“Made in North America with DCBA” seminar was held on March 15th


The Detroit Chinese Business Association, in cooperation with NAI Farbman, hosted the “Made in North America with DCBA” seminar on March 15 at the Sheffield Office Park in Troy.

Mexico was the featured country in this first in the DCBA International Series of seminars to be held to promote international trade partnership opportunities and educate attendees on cross border challenges and global commerce best practices.

Brian Gao kicked off the seminar by introducing Mexico Consul General Fernando González Saiffe, whose welcoming remarks were followed by Xin (Joe) Zhang, VP of Hofusan Industrial Park. His presentation “HOFUSAN-The Ideal Investment Platform for the North American Market” gave background on this joint venture between Holley Group, Futong Group and the Santos Family of Mexico. Located 15 kilometers north of Monterrey, Mexico, Hofusan Industrial Park features residential, commercial, entertainment, sports, medical, and logistics facilities.

Al Chu, Senior Manager of Asia Pacific Projects with Farbman Group (Nai Mexico) next spoke of Mexico positioning and competition in the new (ratified) United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). He also discussed how the agreement relates to Chinese investment in Mexico as well as strategies for Chinese companies to plan and select sites.

Ge Yu, Director of Corporate Communications with China Telecom Americas then gave a presentation titled “Will the USMCA Diminish the Global Competitiveness of Chinese Businesses: Strategic Impacts on Automotive, Technology and Telecommunications Industries.”

Jeff Jorge, Principal/Firm Leader with the accounting and advisory firm Baker Tilly’s international services department, and also serves as a Board Member with the US Mexico Chamber of Commerce. He provided a brief overview of global enterprise and cross-border taxation issues affecting the manufacturing sector.

Michael Murphy, Vice President of Corrigan Air & Sea Cargo then touched on his company’s best practices in Mexico and cross-border logistics management.

Lei Jin, Senior Vice President of Global Delivery at HAND Enterprise USA, whose company specializes in providing manufacturing ERP solutions shared their long-term development plans.

Jessica Xie, Vice President, Hylant Group’s presentation “Transfer Your Risks in Mexico Through Insurance” introduced aspects of cross-border risk management and business operations.

William Trapani is General Manager, North America Business Center with Minghua USA. A manufacturer of automotive bumpers and accessories, William’s presentation covered the advantages of establishing a North American presence.

The seminar wrapped up with Mexican food, drinks, and a networking session.