“A Panel Discussion on the Latest Economic Situation in China”

In this global economy, the economic meltdown happening in the U.S. is also affecting economies around the world.  China, Oregon’s largest export country in 2008, is being negatively affected. We often see bad news coming out of China, such as:

  • "China’s Slowdown Sends out Aftershocks”,
  • "Jobless Migrants Hit 20 Million as China’s Unemployment Rises”
  • "China’s Small Factories Struggle”, etc.
We have assembled a panel of seasoned businessmen and professionals who have been working and/or traveling in China, to give us a closer look at what is really going on over there and share their insights with us.   We will also learn about any implications to the Oregon economy due to the current situation in China.  Please bring your questions and join us!

Moderator:  Richard Read , Reporter, the Oregonian

Richard Read, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, is The Oregonian's senior writer covering international affairs and the economy. Rich has reported in more than 50 countries, including several trips to China.

Rich graduated from Amherst College and came to Oregon in 1981. He spent a year in Bangkok on a Henry Luce fellowship, and later opened The Oregonian's Asia Bureau in Tokyo, where he was based for six years. He spent a year at Harvard University on a Nieman journalism fellowship. He holds an honorary doctorate from Willamette University. He has served as a member and president of the board of The International School, in Portland.


S. Gregory Borossay, Manager, Marine Marketing, Port of Portland

Greg Borossay is responsible for maintenance and development of ocean carrier containerized business relationships at the Port of Portland.  Mr. Borossay has a strong background in rail, truck, and inland operations.  He is presently working on development of additional cargo accounts interested in establishing distribution centers in the Portland region.
Mr. Borossay received has BA from UC Berkeley in Political economies of industrial societies, MBA from American Graduate school with focus on international trade and a Law degree from Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa CA.

Joel Enderle, Sr. Director of Footwear Mfg., Columbia Sportswear Co.

Mr. Enderle has spent the last 20 plus years in the footwear industry, fourteen of those years were spent living and working in Asia in such places as South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. 

Although he has not lived in China or India, he has spent many months working and traveling in both countries.  He enjoys working in the footwear industry and believes globalization, when all partners are acting responsibly, can be a very positive and beneficial experience for all involved.

Lisa Graff, GM, Server Platforms, Intel Corporation

Lisa Graff is General Manager of Server Plaforms in Intel's Digital Enterprise Group, responsible for the Xeon and Itanium microprocessors, a multi-billion dollar product line, in the server market. She has been with Intel for 20 years, starting in the design and development of microprocessors, and then moving into microprocessor and enterprise marketing and management. Graff holds BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering.

Amy Hsuan, Reporter, The Oregonian

Amy recently returned from her assignment to China for the Oregonian.  She just published a 5-part series on solar and green industries in China, with connections to the Oregon economy.

Read Amy's series here >>

Wednesday, March. 4, 2009, 12:00-1:30 PM
House of Louie
331 NW Davis St., Chinatown, Portland, OR
Lunch & Talk: $20 members; $30 general; $15 for students with ID. Please add $5 handling charge to above for registration after 5pm March 3, 2009
Register & Pay On-line (click here), or
Call 503-973-5451
SmartPark on NW Davis, between NW Naito Parkway
and NW 1st Ave.


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