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(Houston, TX, FEB 5, 2020) The Asian Chamber of Commerce Houston is proud to announce and welcome the following new Board of Directors for 2020/2021:
Samantha Chapa
Supplier Diversity Manager, Lone Star College
Samantha Chapa graduated from the Rising Star Institute leadership program in 2019 which provides leadership development within Lone Star College for high potential employees. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Sam Houston State University, and has over 8 years of experience in event management, marketing customer service and team building.
Sydney Dao
Director of Retail, Houston First
As a professional cheerleader a.k.a. publicist and marketing director, Sydney Dao launched Houston-based designer Chloe Dao into an international brand. Prior to that, she represented designers Monique Lhuillier, Stephen Dweck and Ralph Rucci to name a few at Michael Atchison & Associates and Randall Rutledge Public Relations in New York City. She simultaneously held the roles of sales representative and PR executive while managing both partner companies.
Ilhaam "Illy" Jaffer
Intergovernmental Affairs Manager, City of Houston Health Department
Illy is the Intergovernmental Affairs Manager of State and Federal Affairs at the City of Houston Health Department. She is responsible for researching, monitoring, and analyzing federal and state legislation and planning activities related to government funded initiatives and regulatory changes related to health and human services policies.
Fay Linn Lee
Senior Product Implementation Manager, Americas Shell Lubricants
Fay Linn is currently senior product manager for Shell Oil/Pennzoil Lubricants. After earning her PhD in Chemical Engineering at Pennsylvania State University, she worked at Kendall Lubricants and later joined Shell Oil. Fay Linn’s 30+ years of industrial experience includes an international assignment as Lubricant Product Manager in London, UK. In her role at Shell Oil, she has led product development and supported quality assurance in numerous commercial products for Sales/Marketing and blending plant operations as well as managing the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) team at Shell.
Tuan Nguyen
Asst.VP - Relationship Manager II, JPMorgan Chase & Co
Tuan is the Assistant Vice President and Business Relationship Manager at JPMorgan Chase & Co. He is a passionate and driven leader with an extensive background in sales, service, and risk management. With over 10 years of business to business sales experience with a focus on the financial services industry, Tuan has a long history of understanding bank client’s needs while presenting product solutions, experience in self-sourcing opportunities internally and externally, and comprehensive understanding of Business Banking products, solutions and commercial credit.
Rainier Villatuya
Director of Retirement Plans and Time Off Policies, United
Rainier Villatuya is the Director of Retirement Plans and Time Off Policies at United Airlines. He is responsible for the design and delivery of the company’s five defined contribution plans and two defined benefit pension plans in the US, Guam and UK. Cumulative assets for the retirement plans are in excess of $20 billion. With over 20 years in the employee benefits industry, Rainier has uniquely experienced the benefits industry from three vantage points: vendor, consultant and employer/plan sponsor.
They will be joining our current board, Bin Yu, Fan Chen, Kenneth Li, Ning Kang, Walter Lawson, Chris Nam, Dalia Sherif, Ph.D. and May Wang, for the 2020 calendar year.
“In celebrating our 30 th year, the Asian Chamber is excited to have our new board members work alongside our staff to help implement our new 2020 programs for the Asian business community,” said Bin Yu, ACC Board Chair. “With the diverse talent and experience they all bring to the table, we are confident to have the support of the new Board to execute a successful year for growth and impact in the Greater Houston area.”
"With the growth of the organization," Paul Gor, Director of Community Development added,"the ACC Staff is looking forward in working with the new Board and collaborating on the new initiates for 2020. We see the value of their decision to expand and creating a strong, clear vision for where the Chamber is heading in the next 5 years."
In 2020, the Asian Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating our 30th year serving the Asian business community in Houston and focusing several new programs to unite and elevate our members, partners, supporters and Asian community. We will continue to partner with various organizations and corporations to provide workshops, conferences, luncheons and networking opportunities for our ACC members.
We began the year hosting our monthly networking event in celebrating the Lunar New Year followed by a private company tour to visit the CenterPoint Energy Innovation Center and a monthly luncheon to discuss trade opportunities with Taiwan. Slated for the reminder of this year, we will be continuing our Business Conference and Expo combining the event with the Rising 10 Awards to highlight 10 of the fastest growing Asian Owned Business in Houston. We will also have several new programs to share:
  • Executive Deep Dive 2.0 - This program is an extension of the ACC Executive Business Program where graduates will continue their business growth with an additional year of learning. Each track will contain three sessions to reinforce the business topics of strategic management and marketing/sales.
  • Supplier Diversity Academy - Many businesses need directions on how to find new projects and requests for proposals. The Academy will help qualified companies to be certified and provide tools on how to make their presentations solid in winning projects/contracts.
  • Asian Restaurant Month - May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and The Asian Chamber is helping the Houston culinary sector celebrate by promoting Asian inspired dishes and raise awareness of Asian owned restaurants throughout the city.
  • Asian ERG (Employee Resource Group) Summit and Networking - Many corporations and larger organizations have a supportive ERG group among their talent pool. The program will allow the Asian ERG Groups collectively discuss pressing matters that affect the Asian workforce and how to be effective grow and raise support/awareness among the employees. The event will include a collaborative networking event for participants to meet the other ERGs around Houston.
  • Doing Business in Asia Forum - With Houston being one of the most diverse cities in America, the Chamber wants businesses and the various communities to know about the Asian countries represented. This program will provide a platform to share opportunities of import/export and to promote tourism.
In the last quarter of the year, we will celebrate 30 years of excellence at our Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards dinner and continue our Executive Business Program (going on in its 5 year) in Mandarin while offering a new cohort in Korean. Our year with close with our Annual Members Luncheon where we will recap 2020 and share the vision for the next decade.
The Asian Chamber’s goal is to identify opportunities for growth and help foster new relationships and connections to elevate and empower our members to the next level. We look forward in continuing our relationship to providing greater opportunities for Asian businesses and the communities they impact.
About the Asian Chamber of Commerce
Asian Chamber Board of Directors – Full Bios
2020 Asian Chamber of Commerce Programs
Contact: Barbara Gallo, 713-782-7222

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