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 Featured Program June 22

Join us for breakfast on Wednesday, June 22nd for a Roundtable Discussion about mitigating operational, legal, & regulatory risks when closing or downsizing plants in China.

Roundtable Leaders:

  • Jay Hoenig, Former Chief Operating Officer for Hill & Associates China, Vice President & General Manager for Bechtel Industrial and Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai
  • Mark Plum, Former President of Briggs & Stratton Asia (NYSE: BGG)
  • Joe Dehner, Chair, Frost Brown Todd International Services Group

This seminar will take place on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016, from 8:45am – 10:00 am at Frost Brown Todd located at 301 East 4th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.

*A light breakfast and coffee/tea will be provided. Registration Fees: $10 for members, $20 for non-members.

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Chinese Chamber Member Profile
The Kroger Co.

Kroger and the Asian consumers
Kroger’s overall vision is to make our stores a shopping destination for shoppers of all cultures and a source of inspiration for experiencing the world.  Our mission is to provide our Asian customers an uplifting shopping experience by offering relevant assortment, noticeable value and connecting with them in meaningful ways.

We aim to win in the marketplace through:

  1. Authenticity: We continue to bring the best authentic products that are available to us from Asia.
  2. Integration: We will continue to integrate international products with mainstream products. International food is not just meant for International customers anymore. By integrating the international categories, we are appealing and increasing the visibility to households.
  3. Noticeable Value: Due to our growth in Asian food, we are now buying direct from some key Asian manufacturers, thus improving our cost and price for our customers.
  4. Expanded Promotions: We are now offering yellow tags and promotions to our customers with Asian foods. Furthermore, we are planning to actually promote an Asian product in our National ad for the first time during the third quarter of 2016.

Our dry and frozen Asian commodities have grown significantly over the last five years. The Dry Asian commodity was selected as one of the top priority commodities for the Grocery department in 2016 so we expect to continue winning in this segment. 

Franklin Lim, Global Sourcing Manager, The Kroger Co.

Franklin Lim is the Global Sourcing Manager for the The Kroger Co. and a Board Member of the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce. During his 12 years at Kroger, he has been in different roles ranging from Capital Equipment sourcing, Logistics Manager, and Corporate Strategic Sourcing Manager. Franklin has driven significant growth for Kroger through contract negotiations across multiple categories. He has more than 20 years of Sourcing and Operational Experience at small growing companies as well as in Fortune 500 firms.

Franklin holds an MBA degree from Xavier University. He spends his leisure time traveling, exploring local culture, and creating memories through family adventures. Among his favorites are: hiking the Machu Picchu ruins, exploring the jungles of Amazon, and the piranha experience (swimming with, fishing, and eating piranhas). Franklin can converse in 5 languages (fluent in English, Filipino and Fujian/ Taiwanese).

Franklin is the Founder and Co-Chair for the Asian Associate Resource Group. The Asian Associate Resource Group was formed to help in the recruitment, retention, and development of Asian associates at Kroger. It is a great way to network and meet like minded individuals where we can help educate and celebrate the Asian culture within the company. The group is currently composed of more than 160 associates from multiple functions such as Sourcing, Consumer Research, Food Technology, IT, Operations,Finance, HR, etc. 

Recently Franklin Lim was elected Vice-Chair of the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce, effective July 2016. We take this opportunity to thank Kroger and Franklin for your continued support of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and our members.

China: A Focus on Risk Reduction
and Shadow Lending

June 14th, 2016 | 7:45am – 11:00am
Rike Hall, Wright State University

While there are excellent opportunities in the China market for Ohio business, it is important to know that with each opportunity there are corresponding risks.

Global companies are attracted to China‘s investment and business opportunities. However, doing business there also means managing the complexities of China‘s historical, political & cultural environments. Despite the challenges, there is an increase in number of US companies that are creating collaborative entities with Chinesestakeholders and finding success.

This program begins with a Live Webinar from China presented by Lehman Brown China, followed by a presentation on Shadow lending and the inherent risk within the financial system, risk indicators and possible solutions.

This program is sponsored by the Ohio SBDC Export Assistance Network at Wright State University, Raj Soin College of Business.
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Russell Brown, OBE and Founding Partner Lehman Brown
Kimberly Kirkendall, CPA, President of Int’l Resources Development, Inc.

Program Information
Date:  June 14, 2016
Time: 7:45 am – 11:00 am
Cost:  $65
Place: Export Assistance Center Ohio SBDC at Wright State University, Raj Soin College of Business, Rike Hall (3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Fairborn, OH 45324)

Program Schedule
7:45 am    Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 am    LIVE Webinar begins
9:00 am    Webinar ends and break
9:15 am    Live Presentations
11:00 am  Q&A

Joint Event with APABA-SO

Super Recycle Drop Off this Saturday
City of Cincinnati

Nominate A Leader For 
The Ohio Asian Awards Today!

The Asian American Commerce Group (AACG) is proud to honor ten individuals who have made significant contributions to the community at large. 

The Ohio Asian Awards allows the Asian American Commerce Group of Columbus to recognize and celebrate outstanding local business, community, and elected leaders for their contribution to the vitality and success of the Asian American Community in Ohio.

Click Here for Nomination Form

Award Categories
Business Leader | Community Leader | Educational Leader
Government Leader | Healthcare Leader | Philanthropist Leader | Professional Services Leader | Restaurant/Hospitality Leader | Supplier Diversity Leader | Technology Leader

All nominations must be submitted online by June 15, 2016. 
Learn more about the Ohio Asian Awards at

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