Very nice way to personally end the trip with breakfast alongside my old boss and his wife. Truly just like old times. Their 15 year-old son might be coming to Vermont for a 3-week homestay and possible side trip to Boston. Fingers crossed he gets selected... Below are some photos of the Imperial Hotel lobby and all 3 of us. Heading to airport shortly.
We're about to close Tokyo, and by extension IME, on a positive note. Two great visits today and some last minute sightseeing tomorrow morning. We'll be back in Boston on Saturday night. Please check out the images / captions below. Thanks for taking the time to read the Blog while we've been on-the-road. Greg
This was in incredibly long day with 2:00 am wake up calls and a 6:00 am flight, but we all got to sleep on the plane, In the end, though, it was soooo worth it, because we made it to Tokyo. (I lived here after college for three years so it's always a sentimental homecoming for personal and professional reasons). Students are in a good mood and we had a great Alumni Dinner, followed by Karaoke. 2 company visits apiece on Thursday and Friday, with a return to the US on Saturday.
Here's a 10-minute interview about IME Asia from Radio Entrepreneurs.
Wonderful way to wrap up our 3rd city! Sightseeing at the Floating Markets, visit with a Japanese manufacturing joint venture & then the Bangkok Alumni event. Two pictures from today below. We're off to Tokyo with another middle-of-the-night wake-up call. Back in the US on Saturday.
Our morning company visit was to a Thai entertainment company, which was a first time visit & which has a BC grad on their Board. It truly exceeded our expectations. They provided a full corporate presentation, quickly followed by tours of their Radio and TV studios. If that wasn’t enough, even though our group of 26 was split into 2, they still put both teams separately on-the-air on their radio station & shot video in the TV studio which they’ll likely air, all using the BC name. Such great access & a unique opportunity. We'll post video of these soon, and the picture at the end show us posing with the formal Thai greeting while in the TV studio. The second visit featured a full corporate briefing at Citibank in Thailand, where C. Vira Anong is a senior executive in Retail Banking.
Everyone arrived in one piece, including our luggage. But, it's a dichotomy in opposites as it relates to the weather. Below are majestic images of the clouds and the Bangkok sunset as we were about to land, juxtaposed with a "gully washer" type rain during dinner. Look carefully at the last two pictures and you'll see the rain overflowing the gutters and coming down in veritable sheets of water.
Here are some photos from yesterday's Alumni Event and today's excursion to the Great Wall. The weather couldn't have been more perfect today-- not a cloud in the sky. Off to Bangkok tomorrow.
Thanks to our friends from the BiMBA Program (Beijing International MBA at Peking University) for hosting an MBA mixer on their campus earlier this evening. See the pictures below, with the sun setting in the background. Peking University is generally regarded as the best university in all of China. Everyone had a great evening, including me!
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