Robert Zierman, Real estate Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Before I took on an international assignment in China, I was told: "International Business is like James Bond without the Gun." Of course this statement didn't make much sense until I commenced my post. Then I quickly realized that it means people will play on each others knowledge and lack thereof in international business every day of the week. As a result, it is extremely hard to determine the appropriate time to engage or refrain in a "shoot to kill." Well, Naoko is a superior marksman in the field of international business! She knows how to engage businesses in both the Japanese and U.S. business arenas for gain. In fact, I highly suspect that she is more deft at manuevering through Seattle's Japanese-American legal minefield than anyone else here! This is knowledge that can not be gained from books. Instead, the ability to understand and then explain cultural nuance comes with experience. Naoko has exactly that -- Experience.