chairman, chester chong
Chester Chong is the Chairman of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, and has a history with the Chamber dating back to 1988, when he first joined as a Board member. Over the past 30 years, he has held positions with the Chamber as Board Member (1988-1990), Vice President (1990-2016), Secretary General (2016-2017), and President (2007-2017). He has had a long and successful career across a diverse set of industries, including roles as Chairman of American Magazines & Books Inc. and Chairman of Superspeed Transportation Group, where he is currently still involved. Chester is an exemplary citizen of the Los Angeles community and has served in capacities such as the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Civil Air Patrol Captain of Mission Pilot Rescue Team, the American Angel Flight Mission Pilot and the County of Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department as Reserve Commander. He was awarded the Outstanding Business Achievement Award byInternational Lions Club (1991), recognized as Honorary California Goodwill Ambassador by the California Secretary of State (1991) and received both the prestigious Meritorious Service Award and Exemplary Service Award presented by LosAngeles County Sheriff’s Department (2005 and 2006). He has a diploma of International Cultural Exchange issued byPeking University, China, an Honorary Doctoral Degree of Human Letters issued by the University for Humanistic Studies, San Diego, and an Honorary Doctoral Degree of Business Administration, issued by Armstrong University, California.
president, kevin j. chen
Kevin Chen is an American entrepreneur, well recognized for his visionary expertise and business accomplishments within the realms of fashion, art and real estate. For over 30 years, he has thrived among the virtuosity of creating. His passion for studying established fashion brands and discovering emerging ones is as enduring as his drive to develop major real estate projects. By weaving the two together, Mr. Chen has brought a vast awareness to the synergy that such collaborations can produce.
Continue education is part of Mr. Chen’s lifehood. He is one of 33 individuals chosen from world globe to study at Harvard University Graduate School of Design where he graduated in honor of Real Estate Advanced Management Development Program (MBA Real Estate).
Mr. Chen enjoys traveling and has done so extensively around the world. Currently, he resides in San Marino, California and Honolulu, Hawaii.
Director of Marketing, Communications and Public Relations, Gloria Chang Yip, CFA
Gloria Chang Yip is an Executive Director and Banker in J.P. Morgan’s Los Angeles Private Bank. She brings over sixteen years of experience in senior management marketing and strategy roles with a focus on consumer, luxury and retail segments. She is responsible for developing and managing client relationships and delivering holistic solutions across investment management, lending, wealth planning, trust and estate planning and charitable giving.
Gloria is a Chartered Financial Analyst holder and member of the CFA Society of Los Angeles. She has a Masters in Business Administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelors of Commerce from the Sauder School, University of British Columbia.
Gloria grew up in Vancouver, Canada but has also spent seven years living internationally in Shanghai, China. She is fluent in5languagesincludingMandarin,CantoneseandShanghainese. Inhersparetime,sheenjoystravel,foodandfitness. She currently resides in west Los Angeles with her husband and two young children.
Director of Events and Programming, Tammy Huang-Anacleto
Tammy Huang-Anacleto is the CEO and co-founder of College Launch Inc. (2004). Within the company, she oversees day- to-day business functions and serves as a premier consultant to select students applying for their dream schools. Her creative strategies and personalized approach has been effective in coaching clients for admission. She has also led counseling departments across school sites as a key consultant. Her recent contract was with Maranatha High School from 2014-2016, boosting record breaking college admissions results.
Tammy’s experience as a ten year, Harvard admissions interviewer gives students exclusive access to her expert interviewcoaching and expansive network of college admissions and companies across different fields. Beyond this, Tammy will help students create their own personal brand to market themselves to admissions officers, through personal statement writing and selecting schools which fit. Tammy has assisted many students on applications ranging from law school, medical school, master's degrees, and even doctoral degrees. Her excellent and groundbreaking work achieve to help students attain great results.
As College Launch Inc. celebrates its 15-year anniversary in 2019, Tammy is excited to lead a talented team to launch a global vision and continue efforts in impacting students and families.
Director of Media Relations, Chris Gray
Chris Gry is a native of Los Angeles. He graduated from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business and Barrettthe Honors College, as well as the U.S. State Department’s Chinese Flagship Program where he reached the superior fluencylevel on the Government's program completion exams. Chris also studied at Qinghua University in Beijing and NanjingUniversity, two of China’s most prestigious universities. After completing the U.S. State Department Flagship program and his thesis on social entrepreneurship while in China, Chris lived and worked overseas in downtown Shanghai in the U.S. Government's EB-5 immigration investment industry. He interacted heavily with Chinese investors who had the intention for themselves or their children of investing in U.S. real estate and, in turn, acquiring a permanent green card.
Chris’ extensive education and international business prowess have made him a powerful asset to L.A. Luxe Group. He is endowed with the rare ability to be a bridge between international and domestic sellers and buyers, intrinsically knowing U.S. business, deeply understanding the needs of the his clients and their counterparts, and being able to effectivelycommunicate between both parties to achieve his clients’ financial and real estate goals. This allows him to be a powerfulconsultant to domestic and international investors alike in the L.A. real estate market.
Director of Membership, Sophia Tien
A native of China and living in the United States the past 25 years, Sophia brings special knowledge,experience and understanding to the Chamber’s Board. Focused in several aspects of marketing, trade and management,
Sophia works with Chinese companies doing business in the United States, and U.S. companies doing business in China. Her understanding of both cultures, customs and practices, and her fluency in English and Mandarin, make her a valuable resource to her clients and an important member of the Chamber’s Board.
Educated in both China and the finest universities in the United States, in her early career Sophia worked in many aspects of marketing management, including at Fairmont Hotel & Resorts, Starwood Vacation Ownership and Alliance Data Systems. For the past several years, through the company she founded—New Orange Consulting Group—Sophia has provided valuable guidance to U.S. and Chinese companies in developing successful cross-border business partnerships and increasing penetration in their target markets. Her firm also focuses on holistic marketing strategies, database marketing and brand management. Her clients include Optimum Health Institute, Lamps Plus and World Wide Electric Corporation.
Sophia is committed to using her experience and bi-cultural background to help grow business partnerships between the U.S. and China, support success and prosperity for the American Chinese community, and assist first-generation immigrants from China to succeed in US.
Sophia is experienced in speaking at educational institutions and professional programs. She is also the committee chairperson of the California Diversity Council.
Sophia has Master’s Degrees from Northwestern University (Integrated Marketing Communications) and the University of Massachusetts (Hospitality Management).
In her spare time, she is passionate about travelling, wellness, meditation and volunteer work.