Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Elon visits Modern Terminals

Today was our first business meeting here in Hong Kong with Modern Terminals. The professors did an excellent job of getting us excited for this visit and it did not disappoint. The ride into the Modern Terminals complex set the stage for how overwhelming Asia's second largest port is. Once we made it to the headquarters, we were greeted with an awesome model of the whole city of Hong Kong before we were led into the conference room for our meeting.

This map also includes a great light show, I highly recommend it.

Alright Gavin we're busy men. You have an hour and a half, impress us.

The meeting was led by the General Manager of the Hong Kong port as well as Modern Terminal's Strategy Management Manager (Gavin) who covered a wide range of topics from: global issues that affect trade such as the recession, emerging economies, transportation etc.; the different ports that Modern Terminals invest in (Pearl and Yangtze River Deltas, Bohai Gulf), their business plan, and how they are reducing their carbon footprint. The pressure was on us from the beginning of the meeting to be as engaging as last year's group, and it is my belief that we passed this test with flying colors (with a little help from Professor Benson).
We then moved on to the observation deck of Modern Terminals where we were finally able to truly appreciate the magnitude of Hong Kong's port. We spent some time here taking pictures with our jaws dropped and also spoke to some of the operators who were excited to talk about their work.

And this is just one section of Hong Kong's port.

Once we had finished our tour around the observation deck, we were led to the executive offices for an exquisite buffet style lunch with our new business associates. Some of us even had the courage to test a local flavor; ox tongue! This was an unforgettable experience at one of the busiest businesses on the planet, certainly an experience none of us will soon forget.

Thank you Modern Terminals!

(Todays post courtesy of Jordan McFarland and Billy O'Riordan)

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