From left: Louisa Luk, vice chairwoman of the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce, and executive director Evan Brooks welcome their guests during their 2014 Lunar New Year Gala Jan. 31, 2014. The event drew more than 200 people from Cincinnati metropolitan area and beyond.
The Ohio State University Chinese Flagship Program has taken Evan Brooks to many parts of China, but he never thought it would bring him back to Ohio.
With the skills that Flagship students learn, they seem destined for business or non-profit work in China.
Nevertheless, Evan ended up in Cincinnati after graduating from the program in 2012. It's true that barely 2 percent of the population of the Cincinnati metropolitan area is Asian, but the region boasts one of the highest densities of Fortune 500 companies in the nation, higher than New York City and Los Angeles combined.
That said, many companies in the area buy and sell to China. Naturally, they needed a place to grow their network and share their knowledge. Enter the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce: This non-profit member association was looking for a professional with skills in the realms of international business, as well as, Chinese language and culture. The Chinese Chamber's board of directors hired Evan in September of 2013, where they tasked him with the daunting endeavor of stabilizing the chamber and propelling it into the future as a hub of U.S.-China trade in the Cincinnati metro space.
Evan would not have been afforded this opportunity if it were not for the unique skills he gained through his education and training from Ohio State's Chinese Flagship Program. Keep an eye on his and the chamber's progress at China-Midwest.com
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