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Asian American Business Roundtable Launches with Gathering of Entrepreneurs and Innovators

As part of the launch of the Asian American Business Roundtable (AABR), a multi-day summit promoting Asia's continuous commitment to global economic growth will take place at The Venetian® Las Vegas, on January 29 - 30, 2016. The summit, titled Taking Risks and Changing the Game, will gather accomplished Asian American innovators and entrepreneurs to celebrate the Asian American contribution to U.S. economy and discuss how to capitalize on it.

"Asian Americans have a unique understanding of both Western and Eastern cultures and business practices, which can be crucial in helping companies identify untapped business opportunities, reach new markets and operate cross-culturally," said John Wang, President of Asian American Business Development Center, which formed AABR. "We are launching this Summit to leverage the collective knowledge, experience and networks of recognized industry leaders, and enable access to their unprecedented source of business intelligence and ability to enhance global relations."

The summit will address the current challenges in national and global business by providing insight from key speakers including Mehmood Kahn, Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer, Global R&D, PepsiCo; Phyllis Campbell, Chairman, Pacific Northwest, JP Morgan Chase; Jon Spector, President and CEO, the Conference Board; and Maggie Hsu, Chief of Staff to Tony Hsieh, Zappos.


Each aspect of the summit will cover social and economic issues along with the following strategic growth topics:


  • Bringing New Talent into the C-Suite and Boardroom

  • Building Social Networks and an Innovation Marketplace

  • Retaining High Ability Women Innovators

  • Successful International Business Alliances


The mission of this summit is to increase awareness and visibility of Asian Americans as business leaders and to assist global corporations in expanding in the U.S. and Asia. AABR plans to develop into a mentorship program fostering future Asian American leaders in business.

"The Asian American Business Development Center does an incredible job of recognizing the contributions of Asian Americans in the business community, and we are grateful to partner with them in bringing this new concept to our Las Vegas resorts," said George Markantonis, president and chief operating officer of The Venetian, The Palazzo, and Sands Expo. "We hope this new annual Summit will become a leading platform for knowledge-sharing among key executives and leaders in the Asian-American community."