CEO and Co-Founder

EventBank

Running for: Governor

Campaign Statement

I am running for the Board of Governors to help all American companies succeed in China and ensure members fully maximize the benefits AmCham China delivers.

As we well know, the Chamber is an important link between American businesses in China, and between members and both the U.S. and Chinese governments.  AmCham China has done well advocating on behalf of the American businesses by promoting regulatory changes that bring success for these companies and by ensuring stable paths for growth.  However, we must also recognize that AmCham China needs to spend more efforts promoting the needs of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).  SMEs are the backbones of economic growth; they drive innovation and competition across economic sectors.  As an aggressive advocate for these businesses, I will ensure that SMEs have a greater voice at the table and help the Chamber develop a comprehensive strategy that represents all American businesses in China, no matter the size.

I will also work to ensure that AmCham China member companies and individuals have full access to the Chamber’s resources.  Each year, AmCham China hosts hundreds of events, produces numerous reports, and provides an array of services to help American businesses succeed in China.  As a Beijing-based entrepreneur and business owner since 2002, I know AmCham China can better engage with individuals and businesses of all sizes by improving its outreach to current and prospective members to ensure that American businesses take full advantage of their resources.

If elected, I will build on AmCham China's successes and help the organization increase its impact for all American businesses in China.  Thank you for your consideration!


Biography

Eric is CEO and Co-Founder of EventBank.  In fewer than three years, he developed EventBank from a nascent technology start-up into a leading engagement management software company for associations, chambers, and corporations globally.  As a co-chair of AmCham China’s Small and Medium Enterprise Committee, he established a CEO roundtable that had been encouraging information sharing among business leaders to improve their respective operations.

A Beijing resident and business owner since 2002, Eric is also chair and founder of China Entrepreneurs, a professional organization dedicated to fostering the growth of entrepreneurship in China.  Since 2003, the organization has strengthened China’s business community by helping entrepreneurs learn business, marketing, and industry-specific issues, offering valuable networking opportunities for people operating in similar fields.

Eric began his career in China when he founded the country’s first educational travel basketball and tennis camps that combined English training programs.  He later honed his business expertise as co-founder of 1 Lacrosse LLC, a sports equipment company.  Eric has since worked with Chinese venture capital and private equity investments, and has incubated multiple tech start-ups.

Eric has traveled to over 50 countries, and, in 2004, sponsored by Nike and Phillips, he traced MarcoPolo’s route, cycling 100 days from Beijing to Venice, Italy.  He holds an M.S. and a B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has been featured in media such as the BBC, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Barron’s, CCTV, China Daily, and numerous other outlets.

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