JASCO Board of Directors
Officers (2015 - 2017):
Mr. Isao Shoji
Managing Partner, The Schumacher Group, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial.
Following his birth in Taiwan, Isao spent his childhood years in Hiroshima, Japan, and immigrated to the United States with his family at the age of thirteen. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from The Ohio State University where he majored in Chinese and molecular genetics, he went on to study medicine at Ohio State before changing his career direction to become a financial advisor. Today, Isao has a thriving financial planning practice and serves the needs of both American and Japanese clients in Central Ohio and beyond as one of only a handful of Japanese CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professionals in the United States.
In addition to his involvement with JASCO, Isao also serves as board member and pro bono director for the Financial Planning Association of Central Ohio and also stays active with the Japanese Chapel at Dublin Baptist Church. His past involvement includes serving on the boards of the National Association of Asian American Professionals Columbus Chapter and Hilliard Education Foundation, and as alumni representative on numerous organizations at Ohio State.
Mr. Allen Kinzer
JASCO Immediate Past President & Chair of the Nominating Committee
Partner, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Allen Kinzer is a Partner in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the Labor and Employment Practice Group. For over 20 years, Allen has successfully defended Japanese-American companies in the federal and state courts and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, and U.S. Department of Labor. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and has been selected by his peers as an Ohio Super Lawyer.
Allen has served on various committees and subcommittees of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section. The Ohio Supreme Court appointed Allen a mentor to serve in the Supreme Court’s Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program. He has been a fellow of the Columbus Bar Foundation since 1999, and has served various community and nonprofit organizations.
Allen received his J.D. with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law where he was a member of the University of North Carolina Law Review. He received his B.A. summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University where he was Phi Beta Kappa.
He began his service on the JASCO Board in 2008.
Dr. Mari Noda
JASCO President-Elect & Chair of the Programming Committee
Professor in Japanese at The Ohio State University
DEALL at Ohio State University
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.
Mr. Akio Seino
Director of Japanese Business Services GBQ Partners, LLC
Akio Seino is a Japanese native US CPA with extensive experiences in international and intercultural communication in the areas of accounting, audit, tax, manufacturing industry, cross border transactions and cross cultural decision making.
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.
Mr. Anthony Weis
JASCO Secretary & Chair of Development Committee
Partner, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
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.
Mr. Phil Barth, Former Honorary Consul General of Japan in Ohio
Mr. Scott Kuehn, AEP Ohio, Manager, Targeted Marketing International
Mr. Nick Moulakis
Mr. Eric Riehl, Humble Construction
Chairman of the Membership Committee
Honorary Board Members: