China US Business Association

Global Trade Summit and Forecast

Global Trade Summit and Forecast

Global Trade Summit

Editor’s Note: Mr. Ben Lai, President of the China US Business Association was a featured panelist at the Global Trade Summit and Forecast.  The information below appeared in the California State University at Fullerton (CSUF) website – 


The video shows the footage taken at the event.  Mr. Ben Lai’s address to the audience is recorded starting at 00:41:20 (41 minutes and 20 seconds) and ends at 01:01:29 (1 hour 1 minute and 29 seconds).


Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics and the Orange County/Inland Empire Small Business Development Center are hosting a Global Trade Summit — a forum for business owners, buyers and service providers to meet and further global business transactions, particularly with China. The free, public event incorporates networking, panel discussions, sessions with Chinese foreign buyers and the Southland’s only International Trade Forecast.

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort
1855 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, 92802

Panelists for a 9:15 a.m. discussion on “Growth Opportunities in China” are: Richard Swanson, Western Region director, International Trade Administration and a CSUF alumnus (B.A. ’89 international business); Ben Lai, CEO, China US Connection Inc. and president, Greater Asia Business Federation; and Randal Long, consultant, Rancho Santiago Community College District Center for International Trade Development.

Panelists for a 10:30 a.m. discussion on “Tips for Success in the China Market” are: Jeff Williamson, statewide director, California Centers for International Trade Development and CSUF alumnus (MBA ’83); Robert M. Taylor, president, REMM International and CSUF alumnus (B.A. business administration ’67, MBA ’73); Christopher E. Meyer, principal, AsiaGlobal; and Gregory T. Smedley, CEO and president of the Irvine-based One-Cycle Control Inc.

Economists Mira Farka and Adrian R. Fleissig of the CSUF Mihaylo College of Business and Economics Institute for Economic and Environmental Studies will present the institute’s International Trade Forecast during the 11:55 a.m.-1:30 p.m. luncheon.

Mira Farka is an associate professor of economics and associate director of the university’s Institute for Economic and Environmental Studies. She has worked on Wall Street as a research consultant and as an economist with Deutsche Bank in New York, where she was responsible for designing economic and statistical models to forecast currency rates, stock returns and macroeconomic indicators.

Adrian R. Fleissig is a professor of economics and a research associate for the Institute for Economic and Environmental Studies. He has served as a member of the advisory board of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and has studied the impact its policies have on consumer behavior. He created a quarterly Southern California Leading Economic Indicator that is designed to pinpoint short-term trends in the regional economy.

California Centers for International Trade Development, California State Trade and Export Promotion Project, Orange County Business Council, Rancho Santiago Community College District and U.S. Small Business Administration.


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