sincerely seek your vote for re-election as Vice President in 2011 to continue working on our common interest.

 

 

For Secretary:

Thomas A. Podgurski - Royal Service ___________________________Back to Top
Prior AmCham Service: Served as Governor 2002 - 2003 and as Secretary 2004 - Present

Royal Service Air-Conditioning a wholly owned USA based company. Royal Service group has been established in China since 1995 expanding its operation to Shanghai, Xaimen, and Beijing and now Asia Pacific. Royal will continue to promote energy efficient Air Conditioning building design as it continues positive business growth.Tom is a group director; he also is a systems operation director for China. Royal group includes Royal industries and services Asia Pacific and the USA markets. Tom has served on the Board of Directors since 2002 and as an officer of the board serving as Secretary since 2004. 

Royal group promotes American engineering throughout Asia Pacific. He has enjoyed working with the American chamber of commerce servicing not only large businesses but small business groups. With businesses challengingly the market places with new plans we at the board will promote our companies to help enterprise a positive results.

I like to thank the members for their participations in our programs in the past year. I have has the good fortune to host some of the programs and have talked with many members. I would like to continue with your support in 2011.

 

 

For Treasurer:

Tim Wen - Allway __ __________________________________________Back to Top
Prior AmCham Service: Served as Treasurer 2001 - Present

Tim Wen is Vice President and China Senior Representative of Allway Co, from Seattle, Washington. Prior to this position, he had acted as China Trade Representative for City of Tacoma. He has worked for the small-and-medium-sized enterprises in the industries of banking, IT, F & B, and PS as well as boards of several non-profit organizations in the US.  He has been the Director of China Chamber of International Commerce, Guangzhou and the Counselor of Bureau of Foreign Trade Economic Cooperation(DOFTEC), Fuzhou. He has been very active in the communities both in US and China. 

It is a great pleasure for him to be a member of AmCham in South China for 15 years and served AmCham as Treasurer for years. He is yearning to continue his service for fellow members of AmCham in the coming year, as it is the best organization for individuals and enterprises to rely on when doing business in China.

 

 

 

GOVERNORS

(listed in alphabetical order without preference)

For Governor:

Simon Foo - Chartis Insurance Company China Limited Guangdong Branch _____Back to Top
Prior AmCham Service: Chair of Membership Committee 2003- 2005 Served as Governor 2006-Present

Simon Foo, graduate of University of Dalhousie, Canada, has been in insurance business for over 20 years and is currently General Manager of Chartis Insurance Company China Limited Guangdong Branch (Part of AIG) being responsible for Guangdong (Excl SZ) operation. Simon is a fellow of Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance. Prior to his relocation to China in 2003 as General Manager of AIU Insurance Company Shenzhen Branch, he worked in various AIU offices in the region including Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. He is now also Vice President of Guangdong Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment, and Executive Director of Guangdong Insurance Association, as well as Governor of The American Chamber of Commerce in South China.  His social and networking skills have enabled him to establish a cordial relationship with varied resources.

Shenzhen is the first city in China I started my career in this promise land prior to my allocation to Guangdong Branch in 2005. During my 15 years of overseas posting I realized the importance of a trade association for an enterprise or individual alike regardless of the size of the company and the position of that person. Association or chamber is a vital unprofitable organization for all traders particularly the foreign businessmen to meet, discuss, share and socialize. In order to build a platform for members to interact, its solid foundation is a prerequisite.

During my first few months in Shenzhen in 2003, I am lucky to be nominated as the Membership Chair by Amcham President, Mr. Harley Seyedin, based in Shenzhen to recruit member and represent the “chapter “in Shenzhen. At the same time to provide the necessary services to the members.  Since 2005, subsequent to my transferred to AIU Guangzhou Branch (now called Chartis Insurance Company China Limited Guangdong Branch), I has been elected to the Board. Your kind support and trust has enabled me to work with other governors members to deliver our services to the Chamber.

As a service provider in the business world, providing excellent services is part of our life. I hope to continue to extend that role in Amcham if I am elected as a Governor again in 2011 Office. Given my experience and enthusiasm I believe I can continue to contribute to the Board of Amcham and the most important of all, to the members. I wish to continue receiving your support to enable me to render my services to you and the Chamber in 2011.

Thanking in advance for your support and best wishes to you and your family.

 

 

 For Governor:

David Hon - Dahon Technologies______ _________________________Back to Top
Prior AmCham Service: Served as Governor 2003 - Present

The Dahon Group, including four companies in the U.S., Taiwan, China and Macao, is world renowned for being a pioneer in high-tech bicycle products. The Group has been awarded many prestigious international awards, including the “National Invention Achievement Award” of Taiwan, and has been mentioned in the “Guinness Book of World Records”. Before forming the Dahon Group, Dr. Hon was an assistant professor of physics at Cal Poly and USC, and Sr. Physicist and Management at Hughes Aircraft Labs, Malibu, CA. After finishing high school in H.K., he received his B.A. in Physics from U.C., Berkeley, and PH. D .in Physics from U. of Southern California. Dr. Hon holds over 100 patents.

 

 

 

For Governor:

Frederick W. Hong - Frederick W. Hong Law Offices________________Back to Top
Prior AmCham Service: Served as President 1996&1997, and Served as Governor 2007 - Present

I have been a long time member of Amcham South China. I served on the Board of Governor last year and previously I served as the President of the Chamber in 1996 and 1997. I have lived and worked as an American attorney in Guangzhou since 1993 when my law firm, the Law Offices of Frederick W. Hong, headquartered in Los Angeles, California, received the approval from China’s Ministry of Justice to open a representative office in South China, serving the legal needs of foreign invested enterprises doing business in China as well as PRC enterprises transacting business in the U.S. In 2003, my firm opened another representative office in Beijing. I would like to continue to serve on the Board of AmCham to make it the best and most effective organization in South China for our member companies.

 

 

For Governor:

Lilly Li - KPMG Advisory (China) Limited, Guangzhou ______ ___ __Back to Top
Prior AmCham Service: Served as Governor 2009 - Present

Lilly is specialized in business and tax advisory services on corporate restructuring, cross border transfer pricing, tax efficient deal structure of mergers and acquisitions, non-performing loans and IPO projects.  She has been providing services to MNCs as well as PRC domestic enterprises in consumer products, energy & power industry, automobile industry, electric and electronics industry. 


Prior to join KPMG, Lilly had work experience with the China Tax Bureau and Australia Tax Office in the areas of international tax administration, tax audit and transfer pricing.

 

 

 

For Governor:

Joe Zhou - American Appraisal _________________ ______________Back to Top
Prior AmCham Service: Co-chair of IPR Committee 2002-2003 and Served as Governor 2004 -Present

Joe Zhou is the Chief Representative of American Appraisal in South China. American Appraisal is a founder of the appraisal profession in the United States in 1896 - the forerunner in the valuation profession. Today American Appraisal is the largest independent valuation consulting firm in the world, with global execution and compliance capabilities and an international presence. American Appraisal operates out of over 58 offices in 28 countries.

Joe handles liaison with multinational & domestic clients for valuation service and is responsible for financial consulting services and business development in relation to multinational corporation inbound investment and Chinese enterprises’ foreign listings and acquisitions. Joe has successfully served many multinational companies and domestic companies in dealing with valuation and consulting services for the purposes of merger & acquisition, stock listing, due diligence, financial reporting and joint venture etc.        

Joe holds a master degree of business administration of Southern Cross University, Australia. He is a member of National Institute of Accountants Australia and a fellow of The Institute of Financial Accountants as well as an International Registered Financial Planner. Joe has substantial work experience in different industries, and is especially familiar with the market in Pearl River Delta. Joe served as the Co-Chairman of IPR Committee of American Chamber of Commerce in South China and has been the Governor of American Chamber of Commerce in South China since 2003. Joe is also an advisor of China Enterprises Economic Research Study Centre (CEERSC) in HK.

 

 

 


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