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Jon B. Anderson
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Jon B. Anderson

Partner-in-Charge of Shanghai, China Office

Jon B. Anderson is Partner-in-Charge of the Shanghai, China office of Lake Pointe Partners, LLC. Mr. Anderson is a seasoned business executive and consultant with over thirty years of diverse experience working in and consulting to fast growth, industry-leading public and private manufacturing and service companies. His corporate experience includes international responsibilities in multi-site operations, acquisition due diligence, operations integration, business start-ups, human resource management and recruiting, and governmental relations in both union and non-union settings. In addition, he has country experience in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico, England, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland and Germany. Mr. Anderson resides in Shanghai, China.

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Eric Cohen
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Eric Cohen

Managing Partner

Eric is a Managing Partner of WHI Capital Partners and brings more than 14 years of operational, managerial and M&A transactional experience. Prior to joining WHICP, Eric oversaw all operations and acquisition initiatives as General Manager of Midwest Air Technologies, Inc., a consumer and industrial products company. Under Ericís leadership, sales grew from $100 million to over $200 million and the company captured the leading market share position in its industry niche.

Before Midwest, Eric was CEO and majority owner of Ampere Automotive, Inc., a middle market family-owned automotive component remanufacturer. At Ampere, Eric grew sales from $25 Million to $50 Million and doubled profitability by successfully completing two acquisitions and implementing the Toyota Production System. With this system, production lead times at Ampere dropped from 3.5 days to 4 hours and inventory turns tripled.

Previously, Eric was a manager at General Electric, holding various operational and business development positions with GE Medical Systems, GE Power Systems, and GE Corporate. Throughout Ericís career, he has been consistently successful in developing and executing strategic plans, growing revenues, dramatically improving margins and integrating acquisitions. Eric has a BS with honors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

 
 
Robert Collins
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Robert Collins

International Consultant and Marketing Executive

Rob is a co-author of Doing Business in China for Dummies, which was released by Wiley Publishing in August 2007 and President of Doing China Business L.L.C.

Rob has been associated with developing opportunities in the China market for 25 years. Prior to establishing his own firm, Rob developed the China business strategy for Aon Corporation and several other leading international companies.

Mr. Collins lived and worked in Beijing and Hong Kong, China for 12 years. He led business development, P&L management, and new market entry for 14 Asian countries. He also developed successful new market entry strategies in Europe, South America, and Australia.

Rob obtained a joint MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Rob is an active member of the Mayor of Chicagoís Sister City Committee.

 
 
Kevin Cookman
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Kevin Cookman

President

Kevin provides consulting time to various technology ventures in mainland China and is the President of A Full Life, Inc. and a Trustee for A Full Life (UK Trust) an organization creating a financially self-sustaining transition home for adult orphans in developing countries.

Kevin Ďs past EMEIA career adventures include being the Managing Director of The Chalfont Project and Vice-President of Program Management for marchFIRST Europe, based in London.

From 1992 to 2000 Kevin was based in Shanghai, PR China. In 1992 he founded and became General Manager of the Shanghai In Dex Computer Company. The company was sold in 1998 with three offices in Shanghai, Bejing and Guangzhou and 250 employees. The buyer, Zhaodaola Internet services required Kevin to stay on for two years as their Chief Operating Officer as part of the transfer.

Kevin has an MBA from the Krannert School of Management, Purdue University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.

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Bev Corwin
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Bev Corwin

LMS Administrator & Technical Trainer

Bev owns a multilingual enterprise solutions consulting firm specializing in language automation, knowledge systems, learning systems, localization, data center design and managed services. She manages data centers with a team of enterprise architects, developers and specialized consultants. Bev specializes in designing global web services and enterprise workflow systems that integrate legacy systems with learning and language automation technologies. Bev also consults for specialized technical learning systems with a unique focus on the relationship between machine learning and human learning.

Bev is personally dedicated to education and teaches for the University of Chicagoís Translation Technology in Business Program and assists with the programís development. She is a member of the Globalization Management Strategies Group with the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Bev has helped start and develop several non profit and for profit organizations, serving on boards, and has served on the advisory boards of several companies. In addition to her work in learning and language technologies, She has coordinated language services for international conferences, coordinated global business leadership events such as the Executive Speaker Series for the Seattle University Albers School of Business and Economics, provided technology services for Localization World Conferences, and other international business leadership events.

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