First Hawaiian Capital Planning Founded in 1980
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Johnson W. K. Choi, MBA, RFC. 蔡永強 商科碩士

Tax & Business Consultant 注冊財經顧問

Serving Clients in Hawaii and Asia Pacific Since 1980

Johnson Choi's Resume in PDF format

PHILOSOPHY 服務宗旨

"In serving our clients, We shall, in the light of all circumstances, recommend that course of action or provide that service with quality, integrity and professionalism which, had we been in the same situation, we would have applied to ourselves."

EDUCATION

University of Hawaii at Manoa, School of Travel Industry Management, BBA - Hotel & Restaurant Management, 1977
夏威夷大學商科學士

Chaminade University of Honolulu, MBA, 1978
商文立大學商科碩士

EXPERIENCES 經 驗

Mr. Choi was the Food and Beverage Manager for H.M.S. Bounty Seafood Restaurant at the Rainbow Bazaar of Hilton Hawaiian Village and later General Manager of Aloha Waikiki Vacation Apartments until founding his own Company, First Hawaiian Capital in 1980, incorporated in 1983, Johnson Choi Consulting Group and Global Estates Consultants in 1998. His firm provides comprehensive business and tax* consultancy work for high net worth clients. Many of his clients are originated from the Far East. Mr. Choi is the President and CEO.

Mr. Choi was Executive VP & CFO of New Queen’s Chinese Restaurant LLC; President & Owner of Loco Moco Hawaii BBQ. Mr. Choi was the owner of K-2 Karaoke Bar & Restaurant and Cheers Karaoke Bar & Restaurant, former VP of Golden Eagle Restaurant & Assistant Food and Beverage Manager of Maple Garden Restaurant.

June 2004, Mr. Choi, Ms. Jeannette Paulson Hereniko, Ms. Anne Misawa and Mr. Corey Tong have formed the Company, Makai Motion Pictures LLC (MMP) qualified and approved under Hawaii Act 221 Headquarters in Hawaii. MMP Collaboration Partners are based in Hawaii, North America, Hong Kong and China. Mr. Choi is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

April 2003, Mr. Choi, Mr. Michael Zhang and Ms. Yen Chun have formed the Company, CMC Consulting Group Inc., a business consultancy has offices in Hawaii, Hong Kong and Shanghai China with special focus in China and Hong Kong. The three partners have more than 75 years of combine experiences. Mr. Choi is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

June 2001 Twelve International Business Executives lead by Johnson Choi & Dean Emeritus Chuck Gee Founded Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce and China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHcc) focus on Business and Trade between Hawaii/North American and Hong Kong/China. HKCHcc is the only Chamber of Commerce based in Hawaii with Members throughout Asia, Hawaii and North America focus exclusively in Hong Kong and China Trade and Business with offices in Hawaii, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Mr. Choi is the President.

November 1999, Mr. Choi and his 2 Partners, Elton Au and Peter Chan formed the Company, ProjectOnNet, Inc (PON)., an Application Software and Application Service Provider (ASP) qualified and approved under Hawaii Act 221 Headquarters in Hawaii with office in San Francisco. PON's customers are Architects, Engineers, Contractors and Suppliers (A/E/C/S). PON is going after the US$3.2 trillions Building and Construction businesses worldwide. Mr. Choi is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Hawaii State Attorney General/Hawaii State Court appointed Notary Public.

Hawaii State Judiciary Certified Tier 1 Registered Interpreter.

Secretary of the United States Department of Commerce at Washington DC designates Johnson Choi as Member of the Hawaii Pacific District Export Council.

QUALIFICATIONS
隸屬機構

Position Company
President & Managing Director First Hawaiian Capital Planning
Former Executive Vice President and CFO New Queen's Chinese Restaurant LLC
Former Director, Executive VP & COO ProjectOnNet.com
Executive Vice President & CFO CMC Consulting Group, Inc / Makai Motion Pictures LLC
Founders Group, Director, President & Executive Director Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHcc) & Hong Kong-Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKHcc)
Member, Founders Group, Past Director ('96-'01) & President ('98, '99, '00) Hong Kong Business Association of Hawaii
Member, Director ('90-'93) & Past President ('93) Honolulu Chinatown Lions Club
Member, Treasurer ('01, '02, '03, 04, 05, 06), Director ('90-'06) & Past President ('93, '94) TIM International, Inc - Alumni Association of the University of Hawaii - School of Travel Industry Management
Member & Past Director ('97) University of Hawaii Alumni Association
Member & Treasurer ('98 - Waikiki Rotary Club) Metro Rotary Club of Honolulu
Member, Commodore ('05 - '07) International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians - Hawaii
Member American Chamber of Commerce - Hong Kong
Member American Chamber of Commerce - Shanghai
Member & Director Hawaii Pacific District Export Council
Member Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce
Member & Director (2004 - 2009) U. S. China People Friendship Association - Honolulu
Member Hong Kong Association of Northern California
Member HongKong-SV.com
Member Asian American Manufacturers Association
Member, Director ('90-'09) & Vice President ('97) Hawaii Chinese Association
Member Chinese Chamber of Commerce
Member Chaminade University Alumni Association
Member at large Organization of Chinese American
Member Friends of Hickam Air Force Base
Member International Association of Registered Financial Consultant (IARFC)

夏威夷唐人街獅子會成員 (93 - 94 年會長)
夏威夷 Metro 扶輪會成員 (Waikiki Rotary, 89 - 90 年財務主席)
夏威夷大學旅游校友會成員 (1993, 1994 年會長)
夏威夷 Waikiki 地區城市服務中心 (91 - 93 年董事局成員)
夏威夷獨立投資機構分會 (91 - 94 年董事局成員)
夏威夷華人聯誼會成員 (94 - 02 董事局成員; 1997 年副會長)
夏威夷大學校友會成員 (95 - 96 董事局成員)
美國夏威夷香港商會成員 (1996 - 2001 年董事局成員; 1998, 1999,2000 年會長)
夏威夷美華協會成員
夏威夷中華總商會成員

PERSONAL

Mr. Choi has resided in Hawaii for 33 years and is well known socially and professionally for his tax, business and financial expertise and community contributions.

We are informed by Mr. Steven C Preston, Administrator of the United States Small business Administration (SBA) Washington DC that Johnson Choi, President of the Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHcc) has won the Top SBA Award in our category, the "2008 Minority Small Business Champion of the Year" as defined by the SBA is "To Honor Individuals Who Have Fulfilled a Commitment to Support and Assist Minority Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners" (Note: HKCHcc have won the "Hawaii award" as well as the "Regional Award" – topping the other Minority Small Business Champs in 50 States and Guam to qualify to compete and winning the "national" award, the top honor in our category). The award with be presented during the SBA National Business Week at the Mandarin Oriental Washington DC April 21 – 23 http://www.nationalsmallbusinessweek.com/schedule/ ***

Webcasting - SBA will be webcasting all of the award events*** and the forums!! click on this link to log onto the website the day and time of the event and you will see a link to the webcast.

Among the featured speakers confirmed are Secretary Mike Leavitt, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Ambassador Susan C. Schwab, United States Trade Representative; Newt Gingrich, former House Speaker; David Latimore of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City; John Bryant of Operation HOPE, and other prominent business leaders, CEOs and politicos.

Small Business Week 2008 cosponsors include: Sam’s Club, Administaff, Raytheon, IBM, Chevron, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Cisco, Lockheed Martin, Salesforce.com, Lowe’s, Banco Popular, Minority Business Development Agency, General Services Administration, MyBizHomepage, Dun & Bradstreet, National Association of Development Companies, Direct Selling Education Foundation, Association of Small Business Development Centers, National Small Business Association, Federal Allies Institute, Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, Consumer Energy Alliance, National Federation of Independent Business, and SCORE

Hawaii Women's Business Center hosts Small Business Awards Luncheon on April 30 2008 11:30am - 1:30pm at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Online Registrations: Individual Group of 10 - Return form with payment no later than April 25, 2008 to The Hawai'i Women's Business Center is located in downtown, Honolulu, in the Heart of Chinatown: 1041 Nu'uanu Avenue, Suite A, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817; Phone: 808.526.1001; FAX: 808.550.0724 Cost: $45.00 per person, $450 for table of 10 (Check payable to Hawaii Women's Business Center)

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Wednesday, April 2 2008: U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Hawaii State winners will be introduced at the Hawaii State Senate when they convene at 11:30 a.m. An opportunity for an informal greeting the House Chambers will follow. Please meet District Director Andrew Poepoe and me in the outdoor Rotunda of the Capitol Building no later than 11:00 a.m. After brief introductions, we will proceed to the reception area of the Senate Chamber to meet Debbie from Senator Carol Fukunaga’s staff. She will arrange the seating and escort the winners onto the floor. After the presentations, there will be time for photos and greetings before moving to the House floor. Family members, staff and nominators interested in attending will be able to join me in the gallery above the chamber to observe the proceedings. From past experience, we usually finish introductions around 12:30 p.m. or so. We were not able to make any special arrangements for parking which can be at a premium when the legislature is in session. Please allow sufficient time to park your vehicles and meet us in the rotunda. Handicap parking is available in some metered stalls in the garage below the capitol.

Hawaii State Senate Recognition on April 2 2008 (click on the small picture for full view)

Hawaii State House of Representative Recognition on April 2 2008 (click on the small picture for full view)

President George Bush "Proclaim" Small Business Week 2008 (click on the small picture for full view)

City and County of Honolulu Recognize Johnson W. K. Choi (click on the small picture for full view)

Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition - Congresswoman Mazie Hirono (click on the small picture for full view)

Monday, March 31, 2008 - 1:54 PM HAST

June 2008 National Champion Johnson Choi wins one of the SBAs top awards by supporting ethnic businesses

National Champion

Johnson Choi wins one of the SBA's top awards by supporting ethnic businesses

Johnson Choi is helping bridge the gap created by cultural and linguistic differences.

As told to Kyle Galdeira

As president of the Hong Kong-China-Hawaii Chamber of Commerce, (HKCHCC) Choi serves as a vital link between Hong Kong and Hawaii promoting economic opportunity and a healthy business climate. In April, Choi received the Small Business Association’s National Small Business Champion of the Year award for his work with minority businesses. Choi shared his thoughts about Hawaii’s ethnic small businesses:

On challenges faced by new immigrant businesses:
Some challenges include a lack of English-language skills as well as an inability to understand the penalty for not complying with rules and regulations. Also, there is a risk of being taken advantage of by other businesses, who know well that most ethnic business owners are afraid to deal with the authority and laws, which they might not fully understand.

On the most common opportunities for ethnic small businesses:
Most ethnic businesses focus on food or art and crafts. As a result, you have seen some of the fusion, merging the cooking and cultures of the East and West.

On what these businesses means for Hawaii:
They provide cultural diversity for the state, and the diversity could provide a cultural experience for local Hawaii residents and visitors alike. Also, it provides the opportunity to gain first-hand experience for Hawaii companies by interacting with ethnic owners, i.e. from China, and learn how business is conducted there before committing serious capital, time and resources overseas.

On his long-term goals:
Hawaii has become a state so dependent on federal money. Travel-related businesses have produced relatively low-paying jobs and the brain drain from Hawaii has continued since 1990. We are hoping to make Hawaii a friendlier place to do business.

On the most memorable challenge overseas:
For more than 20 years, the way trade promotion was conducted from Hawaii was wine, dine and hula girls, even when the trade mission was not focused on the tourist trade. The result is most businesses in Asia look at many of us, who are serious about trade and business, as coming to Asia just to have a good time.

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Hawaii exec gets top U.S. SBA award Pacific Business News (Honolulu) /Pittsburgh Business Times

The head of a local chamber of commerce that helps Hawaii small businesses get into international trade with Asian nations has been named the U.S. Small Business Administration's national minority small-business champion.

Johnson W. K. Choi, president of the Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce, was the winner of the state's 2008 award, which recognizes small-business advocates, and was also the regional winner.

"Johnson Choi is very deserving of this honor for his commitment to promote and encourage economic opportunity for small businesses owned by representatives from so many ethnic backgrounds," said First Hawaiian Bank Vice President Naomi Masuno, who nominated Choi for the SBA Award. "He is always willing to help small businesses in getting started, planning, and finding new customers through exporting. He shares an amazing wealth of knowledge, particularly with minority business owners interested in doing business in Asia."

Choi has assisted business owners for 20 years, helping to link import and export resources, as well as organizing seminars and workshops and developing Web sites and informational materials for small businesses.

Choi, who is also an active member of the Hawaii Pacific Export Council, has led three trade missions to Asia. He will be honored, along with the state's other top small-business winners, at the SBA's annual Small Business Awards luncheon on April 30 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa.

Honolulu man honored in D.C.

Honolulu businessman Johnson Choi was honored by the Small Business Administration as 2008 Minority Champion during a ceremony today in the nation's capital.

Choi was one of 10 small-business owners and leaders of small-business support organizations nationwide recognized for their support of entrepreneurs. The SBA Champion Awards were presented as part of the annual observance of National Small Business Week.

Choi, president of the Hong Kong-China-Hawai'i Chamber of Commerce, works with many Asian immigrants to start businesses, particularly in the area of exporting. He won at the state and regional level before claiming the national title.

"The SBA is proud to honor these men and women as true champions of small business, whose tireless efforts have provided tangible and significant support to small businesses and to their communities," said SBA Administrator Steve Preston.

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蔡永強獲州參院少數族裔小企業首獎 (本報夏威夷訊)

蔡永強(中)獲夏州參議院頒發獎牌,獎勵其獲得2008年少數族裔小型企業年度首獎,後排為參議員。周光世攝

夏威夷州參議院於4月2日(星期三)上午十一時半在其會期開始前頒發獎牌給2008年夏威夷州小型企業優秀獎得主。香港中國夏威夷商會(Hong Kong China Hawaii Chamber of Commerce)創會會長蔡永強 (Johnson W. K. Choi) 因獲得夏威夷州“2008年少數族裔小型企業年度首獎” (2008 Minority Small Business Champion of the Year),也受邀前往領獎。

這個獎項是由“全美國小企業行政署”(SBA)設立的。主要是在獎勵傑出的小型企業領袖,表揚他們對小型企業的支持,並能完成協助諾言者。蔡永強獲得了區域和夏威夷州獎。

3月23日,美國小企業行政署(SBA)正式宣布,蔡永強更上層樓,獲得“2008年少數族裔小型企業年度首獎”。消息傳來,此間中英媒體均紛紛報道,其政商學界友人也均紛紛登門致賀,非常風光。蔡永強預訂於4月21日至23日前往華盛頓首府領獎。

蔡永強表示非常感激此間第一夏威夷銀行及其副總裁 Naomi Masuno 協助其辦理獎項申請手續,也感謝香港中國夏威夷商會所有理事職員與會員的支持,因為沒有他們在太平洋和夏威夷兩岸的共同努力,他無法獲得此項最高榮譽。

蔡永強強調,“香港中國夏威夷商會”是美國第一個與少數族裔商業團體合作來促進夏威夷、北美洲、香港和中國的商業機會的商會。此為其能獲得少數族裔小型企業年度首獎的主要原因之一。

蔡永強也感謝其父母的培養和典範,才有今日的成就。也對其移民夏威夷第一位雇主Mrs. Carolyn Tong Chee(1955年水仙花皇后)和其夫婿Percival Chee醫生,鼓勵其自立創業表示感謝。

當然也不能忘了夏威夷大學旅遊學院前院長Chuck Gee做其良師,夏威夷大學商業管理學系的教授們授其有關國際貿易的知識。Hketo SF的Annie Tang、美國上海商會會長 Brenda Foster, Chuck Gee 院長、Hyatt Regency 副總裁 Paul Tang…等等的支持和鼓勵,蔡永強夫人Carmen 的諒解和支持,致上衷心的感謝。

4月2日夏州參議院的頒獎典禮,由參議會議長Hanabusa主持,挭陪arol Fukunaga提案,全部參議員通過決議,獎勵夏州小型企業優秀獎得主。夏州小型企業署長Andrew Poepoe和Jane Sawyer等在旁觀禮。

夏州小型企業署(SBA)計劃於4月30日在希爾頓夏威夷鄉村大酒店舉辦一場慶祝午餐會,祝賀當天得獎小型企業家們。

蔡永強再獲檀市議會表揚 (本報夏威夷訊)

蔡永強(右)接受表揚後,蒙檀市長韓納曼(左)召見,感謝其對小型企業的支持和貢獻。周光世攝

香港中國夏威夷商會創會會長蔡永強(Johnson W. K. Choi) 於4月16日(周二)上午9時在檀香山市議會再度接受表揚,之後並蒙檀香山市長韓納曼在其市長辦公室接見,以獎勵其對小型企業的支持和貢獻。

每年美國小企業行政署(SBA)夏威夷區辦事處均頒發獎牌給夏威夷州最優秀的小企業家和領導者。這些小企業家在島嶼經濟種種困境中,仍能克服萬難,創造商業生機,對社會貢獻良多。

蔡永強和香港中國夏威夷商會是獲得聯邦、夏州和檀香山市的“2008年少數族裔小型企業首獎”頭銜(2008 Minority Small Business Champion of the Year),他將於4月21日前往華盛頓首府領獎。

4月16日在檀香山市議會的會期中,首由譚鴻章市議員提案和報告蔡永強與香港中國夏威夷商會對小型企業的貢獻,於是眾位議員無異議通過接納譚鴻章議員的報告,即席頒發市議會獎牌給蔡永強。眾位議員並輪流上前與蔡永強握手致賀,然後一起拍照留念。

譚鴻章市議員說,做為香港中國夏威夷商會的總裁,蔡永強無私地貢獻其時間和努力在促進少數族裔小型企業家們的商業機會,其重點放在推動夏威夷、香港、中國和其鄰近區域的商業、貿易專業知識和科技的交流,期能達到經濟成果和生意來往。 蔡永強曾經主持超過40次的商業論壇,邀請亞洲和北美洲地區的商業領袖人物參會,並與許多國際機構和代表處建立良好關係,促成了三次成功的商務交流訪問活動。

市議會頒獎當天,夏威夷州小型企業署署長Andrew Poepoe 和助理 Jane Saner 也在現場觀禮。

夏州小型企業署計劃於4月30日(周三)上午11時在希爾頓夏威夷鄉村大酒店舉辦一場慶祝午餐會,祝賀今年所有的小型企業獎得主們。

Helping build Isles' trade with China By Curtis Lum, Advertiser Staff Writer

Johnson W. K. Choi, president of the Hong Kong-China Hawai'i Chamber of Commerce, was recently honored as Minority Small Business Champion of the Year. Photos by REBECCA BREYER | The Honolulu Advertiser

JOHNSON W. K. CHOI
Age: 52
Title: President
Organization: Hong Kong-China Hawai'i Chamber of Commerce
Born: Hong Kong
High School: Rosaryhill High School, Hong Kong
College: University of Hawai'i-Manoa, School of Travel Industry Management; Chaminade University, MBA
Breakthrough job: Working for Carolyn Tong Chee to manage her hotel rental in Waikiki
Mentor: Chuck Gee, emeritus dean, UH School of Travel Industry Management
Major challenge: Not knowing anyone in Hawai'i; most of my college classmates left Hawai'i for Asia or the Mainland after graduation
Hobbies: Tennis, table tennis, good food
Books recently read: "Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant," by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne

Choi says his day usually starts at 4 a.m. and doesn't end until 6 or 7 p.m. — and "that typically runs six days a week."

Q. What kinds of local companies do well in Asia?

A. It's an interesting question because Hawai'i has a very good brand worldwide. But sometimes it's a bit more challenging for a Hawai'i company that has not ventured out of Hawai'i. I know there is a lot of effort to try and go to places like China. But China is a huge country and the other issues are the rule of law and the language barrier, so it's a little difficult for Hawai'i companies to use China as the first entry port into Asia. A good entry port would be both Hong Kong and Singapore. Hong Kong is a great entry point because it's smaller than the island of Kaua'i, but its population is 7 million and it has a high per capita income.

Q. Why are companies hesitant to do more exporting?

A. I think it has something to do with how the state has been conducting business. Hong Kong is almost like doing business in New York. You come to Hong Kong, you tell us what you have to offer, and if it matches we'll do business. There is not a lot of wining and dining and sightseeing. They discourage companies from bringing government officials. In a lot of ways a lot of small companies in Hawai'i tend to follow government type of strategy and it doesn't work in places like Hong Kong and Singapore.

Q. In what ways do you help local businesses?

A. We look at the type of products and services a Hawai'i company offers. If they have something unique that the businesses or the government in Asia want, and if the company is small but they have something unique, then we would try to pair them up with a larger company on the West Coast of the United States and go together to increase their size and also give more resources to the Hawai'i company.

Q. How long have you been with the chamber?

A. The chamber is seven years old and I'm one of the founding members. There are a lot of chamber of commerces in Hawai'i. Our chamber is a little different than the others. Our chamber's focus is to help Hawai'i companies to collaborate with companies outside of Hawai'i, primarily on the West Coast and the East Coast of the United States, to increase the size of Hawai'i companies and to look at Asia opportunities.

Q. Is it more of a trade organization?

A. It's more or less a trade organization, so we don't have the usual installation banquet and cocktail functions. We have events when there are people from the community who can offer advice or people who can help the local companies to expand their business.

Q. You and the other founding members have extensive backgrounds in Hong Kong and China?

A. I was originally from Hong Kong. I came to Hawai'i when I was 18 years old and went to the University of Hawai'i. I've been doing business with Asia since 1985, so I've been very active and we do have a small office in Hong Kong and Shanghai, as well as in San Francisco.

Q. You're involved in other organizations, as well as your own business?

A. I run a business taking care of clients in terms of accounting, investment and other things. We're doing business under First Hawaiian Capital. That is my basic line of business. But for the last 13 years I've also helped clients from Asia, so I find opportunities for them or they help me with different opportunities in Asia. More and more of my business is connecting Hawai'i with Asia.

Q. How did you become an expert in exporting?

A. Back in 1984 I was with the first group of business people that went with the City Council to Hainan Island, which is on the southern tip of China, and signed a sister city agreement. From there on, I started to be exposed to more and more people in Asia and most of my clients are Chinese from Asia. So I just slowly increased my business exposure in Asia. It kind of fell into place for the last 15 to 20 years. No one is an expert in China. China is such a huge country. Sometimes I joke with my clients that if anyone tells you they're an expert on China the first thing you should do is pack up and leave. We only try to be good in certain areas, like Shanghai, Beijing, Quanzhou, because those three big cities have more than 78 million people, so for most Hawai'i companies that is a big piece for them to swallow.

Q. How did you wind up at the University of Hawai'i?

A. In the ancient Chinese society, you listen to your parents. At that time, the School of Travel Industry Management under the leadership of Dean Chuck Gee was a very good program. The reputation both here and also in Asia started kicking up some dust and people noticed it. My father said, "Maybe you should study hotel and restaurant management." At age 18 I didn't know what I should be doing anyway.

Q. Why did you stay?

A. I graduated from the TIM school, but unfortunately the pay for the service industry was not that great. After I finished college I got married and soon had children and got a mortgage and a car loan. I found that the service industry is a very tough business. So I decided, with the encouragement of my first boss, Carolyn Tong Chee, she said, "Johnson, what do you have to lose? Start your own business. If you fail, I'll hire you back."

With that assurance, I charged ahead, not knowing it was going to be very tough. I stuck it out, but it was tough because I'm not from here and I didn't have a lot of friends and family that I could go to. I basically had to start from scratch, which was not easy.

Q. You have a business and run the chamber. How do you manage your time?

A. It's not easy. My typical day I wake up at 4 in the morning, in my office by 5. My day usually doesn't end until 6 or 7 at night and that typically runs six days a week. I do enjoy a challenge. I go to work every day not knowing what to expect. Sometimes I go to work and I'm on crisis management every day. It's challenging, but interesting. I spend 40 percent of my time on nonprofit work. Besides the chamber, I also spend time with the U.S. China Peoples Friendship Association, as well as the Hawai'i Chinese Association and the School of Travel Industry Management alumni board. I'm also with the Rotary Club of Honolulu. I do believe in giving back to the community.

Q. You were recently honored by the Small Business Administration locally and nationally as the Minority Small Business Champion of the Year. What do those awards mean to you?

A. Of course it gives me some publicity and recognition, especially in the Chinese community, because the SBA award was covered by the four major Chinese news media in Hawai'i. It's a tremendous exposure for me. I didn't expect to go all the way to the top. Sometimes when you don't expect it you get it. When I got it, I did not believe it and I faxed the letter to the local SBA office to verify that it wasn't a joke.

Breaking News/Updates Updated at 1:47 p.m., Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Choi honored with national small business award

Johnson Choi, president of the Hong Kong.China.Hawai'i Chamber of Commerce, has been honored with a national award by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Choi was named the SBA Hawai'i District's 2008 Minority Small Business Champion and this week was selected as the SBA's national winner. He competed with winners from nine SBA regions across the country.

For 20 years, Choi has provided advice to small business owners, organized business seminars and workshops, linked export and import resources, and developed Web sites and materials to disseminate to all types of small businesses.

Naomi Masuno, business banking officer with First Hawaiian Bank, nominated Choi for the SBA award and said he is deserving of the honor.

"He is always willing to help small businesses in getting started, planning and finding new customers through exporting," Masuno said. "He shares an amazing wealth of knowledge, particularly with minority business owners interested in doing business in Asia."

Choi and the other winners of the local SBA awards will be honored at the annual luncheon April 30 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Honolulu Hawaii USA March 24 2008

Bev Gannon, owner of Hali'imaile General Store and Joe's Bar on Maui, has been chosen Hawai'i's Small Business Person of the Year by the Small Business Administration. Gannon launched her entrepreneurial career more than 20 years ago with a catering business run out of her garage. She began with three workers in 1985, and now employs about 130. One of the 12 founders of Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Gannon prepares her award-winning dishes in an old plantation store in Makawao.

Johnson Choi, who was recognized as the state Minority Small Business Champion, also won at the Western regional level and was named the national award winner in the category.

Choi, president of the Hong Kong-China-Hawai'i Chamber of Commerce, works with many Asian immigrants to start businesses, particularly in the area of exporting.

Hawai'i had three other regional winners.

Bill Spencer, head of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association, won in the category of Financial Services.

Pam Tumpap, of the Maui Chamber of Commerce, won in the category of Small Business Journalist.

David Fell, of Hawaiian Sunshine Nursery, won in the category of Small Business Exporter.

Other state winners:

Rex Matsuno, president of the Hilo, Hawai'i-based seafood company Suisan Co., received the Entrepreneurial Success Award;

Thomas Park, owner of Leather Soul, was named Young Entrepreneur of the Year;

Joann Seery, owner of BNI Hawaii, was named Women in Business Champion;

Jonathan Ota, fourth-generation owner of Tip Top Care & Bakery in Lihu'e, Kaua'i, won in the category of Family Owned Small Business.

Honolulu Hawaii USA March 24 2008: U.S. Small Business Administration Names Hawaii’s Best Small Businesses for 2008

蔡永強榮獲少數族裔小企業獎 (本報夏威夷訊) 

香港中國夏威夷商會 (Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce (HKCHcc)) 創會會長蔡永強 (Johnson W. K. Choi) 最近接獲美國小企業行政署(SBA)通知,他獲選為“2008年少數族裔小企業年度首獎”(2008 Minority Small Business Champion Of The Year)。

喜訊傳來,此間政商學界人士及親友均為其高興,紛紛登門致賀。

蔡永強預訂於四月二十一日至二十三日前往華盛頓首府領獎。蔡永強曾經獲得夏威夷及太平洋區域的少數族裔小企業獎,此次再接再厲,更上層樓獲得聯邦政府頒發的首獎,擊敗全美國五十洲和關島的參選者,脫穎而出,實為華人之光。美國小企業行政署 (United States Small Business Administration (SBA)) 計劃於四月三十日(星期三)在此間希爾頓夏威夷鄉村大酒店為其舉辦一場慶祝午餐會,詳情日後將會宣布。

蔡永強為鴻利國際財經顧問公司總裁,其公司創立於一九八三年,提供各種不同的財經服務,專業於提供全面的保險,個人稅務策劃及財經顧問服務。

[IMAGE] Mr. Choi has been presented the 1999 Alumni Hall of Honor Award (Distinguish Alumni) on April 7th at the Sheraton Hotel Waikiki by the College of Business Administration & School of Travel Industry Management, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

[IMAGE] Spring 2000 & 2006, Mr. Choi has been recognized by the Hawaii State House of Representative for his business and community contribution.

Spring 2006, Mr. Choi has been recognized by the Honolulu City Mayor Mufi Hannemann for his business and community contribution.

Spring 2006, Mr. Choi has been recognized by the Honolulu City Council for his business and community contribution.

Johnson Choi is the founding members of the "Hong Kong Federation Worldwide" at the "Pacific Rim Forum" in 1999 by Association Leaders from Hawaii, San Francisco, Los Angels, Australia and Canada (2nd from Left Johnson Choi, President, Hong Kong Business Association Hawaii, 1998 - 2000)

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Johnson and his wife are active members of the Chinese Lutheran Church of Honolulu.

 

 

 Executive VP & CFO, CMC Consulting Group Inc

Account Executive - Mutual Underwriters

President & Executive Director, Hong Kong.China.Hawaii Chamber of Commerce

Executive VP & CFO, Makai Motion Pictures LLC

Special Advisor to Hawaii Life Style Stores

Special Advisor to Loco Moco Hawaii BBQ

  Former Shareholder, Executive VP and CFO, New Queen's Chinese Restaurant LLC

Special Advisor to, Kona Hawaii Island Coffee Company

Advisory Board Member appointed by the Secretary of the United States Department of Commerce, Hawaii Pacific District Export Council

Director of US-China People Friendship Association Honolulu Chapter

Member, American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong

Member, American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai

Member, Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce

Member, Asia American Multi-Technology Association

Member, HongKong-SV.com

Member, Friend of Hickam Air Force Base

Member, Hong Kong Association of Northern California

Past President (1993, 1994) , Treasurer (1/2000 - 8/2008) and Director (1/1986 - 8/2008), TIM International Inc, Alumni Association of the UH School of Travel Industry Management

Past President & Member, Honolulu Chinatown Lions Club

 

 

Commodore (2005 - 2007), International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarian, Hawaii Fleet

 

 Member, Metropolitan Rotary Club of Honolulu

Member, Rosaryhill School Alumni Association, Hong Kong SAR

Member, Chinese Chamber of Commerce Hawaii

Member, Hong Kong Schools Alumni Federation

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