The Pacific Century, Los Angeles

Breakfast briefing: Asia-Pacific in focus

The Asia-Pacific region continues to grow in importance as a driver of global economic growth. Such is the significance and scale of shared trade, security, and political interests between the region and the U.S., some commentators have coined the term – The Pacific Century – to describe our times.

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In a thought-provoking, engaging and informative presentation and discussion forum, Savills explored the above topic from a real estate perspective and discussed implications for U.S. business. With presentations led by Savills’ Head of Research for Asia-Pacific and with in-market experts from Japan, China, Hong Kong, India, Singapore and Australia in attendance, the breakfast speaking events were a rare opportunity for attendees to meet, discuss and share views on a subject which is topical and of increasing relevance to us all.

The Pacific Century Savills Speaking Series took place in 5 cities on the U.S. West Coast. We visited Seattle, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and Newport Beach.  


The Ortus Club hosts knowledge-sharing discussions for senior executives internationally. It has been providing an environment for business leaders to explore processes of collaborative creativity that will drive innovation within their industry.

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Asia-Pacific in Focus

Geo-political tensions and the ongoing tit-for-tat tariff war between the U.S. and China have recently brought into sharp focus the scale, increasing importance and complexity of the relationship between the U.S. and the Asia-Pacific. In a wide-ranging presentation led by Simon Smith, Savills’ Head of Research for Asia-Pacific and in subsequent discussions, the following topics were explored:  

  • Demographics and population
  • Economic development, growth, and scale
  • Real estate and capital investment flows
  • Emerging trends in tech, e-commerce, AI, manufacturing & logistics

The event was a lively and engaging forum with plenty of discussion, debate, shared views and experiences, with participation from the audience and with real estate experts in attendance from key markets across the Asia-Pacific.


10:00 am: Arrival and coffee/tea reception
10:30 am: Welcome by Ortus and Introduction by Savills
10:40 am: Presentation on “The Pacific Century” by Simon Smith, Head of Research for Savills Asia-Pacific
11:25 am: Panel question and answer portion
11:45 am: Networking session

Convene, Beach Hub Room

333 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90731

  • CEO at The Veloz Group
  • Executive Director and COO at Digital Domain
  • SVP Vendor Risk Management at Bank of Hope
  • SVP & Corporate Strategy Officer at Hanmi Bank
  • Managing Director at Bank of the West
  • SVP International Relations at International Right of Way Association
  • CFO at Mar Vista Entertainment
  • Co-Founder at Now Rewind
  • Partner at CKR LAW, LLP
  • Co-Founder/CEO at Bidfluence
  • Executive Producer at Now Rewind
  • CEO at ICVR
  • CEO Founder at Truemetrics Analytics Agency
  • Co-founder at Blockchain Beach
  • Managing Partner , Los Angeles Office at Perkins Coie LLP
  • Director of Retail Expansion & Facilities at Z Gallerie
  • Director of Facilities at University of Southern California
  • Client Development Director at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
  • Partner at Perkins Coie LLP
  • Partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Facilities Director at LAcarGUY
  • CoFounder & CEO at OmniChain Solutions
  • EVP & CFO at GBC International Bank
  • SVP at City National Bank
  • Facility Systems Director at NBC Universal
  • Director of Development at NBC Universal
  • Chief Executive Officer at Technical Connections
  • SVP and Middle Market Team Leader at CTBC Bank
  • Director of Procurement at ICANN
  • VP Global Businesses and Facilities at Digital Domain, Inc

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Convene, Los Angeles

Thursday, 10th May 2018

10:00 am

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