The Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has so far been set for 2014.
This year’s board members, the organization they represent and their statuses are as follows (LinkedIn profiles linked to names where possible):
- Chairwoman Hui-Jiang Saldana, Mercy Health and Catholic Health Partners
- Chairman-Elect Michael Kou, Growth By Export
- Vice Chairwoman Louisa Luk, Green Energy Enterprises
- Treasurer Julie Hagen, Barnes Dennig
- Alan Warner, Warner Architect Firm
- Anita Haefner, DHL Express
- Daniel Brockdorf, Horsehoe Casino
- David Le, Lang Thang Group
- Heather Quinley, Duke Energy
- Lawrence Gales, University of Cincinnati (scheduled for replacement by the university)
- Membership Committee Chairman Marty Wilz, Sur-Seal
- Marvin Bai, Deloitte & Touche (pending board approval to replace Ning Zhang at March 19 meeting)
- Matthew Schottelkotte, GBBN Architects
- Pei Zhang, Frost Brown Todd
- Reuben Shaffer, Kroger (pending board approval at March 19 meeting)
Bob Dylan wrote and recorded a now famous song called The Times They Are a-Changin’ as an anthem to express the changes going on in the early 1960s. Just as his song served as history of the changes, so too does this blog post serve as post of change, although on a much smaller scale.
The Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce moved Feb. 3 from its location at the Barnes Dennig offices — 150 E. 4th St. Third Floor — to offices down the street at 1106 Race St. Suite 2. Please make note of the change.
The phones have been ringing off the hook today. The excitement for our grand event is really building. We have more than 200 people scheduled to attend our grand extravaganza.
Here’s what you can expect:
- The casino has plenty of free parking. You can find more information on parking at their web site. They also have valet parking if you’re feeling swanky. It costs a little extra though.
- In fact, you probably will be feeling swanky because the dress code for the event is business and cocktail attire. Gentlemen, feel free to add some flair with a pocket square. Ladies, you already know what to do.
- The gala is on the second floor, the ballroom floor. Once you make it to the floor, you can’t miss us. Make sure to visit the registration desk.
- If you can’t make the event at 5:30 pm, you’ll want to at least get there before 6:15 pm. That’s when the grand opening to the ceremony will begin, followed by dinner, and you definitely don’t want to miss dinner.
- We have two cash bars staffed by four bartenders.
- Although we have a mobile point-of-sale for credit cards, I suggest bringing cash for the auction. We have a lot of quality items going for cheap.
- Business networking is a major part of the event: We have manufacturers, small business, large corporations, government, lawyers, doctors and attorneys attending; just to name a few.
If you have more questions, give us a call at 513-852-4100. You can also email Evan Brooks, executive director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Angie Li, events marketing specialist, at email@example.com. We’ll see you there!
Click Here To Register for the Gala
The Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Lunar New Year Gala on from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Horseshoe Casino ballroom on Jan. 31. The chamber will celebrate the coming of the Year of the Horse with an auction, Asian cuisine and traditional performances. Also, former Toledo Mayor Michael P. Bell will speak on his story of bringing more than $10 million in Chinese investment to his city since 2011. The event will prove to be a grand display of Asian culture and tradition for the biggest holiday of the year in the Far East.
Attire is business or cocktail and the evening’s proceedings will go as such (subject to change):
- 5:30 to 6:10 pm: Registration, Networking, Auction and Lion Dance Prelude
- 6:15 to 8:00 pm: Dining on Asian Cuisine, Networking and Michael Bell Speech
- 8:05 to 9:00 pm: Beijing Storytelling (Kuai ban shu), Guzheng (Chinese Harp) and Sounds of Joy (choir) performances
Journalists have been following the work of the City of Toledo lately. They were particularly interested in the work of former Mayor Michael Bell. During his term he courted hundreds of Chinese investors, which so far has amounted in more than $10 million in investment. An elected official like Mr. Bell deserves to share his story. And he’ll be doing just that on Jan. 31 at the 2014 Lunar New Year Gala.
The Year of the Horse 2014 is fast approaching. Granted — now that it’s Dec. 17 — Christmas and New Year’s Day are even closer, but in about a month’s time, we will see the arrival of the Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year. While the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky might have other smaller, more intimate Lunar New Year celebrations , our event should prove to be the biggest Lunar New Year bash around.
If your’e a long-time confidant of the Chinese chamber, you may be saying to yourself, “What’s happening to the chamber’s web site?” And if you’re new to the chamber, then you might wonder why our web site is so sparse.
Allow me to answer that for you.
The Chinese chamber promotes trade between our region and China, strengthening exports and creating jobs. We also work to increase visibility of Asian professionals in the community.
According to the International Trade Association, the Cincinnati metropolitan area exported $20 billion in 2012, ranking 16th in the nation. China was a major recipient.