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  • David Iwinski Jr.
  • Managing Director
  • Blue Water Growth
  • david.iwinski@bluewatergrowth.com
  • US Mobile: +1 412 352 7997
  • China Mobile: +86 183 2128 4064
  • Skype ID: david.iwinski.bluewatergrowth

David Iwinski has worked in international business management in Asia and Europe for over 23 years. Prior to joining Blue Water Growth in 2010, Mr. Iwinski spent two years as Chief Executive Officer of Denex Labs LLC, a global dental laboratory based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Denex Labs utilized domestic and global production in China, Korea and India. Earlier (2001-2008), he was the founding Chief Executive Officer of Acusis LLC, a medical technology, software and transcription company. Acusis has customers in the United States and transcriptionist work force and software development teams in the United States, India and the Philippines. With a team of 1,200 in India (including over 100 software engineers) and over 200 in the Philippines, Mr. Iwinski spent a considerable portion of his time in Asia, working with his teams there on growth and operational issues. Before starting Acusis, Mr. Iwinski spent four years with Respironics, living in Hong Kong, as Managing Director for China and South East Asia. In that role, he was responsible for all of Respironics’ Asian manufacturing (including plants in China, Hong Kong and the Philippines) and for China sales, distribution, service and marketing. During this period he engineered a factory quality turn-around, built a new green-field production facility, and set up a China-wide sales operation headquartered in Shanghai.

An attorney by training, Mr. Iwinski spent eight years with Daimler-Benz Transportation, working as a Contract Negotiator and later as an International Commercial Coordinator. Mr. Iwinski earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1984, with a B.A. in Literature and a Minor in Music. In 1988 he earned his J.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Mr. Iwinski currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Seton Hill University and the Westmoreland Cultural Trust and on the Advisory Board of Asset. He also served on the Pittsburgh Symphony Board of Trustees for over ten years and was Board Chair of Friends of the Propel Charter Schools.


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  • John P. Friel
  • Director
  • Blue Water Growth
  • john.friel@bluewatergrowth.com
  • US Mobile: +1 412-996-9191
  • China Mobile: +86 186 0179 9250
  • Skype ID: john.friel.bluewatergrowth

John P. Friel was President and Chief Executive Officer of MEDRAD, INC. from 1998 through 2010.  He was a leading architect and prime mover of MEDRAD’s worldwide strategies for three decades, with particular emphasis on sales and marketing, international expansion, research and development, and organizational performance excellence.  Under John’s leadership, MEDRAD achieved 15% average annual revenue growth;  improved profit margins;  increased international sales percentage of total revenues;  expanded domestic manufacturing capacity three times and added manufacturing operations in Australia and China;  and, completed several acquisitions and joint ventures, both domestic and international.  While John was at the helm, MEDRAD received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award twice (2003 and 2010).  The Baldrige Award is the only formal recognition of the performance excellence of both public and private U.S. organizations given by the President of the United States.

Prior to being named CEO he held positions at MEDRAD and Intec Systems, Inc. in sales, marketing, business development and finance, starting in 1980.  Prior to joining MEDRAD, John began his career as a Senior Accountant with Deloitte (formerly Touche Ross & Company) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  John currently serves on the Board of Directors of several medical device companies and several non-profit community organizations including the United Way, the Pittsburgh Public Theater and the Advisory Board of the Hillman Cancer Center.  He graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1975 and from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, in 1980.  John is married to Charlene Friel and has three children.


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  • Dennis S. Meteny
  • Director
  • Blue Water Growth
  • dennis.meteny@bluewatergrowth.com
  • US Mobile +1 412-996-6655
  • Skype ID: dennis.meteny.bluewatergrowth

Dennis S. Meteny was President and CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Cygnus Manufacturing Company from 2006 to 2014. Cygnus Manufacturing Company is a manufacturing services company serving the medical device, energy, aerospace and transportation markets.  CMC provides precision machined components, custom fabrication services and finished product assembly to customers throughout the United States.  Dennis is a former Executive in Residence with The Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse and a former President and Board Member of TissueInformatics Inc., a venture capital-backed company in the medical imaging sector.

Mr. Meteny also spent fifteen years with Respironics Inc., (NASD; RESP) a leading global developer, manufacturer and marketer of sleep and respiratory products.  Mr. Meteny was the President and CEO of Respironics from 1994 to 1999 and a member of its Board of Directors from 1988 to 1999.  Mr. Meteny started with Respironics in 1984 as its Vice President and CFO and also served as Executive Vice President & COO.  Dennis started his career with Ernst & Young, working in their WashingtonD.C. and Pittsburgh offices.

Mr. Meteny is also currently Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Board of Directors of AngioDynamics Inc., (NASD;ANGO).  AngioDynamics manufactures and markets medical devices used by interventional radiologists, surgeons, and other physicians for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and peripheral vascular disease. Dennis is also the Vice President of the Board of Advisors for Penn State Greater Allegheny and a member of the finance committee of St. Kilian Church.

Mr. Meteny holds an accounting degree from The Pennsylvania State University (BS, 1975) and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh Katz School of Business (1986).  He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Business in 2007.  Dennis is also a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh and a 2009 Diamond Award winner in recognition of outstanding leadership as a CEO in the Pittsburgh region. Dennis lives in Adams Township, Pa. with his wife, Beth.


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  • Steve Price
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Solenture, Inc.
  • steve.price@bluewatergrowth.com
  • Skype ID: steve.price.bluewatergrowth

Steve Price joined Solenture, Inc. in 1984 and has been its Chief Executive Officer since 1992.  Solenture, the “Solutions Venture,” provides consulting services on compensation, benefits, life insurance and financial strategies to corporations and wealthy individuals. Solenture’s clients range from small mid-sized companies to members of the Fortune 500.

A recognized authority in many benefit and financial areas, Mr. Price has extensive experience in the analysis and design of executive programs and has directed the development of “next generation” executive benefit plans and communications, as well as security and financing techniques.

Mr. Price is a contributing editor to the Journal of Deferred Compensation, Member, Board of Trustees, Carnegie Mellon University and the President of the Andrew Carnegie Society of Carnegie Mellon University, and a past Business Advisory Board member for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. He is a frequent speaker and has been quoted in or authored articles for Barron’s Business Weekly, Business Week, CFO Magazine, Directorship, Journal of Compensation and Benefits, and Journal of Deferred Compensation.


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  • Dennis Unkovic
  • Partner
  • Meyer, Unkovic and Scott
  • dennis.unkovic@bluewatergrowth.com
  • Skype ID: dennis.unkovic.bluewatergrowth

Dennis Unkovic is a partner at Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP, a law firm of 63 attorneys handling  a wide variety of business transactions, corporate litigation, and technology and intellectual property matters.  Mr. Unkovic practices primarily in three areas: First, he handles mergers, divestitures, joint ventures, strategic alliances, acquisitions, and technology licensing relationships with domestic and international companies. Second, he advises in the areas of technological innovation, intellectual property and technology transfer. Finally, he works closely with companies, financial institutions, not-for-profit entities, and trade associations on managing their operations in the United States and abroad. Mr. Unkovic’s work has taken him to over 45 countries, with particular emphasis on the Pacific Rim.

Mr. Unkovic has written six books and over 150 articles that have been published both nationally and internationally. Several of his published works have been translated into Japanese and Chinese.  His 2009 book, The Art of Investing in America:  Secrets to Success, is designed specifically for Chinese investors. Published in English and Chinese by Beijing Metallurgical Industry Press, it provides insights into how to successfully acquire American assets in today’s trying economic conditions. Mr. Unkovic is often called upon to speak with government, business, and academic officials on international relationships and other high profile issues.

Mr. Unkovic serves on the Board of Meritas, a global alliance of law firms committed to rigorous quality standards for its members.  He has been named to each edition of The Best Lawyers in America since 2001. He is affiliated with numerous courts, professional organizations, and domestic and international arbitration tribunals. Mr. Unkovic earned his B.A. with distinction from the University of Virginia and received his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Prior to joining Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP, he served as Legislative Director to former United States Senate Minority Leader Hugh D. Scott in Washington D.C.  At the same time, he served as Assistant Counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights.


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  • Michael Chen
  • Director, China
  • Blue Water Growth
  • michael.chen@bluewatergrowth.com
  • US Mobile: +1 412-352-7997
  • China Mobile: +86 1860-114-5865
  • SKYPE ID: michael.chen.bluewatergrowth

Michael Chen has lived in China for over twenty years. Living in China and experiencing firsthand China’s unprecedented development, Michael has gained extensive insight into the China market. Michael has a highly international background and has also studied and worked in the U.S. for a significant period of time. Michael’s focus and interest lies in finance, having studied finance in university and worked in the industry.

Michael started his career in New York at Credit Suisse, where he worked as an equity research analyst covering semiconductor device companies.  Michael then joined a venture capital firm based in Beijing where he looked to identify cross-border technology diffusion opportunities. Specifically, Michael looked at making investments into U.S companies with innovative technologies which had high adoption and growth opportunities in China.

Michael holds a B.S. from Georgetown and an MBA from Tsinghua University. He holds the following certifications: U.S.A FINRA Series 7, Series 63, Series 86, and Series 87 Licenses. Michael is currently based in China and is fluent in mandarin.


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  • James A. Cook PhD
  • Director
  • Blue Water Growth
  • james.cook@bluewatergrowth.com
  • US Mobile: +1 412 576 0599
  • China Mobile: +86 134 3918 2184
  • Slype ID: james.cook.bluewatergrowth

James Cook has lived and worked in China since 1991.  He has overseen important research and professional development projects for organizations such as the National Science Foundation, China Medical Board, and the U.S. Department of Education.  In the course of his work, James has had an opportunity to travel across much of China, from Dalian to Beijing to Urumqi.

From 2004 to 2008, James worked with a group of American and Chinese researchers to develop water resource management plans and combat desertification for counties and cities in northwestern China.  That project required Mr. Cook to work closely with prefectural and county-level officials to balance the competing demands of agriculture, industry, and energy development on regional water resources.  He also established a successful import / export businesses that was one of the first companies to import Washington State wine and other high-end spirits into China.

James Cook holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Chinese Studies and History from the University of California, San Diego, and is fluent in Mandarin.


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  • Thomas Watson
  • Director
  • Blue Water Growth
  • thomas.watson@bluewatergrowth.com
  • US Mobile: +1 412-398-4639
  • Skype: thomas.watson-bluewatergrowth

Thomas Watson has produced exceptional results in a variety of leadership positions in international business. Beginning in 2007, he served as President of Magnetics, a private electronics component manufacturer known for its premium soft magnetic products. He led Magnetics through a very turbulent period marked by sharply falling prices driven by the entry of several very low-cost Chinese competitors. He implemented dramatic cost reduction and restructuring programs that quickly restored consistent profitability.

Prior to becoming President in 2007, he served for 4 years as Vice President of Manufacturing where he designed and built a new low-cost Greenfield operation in China, and implemented lean manufacturing processes. He also transferred Magnetics’ manufacturing expertise and equipment to China, identified and retained key personnel, and instituted a robust quality control system that enabled this WOFE to exceed US quality and productivity metrics. These steps, coupled with the identification and development of strategic Chinese suppliers, reduced manufacturing costs by over 50% and capital equipment costs by nearly 70% and still preserved Magnetics’ premium brand and quality reputation.

Tom was recruited to take over as President of Breeze Industrial products in 1998Breeze Industrial, a profitable division of a public holding company, manufactured and supplied clamping solutions to the heavy-duty vehicle and engine manufacturers including Cummings, Caterpillar, PACCAR, John Deere, and Mercedes as well as to plumbing and hardware distributors.  Tom integrated a failing acquisition in southern Germany soon after joining Breeze and restored its profitability by obtaining ISO certification, rationalizing low margin products, and launching a new product line manufactured on highly automated equipment.  After record sales in 2000, Breeze Industrial was sold to a private equity group for $47M in 2001.

Tom’s career achievements also include developing Chinese domestic supply chains for both materials and equipment and managing complex logistical systems with captive warehouses in China, Hong Kong, Germany and the US. In addition, he maintained strategic alliances with European and Chinese contract manufacturers.

Tom brings unique perspectives from his direct involvement with:

  • leading implementations of many quality methodologies including Crosby, Womack, Constanza, Toyota TPS and Six Sigma,
  • adopting increasingly complex enterprise software systems starting with IBM Copics, followed by Computer Associates, Movex, and more recently IFS.
  • joint venture with AT&T and Bell Labs to manufacture a proprietary copper alloy used for making electronic connectors.

Tom graduated with High Distinction from Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Metallurgy and is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.  He has always had a strong interest in quality education and served on his local school board as Treasurer.  Tom is married to Cindy Watson and they enjoyed raising two daughters in Hampton Township, a suburb of Pittsburgh.


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  • Ron Painter
  • Director
  • Blue Water Growth
  • ron.painter@bluewatergrowth.com
  • US Mobile: +1 412 432 6166
  • Skype ID: ron.painter.bluewatergrowth

Ron Painter has over 25 years of operations experience. He led operations at Circadiance, a medical device manufacturer, as Director of Operations and also at Vocollect by Honeywell, industrial computer manufacturer, as Plant Manager and Director of Supply Chain Management. While at Dormont Manufacturing, a building products manufacturer, he was Vice President of Materials Management.

Mr. Painter has a diverse background in supply management, inventory control, production planning, supplier quality engineering and production engineering. He implemented lean manufacturing methods resulting in cost and inventory reductions; and quality and productivity improvements. He played key roles in the strategic planning processes of growing business.

He has experience in the automotive industry via Toyota Motor Manufacturing and the medical device industry via Respironics. He worked with international suppliers negotiating contracts for goods and services.

Mr. Painter earned an M.B.A. from the University of Kentucky and Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University. He is a Six Sigma Green Belt and a Certified Professional in Supply Management. Ron taught Purchasing and Supply Chain Management certificate courses of the Penn State University for over 10 years.


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  • Keith Schneller
  • Director
  • Blue Water Growth
  • keith.schneller@bluewatergrowth.com
  • US Mobile: +1 703-559-2602
  • SKYPE ID: keith.schneller-bluewatergrowth

Keith Schneller grew up on a farm in northeastern Colorado and spent 24 years with USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). He worked as an Agricultural Attaché in Vienna, Austria covering six other eastern European Countries from 1995-1999.  He later took his family to greater China to head up USDA’s Agricultural Trade Offices in Guangzhou, Taipei, and Shanghai from 2003-2014.  After transferring back to DC in 2014, Keith was promoted to Assistant Deputy Administrator of the Office of Trade Programs at FAS where he was responsible for USDA’s export credit and dairy/sugar import programs.

In 2015, Keith launched his own consulting business with the goal of further assisting U.S. companies and associations enter China via eCommerce channels. During his last four years in Shanghai from 2010-2014, eCommerce and the use of social media in China exploded. Keith led the charge in launching several online, American-food promotions in China which had never been done before.  There is great demand in China for safe, high-quality imported food products and eCommerce in China is leapfrogging into the future as a way for middle-class Chinese who don’t have access to modern supermarket chains in second and third tier cities to purchase imported products online.

During his long career with FAS, Keith developed hundreds of domestic and international trade contacts and gained a good understanding of the needs of both importers and suppliers of American food and agricultural products. In the future, Keith hopes to also assist both Chinese and American companies looking for merger and acquisition opportunities in the field of food and agriculture through the support of Blue Water Growth’s team of technical and commercial experts.

Keith has a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Colorado State University and earned a Master’s degree in agricultural economics at the University of London’s Wye College through a Rotary International Scholarship.


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  • Richard A. Riggio
  • Partner
  • MicroTech Designs Inc.
  • richard.riggio@bluewatergrowth.com
  • US Mobile: +1 412 607 4580
  • Skype ID: richard.riggio.bluewatergrowth

After graduating with honors from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering, Richard Riggio spent the next 25 years in product development.  Mr. Riggio is currently the Managing Partner of MicroTech Design, Inc. which is focused on product development for OEM manufacturers.  The company has expertise in hardware, software and PC application design in industries such as medical, transportation, industrial and energy.  MicroTech’s innovative payment options which include equity, royalties or fixed price payment for services rendered continues to provide customers flexibility in getting products to market.  This payment flexibility has allowed MicroTech to develop continuous revenue models with their customers resulting in sustained revenue growth in each year since the company’s inception in 2009.

Prior to MicoTech Design, Mr. Riggio was founder and CEO of SiGenix, Inc.  SiGenix is an engineering service company that provides product development assistance in areas of hardware and software design.  SiGenix had 9 years of steady revenue growth through 2009 and was awarded the Pittsburgh Technology Council Rising Star Award given to companies with impressive revenue growth and a record of job creation.

An engineer by trade, Mr. Riggio has worked for companies such as General Dynamics, Bombardier Transportation and Respironics where he earned awards such as the General Dynamics Extraordinary Engineering Achievement Award for outstanding service and the Bombardier Transportation Silver Quality Award for innovation.  He has also earned 5 United States Patents as an employee of these companies.


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  • Michael Mascara
  • Partner
  • MicroTech Design, Inc.
  • michael.mascara@bluewatergrowth.com
  • US Mobile: +1 412 370 9325
  • Skype ID: michael.mascara.bluewatergrowth

Michael Mascara is a Partner of MicroTech Design, Inc., a product development company where he is responsible for systems and software development. Mr. Mascara’s knowledge base is current with the latest microcontrollers from various manufacturers, as well as the latest PC software development tools.  Mr. Mascara and the MicroTech Design team members have successfully completed large and small scale product development for multiple industries including, but not limited to: Variable Message LED Signs, AC/DC Power Supplies, Event Recorders, and High Power DC/DC Buck-Boost Converters.

Mr. Mascara received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1992 and worked for Bombardier Transportation Inc. for 14 years where he held various technical positions culminating with the title of Project Engineering Manager.  As Project Engineering Manager he was responsible for leading all electrical, software, mechanical, and civil engineering for a custom designed transit system installed in Madrid, Spain.  Mr. Mascara also participated in a bid process to win a large airport transit construction project in Beijing, China for the 2008 Olympic Games.  Mr. Mascara left Bombardier Transportation to join SiGenix, Inc. as a partner.  While at SiGenix, Mr. Mascara was responsible for growing the transportation and systems engineering portion of the business.  Mr. Mascara led a group of engineers, provided the system design, and wrote the application software for an obsolescence replacement of a TWC (Train to Wayside Communications) system in San Francisco, CA.  Mr. Mascara also led a group of software engineers responsible for the central control facility implementation in San Diego, CA.

 


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  • Linda Ma
  • Director, China
  • Blue Water Growth
  • http://bluewatergrowth.com/team-member/linda-ma/
  • linda.ma@bluewatergrowth.com
  • China Mobile (Shanghai) +86 1861-626-0102
  • China Mobile (Beijing) +86 1391-138-0129
  • Skype ID: linda.ma.bluewatergrowth

With 25 years of banking/financing experience in China, HK and other overseas market, Linda Ma is the co-founder of a multi-family office (ChengPu Family Office) and the Pachute Family Office Management Co Ltd, both in Beijing. Prior to that, Linda was the Managing Director and Head of Private Banking of Bank of Singapore and OCBC Banking Group. In this role, Linda has built up China Private Banking platforms, dealing with Business Founders, Chairman/CEOs and other HNWIs in China providing a range of banking solutions including investment banking, corporate banking, private banking and wealth management services globally.

Linda has held various senior management roles in her entire banking career including Branch General Manager and Regional Head of Corporate/Financial Institution of Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking back in 2004; North Head of Structure Trade Finance & Financing Solutions, Deputy Head of CFC (China Franchise Corporates) for Standard Chartered Bank (China) Limited during 2007-2011 and senior banker in charge of soft commodity business for a large international bank.

Linda has a Master degree in Accounting & Finance from  Macquarie University (Australia) . She was a visiting scholar of Columbia University in late 2015/2016 after her completion of the doctoral dissertation at Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Science.  Linda is currently based in Beijing China and is fluent in Mandarin and English.


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  • Kessara Iwinski
  • Project Specialist
  • Blue Water Growth
  • kessara.iwinski@bluewatergrowth.com
  • US Mobile: +1 724-205-1691

Kessara Iwinski is Project Specialist at Blue Water Growth, working primarily in research and new project development. Raised in Pittsburgh and Hong Kong, she has administrative and market research experience in both domestic and overseas offices. Kessara graduated magna cum laude with honors from Seton Hill University in 2015, earning a B.S. in both marketing and entrepreneurial studies, with a long-term focus on Chinese academic and economic development.