Detroit Chinese Business Association to Host Investment Forum


The USA-China Business Forum hosted by the Detroit Chinese Business Association, to center on foreign direct investments and networking opportunities, will be held on Sept. 21 at the Troy Marriott. A golf outing will be held the following day.

“This event offers a great platform for people who are doing business in China, looking to do business in China, or just trying to understand the opportunities and exchange between Michigan and China,” says Jerry Xu, CEO of the Detroit Chinese Business Association.

Marking the 20th anniversary of the association, activities on Sept. 21 will include keynote speaker Jason Luo, president and CEO of Sterling Heights-based Key Safety Systems. The event is expected to attract up to 300 people.

Following the keynote will be an hour-long panel discussion of successful cross border business activities featuring Jason Forcier, CEO of A123 Systems LLC, a developer of advanced lithium-ion batteries; Laurent Bresson, president of Nexteer Automotive; Tony Vernaci, vice president of global business development for the Michigan Economic Development Corp.; and Thilo Hanemann, research director for Rhodium Group and a China investment expert.

The association will hold a golf outing on Sept. 22 at Indianwood Golf and Country Club in Lake Orion. Somerset Collection will also host a fashion show. The event will close with an evening dinner banquet featuring Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.

“The investment (in China) creates jobs, revenue, and a lot of opportunity for our community,” Xu says. “It’s for people from both sides to get to know each other, get to understand each other better, to maybe work closer. That’s the goal we’d like to achieve.” 

Ticket prices range from $40 to $988.