Chicago, IL Oct 25, 2016: The US Pan Asian-American Chamber of Commerce Educational Foundation (USPAACC) Midwest Regional Chapter hosted a special relaunch reception on 25th October 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, Chicago, IL. The event was attended by many corporate executives, State and local Government officials, Asian-American and small & minority business Leaders and non-profit organization leaders. The objective of the event was to promote awareness about USPAACC’s mission, vision, goals, and activities.
Susan Au Allen, President & CEO of USPAACC stated “Since 1984, USPAACC has been providing a unified platform to speak about their dreams and aspirations, raise their collective visibility, and address the challenges many of them still face in their quest to succeed in the mainstream”. Susan then introduced Krishna K Bansal, the new President of USPAACC-Midwest who has been a successful entrepreneur (President & CEO of Q1TECH) and leading several business and community organizations.
“Asian-Americans are now the fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States, even exceeding the Hispanic population, according to the latest U.S. Census. More important, Asian American-owned businesses are strong job creators in the Midwest. They provide more jobs than businesses owned by any other minority ethnic group. According to the latest Survey of Business Owners, in Illinois alone, Asian-Americans employed more than 100,000 people and paid over $3.2 billion in wages. Our Vision is to be the premier educational, training, and networking organization that connects business to business to government, and opens doors to contract, professional and educational opportunities to Asian-Americans and their partners in Fortune corporations, Government, nonprofit organizations and small and minority business community”, said Krishna Bansal, President of USPAACC Midwest organization.
“USPAACC pledges to continue to be the single unified voice for equal opportunity for Asian- American businesses and to collaborate with other large, medium, and small businesses for mutually-beneficial relationships in the domestic and global economy”, Bansal added.
Bansal introduced his new board members for the Midwest including Perry Mehta (Michigan), Vice President Finance & Treasurer, Elizabeth Tran (Wisconsin), Vice President Programs & Secretary, Tom Lutz(Minnesota), Senior Vice President and CPO of US Bank, Rona Fourte (Illinois), Director of Supplier Diversity for Walgreens, Ruby McCleary (Illinois), Director of Supplier Diversity with United Airlines, KC Sukumar (Minnesota), Founder of TAJ Technologies, and Reshma Sambare (Michigan), Attorney at Miller Canfield.
“Illinois is an incredibly diverse State and Governor Rauner’s administration is committed to increase the participation of Asian-Americans”, said Hardik Bhatt, Secretary-Designate, Department of Innovation and Technology & CIO, State of Illinois. Secretary Bhatt, who was the highest ranking Asian member of Governor Rauner’s cabinet, explained how he has been playing the role to transform the State into a smart State.
“USPAACC Midwest Region promotes, nurtures, and propels economic growth by opening doors to contract, educational and professional opportunities for Asian Americans and their business partners in corporate America, the federal government, and the small and minority business community in the Midwest” said Elizabeth Tran, Vice President Programs & Secretary. Tran also discussed a special founding member program for USPAACC – Midwest which has many special privileges and is only available till end of this year. She urged interested business owners and corporates to visit the website for details and sign up.
Other prominent guest speakers included Tom Lutz, Senior Vice President & CPO of US Bank and Gina Oka Attorney, Department of Procurement Services, City of Chicago. The event was also attended by executives/officials from UPS, JP MorganChase, SUPERVALU, US Bank, United Airlines, Walgreens, State of Illinois, Cook County, and many more. The evening was a tremendous success and garnered renewed interest and participation from the audience.
Illinois is home to one of the most vibrant Asian-American communities in the country. There are approximately 5.6% Asian-Americans currently living in the area (% of metropolitan area’s total population), which grew 47% in the past decade.
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