University of Southern California University of Southern California Marshall School of Business ABAC Research Project Team 2007 Sean Haran, team lead, joins the ABAC research team with six years of work experience including two years of statistical research at the Federal Reserve and four years of management/strategy consulting experience. Most recently, he managed and wrote best-practice research studies for Chief Financial Officers of the largest corporations in the world while at the Corporate Executive Board in Washington, DC. Mr. Haran completed his Bachelor of Arts in Economics at James Madison University. Crystal Ban joins the ABAC research team with three years of work experience at the advertising network, Ogilvy & Mather Advertising Agency where she managed international and local accounts. She also has research experience as a Product Planner at Real Networks, Inc. working on next generation products for the mobile space. Ms. Ban earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from National Chengchi University. Originally from Taiwan, she is also fluent in Mandarin. Justin Campbell joins the ABAC research team with extensive experience in regulatory and administrative law with the United States government. While with the U.S. government, he developed policy related to wholesale electricity markets and worked to help industry companies operate within those laws. In addition, he advised Ford Motor Company on Vietnam’s accession to the WTO and worked to open a high-quality international school in Gaborone, Botswana. Mr. Campbell completed his Bachelor of Science in Engineering Science and Economics at Vanderbilt University. Joe DiFilippo joins the ABAC research team after serving for six years as a Captain in Military Intelligence for the United States Army. During his time in service, he served on three different continents while conducting strategic and tactical predictive intelligence and analysis with other officers and civilians from over ten separate countries. Mr. DiFilippo earned a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, as well as a number of certifications from various U.S. Army intelligence and analysis programs. Danielle Evans joins the ABAC research team with three years of general management experience in the retail industry as a buyer for Macy’s Department Stores, a $14 billion global retailer. She managed the profit and loss of the $25 million women’s accessories business for the West Coast division. In that capacity, she also engaged in strategic financial planning and product development in numerous international markets within the APEC region. Ms. Evans completed a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Stanford University and also speaks Spanish. Yue Hu joins the ABAC research team with eight years of academic research experience at a leading Shanghai university where she specialized in international business environments and business communications in international trade. Moreover, she conducted many strategic planning projects for the Chinese government, for example, strategic planning for recycling industry in China. In addition, she led consulting projects for tourism development in China. Ms. Hu earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of International Business and Economics. Originally from China, she is also fluent in Mandarin. Su Lee joins the ABAC research team with five years of experience including two years of scientific research experience for the University of Michigan Department of Emergency Medicine and three years of strategic sales and marketing experience for Eli Lilly & Company. He has worked on international engagements for organizations in Vietnam, Thailand, and South Korea. Mr. Lee completed a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Michigan. Originally from Korea, he is also fluent in Korean and Spanish. May (Wei) Li joins the ABAC research team with four years management experience in the financial service industry managing a retail branch of a bank with over $20MM in deposits in the United States. She was also actively engaged in international business development of her family business between China and the U.S. Ms. Li earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Washington. She is also fluent in both Mandarin and Cantonese. Julie Mulkerin joins the ABAC research team with five years work experience in various positions including logistics, origination and sales in a billion dollar agribusiness trading/shipping company in the United States and Latin America. In her roles, she worked collaborated on international trade issues with companies from Canada, the United States, and Latin America. Ms. Mulkerin completed her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with minors in Economics, History, and Political Science from University of California - Davis. Having lived extensively in Costa Rica, she is also fluent in Spanish.
Sahil Parmar joins the ABAC research team with five years of work experience in the IT and telecommunications industries in India and the United Kingdom. He started as a software programmer and has worked on a variety of implementation projects including the largest telecom project for British Telecom and leading a cross functional team of 35 members. He has also written and presented technical papers related to chemical engineering. Mr. Parmar earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Gujarat University. Originally from India, he is also fluent in Hindi and Guajarati. Aaron Seligman joins the ABAC research team with seven years of experience in IT for research institutions. He served as Director of Computing Services at the California Center for Population Research where he supported longitudinal surveys and applied demographic research in China, Kenya, Mexico, and Indonesia. He also worked at Niwakagaku, a Japanese manufacturing company, and at Toyota Motor Sales. Mr. Seligman completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree in East Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of California – Los Angeles. Having lived extensively in Japan, he also speaks Japanese. Andrew Schulman joins the ABAC team with seven years of international business experience. Living in New York City, he developed marketing and communications strategies for sports, healthcare and packaged goods clients on five continents. He has worked on projects for three of the past four Olympic Games and in 2005 he spent the fall in China, helping his firm prepare for the 2008 Games in Beijing. Mr. Schulman earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies and Psychology from Northwestern University. Shengsheng (Sylvia) Zhang joins the ABAC research team with seven years of experience in marketing for Fortune 500 companies in China. Working for China Hewlett-Packard Co. and Johnson & Johnson Medical China, she worked in market development and penetration. She led many important product launches in the Chinese market and has a deep understanding of rules and regulations compliance in international trade. Ms. Zhang completed a Bachelor of Economics with a focus on international trade at the Beijing Second Foreign Language University. Originally from China, she is also fluent in Mandarin. Faculty Carl Voigt is an Associate Professor of Strategy in the Department of Management & Organization at University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business... He specializes in teaching competitive and global strategy, and management courses in the undergraduate and MBA programs. His academic interests are business, corporate and global strategy, with a particular emphasis on entrepreneurship. Voigt has consulted with firms and organizations in the food processing, tourism, health care, engineering, telecommunications, defense, and not-for-profit sectors. He also has conducted numerous seminars for teams of managers in the areas of management and strategy. Dennis Schorr is an Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business. He specializes in the areas of international and global marketing, brand management, and marketing strategy. He is particularly interested in assisting managers and students to develop both qualitative and quantitative skills for improving marketing and managerial decision-making. Schorr has had research and consulting experience with companies in a diverse range of industries but has a particular interest in consumer branded products and high technology products and services. Ravi Kumar is Executive Director of the Center for Global Business Excellence at the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, as well as a Professor in the school's Information & Operations Management Department. Kumar's research interests include the embedding of information systems within global physical operations as well as the development of sustainable information technology industries in developing countries (such as information technology hardware in Taiwan and software in India). His focus is on the continuous improvement of quality, logistics and the relationship between manufacturing and marketing. Kumar was the founder of the PRIME program, a groundbreaking experiential learning course for all MBA students that involves nine countries-the first such required course in American business schools. He also directed the launch of the Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) degree program in Shanghai, in collaboration with Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Richard Drobnick is the founding director of University of Southern California’s Center for International Business Education and Research, which has been supported by the U.S. Department of Education since 1990, as one of its 30 national resource centers on international business. From 1994-2005, Drobnick served as University of Southern California’s Vice Provost for International Affairs. Drobnick is also the Managing Director of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities' World Institute, an institute founded in 2006 to produce interdisciplinary research on issues of critical importance to Pacific Rim policy makers (www.apru.org/awi), he is a Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore, and he is Secretary General Emeritus and a member of the Steering Committee of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), the association of presidents of 37 leading Pacific Rim research universities (www.apru.org). Drobnick is also a vice chairman and a director of the United States National Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) and a member of the Executive Committee of the United States Asia Pacific Council.