Mr. Isao Shoji
JASCO PresidentManaging Partner, The Schumacher Group, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial.
A resident of central Ohio for the more than 25 years, Mari Noda began her service on the JASCO Board in 1997. Before coming to Ohio, she lived in Ithaca, New York, where she received all of her higher education degrees at Cornell University; Portland, Oregon, where she taught Japanese; Tokyo, Japan, her birth place; and Takarazuka, Japan, where she spent most of her younger days. She teaches Japanese and East Asian language pedagogy in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the Ohio State University. She is active in teacher-training, having trained more than 900 teachers of Japanese and Chinese over the last three decades at OSU, in the ALLEX (Alliance for Language Learning & Educational Exchange) Foundation Summer Institute, and ALLEX predecessor, Exchange: Japan Program.
Mari has served numerous professional organizations, including the Association of Teachers of Japanese as President and member of the Board of Directors, on the Executive Board of the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages, and on the national task force that produced the SAT Subject Test in Japanese. In Ohio, she has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Columbus Japanese Language School.
As a Director of Japanese Business Services at GBQ, Akio understands the current needs of Japanese companies in Ohio and find their solutions, connecting Japanese businesses with GBQ resources in the area of accounting, tax, and consulting, and advising Japanese companies ever changing business environment, regulations, and compliance needs.
Akio has 30 years of experiences in Public accounting in Japan, Hawaii, and Ohio, recently serving over 100 automotive suppliers and other Japanese businesses throughout Ohio and the Midwest, assisting Japanese executives doing business in the US and American executives doing business with Japanese companies and executives.
Akio is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Hawaii Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Tony Weis is a Partner in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the Corporate Practice Group. Tony represents and counsels public and private companies on a broad range of legal matters, including corporate governance, business formation, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, contract negotiations, disclosure and reporting under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and regulatory compliance. A significant portion of his practice is devoted to assisting Japanese companies in establishing and operating U.S. affiliates and joint ventures. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and has been recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star.
Tony received his J.D. summa cum laude from The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law and received his B.S.B.A summa cum laude from Bowling Green State University. Tony has served on the Board of Directors of the Bowling Green State University Alumni Association since 2009 and currently serves as Chair.
Tony began his service on the JASCO Board in 2009.