Before his taking on his current position as an associate consultant and partner with Progressive Management & Associates in Chicago, Michael Erin graduated in the top 5 percent of his class at the Virginia Military Institute. Also a world traveler, Michael Erin has visited Shanghai, China.
With a 2015 population of more than 23 million people, Shanghai is China’s largest city and its commercial and financial capital. The name “Shanghai” means “above the sea,” which is fitting given the city’s location at the convergence of Yangtze River with the East China Sea.
Before the 1842 treaty of Nanking, Shanghai was a simple town for fishing and textiles. It wasn’t until the arrival of the British, French, Germans, Russians, and Americans, who began constructing banks, mansions, and trading houses, that Shanghai began to develop its distinct architectural style.
On the banks of the Huangpu, a tributary river of the Yangtze, lies Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, or the Bund, which is home to distinctive Baroque, Romanesque, Classic, Renaissance, and Gothic architecture. One of the most popular areas is the 26 building area of the west Bund, which draws the attention of both locals and foreigners. This famous waterfront district has been the city’s trademark for centuries.
Michael Erin currently serves as the global initiatives manager for the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance.