EAS Alumnus John Lins
John (Jay) Lins is a native of the Capital District. He grew up in Columbia County and graduated from Ichabod Crane Central Schools. He earned his BA in Sociology from Missouri’s top liberal arts university, Truman State University, in 1997 before transferring to Albany the same year. He spent one year on the Albany campus as a Chinese Studies major, then went to Peking University for two years consecutively from 1998-2000 for language study.
In his last semester in Beijing he began interning and eventually working full time for Chindex International. Chindex is an American healthcare company that has provided healthcare services and supplied medical capital equipment, instrumentation and products to the Chinese marketplace, including Hong Kong, for 25 years. Chindex does about USD 100 million in annual revenues, has 950 employees, and operations in China , Hong Kong , the United States and Germany. Partners include Johnson & Johnson, Siemens, L’Oreal, C. B. Fleet, Guidant, Steris, BD, and others. Jay worked for Chindex for 4.5 years in various positions slowly working up from intern. When he left the company in 2004, he was the Business Development Manager for the largest division of the company.
While working at Chindex Jay earned his International EMBA from Rutgers University (Rutgers has programs established in Beijing and Shanghai). At the end of 2004, after being away from New York for a total of 10 years of 11, drained from work and his MBA program, Jay decided it was time to return to New York to take a rest, regain his bearings, and hang out with the family.
Back in NY, Jay began training to become a teacher for the Art of Living Foundation. The Art of Living Foundation is one of the largest volunteer based NGOs active in over 140 countries. Throughout the world, often in areas of critical need, they implement educational programs to eliminate stress and create health in individuals. They also implement numerous humanitarian projects aimed at improving the basic standard of life for those in need while simultaneously making them subsistent. They work with the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) as well as the World Bank.
In the beginning of 2006 Jay again returned to Beijing. He is currently working for International SOS as Business Development Manager. ISOS is the world’s leading provider of medical assistance, international healthcare, security services and outsourced customer care. It has over 4,400 professionals operating in 65 countries, helping organizations manage the health and safety risks facing their travelers, global workforce and customers.
Jay writes, "I am pretty well settled here in Beijing again. Now I spend my time working for ISOS and also volunteering for the Art Of Living here in China. On the side I am starting to do some international trading working with one of my MBA classmates here. As for my future, we’ll see where life takes me. For now I have plenty to do and am quite happy with my work, volunteer pursuits, and my social life."
"My life in China and my professional career all started with my Chinese Studies degree from Albany. The curriculum, faculty, study abroad program and scholarship to attend Peking University, and eventual introduction to Chindex through Albany were all critical to my success as both student and working professional in China. I am very grateful for the support and assistance I received as a student within the program and as an alumni. I look back fondly on my time as a student and I would recommend highly the Albany program to anyone interested in studying or living in China."
August 28, 2009