Board of directors
Angela Chang is the Chief Strategy Officer at KCAL Insurance Agency, overseeing the company's strategies in sales, marketing, partnerships, technology, and customer acquisition and retention. In January 2021, Angela founded Bao Payroll to help small businesses with their human resources and payroll needs. From 2019 through mid-2020, Angela hosted “Angie’s Chatroom 萱萱聊天室,” a Mandarin talk show on radio station AM690 that is now featured on Spotify and other podcast platforms. Angela currently serves as the National Chair for ACE NextGen, as the Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Asian Business Association (ABA) – LA chapter. Angela received her MBA from USC's Marshall School of Business, and her BA from The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs.
Kevin Felix Chan
Kevin is the Co-Founder and CEO of Best Delegate, an education company that provides Model United Nations programs and resources to over 5 million students and teachers worldwide in the past decade. Kevin has taught Model UN in over 20 countries and hosted a dozen conferences at the United Nations Headquarters in NY, where he got to introduce UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Kevin is also an active Board member of the Entrepreneurs Organization in LA and chaired the EO Accelerator program, where he oversaw 40 companies scaling up to $1M in revenue each. Kevin graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and completed executive education at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Le Zhang is the Founder and CEO of Squadle, the AI Automation platform for multi-unit restaurant operations. He has created a back-end system for the $250 billion fast food industry that provides a software solution using tablets and sensors to capture data, maintain operational consistency and accountability, meet compliance standards, and manage food safety.
Charles (Cheuk) is the Founder and Managing Director of Keyshore Investments. Cheuk has previously worked as a buyer and operational analyst at Johnson & Johnson where he developed and implemented two inventory management programs that reduced annual cost by $2m. He also worked at Japonica Partner as a senior investment analyst, and was also a senior financial analyst at Boston Scientific, acting as assistant controller within the Strategic Sourcing Group responsible for managing the Group’s $60m annual budget. Cheuk graduated from Bryant University with a dual concentration in Finance and Economics. Cheuk is also a founding member of the Asian Entrepreneurship Foundation in Boston, and sits on the board of Chicken & Rice Guys.
Chewy Jang is the CEO of Kid’s Dream, a special occasion girl’s dress brand manufactured in Los Angeles, CA. Kid’s Dream prides itself in designing elegant and high-quality dresses at an affordable price for all young girls in sizes ranging from 3 months to plus size 20.5. Kid’s Dream has an extensive wholesale channel and is represented in over 35 countries through authorized retailers. In March, Chewy pivoted to making fabric face mask and started a face mask company called LA Face Masks. She is a licensed real estate agent and investor. Chewy serves on the board of Ace NextGen and the Asian Business Association.
Frances Luong is the CEO and Co-Founder of Joieful Co. - a branding and customer acquisition company that engages with companies to strengthen their brand, grow their audience, and leave a lasting, joyful impact on the world. She received her Degrees in Marketing and Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was also a Posse Scholar and a Freeman Scholar. After a successful run as the marketing director of multiple companies, she founded Joieful Co. (previously Re:verb) in 2017 to create exponential impact through marketing. She now leads a team of world-class managers and specialists and serves on the Asian Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship NextGen national board. In her downtime, she enjoys reading memoirs, playing classic pop songs on the piano, and playing cards.
Elson Lai, MD is a board-certified Ophthalmologist in Southern California. He did his undergraduate studies at Berkeley, medical school in Chicago, and residency at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.. He is the founder of Rosemead Eye Center in Rosemead, a Los Angeles suburb. He co-founded Skin Laundry where he previously served as the Chief Medical Officer. Skin Laundry has locations from Hong Kong, LA, NYC, London, and Dubai. His current project besides being a full time eye surgeon, is being a managing partner at Independent Practice Partners, where he helps physicians start their own practices.
Upon graduation from Babson College, a top global entrepreneurship school in Boston, MA, with a Diversity Leadership Scholarship, Ian gained experience in the corporate world working at several startups. In 2012, eager to apply his entrepreneurial studies to real life, he bought a food truck on eBay for $19,000 and launched his food business, Chicken & Rice Guys. From that initial investment, his business grew into an annual multi-million dollar revenue company with 7 food trucks, 3 restaurants, a full service food truck commissary and a full-service catering/popups. In the first 4 years of business, Chicken & Rice Guys was the 9th fastest growing private company and the 206th fastest growing private company in the USA.
Vincent graduated from Hamilton College as a recipient of the Posse Full Tuition Leadership Scholarship. After graduating, Vincent became a Financial Advisor with his own practice at Merrill Lynch. He also supports marketing and operations for The Chicken and Rice Guys, and Regal Beagle, a cleaning solutions and product e-commerce store. When Vincent is not helping others, he owns and operates a growing tutoring business focused on essay writing. Vincent is involved as well in the New England Intercollegiate Vietnamese Student Association (NEIVSA), ACE NextGen, and The Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Society (TNTT). He believes that it is his duty to help those around and after him to succeed and lead future generations.
Mix the spirit of entrepreneurism, competitive nature of a basketball player, the hunger of a foodie and curiosity of a catt? Ray Chang. He's the owner and CEO of The Motorsport Lab, a $13M Ferrari and Lamborghini Experience Company and DB9 Ventures, a $1M Real-Estate Development company. Ray’s driving experiences and residential designs are fun, exciting, engaging and will yield “wows!” He’s one-of-a-kind -- always willing to help and connect people, and most importantly, talk about food and travel, especially to Prague.
Cathy Cam has 8 years of experience as a web developer. She has previously worked in different industries such as telecommunications, marketing, and financial services doing application development and design work.
Having launched projects in multiple industries, CL has honed skills at building productive relationships, growing one’s community of advocates, and establishing credibility in new fields with efficiency. CL has taught hundreds of innovators and entrepreneurs how to go beyond networking to benefit their businesses and careers. Committed to giving back to the startup community, she serves on the Board of Advisors to Project W, a community for female entrepreneurs and innovators, and leads the Boston Chapter of ACE NextGen, the millennial Asian chamber of commerce. She received her BA magna cum laude from Wellesley College and speaks 4 languages including Mandarin, Japanese, and Korean.
Ray Chou (he/him) is a Los Angeles based artist, writer, and educator. Through Mythopoeia, he creates Original Worlds and Stories. At Breakthrough TC, he helps high school students navigate a changing world through team-based project learning. Nothing brings him greater joy than seeing his students succeed by learning more about themselves. Mythopoeia: http://www.mythopoeia.us. For more on Breakthrough: http://www.breakthroughtc.com
In 2018, Amy launched a social enterprise called The Crescendo Group which offers career coaching, life coaching, and economic empowerment workshops for women, refugees, survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) and trauma, people with disabilities, and other marginalized groups. Crescendo has worked with local partners and clients based in Kosovo, Albania, Italy, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Prior to her career in international development and human rights, Ms. Chase was a project manager in marketing, media, and sales. She has a BBA from Baruch College and an MA in International Affairs from The New School. Ms. Chase is a native New Yorker, currently based in DC, and speaks fluent French and Cantonese.
David Louie was born and raised in NYC. He graduated from Dartmouth College with a dual major in Economics and Asian Studies, and has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. In the past, he has worked as a systems integration consultant with Accenture, and as a senior product manager on Amazon’s Gift Card team. In 2016, David returned to New York to rejoin the family insurance business and has been president of David J. Louie, Inc. since 2019. David is an active member of the Chinatown Community, serving as a board member on NYC Community Board 3, as well as the Chinese American Insurance Association.
Raymond Cui is a licensed Financial Planner at MassMutual Greater Houston. He serves his community by focusing on retirement planning for families and business retirement planning for small businesses. He hopes that one day the Asian community will be well educated enough on financial related topics that they will be able to create the retirement of their dreams and not have to rely on their kids to fund their retirement.