Leadership Awards 2017

Lily Mei
Mayor of Fremont, California
Fremont, CA

Mayor Lily Mei grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she
earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the Drexel University. Her
diverse professional experience includes over 20 years in competitive analysis,
product and channel management, supply chain practices and serving as a worldwide sales operations controller. Most recently she led a global high-technology trade association representing industry leaders to develop best practices to advance
intellectual property protection.

Since 1994 Mayor Mei and her family have proudly called Fremont home, choosing our city for its family-friendly environment. She began her local service participating on numerous school-related committees, including the FremontUnified Pupil Overload Task Force, Ad Hoc Budget Developers Fee Task Force, Fremont Council PTA School Board Liaison, a PTA Unit President, a PTA Vice
President of Membership and a School Site Council member.

Mayor Mei is proud to be a contributor to the growing success of Fremont’s public education where she was elected twice as a School Board Trustee to the Fremont Unified School District serving from January 2008 to December 2014.

In addition to education, Mayor Mei embraces diverse recreational and cultural programs serving as a volunteer and leader supporting local scouting and sports programs. She is a board member/advisor of Citizens for Better Community, Music for Minors II and South Bay Chinese Service Club. Mayor Mei also has been a dedicated supporter involved with community focused groups encouraging civic engagement such as the Silicon Valley Leadership Group – Minority Women Leadership Day/Education Summit and American Association of University Women.

At the state level, Mayor Mei was the President of the Asian Pacific Islander School Board Members Association (APISBMA) for California. During her tenure, Mayor Mei worked to ensure APISBMA’s active participation on California School Board Association’s Council of Presidents to strengthen their partnership with ethnic school board member associations statewide. Regionally in the Bay area, Mayor Mei was elected by surrounding local school districts to two terms as a Delegate Assembly member for Region 7 which represents Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Mayor Mei lives in Fremont with her husband, Peter, and their children, Katie and Calvin.

Eugenia Bair Henry, Ph.D.
Founder of H20 Clinical Research
Cockeysville, MD

Dr. Henry has more than 29 years of both hands-on and senior-level clinical research experience in large pharmaceutical, biotechnology and contract research
organizations. Dr. Henry has served as a statistical consultant and Data Monitoring Committee member for many clients and has vast experience in communicating with the FDA for design and statistical issues. Dr. Henry has made a great contribution in drug development: to date, Dr. Henry has been actively involved in 56 New Drug Application submissions, with 52 approvals.

Dr. Henry leveraged her extensive expertise to found a successful data management and statistical services company, HHI Clinical Research in 1998, which was acquired by inVentiv in 2004. Dr. Henry then co-founded H2O Clinical Research in 2011. H2O then acquired Pharma Start in 2016 and is now a full service CRO. Dr. Henry has also served in similar roles at Pfizer as the head of Biostatistics and Data Management for the Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Experimental Medicine and at Novartis as the head of Biostatistics and Data Management for Medical Affairs. Dr. Henry received her Ph.D. in Biostatistics from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She also received a Master’s degree in Economics from Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan.

During Dr. Henry’s professional career, she has received many professional awards, including the Top Ten Entrepreneurs Women Award from Global Federation of Chinese Business Women Association in 2016, the Emerging Business of the Year award from Oracle in 2015, the Outstanding Achievement Award from GE Healthcare from 2012 to 2015, the CFO Best Performance Award from inVentiv in 2009 and 2010, and the Rising Star Award from the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association in 2009.

Dr. Henry has also devoted extensive personal time and money to support local community organizations. In order to continue her father’s devotion to education, she founded the Paiping Foundation 12 years ago. The objective of the foundation is to promote overseas Chinese Language learning and promote Chinese culture. She wants to provide more opportunity for the 2nd and 3rd generations of Chinese children in the United States to learn Chinese Language and Chinese culture. To date, more than 100 Chinese students have received scholarships from the Paiping Foundation. Because of her contribution to local community service, she has received the Humanitarian Award from Baltimore County. The Towson Times also selected her as the Best Principal while she was the Principal in the Chinese Language School of Baltimore.

John Lam
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
New York, NY

In 1972, John Lam, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Lam Group, began building his business in the clothing industry, expanding his business until it became the largest clothing manufacturer in New York City, operating thirteen garment factories and producing nine clothing brands. Mr. Lam’s clothing business created over 3,000 jobs and created substantial value within the garment sector.

Applying the lessons of his previous success, Mr. Lam subsequently undertook the real estate business, and has since become a prominent name in this arena. The Lam Group is a privately-held real estate investment firm that acquires, develops, owns, and operates various hotel, residential, office, and mixed-use properties primarily in the NYC area. With over 20 years of real estate investment experience, the firm has acquired and developed more than 50 properties. Led by John Lam, who understands that opportunities are made and not found, the Lam Group has built its reputation by transforming over 3 million square feet of underutilized properties into highly desirable assets. Since 1997, the Lam Group has been expanding its real estate investment into the hospitality sector. Now, with over 25 hotels developed from the ground up, 13 in its current portfolio, and 4 in progress, the Lam Group is recognized as a premier developer of branded hotel properties in New York City.

Over the years, various organizations have awarded and recognized the accomplishments of Mr. Lam and the Lam Group. In 1990, Mr. Lam was named an All-Star by Crain’s New York Business Magazine. In 1997, he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor Award. In 2006, Mr. Lam received the Man of the Year Award presented by the Chinese-American Planning Council for his grassroots social service for his community. In 2009, he was honored as one of the Ten Outstanding Chinese Most Influential Entrepreneurs of 2009 by the China International Economic Cooperation Society of Ministry of Commerce. In 2012, the Lam Group was named Developer of the Year for Select Service Hotels by Starwood Hotels & Resorts, which also deemed its Aloft Brooklyn as the Best New Built Select Service Hotel of the Year. In 2014, Mr. Lam and the Lam Group were honored with the Top 10 Asian American Business Award by US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce – Northeast Chapter (USPAACC). In 2015, Mr. Lam received the Outstanding Chinese Award by the Ming Pao Daily News for his leadership and influence among Asian Americans, the Golden Horse Award of China Hotels, and was named Developer of the Year from Marriott for the Renaissance Brand. These are just a few of the many honors Mr. Lam has received over the years.

Mr. Lam serves on the Board of Directors of East Bank and sits as the Honorary President of Greater Blouse Skirt & Undergarment Association, which represents roughly 35,000 workers, he is a Board Member of the New York City College of Technology Foundation, a member of the 9th Overseas Committee of the Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese, is the Founder and Chairman of the China-US Hotel General Chamber of Commerce, and serves as the Vice President of the US-Chinese Chamber  of Commerce.

Khalid Muneer
President of Jupiter Properties Inc.
2016 President of the Asian American Chamber of Commerce, Central Florida
Orlando, FL

Born in Pakistan, Khalid’s family moved to the United Kingdom in 1961 where he was educated and graduated from the University of Aston in Birmingham. He then spent 17 years in Investment Banking in Europe, Africa and the Middle East before moving to Florida in 1991 to build his real Estate company, Jupiter Properties Inc.

Khalid is very active as a leader of the Asian American community in serving and advancing their interests in business and political arenas to empower  and educate them on critical issues. The Asian American community is the fastest growing group in central Florida and also in the highest bracket in terms of their educational achievements, income bracket and purchasing power. However, they are just
beginning to be involved in the political arena.

As 2016 President of the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida Khalid oversaw a major growth in the Chamber membership and financial strength and representation of the community on major Boards. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Orlando Mayor’s minority Business Certification Board and  also on the Board of the Harbor House, a major Charity foundation. He has served on various economic bodies, the Executive Committee of Orlando Economic Development Commission, Enterprise Flagler.

His other major achievements include Orange County Mayor’s Distinguished Asian American leader award (2017),Emotional Intelligence Society  Distinguished community leader(2016),Puerto Rican National Leadership Council award as an Asian Leader assisting Latino Businesses, FAPAC for assistance in their National convention in Orlando(2016) and nominated for the Don Quixote award by the Hispanic Chamber(2017).In 2016 Khalid was also on the 100 most influential people of central Florida list  of Orlando Sentinel and top 50 business leaders.

He is dedicated to helping Asian young people to attain a good education and to focus on civic and public
service involvement.  He is very active with University of Central Florida, Rollins College, Stetson University and speaks frequently to Asian student clubs on the importance of civic involvement.  He is also active in the local mosque and has been an important voice in establishing inter-faith dialogues.

Richard Cheng
President of Merry Richards Jewelers
Chicago, IL

Born in Taipei, Richard Cheng has always strived to achieve his American Dream.
At only thirteen, he flew solo to Benghazi Libya; at seventeen, he traveled the
entirety of Europe with his mother, and by the age of eighteen he decided to start a
new life for himself in the United States. After completing his high school education in Lawrence, Kansas and his subsequent college education in Kentucky, he realized his true passion: the jewelry industry. By twenty-four, he was working in the Diamond District of New York City.

Initially, becoming acquainted with the business and the culture of the industry was difficult, as the jewelry business is not only fast-paced, but also extremely competitive. Yet as he received the tutelage of other diamond dealers and broadened his own horizons, he came to a simple conclusion that was vital to his success: It is not your ethnic background by which people judge you but rather your character, integrity, and determination.

Since then, Cheng continues to actively participate in the Chinese community. Cheng was the former President of the Chinese American Chamber of Commerce and now serves as one of its board members. Furthermore, he previously acted as the Vice President of the North America TACC and is now a member of the China Executive Club (CEC) in Chicago. After a long 41 years of business, Cheng undoubtedly achieved his American Dream, but more importantly, discovered his love for the United States. Today, he is proud to call himself an American.


Wea Hwa Lee
Chairman of Southern News Group

Houston, TX

Mr. Wea Hwa Lee graduated from Lamar University and went on to pursue a
greater education in business from Harvard Business School in Cambridge,
Massachusetts. After completing his MBA, Mr. Lee founded his own publishing
business in 1979 and is now the current chairman of the Houston-based Southern
News Group, an organization dedicated to providing high quality journalism to all residents of the southern United States. Mr. Lee oversees this diverse, internationally influential media business, providing print, radio, television, and internet services. Yet his business success does not eclipse his major contributions to service and philanthropism.

Over the past few decades, Mr. Lee has worked with United Way, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Houston Better Business Bureau, Asian Lunar New Year Festival, Alief International Parade, and the George Bush Library among other things. He has multiple publications among his works and as a testament to his service to his country and society, a multitude of honors, including President’s
Volunteer Service Award, Certificate of Appreciation from the Department of Commerce, International Financial & Leadership Award, and Leadership Empowerment Award from TWEF among other awards.

Matthew Lee
CEO of FASTech In.
President of KOBE Gov’t Contracting Alliance
Rockville, MD

A leading entrepreneur in the public and private sectors, Mr. Matthew Lee currently acts as Chief Executive officer of FASTech Inc., an engineering and technical services firm he founded in 1990. With Mr. Lee at the helm, FASTech has grown into a respected business, serving government and commercial clients in the Baltimore-Washington corridor. Mr. Lee has committed himself to mentoring small businesses in the Federal marketplace and previously served as the President of KOBE Government Contracting Alliance, a non-profit organization with a diversity partner’s network of more than 200 minority owned/operated businesses across the United States.
Recently, Mr. Lee served on Larry Hogan (Governor, Maryland) ‘s transition team and was appointed Secretary of TEDCO Board of Directors. TEDCO, established by the Maryland State Legislature in 1998, facilitates the transfer and commercialization of technology from state research universities and federal labs into the public market. Lastly, Mr. Lee currently serves as the President of the Maryland International Development Center (MDIDC) for bilateral trade and global


Marked by his vision and collaborative business style, Mr. Lee has constantly stood out among his peers and is the recipient of numerous awards including: Korean Prime Minister’s Citation (2015); Small Business Administration Emerging Leaders Program (2015); Top 100 MBE Award (2006, 2008, 2010); Maryland Governor’s Citation (2004 – 2008); Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) Distinguished Award for exemplary promotion of trade and investment between Korean and US entities (2004, 2010); and AMC-FAST Junior Engineering Award from Army Research Laboratory (1990, 1991).

Yong Ma
Executive VP of Bank of China
New York, NY

Dr. Yong Ma is an Executive Vice President of Bank of China New York,
responsible for risk management and regulatory compliance.  Before joining Bank
of China, Mr. Ma was a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and held various
leadership positions including Chief Operating Officer (“COO”) for Credit Risk |Management, Market Risk Management and Risk Analytics, and Chief Administrative Officer (“CAO”) for Firm Risk Management.  His key management responsibilities included the Basel capital processes, project management, data management, risk reporting, credit policy and regulatory relations, global organizational structure and resource efficiency.  Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Ma served in a variety of Risk and Technology roles within Barclays Capital/Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and IBM. Among his civic activities, Mr. Ma serves as a NY Chapter Board Member of International Leadership Foundation, a Founding Board member of New York Young Entrepreneurs Roundtable,  and on the Advisory Board of the Asian Financial Society.  He formerly served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees at Livingston Huaxia Chinese School. In 2016, Mr. Ma received the “President’s
Volunteer Service Award”. Mr. Ma holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois,
Urbana-Champaign, and a M.S. in Computer Science from University of California, Davis.  Prior to that, he attended the Computer Science Graduate Program at Tsinghua University and earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Dalian University of Technology.