Faculty Learning Abroad – Development Trip to Japan & Korea 2014

The Ahlers Center for International Business with assistance of Dr. Denise Dimon organized a faculty development trip to South Korea and Japan during the student’s spring break – March 08 – 16, 2014.

The faculty members selected were provided with an opportunity to learn about the economic environment of Japan and Korea, the countries’ culture and history, major local businesses’ global strategies in a variety of industries and to further develop their international knowledge and linkages for the University. Among the companies and Universities visited were: Korean University Business School, Hyundai Motor Company, LG Electronics, SK Hynix, AmorePacific Co., Graduate School of Business Sciences of the University of Tsukuba, Fujitsu, Aflac and Google Tokyo.

Visiting Hyundai - South Korea

Visiting Hyundai – South Korea

At LG Electronics, faculty members were greeted with a tour of LG’s showroom (picture below) and a briefing of the company on “Sales and Building of Marketing Capabilities” by Mr. Jung-Whan CHOI, Director of LG Electronics.

Visit to LG Electronics

Visit to LG Electronics

In Tokyo, besides exploring the ancient Japanese culture, professors had the opportunity to visit Aflac Tokyo – 75% of Aflac’s pre-tax earnings come from Japan – Fujitsu, and Google Tokyo (picture below).

Visit to Google Tokyo

Visit to Google Tokyo

Attendees were: Craig Barkacs, Linda Barkacs, Annalisa Barrett, Barbara Bliss, Robert Bowen, John Demas, Shreesh Deshpande, Denise Dimon, Kristine Ehrich, Susan Jollineau, Amit Kakkad, Priya Kannan-Narasimhan, Maria Kniazeva, Barbara Lougee, Cynthia Pavett, Jillian Phillips, Manzur Rahman, Ryan Ratcliff, Carl Rebman Jr., Miriam Rothman, Vivek Sah, Tygarajan Somasundaram, Charles Tu, Adriana Vamosiu, Barbara Withers and Carsten Zimmermann.

Entrepreneural Success in Investing Beyond the Border

Mr. Steve Williams met with USD students last month and told the story of meeting a young Mexican entrepreneur 25 years ago, and together building a company in Mexico named Vesta, an industrial real estate development company with a $1 billion market cap. Vesta currently owns 13 million square feet of real estate and is traded on the Bolsa (Mexican Stock Exchange).

Besides sharing the story of his prosperous real estate venture, Mr. Williams also shared with students what things in life led him to his success. He emphasized the importance of having a clear vision of what one would want written on his/her tombstone when he/she is no longer here.

Below are the 8 steps to success according to Mr. Williams:

  1. Own a problem
  2. Find a good mentor
  3. Invest in yourself
  4. Follow your dreams
  5. Share your dreams
  6. Test your vision
  7. Network and Sell your vision
  8. Don’t forget to enjoy the journey

Speaker Biography:
Steve Williams co-founded SENTRE Partners in 1989, and as a managing partner, focuses on new clients, new concepts and new ideas. He developed a relationship with GE Pension Trust, which together with SENTRE Partners has become a major stakeholder in downtown San Diego. Steve also co-founded Vesta with Lorenzo Berho. Incorporated in 1997, Vesta is a Mexican industrial real estate fund.
Steve is a co-founder of Bandwidth Now which transforms commercial buildings into “next gen” environments, treating bandwidth as a utility and Wi-Fi as an amenity using its patent pending Building Optical Network (BON). Bandwidth Now and SENTRE were nominated by Intel for the Computerworld Honors Program’s 21st Century Achievement Award. Steve graduated from UCLA in 1972 and received an MBA from USC in 1974. He is a licensed CPA and licensed real estate salesman. He is active in ULI and was a former national board member of NAIOP. He is active in the community and currently serves on the boards of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. and CONNECT.


Students Testimonials – Consulting Projects Abroad During Intersession 2014

“The course practicum is an opportunity to really find out who you are in the international business world, at a graduate level.  I went to Buenos Aires after two and a half years in the Evening MBA, and I can say that this short international consulting opportunity challenged me far more than my 10-plus years of experience in executive management and business ownership.  I started the Evening MBA program because, while my businesses had been successful, I knew I could be a more effective, stronger manager, of both people and processes.  This experience made me confident that the time and money I have spent on my USD MBA were well worth it!  I had a fantastic team that brought together 4 completely unique people with different ages, levels of experience, and educational backgrounds. In a short period of time, we figured out how to assess the client’s needs and meet them using each team member’s strengths, benefiting not only the client, but each other, as we bound together to achieve success!”  Jennifer Knotowicz, MBA student 

Shanghai 2014

“The International Practicum in Shanghai was one of the most challenging a fulfilling experiences in my MBA career.  As consultants, we were exposed to real business problems that forced us to think outside of our own comfort zone and learn how business is conducted in a completely different culture.  This gave us invaluable experience in working as a team to achieve a significant amount of high quality work under extreme circumstances.  Professors Zimmerman and Bates did an excellent job of guiding us through the consulting process, stretched our thinking about international business, and helped us manage the client for superior results.” Zachary Miller, MBA student