By J.P. Torres
From startups and tech pioneers, investors, seasoned entrepreneurs to the world’s leading brands and corporates, and government agencies – they came in full force from all over the country to gather at the 34th Anniversary CelebrASIAN Procurement + Business Conference, the country’s largest and most established B2B event convened by Pan Asian Americans, held on June 5 – 7 at the Hilton Americas-Houston in Texas.
Presented by the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC), CelebrASIAN is the go-to place where Pan Asian American enterprises connect with Fortune powerhouse brands, C-Suite executives, change agents and disruptors, to explore procurement, business, and job growth opportunities.
This year’s Conference theme, “Be Unique Ignite Leadership Deliver Exceptional ResultS: BUILDERS of The American Dream” focused on the promise and capabilities of Pan Asian American entrepreneurs to create brighter and more prosperous futures.
CelebrASIAN 2019 was chaired by Angie Klett, Senior Vice President IT CFO and Chief Procurement Officer at Nationwide. Corporate Co-Chairs were Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase & Co., T-Mobile, and Wells Fargo. Asian American Business Co-Chairs were Ampcus and Pyramid Consulting.
“We’re so proud to have gathered some of the country’s best and brightest minds, seasoned practitioners, and first-rate subject matter expert speakers,” said Susan Au Allen, USPAACC National President & CEO. “The Conference was an empowering experience for our constituents – the Pan Asian American business and professional community – who came to meet, exchange ideas, share, learn, and do business with A-listers from America’s large corporations, medium- and small-sized businesses, federal, state, and local governments, national nonprofits, and other diverse business communities.”
The Conference’s business growth-related and innovative programs included the CPO, CTO & CIO Forums; Prescheduled 1-on-1 Business Matchmaking Meetings; Guanxi* Business Fair; Supplier Diversity Managers & Buyers Caucus; Industry Builders (i-Builders) Marketplace; “What’s Your Pitch: Innovation Meets the Market” Competition; Doing Business with Corporations in Energy and Cybersecurity Sectors; Doing Business with Government; C-Suite Executives Academy; Managed Service Providers (MSP) Panel Discussion; How to Grow Your Business Program; Asian American EBRG Leadership Caucus; Women’s Committee, and more. (*Guanxi is a business term meaning “connections” or “relationship”).