August 17, 2022

Event Coverage Highlight

OPC Honors Bill Holstein

Bill Holstein, left, displays a signed proclamation in his honor with OPC President Marcus Mabry. Photo: Chad Bouhcard

Bill Holstein, left, displays a signed proclamation in his honor with OPC President Marcus Mabry. Photo: Chad Bouhcard

At the OPC’s Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 9, the Board of Governors surprised veteran club member and former OPC President William J. Holstein with an official proclamation in appreciation of his years of service as Chairman of the OPC’s Annual Awards Dinner Committee.

Outgoing OPC President Marcus Mabry read the proclamation as one of the last acts of his 2-year term. The document, signed by members of the board, recognized Holstein’s service as Chairman “with wit and erudition for 10 successive years.”

The proclamation also lauded Holstein’s knowledge of the business world, which helped him persuade corporations to buy tables at Annual Awards Dinners, and the document expressed the club’s “deepest gratitude” for his “vital and magnanimous service.”

Holstein served as OPC president from 1994 to 1996. He has been active as an awards judge and organizer of OPC programs. He also serves as president of the OPC Foundation.

Holstein launched his career in international journalism in Hong Kong in 1979 working as United Press International correspondent. He won an OPC award for coverage of modernization in China and served as Beijing bureau chief until his return to the U.S. in 1982. Holstein then spent 11 years with BusinessWeek overseeing international coverage, and later worked at U.S. News & World Report and and Business 2.0. He also has written for Fortune and The New York Times.

He is the author of six books, including Did The American Media Get China Wrong? Based on discussions at an OPC reunion of China hands.