Mei Young Explains Exciting New Opportunities for Bellevue-China Relationships
“I love advocating for Bellevue, both at home and abroad, in the private and public sectors. ~Mei Young
Mei Young has extensive experience in investment and consulting/PR services. She has successfully led many community projects, international events/forums, and personally organized high-profile trade missions to China, including Ambassador Gary Locke’s visit to Qingdao in 2008; Bellevue Mayor Conrad Lee’s visits to Beijing, Dalian and Qingdao in 2008 and 2011; and the trade mission led by former port commissioner Lloyd Hara to Dalian in 2008.
Mei is also a guest speaker on the cross-cultural communication and etiquette of doing business in China at the TMMBA program at Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.
Q: Please tell us about your career path and your current occupation.
A: Two years after moving to Bellevue from China in 1997, I started a successful real estate career. I have developed extensive market knowledge and negotiation skills while maintaining a high level of integrity.
The company I founded, Era Young, provides foreign investors with the means to achieve their investment and business goals in the Bellevue-Seattle region. Our main activity is to facilitate the contacts between Bellevue businesses, Chinese businesses and government leaders.
In China, I have wide-spread connections. I was appointed as trade representative for City of Dalian in 2006. In 2008, I facilitated Friendship and Cooperation Agreement between Bellevue and Dalian. The City of Bellevue also now has a city-to-city agreement with Qingdao. There are a lot of similarities between these cities; they are both beautiful cities that are experiencing fast technology growth. These city-to-city agreements are paying off in the way of business trade and investment for both sides.
Q: What new opportunities do you see between China and Bellevue?
A: There are so many opportunities! For example, Microsoft has important relationships and investments in both Dalian and Qingdao. An investment group from Dalian is looking at creating an Asia-themed entertainment center in Bellevue. Several China companies are considering locating their US headquarters in Bellevue, and there are opportunities for a joint fashion show, a mobile technology conference, and an Asian corporate center.
Q: What is one of your favorite aspects of living in Bellevue?
A: Being able to connect the best of both cultures – from where I was born and where I live now – is a privilege. Bellevue, with its first Chinese mayor, is becoming a major city in the Pacific Rim economy, and I feel fortunate that I can contribute to that success. I love advocating for Bellevue, both at home and abroad, in the private and public sectors.
Q: How do you like the Bellevue-Seattle region as a place to live?
A: With its beautiful surroundings, Bellevue is one of the most livable places in America. In addition, it is a dynamic high-tech hub, has excellent schools, low crime rates, and 30 percent Asian population. Washington State is ideal for year-round recreation (skiing, boating, walking, biking and tennis). Bellevue is also a home for the CEOs of many world-class companies, who find that doing business with China is easier because Bellevue-Seattle is the shortest distance to China of any US city.
Q: What advice do you have for others about how to be successful in this region or line of business?
A: Being bilingual and trying to remain sensitive to cultural issues is important. Use your passion and energy and stay focused. Always try to make a positive difference.