A thirteen-member board of directors for the ABA, representing diverse industries for Asian Americans, has been unveiled. The Asian Business Association (ABA) announced the group that will steer it in 2021, a time when the world and business community, in general, is facing the challenge of COVID 19. While unveiling the board of directors, the ABA community was categorical that 2020 was a challenging year. They not only faced hard economic times but also more discrimination and higher unemployment compared to other groups. The organization, which draws its representation from diverse industries, is optimistic that the new board of directors will articulate the pertinent issues helping the community to prosper now and in the post-COVID19 periods. The diverse industries that are represented in the organization include accounting, consulting, finance, insurance, manufacturing/wholesale/distribution, retail, mobile health care, television production, digital document management, legal, pharmaceutical technology, real estate investor/trusts, and information technology.
Leading the organization will be co-chairs James Hsieh, President/CEOof Cybertegic, Inc. and Elizabeth Yang, Attorney/Founder of Law & Mediation Offices of Elizabeth Yang. The vice-chair will be Queena Wei, VP of Business Development at Copyfree. The Treasurer will be Ben.
Pascual, Partner at Thong, Yu, Wong & Lee, LLP, while the Secretary will be Angela Chang,Chief Strategy Officer at KCAL Insurance Agency. The other members of the board of directors will include Vanessa Dew, CSO/Co-Founder of Health-Ade Kombucha, Jason S. Kim, Partner of Blank Rome LLP,Steve Lee, CEO & Managing Director of The Garret Group LLC, Charles Lee, CEO of Reliant Tax Consulting, Inc., Kelly Nguyen, Founder/CEO of IDLogiq & DrKumo, Erwin Pineda, CEO of OfferBanc, Steven Phung, President/CEO of BonLaVie and Theresa Mai Wright, CFO, VP Media Sales & Marketing at Little Saigon TV Network, Inc.
The new leadership is stepping up to help their minority small business community. While commenting on this event, the new 2021 co-chair Elizabeth Yang remarked how amazing the organization is, drawing its membership from diverse sectors and the resilience they have shown despite the challenging moments they have faced in the year 2020. The incoming co-chair congratulated the previous leadership for the role they played in the organization and their effort in bringing the Asian American business community together to address their common issues. “They have put on numerous events especially during the pandemic, including events on entrepreneurship and how businesses are pivoting. I am honored to co-chair the ABA with James Hsieh in 2021 and look forward to continuing to shift alongside ABA, as we organize more virtual events in the coming year for our community“, said Elizabeth Yang.
The incoming co-chair James Hsieh, just like his counterpart, noted that 2020 has been an incredibly challenging year for many businesses including Asian businesses. “I am honored to be elected as the co-chair of ABA with the amazing Elizabeth Yang for 2021, to further the mission of the Asian Business Association in supporting our Asian business community during this challenging time. We look forward to helping our business community thrive again," said Hsieh, while acknowledging the efforts of their predecessors.
“We would like to sincerely thank both Chewy Jang and Jay Chung for their tireless dedication to ABA’s mission during their tenure and hope to carry on the baton towards a brighter future for both the ABA and the greater Asian American business community”, added Hsieh.
Dennis Huang, the Executive Director and CEO of ABA,said they had to be creative to have the board installation this year. Thanking California State Treasurer Fiona Ma for administering the oath office during their virtual gala on December 10, Dennis Huang noted that working through this pandemic will be a challenge for businesses across the world. “Together, we will have a platform to bring businesses together, build strong programs, and create business opportunities for ABA members. ABA will be more resourceful and continue to empower the Asian business community", concluded Dennis Huang.
For more information and to join as a member, visit https://www.abala.org/
About the Asian Business Association (ABA)
ABA is a non-profit organization that was founded in Los Angeles in 1976. The organization has taken a proactive role in the advancement of Asian American business owners by helping them gain access to business opportunities, as well as providing them with a voice that represents their views to government officials at all levels. The organization promotes economic development through its educational conferences, seminars, and workshops. These interactive programs are designed to present entrepreneurs with information, resources, skill-sets, and networking opportunities that will help them grow their businesses and successfully compete in the global marketplace.