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Table of Contents President’s Message: Michael A. Chan............................................................................................ 5 Our Emcees: The Honorable Fiona Ma & The Honorable Ash Kalra....................................6 Our Special Guest: Albert K. Shen................................................................................................... 7 Acknowledgments: Our Sponsors and Program Supporters................................................ 8 Empowering Diversity Award: Richard Lui, NBC News ..........................................................9 Neighborhood Philanthropist of the Year: Cheryl Timoney, Salesforce...........................9 Harold T. Yee Lifetime Achievement Award: The Honorable Harry W. Low................... 10 Community Reinvestment Visionary of the Year: City National Bank.............................. 10 Supplier Diversity Champion of the Year: Stan Lee, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers....11 Minority Entrepreneur of the Year: Jay Gill, Gill Automotive Group...................................11 Emerging Financial Services Partner of the Year: Pacific Western Bank.........................12 Minority Manufacturer of the Year: Monster Cable...................................................................12 Minority Construction Firm of the Year: Kwan Wo Ironworks..............................................13 Acknowledgements: Our Board & Staff.......................................................................................27

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Michael A. Chan President

President’s Message: As emerging needs arise and programs continuously adapt to a dynamic environment, ASIAN, Inc. strives to be a nonprofit hub for the broader community, continuously innovating, repurposing, and recapitalizing programs to meet our future challenges. Although our mission of empowering minority and low- to moderate-income communities is timeless, we have to sustain our funding and embrace 21st-century technologies to increase our impact on the unmet needs of those we serve. Even with our remarkable program successes over the years, achieving comparable successes in creating jobs, sustainable housing, and upward mobility will continue to pose daunting challenges. I envision ASIAN, Inc. expanding our advocacy of equitable public policies based on our successful high-impact programs through an ever-expanding messaging network so that our best policies and practices can be adapted and replicated to advance the equitable distribution of resources and opportunities to the disadvantaged. Similarly, as we grapple with ways to innovate, we have to expand sustainable funding streams and our endowment to increase our discretionary and program-related revenues. Every year, the goal of parity shifts higher in response to changing demographics. I foresee that as we expand our programs, we have to invest in and develop our program infrastructure technologies to allow us to serve larger numbers across California. I envision ASIAN, Inc. as being resourceful and agile enough to keep empowering the communities we serve with the skills, assets, and opportunities necessary for them to take greater ownership and/or control over their socioeconomic and physical well-being.



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Emcee: The Honorable Fiona Ma Fiona Ma, CPA, was elected to the Board of Equalization in November 2014 to represent the Second Equalization District. She represents 9.5 million residents in many of California’s coastal counties, from Del Norte to Santa Barbara, including the entire San Francisco Bay Area.

Hon. Fiona Ma Member, California Board of Equalization

In 2002, Ma was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, where she authored the landmark Local Business Enterprise ordinance on behalf of women and minority business owners and passed legislation to tackle human trafficking. Four year later, she was elected to represent the people of California’s 12th Assembly District, from 2006 to 2012. She was the 112th woman to be elected to the California Legislature and the first Asian woman to serve as Speaker Pro Tempore since the Legislature was formed in 1850. As Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Domestic Violence, Ma worked on legislation to protect victims of domestic violence. She authored groundbreaking legislation to protect consumers, increase access to quality healthcare, and provide equal rights for all Californians. Ma is a strong advocate for better neighborhoods, authoring laws to combat graffiti, recycling theft and disabled placard abuse. As a joint author of Proposition 1A, she was the Legislature’s leading advocate to bring high-speed trains to California. She also authored AB 1108, banning toxic chemicals, known as phthalates, in baby products statewide. Ma received her B.S. from the Rochester Institute of Technology, her M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University, and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University. As a licensed Certified Public Accountant in California, she is a member of the California Society of CPAs and its Public Policy Task Force.

Emcee: The Honorable Ash Kalra The Honorable Ash Kalra earned his seat on the San José City Council in the November 2008 election and was re-elected in June 2012. He represents Council District 2, which is located in south San José bordering Morgan Hill. He is the first Indian American to be elected to the San José City Council.

Hon. Ash Kalra Councilmember, City of San José

Councilmember Kalra is a Professor at Lincoln Law School of San José. For 11 years, he worked as an attorney for the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office representing indigent clients in Drug Treatment Court. Councilmember Kalra sits on San José’s Community and Economic Development Committee. In December 2013, he was unanimously appointed Chair of the Santa Clara County Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Board. He is the immediate past Chair of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) Board. In 2012, Councilmember Kalra was honored to receive the San José Silicon Valley NAACP Legislator of the Year Award and the Bay Area Municipal Elections Committee (BAYMEC) Straight Ally Award. Councilmember Kalra earned his B.A. in Communications from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his J.D. from Georgetown University.



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Our Special Guest: Albert K. Shen Albert K. Shen is the National Deputy Director of the Minority Business Development Agency, within the U.S. Department of Commerce. He serves as the principal advisor to MBDA National Director, Alejandra Y. Castillo, overseeing the management of the day-to-day operations of the Agency. His public policy and economic development advocacy focus has raised the Agency’s profile in Congress and state houses and afforded MBDA the opportunity to make its business case around the country. His passion for community development put MBDA on the ground in cities like Baltimore and Ferguson facing the aftermath of civil unrest. Agency strategic partnerships with the U.S. Department of Justice and local leadership are accelerating the restoration of minority businesses in these distressed areas. Shen has also challenged the agency to use available technology to document the work and streamline agency processes. Shen’s portfolio includes leadership of the Agency’s business development, intergovernmental/legislative, and national strategic initiatives that directly impact the growth and development of minority businesses. He also directs special programming that includes the establishment and ongoing efforts on increased access to capital. He serves as the MBDA liaison to the White House on economic priorities in international trade and supply chain innovation. Prior to his appointment with MBDA, Shen was a small business owner and respected community advocate whose leadership made significant impact on some of the largest and most critical infrastructure and environmental cleanup projects in the Northwest. He has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Asian American Businesses in the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce and awarded the 2012 U.S. Small Business Administration Region 10 Minority Champion of the Year Award.



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Albert K. Shen National Deputy Director, Minority Business Development Agency

ASIAN, Inc. thanks the following program and event sponsors* for their generous support and continued partnership: PLANETEER (DIAMOND) Bank of America Silicon Valley Community Foundation The San Francisco Foundation Union Bank Wells Fargo Bank

“FORCE” Asian American Architects & Engineers Asian American Contractors Association Bay Area Rapid Transit Bayside Communities California Bank & Trust Calvin Louie, CPA Charles Pankow Builders Citibank East Bay Municipal Utility District East West Bank GEMS Environmental Management Services HomeownershipSF Livermore Automotive Group Marquez Law Group M H Construction Management Company Northeast Community Federal Credit Union Pacific Western Bank Recology San Francisco Association of Realtors Sperry Van Ness United Business Bank VerticalResponse

JUSTICE LEAGUE (GOLD) Comerica Bank Salesforce AVENGER (SILVER) Kwan Wo Ironworks Pacific Gas & Electric Company Sterling Bank & Trust SUPERHERO (BRONZE) Cal Pacific Plumbing Systems Cathay Bank City National Bank Comcast First Republic Bank Suhr Risk Services Verizon

SIDEKICK Alain Karet Amgro Farm Service Art Design Carpets & Windows CMIT Solutions Metro Locksmiths New High Protection Roofing Company Pacific Auxiliary Fire Alarm Company *Partial list as of press time



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Empowering Diversity Award: Richard Lui Richard Lui is an American journalist and dayside news anchor on MSNBC, where his focus is politics. Lui is also a rotating news anchor for NBC’s weekend Today show and contributes reports for NBC News Investigations Unit and NBC Weekend Nightly News. Before joining MSNBC, Lui was a news anchor at CNN Worldwide. During his five years there, he solo-anchored the 10AM edition of Morning Express and led morning political reporting during the 2008 Presidential election. He also anchored and reported for CNN Domestic and CNN International. When Lui joined CNN Headline News in 2007, he became the first Asian American male to anchor a daily, national cable news show in the U.S. Mediaite has ranked Lui #101 in News Buzz on its Power Grid Influence Index of TV Anchors/Hosts. Lui developed a passion for politics in the 1970s, debating California’s controversial Proposition 13 on bus rides to school. That interest turned into a job at the age of 19: campaign manager for San Francisco College Board incumbent Alan Wong. After the election, Lui returned to college.

Richard Lui Journalist

In the 1990s, Lui reported for news radio KALX during a unique time in California politics. He was assigned to stories such as Dianne Feinstein’s first successful U.S. Senate campaign and the Rodney King verdict and riots. In addition to his political and journalism work, Lui spent 15 years in business with Fortune 500 and tech companies. This included work at Oliver Wyman and patenting and launching the first bank-centric payment system in a Citibank carve-out he founded with fellow University of Michigan MBA alumni. Lui has been active in community leadership for 25 years in Africa, Asia, and the U.S. He leads pro bono strategy consulting teams and is a board member for non-profits in homeless and affordable housing. Lui speaks frequently, including events for the U.S. State Department, Aspen Institute and Harvard. A first-generation American, Lui has a twist in his background — Wong is his real last name, part of an immigration wrinkle because his grandfather filed false “Paper Son” documents. Lui graduated from UC Berkeley and earned an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Neighborhood Philanthropist of the Year: Cheryl Timoney, Salesforce Cheryl Timoney leads the Pro Bono Program at Salesforce that provides over 20,000 pro bono hours of service to over 800 nonprofits across the globe, annually. Prior to joining the Salesforce Foundation, Cheryl managed the Service Grant program at Taproot Foundation, overseeing over $5 million of professionals services provided pro bono to over 100 nonprofits, strengthening their marketing, human resources, information technology and organizational strategy. Prior to developing nonprofit capacity building programs Cheryl directed community-based programs for low-income families and individuals in the Bay Area of California at Mission Asset Fund and Mission Housing Development Corporation.

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Harold T. Yee Lifetime Achievement Award: The Honorable Harry W. Low

Hon. Harry W. Low Presiding Justice, California Court of Appeal (ret.); California Insurance Commissioner (ret.)

Judge Harry Low agrees with the statement that he’s been a fireman during his career, being called repeatedly in the aftermath of government scandals to bring credibility back to the government process and to solve seemingly intractable problems by politicians of every stripe. He was the first Asian American to serve on San Francisco’s Municipal Court and was a pioneer in other judicial offices. After graduating from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall in 1955, Low served as a Deputy Attorney General under Attorney General Edmund “Pat” Brown. In 1966, by then California Governor Brown appointed Low to the San Francisco Municipal Court. Governor Ronald Reagan elevated Judge Low to the Superior Court in 1974. In every position, Judge Low has been particularly active in pushing for more minorities entering careers previously denied to them through discrimination, particularly notable was the fact that he was appointed by President Carter as Chair of the Board of Visitors of West Point from 1977 to 1981. Governor Jerry Brown raised Judge Low to the First District Court of Appeal in 1982, a position that he retired from as presiding judge in 1992. From 1989 to 1990 he was head of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission. In 1992, he was appointed to chair the San Francisco Police Commission in a particularly turbulent time which saw four men as police chief, two of them resigning in disgrace. In retirement, Low has worked as a mediator and arbitrator with the Judicial Arbitration Mediation Services, particularly in cases involving the San Francisco Chinatown community. In 2000, after the resignation of the incumbent, Judge Low was suddenly appointed to become California’s State Insurance Commissioner due to his reputation for honesty and clean politics, becoming the first Asian American holder of the office. His appointment was confirmed unanimously by the California State Legislature. Judge Low declined to run for the office in his own right and retired in 2003 to resume his arbitration and mediation practice. Judge Low helped found the Chinese International School, offering bilingual education and a college-track education to deprived students. He is a board member of the California Healthcare Foundation and the Laguna Honda Hospital Foundation. He is also with Senior Tutors for Youth that helps provide counseling and education to troubled youth. (Source:

Community Reinvestment Visionary of the Year: City National Bank Since its founding in 1954, City National Bank has helped fund the development of hundreds of companies in industries ranging from agriculture and manufacturing to entertainment and world trade. City National has provided clients with access to Senior Vice President, important financial services, including loans that support economic development and job creation. City National fosters healthy communities through small business Community Reinvestment and community development lending and equity investments in projects that strengthen local neighborhoods.

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City National has a natural franchise for small business lending, which helps spur job creation. At the time of the Bank’s latest Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) exam, CNB made more than 11,500 small business loans, with 32 percent of them going to companies with $1 million or less in revenue. From January 2013 through December 2014, the bank made more than 7,200 small business loans, with 32 percent of them awarded to companies with $1 million or less in revenue. In its 2012 CRA exam period, City National made $1.13 billion in community development loans, i.e., loans to promote economic development, revitalize lowincome areas, and provide community services and affordable housing. During 2013 and 2014, the first two years of its new CRA exam cycle, CNB has already qualified $1.16 billion in community development loans. ASIAN, INC.


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Supplier Diversity Champion of the Year: Stan S. Lee, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Stan S. Lee has 25 years of federal contracting experience. After graduating with a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA), he began his career as a Contract Specialist with the U.S. General Services Administration, where he procured and administered large-design, construction, and professional services contracts for the Phillip Burton Federal Building, U.S. Customs House, U.S. Appraisers Building, and U.S. Geological Survey Regional Buildings/Labs. In 1999, Lee was appointed Regional Chief of Contracts at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), where he oversaw the entire Acquisition and Contracting program for the FDIC Western Region. In 2003, Lee became the first Associate Director, Acquisition and Contracts for the Presidio Trust. He procured and administered contracts for major renovations of seven residential neighborhoods, commercial buildings, the Presidio Officer’s Club and the Presidio biking trails and inspirational lookout points. In 2006, he was promoted to the post of Regional Chief of Contracts for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in San Francisco. He oversaw all the Regional Superfund contracts, Air/Water/Waste Division contracts, and EPA’s interagency agreements. In 2011, Lee decided to join the Department of Defense and became the Deputy Regional Chief of Contracts for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, South Pacific Region. In fiscal year 2012, the Region awarded $1.6 billion in contracts, and over 50% of it went to small business.

Stan S. Lee Assistant Director, Regional Small Business Programs

In 2014, Lee became the Assistant Director, Regional Small Business Programs. He worked hard to ensure small businesses received a large share of the federal contracts, resulting in $809 million awarded to small businesses and $519 million to small minority businesses. In fiscal year 2015, his Region won the Gridley Award, the highest small business award bestowed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Minority Entrepreneur of the Year: Jay Gill, Gill Automotive Group Jay Gill’s road to success is paved with hard work. As a child living in California’s San Joaquin Valley, his parents were agricultural workers. Jay went into the fields with them, picking fruits and vegetables. But his parents wanted more for their son, so Jay went to college, graduating from California State University, Fresno with an Industrial Technology degree. After entering the workforce, Jay realized he was meant to be his own boss. While he was still a college student, Jay began buying used cars and quickly reselling them. He made enough profit “flipping” vehicles that he was able to obtain a $216,000 SBA loan to buy a building in downtown Fresno, purchase inventory and start Alpha Motors, in 1996. Twenty years later, Gill Automotive Group has grown into one of the most successful auto dealership groups in the country. Jay now owns six dealerships representing 11 car brands from five different manufacturers. He has 250 employees and $150 million in annual sales. For the last three years, Jay has been busy remodeling all of his dealerships and working to grow them. On June 12, 2015, forty years to the day that he and his family arrived in Hawaii as new immigrants, Jay opened up the Ford dealership on Oahu. Jay’s story was recently featured on CNBC’s “Blue Collar Millionaires.” But despite his success, he remains down-to-earth, staying connected with his family. ASIAN, INC.


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Jay Gill President/CEO

Emerging Financial Services Partner of the Year: Pacific Western Bank At Pacific Western Bank, relationship banking is not the exception, but the rule. For more than 30 years, Pacific Western Bank has helped growing and established companies succeed by listening, asking thoughtful questions, then responding with a tailored approach. Pacific Western Bank is a Los Angeles-based commercial bank with over $16 billion in assets. Today, Pacific Western Bank has 80 full-service community Assistant Vice President; banking branches located throughout California, and over 1,400 highly talented Branch Operations bankers nationwide. Pacific Western Banks provides commercial banking services, including real estate, construction, and commercial loans, to small and Manager medium-sized businesses. Its CapitalSource division delivers the full spectrum of financing solutions nationwide across all industries and property types.

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Through a robust community development program, Pacific Western Bank and its subsidiaries have a long-standing history of supporting local communities. Pacific Western Bank is actively working to improve the wellbeing of communities throughout California by committing financial and human resources to small business advancement, job creation and training, financial education and more. By contributing to efforts like these, Pacific Western Bank is bringing about positive economic changes for low- to moderate-income individuals and families throughout the communities it serves.

Minority Manufacturer of the Year: Monster Cable Monster Cable Products, Inc. was founded in 1979 by Noel Lee, then a laserfusion design engineer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Also an audiophile and professional drummer, Noel left his laboratory work in 1974 to perform with his band, Asian Wood. His passion for music was became the essence of Noel’s professional life, shaping the destiny of Monster and informing the development of Monster Products today. In 1979, Noel began producing the cable in his garage in San Francisco. Recognizing that people have to hear the difference between Monster and ordinary cable, Noel went store-to-store doing live demos. Later that year, he shows his product at the Chicago Consumer Electronics Show. Monster Cable CEO starts to receive buzz.

Noel Lee

In the mid-1980s, Monster received its first U.S patent for the Xterminator electrical connector. Noel then launched the world’s first computer speaker, The MacSpeaker, foreshadowing the most powerful transition in audio’s evolution – decades before streaming, downloading and cloud storage achieves its dominance. Monster Music was launched in 1986. In 2006, Noel’s son Kevin meets Steve Berman of Interscope Records while exploring new opportunities for Monster Music. Shortly after, Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre express interest in the speaker business and are introduced to Monster. In conversations that are of huge significance in the audio industry today, Noel and Kevin explain that speakers are no longer the hottest item in audio, and that headphones are the new speakers. In 2008, Monster, Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre announce a partnership and debut Beats™ Studio at CES. This collaboration leads to a complete line of over-ear, inear and on-ear headphones, all living under the Beats® Brand. Beats Studio hits retail in 2008 and is wildly popular.



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Minority Construction Firm of the Year: Kwan Wo Ironworks As head of Kwan Wo Ironworks, Florence Kong generates $10-20 million in revenues annually and employs over 100 people. The company fabricates and installs steel structures for buildings and construction projects. Some of the more notable projects include the Bay Bridge, the Asian Art Museum, Heritage College, El Cerrito City Hall, Washington Hospital in Fremont and many other large developments throughout the Bay Area. In 2011, Kong was appointed to San Francisco’s City Hall Preservation Advisory Commission and in 2012, Mayor Ed Lee officially swore her in as a member of the San Francisco Construction Workforce Advisory Committee. She also serves on the City’s Immigrant Rights Commission. Kong was born in Hong Kong shortly after her parents and older sister escaped from the ensuing Communist regime in China. She received her undergraduate degree in accounting from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and became a controller before immigrating to the United States in 1990. Her family’s dreams of starting their own business came to life in 1992. With their engineering background and accounting degree, they set off to build their small construction operation. Today, Kwan Wo Ironworks is one of the largest steel companies in the West and certainly in the Bay Area. As a woman and a minority, Kong continues to grow the company and endures as a fierce competitor in a male-dominated industry.

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 Established in 1962, Cathay Bank is the oldest operating U.S. bank founded by Chinese Americans in Southern California.

 Our service network covers 8 states and 42 cities in the United States.

 With a presence in the three major Asian commercial centers of the Pacific Rim—Hong Kong, Taipei, and Shanghai—Cathay Bank has the capabilities to meet our customers’ global banking needs.


FDIC insurance coverage is limited to deposit accounts at Cathay Bank’s U.S. domestic branch locations. We do not accept deposits at Taipei and Shanghai representative offices.



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As a small and minority business, we support the Asian Inc. Gala! Founded in 1992, Kwan Wo Ironworks prides itself in offering the highest quality construction service to owners and builders. We specialize in fabrication and installation of structural steel compliant to AISC and AWS specifications and miscellaneous steel to various architectural requirements. SCOPE OF WORK Structural Steel Miscellaneous Steel Metal Handrails Railings Metal Joists

CERTIFICATIONS AISC certified fabricator and erector

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CONTACT US 31628 Hayman Street Hayward, CA 94544 1383 Armstrong Avenue San Francisco, CA 94124 P: 510-487-9628 F: 510-487-9698 E:




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Recognizing our most precious resource: the people in our community Thanks to you, things are getting done. Thanks to you, the world’s a better place. Thanks to you, the lives of real people are being changed for the better. Bank of America is honored to be connected to ASIAN Inc. for helping to make a lasting difference in our community. Thank you for being an inspiration to us all. Visit us at

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About ASIAN, Inc. For 44 years, ASIAN, Inc.’s mission has been to empower diversity by creating opportunities in business development, housing and financial education for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and throughout low- to moderate-income communities of all races. ASIAN, Inc. serves over 20 Northern California counties with offices in San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and Fresno. ASIAN, Inc. is a HUD-approved Local Housing Counseling Agency that has assisted over 1,000 clients in foreclosure prevention counseling, educated over 15,000 low-to-moderate income (LMI) and limited English proficiency (LEP) clients seeking to become first-time homeowners, and rehabilitated and resold over $8 million in REO homes to LMI families. ASIAN, Inc. is the operator of three Business Centers on behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). Since 2007, the Centers have led to the creation or and retention of over 4,000 jobs. This was achieved by helping MBDA clients obtain over $760 million in contracts and capital awards.

About Northern California MED Week 2015 Year round, our MBDA Business Centers in San Jose, San Francisco and Fresno help minority-owned businesses of all sizes, from a wide array of industries, identify and pursue national and international contracts, business opportunities and access to capital for their operation and expansion. Our efforts contribute to meeting MBDA’s mandate from the U.S. Department of Commerce:

“To build the wealth and capacity of minority-owned firms, in support of U.S. job growth” Representatives from private- and public-sector firms and agencies recognize Minority Enterprise Development Week as the nation’s premier event for minority entrepreneurs and business owners. As the operator of three of the state’s five MBDA Business Centers, ASIAN, Inc. is proud to coordinate Northern California MED Week 2015. Northern California MED Week 2015 brings together the MBE community, including trade organizations, financial institutions, federal agencies, corporations and non-profits geared towards job creation, economic expansion and export promotion. No other convening provides a more favorable environment to connect with some of the most exciting and innovative minds in California’s minority business community. Northern California MED Week 2015 provides a platform for MBEs large and small to learn about growth strategies, while participating in mutually productive interactions with fellow business owners and procurement representatives from private firms and public agencies.




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ASIAN, Inc. thanks the members of its Board for their commitment and dedication: BOARD OF DIRECTORS Frank Fung

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Christina Ciu


Joseph Dang

Shirley Tan

Yihou Han


Jonathan Leong

Gregory Marutani

Roger Royse


ASIAN, Inc. thanks its staff* for their hard work, service to our community and passion for the agency’s mission: Michael A. Chan, President

Chaung Ho

Tai Phan

Raymond Au Yeong

Wendy Hu

Carlos Porras

Grace Barba

Steven Joe

Herbert Quan

Bob Calvert

Tandenico “Tandy” Jones

Jaswinder Singh

Glen Chen

Sari “Stefan” Karet

Jennifer Tang

Ri Sheng “John” Chen

Prasad Kolluru

Tony Tang

Nobby Cheng

SiewYee Lee

Binh Van Tieu

Joselyn Consul

Yan Lin

Karen Tieu

Bella De Barros

Dawndriel “Ana” Lopez

Paula Tran

Michelle Gao

Truc Vu Mach

Angel Truong

Linda Green

Olga Martinez

Helen Wu

Lamar Heystek

Ray McCracken

Sylvia Wun

Kary Hua

Joey Ng

Amy Yuan

Crystal Huang

David Mendoza

Ty Ying Zeng

Ping Huang

Brian Nguyen

Zier Huang

Ken Nie

*ASIAN, Inc. also thanks its interns courtesy of the UC Berkeley Global Internship Program, as well as its on-the job trainees courtesy of the City and County of San Francisco’s Human Services Agency Community Jobs Program.



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