2014 Conference & Luncheon

Opening Session

Master of Ceremonies – David Hinson, Former Presidential Appointee & National Director of Minority Business Development Agency

Welcoming Remarks – Howard Li, Chairman & CEO of Waitex Group

Panel I: U.S.-Asia Global Strategic Alliance

Moderator – Craig Allen, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia
International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
Panelist – James Lewis, Export-Import Bank of the United States
Panelist – Jane Doherty, International Coordination Executive
Office of International Coordination
Food Safety and Inspection Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Panelist –Henry Levine, Senior Director
Albright Stonebridge

With dynamic economies, growing technological advances, increasingly
skilled workforces, and greater transparency, Asia has become a driver of
global economic growth and will continue in this role for the foreseeable
future. It is of vital importance to the United States and Asia to strengthen their partnership in order to move forward and find solutions to global issues. Notably, the economies of the United States and China are becoming more interdependent. This forum will facilitate discussions on U.S.-Asia trade relations, future economic cooperation, business opportunities, and the ramifications of the current global economic crisis.

Roundtable Discussion 

Moderator  – Chiling Tong, CEO of International Leadership Foundation & CAABO Board of Directors

Panelist – Paul Hsu, Ph.D., Author of Guardians of the Dream: the Enduring Legacy of America’s Immigrants; Chairman of HSU Enterprise Group; Harvard University Asia Center Senior Fellow

Panelist – Solomon Chen, Chairman of Superior Communications

Panel II: Advocacy of Asian American
Businesses and Entrepreneurship

Moderator – Mark L. Keam, Member, Virginia House of Delegates & Senior Advisor, Verizon
Panelist – Jimmy Ferguson, Owner/Operator, J-C’s McD’s Ltd.
Asian McDonald’s Operators Association
Panelist – David Lin,Vice President, Public Affairs and Advocacy
IW Group, Inc
Panelist – David Ho, President of Marietta Management Service Corp& Advisor of Coalition of Asian American Business Organizations

In today’s society, many Asian American businesses have reached
unprecedented growth in the current US economy. Not only has such
expansion benefitted individual communities, but has also built bridges
between cultural gaps that ultimately have led the nation to greater global
trade and other significant opportunities. Thus, to note these recent patterns, we have compiled an expert panel to further address Asian
American businesses and their role in national business growth.
Moreover, our panel will focus specifically on topics such as the global
competitiveness of Asian American businesses.

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Mr. David Hinson, member of CAABO Board of Directors, emceed the conference (left). Mr. Howard Li, Chairperson of CAABO, made welcoming remarks.


Mr. Howard Li (far left) and Ms. Chiling Tong (middle), CAABO Board of Directors with Panel I Moderator and Panelists: (from left) Mr. James Lewis from Ex-Im Bank; Mr. Craig Allen from U.S. Department of Commerce; Mr. Henry Levine from Albright Stonebridge; Ms. Jane Doherty from U.S. Department of Agriculture


Roundtable Discussion on the Legacy of Asian American Immigrants and Businesses

ILF_5379Panel II Moderator and Panelists: (from left) the Honorable Mark Keam, Member of the Virginia House of Delegates and Verizon Senior Advisor; Mr. Jimmy Ferguson, from Asian McDonald’s Operators Association; 
Mr. David Lin from IW Group, Inc. ; Mr. David Ho from Marietta Management Service Corp


Master of Ceremonies – Derrick Nguyen, Attorney at NRG Power Incorporated
Remarks – Lih-Fen Luo, Chief Executive Director of Luo Lih-Fen International Beauty Group
Remarks – Professor Ni Shixiong, Fudan University
Keynote Speaker – Honorable Elaine L. Chao, the 24th U.S. Secretary of Labor & Honorary Chairwoman of International Leadership Foundation


The Honorable Elaine L. Chao, the 24th U.S. Secretary of Labor & Honorary Chairwoman of International Leadership Foundation made her keynote speech at the 2014 ILF/CAABO Business & Leadership Conference Luncheon on July 31, 2014. 200 Asian business leaders and young professionals attended the luncheon. 

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Ms. Lih-Fen (Lily) Luo, Chief Executive Director of Luo Lih-Fen International Beauty Group, and Professor Shixiong Ni from Fudan University made remarks at the luncheon.



Luncheon speakers and board of directors of ILF and CAABO