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PR # 51 October 6, 2008


Jack Perkowski, an entrepreneur, author and well-known authority on business dealings with China, will speak Thursday, October 23, at 12 p.m., at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC).

The lecture, which is free of charge and open to the public, will be held in the Conference Center at the College?s North Branch Campus. Perkowski, author of Managing the Dragon: How I?m Building a Billion Dollar Business in China (Crown Business, March 2008), will speak on ?China: Economic Superpower.? The program is being presented by the College?s Phi Theta Kappa honor society and the Business and Public Service Department.

Perkowski is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ASIMCO Technologies, one of the most important players in China?s automotive components industry. Perkowski founded ASIMCO in February 1994 after spending three years investigating opportunities in Asia and China.

ASIMCO Technologies has 17 factories in eight provinces and 52 sales offices located in every corner of the country. It is a foreign invested company, headquartered in Beijing, that was established in China specifically to serve the China market. Under Perkowski?s leadership, ASIMCO has gained a reputation for developing local management and integrating a broad-based China operation into the global economy. ASIMCO was twice named one of the ?Ten Best Employers in China,? ranking third in the last survey conducted by Hewitt Associates and 21st Century Business Herald.

Managing the Dragon: How I?m Building a Billion Dollar Business in China details Perkowski?s experiences building ASIMCO from the ground up and the lessons he learned in developing the company?s local management team. The book also covers a wide range of topics such as decentralization; China?s different cost perspective and how it creates two markets for any product; intellectual property concerns; and practical advice on how to start a business in the country.

Perkowski graduated cum laude from Yale University in 1970. He received an MBA with High Distinction from Harvard School of Business in 1973 and was named a Baker Scholar. Prior to his work in Asia and China, Perkowski had a successful 20-year career on Wall Street. He was a partner in a leveraged buyout firm with John Kluge, the telecommunications mogul, and was the head of investment banking at Paine Webber, now part of UBS.

Perkowski is a regular speaker to a wide range of audiences on the subject of China and doing business in the country. He has authored articles on management and industry topics and was featured in Thomas L. Friedman's best-selling book, The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century , in the chapter dealing with China. Perkowski?s ongoing commentary on unfolding events in China can be found by visiting www.managingthedragon.com .

For additional information, contact Anne Marie Anderson, amanders@raritanval.edu .

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 40 years, offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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