Friday, February 14 at 3:00pm
VanderWerf Hall, 102
27 Graves Place, Holland, MI 49423-3617
“What it was like to work in engineering and product development in a cross-cultural environment” by Gene Halsey, General Manager for TES America, LLC.
What does it take to bring your ideas to market when working across cultures? How do you bridge technical challenges when language, cultural expectations and time differences seem to be conspiring against you? Hear what it is like to work as an American technology company alongside one of the largest tech companies in Asia. Hear what it is like to live and work in China trying to bring your ideas to life while trying to assimilate to a foreign land at the same time. All of these challenges pose real opportunities for leaders in the 21st century and are topics we need to explore as the world rapidly shrinks while walls are erected nearly as fast trying to prevent that from happening.
Gene Halsey is the General Manager for TES America, LLC. TES is the world’s leading manufacturer of projected capacitive touch systems. With more than 25 years of expertise in the touch screen industry, Gene has worked closely with many of the industrial markets’ largest OEM’s to bring the intuitive multi-touch experience of today’s hottest consumer devices to the vertical markets. Known for being a creative, forward-looking individual, Gene sees tremendous growth potential for multi-touch applications in 2020 and beyond.
Prior to TES, Gene spent more than 20 years with TPK Touch Solutions, Touch Revolution and Optera, Inc. in a variety of product management, sales and marketing roles, including serving as the director of marketing and sales for Optera Technology Xiamen, Inc., Optera’s former joint venture operation with TPK in Xiamen, China.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Communications from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Gene resides in Holland with his wife Laura and two daughters, Elizabeth and Amanda.