Shuying WangDeputy Consul-General, People’s Republic of China
Wang is the Deputy Consul-General of People’s Republic of China in Chicago, Ill. Wang has served as Counselor for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of PRC, as well as several European Consul positions within the UK and European Union. Wang holds a Bachelor of Law in international politics from the People’s University of China; and an M.S. in European policy from the London School of Economics.
Dr. Nan YuAssistant Professor, North Dakota State University
Dr. Nan Yu is an Assistant Professor at North Dakota State University’s Department of Communication in Fargo, N.D. Yu’s professional experience includes writing for China Daily; working with CNN in Atlanta, Ga. and China Central TV in Beijing. Yu earned her Ph.D. from Penn State University, and her master’s from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and a B.A. from Peking University in Beijing, China.
Dean GorderExecutive Director, North Dakota Trade Office
Dean Gorder directs the daily operations and long-term goals of the North Dakota Trade Office, a private-public partnership dedicated to expanding North Dakota’s global trade opportunities through advocacy, education and expertise. A Grafton, N.D., native, Gorder is the former general manager of Mattracks Inc. of Karlstad, Minn. Gorder took Mattracks to the global marketplace and established the company’s foreign joint venture in China. Gorder’s professional experience includes managing several departments within the University of North Dakota’s aviation program. His responsibilities included managing the university’s contract pilot training program and contract negotiations with China Airlines, Evergreen Airlines and Saudi Arabia’s Gulf Air and Aramco.
Dr. Peter GeibProfessor, Minnesota State University Moorhead
Dr. Peter Geib is a Professor of international business and management in the Paseka School of Business at Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, Minn. He is widely published in his principal research interest involving U.S. trade, investment, and management, in transition economies, which he has developed since 1989. Geib was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Yale University; earned his Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Michigan; and B.A. from the University of Minnesota.
Tracy A. Gompf, J.D.Associate Professor, Minnesota State University Moorhead
Tracy A. Gompf, J.D., is an Associate Professor in the Paralegal Department at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Prior to teaching full-time, Gompf was a practicing attorney in the Fargo-Moorhead area and in Kansas for over a decade. During his time in practice, he handled a wide variety of issues from class-action wage and hour litigation to workers’ compensation defense. In addition to his recent collaboration with Dr. Geib on China, Gompf has published articles involving various legal issues. He received a Juris Doctorate from the University of North Dakota Law School and B.A. in political science from the University of Minnesota.
Jeff W. JiangEducation Consultant and Admissions Strategist and Founder, TransWealth Advisors
Jiang is an Education Consultant and Admissions Strategist and Founder of TransWealth Advisors, LLC. Before establishing TransWealth, Jiang worked at a U.S. Top 100 accounting & consulting firm in Minneapolis for ten years and took the initiative to build up the China Strategies Consulting Group at the firm. He worked as both a leader and an advisor delivering U.S. clients China‐focused solutions for their sourcing, distribution, business development and investment needs. He’s built a strong network in both China and the U.S. that includes top schools government agencies, professional service firms, educational institutions and business organizations all over China. Jiang earned his B.A. from the Foreign Affairs College in Beijing, and received his master’s degree in political science and a second master’s in human resources and industrial relations from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
Mack TraynorCEO, Ultra Green
Mack Traynor is the CEO at Ultra Green, Inc. in Plymouth, Minn. and Devils Lake, N.D. Traynor has been a C-level executive of several businesses in the technology and manufacturing industries for the past 25 years and served on 18 Boards, both public and private. His experience in establishing manufacturing for his current CEO position with Ultra Green, a biodegradable food container company, and re-establishing manufacturing facilities in this top-rated consumer company in Devils Lake is fascinating. Traynor was the CEO at the following companies; HEI, Supreme Companies, Do the Good, Neo Networks, Eltrax Systems, and Military Communications Center. Traynor holds an MBA in general management from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, and a B.A. in economics from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.
Justin PaurDirector of Production Services, NACS
Justin Paur is the Director of Production Services at NACS, Inc., in Andover, Minn. NACS specializes in medical production automation and contract manufacturing. He’s worked extensively with the University of Minnesota as a Medical Industry Leadership Institute Fellow; and is formerly with Coloplast, a global medical technology company, where he led cross-cultural teams from several countries to expansion in China. He holds an MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and undergraduate degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering from West Virginia University.
Larry LeitnerCEO, Specialty Commodities
Larry Leitner is a founding partner of Specialty Commodities, Inc. Specialty is an international commodities importing, trading, and distribution company established in 1987 with offices and warehouses in Los Angeles, Calif., and Fargo, N.D. Specialty is one of the largest importers and distributors of nuts, dried fruits, seeds, and grains, supplying the snack food, health food, bakery and bird food industries in North America and Europe. Leitner received his B.S. from North Dakota State University. Strategic investments over the years in processing facilities, techniques, training, technologies, and inspection standards in China for pumpkin, sunflower and pine nuts ingredients and in Bolivia for quinoa enable Specialty to provide consistent and quality supply from highly qualified direct sources. Offices and processing facilities: Malatya, Turkey; Gansu Province, China; Jilin Province, China; La Paz, Bolivia (Andean Naturals quinoa)
Dr. Ruth LumbProfessor, Minnesota State University Moorhead
Dr. Ruth Lumb is a Professor of marketing in the Paseka School of Business at Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, Minn. Her major research interest is globalization and its effect on consumer ethnocentrism, consumer values, attitude toward trade and perceived product quality. She has publications in this area. Due to her expertise in her field of research she received a grant from Shanxi Provincial Government, China, to further her research related to the effects of globalization on China. Lumb is also a visiting Professor in Xi’an University of Science and Technology, Xi’an, China. Her professional experience includes development of the curriculum for the Paseka School of Business at Chongqing Technology & Business University, Chongqing, China in the early 1990s. Lumb earned her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University and her MBA and B.A. from Minnesota State University Moorhead.