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AAEA Inaugural Celebration

12:30- 6pm Sunday, April 30, 2023

Charles B. Wang Center Auditorium, Stony Brook University
100 Circle Rd, Stony Brook, NY 11794

Dress Code: Business Casual

Speakers & VIP guests pre-event reception at Chapel

(Invitation ONLY)

Event Chair & Host

Jianping Schoolman, AAEA Chief Development Officer

Opening Remarks

Jimmy Wang, AAEA Founder & President of the Board of Directors

Welcome Remarks

Dr. Manuel London, Dean, School of Business, Stony Brook University

Congratulatory Remarks

  • Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Executive
  • John Schneidawin, DEDP Chief Business Development & Innovation Officer, Suffolk County
  • Wenliang Yao, Economic and Commercial Counselor, Chinese Consulate in New York

Leaders on stage
  • Jon Kaiman,Suffolk County Deputy County Executive
  • Olga El Sehamy, Suffolk County Assistant Deputy County Executive
  • John Kennedy, Suffolk County Comptroller
  • Vera Hu, Chair, Suffolk County Asian American Advisory Board
  • Ed Romaine, Town of Brookhaven Supervisor
  • Jonathan Kornreich, Town of Brookhaven Councilmember
  • Shaorui Li, Chair, Town of Brookhaven AANHPI Advisory Board
  • Bernie Ryba, Regional Director, Small Business Development Center

Opening Speech:
How to Raise Capital from Institutional Investors

Diana Raedle

Keynote Speech:
From 1 to 100: How to Scale Up to be a Unicorn

Bo Ji

*** BREAK ***

(Complimentary coffee and tea at Chapel, Asian Food is for purchase at Jasmin Café)

Program Resumes at 3:00 pm

The Influence of the Current State of U.S. Economy on Startups & Entrepreneurs

Kimberly Ma

Panel Discussions

Panel #1
How a Startup Manages Its Cash Flow and Valuation

Moderator: Xu (Leo) Liu, International Finance & Investment Expert

Panelists: Sidney Liu, Julian Sun and Chanjuan Pan

Panel #2
Legal Landmines to Avoid
for Startups and Growth Companies

Moderator: Quinn K. Zhao, AAEA Board of Directors, General Council

Panelists: Marc H. Herman, Xiaochen Sun, Leon Sun

*** BREAK ***

(Complimentary coffee and tea at Chapel, Asian Food is for purchase at Jasmin Café)

Program Resumes at 4:30 pm

Boston Chapter Introduction

by Jiali Gong, Regional Executive

Panel #3
Innovation and Transformation---From Scientists to Entrepreneurs

Moderator: Shao Fu, AAEA Chief Operation Officer

Panelists: Mingtao Jiang, Lihua Zheng, Yanbin Ian Pan, Bill Wang

Panel #4
Empowering Art in Suburban Area

Moderator: Qin Han, Event Vice-Chair, AAEA Chief Branding Officer

Panelists: Kate Schwarting, Heather Arnet, Tali Hinkis

Panel #5
Just Do it by Young Entrepreneurs

Moderator: Richard Chan

Panelists: Mia Schoolman, Carolyn Qu, Wesley Wang


Dinner for speakers, panelists, VIP guests, VIP pack holders, and volunteers at Hilton Garden Inn at SBU


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Jianping Schoolman

Event Chair & Host
AAEA Chief Development Officer
Founder, Stony Brook Enrichment Center
Co-Chair, North American Chinese University Alumni Alliance
BA from Nanjing University
MA from the University of Pennsylvania

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Jimmy Wang, PhD

AAEA Chairman & Co-Founder, first elected president of the Asian-American Entrepreneur Association.
Founder and CEO of AHG Group.
Serial entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of American Health Formulations and Summit Life Sciences.
Director of R&D at Dupont Pharmaceuticals.
MS, Ph.D. in Chemistry from NYU.

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Manny London

Dean of the College of Business at Stony Brook University
SUNY Distinguished Professor
Author of 18 books, and the editor of 10
Author of more than 130 articles in the areas of performance evaluation, job feedback, career motivation, leadership development, and group learning.

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Dianna Raedle

CEO/President and Founder of Deer Isle
Co-founder Millennium Americas
Board member of EVLOMO, Inc, OceanGate and Princeton University Entrepreneurship Council Alumni Advisory Board
Co-chair of the strategy committee of Harvard Business School Club of NY
Board Emeritus/former co-chair of HBSCNY Community Partners.
MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Princeton University. Holds Series 7, 24, 63, 65, 99 and 79 Registrations.

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Bo Ji

Successful business executive, entrepreneur, investor, and influential figure in the global startup ecosystem.
Over 20 years of experience in Global Business Development, Innovation, Strategy, Supply Chain Management, and M&A.
Designed and implemented the first-ever Global Unicorn Program to systematically train start-ups to become unicorns, and 6 unicorns have been created through this program so far.
TEDx Talk speaker, author of "5G Change the World," and a well sought-after conference speaker at large-scale tech events around the world.
Teaches EMBA/MBA courses at several prestigious business schools worldwide and offers advice to Chairmen and CEOs.

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Kimberly Ma

Renowned financial commentator and contributor to Seeking Alpha and Sina Finance
Head of global markets research for a leading international bank in New York City
Former senior investment analyst at a $750bn asset manager, previously at Morgan Stanley
MSF from Villanova University and BS in Finance from Wake Forest University



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Mr. Xu (Leo) Liu, Moderator

Head of Global Markets at an international bank in New York.
Senior Advisor with Global Strategic Associates.
Managing Director and CFO of Anbang (Dajia) Insurance Group in the United States.
Board Director of Strategic Hotels & Resorts.
Treasurer and Head of Trading at one of the largest Chinese banks in the United States.
BA in International Economics from Peking University and an MS From NYU-Polytechnic Institute.

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Mr. Sidney Liu

Head of Aladdin Enterprise Architecture Advisory Services in BlackRock.
Executives in JPMorgan and S&P where he led similar functions.
An angel investor and an advisor in Oxford Angel Fund and a few other angel funds and incubators.
MBA from Oxford University, a Master degree in Computer Science from University of Miami, and a Bachelor degree in Mathematics from Nanjing University.

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Jianwen (Julian) Sun

Investment banker focusing on healthcare industry at Perella Weinberg Partners.
Senior consultant at Deloitte Consulting.
MBA from Columbia Business School and BA in Business with a minor in Chemistry from Franklin and Marshall College.

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Chanjuan Pan

Founder and General Partner at Camellia Venture Capital LLC.
One of the early employees at Renaissance Technologies, one of the most successful hedge funds.



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Quinn K. Zhao, Esq. Moderator

Partner in the Princeton office of Hill Wallack LLP.
Executive Board Member of the Asian American Entrepreneurs Association.
Member of the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association – New Jersey Chapter

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Marc H. Herman, Esq.

Partner in the Princeton office of Hill Wallack LLP.
Selected for inclusion in New Jersey Super Lawyers for multiple years.
Chair of the Governmental Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County.

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Xiaochen Sun, Esq.

Shareholder of Orloff, Lowenbach, Stifelman & Siegel in Morristown, New Jersey.
Named to the New Jersey Law Journal’s “New Leaders of the Bar” list of top young attorneys.
Former Treasurer of the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association-New Jersey Chapter.

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Leon Sun, MD, PhD.

Founder/CEO of Beijing SunTech Co., Ltd.
Chief Medical Officer for Hubei Feirui Pharma, Shanghai Dosage, Jiangsu Haiyi Biotech, and Beijing Luorui Biotech.
Chief Strategist at Caoshan Capital.
Served as a Senior Reviewer/Lead Epidemiologist at the FDA and worked at NIH-NCI.
Published more than 130 papers in peer-reviewed journals and received 1 patent



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Shao Fu, PhD. Moderator

Co-Founder and VP of Operations, Novelstar Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Expert in product development of 505b2 products and complex generics.
PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Duquesne University.

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Ming Tao Jiang PhD.

Founder and President of Marathon Ginseng Int Inc.
The best Farmer among Doctors and Best Doctor among farmers.
BM/MS Shandong Medical University
PhD Western University Ontario Canada.

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Lihua Zheng, JD PhD.

Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer, AnHeart Therapeutics.
Legal and business expert advisor for biopharma companies.
J.D. from Fordham University and Ph.D. in Molecular and Human Genetics from Baylor College of Medicine.

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Yanbin Ian Pan, PhD.

Co-Founder and CEO of BirdoTech Lab.
Serial entrepreneur and experienced chemist with 20 plus years of research and executive experience in small molecular and bio-conjugate product development.
PhD in medicinal chemistry from Case Western Reserve University.

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Bill Wang

Founder and President of Amergy Solar.
Under Bill’s management, Amergy Solar has become the 16th largest national solar developers.
Prior to Amergy Solar, Bill worked in the pharmaceutical and financial industries in various management capacities.



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Han Qin, Moderator

Han Qin is a visual artist and digital art professor based in NY. Han’s work has been shown worldwide in museums and galleries. Her studio Albatross Art researches and explores the gap between new media and traditional art as a social initiative in the area of contemporary art.
Han is responsible for developing cultural and educational programs and coordinating the projects in support of arts in the association’s extended network.

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Heather Scarlett Arnet

Heather Arnet, CEO/Executive Director of the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, Long Island, is a creative leader with over twenty years’ experience in the arts who has worked in theater, television, film, and even raised venture capital funds for start-up internet companies. Throughout her career she has connected communities to cultural institutions to design innovative public programs to enhance audience experience, and increase civic engagement.

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Tali Hinkis

Tali Hinkis is an artist and art mentor. Working under the artist name LoVid, Tali's work has been exhibited worldwide in museums, galleries, and on the internet.

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Kate Schwarting

Kate Schwarting is an interdisciplinary artist and Curator at Gallery North in Setauket, NY working to develop the regional creative community and connect residents to the arts.



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Richard Chan, Moderator

Chair-Elect, MWE Group, USASBE
Director, Innovation Center
Director, Center of Entrepreneurial Finance
Associate Professor, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, SBU
Entrepreneurship Scholar/Educator/Practitioner

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Mia Schoolman

University of Pennsylvania, Communication, Design, and Consumer Psychology
Founder, Junk Dump Magazine in 2020
Fine artist and Designer

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Carolyn Qu

Yale University, Computer Science
Director of YES Internships

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Wesley Wang

Harvard University
International Award-Winning Filmmaker
11-time National Chess Champion

Event Committee

Chair: Jianping Schoolman

Vice Chair: Qin Han

Moderators: Xu (Leo) Liu, Quinn K. Zhao, Shao Fu, Qin Han, Richard Chan

Sponsorship: Wendy Shao

Accountant: Xiaowan Huang

Website Developer and Event Video Photographer: Yang Zhang

Graphic Designer: Yanni Dong

Event Coordinator & Photographer: Ming Zhang

Community Outreach: Keying Guo, Anning Tian

Event Tech Support: Jianglin Feng, Yihan Yang

VIP Ticketing:Yongchen Huang, Ziyu Yang, Katherine Kang

Board of directors:Jimmy Wang, Song Li, Lijuan Tang, Danling Jiang, Kun Zhao


Lead support for this event is provided by:

Letter from Matt Cohen

April 25, 2023
Jimmy Wang
Asian American Entrepreneur Association
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Dear President Wang,
The Long Island Association (LIA) wishes to congratulate the Asian American Entrepreneur Association (AAEA) on its inaugural celebration at the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University on April 30, 2023.
The LIA is the region’s leading business organization and one of our chief priorities is to work with partners to foster inclusive economic development on Long Island. Our region can only realize its full potential for economic success if all communities are participating. We commend the AAEA for the critical work it is doing to provide resources to Asian American entrepreneurs so they can grow their companies and access professional networks.
We look forward to working with the AAEA to support the entrepreneurial dreams of young Asian Americans on Long Island.
Matt Cohen
President & CEO
Long Island Association

Letter from Kara Hahn

April 27, 2023
Jimmy Wang PhD, President
Asian American Entrepreneur Association
255 Oser Avenue
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Dear Doctor Wang and members of the AAEU Board of Directors:
From building the transcontinental railroad to building the innovative research and development that will unlock opportunities across disciplines, Asian Americans have played an indispensable and vital role in shaping this nation. The entrepreneurial spirit of the Asian American community has influenced American culture in everything from art and music to medicine, media, technology, sustainable energy, climate science and food culture.
And yet, Americans of Asian descent have not always received the recognition and respect these contributions deserved. Thus, it is with great respect and a joyful anticipation of the important work the Asian American Entrepreneurial Association is about to undertake that I offer my congratulations on the occasion of your inaugural celebration. Not only is this organization bound to have a significant and positive impact on the Asian American business community, but it will also have a tangible and important impact on our entire community.
The Asian American experience is part of the American story. I wish you every success as you work together to amplify the voices of Asian Americans, which can only serve to enrich and enhance our shared experience.
Kara Hahn
Suffolk County Legislator
5th District

Letter from Steven Bellone

April 30, 2023
Dear Friends,
It is my pleasure to welcome you to inaugural Asian American Entrepreneur Association (AAEA) Celebration at the Charles B. Wang Center of Stony Brook University.
This event serves as an amazing opportunity to bring together Asian-American entrepreneurs and field professional leaders in order to foster network growth, partnership, and cooperation amongst Asian-American professionals in the United States for generations to come.
I would like to acknowledge the hard work done by the AAEA to put this event together, as well as to honor the amazing group of panelists and speakers assembled to help teach and guide the organization’s members on the path towards success. Their actions and service to the community have not gone unnoticed.
On behalf of the 1.5 million residents of Suffolk County, congratulations on your inaugural celebration and thank you for all the work you do to serve our community. I look forward to our continued partnership in the years to come.
Enjoy the festivities!
Suffolk County Executive

Letter from John M. Kennedy, Jr.

April 26, 2023
Mr. Jimmy Wang, President of AAEA
Charles B. Wang Center Auditorium
Stony Brook University
100 Circle Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794
Dear President Wang:
It is my sincere pleasure to congratulate you on the inaugural Asian American Entrepreneur Association (AAEA) celebration. I strongly support the Asian American community and know that this achievement is only one of many the future will bring.
I would also like to thank you for this opportunity to commend AAEA on their hard work and dedication. Looking at the impressive list of speakers and panelists it is evident that this event took a lot of time and effort to organize. It will certainly have a positive impact on many people.
On behalf of my wife, Legislator Leslie Kennedy and I, please accept our heartfelt accolades for such amazing accomplishments. Best wishes to all for continued success. Congratulations!
John M. Kennedy, Jr.
Suffolk County Comptroller

Letter from Terri Alessi-Miceli

April 21, 2023
Jimmy Wang, President
Asian American Entrepreneur Association
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Dear Dr. Wang and the AAEU Board of Directors,
As the President and CEO of the HIA-LI, I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations on your inaugural celebration. Creating and developing an organization with such worthwhile goals is commendable. Your members and the community will all benefit from the connections and support you will provide between entrepreneurs, innovators, investors and educators alike.
I regret not being able to congratulate you in person at this groundbreaking ceremony but please know that the HIA-LI and I wish the AAEA much success. I hope to connect with you soon and forge a working partnership between our organizations. Again, congratulations to you and your team.
All the best,
Terri Alessi-Miceli
President & CEO, HIA-LI

Letter from Mario R. Mattera

April 19, 2023
Dear Friends:
It is with great pleasure that I offer my congratulations to the Asian-American Entrepreneur Association (AAEA) on the day of your Inaugural Celebration at the Charles B. Wang Center on the Stony Brook University campus, this Sunday, April 30th, 2023.
AAEA's goal to develop a large and professional network of Asian-American entrepreneurs that will provide resources across the United States, engender economic progress, and support start-ups and young visionaries is a truly worthy one.
I am particularly impressed with AAEA'S commitment to provide the funding, mentoring, and training modules needed to help worthwhile projects succeed. It is vital these days to advance entrepreneurial and leadership spirit among all enterprising youths, and your commitment to young Asian-American generations will help fuse both their American and ancestral cultures.
As you move forward with your business plans and admirable mission, I wish you well and look forward to working with you in the coming months. I believe your contributions will soon be recognized by our entire community who will value the services you provide.
Mario R. Mattera
State Senator for the Second District

Letter from Lisa Black

Lisa Black
April 30, 2023
Dear President Wang and members of the Asian American Entrepreneur Association (AAEA):
Warmest Congratulations on the Asian American Entrepreneur Association's Inaugural Annual Celebration! This is a wonderful milestone for AAEA and the residents and businesses of Suffolk County.
Organizations like yours that support aspiring local entrepreneurs are part of what makes Suffolk County a place that offers the best for business and the best for life. Rich in history, diversity, culture and recreational venues, blessed with exceptional resources for scientific research and education, and with a dynamic economic environment and workforce, Suffolk is an ideal home for any family or business.
We wish you continued success as you develop a large and professional network of Asian American entrepreneurs and provide resources both locally and across the country, fostering industry and economic growth.
Lisa Black
Chief Deputy County Executive
Suffolk County

AAEA Campaign #1

Asian American Entrepreneur Association (AAEA) would like to invite all friends to offer congratulations on the Inaugural AAEA celebration that takes place on April 30, 2023 at SUNY Stony Brook University. For Asian Americans, we encourage you to send your congratulations in your native language. All non-Asian Americans are also welcome to send congratulations in your native language or English.

English congratulations template:
I am xxxx from xxxx (such as New York, Boston, etc.). Warmest congratulations on the inaugural AAEA celebration!

Please refer to the English version for any other language congratulations.

You can hold your cell phone horizontally and videotape your congratulations.

Please submit your clip video directly to event@aaea.associates with the Subject: # Congrats.

These messages will be broadcast at the AAEA celebration and on the AAEA website https://aaea.associates.

Send your video now

AAEA Campaign #2

Asian American Entrepreneur Association (AAEA) would like to invite Asian-American entrepreneurs across the United States to share their stories. English language is preferred. The native language can be spoken, but please provide English subtitles.

Please include your name, location, and business type. Please share your favorite learned wisdom during your entrepreneurial journey.

Please try to limit your story to one minute.

You can hold your cell phone horizontally and videotape your story.

Please submit the video directly to event@aaea.associates with the Subject: # Stories.

Your story will be broadcast at the Inaugural AAEA celebration on April 30, 2023 at SUNY Stony Brook University venue and on the AAEA website https://aaea.associates.

Send your video now