Chairman’s Letter

To all our esteemed members,

I’ve been recently elected and will have the pleasure and great honor to serve as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce during the 2017-2018 fiscal year. I shall continue to build on the chamber’s success; and with everyone’s help, together we will continue to grow our Chamber’s visibility, involvement, and influence in the Greater Cincinnati economic region.

I would like to thank our Executive Director, Tessa Xuan, and our immediate past Chair, Mr. Jin Kong, Esq., Chairman during 2016-2017, for their services to this Chamber. Under their leadership, our Chamber continued on the path of becoming one of the most active membership-based organizations in our geographic area. Mr. Kong will remain with the Board as Chair Emeritus and will continue to serve as trusted advisor. Ms. Tessa Xuan remains our faithful Executive Director leading our day-to-day operations.

Also, I want to thank Ms. Hui-Pin Sepulveda (Deloitte), Ms. Rhonda Schechter (Frost Brown Todd), Mr. John Guo (Fifth Third Bank) and Mr. Franklin Lim (The Kroger Co.) for their involvement and great work as part of Chamber’s 2016-2017 Executive Team.

Most of you know that 2017 is the year of the Rooster and we will be welcoming in 2018 the year of the Dog. It is traditionally believed that the upcoming Year of the Earth Dog is a good time for lifestyle changes and for the start of new business ventures. We hope you will join us for more good things throughout this new year. Be part of our family as we embark on a new phase for our Chamber: a time where we will focus on our members, their wellbeing, their growth and new relations.

Collaboration is the relentless goal of our Executive Director. Ms. Tessa Xuan sincerely believes that this Chamber needs to work more closely and together with our members as well as help them collaborate with one another. Our future focus is to connect and bridge the gap between Greater China and our region. When people work together everyone benefits: the company, the people, the community.

As Chairman, I will welcome and highlight involvements of our members. I hope to encouraging them to reach out and inform us of their specific needs. I also hope to see more member companies stepping up to contribute time, effort, and resources to build our common business interest between this region and Greater China.

This coming year is an opportunity to fine-tune our programming for the inclusion of all member categories, should they be fortune 500 companies or mom-and-pop noodle shops. I will solicit their input and ideas for bettering our community, bringing all sides together for a stronger regional economic ecosystem. My personal commitment is to help people connect, create and develop relationships. My desire and future focus as the new Chairman will be to expand upon the relations we carved thus far.

With the leadership of our Executive Director, Tessa Xuan, and the help of my fellow Executive Committee Officers, 1st Vice-Chair Ms. Rufan Li (University of Cincinnati), 2nd Vice-Chair Mr. Marvin Cunningham (Long-Stanton Mfg.), Treasurer Mr. Kevin Kahn (K2 Industrial Controls Int’l Ltd.) and Board Secretary Ms. Rhonda Schechter (Frost Brown Todd), I hope to take our great Chamber of Commerce to new levels of excellence and recognition.

Thank you all for being part of our Chamber family.


Catalin Macarie
Assistant Professor – Educator of Management
Business Essentials, Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Director of Freshmen Experience
Carl H. Lindner College of Business
University of Cincinnati

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