Milton Hagler, Candidate for Board of Governors 2020

Milton D.Hagler

General Director, Fluid Power & Controls, Co. Ltd.

Milton is the General Director of Fluid Power and Controls and has been providing leadership since 2018. Established in late 2007 and located in Binh Duong outside of Ho Chi Minh, Milton is the legal representative and responsible for all manufacturing operations. FPC is a wholly-owned manufacturing division of Deltrol Corporation from Milwaukee, Wisconsin a world leader in the development and manufacture of electromechanical controls, valves, hydraulic systems and components. Prior to joining FPC, Milton was the General Director of BriskHeat Vietnam for 5 years manufacturing flexible cloth heater jackets for the semiconductor tooling industry. BHV is a subsidiary of BriskHeat, Corporation, of Columbus, Ohio, a worldwide leader in industrial heating products. During Milton’s tenure, both Vietnam investments have successfully allowed the companies to significantly grow market share, enhance customer support, while growing Vietnam’s operations, production and engineering capacity, and expanded responsibilities.

Previously, Milton worked in software engineering at Autodesk in California before moving to Vietnam in 1998, where he has been living continuously since. Upon arrival, he helped establish VietCAD as a Partner and Development Director before founding Corigo and worked as its Chief Technical Officer to architect specialized web-based enterprise level software for corporate, HR and project management.

Milton first visited Vietnam in 1992 and returned in 1995 to live for several months while working in the CAD industry and studying Vietnamese. Early exposure to Vietnam has provided invaluable insight and understanding of the business and cultural climate of Vietnam, the challenges and opportunities it presents in a very dynamic and rapidly developing country.

Milton has been an active member of the AmCham Manufacturing Committee since 2014 and its Chairman for the last few years where he has aspired to expand the Committee’s mission to create a vibrant manufacturing community. Monthly meetings include expert presentations and information exchange on important topics around regulatory compliance and issues impacting manufacturers, organizing opportunities for networking and collaboration, and proactively building the local supply chain with the Manufacturing Committee hosting the annual AmCham Supplier Day event. Year-onyear Supplier Day has grown in importance with more companies taking part, increased corporate sponsorship and involvement of government and other business associations as they recognize the benefits and importance of the event for Vietnam. Milton has been a member of the Vietnam Trade Facilitation Alliance, and has participated in the ICT Committee, and as a panelist at HR Committee events.

A native of San Francisco, California, Milton earned an MBA from the University of Hawaii and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Sonoma State University (California).

Vision for AmCham

It has been a privilege to work with AmCham and its wonderful team and business leaders to help grow the Chamber and contribute towards making Vietnam the most attractive investment destination in South East Asia through advocacy. The lessons learned by overseeing and managing all aspects of business operations, along with active participation in the Manufacturing Committee, has provided valuable comprehension and enhanced awareness into manufacturing and doing business in Vietnam.

By bringing understanding, compassion, and thoughtfulness, the Vietnam/U.S. relationship shall continue to grow and foster closer ties together for a bright future for the benefit of all. There are specific challenges in Vietnam’s development which I hope to promote, such as: improved modern and transparent policies, enhanced development of and communication with the business community and governments, stepping into the 4th Industrial Revolution with workforce development, while leaping into clean energy and modern transportation systems, and effective management of natural resources and the environment.

Towards these ends, I will continue to advocate for the manufacturing industry and its leaders via the Manufacturing Committee, continue to pursue increased transparency and simplification of the legal and regulatory environment aligned with the OECD. While striving for more open and flexible labor laws that benefit both employees and businesses, simplification and flattening of rules and regulations to streamline and reduce compliance costs, and proactively build the Vietnam supply chain for both manufacturing suppliers and services.

As part of AmCham’s Board of Governors, be an ambassador for visiting US delegations exploring investments in Vietnam while championing the business community for Vietnam as the best investment destination in South East Asia.

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