MIC Symposium to Cover Business in China

China’s emergence in the powersports business is a hot topic and one that will be thoroughly covered at this month’s Motorcycle Industry Council Communications Symposium, Inroads to the Future VII.
Donald H. Straszheim, chairman and chief executive officer of Straszheim Global Advisors, an independent economics and financial markets research firm focused on China and its increasingly important relationship with Western corporations, will be a key speaker at the Nov. 16 symposium in Tustin, Calif. Straszheim will discuss the challenges and opportunities when competing, sourcing or partnering with Chinese firms.
“All of us in the motorcycle industry are affected by China’s increasing impact on the global marketplace,” said MIC President Tim Buche. “If you’re in this business, you better know as much as you can about China. Few have as much expertise and first-hand knowledge as Donald Straszheim, and we’re very fortunate to have him at this year’s symposium.”
Based in Irvine, Calif., the MIC is a not-for-profit national trade association representing manufacturers and distributors of motorcycles, ATVs, scooters, motorcycle parts and accessories, and members of allied trades. The annual symposium is a gathering of many of the more than 300 member companies of the MIC. Presentations by industry leaders and guest speakers bring attendees up to date on important issues and provide useful knowledge for the year ahead.
Straszheim is the latest of several top analysts to speak at the symposium. For 12 years, he served as the chief economist for Merrill Lynch and Co., the world’s largest securities firm. In 1997, he left Wall Street to become president of the Milken Institute, a not-for-profit, economic- and public policy think tank. Last year, Straszheim launched SGA, which now staffs analysts and economists in Los Angeles and Beijing, providing strategic advice on investment and business matters.

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