Traverse City Record-Eagle


February 20, 2014

Expert on business in Asia at NMC tonight

TRAVERSE CITY — An expert on doing business in Asia will speak at Northwestern Michigan College.

Jep Gruman, director of California-based company INcellDX, will present “The Rise of the Asian Tigers” at 6 p.m. today at the Milliken Auditorium. The presentation kicks off an extensive lecture and program series that culminates with a two-day conference on China at NMC in July.

“There is a lot of increased interested in China in our area ... in the fields of education and business,” said Karen Segal, co-chair of the International Affairs Forum, which is organizing the lecture series and conference. “It deserves some real attention.”

Gruman has held senior finance and management positions with Citibank, H.J. Heinz Company and Oaktree Capital Management. His recent work has focused on the rapidly growing medical devices field in Asia. Advance tickets for the speech are $10 and available through NMC Extended Educational Services at 231-995-1700.

The speech is the first of an eight-part International Affairs Forum series that continues in the Traverse City area through May. The China Today: Competitor or Partner conference will also take place at NMC on June 5 to 6.

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