Center for Global Business launched in Richardson

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May 01, 2017
While Richardson is home to many international high-tech companies, the prospects for more will soon be easier to identify.
Mike Skelton, director of the Mayor’s Office of International Business, along with Charlie Chen, CEO of DFW Technology and former Richardson Chamber of Commerce chairman, and Hubert Zydorek, UT Dallas International Business professor, have launched the Center for Global Business.
The Center, which comprises about 20 UT Dallas international business students, will help Richardson International Economic Development identify potential candidates to expand in the city.
“The students will help identify high-tech companies around the globe who are potential candidates to expand to the U.S. market,” said Skelton. “They then will promote Richardson as the location to ‘soft land.’”
The students have been divided into five regions of the world (Europe, Asia, Latin/South America, Africa and the Middle East) based on their interests, language skills and cultural awareness of these regions. The students include graduate and undergraduate students at the UTD Jindal School of Management.
“In addition to identifying and promoting Richardson to potential foreign companies considering Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into the U.S., the students are also tasked to identify universities in their region that are potential partners for UT Dallas to do student exchanges,” Skelton said.
Chen donated space at the DFW Innovation Center to house the program and Steve Mullen, retired RCC member and former Kellogg's executive, is serving as mentor.