The 2017 National Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Business Summit is organized by the Minority Business Development Agency in collaboration with the National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship (National ACE). The purpose of the National AAPI Businesses Summit is to celebrate Asian American & Pacific Islander business success and address issues facing AAPI businesses across the nation in the areas of access to contracts, capital, and global markets.
The summit will provide opportunities to hear from successful AAPI business owners, share best practices on collaboration with federal and private corporations, and learn about government services available to support the growth of their businesses.
8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration and Networking
9:00 am – 9:40 am Welcoming Remarks
Emcee: Efrain Gonzalez, Associate Director; Office of Business Development; U.S. Department of Commerce; Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
Edith J. McCloud, Acting National Director; U.S. Department of Commerce; Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
Chiling Tong, President and CEO; Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship (National ACE)
Consuella Jordan, Special Assistant to the Secretary; U.S. Department of Commerce
9:40 am – 10:20 am Celebrate AAPI Business Success
Moderator: David Cohen, Attorney & Consultant; Law Office of David B. Cohen
Margaret Wong, President & CEO, McWong International, Inc.
Amar Shokeen, Founder & CEO, RJT Compuquest
Paul Hsu, Chairman, Hsu Foundation
Nanxi Liu, CEO & Founder, Enplug
10:20 am – noon Celebrate Successful Customer/Supplier Relationships
Moderator: Bill Imada, Chairman and Chief Connectivity Officer, IW Group, Inc. & Chairman Emeritus of National ACE
Sinomax USA, Inc. and Walmart Stores, Inc.
Frank Chen, President and CEO, Sinomax USA, Inc.
Cindi Marsiglio, Vice President, U.S. Manufacturing, Walmart Stores, Inc.
J-C’s McD’s Ltd. and McDonald’s Corporation
Jimmy Ferguson, Owner/Operator, J-C’s McD’s Ltd. & Asian McDonald’s Operators Association
Wendy Lewis, VP Global Chief Diversity Officer, McDonald’s Corporation
U.S. Metro Group, Inc. and CBS Corporation
Evelyn Kim, CEO and President, US Metro Group, Inc.
Natalie N. Robinson, Vice President, Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Diversity, CBS Corporation
SAGE Millimeter and Google
Wendy G. Shu, Co-owner and Director of Business & Legal Affairs, SAGE Millimeter
Andrew Kim, Senior Analyst, Policy & Government Affairs, Google
SHI International and Interpublic Group (IPG)
Romance Watson, Director of Diversity Enterprise Business, SHI International
Mohit Manchanda, Director, Sourcing and Procurement, Americas and Global Technology, Interpublic Group
Noon Morning Wrap up & Group Photo Opportunity
George Mui, Senior Business Development Specialist; U.S. Department of Commerce; Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
Noon – 1:00pm Lunch & Networking
Lunch provided by National ACE
1:30PM – 2:00PM Keynote Addresses
Introduction: Mark Keam, Board Advisor, National ACE
The Honorable Judy Chu, U.S. House of Representatives (CA-27)
2:00 PM – 2:15 PM State of AAPI Businesses and Entrepreneurship
Nielsen Report on Asian American Consumers and Economic Power
Mariko Carpenter, Vice President, Strategic Community Alliances, Nielsen
2:15PM – 3:00PM National ACE NextGen Circle: Challenges & Successes
Introduction: Rudy Pamintuan, Managing Director of Sherman Worldwide
Ian So, National ACE Board and Next Gen Circle and CEO, Chicken and Rice Guys
Andrew Chau, Co-Founder Boba Guys
Lavanya Jawaharlal, President and Co-Founder STEM Center, USA
Jaz Limos, Founder and CEO, Saints of Steel
Youngro Lee, Co-Founder and CEO, NextSeed
Le Zhang, Founder and CEO, Squadle, Inc.
3:00PM – 3:15PM Wrap-up & Introduction to Power Networking
Laura Shin, Senior Advisor; U.S. Department of Commerce; Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
Jennifer Rimbach, Business Development Specialist; U.S. Department of Commerce; Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
3:15PM – 4:45PM Power Networking with Federal Agency Representatives
Participating: International Trade Administration, U.S. Commercial Service, Export – Import Bank, The U.S. Small Business Administration 8(a), DC Small Business Development Center, Overseas Private Investment Council, and other Federal government agencies