National ACE Forum and Awards Reception
Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 1:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)
THE NATIONAL ACE FORUM
The National ACE Forum brings together some of the nation's eminent business leaders, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, small business owners, government officials and community-based organization leaders from the Asian and Pacific Islander American (AAPI) business community for a series of three thought-provoking discussions and panels.
12:30 p.m. - Registration
1:30 p.m. - Welcome Remarks
1:45 p.m. - Forum A: "Speaking with a Common AAPI Business Voice"
3:00 p.m. - Forum B: "Critical Steps for Successful Entrepreneurs"
4:15 p.m. - Panel: "Forging Effective Corporate Partnerships with AAPI Businesses"
5:15 p.m. - Closing Remarks
5:30 p.m. - Program Ends
PANELISTS AND SPEAKERS
Forum A: "Speaking with a Common AAPI Business Voice"
Mr. Dennis Huang, Executive Director, Asian Business Association
Mr. Narasimha B. Shenoy, President and CEO, Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia
Ms. Linda Toyota, President and CEO, Houston Asian Chamber of Commerce
Ms. My Lan Tran, Executive Director, Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce
Mr. John Lau, Co-Chair, Coalition of Asian American Business Organizations
Ms. Grace Lee, Vice Chair/President, Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce
Forum B: "Critical Steps for Successful Entrepreneurs"
Ms. Bonnie Clinton, Chief Procurement Officer, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
Mr. Jimmy Ferguson, Owner/Operator, McDonald’s J-C’s McD’s, Ltd.
Ms. Tameka Montgomery, Associate Adminstrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
Mr. Derrick Nguyen, General Counsel, NRG Power, Inc.
Mr. Amar Shokeen, President and CEO, RJT Compuquest
Mr. Shau-wai Lam, Chairman, DCH Auto Group
Panel: "Forging Effective Corporate and Government Partnerships with AAPI Businesses"
Ms. Helene Yan, VP, Corporate Business Development, Interpublic Group
Mr. Marty Lorenzo, Member, Mintz Levin, PC
Mr. Anthony Quan, CFO and Director, Business Strategy, Coca-Cola Pacific
Ms. Sony Rusteberg, Managing Director, Applications Management, CIO Organization, Accenture
THE NATIONAL ACE AWARDS RECEPTION
The first annual National ACE Awards Reception will pay tribute to three "ACE's"--entities which have shown a dedicated commitment to furthering the interests of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) business community.
5:00 p.m. - Registration
6:00 p.m. - Program Begins
7:30 p.m. - Program Ends
Government Agency "ACE" Award: Small Business Administration
Small Business/Supplier "ACE" Award: TBA
Corporation "ACE" Award: TBA
Jeanne Hulit, Acting Chief, U.S. Small Business Administration - Invited
Eun Yang, Anchor, NBC4/WRC-TV
On December 31, 2012, a group of Asian-American executives and business owners established the Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ACE), a new national organization that gives a voice to the business interests of Asian American and Pacific Islanders. It seeks to improve the economic, political and social well-being of AAPIs by encouraging the growth of existing AAPI entrepreneurs, advocating for AAPI businesses in Washington, D.C., fostering the next generation of AAPI entrepreneurs and promoting the need for wider AAPI leadership in corporate America.
The founding board of directors includes executive-level representatives from the Asian Business Association (ABA); Asian McDonald’s Operators Association; Bank of America; the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce (CAPCC); the Coalition of Asian American Business Organizations (CAABO); DCH Auto Group; The Coca-Cola Company; Interpublic Group; IW Group, Inc.; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.; NRG Power, Inc.; NBC Universal; RJT Compuquest, Inc.; Southern California Edison; Star Network; State Farm Insurance; Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.; Tsuha Foundation; Verizon; Walmart Global eCommerce; and Warner Bros. Pictures.