(Photo Courtesy of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and shows Governor Mike Pence, Rick Pease (right of governor) and other state leaders meet with representatives of NSK, the parent company of NSK Corp. and Franklin, Ind.-headquartered NSK Precision America, during the governor's 2013 jobs and economic development mission to Japan.)
Indiana Governor Mike Pence today announced Rick Pease will serve as special advisor for Asia, working with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation to spearhead the state's strategy to strengthen and expand initiatives there. Pence welcomed Pease to the new position on Monday, at the ribbon cutting ceremony of Toyota Material Handling, USA's new North American headquarters in Columbus, Indiana. The Japan-based company relocated its national headquarters from Irvine, California to Columbus, creating 72 new jobs. Today's announcement comes less than two-months since the Governor returned from his inaugural jobs and economic development mission to Japan.
Pease joins the IEDC, the state's jobs hunting agency, following an extensive 30-year career at Enkei America, which included serving as chairman, president and chief executive officer of the $1.5 billion global automotive supplier's North American division. Based in Columbus, Ind., Enkei America, a subsidiary of Japan-based Enkei Group, produces automotive aluminum wheels, engine parts and industrial components. Pease, who grew up in Tokyo, is bilingual in English and Japanese.