Chinese Chamber Member Named 2013 Ohio Exporter of the Year

Kevin Kahn Exporter of the Year
Kevin Kahn, president of K2 Industrial Controls, sits with his award May 29 during a Small Business Association dinner.

SBA Honors K2 Industrial Controls at Awards Dinner May 29

Kevin Kahn is not your ordinary, everyday American entrepreneur.

He grew up in New York, studied international politics and economics at Middlebury College in Vermont, and majored in East Asian studies at the University of Washington. He also has an MBA from the University of Southern California.

Oh and he loves to talk about hockey.

Mr. Kahn is the president of K2 Industrial Controls, a wholesale valve and fitting distributor based in Cincinnati, but operating mostly in China. In fact, K2 operates in eight cities in China. The company’s core business is exporting American-made valves and fittings to China for use mostly in the oil and gas industry.

According to their web site, K2 is “dedicated to partnering with small and medium sized manufacturers with commercially viable industrial technologies helping them enter into and successfully develop business in some of the most lucrative yet complicated markets in the world.”

As far as complicated and lucrative markets go, China tops the list. Nevertheless, that is the market where Mr. Kahn and his team thrive.

It’s really no wonder that K2 was named Ohio Exporter of 2013. We’re glad to have them as a Gold member and even happier to have Mr. Kahn on our board of directors.

Click here to see K2’s LinkedIn page and to connect with the company’s president.

Letter from the Director — March’s End



Spring has sprung, allegedly, and as the weather warms up – again, allegedly – so goes the activity at the Chinese Chamber, rain or shine.

Earlier this week we held the first installment of a business luncheon series called Growing Your China Business, where Dezan Shira tax manager Sabrina Zhang flew from Beijing to give us the skinny on tax updates in China. She talked specifics on the changing tax laws coming from the central government that are meant to spur an economy based more on services than exports. Effectively, a deliberate and phased transition of tax reforms means a lower tax rate for many companies doing business in China. Sabrina left us her presentation document. If you would like to learn more, feel free to email me.

 Members and guests from March 25’s Growing Your China Business luncheon

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2014 Board of Directors and Officers

The Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has so far been set for 2014.

This year’s board members, the organization they represent and their statuses are as follows (LinkedIn profiles linked to names where possible):

  • Chairwoman Hui-Jiang Saldana, Mercy Health and Catholic Health Partners
  • Chairman-Elect Michael Kou, Growth By Export
  • Vice Chairwoman Louisa Luk, Green Energy Enterprises
  • Treasurer Julie Hagen, Barnes Dennig
  • Alan Warner, WARNER architecture studio
  • Anita Haefner, DHL Express
  • Daniel Brockdorf, Horsehoe Casino
  • David Le, Lang Thang Group
  • Heather Quinley, Duke Energy
  • Lawrence Gales, University of Cincinnati (scheduled for replacement by the university)
  • Membership Committee Chairman Marty Wilz, Sur-Seal
  • Marvin Bai, Deloitte & Touche (pending board approval to replace Ning Zhang at March 19 meeting)
  • Matthew Schottelkotte, GBBN Architects
  • Pei Zhang, Frost Brown Todd
  • Reuben Shaffer, Kroger (pending board approval at March 19 meeting)