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

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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