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3rd ABAHR Board of Directors

The Third Asian Business Association Board of Directors served from July 1st, 2012 to June 30th, 2013.

2012-2013 Mission Objectives

At the 2nd Annual Meeting of the Membership held at Aloft Hotel in Chesapeake, Virginia in May 2012, at the passing of the gavel from incumbent President Ron Suzuki (AAHR's 2nd President) to Tim Bradshaw, new directives were established for the Third Year of the Association.

Hampton Roads Health Care Education ForumEducational Events

Educating business owners and the community are key factors in developing a strong business network to enhance our region.  ABAHR's mission includes providing education through public forums, workshops, and the upcoming 2013 Hampton Roads Asian Business Expo.  The 2012 Hampton Roads Health Care Education Forum was organized and sponsored by ABAHR in September 2012.

Networking Events

Providing opportunities for business owners, decision makers, business/community leaders, and other professionals to meet and exchange both ideas and knowledge is a primary objective of ABAHR.  In December 2012 we launched our ABAHR Monthly Networking Luncheon.  Members and non-members are invited to discuss ideas and network with each other.  Each month we have a featured speaker to provide education to our membership or discuss key issues in our region and the economy.

ABAHR Monthly Networking Luncheon

Leadership Development

ABAHR's mission includes the continued leadership development of our Board of Directors and our General Membership through communication of leadership workshops and events as well as conducting our own workshops and providing opportunities for individuals to take up leadership roles within the growing organization.

Reaching out to Regional Organizations

Fostering cooperation with other regional organizations that share similar interests is a key focus of ABAHR.  We work closely with our sister organization, Asian-Pacific American Heritage Organization (APAHO), to promote their annual Asian Fest celebration.

 

 

2012-2013 Board of Directors

 

Tim Bradshaw, President

Tim Bradshaw is the Association's third President, having served on the Board of Directors since the organization's founding as Treasurer and then Secretary.  He is Founder and CEO of Insercorp LTD, an award-winning website, marketing, and technology services firm headquartered in Franklin, Virginia.  His goal is to leverage regional business networks and technology to develop the strategic vision of ABAHR.

Tim is of Korean and American descent.  He was born at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.  His father having served in the United States Air Force, Tim has lived in Northern Virginia and the Virginia Peninsula on multiple occasions as well as Germany and Alaska. 

He studied Business Administration and Management at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and located to Franklin, Virginia in 2007 to start his business.  Tim was invited as one of 100 entrepreneurs from across Virginia for Governor McDonnell's kick-off event for the 2012 Year of the Entrepreneuer.  Tim is also involved in his local and regional communities.  His community involvement includes:

  • Founding Director, FUEL (Focused United Engaged Leaders) of the Franklin/Southampton Area
  • Member, Board of Directors, Downtown Franklin Association
  • Advisory Board Member, ECPI University's Web Development Program
  • Member, Membership and Communications Sub-Committee for Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, AsiaTown Committee

Tim Bradshaw, President of ABAHR
President, Jul 2012 - Jun 2013
President-Elect, Feb 2012 - Jun 2012
Secretary, Jul 2011 - Jan 2012
Treasurer, Jul 2010 - Jun 2011
Founding Director (2010)

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Petula Moy, President-Elect

Petula Moy serves as President-Elect for the Asian Business Association of Hampton Roads (ABAHR). She is also involved as the Asia Town Committee Chair, which supports the Asia Town Project that has been endorsed by ABAHR.   Her goal is to put forth her best effort to assist in building a strong organization and making a difference in the Asian business community in the region of Hampton Roads.

She was born and raised in Hong Kong. She was educated with Chinese language and history.  She is deeply rooted with the Chinese traditions and culture. She treasures and values her Chinese heritage. She was immigrated to United States when she was a teenager.

She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from University of Virginia.  Later, she returned back to school to further her education and obtained a Master of Business Administration Degree (MBA) from Old Dominion University.  She took a great opportunity to become an entrepreneur when she enrolled in the Entrepreneur Program of Farmers Insurance Group.  Since then, she has operated her own Farmers Insurance agency for eight (8) years.  She has the privilege to serve her clients as their personal and commercial insurance advisor.  She specializes in commercial insurance and is passionate in working with small business owners in her consultative role. 

Other Community Involvement:

  • Board of Directors, Ramps Across America (build ramps for Elderly)
  • Membership Committee Member, Commercial Real Estate for Women (CREW)
  • Education Coordinator, Norfolk Chapter, Business Networking International
  • Member of Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association (VHTA)
  • Member of Chinese Community Association
  • Partner in Education, City of Virginia Beach School
  • Member of March of Dimes

Petula Moy, President-Elect
President-Elect, Jul 2012 - Jun 2013
AsiaTown Committee Chair, 2011 - Present
Founding Director (2010)

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Ron Suzuki, Immediate Past President

Ron Suzuki is the Association's second President, having served on the Board of Directors since the organization's founding. He is a Financial Services Professional and Senior Founding Partner of the Richmond, Virginia office of World Financial Group. His goal is to enrich Asian Virginia businesses through diversity and leveraging of the rich Asian Cultures to improve our economic strength.

Ron is of Japanese, Chinese and Irish American descent. He was born Hilo, Hawaii. He completed 15 years of honorable military service with the US Navy in 2012 as Aviation Electronics Technician First Class. His rich and diverse background adds to his understanding of how many communities can work together towards common objectives.

He obtained his Associates Degree from Coastline Community College in Fountain Valley, California. He completed two combat tours with the USS Constellation and USS Theodore Roosevelt and was awarded three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals. Ron is also a professional Photographer and also owns RYMS Photography and RYMS Talent Solutions located in Virginia Beach. Ron is also involved in his local and regional communities.

His community involvement includes:

  • Japanese Representative for the Asian Pacific American
  • Heritage Organization
  • Organizer/Founder, United for Japan (Disaster Relief Drive for
  • the March 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami)
  • Member, Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Professional Photographers of America
  • Member, AsiaTown Committee

Ron Suzuki, Immediate Past President
Executive Committee, Jul 2012 - Jun 2013
President, Jul 2011 - Jun 2012
President-Elect, Jan 2011 - Jun 2011
Director, Jul 2010 - Dec 2010
Founding Director (2010) 

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Cheryl Burk, Secretary

Cheryl Burk has been an active member of the Association since its founding in 2010.  She currently serves as the Board Secretary and Events Committee Chair, responsible for organizing meetings and coordinating events.

Cheryl was born in Manila, Philippines and moved to the United States at 11 months.  She was a Navy brat and settled in Virginia in 1977.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Business Management at Old Dominion University in 1991.

She has worked in NEXCOM as an assistant buyer for 20 years in various departments. She believes in making a difference in the community and gives back by supporting several organizations. 

Accomplishments and community involvement:

  • NEXCOM CEO's Council for Diversity Education Chair and Performance Management Fundamentals Facilitator
  • President, Young Filipino Americans of Hampton Roads (2010-2012)
  • Secretary, Asian Pacific American Heritage Organization
  • Events Committee Chair, Asian Association of Hampton Roads (2011-Present)
  • Organization Development Committee Member, Asian Association of Hampton Roads (2010-2011)
  • Secretary, Intergenerational Vice Chair and Technology Vice Chair, Filipino American Community Action Group
  • Member, Filipino American National Historical Society
  • Communication Officer, Council of United Filipino Organization of Tidewater

 Cheryl Burk, Secretary
Secretary, Jul 2012 - Jun 2013
Director, Jul 2011 - Jun 2012
Events Chair, 2011 - Present

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Christine Sullenberger, Treasurer

Christine Sullenberger serves as the Treasurer for the Asian Business Association of Hampton Roads (ABAHR). She is an Assistant Vice President and Branch Banking Manager of the Kempsville office for Southern Bank and Trust Company. Christine has over 18 years of banking and financial experience.

Christine was born in Phu Nhuan, a small village in the Gia Dinh Province that merged with Saigon in 1976. Ho Chi Minh City as we now know it now is the largest city in Vietnam. At the young age of 5, her parents who are both Vietnamese had a unique opportunity to leave the communist country and move their family to the United States. Her mother worked for the US Embassy, while her father worked on a large commercial naval ship for the US Government. With both parents having affiliations with the US Government, they were afforded the opportunity to legally immigrate. The embassy networked with various sponsoring churches and organizations to facilitate their major cultural transition to the United States of America.

Christine received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Millersville University. She has an adoring little girl named Madison; she and her husband reside in Virginia Beach.

Christine specializes in helping consumers and businesses with all facets of banking needs; opening and balancing checking accounts, managing money through resources such as investment services, mortgages and merchant processing, online banking training, and lending money for loan needs.

With Christine’s heritage and knowledge of the Vietnamese language she is able to communicate and translate customer’s needs to meeting their financial goals. Christine is a resource for Asian owned businesses and has been able to help the Asian community over the years.

Christine Sullenberger, Treasurer
Treasurer, Jul 2012 - Jun 2013

Budget & Finance Chair, Jul 2012 - Present
Director, Jul 2012 - Jun 2013 

Vietnam Vietnamese

 

 

Nita Cacanindin

  • Council of United Filipino Organizations of Tidewater

Nita Cacanindin, Membership Chair
Membership Chair, Jul 2011 - Present
Director, Jul 2012 - Jun 2013
Director, Jul 2011 - Jun 2012

Philippines Filipino

   

Jagdish Singh

Mrs. Singh is a community activist. She promotes what for her are a very realizable goals ranging from the non-violence and peace espoused by her heroes, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., to the universal ideals of human rights, diversity and justice for all. She is recipient of numerous public service awards including significantly the Mary Helen Thomas “Award for Racial Justice” and the “Martin Luther King, Jr. Implementing the Dream Award” for her lifelong pursuit of peace and non-violence.

In addition, Mrs. Singh was commended for her long years in community service by a joint resolution of the Senate and the Legislative Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Finally, Meyera Oberndorf, Mayor of the City of Virginia Beach signed a proclamation declaring May 16, 2003 as Dr. Amarjit Singh, Mrs. Jagdish A. Singh and Ms. Tuni Singh Day.

Mrs. Singh currently serves on the Human Rights Council of the Commonwealth of Virginia as an appointment of Governor Mark Warner as well as on the Cox Cable Committee for Non-Profit Organizations of Hampton Roads (Virginia). In 2009, Mrs. Singh was recognized by the Rumi Forum for promoting interfaith dialogue and understanding and was one of the recipients of the 2009 Rumi Peace and Dialogue Award.

Mrs. Singh represents the Asian Indians of Hampton Roads (AIHR) and the Asian Pacific American Heritago Organization (APAHO) on the ABAHR Board.

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Jagdish Singh, Director
Director, Jul 2012 - Jun 2013
Director, Jul 2011 - Jun 2012

India Indian

   

Tuni Singh

"I came to this bountiful country when I was six years old. My father, realizing that there were limited opportunities for a professor with a wife and three young daughters, left India for the promised land of the United States of America. I thank God every day that my parents took such a bold step, leaving everything familiar behind, to look for a better life for their three-soon to grow to- five daughters.

"The United States of America has given me the opportunity to live my life according to my own terms. This in my opinion is the only country where a little girl from India is free to be exactly whom and what she chooses.  I have been afforded every opportunity for education, work, creating businesses, community service/advocacy, and making lifelong friends every step of the way.

"I have enjoyed working for myself since my late 20s. After graduating from Old Dominion University with a BA In Political Science, I had an image consulting/cosmetics training business which allowed me to travel all over the United States and India teaching and training for local and global companies. The stock market is also a passion. I was trained by the renowned technical trader and author, Robert Deel. I spent time in New York working as a research analyst and helping to bring down corrupt companies such as the late Computer Learning Center. I am currently licensed in real estate in Florida and Virginia. In Florida I specialize in marketing luxury oceanfront condos and in Virginia my husband and I buy and sell our own investment properties.

"I have tried to follow the example of my parents in being involved in the community. Our non-profit, Citizens First allows us to advocate for people that may not able to advocate for themselves. The Virginia Legislature recognized us for our work by passing a Joint Resolution commending us for our community work especially the Fairwood Homes issue in which we championed the cause of the low income residents who were being unjustly displaced from their homes. The City of Virginia Beach recognized us by giving us our own Singh Day.  Wherever we can be of service, we are happy to do so.

"I believe in Hampton Roads and I believe we can have a thriving economy for many years to come. We have one of the largest ports in the world. I would like to use this natural gift to bring in companies from all over the world to make their home in Hampton Roads. We Asian business owners can come together for the betterment of our community and home. I look forward to working with all businesses in order to promote “Compassionate Capitalism”. "

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • TIE - The Indus Entrepreneurs
  • National Association of Realtors
  • Hampton Roads Realtor Association
  • Real Estate Association of Miami and the Beaches
  • National Association of Women Business Owners
  • Environmental Justice Roundtable
  • Citizens First

 Tuni Singh, Director
Director, Jul 2012 - Jun 2013

India Indian

   

Xerxes Nabong

Xerxes Nabong serves on the marketing committee for ABAHR. He co-founded Virginia Financial Planning and The Virginia Health Insurance Group in March, 2010 and specializes in providing investment and insurance recommendations to affluent families as well assisting small business owners on employer retirement plans and group health insurance options. He is also the Yelp.com Marketing Director for Hampton Roads and is responsible for event planning, marketing outreach, socializing, adventuring and writing. He plans cool, fun and buzz-worthy Yelp events, connects Yelp with our community organizations and charities, and writes The Weekly Yelp highlighting our region's best local businesses that you should patronize.

Prior to opening his own firm Xerxes began his career in the financial services industry in 2005 with American Express Financial Advisors later spinning off to become Ameriprise Financial. While with Ameriprise Financial he served as a financial advisor and district manager. 

In 2006 he earned the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor℠ designation from The College of Financial Planning and in 2009 earned the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation. Xerxes received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Old Dominion University in 2005 with a focus on finance, management and marketing. He returned to ODU earning the Professional Financial Planner's certification from their Executive Development Center in 2008. 

Xerxes, in his spare time, volunteers with Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads teaching financial and economic basics to high school students. He also sits on the Leadership Board of the American Diabetes Association of Hampton Roads. He enjoys golfing, working out, biking, running, reading, and volunteering with his church. 

In 2009 Xerxes was recognized as one of Inside Business' Top 40 Under 40 honorees. This award highlights business professionals under the age of 40 who exhibit vision, leadership, achievement and commitment to community service.  Recipients are decided by a panel of judges evaluating the nominee's career success and community involvement. 

 

Xerxes Nabong, Marketing Chair and Member, ABAHR Board of Directors
Marketing Chair, Jan 2013 - Jun 2013
Director, Jan 2013 - Jun 2013 

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