PDA Q&A: Noel H. Nevshehir, E-Interview

Interview with Director of International Business Services at Automation Alley.


Published:

DB: Where are you?

NN: In Melbourne, Australia.

DB: What’s going on there?

NN: We’re leading six companies in exploring trade opportunities here. We also visited Sydney. One company produces fireproof coatings for extreme temperatures, and they also have a coating that absorbs heat from lithium-ion batteries, which is useful in the automotive and aerospace industries. There’s also Fullerton Tool in Saginaw, which sells carbon cutting tools to multiple industries.

DB: Why Australia for a trade mission?

NN: There’s a need for U.S. products and services. The U.S. and Australia have a free trade agreement, there are 24 million people here, and it’s the 12th largest nation. Michigan-based companies are already here — like General Motors, Kellogg’s, and Domino’s. Plus, Australia is a launchpad into other Asian markets. Some companies are hesitant to set up shop in China, Thailand, or Indonesia, and they use Australia as a springboard.

DB: Where are the next trade missions?

NN: (In April) we’re going to the Hannover Messe (in Germany), the leading industrial trade show, then the Paris Air Show in June, Mexico in September, and then India. 

DB: What’s it like visiting 80 countries?

NN: It has made me a better person, and it’s the best education I’ve ever had. In the early days, it was hard to find Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, or Hilton, and you were forced to learn the local language. Now you travel and sometimes you think you’re still in America. People don’t always appreciate the overall power of our culture.

DB: What’s your frequent flyer status?

NN: The highest level. Whenever I fly, I get upgraded.

Edit Module
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

A Better Idea

Alessandro F. Uzielli, great-great grandson of Henry Ford, is finding himself in Detroit more than ever.

Double Duty

Bonner C. Upshaw III was a professional on the hardwood; now he's in the corporate suite.

Touchdown

Former University of Michigan football trainer, Mike Barwis, uses his knowledge to help athletes prevent and overcome injuries

PDA Q&A: Michael Angelo Caruso, E-Interview

Interview with owner of Edison House in Royal Oak.

Virtual Studio

Clawson's Deep Canvas is using virtual reality to create product prototypes.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Plum Market Comes to Oakland University in Fall 2018
    Oakland University (OU) in Auburn Hill will open a Plum Market on campus in the renovated Oakland...
  2. Indiana-Based AM General Opens Technology and Engineering Center in Auburn Hills
    South Bend, Indiana-based global mobility solutions provider AM General today announced it has...
  3. Clarkston’s Vertical Ski Drop Offers U.S.’s First Virtual Skiing Simulator
    Vertical Drop Ski Shop, a full-service ski retailer in Clarkston, now offers the SkyTechSport Ski...
  4. Burns and Wilcox in Farmington Hills Partners with Identity Theft Resource Center on Cyber Security
    Farmington Hills-based wholesale insurance broker and underwriting manager Burns and Wilcox today...
  5. Report: Michigan’s Automotive Industry Includes 2,200+ Facilities
    MICHauto, an economic development initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber, has announced the...
  6. Bedrock Breaks Ground on $1B Hudson’s Development
    Bedrock Inc. today broke ground on a $1-billion mixed-use development on the site of the former...