About Us

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.

Hong Kong Economic and Trade Offices (HKETO)

HKETO New York Office

Located in the United States of America (USA) are the permanent representatives of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSARG). Our mission is to represent the HKSARG in strengthening the economic, trade, investment and cultural ties between Hong Kong and the USA.

USA Representative Offices

New York City
New York City
San Francisco
San Francisco
Washington D.C.
Washington D.C.
Hong Kong Tourism Board
Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Leadership

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Henry Yu

President
President

Henry Yu

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.

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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.

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Gene Hanratty

Senior Consultant
Senior Consultant

Gene Hanratty

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.

Board Members

Chris Chan

Chris Chan

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Whether advising in-house counsel at a Fortune 100 corporation, or counseling principals at a technology start-up, Chris Chan helps clients identify key intellectual property and implement state of the art legal strategies to protect it. His practice encompasses all facets of patent law including international and domestic portfolio management and strategy, patent procurement, opinions and clearance studies, due diligence, licensing and related litigation. Chris offers clients a unique combination of intellectual property legal knowledge, advanced technical training and an intimate understanding of the international marketplace. He obtains and enforces key patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret rights for a variety of technologies, from computers, software, and financial transaction systems, to power generation equipment and controls, electro-mechanical devices and medical devices.

Prior to entering the legal profession, Chris worked as a power industry engineer analyzing and resolving mechanical issues relating to power plant equipment and systems. He is skilled in identifying weaknesses in third-party patents and prepares non-infringement and invalidity opinions. He counsels clients on alternative options, including reexamination, design-around, and pre-litigation activities. Chris focuses on one of the fastest growing global IP issues: protecting and leveraging trademarks and IP on the Internet, including in social media, keywords and sponsored links and domain names. Chris also devises and implements proactive strategies to defend against aggressive patent holding companies.

Norman Cheng

Norman Cheng

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My name is Norman Cheng, Business Relationship Manager for Chase in Atlanta, Georgia. I have over 15 years of experience at Chase and 18 years of experience in financial services.

In an effort to further enhance the service Chase provides our business clients, I can help deliver the full array of banking solutions that your business may need to grow.

My goal is to understand your business in a way that allows Chase to bring unique insights and value to every interaction with your firm. I can provide you access to the broader team of experts in areas such as cash management, credit solutions, and other business services.

Additionally, our advanced online capabilities and mobile tools give you access to your Chase business accounts from most digital devices. And you’ll have access to telephone banking options that can make your banking more convenient.

Here are just a few of the great ways to connect with Chase:

Chase Platinum Service Center — speak directly with our experienced Senior Service Specialists, available when you need them

Chase Online Banking — simplify your cash management and enjoy secure online banking solutions

Chase Mobile Banking — manage your business finances when and where you choose

We’re here to help you save time, manage cash flow and provide more convenience for your business banking.

With a team including dedicated service professionals and the vast resources of Chase working for you, we’re confident you will be able to stay focused on growing your business and meeting your goals.

Joanne Chu

Ms Joanne Chu

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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.

Charlene Fang

Charlene Fang

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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.

Shandry Law

Shandry Law

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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.

Denise Lo

Denise Lo

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Denise is the Broker/Owner of Landmark Commercial & Residential Properties, concentrating on both Commercial & Residential new construction, resale, retail and industrial leasing, and distressed asset transactions. She has over 19 years of experience helping hundreds of families and business owners buying, selling and leasing their properties. She is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®, Georgia Association of REALTORS® and DeKalb Association of REALTORS®. She has earned the Lifetime Phoenix Award Level of recognition for DeKalb Association of REALTORS® Pinnacle Awards Top Producer Club.

Denise is an influential leader and was serving as the 2018 President of DeKalb Association of REALTORS® (DAR). She is the first Asian American President since DAR established in 1957. Working closely with other leaders and members in DAR, under her leadership she established Commercial Council and Past President Advisory Group in 2018. She had been served in numerous officer roles in DAR including 2017 President Elect, Vice President of Finance as well as Chair of the Investment Committee, By Laws and Policy Committee, Strategic Planning Committee and Sponsorship Committee. She also served on the Board of Directors for Georgia Multiple Listing Service (MLS) in 2018. Currently, she serves as a State Director, Member of Professional Development Committee and Form Committee for the Georgia Association of REALTORS® (GAR). She is 2019 Treasurer of the Women’s Council of Realtors, DeKalb Network. She has been serving in Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS® Form Committee since 2010 and was one of the key members to help the Board to transform their online Form System for different internet browsers. She will be serving in GAR as their Vice Chair for Commercial Connection in 2020.

Denise has received several National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) certifications and designations including the prestigious CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member), CRS (Certified Residential Specialist), ABR (Accredit Buyer’s Representation) and BPOR. She is a recipient of 2018 National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) National Commercial Award. She is a Gold Level major investor in REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) and is a member of National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) President Circle; and also a strong advocate for home ownership and private property rights.

In 2018 U.S. Representative of the Fourth District of Georgia, Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr., issued an official proclamation setting May 10, 2018 as DeKalb Association of REALTORS® Day. This proclamation highlights DeKalb REALTORS® as a champion for civil rights through DeKalb County and the state, ensuring the rights and liberties of our citizens in Georgia are guaranteed through the U.S. Constitution.

Denise is also very passionate about education. She is an active PTA member in Fulton County School System where her children are attending the school. She helps to Chaperon several in state and out of state trips. She was a Vice Chair at Atlanta Contemporary Chinese Academy (a non-profit organization) from 2012 to 2018. In order to help residential agents to learn and understand about commercial real estate, she’s teaching Commercial CE class at REST Institute.

Denise and her family sponsored many different non-profit and faith-based organizations in Asia and United States by donating money and organized clothes or food drive every year to help others. She’s a regular blood donor.

Wendy Lu

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Wendy is the partner leading Aprio’s Chinese Practice. She brings over 19 years of public accounting experience to her clients focusing on strategic planning for multi-national companies on domestic and international tax and non-tax issues regarding their inbound and outbound operations. Wendy also specializes in tax incentives, tax research, tax accounting assurance and federal, multi-state and international income tax compliance. She frequently assists clients in the planning and implementation of the worldwide business restructuring, mergers and acquisition.

Aprio’s Chinese practice concentrates on public, private and foreign-owned companies across various geographies in the fields of manufacturing, wholesale, IT, real estate, blockchain, engineering, pharmaceutical, telecommunication, transportation, e-gaming, and other sectors.

Wendy has been advising Chinese clients from startups to exit-stage companies on their cross-border transactions between China and the U.S. for more than 15 years. She provides strategic planning on various tax and non-tax matters, manages global tax exposure and maximizes tax benefits for Chinese clients investing in the U.S. and U.S. clients with operation in Greater China region.

Wendy is a native Chinese speaker and speaks fluent Cantonese.

Prior to joining Aprio, Wendy worked at a local public accounting firm in Atlanta for six years, serving small to mid-size corporate clients as well as high net worth individuals.

Wendy earned a master’s degree in Accounting at Kennesaw State University and has a passion for serving the Chinese communities. Today she serves as board member in the Hong Kong Association of Atlanta and an advisor in Advisory Board of Symposium on Asia-USA Partnership Opportunities (SAUPO).

Homing Tam

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Mr. Homing Tam is no stranger to the Hong Kong Business Associations family. Since his first appointment in 2009, as Membership Chair of Hong Kong Business Associations of Washington (HKBAW), he has been actively reaching out to business members and develop opportunities for student members through the Operations Committee (OC). Because of his love and interest to staying connected to the Hong Kong overseas community, he has since taken on roles, such as: Vice President – Global Affairs of HKBAW, Secretary General of National US-Hong Kong Business Association (NUSHKBA).

Homing has the unique ability to connect to people of different background and across many communities. Since 2010, he helped start a young professional committee, led the efforts to a revamped online presence, and worked closely with 90+ business chambers and non-profit organizations. His specialty is creating successful transpacific partnerships for entities between Hong Kong, China, and the US. As one of the Executive Board Member of NUSHKBA, he is currently developing a nation-wide platform for young professionals to exchange ideas and opportunities.

Homing is fluent in English and native in Cantonese, as he was born and raised in Hong Kong. You may have seen him hosting events somewhere in the Greater Seattle area as he is an active emcee and organized 1,000+ events.

Homing currently serves on the following boards:

  • Hong Kong Asia Youth Association
  • Hong Kong Association of Atlanta
  • Hong Kong Association of Washington Foundation
  • National US Hong Kong Business Association
Lai Ying Floria Whitcomb

Lai Ying Floria Whitcomb

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Lai Ying Floria Whitcomb advocates for the continued strengthening of business and cultural relationship between Hong Kong and the Southeast U.S.

She is currently employed at the Department of Global Affairs, Kennesaw State University. Until 2017, her professional career was in the area of banking mainly in currency trading and financial analysis.

A native of Hong Kong, Lai Ying has been residing either in Japan or in the U.S. since 37 years ago. She received a B.S. degree from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. She and her husband of 31 years raised three children together.

David Wong

David Wong

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Born in Hong Kong, brought up and educated in HK/US, I am US citizen and a multi-cultural business executive fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Shanghais.

I worked and stationed in US, Hong Kong and Beijing China specialize in managing east and west team talent integration and collaborations to deliver the vision and mission to successful commercial reality and profitable result.

Achievement examples:

Currently as Chief of staffs of HGC Global Communications  directly report to the CEO managing over 2,100 staffs, leading on the structure re-engineering HGC in progress for digital transformation from traditional telco business model and as a leading team member on M&A activities and successfully acquired 3 projects from US$50M to US$120M in 9 months

As EVP Sales at NTT, won a multiple years IDC and network contract of US$550 million before the TKO site official open and won Financial customers like UBS, Societe General and Bloomberg etc.

As COO at NWT, creates prepaid calling card ͞Talk Talk card͟ become HK#1 calling card for China and Philippines destinations and #2 IDD Carrier in HK.
At Verizon Business and NTT, APAC Regional management in managing multiple Bus, Sales, pre and post sales units to work with Product and Marketing to deliver customized non standard integrated solutions of SD-WAN, SDN, IDC, BCDR, ICT solutions across all retail , enterprise and wholesale markets

Career History:

– HGC Global Communications (Dec.2018 to Present) Chief of Staffs
– Hong Kong Association Atlanta Chapter (June 2018 to Present) Board of Director
– China Telecom Americas (April, 2017 to May 2018) Regional Sales Manager, East region US
– NTT Com Asia Limited (2009 – 2015) Executive Vice President, Sales Operations
– China Enterprise Netcom Corp (2006 – 2008) President & CEO
– Verizon Enterprise Solutions (2003 – 2006)
Managing Director, North Asia Regional 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)
– VideoStar Connection, USA – EDS subsidiary (1986 – 1989)
– Cable News Network, USA (1982 – 1986)

Honorary Trustees

  • Gerald Allison
  • Pin Pin Chau
  • William Ramsey