Executive Vice-President, California Cedar Products Co.

General Manager, Tianjin Custom Wood Processing Co., Ltd.

My first visit to China and to Tianjin was in 1996 and I relocated here from northern California in September, 2005. I am currently Executive V/P of California Cedar Products Co., and General Manager of our WOFE, Tianjin Custom Wood Processing Co. Ltd., located in Tianjin’s Dongli District. I have been an active member of AmCham Tianjin’s Executive Committee since 2007.

I feel very fortunate to be living in Tianjin during this period in China’s history. It is exciting to be involved, even in a small way, in the rapid growth and development of American business interests in China. AmCham China, and the Tianjin Chapter, provide me with an opportunity and a venue to share my working experience with other American individuals and companies who have newly established enterprises in Tianjin or who are contemplating locating and existing or new business to China. Conducting business in China can be intimidating to new arrivals and frustrating to even the most seasoned expat business person and I am eager to share what I have learned over the past 20 years with other American business looking to succeed in China. I look forward to continuing my active participation in AmCham China’s Tianjin Chapter.

Regarding my background, I have a BS degree in Forest Management from Humboldt State University, and I have attended business management programs at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. I have worked for California Cedar Products and its affiliates for 37 years. From 1996 to 2000 I was Exec V/P and GM of P&M Cedar Products, a fully integrated specialty wood products manufacturer operating four sawmills and a remanufacturing facility in the USA and a specialty wood products manufacturing operation in Tianjin. My hometown is Redding, California.