Tuesday, May 8, 2012- Bob Kraft Chairman and CEO of FirstPathway Partners was honored to moderate the 48th annual Wisconsin International Trade Conference China Session. Speakers included Damian Felton, U.S. Department of Commerce; Siva
Yam, US-China Chamber of Commerce; Hai Yan Zhang, Gordon Pacific, LLC.; John Powalisz, Sentry Equipment; Shuke Miao, Mortenson China Ltd. and Randall Birchfield/ John Fox of Covance Laboratories, Inc.
During the sessions, Kraft commended the efforts of Milwaukee for expanding international trade, of products, services, education and culture with China. This year’s highlights included “The Summer of China,” featuring the US Table Tennis Open and The Milwaukee Art Museum’s, The Emperor’s Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City, Cernet’s MOU with The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee to bring thousands of students to UWM and the reciprocated gift from the City of Milwaukee to sister city Ningbo.
Earlier that day, during the Wisconsin International Trade Conference Export Awards Luncheon Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker, gave remarks on the regions International activities. In his speech, the Governor encouraged efforts to further increase international trade and investment in our community and expand exports. The Governor also touted the regions job pool, technology and innovation as key factors in attracting business to Wisconsin exporters.