WASHINGTON, June 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Signs of business resurgence were evident at the 27th Anniversary CelebrAsian Business Opportunity Conference 2012, the flagship national event presented by the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC).
The bustle of business activity—deals and connections being made—began on June 4 and reached its crescendo on the third day, when top procurement officers from Fortune Corporations, Government Agencies and Non-Profits converged at the largest and oldest annual national Pan Asian American business Conference in the United States to connect with Asian American suppliers from across the country. CelebrAsian 2012 was held at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
Ravi Saligram, CEO of OfficeMax, and Kyle McSlarrow, President of Comcast/NBCUniversal, Washington, DC participated as the Conference Co-Chairs. Comcast/NBCUniversal, Marriott International, OfficeMax, PepsiCo and Wells Fargo were the Corporate Co-Chairs. Fine Tec Computer and Fortinet were the Asian American Business Co-Chairs.
The Conference theme, “The Future is Now: Seize It & Win It” set the tone for the 3-day event that featured top-notch speakers, high-caliber Asian American business owners, and hundreds of participants vying for cutting-edge information, lucrative opportunities and unprecedented growth.
CelebrAsian 2012 opened its doors to over 70 Fortune Corporations, 15 Government Agencies, and 7 Media partners to meet with Asian American suppliers. Over 90 different types of commodities across industries needed to be purchased. In all, 600 Conference participants came in full force from all over the country.
At the black-tie Excellence Awards Gala, USPAACC presented awards and recognition to its Fast 50 Asian American Businesses, whose collective revenue last year surpassed $4 billion, with companies recording up to 400% growth.
“We are very encouraged by the overall performance of Asian American business in this economic environment,” said Susan Au Allen, USPAACC National President & CEO. “Based on the expanding list of glowing accolades we continue to receive and firm promises to return next year, I am confident that our Conference has lived up to its promise as the preeminent Pan Asian American business opportunity conference in the country. CelebrAsian creates parity and a roadmap of opportunities for Asian American-owned B2B enterprises nationwide.”
“Enjoyed being with you and the delegates,” wrote Ravi Saligram, CEO of OfficeMax and Conference Co-Chair. “Congrats on a successful event.”
“Comcast/NBCUniversal looks to USPAACC for innovative suppliers,” said Conference Co-Chair Kyle McSlarrow, President of Comcast/NBCUniversal, Washington, DC.
Other accolades include phrases such as: “an eye-opener for new opportunities;” “great conference;” “impressive line-up of speakers;” “we connected with major buyers from corporate America;” “we made very meaningful contacts;” “I made friends with successful business people;” “fantastic event!” and much more.
ABOUT USPAACC: Founded in 1984 as a non-profit and non-partisan organization, USPAACC is headquartered in Washington, DC with Regional Chapters in CA, TX, NY, GA, IL, DC-MD-VA National Capital Area. USPAACC promotes and propels economic growth by opening doors to business, educational and professional opportunities for Asian Americans and their business partners in corporate America, government at the federal, state and local levels, and the small and minority business community. For 27 years, USPAACC has served and will continue to serve as the gateway to large corporate and government contracts, top-caliber Asian American and small and minority suppliers, key information about Asian Americans and business opportunities in the dynamic Asia-Pacific market.
SOURCE US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation