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AABDC Delegation to China! Navigating challenges, embracing opportunities



INTRODUCTION

The Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC) is delighted to extend our warmest greetings to you as we eagerly anticipate the upcoming visit of the AABDC delegation to China. This visit marks a significant milestone in fostering stronger ties between our nations and cultivating meaningful collaborations in various sectors.


The primary purpose of AABDC's delegation visit to China is to strengthen economic, cultural, and education relations between our organizations and the Asian American business community. AABDC, renowned for its commitment to promoting international trade and cooperation, seeks to explore new opportunities, exchange valuable insights, and establish mutually beneficial partnerships with esteemed Chinese enterprises.


During the visit, the delegation aims to achieve the following objectives:


1. Promoting Bilateral Trade

AABDC is keen on enhancing bilateral trade relations by facilitating discussions between Chinese businesses and their counterparts in America. Through this dialogue, we aim to identify potential areas for collaboration and create platforms for trade expansion.


2. Encouraging Investment

The delegation will explore avenues for investment in both countries. AABDC members are interested in understanding the Chinese market landscape, investment policies, and identifying strategic investment opportunities that align with their business objectives.


3. Cultural Exchange

Beyond economic interests, the delegation is enthusiastic about cultural exchange programs. AABDC believes that understanding each other's cultures is integral to nurturing strong and lasting partnerships. We anticipate cultural events, workshops, and interactions that will foster mutual understanding and respect.


4. Technology and Innovation Collaboration

In today's rapidly evolving world, technological innovation is key to sustainable development. AABDC is eager to explore collaborative ventures in technology, research, and innovation sectors, facilitating the exchange of ideas and expertise.


5. Networking and Relationship Building

AABDC recognizes the importance of building robust networks. The delegation visit will provide a unique opportunity for delegates to engage in networking events, B2B meetings, and interactive sessions, paving the way for enduring relationships between businesses in China and the United States.


AABDC delegation's visit will serve as a catalyst for fostering meaningful collaborations, promoting economic growth, and strengthening the bond between our nations. We eagerly look forward to the fruitful discussions, enriching cultural experiences, and the building of enduring partnerships that this visit promises.


DELEGATION


Delegation leader


John Wang

Founder and President, Asian American Business Development Center


John Wang is President of the Asian American Business Development Center, Inc. (AABDC) which he founded in 1994. AABDC is a unique non-profit consulting organization, originally established to provide technical and professional assistance to Asian American small businesses.


Over the years, a major component of AABDC’s work has expanded into the promotion and advocacy of Asian American executives, business leaders, and entrepreneurs through the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award which recognizes the achievement and contribution of Asian Americans in the general economy. Over 1000 Asian Americans have been honored since 2001.


Under John’s leadership, AABDC has established a distinguished track record and leadership role in promoting U.S.-China trade through organizing trade missions, seminars and workshops, conferences and trade shows, and networking events in the U.S. and in China since 2000.


In 2008, John founded the New York in China Center with the goal of creating a New York presence in China to help New York businesses access the China market and attract Chinese investment to New York. More recently, he has also begun collaboration with other key minority groups with the aim of launching a New Majority Alliance that will pool the strengths and promote collaboration among the Asian, Hispanic and African American business communities.


New York State Governor Kathy Hochul in June 2022 announced John Wang will serve on the Empire State Development Board of Directors. Mr. Wang is the first Asian American to be nominated to the ESD board.



Delegation members



Tosha Chang

Real estate mentor, LPT Realty


Tosha Chang, a native of Austin, TX, is a dedicated Realtor® with a strong passion for helping people. With a decade of experience in the industry, she has become a trusted guide for clients and fellow agents alike.. She has held leadership positions including Vice President and Chair for the Austin Latino Real Estate Community and the Asian Real Estate Association of America. As a major investor in TrePac since 2023 and a State of Texas Mentor for LPT Realty, she is committed to supporting and guiding fellow professionals in the real estate industry. Tosha has authored four books on real estate.


Tosha is a fervent advocate for children. She organizes fundraisers for nonprofits focused on enhancing children's lives including after-school finance classes and entrepreneurship initiatives.


Johnson Chen

President, Tempco Glass Fabrication

Johnson Chen is the President of Tempco Glass Fabrication, a leading New York regional glass processing firm. Joining Tempco in 2016 to assess and improve operations, Chen assumed a greater leadership role and is now responsible for all strategic planning, sales, production, and shipping operations of the company. Tempco is included annually on the Top Glass Fabricators list by national industry publication Glass Magazine, and the company has been recognized twice as an Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Company.


Johnson is enthusiastic about incorporating technology into business. An advocate of educational initiatives in Queens, Johnson serves on the Queensborough Community College Fund Board and Continued Education/Workforce Development Board. He also actively participates in the philanthropy of The Chen Family/Crystal Foundation in support of cultural and educational programs throughout New York.



David Goldring

Chairman, Overseas Military Sales Corp.

David Goldring is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Overseas Military Sales Corporation (OMSC), which is recognized as the world's leading marketer of automobiles to international business communities. Mr. Goldring is the Director of the Allen and Lola Goldring Foundation, a family philanthropy that supports medical and artistic concerns. He serves on numerous boards, including NYU’s Center for Global Affairs, the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club, and the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Association.


Mr. Goldring is a member of The Institute of Politics and Global Affairs at Cornell University, The Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), and the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). He is the recipient of the U.S. Navy's 2012 Rear Admiral John J. Bergen Industry Award.



Lakambini Lim

Principal, Bluprime LLC

Lakambini (Lucky) Lim is the principal for BluPrime LLC, a US subsidiary of BluPrime Inc. in the Philippines. BluPrime LLC has recently invested in US residential properties, to convert them into co-living spaces for people in need. Its mother company, Bluprime Inc., is a real estate brokerage firm offering advisory services to developers and investors for raw land acquisition and development, as well as commercial real estate investments.


In addition to founding Bluprime, Lucky is also involved in bulk water supply and wastewater treatment, with more than 30 years of experience in the construction and operation of water and wastewater facilities for municipal water utilities, private developments and an industrial park. Lucky is a strong environmental advocate, and has volunteered her services to assist a municipality to address water pollution at its drinking water source caused by climate change and rapid urban growth.



Jerry Liu

Partner & Chair of China Practice, Fox Rothchild LLP

Jerry is a licensed patent attorney in New Jersey and New York and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Jerry practices wide areas of intellectual property and corporate laws. He has chaired the China Practice Group at Fox Rothschild for more than six years. Previously, Jerry worked as a Senior Research Investigator in process development at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company for eight years. He obtained a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law. A frequent speaker on IP laws and FDA regulations, Jerry has over 20 scientific and legal publications and four U.S. patents.


Jerry has served a number of U.S. non-profit organizations in leadership roles, such as Huaxia Chinese School, Sino-American Pharmaceutical Professionals Associate (SAPA), and the University of Science and Technology of China Alumni Association in Greater New York.



Cam Nguyen

Digital Project Manager, Helen of Troy

Cam Nguyen is a Digital Project Manager at Helen of Troy, with over a decade of experience in the digital field. Her expertise lies in collaborating with brands to strengthen their e-commerce presence, driving business growth, and enhancing the online shopping experience for customers. Throughout her career Cam has spearheaded and managed multiple brand websites and campaigns, contributing to their online success.



Rohan Thapa

Vice President, New York in China Center

Rohan Thapar, a first-generation Indian immigrant, brings diverse experiences from North America, Europe, and Asia. As the Vice President at New York in China Center and an AABDC's Advisor, he established the Young Professional Leadership Program (YPLP), enhancing leadership skills for Asian Americans. Based in Austin, Rohan is a Senior Product Manager, specializing in AI product startups to drive tech innovation. Formerly a Senior Consultant at EY's US headquarters, he aided 13 Fortune 500 Senior Technology Leaders with strategy, tech spending, and M&A advice. With a decade of experience, Rohan's work is informed by cultural insights. He's passionate about global tech and workforce initiatives that prioritize well-being. Rohan's unwavering commitment to excellence and boundary-pushing drive has left a lasting impact in every role he's undertaken.



Christy Wang

Head of Business Development, International AutoSource

Christy Wang serves as the Head of Business Development, Greater China at International AutoSource (IAS), the world’s leading mobility solution provider to expatriates moving to the United States. Ms. Wang leads a new business targeting the Greater China Region. She established a robust infrastructure with high efficiency and scalability, including recruiting and managing talents, forming internal procedures, creating marketing and branding strategies, growing partner relations and overseeing the entire business. Ms. Wang has built a Chinese community for exchanging mobility information and solutions, and established partnership relations in China, especially among professionals, international students, and expats communities. Prior to IAS, Ms. Wang worked at Bloomberg, Geller & Co and Ernst & Young in New York.


Scott Wang

President, New York in China Center

Scott Wang is the President of the New York in China Center, an organization that facilitates business, investment, and cultural exchanges between New York and China, with the aim of promoting investment into NYS and assisting New York businesses enter the China market. Scott is a native New Yorker who has spent time in China developing business relationships and exploring various avenues of collaboration. A major focal point of inward investment into the US is in Real Estate, through EB-5 and private sales. Scott is also a Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker with Douglas Elliman.



Delegation Coordinator


Honglin He

Chief Representative of AABDC in China

Honglin is the program manager at Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC). After graduating from New York University with a Master degree in Marketing. Honglin has been passionate for the Asian American Community. His main role in the organization is to manage the operational planning and marketing of all its programs and events including but not limited to The Outstanding 50 Asian American in Business Award, The Asian American Business Roundtable and Project Rebuild Small Business Technical Assistance Program. Honglin also created the Asian Businesses Matter, an online portal for small business owners to receive marketing exposure and assistance, as a part of the Project Rebuild Program.




Shin Shi

Representative of AABDC in China


Known for blending the art of visual storytelling with a passion for cultural diplomacy, Shin is a cinematographer and producer dedicated to bridging the cultural gap between China and the United States. With a master’s degree in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute, he possesses a deep understanding of managing artistic endeavors to facilitate cross-cultural connections. Active within the Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC), Shin plays a pivotal role in initiatives aimed at cultivating stronger cultural connections between these two vibrant nations. As a cultural ambassador, he spearheads programs that foster mutual appreciation and understanding between China and the US.





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