The Greater Columbus Chinese Chamber of Commerce announces new
Executive Director: Zachary Q. Grammel
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September 11, 2018
Columbus Chinese Chamber Names New Executive Director
New Executive Director to Take over Day-to-Day Operations
COLUMBUS –The Board of the Greater Columbus Chinese Chamber of Commerce has named Zachary Q. Grammel as its new Executive Director. Grammel, who has lived in China and speaks Mandarin, has broad experience working with international businesses.
“The Chamber is very excited to have Zachary join the team,” said Monica Xia, Chair of the Columbus Chinese Chamber. “The Chamber needs an Executive Director who can effectively work with current and prospective members, while also bringing the skills necessary to foster the relationship between the Columbus region and Chinese companies.” Xia emphasized, “In Zachary, we believe we have found someone who can do just that.”
Amid the ongoing trade negotiations, it’s important to remember that the U.S. and China both stand to lose if a long-term solution cannot be established. Ohio, especially the Central Ohio business community, has a long history of working with its Chinese counterparts. China remains a strong market for Ohio goods and services. Ohio’s growth in “Goods Exports” to China grew 74% from 2008 to 2017. Over the same period, Ohio’s growth in “Services Exports” to China grew more than 359%. Exports to China rank third behind Canada and Mexico respectively in the value of exports received specifically from the Columbus region.
“During a recent visit with Columbus Chinese Chamber members, the People’s Republic of China’s Consul General of New York and the Vice Governor of Hubei Province emphasized the importance of dialogue in developing a stronger on-going relationship between our two countries,” said Keith Conroy, Vice President of Hicks Partners and board member at the Columbus Chinese Chamber. “The importance of the Chamber’s mission to grow and strengthen this relationship is evident in the fact that there are 49 Chinese companies with operations in Ohio that employ more than 5,770 Ohioans and most projections point to this number only growing in the future.”
The mission of the Greater Columbus Chinese Chamber of Commerce is to promote, support and foster business, education and cultural relationships among three major groups: Local American businesses that are doing business with China; Local Chinese American Businesses; and Chinese companies that are interested in investing in central Ohio. The Columbus Chinese Chamber hosts Chinese delegations, business forums and quarterly networking events.