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April 24, 2008

China - Opportunities in Transition

Jack Perkowski, chairman and CEO of ASIMCO Technologies, Inc., offers advice and strategy for doing business in China and understanding the mindset of a typical Chinese businessperson.


On March 18, 2008, Columbia Business School's Greater China Society and International Development Club welcomed Jack Perkowski, chairman and CEO of ASIMCO Technologies, Inc. As a participant in the 2008 China Business Conference Speaker Series, Mr. Perkowski spoke to students about cofounding and building one of China's largest manufacturers of automobile components, experiences he also recounts in his recently released book Managing the Dragon: How I'm Building a Billion-Dollar Business in China (Crown Publishing Group, 2008). Paul Tierney, adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at the School, introduced Mr. Perkowski.

"This man is the Rudyard Kipling of the private equity community!" Professor Paul Tierney said, to laughter, during his brief, affectionate introduction of long-time friend Jack Perkowski, chairman and CEO of ASIMCO Technologies, Inc., and author of the newly released Managing the Dragon: How I'm Building a Billion-Dollar Business in China (copies of which were available and sold quickly at the conclusion of the event.)

Brimming with bonhomie, Mr. Perkowski spent well over an hour describing the automotive-parts company he founded in 1994, discussing China's growth trajectory and answering an unusually voluminous number of questions from students at the conclusion of his talk. Mr. Perkowski also distilled some insightful nuggets of advice for those interested in doing business in China and in better understanding the mindset of a typical Chinese businessperson.

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Patrick Connolly

""China—Opportunities in Transition": A Presentation by Jack Perkowski"

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