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Working Abroad– Pros, Cons, & Ways Forward
The AIA and AIA Utah are hosting an afternoon training session on February 21, 2014 to help you and your firm take advantage of the numerous architectural opportunities in thriving and emerging overseas markets. Working Abroad – Pros, Cons, & Ways Forward will provide you with first-hand knowledge of the ins and outs of working in foreign countries. India offers a myriad of opportunities to expand your business portfolio, and it serves as a good case study for any international work. The event will be hosted from 1pm-3pm at the Utah State Capitol in the Spruce Room of East Senate Building, 350 North State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84114.
Attendees will learn about business opportunities that are available in India and other international markets, resources provided by the Federal government, and how to best use those resources. Problems that can occur while working abroad, how business practices differ from the United States, and how to comply with foreign laws will also be topics of discussion.
Prior to the Working Abroad – Pros, Cons, and Ways Forward panel, AIA Utah will be hosting their 2014 Utah Legislative Day.
• Michael Lee, President, MLD Worldwide / Experience Industries
• David Fiscus, Director, U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service’s Utah U.S. Export Assistance Center
• Terri Batch, Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service in West Los Angeles, California
• Steve Price, Deputy District Director, Utah District Office, Small Business Administration
Who Should Attend?
• Firms who are interested in moving their firms abroad
• Firms who have worked abroad and are looking for insights into other countries
• Firms who are working on large infrastructure projects and want to find out more about U.S. Government funding opportunities
About the Speakers:
Michael V. Lee
In 1989 Michael launched Michael Lee Design, now MLD Worldwide, as a planning, design and production consultancy for an international list of themed entertainment clients including Kerzner International, Warner Bros., Children's Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop), Swire Properties, Universal Studios, Paramount, Polynesian Cultural Center and many others. His career in art and design has spanned nearly 40 years. He has built a reputation as a creative artist, planner, producer, designer and architect on high-pressure, world-class projects. He has extensive experience in development of museums, cultural centers, theaters, resorts, theme parks, water parks and other types of entertainment, recreation and education projects.
Prior to launching MLD Worldwide, he was Director of Design for LucasArts Attractions, a division of Industrial Light and Magic(now Disney), where he lead a team of world-class producers, artists and designers who produced attractions for several major entertainment companies. He was also a professor of Art & Design at California State University, Fullerton, and was the co-founder of the Environmental Studies Department, one of the first successful interdisciplinary, environment-oriented programs of its kind in the U.S. He has been a principal in several architectural and engineering firms, including Walker-Lee which produced award-winning projects for resort, business and leisure projects of over $500 million. He has won international awards from the Hong Kong Downtown Merchants Association for innovative planning and design. He has also been honored for “Innovation in the Use of New Materials” by General Electric Company and was the recipient of the Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Michael Lee has been a featured speaker at meetings of the American Museum Association, International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, American Institute of Architects, radio and TV programs and other industry conferences. He has taught design at two universities. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Brigham Young University and a Master of Fine Arts in Design from the University of California at Los Angeles.
David Fiscus is the Director of the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service’s Utah U.S. Export Assistance Center, where he helps current & prospective Utah exporters compete and succeed in the global marketplace. Prior to his arrival in Salt Lake City in 2002, Mr. Fiscus worked for several years in the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service’s Western European division of the Office of International Operations in Washington, DC.
Mr. Fiscus hails from Bowling Green, Ohio, and holds a B.A. summa cum laude in international studies and French from Bowling Green State University and an M.A. in international affairs from The George Washington University. He also holds an executive credential in global marketing from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Terri L. Batch
Mrs. Terri L. Batch is a Senior International Trade Specialist with the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service in West Los Angeles, California. Terri heads the Global Design and Construction Team that consists of specialists throughout the world focused on assisting U.S. companies in the fields of architecture, construction & engineering services, building products, construction equipment, sustainable design, and interior design.
As a Senior International Trade Specialist Terri offers export counseling to companies in the building and construction, after-sales automotive, processed food and food equipment, general consumer goods, and consumer electronics industries. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Commerce, Terri worked as a web designer, an independent consultant to small businesses and municipalities, and in post-secondary education.
Steve Price currently serves as the Deputy District Director for the Utah District Office of the Small Business Administration (SBA). Steve has been with the SBA for over 27 years and helps manage all SBA programs in the state of Utah including access to capital programs, procurement programs, counseling & training programs, as well as international trade programs, advocacy and regulatory programs.
For questions, please contact Derek Washam, Manager, Federal & International Programs
Image: The Bahá’í House of Worship, Lotus Temple, New Delhi, India; architect: Fariborz Sahba