Ping Khaw-Sutherland is a professional visual artist, designer as well as a small business owner. In the past, she has dedicated twenty some years in educating children of all ages and adult in arts. Her past experience includes working with non-profit agencies in fundraising, workshops, presentations, event organizing, graphic design and community outreach. She also has many years of experience in product marketing and analysis. Her current business goal is to bring financial growth back to the local community by promoting local products to global market.
Dennis Mai is actively involved in the community as a Program Chair for the Executive Development Institute (EDI). EDI works towards developing professionals of Asian heritage in the Portland and Seattle area into future leaders of corporate America. As an EDI Program Chair, Dennis interfaces with top executives from some of the region’s major companies and facilitates training for Asian professionals and managers who make up the program’s participants. Through his experience as a business owner, Dennis understands the challenges that business owners face in today’s environment. Dennis is passionate about making a positive difference in the Asian community. He has Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from Portland State University. Dennis is currently an Operations Research Analyst for the Bonneville Power Administration, a federal agency under the U.S. Department of Energy.
Belle Na is a native of the Pacific Northwest, having been born and raised in Tacoma, WA. She attended the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, graduating with a B.A. in English with distinction and a B.A. in Political Science. She then attended the University of California, Davis School of Law. After graduating from U.C. Davis in 2003, she worked for two years as the law clerk for the Honorable Meredith A. Jury of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California – Riverside Division. She then worked as an associate at Owens Davies, P.S., a small law firm in Olympia, WA; she worked mainly in consumer bankruptcy. She is currently one of the law clerks for the Honorable Randall L. Dunn of the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Oregon. Because Judge Dunn currently serves as one of the six bankruptcy judges for the United States Court Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (“BAP”) for the Ninth Circuit, Belle’s official position is BAP law clerk. However, she works on matters at both the bankruptcy court and BAP levels. She is conversant in Korean.
Liza Fong is a Portland native and graduate of Oregon State University with a bachelor of sciences. Trained as a naturopath in holistic medicine, she received a degree from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland. Liza is currently working as a commercial real estate broker with Windermere Community Commercial. With nearly eight years experience, her main focus is business opportunities sales and she’s adept at representing principles in commercial real estate transactions, commercial leasing as well as residential brokerage. In addition to English, Fong is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese. Liza has an excellent understanding of the real estate market and is able to provide tailored services to meet her clients’ needs, with positive results. She utilizes the latest technologies and market research strategies to exceed the expectation of the people she serves. Liza’s exceptional work ethics and energy level allow her to consistently deliver desired results, earning her great respect in the business and brokerage communities.
Jin Huang has worked within local governmental agencies in business development and workforce diversity for the past decade, including a focus on minority- and women-owned small businesses. Jin is passionate about creating opportunities for disadvantaged businesses to gain access to contracts with local government agencies. A chemistry graduate of Washington State University-Pullman, Jin has varied interests. She is a published photographer, specializing in fine art and events photography via JH Photography. An avid outdoors person, she loves snowshoeing, camping, hiking, and RV traveling. You can find Jin in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest on most weekends.
H.Q. La owns a State Farm Insurance Agency in Portland, and has been with State Farm since 1993. He is a qualified professional whose job is to make things a little easier for his clients, by helping them to select the right auto, home, life, or business insurance plan to protect them and their families. In addition, H.Q. is a Registered Representative, specialized in retirement planning. H.Q. immigrated with his family to Oregon in 1979 from Hong Kong. He graduated from Willamette University with a Business and Economics degree. He speaks Cantonese and Vietnamese. In addition to APACC, H.Q. is a member of the Chinese American Citizen Alliance, the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneur, and the Portland Business Alliance. He volunteers with the Asian Health Service Center, the American Cancer Society, and the Make A Wish Foundation.
Tracey Lam is the owner of Sparrow Travel in Portland, Oregon. She started the business as a way to combine two passions – to learn about different cultures and to enjoy life. Being a travel agent allows her to help provide unique opportunities for people to see the world, experience it, and have fun along the way. Having worked as a journalist for 15 years, she knows the importance of understanding the world and the need to bridge the cultural divide. She believes traveling is one way to do that. In addition to running her own business, Tracey is the Public Relations and Communications Manager at Make-A-Wish Oregon, a nonprofit organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enhance the life experience with hope, strength and joy. In her spare time, Tracey loves to hike, snowshoe, play tennis, do yoga, read, and go wine tasting. She also organizes a monthly book club and a weekly Chinese language group.
Roger Mendoza, Principal Broker / Owner of RGM Realty Advisors has lived and worked in the Portland Metro area for the last 30 some years. He has a diverse experience and expertise in leadership, management and supervision, commercial bank operations, small business, financial planning, and real estate. He has owned a real estate practice since 1996 specializing in buyer representation for both commercial and residential properties. Roger is actively involved in the community. He is the incumbent President and founding Director of FPBN – Filipino Professional Business Network; as well as a board member and presently the Marketing / Communications Director at APACC – Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce. Moreover, he is a past President of APICIA – Asian and Pacific Islander Community Improvement Association, Inc. and was an active member for several years handling key leadership roles in various committees. He also served on the Portland Housing Center – PHC Homeowner Basics Advisory Committee as Chairman and volunteer instructor for the program.
Peter Sabido is a partner at Kolisch Hartwell, P.C., a Portland-based intellectual property law firm. His practice includes obtaining, licensing, and enforcing patent, trademark, copyright, and trade-secret rights for his clients. Peter’s practice also includes analyzing and opining on the patentability and right-to-manufacture of inventions, the validity and infringement of patents, and the usability and registrability of trademarks and service marks. He is licensed to practice in Oregon and California, and is a registered patent attorney at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Peter was the founding president of the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce of Oregon and SW Washington. Additionally, he is a founding director of the Filipino Professional Business Network, and a director of the University of Southern California Alumni Club of Oregon.