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VACOC 38th Gala and Awards Night Recap

Our 38th Annual Award was a great success! at Saigon Grand Center!

We want to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Kei Concepts,
FG OrganizationCoast Beacon , Cham Dipping Sauce (Saucy Lady Corp), and Bolsa Row Apartments for your exceptional achievements and invaluable contributions to the growth and development of Vietnamese American businesses in the US.

My deepest gratitude to our esteemed corporate sponsors Small Business Development Corporation of Orange County , NielsenCalifornia International Bank, N.A. ,VinFast US , California State University, FullertonIllumination Foundation , Cal Coastal SBDC , Eco Solar Energies USA, Final Arts, Activa Health and Venturezen US.

Our dedicated team members, Thanh Pham, CFA, CPA incoming Chair, Janet Burt secretary, Alexander Kim, MBA , Emilie Dang , Minnie NguyenGia Ly , Tam NguyenDavid Choi , Lisa Kim , Mai Hu , Mary NguyenMeg McCombStephen Phan , Troy Nguyen and Vanna Tran and supporting businesses who have made this night possible.

To our keynote speakers, Steve Nguye FG Organization, Viet Nguyen from Kei Concepts and Vanna Tran from Nielsen thank you for your invaluable insights.

To our VIP guests and partners Ian O. Williamson and Rodrigo C. Mahs, J.D. from University of California, Irvine – The Paul Merage School of Business , Westcliff University , Disneyland ResortContra Design , City of Hope and Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD)

It has been an honor and privilege to serve on the VACOC board as your chairwoman. We look forward to finding more ways to empower and support our community. Please follow us for future events.

A huge and special THANK YOU to WDA Entertainment, LLC whom organized & executed the evening with perfection, we’re so grateful to have you on the board of the VACOC.

Catering by Kei Concepts, guests were blown away by your delightful cuisines.

Thank you to our master of ceremony Leyna Nguyen Nguyen for keeping us engaged, entertained and inspired.

Lastly, thank you to our special performances by singer Brittney Quach your performance was enchanting.

More photos here:

Credits to Asher LaBostrie for the videos and Graham Bishop for photos

Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce Board Member Appointed as Honorary Ambassador by KOTRA (Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency)

Local business and community leader recognized for promoting trade and investment between Korea and the U.S.

The Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce (VACOC) is proud to announce that one of its board members, Alexander Kim, has been appointed as an Honorary Ambassador by the Korea Trade Promotion Agency (KOTRA), a Ministry of Trade-Industry-Energy of the Republic of Korea.

As an Honorary Ambassador, Alexander Kim will serve as a bridge between Korea and the U.S., facilitating trade and investment opportunities and enhancing mutual understanding and cooperation. Alexander Kim is one of only two Honorary Ambassadors in the U.S. (West Coast and East Coast) and one of eight in the world.

Alexander Kim is the founder and CEO of Three Kings Public Affairs, a successful company that provides community & government access to businesses, chambers of commerce, trades, unions, governments/agencies, community based organizations, non-profits & faith-based in Southern California. He is also an active member of the VACOC, a nonprofit organization that represents and supports Vietnamese American businesses in the region. He has been instrumental in organizing and participating in various events and initiatives that foster economic and cultural ties between Southeast Asia and the U.S., such as trade missions, business forums, cultural festivals and educational programs.

“We congratulate Alexander on this prestigious appointment,” said Thanh Pham, incoming Chairperson of the VACOC. “He  is a valuable asset to our organization and a role model for Vietnamese-American and Korean-American entrepreneurs. He  exemplifies our mission to promote diversity, inclusion and collaboration in the global marketplace. We are confident that he will make a positive impact as an Honorary Ambassador.”

The VACOC is a nonprofit organization that represents and supports Vietnamese American businesses. The VACOC aims to empower its members by providing them with networking, education, advocacy and access to resources. The VACOC also strives to foster economic and cultural exchange between Vietnamese American communities and other stakeholders in the local and global markets. Read the full interview article from Invest Korea’s LinkedIn page:

As you embark on this new chapter, Official Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce (VACOC) want to express our utmost admiration for your accomplishments and our unwavering support for your endeavors. No no doubt that your journey as the Ambassador for KOTRA will have numerous milestones and achievements.

Tam Nguyen Featured in CSU Student Success Stories

​​​​Commencement is typically a day filled with joy (and relief) for students and one of tremendous pride for parents. But when Tam Nguyen graduated from medical school in 2000, he didn’t feel happy or optimistic about his future; instead, he felt dejected.

His cultural values as someone of Vietnamese ancestry had…

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