As a major international center for trading, finance, manufacturing, telecommunications and transportation in the Asia-Pacific region, Hong Kong has long been a powerful lure to American businesses in search of profit and opportunity.
There are now over 1,300 US firms in Hong Kong, with about two-thirds locating their regional headquarters and regional offices in the territory. With some 60,000 Americans residing in Hong Kong, US citizens now represent one of the most significant foreign presences in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong’s free trade and open-market policies, low taxes and free flow of capital without exchange controls, all appeal to the American business ideal of a “level playing field”. Indeed, Hong Kong not only represents the world’s 9th largest trading entity, it has also been cited as the world’s freest economy for 20 straight years (The Heritage Foundation’s Global Index of Economic Freedom 2014).
With Hong Kong playing a vital role as the gateway to China and the crossroads for commerce with other booming Asian economies, the Hong Kong Association of Atlanta can help you enter this lucrative market for US products, technology and investment.
Henry is an experienced Global Business Executive having both corporate and bank clients worldwide. Through 30 years of coverage of Emerging Market economies, Henry is a regular speaker/lecturer both in the States and in China on how business is done globally, and in particular in Greater China and rest of Asia.
Hong Kong Information Center Atlanta – President
Currently Chief Operating Officer of Asian Investors Consortium (a private equity fund), Henry concluded his 35-year banking career in October of 2015 after completion of a 3-year affiliation with Fifth Third Bank of Cincinnati, Ohio as a Managing Director of its Global Financial Institutions Group. The PE Fund is from Asia and invests in Greater China, Asia, and other Emerging Market economies. Henry is also a Senior Advisor of ChinaPlus Capital Investments Limited of China, a cross-border M&A and consulting firm. Previous affiliations included Standard Chartered Bank China, East West Bank, SunTrust Bank, Comerica Bank, National City Bank and Bank of America HK.
Not a typical banker, Henry has coverage of major areas of banking including domestic and global lending, foreign bank relationship management, credit administration, compliance, import/export financing, trade banking and finance, treasury management, retail administration, domestic and international operations, investment banking (asset securitization-CDO & CLO, IPO, M&A), and wealth management (structuring and distribution). In addition to having domestic corporate client relationships, Henry has managed customer relationships (companies and financial institutions) in most Emerging Market economies. Originally from HK, Henry is well-versed in business with and in Asia as well as coverage of Emerging Market economies for over 25 years.
Henry is married to wife Elaine and have daughters Amanda and Vivian. He received his degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Detroit. Some of Henry’s volunteered services and affiliation include:
*Independent Board of Director (and chair its Audit Committee) of a Chinese company listed on NASDAQ since 2011)
*Current President of the Hong Kong Association of Atlanta and Executive Committee member of the Federation of HK Business Associations Worldwide
*Current Advisory Chair of the National Association of Chinese Americans (also previous Board member and 4 years as president)
*Current Board member of Georgia State University International Visitors Council, and member of GSU China Task Force
*Current Global Commerce Council member of Metro Atlanta Chamber
*Past Advisory Board member of the North America Chinese Chamber of Commerce of North Carolina
*Past member and advisor of Kennesaw State University’s Asian Studies Program, and KSU International Advisory Board
*Past president of the Asian American Heritage Foundation
*Official and unofficial advisors to numerous cities in China (Nanjing, Hangzhou, Guangzhou)
*Past Board member of the Japan Society of Atlanta (2004/2005)
A believer in education and mentorship, Henry has been a frequent guest speaker/lecturer at universities both in the United States and in China. His education activities include seminars/lectures at China Jiliang University in Hangzhou, Sichuan University, Suzhou Institute, and colleges in USA (Emory University, Mercer University, Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State University, Florida International University). Henry was also the first and only foreign banker in 2009 and 2010 traveling with China’s Central Bank to promote RMB Internationalization and Commercialization in Europe and in Asia.
Gene supports the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office (NYC) and the Hong Kong Association of Atlanta while also assisting other SME’s looking for entry into the Asian market.
Director, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government
Ms Joanne Chu was appointed Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York on 31 July 2017. She is responsible for promoting and strengthening the business, trade and cultural ties between Hong Kong and 31 eastern states of the United States.
Before joining the New York ETO, Ms Chu was the chief of staff to the Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs in Hong Kong from 2013 to 2017. She also participated actively in promoting the bilateral ties between Hong Kong and the European Commission, as well as other European Union members, when she worked in the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels from 2008 to 2012. Ms Chu has also served in various policy bureaux and departments in Hong Kong, including the former Financial Services Bureau responsible for banking and monetary affairs. She joined the Hong Kong Government in September 2001.
AJC Foods International – Chairman & CEO
Mr. Allison worked in refrigerated cargo sales for Sealand from 1963 to 1966 and with Gold-Kist Poultry as Export Manager from 1967 to 1970. In 1970, leveraging these experiences and seeing a business opportunity, Mr. Allison co-founded AJC International, which was incorporated in 1972. Under his leadership, AJC became a leader of protein exports from the United States and a large contributing factor in the exports of protein from other countries.
Born in Hong Kong, Pin Pin Chau was educated at Yale where she received an MA degree. She also graduated from Stonier Graduate School of Banking and spent her earlier years as a banker in New York and as President / CEO of a community bank there. Now involved in the Atlanta community, Pin Pin serves on the board of directors for the Atlanta College of Arts, the Consumer Credit Counseling Service, and the Carter Center Board of Councilors. She is also a graduate of Leadership Atlanta, member of the International Women’s Forum, and an associate of the Society of International Business Fellows.
A native of Taiwan, Charlene Fang immigrated to the United States in 1990. A leader in the banking industry, Charlene served for 15 years as Relationship Officer with Summit National Bank until leaving to join the Touchmark National Bank as its Senior Vice President & Business Development Officer. In 2014, Charlene, an entrepreneur, founded her own educational consulting business.
Charlene has devoted much of her time giving back to the community. She is the past President of the Chinese American Lions Club and served as a Leo Advisor, guiding the youth service club. Charlene was the 2nd female President to serve the Hip Sing Association of Atlanta, a 150 year old Chinese association. She is a founding member of the Taiwanese American Women’s Club and the Chamblee Chamber of Commerce. Charlene is a former board member of Leadership DeKalb, former board member of the DeKalb Police Alliance, former board member of FBI Atlanta Citizens Academy Association and a board member of Interfaith Outreach Home, board member of Discover DeKalb. She is also President of the North Decatur Lions club.
Charlene has a passion for helping others to succeed. She has sponsored many fund raising efforts in the community and serves as an advisor to a number of local businesses and groups. Charlene is a cheerleader for DeKalb County and works tirelessly to promote our region as a whole.
Mrs. Shandry Law, together with her husband Mr. Goodwin Law, has been a very successful entrepreneur in the restaurant industry. They are the owners of the famous Farmer’s Basket Restaurant, a mall-based food court restaurant chain that serves great fresh Southern Food with stores in major malls in Atlanta, including Lenox Square, Peachtree Center Mall, Cumberland Mall, Perimeter Mall, North Point Mall, Mall of Georgia, Southlake Mall, Town Center at Cobb and one in Riverchase Galleria in Alabama.
She has been very active in supporting various Chinese Community organizations and is a Board Member in CCC (Chinese Community Center), CBAA (Chinese Business Association of Atlanta), Kwong Tung Association of Atlanta and the Chair of the Board of CACPG (Chinese American Cultural Performing Group). You will also always see her at the local major fund raising events for the Asian American candidates for the public positions.
As Executive Director, Mr. Ramsey is responsible for all administrative personnel and management of the daily business operations of the firm. He provides leadership over office administration, human resources, facilities and office services, finance, marketing, business development, recruiting, professional development, information technology, and other business support functions. Mr. Ramsey works closely with firm leadership in evaluating and implementing strategic initiatives and serves as Secretary for the Partnership and Executive Committee.LLP
David is an innovative executive with extensive Multi-Culture Cross Markets knowledge on US, Hong Kong, China and Asia Pacific region with wealth of integrated experiences of Media, Telecom and IoT in supporting Trans Pacific economic ties and cross continent business expansion
David is an incubator, talent magnet, rational innovations and extensive knowledge on Hong Kong, China and AsiaPacific region with wealth of networking partnerships for helping business digital transformation
Prior to joining Hong Kong Association of Atlanta, David career summary:
CHINA TELECOM AMERICAS (2016 – 2018)
Regional Sales Manager
NTT Com Asia (2009 – 2015)
EVP, Sales Operations
China Enterprise Netcom Corp (2006 – 2008)
President & CEO
Verizon Enterprise Solutions (2003 – 2006)
Managing Director, North Asia Sales Operations
Modern Legend Group, HK (2000 – 2003)
Co-founder and Shareholder
New World Telephone (1996 – 2000)
Chief Operating Officer
Teleglobe Canada (1994 – 1996)
Managing Director of Greater China Region
Reuters Asia (1990 – 1994)
Regional Sales and Marketing Manager
Television Enterprise Ltd, HK (1989 – 1990)
Business Development Manager
VideoStar Connection, USA – EDS subsidiary (1986 – 1989)
Satellite and Circuit Manager
Cable News Network, USA (1982 – 1986)
Video Journalist to Technical Director
Georgia Asian Times – Publisher
Li Wong is the Publisher of Georgia Asian Times, a digital publication serving the multicultural Asian American community in metro Atlanta and Georgia.
He has formerly served as country manager for Dow Jones Interactive Publishing and the Asian Wall Street Journal in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prior to that, he was Director of International Affairs for the John Buck Company, a Chicago-based property development and investment company. Li has also previously served as Director of Marketing – Asia Pacific for Site Selection magazine.
He is also the founder and Executive Director of the Atlanta Asian Film Festival. It is currently the largest festival of its kind in the southeast region and has gained popularity for its unique Asian film screenings.
Li graduated with an MBA in International Business and a BBA in Management from Georgia State University. He serves as a Steering Committee member of Partnership Gwinnett, Board of Visitor at Emory University, a Board member of Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival, and also a Board member of the Kennesaw State University-Asian Studies Program.
Senior Program Associate
Ying Zhu is the senior program associate of the China Program at The Carter Center. She received her Ph.D. in architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology and her M.B.A. from Emory University. Over the years, Ying has been a cross-cultural architect focused on strengthening U.S.-China relations in both the business and nonprofit sectors, and has organized study-abroad programs in China for Georgia Tech and Emory students.
Also the founder of the first feminist bookstore in Shanghai, Ying brings the sense of social justice and understanding of China’s social, economic, and political dimensions to her work at The Carter Center.