Ambassador Michael W. Michalak will be the keynote speaker at our Doing Business with Asia-Pacific Countries International Business Breakfast Program.
Michalak, a career Foreign Service Officer with extensive knowledge and experience in Asia, was sworn in as the United States Ambassador to Vietnam on August 10, 2007 and served in that position until February 2011. Prior to his position in Vietnam, Ambassador Michalak served as the U.S. Senior Official to APEC, Bureau of East Asia Pacific Affairs.
During his more than 30 years of service with the U.S. Department of State, Ambassador Michalak worked in Tokyo, Japan; Sydney, Australia; Islamabad, Pakistan; Beijing, China; as well as Washington, D.C., where he was assigned to the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, the Office for Japan and the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs. He received a group award for valor for his actions in time of crisis when the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad was burned down.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, he received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Physics from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, and Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., respectively. He received a second Master's degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He speaks Chinese and Japanese.
The ambassador will be joined on the program by a panel of business leaders who are well versed in the requirements for doing business in the Asia-Pacific Markets. Panelists include George Lee III, of Red Devil Inc, Mark Zwolak, formerly of CIBA Vision in Atlanta, and Dr. Hoang Thinh Nhan, Petrovietnam University.
George Lee III: VP Red Devil Inc
George Lee has developed and managed sales, service and parts distribution relationships in Asia, as well as Europe, Africa, South and Central America. He moved to Tulsa from New Jersey in 2008 after Red Devil Manufacturing closed and relocated its corporate office to Tulsa. The company maintains a production facility in Pryor for tools and chemical products that have borne the Red Devil name since the early 1900s. In New Jersey, Lee served as President and Chairman of World Trade Association of NJ, Board Member of NJ World Trade Council, and was appointed to the NJ-NY District Export Council by the late Secretary of Commerce, Ron Brown. He has traveled extensively to more than 35 countries on six continents in pursuit of Red Devil business. The company is still a family-owned business and manufactures a broad line of hand tools and chemical products for professional and home improvement.
Dr. Hoang Thinh Nhan: Petrovietnam University
Dr. Hoang Thinh Nhan is head of the Petroleum Engineering Department at Petrovietnam University (PVU,) a state university newly established in 2010 under Vietnam Oil and Gas Group. Currently, he is a research scholar at The University of Tulsa learning teaching skills, training and research development methods in the petroleum industry. He worked previously as a senior Development and Production Engineer at Petrovietnam Exploration and Production Corporation (PVEP), the largest corporation in Vietnam and a subsidiary of PVN (2007-2009). He has a PhD in petroleum engineering from the Ufa State Petroleum Technological University in Vietnam.
Mark Zwolak, formerly of CIBA Vision
Mark Zwolak headed the CIBA Vision Financial Planning and Analysis for Emerging Growth markets in Asia Pacific, including Singapore. CIBA Vision, now a Novartis Company, sells vision care products. The company was founded in the1980s in Atlanta and in 2009 sold more than 1.9 billion contact lenses. As Finance Director for the emerging Asian and African markets, Zwolak worked on joint venture, merger and acquisition analysis for the region and a sales and marketing operation that represented for than $135 million per annum sales in 43 countries. Currently, he is the Finance Director / Controller for Sales Channels for Hilti North America.
All “Doing Business With” International Breakfast Programs are sponsored by
Collins College of Business International Business Institute and
TU Center for Executive and Professional Development
in partnership with Tulsa Global Alliance.