Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Great Decisions - China Looks at the World: The World Looks at China

Great Decisions - China Looks at the World: The World Looks at China
World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

Stephen H. Greer, International Entrepreneur and Business Owner

April 15, 2010

Registration: 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Program: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

The Rivers Club, 301 Grant Street, One Oxford Centre,
Downtown Pittsburgh

* Council Members - $25.00

* Great Decisions Series Member - Free

* Non-members - $40.00

CLICK HERE to register

Doing business in one of the fastest growing economic markets in the world is not without its challenges. As China emerges from the global financial crisis, various U.S. companies and entrepreneurs are looking to grow or expand their presence in the region. However, navigating through the challenges and opportunities of doing business in China can be a daunting task. Join us as we hear from someone who has keen insight into how things work on the ground in China, and how American companies can experience success in Asia.

Pittsburgh native Stephen H. Greer is an international entrepreneur and business owner who has enjoyed a successful career in Asia. He has served as president of Hartwell Pacific, a scrap metal company he founded in Hong Kong in 1993. At age twenty-four, he was drawn to Asia in search of business opportunities. After a few stumbles in learning the ropes in international business, Mr. Greer began to realize a growing demand for scrap metal was paralleling the rapid economic growth in Asia.

He soon discovered his market niche in the scrap metal recycling business and quickly established himself in the Asian region, headquartered in Hong Kong. He sold the company and fully exited in 2008 and has recently released a book, "Starting from Scrap: An Entrepreneurial Success Story," where he describes the triumphs and setbacks of his own career and doing business in Asia.

He holds a degree in Economics from The Pennsylvania State University and is currently a Senior Advisor for Oaktree Capital, a large distressed debt and private equity firm. He remains based in Hong Kong.

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