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2013 Highlights

The 28th Anniversary CelebrAsian Business Opportunity Conference was held at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove, California on June 3-5, 2013. This year’s theme was “We are the Future: Immigrants. Citizens. Innovators”.

AT&T, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, PepsiCo and Wells Fargo were the Corporate Co-Chairs and Alorica, I.L. Creations, SevenTablets and MaxxShop were our Asian American Business Co-Chairs. More than 689 Conference participants – representing more than 150 Asian American businesses, 70 Fortune corporations, 20 government agencies and 8 media partners – came in full force from all over the country

28th Anniversary Memorable moments:

2013 Testimonials

“Thank you for a well-organized conference. The experience was well worth the long 6-hour drive to and from the event.”
Jack Ybarra, Transmetrics

“It was a pleasure participating in CelebrAsian 2013. As always, it ran very smoothly. I also met very feasible potential suppliers and I networked with corporate supplier diversity colleagues. Thank you very much. I look forward to participating next year.”
William Irizarry, Dell

“I enjoyed meeting you and some of the wonderful members in attendance at the conference. The scale and the “national” scope of the conference were impressive. Your hard work to advance the Asian American causes is appreciated.”
Steven Choi, Mayor of Irvine

“We really enjoyed the conference and look forward to future partnership with USPAACC.”
Amber Simpson, U.S. Bank

“It was my pleasure to attend and be part of your wonderful event!”
J.P. Sweeney, BASF

“Many thanks for the invitation to join the CPO Forum. I really enjoyed it again this year!
Congratulations on this great event and for all that you do for the minority supplier community.”
Stephane C. Masson, Marriott International, Inc.

“Thank you for hosting a very well-run, interesting conference. This was my first time attending this conference and had heard from others how it was one of the best. They couldn’t have been more correct! Many thanks for the professionalism and focus of this event. We look forward to hosting you at one of our lovely properties!”
Denise Naguib, Marriott International

“I heard it was a home run from Tom Fountain, who attended on our behalf”
Randall M. Tucker, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

“It is wonderful to hear that things went so well and that the conference continues to grow. I heard rave reviews from our attendees as well. Congrats on a really good conference.”
Neddy Perez, Ingersoll Rand

“I can’t be more proud of you and your team, witnessing USPAACC in action on a national level. With your vision & conviction, you have given the Asian American Business Community a voice and attention that it deserves. You create a grand movement for us to be heard and recognized. We all are very grateful.”
Kim N. Zastrow, Vitesse Recruiting

“Congratulations on a successful CelebrAsian Business Opportunity Conference 2013. It was exciting to meet you, the students, and diverse array of suppliers from the Asian American community. Kudos to you and your team for executing the conference. Hope to see you and your team again in Washington DC, 2014.”
Jonathan Joyce, PepsiCo

“I thoroughly enjoyed moderating the panel and the conference as a whole, it was extremely well organized! Thanks again and I look forward to participating again next year.”
Mauricio P. Vera, U.S. Agency for International Development

“Very impressive! As always, you and your group did a super job. Fantastic!
Jim Costa, Berkshire Global Supply Chain Consulting

“Thanks so much for having me. I enjoyed the conference and participating in the “Secrets” presentation, and several small businesses are already following up with us. The hard work and leadership that you put into the conference really shows. I travel to many conferences around the country and yours is definitely among the best. Again, thank you.”
Cassandra Stuart, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

“It was my pleasure to be on the various teams and it was also wonderful to see and experience the energy of the supplier diversity caucus. This caucus has become a signature event for the supplier diversity professionals at your national conference and it is primed to become even better next year! Congratulations to you and your awesome team. Amazing how much is accomplished by such a small team! The conference was a hit from my perspective.”
Ron Tutundji, Dupont

“Congratulations on such a successful event!”
Lili Tarachand, LTD Global

“I connected with potential contacts and made some friends. The event was very helpful to me and hope you update me on events you would have in the future.”
Evelyn Chen, Spec-Metal

“I’m already looking forward to next year AND will also sign my (currently) 15 year-old son to join, so he can be exposed to the number of people who are SUCCESSFUL business owners. Their genuine kindness, willingness to mention their humble beginnings, and even offers for ‘mentorships’ is quite a nice gesture. For me, it’s important that we show (REALLY SHOW) the next generation that success and company-ownership is a real and achievable goal!”
Joseph A. Maralit, BMW Manufacturing Company, LLC

“It was a great event and I was happy to be there. Thank you!”
Donna Desper, CVS Caremark

“I very much enjoyed your conferences in the past and I am sure that I will in the future!”
Joan Kerr, PG&E

“I was so pleased to be part of the Conference and it was great to spend time with many of our mutual corporate partners and meet a few new ones as well. It was also great to meet so many of our Fast 50 and see their excitement for the recognition. I am always impressed seeing you in action and you and Team USPAACC should be very proud of a great conference and gala!”
Justin G. Nelson, National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)

“Thank you for the opportunity to serve USPAACC in the capacity as a Co-Chair. Our team thoroughly enjoyed our time there. I am vested in helping USPAACC be the best it can be. Many thanks to you and your team on a job well done!”
Dr. Ken Choi, I.L. Creations

“We had a great time and made some wonderful connections. Thanks again!”
Kristine Zukose, Technology Integration Group

“We enjoyed the conference very much and it was great to meet you and lots of other new people.”
Kristy Gregg, U.S. Bank

“Congratulations for hosting another great event as your leadership/USPAACC team are critical for this success.”
DK Singh, ConAgra Foods

“It was my pleasure to be invited to the CelebrAsian Procurement Opportunity Conference 2013. Sharing successful stories is satisfying in its nature. I liked your idea of making the presentation informal and lively. Although these are interesting stories, the attendees were able to casually learn the lessons. It was no surprise that the event was such a success. My assignment was a gratifying job. I would like to thank and congratulate you and your staff for your hard work in organizing and preparing us in advance. Your efforts made the presentation so much easier and rewarding. I am happy to know that you are planning for the next event. Please stay in touch.”
Tai Kwong, SamTrans

“It was my pleasure to meet you and join this wonderful conference. US bank is committed to serving our communities and we look forward to connecting more with the Asian community. I look forward to seeing you soon at your next event. Please let me know if you need any further assistance at anytime.”
Ann Liu, U.S. Bank

“It was my pleasure and honor to join you. You have to feel very proud of the achievements of USPAAC under your leadership over the last 28 years. The accomplishments are visible in the presence of all the participants. I wish you good luck for the future. Please pass my kudos to your team as well who did a wonderful job.”
Rajive Johri, ConAgra Foods

“Thank you for giving us the opportunity to participate in the USPAACC Annual Conference. I had a great time meeting new vendors as well as other Supplier Diversity companies that attended. This was such a great event and I’m looking forward to attending again next year.”
Mike Alexander, Target

“Thank you for such a great highlight and a recap of our USPAACC event. It was my first time there this year at USPAAC, and I was very happy and delighted to have witnessed it and have been a part of it.”
Michael Taimi, Grand Illusion

“We really found the conference, the B2B meetings, the GUANXI Supplier Opportunity Fair, all very informative, well-planned and well-executed. USPAACC is doing a great job in connecting Corporate / Government America to Small and Minority Businesses. Thank you for making us a part of this great Conference.”
Sam Sharma, Saitech Inc.

“Thank you, again, for all of your help with the preparation and for scheduling so many productive one-on-one meetings. I want to reiterate how impressed our team was by the conference. Not only the business opportunities, but also the sense of community and wonderful people we connected with. The stories from the scholarship recipients touched our hearts. We were delighted to have been a part of this important event.”
David Kramer, Maxx Shop

“It was a pleasure to get acquainted with you during CelebrAsian 2013. I’ve learned a lot through the inspiring programs and generated some good leads to help our business. Please feel free to contact me if there is another event or conference hosted by USPAACC. We’d love to be part of it.”
Cathy Wu, AAAZA, Inc.

“I want to thank you for everything you have done. You put countless amount of hours into making sure the 2013 USPAACC conference would go smoothly, and it did. It was truly an honor to be in your presence. I will never forget what you have done for me: not only have you helped me pursue my childhood dream of going to college, but you have also helped me grow and learn as an individual. Thank you for believing in me and supporting my dream.”
George Lau, 2013 USPAACC scholarship recipient

“Thank you for inviting us to be a part of the conference. I had a wonderful time and learned a lot of things from different aspects.”
Kathleen Carvajal, U.S. Forest Service

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the wonderful Conference. It was such an inspiration for me to meet with other young entrepreneurs and to share stories and network with them. I also met with owners who had been in business for over a decade and they gave me fantastic encouragement and motivation. I made some great client contacts, especially with The State Department and USAID, both of whom I am eager to work with. CelebrAsian was without a doubt one of the best conferences and networking events I have ever experienced. Looking forward to next year, and working with you in the future. Thanks again for all your hard work and advocacy.”
Michael J. Parker, DSFederal

“I was very impressed by the event that you all put together in CA. It was rewarding to see how Asian businesses are so successful in the U.S. I would like to thank USPAACC for selecting my company, Astor & Sanders Corporation, for the Fast 50 Asian business award. The event was wonderfully arranged. Thank you for all your hard work.”
Sadhna Agrawal, Astor & Sanders Corporation

“It was very nice to have met you and the team. We are very excited and looking forward to working closely with you and USPAACC for a fruitful partnership.”
Albert Wei, Vizion Logistics

“It was our great pleasure to attend the USPAACC conference and present a scholarship award to a most kind-hearted and capable young scholar. We were thrilled to have had the opportunity to interact with all the industry partners who attended and brought their sound knowledge and experience to share with the other attendees. Thank you.”
Tamiko Broms, PEMCO

“CelebrAsian 2013 was well organized and was a very memorable event. I look forward to a long and successful relationship with USPAACC.”
Zia Islam, Zantech IT Services, Inc.

“You all did a fabulous job of putting together this superb event.”
Manu Mehta, Metabyte

“CelebrAsian was an amazing experience for me and I grew as a person by taking part in this worthy event. Not only was the conference rewarding from a business standpoint, I also felt very connected to your mission and with my fellow Asian entrepreneurs. Many thanks!”
Annie Kwan, Maxx Shop

“This event was definitely a success. We were able to make some great connections, and we couldn’t have done it without your help. We are also proud to have won the Fast 50 Asian American Business Award and really appreciate all your support.”
Kacie Tompkins, Sun Technologies, Inc.

“Thank you for doing so much for the Asian community. The last 3 days at the conference showed us there is so much more we can accomplish and give back. With your passion and leadership, we feel there is a new beginning for us and our business. We would like to go on this ride with you and with the Pan Asian community so we can one day be a main contributor to the Asian community. Thank you for being our mentor and inspiration.”
Albert and Benjamin Wei, Vizion

“Thank you so very much for this great conference. I didn’t expect that I could learn that much from the short 3-day meetings and know how much effort and time you spent to prepare a great conference like this. I am so proud of you and so touched. Just felt this is a big family and all the entrepreneur members are babies and the mom is smiling and loving and caring and wishing the great futures for them. Once again, it is the best conference I had ever attended and I do appreciate all you have done for our USPAACC members!”
Winston Lee, Tallamond

“Thank you, Susan!  This year’s one of the best and memorable CelebrAsian!”
Chester Tong, MSL Express

“The conference was a grand success, thanks for inviting me and taking care of me. You are the best.”
CK Patel, BVM Holdings

“I had a great time with the students. Your scholarship committee did a great job of selecting such bright young adults and of course your staff did a wonderful job of taking care of all the logistics of hosting the students. Most of the students were very grateful for the experience and one even said that he’ll be one of your Fast 50 honorees in about 10 years! Yes, last week’s event was definitely another successful USPAACC event. I was glad to help in the small way that I can.”
Tess Wong, CE2 Corporation

“The event was wonderful and it was an honor being part of it.”
David Tam, Ratespecial, LLC

“Glad to be a part of the conference. Had the pleasure of speaking with a few of the scholarship recipients. They are the future leaders of our country.” Danny Martin, Apex Computer Systems

“Thank you for your hard work in putting together a very successful 3 days event. You are our inspiration and give us hope to reach for the stars. We are very glad to be associated with USPAACC. Please let us know how we can get more involved with USPAACC.”
Albert Wei, ViIon Logistics LLC

“The event was great! I am honored. Thank you for the opportunity.”
Narasimha Gondi, OTSI-USA

“Susan, none of this happens without your leadership and vision. Cheers to YOU and your commitment!”
Pawan J. Mehra, Améredia Inc.

“The event was very well organized and unique. Thank you for considering us.”
Sanjeev Dahiwadkar, IndiSoft

“I am honored to have received such prestigious honor, and I appreciate your hospitality and continued encouragement of Asian American Business owners. It was a wonderful event to meet other entrepreneurs who face a challenging economic environment and who have become leaders in the community. This was my first event, and I look forward to seeing the continued success of USPAACC.”
Jonn Kim, GaN Corporation

“Thanks for a wonderful conference and for your support. We truly had a lot of fun and met some good people along the way.”
Prince Niyyar, Commdex