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Executive Convention Team

      
 

Kevin Yee

National Convention Director

kevin.yee@naaap.org

Regarded as one of the foremost production specialists in the events management industry, Kevin possesses a sharp eye for purposeful style and a very keen sense of practical innovation.  Further reflected in his seasoned methodical approach and preparation diligence, it’s clearly evident that event strategy and planning excellence are in Kevin’s DNA.   

With over 18 years of entrepreneurial experience in developing and capitalizing niche markets, Kevin’s full service marketing and production company, Apex Media Group (AMG), has produced and project managed major events such as the T&T Waterfront Night Market and the Canadian International Auto Show. Kevin founded and operated his flagship production, the Darknights Nationals (1999-2005) the largest automotive and lifestyle event ever produced in Canada with more than 35,000 annual visitors, 1,800 show cars, and 150 vendors occupying over one million square feet of event space.  

Kevin will serve as NAAAP's National Convention Director for the 2013 Leadership Convention, Career Fair & Diversity Expo in Toronto, Canada, August 8-10, 2013. 

Among his creative and business development involvements, Kevin enjoys expanding his horizons by spending time with numerous not for profit and charitable organizations including NAAAP Toronto and is the current Chairperson of Night Market Canada Cultural Organization and Founding Partner of Zach’s List.

 

      
 

Kim Bagayawa
Vice Chair • Senior Associate Director
kimberly.bagayawa@naaap.org

Kimberly Bagayawa is a media producer and founder of Firehouse Creative, a media arts company hell-bent on sharing success stories about creativity and social innovation. At Firehouse Creative, the best stories are clever, humanizing, and inspire action in others.

Since its inception, Firehouse Creative has co-produced projects that highlight the work of people and organizations committed to creating more livable, healthy and creative communities. In 2009, Kimberly produced the Video Spotlight Series for Artscape's Creative Places + Spaces Conference, which brought together some of the world's leading creativity thinkers including Sir Ken Robinson, Charles Landry, and Richard Florida. More recently, she co-produced a 10-part documentary series called The Tao of Discovery, which featured Ontario's award-winning scientists and their 'eureka!' moments of discovery. 

Kimberly is also a passionate advocate of creative entrepreneurship. She was awarded grant funding by the Ontario Arts Council to visit and study the UK's leading creative business incubators. Currently, she sits on the Industry Advisory Committee in support of Canada's first Centre for Creative Sector Entrepreneurship.

 

      
 

Vincent Leung
Convention Marketing Director
Vincent.leung@naaap.org

Vincent Leung has years of Strategic Marketing experience with proven achievements of boosting ROI by over 100%. He is also the Founder of Market Advertise Design Corp. (M.A.D.), a competitive Toronto Marketing Consultation Agency, helping his clients with the most effective and innovative online, e-commerce, as well direct marketing initiatives.

He has worked in large corporations such as Canada Post and American Express, where he managed the planning, development, execution, and monitoring of various Canada-wide Direct and Online Marketing campaigns. With years of marketing management experience and expertise in designing online and offline advertising materials, Vincent has proven himself to be an expert in marketing, advertising, and design.

As the Convention Marketing Director for NAAAP, Vincent directs and develop all marketing initiatives and campaigns for this year's 31st Annual NAAAP International Convention 2013. This includes planning and creating the 2013 International Convention website with effective website optimization to ensure optimal user experience, as well as e-mail blasts, online banners, magazine ads, and more.


      
 

Joni Cheung
Executive Assistant to the Director
joni.cheung@naaap.org

Over the years Joni has volunteered with NAAAP through numerous events, including Little Asia for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Silk Road Gala, Orbis Plane Pull and Junior Achievement for the Dollars & Sense Program. Previously she has served as Director of Membership with NAAAP.

With her entrepreneurial spirit she is always looking to try new things. She created her own group the Jo N' I Network, which allows people to rediscover face to face socializing. A social event where business cards are NOT required.

Currently she is an online training specialist at Jonas Software, conducting group webinars and individual training session to clients around the world.

Volunteer work is something she enjoys, as she finds it a great avenue to learn new skills sets and give back to the community at the same time. Some organizations she has volunteered for include: Alzheimer Society of Toronto, Canadian Cancer Society, Heart & Stroke Foundation, and Ryerson Chinese Students Association. She looks forward to contributing her experiences to the continual success at NAAAP Toronto.

 

      
 

Nalina Williams
Executive Production Director

nalina@platinumhospitality.com

The professional background and experience of Nalina Williams, Executive Production Director on this event are as follows. Nalina has been planning events and conferences for the past fifteen years. Her focus has been selling, negotiating, developing, and producing. Her philosophy has been “every client, every attendee is important, and no budget is too small”. She is a perfectionist; extremely detail oriented and focuses on every element of event development and production. From creative planning, supplier negotiations to onsite management, she will deliver a seamless production. Nalina works very closely with speakers, emcees and presenters, to ensure that they receive all advance information to prepare appropriately for their role. Nalina is a long-standing member and active volunteer of both MPI (Meeting Planners International), and CanSPEP (Canadian Special Professional Event Planners).

Prior to working in the Event and Conference Planning industry, Nalina has worked in senior management roles in Sales and Marketing within the hotel industry for 15 years. She has worked in some of Toronto's finest hotels, including Sutton Place, Sheraton, Park Hyatt and King Edward Hotel, Nalina has developed an outstanding capacity for five star service, and customer quality excellence. Whether your event is large or small, we have the industry contacts and expertise it takes to make a great impression. Nalina is well respected in the meeting industry, and has a large network of suppliers both National and International; she also brings a large amount of knowledge from working on both sides of the event and meeting industry. Nalina is not only an independent thinker and worker but also an effective team player.

Often, the difference between an ordinary event and an extraordinary event can be found in the organizational, implementation and event management process. That’s where Nalina sets the standard.

 


Host Organizing Committee - NAAAP Toronto Chapter

      
 
Ben Hum
Chapter President (Honorary Convention Host)

ben.hum@naaaptoronto.org

An award winning multi-passionate serial entrepreneur, Ben is no stranger to the start-up world having been involved with a number of early stage companies and organizations. In fact, he discovered an entrepreneurial streak at the ripe age of 14 while others where striving for good grades. Ben has always thought he would have done much better in school if only the child next to him had applied himself a little more. 

With the last 15 years being involved in technology companies, his current role is President of Visionis Corporation.  An invaluable advisor by some and a leadership chiropractor to others, no matter how Ben is described, clients and partners regularly welcome the impact and benefits that result from their work together.  

In 2000, Ben co-founded the North American Association of Asian Professionals-Toronto (NAAAP Toronto) and currently serves as President. With Ben's leadership in the community and steadfast stewardship, NAAAP Toronto is recognized as one of the leading Chapters in the NAAAP network encompassing 27 cities in the US and Canada.  Celebrating a 10th Anniversary in 2011, NAAAP Toronto has garnered 4 Chapter of the Year Awards and numerous awards of excellence.

 

      
 
Albert Ho
HOC Director

albert.ho@naaaptoronto.org

With a passion for healthcare and business, and Albert wants to be that spark that improves the healthcare of Canadians.  Albert brings project management and leadership experience in chairing the Host Organizing Committee. He is skilled at team-building, creating sustained change and progressive thinking.

He has a passion for networking and has attended various National Conventions.Previously he was Marketing Director for HiLife Entertainment (2003-2008). In this role he managed digital, print and guerilla marketing campaigns in the highly competitive nightlife industry. He has been a NAAAP member since 2002, has served as the Director of Public Relations (2006-2007), NAAAP National Representative (2006-2008) and was co-chair of the Silk Road Gala (2009). 

He is now a Registered Nurse and currently works on a General Medicine and Intensive Care Unit at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He is also an active member of Liberty Village Toastmasters and has addressed crowds of over 1500 people.

 

 
 

Anh Vuong
HOC Associate Director

anh.vuong.phillpotts@naaaptoronto.org

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
      
 
Rita Ho
Director for Hospitality and Volunteers

rita.ho@naaaptoronto.org

After graduating from the Goodman School of Business from Brock University, Ontario with an Honors B.B.A., Rita Ho is currently a banking specialist within direct channel working for TD Bank Financial Group. With the strong value of being consistent and determined into driving success and being a leader, Rita Ho strongly believes in being outstanding as well as persuing personal career development on a continous basis. She was also recently awarded as the Q1 Champion 2013 at work from the TD League of Excellence program by demostrating her strong work ethics and communication skills. Rita Ho is also a Health and Safety representative at the worksite.

Prior to her education in Ontario, Rita Ho spent her life in different countries internationally including Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in United Kingdom ,Hong Kong as well as Vancouver where she experienced differences in cultures and people in these countries. Having experienced under different educational system for high school in Hong Kong, college in United Kingdom. and university in Canada, Rita Ho appreciates her opportunities to be exposed towards different cultures in her life. She believes that cultural diversity and differences brings new ideas and creates unique interactions between people.

Rita Ho loves travelling and exploring new places during her own time, learning new languages and participating into various social events to meet new people.

 

      
 
Sarah Nguyen
Local Arrangements Director for Special Projects

sarah.nguyen@naaaptoronto.org

Sarah Nguyen graduated with a BComm major in Marketing Management and Finance minor from Ryerson University. She is currently working towards her Project Management Professional certification. With a business education background, a family history of entrepreneurs, and a proactively ambitious demeanor, it was naturally only a matter of time when she would decide the corporate world was not for her. Since 2010, Sarah and a team of 5, built a location based social networking startup for the restaurant industry called Phenu.com (Photo Menu) - officially launched in 2011. Sarah’s role at Phenu.com is Chief Marketing Officer where she leads marketing and branding initiatives.

Sarah is excited to be part of NAAAP Toronto as Director of Events.  While in university, Sarah joined the United Vietnamese Students Association of Ontario as their Culture Show Coordinator, and led the event to be the 2nd sold-out show in history with the first post-DVD sales. Post school, she helped with a celebrity photo shoot campaign for the designer Cindy Renee Mathieu’s new Bulletproof t-shirt line, with celebrities such as actress and singer Cory Lee and Toronto Maple Leaf athlete Drew Taylor. Sarah is eager for the challenge of the Director of Events role and looks forward to continuing annual NAAAP events while leveraging her resources to bring innovative ideas to the team. 

In her spare time, you can find Sarah out meeting new and sometimes peculiar people at events, or indulging in treats until she gets a sugar high. 


 

 

National Organizing Committee - National Administration Member

      
 
Fabian D
Chief Business Development Officer

fabian_derozario@naaap.org

Fabian De Rozario is a consultant and facilitator of talent engagement seminars/programs, delivering more than 100 workshops and seminars each year at Fortune 100 companies domestically and abroad.   Program topics include diversity & inclusion, cross-cultural proficiency, workforce engagement, and leadership.
Fabian is a Senior Consultant and Lead Facilitator at Global Novations, a Korn/Ferry International company and also has his private consulting practice, GlobalConnect LLC.  He also serves as the Diversity Director for the National Society of High School Scholars.
Fabian was born and raised in Malaysia and completed his secondary education in Edinburgh, Scotland.  He graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with two B.S. degrees (Management and Marketing) and a M.S. degree in Parks & Recreation Administration. 

Fabian is a leader and frequent volunteer in the community, serving as the 2009 & 2010 President of NAAAP Atlanta (National Association of Asian American Professionals) and co-founding MAG (Malaysian Association of Georgia).  In June 2005, Fabian received the Georgia Society of Association Executives President’s Award and was named a “Mover & Shaker” of the association in 2007.  Fabian is a 2006 honoree of Who’s Who in Asian American Communities (WWAAC) in Georgia and now serves on the WWAAC Foundation Board.  He is a graduate of the 2009 class of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Regional Leadership Institute, and is a member of the 2011 Class of Leadership Atlanta.  Currently, he serves at NAAAP’s National Chief Business Development Officer and is a board member of CPACS (Center for Pan Asian Community Services).


      
 
Cyndy R
Chief Marketing Officer, National

cyndy_yu-robinson@naaap.org

Cyndy Yu-Robinson is an Public Involvement Specialist with URS Corporation, a global company which researches, designs, and manages complex projects including public transit, roads, airports, and stormwater controls. Her passions include environmental sustainability, community service and philanthropy, and sports and fitness. Cyndy worked as a Congressional liaison and public information officer for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for18 years and as the collateral duty Asian Special Emphasis program Manger for 9 of those years. She moved into private sector as Lenovo's Corporate Social Responsibility Manager for one year, and served on numerous non-profit boards including that of Sustainable North Carolina for 3 years.

Her service to the Asian community includes being a volunteer at the Asian Women's Center in San Francisco, an officer of the Triangle Area Chinese American Society in N.C., president of the NC-Chinese Business Association, and most recently project director for Census 2010 Outreach to Asians and Pacific Islanders in North Carolina.

Cyndy graduated from Stanford University in 1987 with a bachelor's in human biology and from the University of California, San Diego, in 1991 with a master's in international relations and Pacific Studies. As NAAAP's Chief Marketing Officer, Cyndy oversees branding, communication of new and existing NAAAP programs, convention marketing, media relations, and use of social media.  Cyndy and her husband Steve run a martial arts school in Raleigh and trains 45 athletes, including their daughter and son, for national and international competition.


      
 
Sherman Kong
Chief Program Director

sherman_kong@naaap.org

Sherman Kong is the Director of Business Intelligence Practice at Broadstreet Data Solutions Inc., with responsibilities including management and execution of consulting services from resources under his practice. He oversees the partnership between his company and their technology provider, SAP BusinessObjects. From having serviced client organizations across Customer Product Goods, Finance, Manufacturing, Energy, Pharmaceutical and Media Research sectors, he aims to instill in members the same passion of achieving career-progression goals, personal interests and professional maturity.

With his appointment as the Chief Program Officer on the National Administration team, Kong hopes to continue providing outlets on expanding the NAAAP footprint and further cultivate long-term relationships with community leaders and groups for sustainable program offerings within the NAAAP domain. As the former Director of Professional Development at the NAAAP Toronto chapter, his main focus was toward management and execution of initiatives that revolve around promoting cultural, personal, and professional development-related values amongst the membership base through activities and programs, including innovative networking events, speaker functions, and mentorship intake. Kong also recognizes relationship building and collaboration with both corporate and non-profit associations as well as other chapters to foster new ideas as priorities. He worked closely with the NAAAP National Programs committee and had helped initiate the National Webinar Series. As the former Director of National Convention Programming, Kong oversaw the planning and structuring of the overall program and facilitated all speaker arrangements and other program-related elements at the 2010 NAAAP National Convention in San Francisco.

Kong currently resides in Toronto where he earned his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Toronto. He has been a Chinese Canadian citizen after spending his childhood in Hong Kong for 14 years. He enjoys photography and low-budget films, and has recently started learning percussion to push his fondness of the rock music genre into new height. Kong is a former Young Patron Circle (YPC) member at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM).


      
 
Stephanie Seto
Associate Program Director

stephanie.seto@naaaptoronto.org

Stephanie is an epidemiologist.  She recently obtained a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology and has worked with the Public Health Agency of Canada, Ontario Ministry Food and Rural Affairs, the University of Guelph, and the Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses.  Passionate about zoonotic diseases and Public Health research, she hopes to better the lives on the Canadian population.  Her research focuses on zoonotic disease surveillance.  

She enjoys the Arts tremendously and is a patron of the Canadian Opera Company and National Ballet of Canada.  She is also passionate about Animal Welfare and Mental Health causes; she regularly volunteers with Hong Fook Mental Health Association.

Stephanie has been involved with NAAAP Toronto since 2008, serving as the Director of Corporate Relations from 2008-2011. She continues to serve on the Toronto Board as the Co-ordinator of Corporate Relations.
Stephanie was an integral member of the Programming Committee of the 2012 NAAAP National Convention. This is her first year serving as the Associate Program Director for the NAAAP National Organizing Committee.


      
 
Shan-Ming Chiu
Chief Information Officer

shan-ming_chiu@naaap.org

Shan-Ming is currently based out of Atlanta, Georgia.  He specializes in business intelligence and data warehousing as well as custom application and database development.  Shan-Ming has worked for the telecom, retail and utilities industries previously in a variety of technology roles.  He received his B.S.E in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor.

Shan-Ming has been involved with NAAAP since 2004, when he discovered the Atlanta chapter looking for information dragon boat racing.  He quickly became involved the following year as he joined the NAAAP Atlanta board as a technology chair, leading a redesign of the chapter's website.  Shan-Ming currently serves as the National Vice President of Technology, where is responsible for strategic planning, architecture, implementation and operations for NAAAP's technology across the organization.

Shan-Ming is also involved in the annual Chopstix for Charity fundraising event that provides grants to Asian American community service organizations.  In his spare, Shan-Ming enjoys hiking and dragon boat racing.


      
 
William Lai
Chief Administrative Officer

william_lai@naaap.org

Dr. William Lai is a licensed pharmacist by professional and academic training. His professional work experiences include practicing pharmacy at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and serving on the pharmacy faculty at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy (Rutgers University).

Currently, he is employed at Baxter Healthcare Corporation in their Global Clinical and Medical Affairs division as a Senior Manager. He has also been employed by other renowned pharmaceutical companies such as Merck, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. He has also held part-time positions with both CVS and Rite Aid Pharmacies.  Will also participates as faculty and speaker for professional development meetings organized by the Drug Information Association (DIA).

Will earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, the first school of pharmacy in the USA, and subsequently completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Rutgers University. He then pursued an Executive Masters in Business Administration degree.  As a devoted and committed professional, Will has been awarded lifetime memberships in the highest honor societies in both pharmacy (Rho Chi) and business (Beta Gamma Sigma).

Will is also strongly committed to professional organizations and developing leadership skills. He previously served as a Chapter President within the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), held national-level positions within ASHP, served as o-Chair of the Asian American Healthcare Network (AAHCN), and just recently completed his first term on the Advisory Council of North American for the Drug Information Association (DIA).

With NAAAP Philadelphia, he served as Secretary and Director of Internal Relations, working alongside other NAAAP Philadelphia Leadership Officers to ensure fluid operations and communications within the chapter. Additionally, he has prior experience working on NAAAP National iniatives such as serving on the 2010 NAAAP National Leadership Retreat Selection Committee. Currently, he is geographically located in Southern California and lends his support and experience to NAAAP Orange County.



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