Austin Host Committee & Local Partner Institutions

Texas Conference Focusing on Development between Nations through Cooperative Entrepreneurship & Investment

AUSTIN, Texas – Two regional economic engines have agreed to host the 2015 China-U.S. Private Investment
Summit March 30 to April 1 in Austin. The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce have announced their participation as Local Host Partners of the Summit which will welcome Chinese entrepreneurs, project sponsors, investors, policy makers, industry associations, thought leaders, professional service firms, and media from around the U.S. for the most important bilateral program of the year.

For the past 10 years, Texas has been recognized in China as the leading export state of the United States. The state’s Capital is the perfect backdrop for a dynamic, people-to-people program focused on the convergence of culture, policy, and business, said Summit Executive Chair Jay Riskind, a native Texan and owner of an American investment and consulting firm headquartered in Beijing.

Key regional leaders from Austin with business and education ties to China have also signed on as Host Committee members for the Summit, including:

Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes, The Barnes Group and Gemini Global Group government relations management and business development consulting

Kerry Cammack, Austin law firm Cammack & Strong, P.C., expert in regulatory and legal transactions within State of Texas”

Joe Canterbury, of Chaucer Global Consulting and Appconomy, a China-focused mobile commerce company; previously served as vice president for global business development at Starbucks”

Michael Crain, public policy executive of Uber and former chief of staff to U.S. Ambassador to China Clark Randt, Beijing

Frank Krasovec, global investor and owner of Dash Brands, Ltd., operator of Domino’s Pizza in China

Amy Wong Mok, Founder & CEO of the Asian American Cultural Center of Austin

John Scott, managing director of Four Corners Sourcing and chairman of Stubb’s BBQ restaurant and products

Dr. Rusty Todd, journalism professor at University of Texas at Austin, visiting professor at University of Hong Kong; formerly with The Asian Wall Street Journal

Sarah Todd, director of international programs at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School and former teacher of history, sociology and economics at Hong Kong International School

John Willding, partner in corporate and securities practice group of Strasburger & Price, LLP, Dallas

“Entrepreneurs in the U.S. and China are seeking entry into each other’s markets. Investors have capital but require industry intelligence. This Summit brings together both groups to identify market opportunities that better their economic positions,” says Frank Krasovec, Austin resident and owner of Dash Brands, Ltd. with business interests in China. “Our company for example, expanded American retail food brands in China to meet the need for quick, fresh food in urban areas. I fully expect other investors at this conference to go away with ideas for profitable commercialization.””

The Summit will feature more than 30 U.S. investment projects over the course of two and a half days. On day one, high-level panel discussions addressing various conditions for investment will take place in the LBJ Auditorium on the University of Texas campus. On day two investors and entrepreneurs will convene at Circuit of the Americas to exchange project pitches.

Key announcements will be made each week leading up to March 31. Details of the Summit registration, speakers, sponsors and schedule of events can be viewed at


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 AT&T Dallas Cowboys Stadium was a groundbreaking event that opened up local Chinese investor clubs to over 100 U.S. projects with coverage in The Wall Street Journal, CCTV (China), Fox & Friends, and over 25 other local, national, and international media outlets.

Media representatives are invited to visit the China-U.S. Private Investment Summit Media Center at or inquire about the Summit via