2017 SAUPO Atlanta

The 2017 Symposium on ASIA-USA Partnership Opportunities (SAUPO) took place on Friday, April 14, 2017 at the Loews Atlanta Hotel, in Atlanta, Georgia.


  • Mr. Klaus-Peter Beck, Chairman, Board of Trustees, ASKO-Europe Foundation

    Ms. Jodie Braner, Vice President, Willis Group

    Mr. Joseph Burroughs, Director, GE Power

    Mr. Mike Burkenbine, CEO, Becket Film Fund

    Ms. Sandy Chu, China Business Group, Grant Thornton LLP

    Mr. Rick Cole, SVP, Turner Broadcasting

    Ms. Jessica Cork, VP, Public Relations, YKK Corporation of America

    Ms. Estrella Cramer, Supplier Diversity Director, UPS

    Dr. Robin Dorff, Dean, Kennesaw State University

    Mr. Daniel Forsman, President & CEO, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

    Mr. Bryan Fowler, CEO Truitt Health and Better Day Health

    Mr. Bill Fox, SVP, MarkLogic

    Mr. Todd Harwell, Regional Recruiter at Peace Corps

    Mr. Stephen Haverfield, Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET)

    Mr. Martin Judge, Jr., Chairman, China Arena Football League

    Ms. Lucy Lu, Global Managing Partner, Lucy Lu & Associates

    Mr. Madhu Madhusudan, Founder & CEO, VectorSpan Inc.

    Marty Martenson, Managing Partner, Martenson, Hasbrouck & Simon LLP

    Mr. Alay Mehta, VP of Raycom Media

    Mr. Donald Morrissey, Huawei Technologies USA, Inc.

    Mr. George Mui, U.S. Dept. of Commerce-MBDA

    Mr. Michael Mylrea, PNNL, U.S. Dept. of Energy

    Dr. Sam Olens, President, Kennesaw State University

    Dr. Raj Pandya, President &CEO, Unicore Health

    Mr. KC Pang, Executive Vice President, GD Copper USA, Inc.

    Ms. Crystal Rhodes, Director of Operations, Kids’R’Kids China

    Mr. Nagendra Roy, Senior Director –IT, Aptude, Inc.

    Dr. Kat Schwaig, Dean, Coles College of Business, KSU

    Mr. Mark Schulte, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

    Ms. Marcy Sperry, Founding Partner, Sperry IP Law LLC

    Mr. Robert Striar, President, M Style Marketing

    Marsha Suber, Assistant Vice President/Patient Care Services Cancer Treatment Centers of America

    Mr. Michael Sullivan, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP.

    Mr. Brad Taylor, VP, The Coca-Cola Company

    Mr. Ed Wang, President, China Arena Football League

    Ms. Jin Wang, Director, China Practice Lead, Bennett Thrasher

    Mr. Stan Shengqi Wang, Managing Partner, Tenfunder Investment Fund (China)

    Mr. Yu’an Zhang, Vice President, China Daily USA

    Ms. Springna Zhao, Advisor, Governor’s Office of Alabama

  • Good afternoon, Dr. Gao, Congratulations on another phenomenal conference! It gets better and better each year. Today, I spoke with Mr. Garvis Sams of the law firm Sams, Larkin, Huff, & Balli about the conference and the real estate opportunities that are in store for metro Atlanta in the coming years. Mr. Sams is the lead partner in the real estate law firm and was intrigued by my explanation of SAUPO, its attendees, and the unlimited potential for expanded business. Have a wonderful evening and, again, congratulations on an outstanding conference.
    Inger Eberhart, Commission Assistant to Commissioner Birrell, District 3, Cobb County Government, Georgia

    Dear May, I hope you are recovering from all the hard work you did to make this meeting such a success. It was very impressive, and everybody seemed really excited to be a part of it. My family and I really enjoyed it as well. Congratulations!
    Robbie Lieberman, Professor and Chair, Interdisciplinary Studies Department

    Dr. Gao, Congratulations on another successful conference. You have raised the bar to another level. Your hardworking and dedication are reflected by another successful conference. The Chinese and CAFL delegation are a hit with attendees. It will be hard for you to top that next time! Let’s plan to meet for lunch when you have settled down.
    Li Wong, Publisher and CEO, Georgia Asian Times

    Congratulations on another successful SAUPO. Jen was there representing us. She mentioned that the regional branding discussion was very interesting. Good activity in SAUPO WeChat as well.
    Jorge Fernandez, VP Global Commerce, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce

    Ms. May, hope you had a happy and restful Easter weekend. Thank you for allowing Delta to participate in the SAUPO conference with an in-kind sponsorship. It was a well-organized event and I had a good time there.
    Rebecca D. Keng, Delta Air Lines

    May, Another outstanding event, congratulations!
    C.N. (Madhu) Madhusudan, CEO, VectorSpan Inc.

    It was a great event and I was honored to be on the panel with you all. Hope you had a great weekend.
    Betsy Bulat Turner, Martenson Hasbrouck & Simon LLP

    May, I wanted to thank you personally for the wonderful (as usual) SAUPO conference. Jim McGee always told how good they were, and I had to see it for the first time. A great mix of speakers and networking and all done wonderfully well.
    I look forward to next year, if Jim allows me to come. I literally have a half-day of work for initial follow up of all the conversations I had there and some possible business prospects… and already working it. Many, many thanks.
    Donald Morrissey, Congressional Affairs, Huawei Technologies USA

    Dear May, Thank you for including me in the SAUPO conference. It was interesting, informative and fun and it was a pleasure to be a part of it. We look forward to getting together again soon. Have a wonderful Easter and week ahead.
    John Bevilaqua, CEO, Creative Marketing

    Dear all, Great fun to work with you at SAUPO! See you all around in the near future.
    Lucy Lu, Global Managing Partner, Lucy Lu & Associates.

    All, I enjoyed much on the panel with you this afternoon at SAUPO. We worked seamlessly without rehearsal. I hope we will cross path in China-US space in the near future.
    Sandy Chu, Principal & National Leader, China Business Group, Grant Thornton

    Thank you Dr. Gao, you did a wonderful job. It was even better than last year!
    Catherine Garces, Senior Sales Executive, FlyEmirates

    May, Wonderful SAUPO today! I hope you can rest and enjoy the weekend...thank you for all you do.
    Kathy S. Schwaig, Dean, Dinos Eminent Scholar, Professor of Information Systems, Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University

    Kat, thanks for the SAUPO invite today. Great seeing you! Lots of learning, wonderful conversation, and just plain ole good friendship. Dr. Gao and staff should be complimented. Please tell her how impressed I was. I will definitely convey my thoughts to President Olens. Also, I couldn't help but notice the food was superb. Thanks for your friendship.
    Lee Rhyant, Former Lockheed Martin Executive, Member in the Advisory Board for KSU Coles College of Business

    Your work has been impressive, and all of you are great people!
    Mr. Scott Williams, Chair & Co-Founder, InvestUSA Committee in China; CEO, BMD Enterprises Ltd.