SHARK tank style elevator pitch round Judges
suzhou, china

Terence Lau

Terence Lau, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs University of Dayton School of Business Administration.  Terence Lau is Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Professor of business law in the School of Business Administration at the University of Dayton. He teaches Legal Environment of Business, the Global Business Capstone, and Peace Through Commerce, a graduate-level study abroad program. Prior to joining UD, Lau served as Director, ASEAN Governmental Affairs, Ford Motor Company, based in Bangkok.  In that capacity, Lau had primary responsibility for governmental and regulatory affairs for Ford affiliates in Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar. Prior to that, Lau served as in-house counsel to Ford based at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. His practice focused on international trade (export controls, anti-boycott, and trade sanctions) and licensing, international distribution, and trans-border mergers and acquisitions.  Lau currently serves on the Board of Directors of Mike-sells Inc., based in Dayton, Ohio. In 2006-2007, Lau served as a Supreme Court Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C. Assigned to the Office of the Counselor to the Chief Justice, Lau worked with court officials to conduct research into the federal judiciary and represent the Chief Justice to visiting foreign delegations.  Lau’s business law research is published in law reviews including DePaul Law Review and the American Business Law Journal.  He is the author of The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business, a textbook published by Flat World Knowledge.  Lau received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Syracuse University in New York, and his B.A., summa cum laude, from Wright State University in Ohio.

Vince Lewis

Vince Lewis is the Fifth Third Bank Entrepreneur-in-Resident and Director of the L. William Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership in the University of Dayton’s nationally ranked entrepreneurship program.  Vince Lewis teaches undergraduate and graduate level entrepreneurship and management classes in one of the top 20 entrepreneurship programs in the U.S. Courses taught include corporate strategy, the capstone course in entrepreneurship and Financing Entrepreneurial Ventures. He also has served as director of the UD Business Plan Competition, one of the largest university level business plan competitions in the U.S., and now in Suzhou, China. Lewis also serves as Chairman of Logos@Work, and has been an executive and business owner in Dayton for more than 20 years. Lewis currently serves on the advisory boards of Afidence Technologies in Mason, Ohio; Kerber Sheet Metal in Troy, Ohio; Prime Controls in Kettering, Ohio; and PrxPx in Dublin, Ohio. Lewis is also a trustee with the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.  

Paul Sweeney

Paul Sweeney is a full-time professor in the Marketing and Management Department.  He earned a B.A. from California State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.  He has taught management courses in Organizational Behavior, International Management, Groups & Teams, Seminar in Leadership, Business Data Analysis, Statistical Techniques and Fundamentals of Work Behavior.  Paul’s work has appeared in the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes, & more.  In 2006, he was named to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Management, a leading research journal.  Sweeney has also written several books with colleagues Harvey Enns and Dean McFarlin, including How CIO’s Overcome the Competing Values,  International Management (Houghton Mifflin, 3rd Ed.), Organizational Behavior: Solutions for Management (Irwin/McGraw-Hill) & House of Mirrors: Narcissistic Leaders & How to Survive Them (Kogan Page Ltd., London).

Jian (James) Zhu

James Zhu, CEO of Oray Investments. James received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Turku, Finland.  During the time of stay in Finland, he served as hardware engineer in Nokia, and later he was involved with Finpro, a Finnish company promoting Finnish industries and technology. In that setting, James became familiar with Finnish excellence and expertise fields in innovation, incubation, education, tourism, cleantech, and etc.  After getting extensive experience in Finland, James decided to move back to China where he became active in finance sector working for several companies, establishing his own, and participating projects.  James currently runs his own venture investment company Oray Investment that specializes in TMT and education.

Qui Zou

Mr. Qin Zou has B.S. degree from Shanghai Jiaotong University M.S. degree from University of Maryland.  After he graduated, he was a lecturer at Shanghai Polytechnic University.  From 1986 to 1989, he was a visiting scholar in University of Maryland – college Park conducting researches in artificial intelligence and optimization.  He has one US patent for his invention and published 12 technical papers in various technical journals.  Mr. Qin Zou had been working in Black & Decker since Feb 1989.  He started in R&D department as a research engineer.  In May 1998, he came to Black & Decker (Suzhou) Power Tools Co., Ltd. in Suzhou as the Plant Manager/Director of Manufacturing. Now, he is the Vice President of Global Manufacturing for Consumer Power tools. In past ten years, Black & Decker Suzhou has become one of the largest power tools manufacturing company in China.  In June 2006, the Governor of Maryland State presented Mr. Zou the “honorary citizenship of State” for his contribution in globalization.  He is also an adjacent professor at Xian Jian Jiao Tong-Liverpool University in Suzhou.