2013 Annual General Meeting

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Date(s) - Thursday, August 29 2013
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Kaiba Tap House in Tianzifang

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2013 Annual General Meeting


Kaiba Tap House in Tianzifang

Thursday, August 29

6:30 pm – 9:30 pm


Please join us to elect the SFCC’s new board and enjoy free drinks with colleagues and friends!  Two free drinks and snacks will be provided to all current members. (Correspondent and media members: 500 RMB; Associate members: 800 RMB.)

The Annual General Meeting will start at 6:30 p.m.

The list of candidates for board seats is below. If you cannot attend the meeting, please send one of the attached absentee ballots based on your category of membership to fcc.sfcc@gmail.com.  Completed absentee voting forms must reach us by 12 noon on Wednesday, Aug 28th.


Admission: Members only. Free for paid-up member.

Members whose dues are not current can renew on the spot.


Venue Details:  Kaiba Tap House in Tianzifang

Taikang Terrace, 2/F, 169 Jianguo Zhong Lu, near Ruij

建国中路169弄202号, 近瑞金二路


Time:  Thursday, Aug.29; 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Doors open at 6:30. Voting begins at 7:30


Note: You must RSVP before noon on Thursday, Aug 28 to be admitted. This is necessary so we can do our best to manage the flow of cocktails and food that evening.

RSVP now! We hope to see you for a memorable night on Thursday.

  Please send absentee ballots to fcc.sfcc@gmail.com


Candidates and positions are as follows:

President: Russell Flannery
Bio and Statement: I have been a member of our Shanghai FCC board for the past three years, including two as president. During that time, I have worked with other board members to expand our membership and increase the quality, frequency and news value of our events. In the coming year, I would try to make new progress in those same areas and find new ways to encourage members to become involved in leading club activities.  I would also seek to increase our networking and links with other organizations in Shanghai and elsewhere.  I’m a senior editor at Forbes magazine, and opened our first mainland bureau in 2003. I was previously a correspondent for Bloomberg News in Taipei and Shanghai and for the Asian Wall St. Journal in Taipei.

VP Events: Chao Deng

Bio: Chao Deng is a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires in Shanghai. She covers finance in China, with an emphasis on private equity. Prior to this, she wrote and made videos about the U.S. economy and markets for TheStreet, a financial website based out of New York. Chao reported daily from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and co-hosted a morning trading show that was live-stream on the web. She has also covered mergers and acquisition in technology for DealReporter, a trade publication under the Financial Times Group. Chao graduated from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and Brown University, where she majored in economics and neuroscience. She is originally from Anshan, a city in Liaoning province known for producing iron and steel, as well as the world’s largest jade stone. She grew up in England and the U.S., and is fluent in Mandarin.

Statement: As Event VP, I would be responsible for securing venues for speaker events. I’m up for keeping relationships with our current venues as well as exploring new ones. One idea is to design a quick poll to see if our club members would prefer events to be in Puxi or Pudong. I’ve helped organize events for the Brown University alum group here in Shanghai, so I have experience booking venues in advance and taking head counts.

I’d  also like to help invite more local Chinese speakers whom our reporters might find useful as potential interviewees. Having speakers across a range of industries might draw in a more diverse group of foreign reporters. At the moment, many of the regular attendees work for newspaper and websites covering business news, but we could do more to draw in reporters covering general news and also freelancers. Some interesting speakers might be Caixin Media editor Hu Shuli and Chinese media investor Bruno Wu.

We could also make use of the wonderful journalists in our group – for example, we could have a lunch session where two or three reporters present stories that they’ve done recently and tell us how they found these stories and how they reported them. The reporters would get feedback from the audience, while the younger journalists could get some tips about how to tell stories in China.

VP Membership: Pete Sweeney

Bio and statement: I respectfully submit my candidacy for Vice President for Membership. I have been a board member for two consecutive terms now and feel I have a good grasp of the challenges and the opportunities the organization faces going forward.

In terms of accomplishments so far, in addition to bread-and-butter events, I conceived and implemented the Third Thursday happy hour concept, the holiday happy hour in 2012, and built the new website, which I still administrate. Much work needs to be done in the area of making the FCC a better communicator with its members, and in facilitating horizontal communication between members, which I plan to make a focus this year. I also hope to work to develop a more cohesive sense of community among the membership, and make sure the membership services continue to provide value for money.

Future initiatives include more events in Pudong, another holiday party/membership funding drive, increased security for member information and communication, and exploring online payment options.


Pete Sweeney
Senior Markets Correspondent, Thomson Reuters

Treasurer: John Van Fleet

–       Most importantly, my respect for and dedication to the Shanghai FCC
–       Experience in the role of Treasurer, as I am the incumbent (several years in office)
–       My business background (GM of several small business enterprises, in China and Japan since 1991), and my business education (MBA), which support my ability to work with the numbers and other administrative matters

I have been a member of the Shanghai FCC since 2001, and have served on the board from 2004 to 2005 and again since 2008. I know from experience that the Club brings tremendous value to the community, and I believe that a stable bookkeeping and administrative environment helps our journalist leaders to accomplish steadily more.

I look forward to continuing my support of the Club. I ask for your vote, and pledge to honor it with my continued service.

Correspondent Representative: Shen Hong:

Bio and statement: I am writing to express my interest in running for the position of director, correspondents on the board in our organization’s upcoming election. I am confident that with my extensive journalistic experience, I am a suitable candidate to represent the foreign correspondents working in this city. I am now the Shanghai bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires. I’ve been with the company for more than 15 years, having covered different economies and financial markets across Asia. A Singaporean citizen but born in China, I moved back to Shanghai in 2006 and have since been a big fan of our club. I am committed to serving the fellow members, and there’s a lot I feel I can contribute to our organization. I hope that I can have your support in the upcoming election and I will try my best to work with other colleagues to bring a fresh and even more exciting chapter to our club. Thank you all.

Media Representative: Lenora Chu

Bio:  Lenora worked as a journalist in the U.S. for 10 years, spanning print, web and broadcast. She started as a business editor for Asianweek, and later worked as a business and political reporter, including a period with the Knight Ridder newspaper chain. She has freelanced for a number of outlets including CNNMoney, Marketplace, The Christian Science Monitor, Fortune, Money and Dwell magazines. Since moving to Shanghai three years ago, she has been working freelance in journalism and communications. Lenoara is Chinese American, speaks Mandarin, and holds degrees from Stanford University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Statement: For the past year I’ve secured speaker venues and helped oversee events for the FCC as the VP of Events. I also brought in a number of speakers on topics including innovation, social media and sex in China. This coming year I hope you’ll allow me to continue my affiliation with the board as media representative; I look forward to bringing in more speakers and helping to support the important work that journalists do here in China.

Associate Representative:  (Vote for one) Martina Beszedesova, Dominik Ehmann and Trevor Hale.

Martina Beszedesova

Bio: Martina Beszedesova is an experienced event management and media communications professional with a background in relocation, automotive, hospitality and art industries. Well organized and driven by high standards with attention to detail, Martina works as Project Manager with a global communications agency – Avantgarde.

Residing in Shanghai since 2007 and traveling around the country has provided her with a deep understanding of Chinese language and culture. In addition, her ability to build relationships with individuals and across organizations resulted in establishing a network of professionals in various media fields.

Statement: In the past year I have had the honor to serve on the SFCC board as Associate Members Representative and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who voted for me last year and hope to have been worthy of your trust. Thanks to the support of the rest of the board I have planned and organized all SFCC monthly networking events across the city, resulting in an excellent exposure for the Club and generating almost 40 new and renewed memberships.

Hereby, I would like to re-announce my candidacy for the Associate Members Representative seat on the board with the SFCC. Given my track record, my passion for communications and my network of contacts I believe I’m the right candidate for the position. I wish to contribute to ensure continued thriving operation of the Club and remain helping to provide the expat community with access to valuable information.

Thank you for your confidence in me.
Dominik Ehmann

Bio: Dominik has been working in public relations, events and government affairs in China for the past five years. He is currently working for the global public relations firm, Weber Shandwick, and serving clients in the education, real estate and financial services industries. Prior to Weber Shandwick, he was managing several industry working groups for the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, where he was engaging local government on behalf of, and together with, member companies’ representatives. He has lived in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai. He is an active member of the DPR Hotdogs, one of Shanghai’s leading cricket clubs. Dominik is a German national and has an educational background in Chinese studies and political science.

Statement: I would like to step forward and actively contribute to this community, taking my involvement to the next level. Since I joined the club about two years ago, I have been actively participating in SFCC activities. I enjoy the wide range of topics discussed, high level guests offering interesting insights and simply getting together at the monthly happy hour.
With my professional background in events organization and communication, these are the areas I am looking to contribute to. A well-organized event and good all-round experience for participants is one reason members keep coming back. Further, I will also be actively supporting fellow board members in identifying speakers, planning activities in and around Shanghai, and growing membership through my network. The SFCC thrives or withers depending on its members’ engagement and the current board has done a wonderful job. Growing the club is what I am committed to.

Trevor Hale

Bio and statement: I, Trevor Hale, an active  associate member of SFCC, would like to stand for board member, representing Associate Members.
I began my career 20 years ago as a journalist at a small daily newspaper. Since then, I’ve served as a press chief for the Olympics, and spent 15 years as a communications professional in the automotive industry. I’ve lived and worked in Beijing and Shanghai for the last ten years, first, as head of Northeast Asia communications for Daimler/Mercedes-Benz, and currently, as director of corporate communications for Ford in Asia Pacific and Africa. I have long been an advocate for international correspondents in China, pushing to have them included and invited to events organized by companies and joint ventures I worked with. I’ve also helped facilitate numerous j-visa applications for business and automotive events and am acutely aware of the challenges of international media accreditation in China.

I can bring strong individual support, and if needed, support from a Fortune 10 company, in helping advance the goals and objectives of the SFCC — with full understanding and appreciation of the need for limited influence, transparency and compliance by an associate member on a group for working journalists.

Thank you for your consideration.




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