On behalf of Michelle Lytle
Our second day in China, and our first official business day. We started early…getting a quick breakfast in at the hotel and then onto the bus for our first meeting at United Family Healthcare. We were greeted by Alan Kahn, VP of marketing and communication. Alan was kind enough to give us a brief history of UFH, which was founded over 30 years ago by Roberta Lipson, an American business women. Ms. Lipson still runs the company as CEO. The vision of the company is to bring all varieties of advanced western healthcare to China. Our group was also given a tour of their state of the art facilities.
After a delightful lunch at an authentic Indian restaurant we boarded the bus for out second meeting at Pactera. Pactera Technology international Ltd. is the largest China based offshore IT service provider. It is located on the outskirts of Beijing, in Z-path! then Silicon Valley of China. Ken Schultz, head of corporate marketing. He gave us a wonderful presentation on branding and how to move a companies brand from just a casual awareness to brand esteem. We were also given a tour of their brand new corporate building, which included a full service restaurant and employee recreation facilities.
After out meeting we experienced our first Beijing traffic jam, and after siting at a standstill for almost an hour, finally made it back to our hotel to relax. Then many of the group headed out to experience the marketplace atmosphere for dinner at KFC, not traditional Chine fair, but the first time Fatama has eaten there. After three years in the USA, she tries KFC in China. A very successful first day of residency!