CORVALLIS, Ore. – “Doing Business in the Pacific Rim,” a conference for business owners and others with a commerce interest in Asia, is scheduled for June 20, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Oregon State University’s Memorial Union Ballroom.

The conference is sponsored by the OSU College of Business. Registration is $40, and those interested may register online at

Scheduled speakers include:

  • Karen Fast, founder and principal of Bend-based Claremont Associates LLC, will speak on “Status of Outsourcing/Partnerships with India” at 9 a.m.
  • Joe Lobbato, chief operating officer of Central Retail Corporation in Thailand, will address the “The Southeast Asia Perspective” at 10:30 a.m.
  • Steve Lawton, associate professor emeritus of International Business in the OSU College of Business and an adjunct professor in the College of Forestry, will talk about “Challenges Facing China” at 1:15 p.m.
  • Richard K. Warren, vice president of Systems and Technology with IBM Systems and Technology Group, will speak at 2:45 p.m. on “Identifying Differences Between China, India, Africa & Beyond to Turn Mega-trends Into Opportunities.”

International business is an expanding part of the OSU College of Business, where its Arthur Stonehill International Exchange Program has roots going back to 1987. Now the largest program of its kind in Oregon, the Stonehill Program provides students the opportunity to visit one of nine partner schools around the world each year.

Business majors are able to take upper division business courses, and in some cases, earn an option in International Business while studying abroad in places such as China, Thailand Norway, Denmark, Austria, Germany and more.

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