Who's Who
Nancy Nguyen, Ms. Corporate America 2011

Nancy is Ms. Corporate America 2011 and an entrepreneur. She is president of Alpha Kappa Psi coed business fraternity’s alumni chapter in North Carolina. She has served as the Executive Vice President of the DePaul MBA Association and gained leadership experience at Ulta, Inc., the Chicago White Sox, and the City of Chicago. She is currently utilizing her experience in the public and private sectors to make a difference in the communities she serves as a small business owner and Ms. Corporate America 2011.

As a young Vietnamese entrepreneur, Nguyen has demonstrated leadership in business and her community. She currently owns two companies in Raleigh, NC and is building teams while executing a new brand that brings together the community. Nguyen is passionate about helping women-owned businesses, young Asian entrepreneurs, and immigrant families. She graduated from NC State’s School of Humanities in Spanish and is an active member in the NC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Upon completing her MBA, Nguyen successfully led several organizations to help others obtain tools provided from the government, learn how to start a business, and participate in helping those in need.

 
Ringo Kwan

Ringo Kwan serves as a founding Director and President/CEO of Wells Equity. He has 25 years of investment and commercial banking experience and served as the Executive Director of First International Bank. He has served as Chairman of FIB’s Directors Asset Quality Management Committee and a member of the Directors Loan Committee, Capital Raising Committee, and the Executive Board respectively. Last year, he cofounded Wells Equity to connect clients to the World of the Best Opportunities in America. Mr. Kwan wrote a weekly columnist for both of Southern Chinese Daily News in Houston and Dallas Chinese News.

 
Nick Masino

Nick Masino is currently the Vice President of Economic Development of the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce in Georgia. From just two employees less than a year ago, the chamber has become the fastest growing in the nation and the largest local team in the State. Masino oversees the business recruitment and retention efforts for Gwinnett County as well as the implementation of the Partnership Gwinnett Strategy. Prior to his role in economic development, Masino spent 12 years in the recruiting, headhunting and staffing industry both in Metro Atlanta and throughout the U.S. Masino worked with various business models from entrepreneurial ventures to Fortune 100 companies, managing multi-million dollar efforts focused on recruitment in the ares of IT, Finance and General Business. Masino also served the citizens of Suwanee, GA, as Mayor from 2000-2007 leading the city to receive over 30 national, regional and local awards, including its most recent and highest honor as the 2007 Money Magazine 10th Best Small Town in America. Masino earned his B.A. in Communications from The Ohio State University.

 
Gordon Quan

Council Member Gordon Quan grew up in Houston's East End, a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood. After working as a teacher in an inner-city school, Quan became an attorney and practised immigration law for twenty years. His political career officially took off when he was elected to the Houston City Council in 2000. Quan was later unanimously approved by the Council to serve as Mayor Pro-Tem in 2002.

 
Andy Nguyen

 

Andy Nguyen is a co-founder and partner of  Nguyen Tran Law Firm PLLC, a law firm based in Arlington, Texas serving the Vietnamese community in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The Nguyen Tran Law Firm PLLC publishes a series of legal articles in Kiến Thức Magazine to help educate the Vietnamese community on their legal rights, duties and options. Mr. Nguyen serves on the board of directors of TechForce Technologies Inc. as well as a legal advisor to several local nonprofits.  In his spare time, Mr. Nguyen enjoys practicing Praying Mantis Kung Fu at Authentic Kung Fu in Fort Worth, Texas.

 

 
Thuy-Anh Le

 

Thuy-Anh Le is a self-identified 1.5 Vietnamese-American who graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Ethnic Studies with an emphasis on Community Public Health from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Thuy-Anh’s experiences demonstrate a commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship, education, research, and community building.  She has a commitment to engaging and expanding opportunities for institutional access and success for culturally and traditionally underrepresented communities of color.

Thuy-Anh has local and international research experience and training through UCLA’s Travel Study Program in community-based research and fieldwork in Asian American Studies at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Internationally, she studied and did research in Public Health at the University of London, Queen Mary. She participated in International Honors Program through the School of International Training (SIT) in comparative research in community health studies in Washington D.C., South Africa, Vietnam and Brazil. In which she examined comparative research on war, violence and its consequences of traumatic memory and displacement in those three countries. In addition, she is as a UCSD-Mcnair Scholar in Critical Refugee Studies and the Vietnamese Diaspora.

In her professional experience, Thuy-Anh engages in her community as a community organizer and outreach liaison. She is a part of the 500 Oral Histories Project with the Vietnamese-American Heritage Foundation (VAHF). Thuy-Anh works at Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), a nonprofit health agency serving the Santa Clara County, at the Center for Addiction Recovery & Empowerment (CARE).

Thuy-Anh plans to work in nonprofit for a few years and intends to purse graduate school in order to integrate and intertwine her professional work in the community with critical inquiry.

 

 
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