Autumn I Japanese Language

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YPC Meet & Greet-NDK


YPC Meet & Greet with Ken Hennessy, President, NDK America, Inc.

Friday, October 21, 2016

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Japan America Society of Chicago (1 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2475, Chicago, IL 60602)





On Friday, October 21, the Japan America Society of Chicago’s Young Professionals Committee will host a meet & greet with Ken Hennessy, President of NDK America, Inc. Mr. Hennessy also serves as the Executive Vice President of the Japan America Society of Chicago and is a member of the Society’s Membership and Development committees. Mr. Hennessy will talk about his experiences leading a Japanese-affiliated company in the Midwest and share his insights on building a successful career.   This will be the third in a series of networking events, designed to provide an opportunity for the Society’s younger members to interact with the organization’s senior members.

The JASC brings together a diverse group of business and civic leaders, both Japanese and American. These networking events will provide an informal setting to meet some of the Society’s senior members and hear about their experiences. Instead of a formal presentation, there will be a moderated conversation between the guest and attendees. There will be ample time at the end for questions from attendees.


Ken Hennessy has been the President of NDK-America since 2010 and has been with the company since 2000. Prior to joining NDK, he worked at a number of electronics firms in New York and Illinois. In addition to his involvement with the Japan America Society of Chicago, Mr. Hennessy has served on the Board of Directors for a local chamber of commerce, an economic development organization and a hospital. Mr. Hennessy was born and raised in New York. He attended Manhattan College his BS in Electrical Engineering.

NDK (Nihon Dempa Kogyo Co., Ltd) manufactures quartz crystal devices with a business philosophy of “contributing to the prosperity of society and world peace through our service to customers.” NDK is a major manufacturer and supplier of crystal devices with a vast array of applications that are essential components in virtually all electronic equipment. NDK is also applying its crystal technologies to sensors and a full spectrum of new high-value-added components and products with the aim of achieving sustained business growth as a comprehensive manufacturer of frequency control devices. NDK was founded in 1948 and is based in Tokyo.


The cost to attend is $10.00 for JASC members only and will include light refreshments. Space is limited to just 12 people so RSVP today. The deadline to register Tuesday, October 18, 2016.