2011 SAUPO Atlanta

The inaugural 2011 Symposium on Asia-USA Partnership Opportunities (SAUPO) was successfully held on Friday April 8, 2011 at W Atlanta Midtown Hotel. About 300 guests attended this conference, and about 15 international, national and local media agencies visited the conference.


  • Ani Agnihotri, President & CEO, IIIrd Millennium Technologies; Chair, USA India Business Summit
    Ilan Alon, Chair of International Business & Director of The China Center at Rollins College, Visiting Scholar & Asia fellow at Harvard University
    Dr. Chang-Hee Choi, President of Cyprus investments & Vice President of Superior Essex, a LS Wire company (Korea)
    Sandeep Dadlani, Vice President, Infosys

    Mr. Yoshi Domoto, Executive Director of the Japan American Society of Georgia

    Mr. Adel Elmankabady, Principal & Chief Marketing Officer Georgia Center for Foreign Investment and Development (GCFID)

    Dr. John Endicott, President, Woosong University (Korea)

    Mr. Jay Eun, President of the Korean American Association of Greater Atlanta, President at Golden Stella Inc.

    Guanming Fang, Attorney, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC

    Mr. Alex Gregory, President & CEO YKK Corporation of America

    James Hoadley, Associate Director, Georgia Tech CIBER

    Tae In Kim, President of Hyosung Motors America, Inc.

    Ms. Yonni Kim, Arnall Golden Gregory, LLP

    C.N. (Madhu) Madhusudan, Founder & CEO, VectorSpan Inc.

    Mark E. Mendenhall, Ph.D., J. Burton Frierson Chair of Excellence in Business Leadership and The Kozai Group, Inc.

    Dr. John McIntyre, Director, Georgia Tech CIBER

    Mr. Scott McMurray, a Senior Project Manager at the Georgia Department of Economic Development

    Mr. Roger Neuenschwander, President at tvsdesign

    Dr. Penelope B. Prime, Professor of Economics, Mercer University

    Kanchana Raman, President & CEO (Founder) of Avion Systems

    Dr. Jagdish Sheth, Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing, Goizueta Business School of Emory University; Director of the India, China, America Institute (ICA Institute)

    Mr. John Simon, KPMG LLP - Mergers & Acquisitions-Tax Practice

    William L. Strang, Senior Vice President of Operations, TOTO USA

    Xianqin (Lisa) Wallace, UPS Corporate Marketing Manager

    Dr. Atsushi Yoshikawa, Visiting Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology; Corporate Officer and Chief Researcher at The Japan Institute for Educational Measurement

    Henry Yu, President, Shanghai Bosun Capital Advisors, China

  • Dear May,

    Please allow me to convey my congratulatory compliments, which you might have received thousands from hundreds of people so far. It is such a delight to see you blossoming in SAUPO as well. Look forward to meeting you when I come to town next time and of course we all look forward to next year's SAUPO!

    Charlene C. Cai
    General Manager
    Washington Office
    China Daily USA

    Dear Dr. Gao, Mr. Gregory, Mr. Yu and Mr. Dadlani,

    It was my pleasure meeting you at SAUPO and making valuable connections at this conference. I look forward to maintaining a strong relationship with all. Thanks to Dr. Gao and your team for your efforts and a successful Conference.

    Tony(Tae in) Kim, President, Hyosung Motors America INC., (Affiliate of S&T Motors Co. Ltd.)

    Dear Dr. Gao,

    Thanks for including YKK (and me) in your very successful inaugural SAUPO conference! Alex Gregory, President, YKK Corporation (USA) I wanted to thank you for the opportunity of being on the panel at SAUPO. It was great meeting and working with all of you and it seems like the first SAUPO conference went brilliantly well thanks to the dedication of all the team members.


    Sandeep Dadlani

    VP & Head - Retail, CPG & Logistics, Americas
    Infosys Technologies Ltd

    Good morning my dear. I just want to say Thank You for last Friday. It was really a great event.

    Adel Elmankabady, ALC, RECS, CSP, CIIIS
    Principal, Georgia Center for Foreign Investment and Development (GCFID)

    Dear Dr. Gao,

    It was a pleasure to meet you and participate in the conference.

    Cheers, John Endicott, President, Woosong University

    Hello May,

    I heard form Roger that the Conference was a success! I just wanted to reiterate that we are thankful for you giving us the opportunity to contribute and that we are appreciative of you and your team’s hard work. Thanks,

    Matt Hayner, Senior Associate, IIDA LEED AP, tvsdesign

    Dear May,

    Thanks for your mail and updates. Hearty congrats to you and your team for successfully planning and executing SAUPO 2011.

    Ani Agnihotri, Founder/Managing Partner of consulting firm U.S. India Business and Research Center (USIBRC)

    Dear Dr. Gao,

    I wish to thank you and your team for the opportunity to serve as a SAUPO volunteer. Congratulations! And an extra "hurrah" for producing an outstanding global experience. Your hard work and courage will carry KSU closer to the goal as "Georgia's Engaged University."

    Montye Edwards, Kennesaw State University Athletics

    Congratulations on a truly successful event! Flawlessly professional!

    Dan Paracka, Director of International Services and Programs, Institute for Global Initiatives, KSU

    Great job, May!

    I was there all day and saw with my own eyes all the good connections this conference brought together. Looking forward to contacting the people I met to see how LALS can get involved next time, since Asia and Latin America have a lot in common nowadays. Again, congratulations to you and all involved in putting the symposium together!

    Best regards, Ernesto

    Dear May, the Conference Organizing Committee, and all Asian Studies Faculty,

    I wanted to add my congratulations on a brilliantly organized conference last Friday. I enjoyed all the sessions I was able attend and saw the impact you had in our community. I know how hard you all worked to make this happen, and you have set an historically high bar for our community in this regard. Thanks for your valuable contributions to CRS and CHSS, and KSU and Atlanta.

    Jesse Benjamin, PhD
    Associate Professor of Sociology
    Coordinator, African and African Diaspora Studies
    Kennesaw State University

    Dear Colleagues,

    I want to thank all of you who worked so hard to make the Asia-US Partnership conference such a great success. It was truly an important interdisciplinary and applied conference, which brought together numerous representatives of top Asian companies doing business in Georgia, academics from KSU, Georgia State, Georgia Tech and many other universities, students, American business people and investors, graduate students and the media. This was yet another great event that demonstrates the high value added of interdisciplinary work by units that are part of CRS. In addition there was broad participation by the University College, Bagwell College of Education, Coles College of Business, the College of the Arts, IGI, and of course CHSS. I think you all put forth the best that KSU has to offer. Numerous out of town guests and local business leaders commented on the quality of the program and their pleasant surprise at how strong KSU is in this area. Thanks again for another great program that showcases KSU.

    Richard Vengroff, PhD.,
    Dean College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of Political Science
    Kennesaw State University

    Congratulations on a successful SAUPO conference last Friday! All the time and effort you put into planning this conference really paid off. I enjoyed all the session I was able to attend. This conference provided wonderful opportunities for networking and possible collaborations. Buddy and I were able to connect with several prospective guest speakers for our new graduate program. Job well done!

    Birgit Wassmuth, Ph.D.
    Chair and Professor, Department of Communication

    Thank you very much for your leadership and hard work for making this conference a huge success. Congratulations! This is the best international business conference I have ever attended.

    Ken-Jin, Director, KSU Confucius Institute

    Congratulations in the creation of a very successful conference! Many thanks for working with us and we all enjoyed the event.

    Thank you,
    Laine (Wilson) Walker
    Marketing Manager, Grant Thornton LLP

    Congratulations on a very successful conference! You did an amazing job pulling all of the sponsors, speakers and panels together. I thought the mix of industry and academics worked quite well, and I would recommend keeping this format. I thought the panel of industry experts worked quite well, as opposed to single speakers. It made the information relevant for more of the audience.

    Penelope Prime, Ph.D.
    Director, China Research Center
    Stetson School of Business & Economics
    Mercer University

    Hi May,

    I spoke with Roger the other day and he told me that the SAUPO was fun and a success, and his presentation was well received. Congratulations!

    Yaomin Xue, Asia Pacific Director, tvsdesign

    Hello May,

    Once again congratulations on a very successful conference. I received great feedback from everyone involved.

    Mike Grella | Director - Economic Development, Credits & Incentives
    Grant Thornton LLP