Do you want to explore business opportunities in Finland, or are you perhaps a Finnish entrepreneur interested expanding your market in the U.S.? Are you getting relocated in Texas or thinking of studying here? Our board members are here to help and get you connected with the resources you need. Get yourself familiar with our Board, and let us know how we can help you.
Our mission is to foster cooperation between Finnish-related businesses, to provide forum for the exchange of information among the Members, and to promote business among Finnish businesses and American companies and others. Please join us in this mission and become a member.
FINNISH AMERICAN BUSINESS GUILD (FABG) is a sub-division of Irving Sister Cities International. Members of the FABG are also members of Irving Sister Cities International. This membership is separate from the Greater Irving Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce. (You do not have to be a Chamber member to join.)
Become a member
Corporate Membership $250
As a Corporate Member you can name three designated representatives. The member corporation will be presented at www.fabg-dallas.com with your logo, company profile, and a link to your company website.
Individual Membership $20
As an individual member, you will have opportunity to network with through our connections to explore new opportunities and utilize the benefits of your membership.
Our corporate members:
FABG Board of Directors
PRESIDENT - CHAIRMAN
Consultant Telecommunications, work experience includes Supply Chain Management with Verizon and various R&D Engineering Management positions with Nokia. Vesa has led R&D for Nokia’s Mobile Phones BU in Dallas and product programs for US GSM1900 markets. Nokia experience also includes Multimedia SW development for Symbian Smart Phone platform. Before moving to US in 1995 Vesa pioneered Nokia’s first GSM modem/transceiver implementation and DSP development in Finland.
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, ARLINGTON
MBA, Business Management, Asian Business Studies, 2008
UNIVERSITY OF OULU, OULU FINLAND
M.Sc.EE, Telecommunications, Digital Signal Processing
DIRECTOR - TREASURER
Markku works as Head of Global Sales & Marketing for Nemo Wireless Network Solutions at Keysight Technologies Inc. Prior to this role, he worked as Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Vice President & General Manager of Americas region for Anite Telecoms Inc. Markku has spent over 12 years in the US. Before his US career, he worked at Nokia Mobile Phones and Nokia Multimedia for ten years in various management roles in sales, product management, and business line management.
UNIVERSITY OF OULU, FINLAND
MSc. Industrial Engineering and Management
DIRECTOR - HONORARY MEMBER
Ken Niesman has served as an FABG board member since 2006. He is also the Honorary Consul of Finland for northern Texas and Oklahoma. Mr. Niesman is an attorney and has practiced law in the corporate and business section of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP since 1976. During his 30 years of law practice, he has represented, and continues to represent, several Finland-based entities in connection with their US operations.
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor with Honors, 1976
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
Maria 't Hooft Simula
Maria works at Nokia as a director of Business Operations and Transformation. Maria has spent over ten years with Nokia in the US, in various positions varying from financial management to currently driving the major transformation programs within North America. Maria holds an MBA from Henley Business School in the U.K.
HENLEY MANAGEMENT COLLEGE
Mia-Riitta is the CEO and Senior Partner for Claro Leaders Ltd which specializes in development of leadership and management teams and executive coaching. Before Claro Mia-Riitta has worked as the CEO of MPS Finland Consulting Ltd, CEO of HR Partners Ltd, as a Senior Partner at Talent Partners, and as a researcher and teacher at Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration / Aalto University for 15 years- Also Mia-Riitta and has been a board member of several boards.
HELSINKI SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS, HELSINKI FINLAND
M.Sc. (econ.), 1998
Kim works at Nokia as Head of Delivery Operations for North America. He has spent twenty years with Nokia, of which 7 in the US, in a range of roles from Head of Project Management, Head of Regional Procurement to the most recent Delivery Operations, responsible for Nokia’s supply chain and local procurement within North America. Kim holds a B.Sc. in Telecommunications from Arcada Institute of Technology, and an MBA in Business Management from University of Dallas. firstname.lastname@example.org
ARCADA SWEDISH INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, HELSINKI FINLAND
B.Sc., Telecommunications, 1997
UNIVERSITY OF DALLAS, GRADUATE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT
MBA, Business Management, 2005
Mika Hirvilampi is leading Innovation Execution at Nokia’s Innovation, Partner and Venture Management organization. He joined Nokia in 1993 and has extensive track record in wireless infrastructure industry with broad international experience. Career has been significantly centered in strategic leadership of product creation, with heavy focus on innovation and total cost of ownership. During the past three years he has held global senior leadership roles in procurement and in Mobile Broadband BU cost management. Previously he held senior program manager positions in several of the Nokia’s largest product creation programs within 2G, 3G and LTE technologies, and being responsible for development of several of the highest selling BTS product platforms of the Company.
HELSINKI UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, HELSINKI FINLAND
M.Sc. EE, Electrical and Communications Engineering
Dr. Jouni Laine
Jouni is a Partner and Consultant of Locore Oy, Finland based small consultancy company in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (SCM). Jouni has worked in managerial positions in Logistics and SCM and Project Management for several international companies like Containerships Ltd. Oy, NesteJacobs, Outotec Oyj - and also as a SAP consultant. In the academia Jouni has worked in Finland (Aalto University, KyAMK) and abroad (National University of Singapore). Jouni moved to Dallas in 2016 from Tokyo, Japan and prior to that he has lived and worked in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Germany and Singapore.
HELSINKI SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS (AALTO UNIVERSITY), FINLAND
D.Sc. (Econ.), Logistics, 2005
HELSINKI UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY (AALTO UNIVERSITY), FINLAND
M.Sc. (Mech. Eng.), Naval Architecture, 1991
Jukka is a Group CEO and Founder of BookIT Oy. Bookit has been pioneering seamless mobile experiences for two decades. Today, Bookit’s Mobile Engagement Platform orchestrates hundreds of thousands of smart messages, helping companies build engagement and mobile customer experience by delivering the right message to the right person at the right time. 1987 Jukka founded MacBite Ltd. which he sold to Microwarehouse in 1994. Before founding Bookit Jukka worked at Sonera as VP of International Operations and New Business Development for the mobile business..