U.S.-Taiwan Business Club 2014 Spring Networking Event

March 26, 2014

TECO’s Investment and Trade Office successfully held its much anticipated first US-Taiwan Business Networking event in 2014 after the long, cold winter in New York. The event was a series of "firsts"--this was also the first time Ambassador Paul Wen Liang Chang, the new director general of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York (TECO New York), had attended the event since succeeding Ambassador Andrew Kao this January. In his welcome remarks, he briefed participants on important issues that the Taiwanese government is undertaking, and promised that he plans to build on the foundation laid down by his Ambassador Kao and further enhance the bilateral relations between Taiwan and the Tri-state and Pennsylvania area in all aspects.

The event was honored to have Ms. Claire McLeveighn from Empire State Development, the State of New York’s chief economic development agency, as keynote speaker for the event. As the Vice President of its Trade and Investment International Division, Ms. McLeveighn focused her talk on what the state government is helping start ups to set foot in New York, and how her agency is doing to spur trade and investment between New York and the rest of the world--including Taiwan. Ms. McLeveighn had assumed this position only two months ago in early 2014, but has a wealth of experience in the field of international relations and business development, including managing international engagements for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and working on international and external affairs for the City of Atlanta.

For the widely acclaimed “Knowing Your Fellow Executives” series, this time we invited two outstanding Taiwanese business executives that had wide global experiences to share their stories in different industries. The first speaker was Mr. Mike Ling, Vice President of Energy Solutions at Delta Products Corp., a global company focusing on power and thermal management R&D. The second speaker, Mr. Johnny Lu, is President of Lucroal and Lupearl Group Ltd. Founded in 1963, Lucoral and Lupearl is the largest supplier of coral and pearl products in Taiwan, and today has more than 30 sales offices and over 1,000 employees across the globe.

The spring networking event had a great turnout with close to a hundred participants, and was quite the occasion for business contacts to meet up. Though the networking reception lasted only until 9 PM, the crowd seemed quite reluctant to leave the great conversations it had started.

About the U.S. Taiwan Business Club

  • The first U.S.-Taiwan Business Clun was established March 28, 2012 in New York City
  • The Business Club was established to further enhance the bilateral business relations between Taiwan and the United States, and to provide a high-quality networking platform for business people involved or interested in expanding bilateral commerce.
  • There are now several business clubs across the United States, including New York, Boston

About the Taiwan-U.S. Innovation Workshop

  • Established December 10, 2014 in New York City
  • Targets innovative industries and brings together thought leaders to share and discuss experiences in the industries

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