AIB2B launched its first expansion chapter in the South Bay June 29th in Torrance. Pastor Daniel Low of the Bread of Life Church opened up the event in prayer, and Marc Ang, AIB Founder, led the pledge of allegiance.

Marc spoke of the vision of the group and its expansion, highlighting the charitable, cultural, political, educational and business networking activities. He focused on the importance of meaningful action and care for society by getting involved in the committees and providing a fellowship for business owners to make and subsequently build true connections. Marc was joined by South Bay lead, Lori Quan, First VP of Preferred Bank, who shared in this vision of quality networking. The expansion vision was Eunice Kang’s, who has bridged the Chinese and Korean communities at her church.

The venue sponsor was Arun Bhumitra, whose Arjay Plaza penthouse was the site of the gathering.  Arun is an Indian American entrepreneur, who started his own business after a career at Northrop Grumman.  Bhumitra also  ran for U.S. Senate and finished with around 350,000 votes. He spoke on the importance of giving back to society.

City Councilman-elect George Chen then spoke on his vision for Torrance as he enters a 4-3 conservative governing majority with his election, along with Aurelio Mattuci’s, with George and Aurelio, as the number 2 and number 3 top vote getters respectively.  Chen spoke on his vision for sports related collaborations of different groups as a way to bring together the community and foster partnerships.

The AIB2B mission is to unite Asian American business owners and inspire them into meaningful action in charity and caring for the community. AIB2B regularly hosts about 100 business leaders at their monthly mixer on the second Wednesdays of each month in the San Gabriel Valley, with the next one in El Monte on July 11, a focus on Asian American film, featuring exclusive clips of upcoming movie “Crazy Rich Asians”, and Asian filmmakers.

AIB’s monthly mixer has had a great year. In May, over 125 influential business, political and community leaders came to hear the 39th Congressional District debates, featuring the three leading pro-business candidates–Young Kim, who advanced to the general election, former State Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff and Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson. The AIB2B March Mixer, sponsored by Wells Fargo, featured co-founder of East West Bank, Betty Tom Chu, and attracted almost 200 people.

AIB2B founder/CEO Marc Ang (Left 1)

Well noted India American entrepreneur Arun Bhumitra (Left)

Elected Torrance City council-member George Chen


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