On Thursday, July 16, from noon to 1:30 pm, at the Multnomah Athletic Club, the Northwest China Council Business Network will be hosting a panel discussion about doing business in Taiwan. Speakers will include American ex-pats with many years experience there who have recently relocated from Taiwan, and local experts.  Topics covered will include legal systems, logistics, banking and finance, and regulations. The presentations will be accompanied by lunch.


CHARLIE NEWMAN spent 30 years in Taiwan working in key positions in international banking – Bank of Boston, ING, Chase Manhattan Bank and American Express – as well as trade finance and protection services at UPS Capital.  He retired in 2013 as Managing Director of UPS Capital Asia. He has a degree in languages from the University of Vermont and completed graduate studies in Chinese in both the US and Taiwan. He has worked extensively in Hong Kong, China, as well as his home base in Taiwan.

MICHAEL SELIN has a long history with manufacturing both in Taiwan and the Mainland. He got his undergraduate education in Taiwan. His early experience includes starting a business translation company, and quality control work for US sports brands manufacturing in Taiwan. He has worked extensively with Taiwan companies manufacturing in China, including many “cut & sew’ type operations. He is owner of a company which makes canvas bags, packs and luggage in Mainland factories. He wil speak to his experiences manufacturing in both places and how the relationships between Taiwan and Mainland businesses works.

DAN TATTERSFIELD has lived, worked and studied Chinese in Taiwan for 25 years.  His most recent career was as general manager of an expat relocations company.  Before that Dan ran an educational consulting firm and English language training services company for more than 15 years.

BOB WISE is Senior Project Manager with Cogan Owens Cogan, LLC and Director of Team Oregon, LLC.  His professional projects include:  Sustainable Development Action Plan for the Taiwan Council for Economic Planning and Development;  Vision leadership with SOM Asia for the Smart Eco-City Master Plan for Langfang, China (with Janine Benyus), and an urban development plan for the Hangzhou segment of the Grand Canal;  Eco-City Vision for the City of Taipei, Taiwan, designed to create a restorative organic city based on biological principles.  He will recount his Taiwan project experiences.  He will also touch on the cultural relevance of Taiwan to China and to the world community.

When: Thursday, July 16, 2015, 12noon to 1:30pm  (registration at 11:45am)
Where: Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 SW Salmon St., Portland, OR  97205
Cost:  $25/NWCC Members  $35/General
Register by July 14th:   [click here]

Note:  Join the NWCC [click here] — attend the event at member price, and receive a free gift at the event.