Yangtze River Pharmaceutical Group is a Chinese multinational pharmaceutical corporation headquartered in Taizhou, Jiangsu Province in the People's Republic of China, with its research headquarters in Shanghai. It is one of the Asia's largest pharmaceutical companies by revenues, was listed in 2014 as being China's second largest pharmaceutical manufacturer, leading company for technological and entrepreneurial innovation. Founded in 1971, the Yangtze River Pharmaceutical Group started as a local firm providing drugstores and hospitals with vitamin supplements and pain medication. In a prime location between the major cities of Shanghai and Hangzhou, the YRPG expanded its business profile; the group has experienced significant growth in the past decade, having quadrupled their net income between 2003-2010. In the fiscal year 2014, board shareholders received a record 560% return on investment, company assets expanded; the company hosts 22 subsidiary firms across Asia, has exploratory ventures in Europe and the United States.
With the company's rising profile, founder Xu Jingren and his extended family—who jointly own a controlling stake in the corporation—have made a number of significant business acquisitions. Collectively, they are believed to be worth up to USD$7.5 billion. In addition to his role as president and primary shareholder of YRPG, Xu Jingren is a member of the National People's Congress and serves as an honorary minister in the Ministry of Health, he has been recognized as a leading proponent of industrial modernization, worker's rights, governmental reform within the Communist Party of China
Kevin Scott Rhoads is an American musician, singer-songwriter, music-producer, performer. Rhoads was born in Tucson, the younger of two sons, he moved to Denver, Colorado soon after he was born, many places thereafter settling in Fort Myers, Florida. At age 15, he began focusing intensely on music, learning many instruments including bass and harmonica, he bought his first 4 track recorder in 9th grade, began recording his own songs. He graduated high school in 1994 and moved to Fort Worth, Texas where he attended Texas Christian University, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion. He moved to Nashville in 2001, but it was not until 2007 that he started work on his debut album Dead Language with producers Robin Eaton and Lij Shaw. Dead Language received excellent critical reviews. American Songwriter called it "an exhibition in style and limitless possibilities..." Listen! Nashville says: "Rhoads has the perfectionism and musicianship of Roger Waters, as well as a similar political chip on his shoulder, making him a force to be reckoned with."
He toured as the opening act for Marc Broussard, Ari Hest, Butterfly Boucher, Erin McCarley. In January 2010, he performed at the prestigious ASCAP music cafe at Sundance Film Festival, as well as SXSW in Austin, Texas, his second album The Wilderness was released on March 5, 2013. His songs have been featured on the shows CSI: Miami, World of Jenks on MTV. K. S. Rhoads plays piano and acts as music director for Universal recording artist Erin McCarley. With McCarley he has performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Together they have performed with and/or opened for many artists including: Chris Isaak, David Gray, Ray Lamontagne, Brett Dennen, Jeff Beck, Paolo Nutini, James Morrison. Rhoads has recorded with fellow Nashville musicians for a project called Ten Out of Tenn.. He, along with the other artists in Ten Out Of Tenn, is the subject of a documentary entitled Any Day Now directed by Jeff Wyatt Wilson; the film was runner-up in the Nashville Film Festival.
It is the story of 10 musical artists on tour together for one summer in 2008. On January 22, 2014, Rhoads recorded a song in Nashville with Kris Allen they wrote for Allen's upcoming album with Charlie Peacock producing. Rhoads' song “Because You Are Who You Are" is featured in Academy Sports+ Outdoors' Fathers Day ad in 2015 as well as Apple's Mother's Day ad in 2016. Official website