Brian T. Pentland received his PhD in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1991 and SB in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981. His publications have appeared in Academy of Management Review, Accounting, Organizations and Society, Administrative Science Quarterly, Management Science, Organization Science, YouTube and elsewhere. He is a recipient of the 2015-16 William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award.

3:30pm - 3:50pm

Kelly M. Lynch

He Gao

Michal Lorenc


Chris Holman is the founder and CEO of Michigan Business Network. For over 40 years Chris has used his skills as an entrepreneur to successfully start businesses, launch magazines, run companies, serve on community boards, and host various talk show programs on both radio and internet. Currently, he is the primary host of on MBN's talk program Michigan Business Beat.

5:35pm - 5:45pm


Strategic Management

Closing Ceremony

Closing Ceremony

Marketing Strategy

Kolt Communications, Inc., a privately owned communications corporation with offices located in Okemos, Michigan. In 1991, Kolt Communications began providing a variety of communication counseling services to both public and private sector clients statewide including: public relations, advertising and media consulting. Robert Kolt earned a master’s degree in communication from Michigan State University and earned an undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University in broadcast & cinematic arts and journalism. 

Professor of Sustainability and International Business Law at the MSU

Coodinator for Business, Law, and Ethical Leadership in the Broad College

Panel:Marketing Strategy 

Opening Ceremony 

5:15pm - 5:35pm

4:50pm - 5:10pm

Experienced Chief Operations Officer with a demonstrated history of working in Multiple industries. Strong business development professional skilled in Negotiation, Business Planning, Operations Management, Sales, and Service. He now works in Amigo Mobility because he believes Amigo Mobility has a passion for creating a product that improves people’s lives.

Name of event 

2018 Michigan China Forum 
Theme Visionary
Event Coordinator

Xin(Abby) Xu:

Ziyu Yang:

Date of Forum:

April 13th(Friday), 2018

Start Time:2:00 PM
End Time:6:00 PM
Duration:4 Hours
Location:Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center  RM104AB
Address:219 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824 
Expected Number of Attendees:100-200 people

Paulette L. Stenzel, J.D. is professor of Sustainability and International Business Law in the Department of Finance at the Broad School. Professor Stenzel coordinates offerings in the Business Law group within the Department of Finance. She is active in teaching and advising Honors College students and is the originator of Honors Business Program in the Yucatan of Mexico. Her off campus professional activities include service as staff editor for two major journals:  The American Business Law Journal, and the Journal of Legal Studies in Education. Her research, public service, and service to students are in the area of sustainability.  Recent publications cover Corporate Social Responsibility and the tools of sustainable development:   Fair Trade, Direct Trade, microfinance, cooperatives, and local purchasing.  She has also written on major trade agreements including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA), and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).

Kelly M. Lynch is going to talk about his experience in Supplier Relationship Management and Supply Chain Sustainability at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in the 2018 Michigan China Forum. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, a Global lead for all Purchasing and Supplier Quality processes and methods. The mission statement for our organization is "To enable the Purchasing & Supplier Quality organization and our Supplier Partners to meet their objectives in the most effective and efficient manner as possible. Our focus is on continuous improvement."

This year’s theme for BCBS’s 2018 Michigan China Forum is “Visionary”. Our theme covers five main topics of interest: FinTech, Strategic Management, Marketing Strategies, New Media, and Business Ethics. BCBS will invite speakers who are well-known in their field to share their unique perspective and understanding of what being a visionary means to them.

New Media

5:45pm - 6:00pm

Founder and CEO of Michigan Business Network

Heading up Google's Ticketing & Live Events category
Google Ann Arbor Office STEM liaison
Adjunct Professor in the Department of Advertising at MSU

Michal Lorenc is a 14-year veteran of Google and has held multiple leadership roles on the revenue generating side of the business. He's currently heading up Google's Ticketing & Live Events Group where he oversees Sales and Account Services Team responsible for fostering strategic relationships with key partners in Sports, Family Entertainment, Music and Ticketing Industries; and works closely with key stakeholders across Google's Family of Brands to develop new ad formats and products for the Live Events category. A seasoned industry veteran, he worked on a variety of strategic initiatives in marketing, business development and sales capabilities in North America and Europe, including establishing Google’s presence in his native Poland, helping build out Google offices in Ann Arbor, MI, and building out Mid-Market Sales team for Google Canada. He also teaches Video and Digital Marketing courses at Michigan State University and acts as Executive In Residence at Eastern Michigan University's Center for Digital Engagement.

3:50pm - 4:00pm

Director of Corporate & Student Relations at MSU

Director of FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

2018 Michigan China forum 密歇根中国论坛

Professor of Practice in Finance at MSU 

AVP – Investment Research Analyst at FirstMerit Bank

Panel:Strategic Management

Guest speaker

Panel: Business Ethics 

2:10pm - 2:25pm

Strategic Management


Business Ethics

C.O.O. at Amigo Mobility International, Inc.

Panel:New Media

Technology | Strategic Management | Marketing Strategy | New Media | Business Ethics

info session


Q/A and Break

Investment research, analysis, management, and decision making skills have been honed in a variety of environments, including bank trust departments, a family office, and a brokerage department. Extensive experience working with high net worth clients, including individuals and organizations. Excellent communication skills, including preparing reports in both written and oral contexts. Proven ability to work successfully in teams as well as lead teams in the completion of projects. Proficient with Morningstar Direct, FactSet, Bloomberg, and Microsoft Office.

4:00pm - 4:45pm

The Main Street Capital Partners Intellectual Capital Endowed  

Faculty Director of the Center for Business & Social AnalyticsProfessor in the Department of Accounting at Michigan State University


Technology: Narrating the future


New Media

He Gao received her Ph.D. in Strategic Management from Arizona State University. Her research is centered on the strategic use of language, competitive dynamics, and strategic leadership. She is particularly interested in how top managers use language to influence stakeholders and competitors. Her research has been published in Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management, and Academy of Management Proceedings. 

Q/A and Break

Chris Holman

Panel: Technology(Narrating the Future)

Assistant Professor 
Department: Management

Robert Kolt

2:30pm - 3:25pm

Thomas Rimer

Instructor at MSU Department of Advertising and Public Relations 

President and CEO of Kolt Communications, Inc


Joe Mooney