Hundreds of top-caliber suppliers connected with serious buyers and networked with industry leaders and visionaries at CelebrAsian Procurement Conference – the country’s largest business-to-business event convened by Pan Asian Americans to connect with large, medium and small enterprises – was held on June 1 ~ 3, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia.
CelebrAsian is the annual national flagship event of the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC).
UPS Chairman and CEO David Abney served as the Honorary Conference Chair. UPS Chief Information Officer Juan Perez was the Keynote Speaker.
Corporate Host Co-Chairs were The Coca-Cola Company, Nissan, SunTrust Bank and UPS. Asian American Business Co-Chairs were Ampcus and Softpath System. Legacy Co-Chairs were PepsiCo and Wells Fargo.
“We are proud to bring CelebrAsian to Atlanta, Georgia – home to a dynamic and fast-growing Pan Asian American business community, and major hub to some of the best known global brands and Fortune powerhouses,” said Susan Au Allen, USPAACC National President & CEO.
“It was our first time in The Peach State and we were impressed by the renowned Southern hospitality. But we could not have brought a Conference of this magnitude, breadth, and substance without the strong support of our Southeast Chapter, led by Regional President Neera Bahl, her Executive team, Board Members, Brain Trusts, Corporate and Asian American sponsors, and all those who continue to believe and support USPAACC’s mission of creating economic parity, inclusion, and minority business growth in the mainstream,” Allen added.
The Conference programs – especially designed to inform, educate, create procurement opportunities and propel job growth, as well as to recognize outstanding achievements – included the Chief Procurement Officers Forum, Networking with the CPOs, CTO/CIO Forum, Ideas Marketplace: What’s Your Pitch? competition, Fast 100 Asian American Business Awards, Doing Business in the Healthcare Industry, Doing Business with Financial Services Companies, Grow Your Business with Google, Asian American Chambers Summit, Wells Fargo Under 40 Millionaire Entrepreneurs Luncheon, Supplier Diversity Caucus, Business Leaders and Scholarship Awards Luncheon, Supplier Trade Fair, and USPAACC’s signature prescheduled One-on-One Business Matchmaking Meetings, among many others.
In a demonstration of solidarity, friendship and goodwill, the leaders of the largest national supplier diversity organizations – Nat’l Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), U.S. Black Chambers (USBC), and Nat’l Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) – who broke the barriers when they joined last year in celebrating USPAACC’s 30th Anniversary, were honored this year with the Excellence Award for their courage and resolve as they enter a new level of growth in diversity and inclusion for their respective constituency.
At the Gala, the Corporation of the Decade Award was presented to Wells Fargo for their continued support of USPAACC’s mission and programs, as well as for their steadfast commitment in ensuring the robust growth and success of the Asian American business community.
The Conference theme “Today’s Vision, Tomorrow’s Reality: Cheers to the Next 30 Years!” speaks to the power of transformative ideas that entrepreneurs envision and reflects the promise of a new and boundless horizon as they work hard to realize their dreams.
In three days, CelebrAsian Procurement Conference 2016 brought together over 800 participants, who came in full force from all over the country, including 94 corporations, 22 government agencies, and 14 media partners. Over 500 pre-scheduled one-on-one business matchmaking meetings were held between buyers and suppliers, across various industries and with over 50 commodities to be purchased in the next 12-18 months.
(Photo caption: Conference Co-Chairs with USPAACC National President & CEO Susan Au Allen at the ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the Supplier Trade Fair and USPAACC’s signature prescheduled one-on-one business matchmaking meetings)