About FABG

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 focused on meeting the needs of businesses, communities and private members and all the friends of FABG and to create new opportunities.  Please join us in this mission and benefit from FABG membership.

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.

 
 

FABG Board of Directors

 
 

PRESIDENT - CHAIRMAN

Vesa Jaamuru

Consultant Telecommunications, extensive work experience that includes Supply Chain Management with Verizon as well as Nokia in various R&D Engineering Management position. Before moving to US in 1995 Vesa pioneered Nokia’s first GSM modem/transceiver implementation and DSP development in Finland after which he lead R&D Product Programs in Dallas for US GSM1900 markets as well as Nokia Multimedia SW development for Symbian Smart Phone platform.
vjaamuru@verizon.net

 

Education

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 Toiviainen

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.
mtoiviai@hotmail.com

 

Education

UNIVERSITY OF OULU, FINLAND
MSc. Industrial Engineering and Management

 

 

 
 

DIRECTOR - HONORARY MEMBER

Kenneth Niesman

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.

 

Education

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor with Honors, 1976

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
B.B.A., 1972

 

 
 

DIRECTOR

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.
maria.thooft@nokia.com

Education

HENLEY MANAGEMENT COLLEGE
MBA, 2011

HELIA
B.B.A.

 
 

 
 

DIRECTOR

Katriina Jarvela

Katriina Järvelä is the CEO of Koulukadun Hammaslaakarit, a private dental practice in Oulu Finland. She is a board member of various boards and guilds and the president of the Finnish Lutheran Church of North Texas. 
samumiika@yahoo.com

Education

University of Oulu Finland
Faculty of Medicine
DDS

 
 

 
 
 

DIRECTOR

Mia-Riitta Niemi

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.

mia-riitta.niemi@claro.fi

 

Education

HELSINKI SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS, HELSINKI FINLAND
M.Sc. (econ.), 1998

 
 

 
 
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DIRECTOR

Kim Aaltonen

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. kim.aaltonen@nokia.com

Education

ARCADA SWEDISH INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, HELSINKI FINLAND
B.Sc., Telecommunications, 1997

UNIVERSITY OF DALLAS, GRADUATE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT
MBA, Business Management, 2005

 
 

 
 

DIRECTOR

Mika Hirvilampi

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.

Education

HELSINKI UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, HELSINKI FINLAND
M.Sc. EE, Electrical and Communications Engineering

 
 

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