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Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the engines of growth and innovation.

APEC SME SummitThe APEC SME Summit 2015 will bring together the region’s micro, small and medium-sized business entrepreneurs to share success stories of SME innovation and internationalization, as well as to highlight institutional support mechanisms proven to drive innovation-based SME growth.

This will be attended by about 1,500 delegates, with 450 attending the SME Conference and more than 1,000 attending the exhibit. The participants will include government officials, ABAC, business students, entrepreneurs, business organizations, and the media.

The APEC SME Summit, "Innovation and Big Ideas: Pushing Boundaries", will be held on November 17, 2015 in Green Sun, Makati City, Philippines during APEC leaders’ week.

“The APEC SME Summit is an excellent opportunity for small business owners to engage with APEC senior officials and increase their commercial footprint in the APEC trade region,” said MBDA Director Castillo.


U.S. SME Delegation Leaders

The U.S. Delegation is led by a Leading the inaugural SME CEO Summit delegation are representatives from both the public and private sector 

U.S. Government

  • Co-Chair - Alejandra Y. Castillo is a presidential appointee and National Director of U.S. Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). Prior to her appointment in 2014, she was a Senior Adviser to the International Trade Administration.  She also served in the Clinton Administration as a White House adviser.

  • George Mui is Economic Senior Adviser for WHIAAPI where he is responsible for the “Doing Business in Asia” program.  Based in the U.S. Department of Commerce of Department - MBDA, he also serves as the team lead for the Global Market Access team and serves on the National Export Initiative Small Business Working Group.

Private Sector

  • Co-Chair - The Honorable Patricia M. Loui has been nominated by President Obama for a second term to 2019 as a full-time member of the Board of Directors for The Export-Import Bank of the U.S. and she is awaiting U.S. Senate confirmation.  She was previously CEO/Founder of OmniTrak, an international marketing consultancy to Disney, General Motors, DFS, etc. in China, Japan and ASEAN.

  • Billy Dec is an Emmy-winning CEO/Founder of RockitRanch Productions, a hospitality and entertainment development company and a presidential appointee to the White House Initiative for Asian American Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) Commission.

  • Jimmy Ferguson, is owner /CEO of 14 McDonald's restaurants in Texas, and Board Chair of the national Asian/Pacific Islander Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ACE).  Previously Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students at Arkansas Tech, he was chair of McDonald's Asian Vision Business team.

  • Aurora Austracio, owner of an international law firm, is the first Asian American to serve as president of the Chicago Bar Association.  She is active on Boards of numerous community organizations including the Filipino American Executive Network.

U.S. SME Summit Delegation Members:

  • Maria Abella is CEO of Calculation Bureau, LLC, a Chicago, Illinois-based mobile and enterprise software development company. Calculation Bureau, LLC, is currently engaging with Philippine government units and private corporations to utilize disaster management software ecosystem.

  • Sheila Burrus is President of Crewsing International, LLC, a Seattle-based services company. 

  • Mary Carmen Madrid Crost is President/Managing Attorney of Madrid Crost Law Group, a Chicago, Illinois-based legal immigration law firm. The firm counsels U.S. employers on I-9 compliance and how to legally employ foreign workers.

  • Ferdinand Dimailig is CEO of Chicago, Illinois-based architecture and interior design services company BOX Studios. BOX Studios is interested in expanding business overseas to Asia while also opening opportunities to work with U.S.-based Asian firms.

  • RJ Diokno is CEO of District Trading Company, LCC, a Washington, DC-based agriculture import/export company that connects U.S. and Canadian farms with agricultural export opportunities in Asia.

  • Dr. Karen Eng is President of CSMI, a Schaumburg, Illinois-based engineering company with export experience in China, Vietnam, and the UAE, that caters to the design of production and packaging lines as well as audits for safety and efficiency.

  • Jimmy Ferguson is Chair of the National Asian Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ACE). ACE is a national organization that gives a voice to the business interests of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. 

  • Jay Gill is President of The Gill Auto Group, Inc., a new and used automobiles sales company based in Madera, California. The Gill Auto Group, Inc. is interested in partnering to start an automobile insurance business in China. 

  • Dr. Charles Han is President/CEO of Lisle, Illinois-based foods and agricultural commodities company Interface Protein Technology, Inc. The company focuses on exporting foods and value-added agricultural commodities to countries in Asia, with a ten-year track record in trade experience with APEC economies.

  • Marty Lorenzo is Partner at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC, a San Diego, California-based legal firm that offers strategic and transactional advice to emerging growth companies. Export experience includes hardware and software manufacturers that export to APEC economies. 

  • Phillip Mendiola-Long is CEO of Bridge Investment Group, LLC, a Northern Mariana Islands-based hospitality/tourism company that manages hotel resort property located in the U.S. islands in Asia (Guam/Northern Mariana Islands).

  • Rudy Pamintuan is Managing Director at Sherman Worldwide, a Henderson, Nevada-based international organization with professionals and partners who serve as trusted advisers to leaders, businesses, and institutions around the world. Sherman Worldwide has export experience with services, raw commodities, and light manufactured goods.

  • Elliot Park is President/CEO of Shine Electronics Co. This Long Island City-based telecommunications company exports and wholesales refurbished and used cell phones and wireless devices to emerging countries. Shine Electronics Co. is currently only trading with Hong Kong from within the APEC economies. 

  • Bede Ramcharan is CEO of Indatatech, a San Antonio, Texas-based supply chain and construction management company with trade experience in Europe, Africa, and China.

  • Bryan Ramos is President of Ramos Law Firm, a legal services company based in Atlanta, Georgia. As former local counsel to the General Motors Corporation, Ramos Law Firm handled employment and workers’ compensation issues. 

  • Amar Shokeen is CEO/President of IT services and system integration company RJT Compuquest. The company has export experience of services from India to the United States. 

  • Sach Takayasu is President/CEO of the Asian and Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship. She has over 16 years of marketing and business development experience at IBM.

  • Michael Yuan is Corporate and Market Development EVP of Oak Brook, Illinois-based CIeNET International. CIeNET International is a leading global information technology, software development, and solutions-based company that provides innovative technical solutions and integration services in the areas of embedded, mobile device, and enterprise systems for the automobile, mobility, and semiconductor industries. The firm has trade experience in Asia since 2001.

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Last updated: 04/19/2017 - 4:11pm