Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce
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Established in 2012, the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce (GAACC) is the leading partner for driving local economic growth for businesses with ties to Asia and Asian Americans.
We work to promote the Asian Pacific American community as a catalyst for local and global economic growth. We fulfill our mission of promoting economic growth through a variety of advocacy initiatives, connection events and education programs. Click here to learn more about our programs. We have specific initiatives for minority business certifications, starting a business, international trade with Asia, in addition to networking and promoting our members.
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Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce’s Founding Board Member Ying McGuire Appointed As the First Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) President and CEO for NMSDC
AUSTIN, Texas – July 30, 2021 The Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce (GAACC) congratulates our founding board member Ying McGuire’s appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), the nation’s leading minority business development organization with nearly 1,700 corporate members. Ms. McGuire is the first Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) woman and immigrant President and CEO for NMSDC.
For many years, two Asian organizations - the Texas Asian Chamber of Commerce (TACC) and the Austin Asian American Chamber of Commerce (AAACC) - strove to improve the business climate in Austin. These two chambers merged to form today’s Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce in 2012. “Ying, as a former Board Chair of TACC, was instrumental in the visionary merger,” says Fang Fang, President and Chief Executive Officer of GAACC. “We applaud the National Minority Supplier Development Council's appointment, as we cannot think of a better person to play such a crucial role during this challenging time. We look forward to continuing our work with Ying and NMSDC to serve the minority businesses and broader community.”
Ms. McGuire has over twenty years of non-profit, for-profit, and government leadership experience with a proven record of success. She was one of the sixteen leaders in the United States Investment Advisory Council, which is a body that advises the United States Secretary of Commerce on attracting foreign direct investment for job creation. Her time at Dell Technologies as the global supplier diversity leader helped Dell quintuple its diversity spending within three years. Subsequently, she joined a minority-owned business, Technology Integration Group, as an executive leader. As the President and CEO of NMSDC, she will bring greater opportunities for all minority businesses at this challenging time.
“Words can not express the level of excitement that I have for serving as the leader for an impactful organization such as NMSDC. With the recent rec-emergence and national urgency around racial inequality and socioeconomic challenges and the need for COVID recovery, more than ever, minority businesses need our support, bold advocacy, and results-driven efforts to help them become successful,“ says Ying McGuire. “I look forward to partnering with all ethnic chambers of commerce including GAACC to create greater economic opportunities for minority businesses.”
Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce Names Clifford K. Chiu to its Board of Directors
AUSTIN, Texas – July 21, 2021 The Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce (GAACC) announced today it has appointed Clifford K. Chiu to its Board of Directors.
“GAACC’s ongoing mission is to drive regional economic growth and serve businesses with ties to Asia and Asian Americans. We are thrilled to welcome Clifford to our team at this pivotal time for our Asian community that has been shouldering the extra burden of anti-Asian hate sentiment in addition to the already difficult pandemic,” said Fang Fang, President and Chief Executive Officer of GAACC. “Clifford’s extensive experience and network in global financial services and technology industries will be instrumental for our organization to broaden our horizons, as we continue to serve our stakeholders through advocacy initiatives, connection events, and education programs.”
With more than four decades of expertise and proven business leadership experience, Mr. Chiu currently serves as a Senior Advisor to Vista Equity Partners and its Executive Committee, as well as to Neuberger Berman. He is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and is a director at multiple companies, including Finastra plc, TIBCO Software, Apptio, Acquia, Allvue Systems, Logic Monitor and Fusion Risk Management. A retired Partner at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR), Mr. Chiu founded and led capital raising for the Asia-Pacific region and previously was at JP Morgan Asset Management (JPM) and at Salomon Smith Barney/Citi (C), based in New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo. He is a director or trustee of the Seton Fund, Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), and St. James Settlement.
“Asian Americans and their businesses play a vital role in the vibrancy and mosaic of this great city as do the Asia-based companies that continue their expansion, innovation and hiring in Austin,” said Clifford Chiu. “Following an unprecedented year, we must support GAACC’s members to recover in order to achieve their economic objectives and advance measures for safety, equality, and opportunity for Austin's Asian American community forward.”
About Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce (GAACC) is the leading non-profit organization in the Central Texas region for driving local economic growth for businesses with ties to Asia and Asian Americans. GAACC promotes the Asian Pacific American community and community at large as a catalyst for local and global economic growth through advocacy initiatives, connection events, and education programs. For more information, visit www.AustinAsianChamber.org
Media Contact: Fang Fang, 512-407-8240, fangfang@AustinAsianChamber.org
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