Summit Speakers Announced

Panels explore issues surrounding growth of China-U.S. business relationships while insider briefings give exclusive insights on market trends

AUSTIN, Texas – The 2015 China-U.S. Private Investment Summit, scheduled March 30 – April 1, 2015in Austin, seeks to deepen bilateral private investment and capital formation between the world’s two largest economies.

At the Summit, leading trade associations and companies from the U.S. and China will present case studies and models for successful combinations of capital between the two countries. Opportunities for joint venture partnerships and vertical integration will be presented in key industry sectors, such as agriculture, consumer products, energy, healthcare, lifestyle, entertainment and education.
Summit Executive Chair Jay Riskind, said “There is significant opportunity to channel capital flows from China into mutually beneficial opportunities. China urbanization has created over 300 cities with more than 2 million people. These populations are seeking development consistent with the American quality of life in areas like healthcare, education, food/beverage, energy, and entertainment. Develop in China has created opportunities for quick service restaurants, hotel brands, elderly care operators, medical device innovators, and a range of companies in the U.S.

“This Summit aims to assist Chinese partners and entrepreneurs explore opportunities to participate directly as investors in Texas and the U.S., as well as develop partnerships and joint ventures to return to China,” Riskind added.”

Summit Speakers Announced

Summit organizers are pleased to announce conference speakers with broad Asia economic experience ranging from government, diplomacy and international relations, to finance, investment and business interests in the United States and China. Speakers and presenters on March 31 at The Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library Auditorium include:

Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Austin’s newly elected mayor is a real estate and land use attorney”

Representative Angie Chen Button, (R-Richardson) is serving her fourth term at the Texas House of Representatives where she chairs the Committee on Economic and Small Business Development

Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos, the senior state official responsible for international relations as well as economic development programs

David Cibrian, Managing Director with Brevet Capital, a New York firm specializing in debt structuring, capital formation and special situations

The Honorable Robert Cresanti, Executive Vice President of government relations and public policy at the International Franchise Association; formally Undersecretary of Commerce

The Honorable Jorge Guajardo, former Mexican Ambassador to China and Mexican Consul General in Austin, currently a Senior Director at McLarty Associates, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Bernard Harris Jr., former NASA Scientist & CEO of telemedicine technology accelerator Vesalius Ventures

Aziz Hashim, Chairman of the International Franchise Association & CEO of NRD Holdings

Yvonne Li, Founder and Chairperson and CEO of International China Ageing Industry Association

Mark Lindsay, Principal with The Livingston Group; former Assistant to President Clinton for Office of Management & Administration

Ned Lyerly, President, International of CKE Restaurants (Carls Jr/Hardees)

Khalid Malik, former Director of the Human Development Report to the United Nations Development Programme; previously served as Senior U.N. Representative in China

Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS

Adm. Bill Owens, (U.S.N., Ret.), CEO of Nortel, and former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, former commander of the Sixth Fleet and other senior leadership posts in the U.S. Navy

Mark Parmerlee, Chairman & CEO of Golden Chick Corporation

The Honorable Clark T. Randt, long-serving U.S. Ambassador to China and currently President of Randt & Co. Consulting

The Honorable Ann Veneman, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and past Executive Director of UNICEF

Tao Xu, Partner at global law firm DLA Piper specializing in international franchising, licensing and distribution transactions

Program Highlights

Day one (March 31) at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library will include a leadership breakfast, VIP luncheon, panel discussions with global leaders, and closed-door Insider Briefings featuring subject matter experts and leading practitioners within the China-U.S. private investor community. The evening dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel features remarks by former President Bill Clinton.

The Summit’s main stage panels are titled:
1.  Two Countries, One Goal Development”
2.  What are Chinese Investors Looking For in the US?
3.  The American Dream vs. The China Dream
4.  Sectors for Collaboration

On day two of the Summit (April 1), held at the Circuit of The Americas Formula One Track, U.S. investor groups and deal sponsors along with Chinese delegates will address three strategic market areas: international franchising and licensing, investment immigration, and joint venture partnerships. In addition to natural growth in markets, investment immigration through the U.S. government’s EB-5 investment program has brought thousands of entrepreneurs, hundreds of thousands of new jobs, and over  $5 billion in new capital to the U.S. Opportunities to utilize this active investment vehicle will be fully explored on day two.

The investment program format also includes project pitch sessions whereby investor groups present to Chinese business owners; social interactions between investors and Chinese delegates; a “Deal Maker” lunch; and a closing dinner and country music hosted at Stubb’s BBQ in downtown Austin.
About the China-U.S. Private Investment Summit

The 2015 China-U.S. Private Investment Summit, a legacy program of the China-U.S. Investment Week (2012 and 2013), brings together 50 Chinese Investor Delegates with over 200 U.S. project sponsors, policymakers, entrepreneurs, trade associations, economic development groups, and professional service firms. The Summit’s focus on supporting the public interest through cross-cultural private investment deepens understanding on the human motivations, market trends, deal models and structures, and key areas for growth in the coming year. The 2012 program at Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium was a groundbreaking event that opened up local Chinese investor clubs to over 100 U.S. projects.

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