Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce


For Immediate Release

March 13, 2012 

 Contact: Denise Yee Grim 

(248) 844-4100


 Jim Holloway of Toyota's Supplier Relations & Systems Addresses Toyota's Future and Procurement Opportunities for Michigan Businesses 

Jim Holloway, General Manager of Supplier Relations & Systems, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc, will be the guest dinner speaker for APACC- Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce's international Asian event, APACC East -West Business Connections - Capitalizing Your Business Opportunities in Michigan and Asia on Thursday, March 22, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at The Diamond Center at the Suburban Collection Showplace, located at 46100 Grand River Avenue in Novi, MI 48374. This event focuses on the trends for business growth and opportunities in the Asia Pacific region and locally in Michigan.


The title sponsor of the event is Comerica Bank and the event sponsors are: Detroit Regional Chamber, Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), Miller Canfield and the Malaysian Investment Development Authority & Malaysian Companies.


Event attendees will have the opportunity to listen to Mr. Holloway's presentation on Toyota's direction of the future and the procurement process for suppliers to work with Toyota at the Business-to-Business procurement showcase at 6:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m., over 40 corporate buyers will be available to engage in conversations with businesses on specific-procurement opportunities.


Participating corporate buyers include: AAA of Michigan, Aisin World Corp. of America, Beaumont Health System Chrysler Group LLC, Comerica Bank, Delphi Corporation, DENSO International America, Faurecia, Federal Mogul, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company, Henry Ford Health Systems, Honda of America Manufacturing, Martinrea, Ogihara America Corporation, Saturn Electronics & Engineering, Inc., TAKATA, ThyssenKrupp Bilstein of America, Toyoda Gosei N.A., Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, Visteon Corporation, Walbridge and Yazaki N.A., Inc.


The afternoon forum starts at 2:00 p.m., where event attendees will listen to a speaker's forum focused on business trends and economic forecasts of Asia and Michigan. Speakers include: Craig Allen, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration Robert A. Dye, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Comerica Bank, Jeanne D. Broad, International Trade Development Manager for Southeast MI, MEDC, and conclude with a panel discussion on Practical Experience of Asian-Michigan Business Expansions.


"There are many business opportunities for Michigan businesses and APACC is known for its business procurement B2B networking event," said Denise Yee Grim, APACC executive director. "We are thrilled to receive the partnership from automotive, healthcare and other leading industries to participate in our showcase."


Registration is $70.00 per person for APACC members and $90.00 per person for non- members. Limited exhibit tables are available on a first-come-first-serve basis at $300.00 for APACC members and $400.00 for non- members (includes two registrations). For more information and to register, please visit www.apacc.net or call at

APACC's mission is to facilitate business relationships among Asian and U.S. based companies and to promote the economic advancement of Asian Pacific Americans. 

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