As the Senior Vice President of Asian Operations, Fritz is responsible for the successful operation of all of the Company’s Asian business units including Vietnam, Hong Kong, China and India. An engineer by training, Fritz has P&L responsibility for a team of over 450 engineers, general managers, logistics personnel, accountants, auditors and inspectors. Fritz is also key to any strategic decision to enter new geographic territories – a role he has been performing professionally since the late 1980’s.
Fritz was born, raised and educated in Winnipeg, Canada. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. Fritz spent his summer internships in Germany, Alberta (Canada), Europe, and North Africa. Fritz began his career in the petroleum industry and held various roles at Pan-Canadian Petroleum (now Encana) in Calgary and Exxon Production Research Co. in Houston, TX, and then served as a Petroleum Engineer with Exxon/Aramco in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. In themid–1980’s, Fritz lived and worked in Taipei, Taiwan, where he learned Mandarin prior to joining HMI’s (formerly Meridian Cathay) global contract manufacturing office in Taiwan. As global contract manufacturing expanded, Fritz assumed responsibilities for the China office and was instrumental in establishing high-quality production standards that supported Meet Our Team high profile OEM customers such as Harley-Davidson. Fritz went on to open the HMI office in Hong Kong in 1993 and further expand its China operations with the opening of HMI’s China office in Shenzhen in 1994. HMI’s China office offered contract manufacturing as well as third-party inspection services and its customer base expanded from exclusively U.S. to customers in Europe and Australia and manufactured components for the construction (post-tensioning) and mining industries. In 2002, Fritz left HMI to join East West and led efforts for the Company’s expansion into Vietnam and India.
When not traveling for business, Fritz lives with his wife and golden retriever in Shenzhen, China. An avid adventure seeker, Fritz has nearly traveled the world by bicycle and has completed cycling trips in, around, or through India, North, South and Central America, Northern Africa, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Fritz has two college-age children, with a son attending university in Vancouver and a daughter in Germany.