Current trends and future expectations regarding tariffs and supply chains between the United States and China
About the speakers
John L. Kent is Director of Supply Chain China Initiatives and Clinical Professor in the Department of Supply Chain Management at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. In addition to teaching supply chain courses at Fayetteville, his responsibilities include several supply chain research projects and cooperative university programs across China.
Dr Kent holds a PhD in Logistics and Transportation from the University of Tennessee, an MBA in International Management from the University of Dallas, and a BS in Computer Science from Henderson State University. He has over 10 years of industry experience in various modes of transportation.
Mr. Kent’s industry experience included the development and implementation of information systems at Burlington Northern Motor Carriers, CSX Transportation Intermodal and Sea-Land Service. At Sea-Land, he was responsible for the implementation of inland transportation systems in North America, Europe, Japan and China. He recently led a volunteer personal protective equipment supply chain project from China to the United States that purchased more than $ 1 million in supplies for three hospital systems.
Dr. Kent’s first trip to China was in 1992 with Sea-Land Service, and his last trip was in November 2019 to attend a kick-off meeting for phase II of a chain food safety project. procurement funded by the Walmart Foundation.
Dr. Kent’s research has been published in the Corporate Logistics Journal, Transport log, and International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management.
Liza Marc opened the Shanghai office of Haynes and Boone, LLP, an America Law 100 law firm, in 2013 and is its principal representative and administrative partner. She has practiced as an American lawyer in Hong Kong and Shanghai for over 22 years and is also a qualified lawyer from Hong Kong. Having negotiated multiple cross-border transactions, Ms. Mark has the unique ability to position herself between transactions in Asia and the United States, helping to “translate” differences in basic assumptions and paradigms.
Ms. Mark has focused her practice on private equity, securities and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. She is experienced in Debt and Equity Private Placements, Incoming Asian Equity Offerings, Rule 144A Offerings, Medium Term Note Programs, Special Buy Acquisition Company Acquisitions, Investments Hong Kong Public Equity (PIPE) and Initial Public Offerings, with in-depth expertise in the cleantech, energy, transport and logistics sectors, as well as sectors with environmental, social and environmental impact. governance. Ms. Mark’s experience advising many US companies in their business endeavors in China and Chinese companies in their investments in the United States also gives her a unique insight into what each party wants and values.
Ms. Mark has started and led several associations and organizations to promote gender and racial diversity in the management of various organizations, as she believes that a diverse perspective leads to better decisions.
About the moderator
David J. Firestein is the first President and CEO of the George HW Bush Foundation for US-China Relations. Previously, Firestein was the founding executive director of the University of Texas at the China Public Policy Center in Austin and a clinical professor at UT’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Prior to moving to UT, he was Senior Vice President and Perot Fellow at the EastWest Institute, where he led the Institute’s Track 2 diplomatic work in the areas of US-China relations, security in East Asia and US-Russian relations. From 1992 to 2010, Firestein was a decorated career American diplomat, specializing primarily in US-China relations.
Firestein sits on more than a dozen nonprofit boards and advisers in the United States. Among other roles, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Business, a member of the Texas Advisory Board of the US Global Leadership Coalition, and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board of the LBJ School of Public Affairs.
A native and current resident of Austin, Texas, he is a graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Texas at Austin.