Good Morning, Vietnam St. Louisan Is a Trailblazer for Trade
William Flannery Of the Post-Dispatch, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
Being a scout is never easy-- particularly when no one else wants to follow you in. Just ask William E. Franke, president of The Gannon Cos. of St. Louis.
Franke is one of the few trailblazers for American companies going into Vietnam. He was there five years before President Bill Clinton lifted the trade embargo this month against the small nation that was the enemy in America's longest war.
"I personally have been going there (on business) since 1989 and we opened our first office there in July 1993," Franke said. "We have offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and we have five American employees." Gannon is involved in real estate …
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