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    2018 Winter Iowa-China Business Forum  

    Grand View University Student Center
    Prairie Meadow View Plaza Room

    2811 E 14th St, Des Moines, Iowa

    3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Saturday, February 17, 2018



                Chinese Association of Iowa

                Iowa-Business Council

                Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit


                Asian American News Bureau

                Causey & Ye Law P.L.L.C.

                Community CPA

                Presidential Youth Leadership Initiative

                Ten Square International

                US Education Without Borders 

    Admission and Sponsorship

    Forum Attendees:

    Members of Chinese Association of Iowa, Iowa-China Business Council, and Immigrant Entrepreneurs:

    $100/person (including dinner)

    Non-members: $150/person (including dinner)

    Forum Sponsors: 

    Gold level: $3,000 (ten complimentary tickets, company sign demonstration, speaking opportunities)

    Silver level: $2,000 (five complimentary tickets, company sign demonstration.)

    Bronze level: $1,000 (two complimentary tickets, company sign demonstration.)


    Agenda Topics

    • Update on Chinese Domestic Politics and Implications for American Business
    • The Opportunities and Challenges of U.S.-China Relations
    • S. Perspectives on 2018 Business Climate Outlook in China
    • State of Chinese Economy and Reform, and Implications for The Global Economy
    • China’s International Economic Engagement Strategy and U.S. Policy Responses


    Continuation of the business topics from the 15th anniversary celebration of the Iowa-China Business Council and Iowa-China Business Forum with U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, and former U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia and World Food Prize President Ken Quinn. This upcoming February event is to include local, state and regional area business executives, educational and governmental professionals for opportunities to collaborate.


    3:00 – 5:00 pm

    • Presentations
    • Forum Panel


    5:00 – 6:30 pm

    • Reception and Dinner


    6:30 – 8:00 pm

    • Award Ceremony and Entertainment


    Thomas Hanson: Trump and China – Emerging Trends in U.S.-China Relations
    Thomas Hanson is a former U.S. Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State whose diplomatic postings included East Germany, France, Norway, the Soviet Union, Sweden, and the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. He also participated in the opening of new U.S. embassies in Mongolia and Estonia, worked on the Foreign Relations Committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and served as Director for NATO and European Affairs at the Atlantic Council of the United States in Washington, D.C.

    Mr. Hanson currently is Diplomat in Residence at the Alworth Institute for International Affairs at the University of Minnesota – Duluth. He serves as Chair of the Minnesota Committee on Foreign Relations and as Co-Chair of the China-Asia Business Association.

    As a member of the Great Decisions advisory committee of Global Minnesota, Mr. Hanson speaks frequently on international issues and contributes to local and international media. He is a board member of the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights (U.S. Foundation); a member of the U.S. Foreign Policy Working Group of the British International Studies Association (BISA); and a Director at the Institute of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (IEECA).

    Mr. Hanson holds a BA degree from the University of Minnesota and graduate degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University; the Institute of Advanced International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland; and the National School of Administration (ENA) in Paris, France.

    Joseph Cassis: Global Competition – The Need for Business Competition Requiring of Business Acumen, Education, and Understanding Culture to Be Successful.

    Joseph Cassis is the Director of Operations at Ten Square International after serving as the Deputy Director of Iowa Communications Network, the State of Iowa’s own fiber-optic network. He has been the Vice President of Communications for the Iowa Soybean Association, the Director of Marketing for the University of Iowa’s Alumni Services and launching an award-winning marketing and advertising firm as well as an Internet company and an upscale restaurant.

    Before moving to Iowa over 25 years ago, he lived in Chicago attaining extensive experience in Information Technologies system development for several major corporations and organizations including Kraft Foods, University of Chicago Hospitals, Sysco, United Airlines and Beatrice.

    Joseph earned his MBA degrees in Marketing and Management Information Systems from Washington University in St. Louis and a BA degree in Psychology – Experimental Behavioral Science from University of Connecticut. He has attained one patent and written several screenplays, one optioned in Hollywood.


    Contact and R.S.V.P

    Swallow X. Yan, Executive Director

    Chinese Association of Iowa

    Phone: 515-988-0901

    Email: swallowxyan@yahoo.com

    Wechat: yanswallow16


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