Achieve is MAR’s premier event created specifically for current and upcoming association leaders. The two day conference provides an excellent speaker lineup and knowledge sessions, capped by Reception 5:01. This event  honors 2013 and 100th MAR President Bill Milliken, along with incoming  officers and board of directors.

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Peter Theut

China Bridge
President and Chief Executive Officer
Ann Arbor, Michigan

C. Peter Theut is Of Counsel to Kerr Russell and Co-Leader of the firm’s China Initiative.  Mr. Theut joined Kerr Russell after a distinguished career with a major law firm where he chaired the firm’s Global Trade and Transaction Practice, the firm’s China Initiative and served as a member of the Executive Committee of the China Alliance.  Mr. Theut has earned the reputation for negotiating and documenting complex China-related transactions, providing counsel with respect to capital structure, operating control, governance and related issues.  In his capacity as Of Counsel for Kerr Russell, Mr. Theut works regularly with U.S. companies currently doing business in China, or with strategic interest in expanding into China, as well as Chinese companies investing in or otherwise entering U.S. markets.


C. Peter Theut is the co-founder and CEO of China Bridge, a multi-faceted international business growth and development company headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  China Bridge is focused on assisting clients to bridge the cultural, business developmental and operational challenges that confront competitors in the global marketplace. 


C. Peter Theut also is the co-founder of Global Community Outreach, a non-profit organization headquartered in Ann Arbor that functions in coordination with various non-governmental organizations worldwide to provide humanitarian assistance to remote parts of the world, with particular focus on remote parts of Africa, China and Mexico.


In addition to his China expertise, Mr. Theut has extensive experience with the financing, environmental and commercial aspects of waterfront development, and with admiralty and maritime law.  Mr. Theut was Editor-in-Chief of the one-volume treatise, "Recreational Boating Law," and serves as an Arbitrator and member of the National Advisory Board of the Maritime Arbitration Association. He is the founder and Past Chairman of the Recreational Boating Committee of The Maritime Law Association.

C. Peter Theut frequently conducts seminars in areas of his expertise and regularly lectures at colleges, universities and business organizations on global trade issues. He serves on the Advisory Boards of the University of Michigan’s Confucius Institute, the Detroit China Business Association, the Wayne State Law School International Law Program and the Board of Visitors of the Wayne State University College of Liberal Arts and Science.  Mr. Theut authored the chapter “Practical Considerations for doing Business in China” in the Aspatore Publication “Best Practices for International Transactions in China.”

C. Peter Theut is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and also received his Bachelor Degree from the University of Michigan.  Mr. Theut is licensed to practice in Michigan and California (inactive).  He received the "William B. Otto Industry Service Award" for outstanding contributions to the marine lending industry. Mr. Theut has been recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyer and is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in America Law.  Mr. Theut has been given the highest possible rating for both legal ability and ethical standards by the Martindale Hubbell Law Directory as an attorney having preeminent legal abilities and overall professional excellence.