Save the Date: October 13, 2017 – Flushing Forward
The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to our Third Anniversary Celebration!
For more information check our Eventbrite page.
2016 Gala: A Better Tomorrow
A Call to Action:
Help Us Build A Better Tomorrow
Every day, another beloved business closes in our neighborhood, unable to overcome the many challenges facing our community: escalating rents, crumbling infrastructure, and competition from big box stores. What can we do to stem the tide of displacement and uncertainty threatening our commercial district?
Over the past two years, the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce has launched a number of innovative programs to address the challenges faced by our business community. With your support, we have established Downtown Flushing’s first night market, offered free English classes, created the Flushing Lending Circle to help entrepreneurs build credit, launched a Tech Boot Camp, and held government agencies accountable to ensure better services.
There’s a lot more to be done as we work together for a better tomorrow!
Honorary Host Committee
Borough President Melinda Katz, Congresswoman Grace Meng, Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Assemblyman Ron Kim, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, Councilman Peter Koo, Liu Tee Shu, Peter Tu, Paul Yoo, Alfonso Quiroz, Richard McEachern, Chris Kui, Al Harris, Simon Gerson, Taehoon Kim, Evan Jerome, Michael Lam, Alfred Rankins, Leo Zhang, Don Capalbi, Mike Cheng, Ellen Kodadek, Alice Lee, Maureen Regan, Mike Wang, Edna Rutledge, Helen Yang, Lisa Antonelli, Shweta Parmar, Haide Chen, Mabel Law, Regina Im, Carmen Colon, and John Choe.
Support a better future for our community!
Please click here for gala ticket purchase or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.For gala-related inquiries, please contact John Choe at (646) 783-8985 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2016, the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce honored four distinguished community heroes:
Liu Tee Shu, President of the Flushing Chinese Business Association (FCBA)
Liu Tee Shu immigrated to New York with her husband and children from Taiwan in 1975 and like many new immigrants, worked as a seamstress in Chinatown to help support her family. She eventually ran 8 successful restaurants in New York. After 28 years in the restaurant business, Liu Tee now dedicates all her personal time to charitable events and strongly believes in giving back to the community. She founded the Chinese American Women’s Commerce Association in 2006. Under her leadership, the Association has become a symbol of commitment in improving the rights and welfare of women. She is also an active supporter and contributor to the Flushing Senior Center, the Chinese American Cancer Society and the Asian American Business Women’s Association.
In September of 2010, after serving for many years as a member of the Board of Directors, Liu Tee was elected the President of the Board of Directors of the Flushing Chinese Business Association (FCBA), the first woman to hold the position in the group’s 28 year history. FCBA fosters commercial and economic development and promotes harmony among ethnic groups and enhances the political awareness and economic strength of the community. Her goal is to make Flushing an even better place to live and work.
Rev. Richard McEachern, Senior Pastor of Macedonia AME Church
Through Reverend Richard McEachern’s leadership, the Macedonia AME Church has been a valued supporter and key advocate for the inclusion of affordable housing, and partnered with the City and developer to develop the Macedonia Plaza affordable housing complex project’s design. Macedonia AME Church has 1,000 members and is one of the oldest churches in Queens. It was founded in 1811. A Queens native, Reverend McEachern grew up in Rochdale Village and is a graduate of Springfield Gardens High School.
Even as a child, Reverend McEachern was involved in church work at Calvary AME Zion Church in Jamaica. He started his ministry under the Rev. Floyd Flake at the Greater Allen AME Church, also in Jamaica. Reverend McEachern later worked part-time for a church in Hempstead, L.I. and for the last three years at Bethel Tabernacle AME Church in Brooklyn. Aside from being the spiritual leader of the Macedonia AME Church, Reverend McEachern oversees Macedonia’s many activities, including its food pantry, open on Wednesdays, its soup kitchen, open on Sundays, and its day care program. He earned his undergraduate degree at North Carolina A & T University and his masters of divinity at New Brunswick Theological Seminary.
Paul Je Bong Yoo, President of the Korean American Association of Queens (KAAQ)
Paul Je Bong Yoo was inaugurated as the President of Korean American Association of Queens (KAAQ) on May of 2012. He is currently serving his 3rd term as the President of the Korean American Association of Queens which represents over 200,000 Korean Americans. Mr Yoo is well known for his hard work and many achievements. His service to the community is recognized by many local elected officials and his leadership has led KAAQ to be recognized and funded by the City of New York. Mr Yoo was also a Korean translator at the 109 Precinct. Mr Yoo has helped support the proclamation of January 13th as the Korean American Day through the City of New York and New York Senate. He has also helped to establish the Murray Hill Merchants Association and was involved in the beautification of Murray Hill Station as well as the renovation of the 149th Street bridge. As a committed community leader, Mr Yoo initiated many cultural programs including the multi-cultural Mukjagolmok Festival at Murray Hill Station in 2013, the Korean-Indian Independence Day Celebration in August, and the Annual Korean Night at the New York Mets Citi Field.
Evan Jerome, Senior Vice President of Monroe College
As Senior Vice President at Monroe College, Evan Jerome oversees undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as off-site continuing education in both domestic and international markets. As a fearless advocate for education, Evan partnered with the Flushing Chamber to offer two innovative programs to the residents and business owners in Flushing. The first program, “English Now!” offers free quality English language literary classes in Flushing. Evan understood the need to address a major challenge facing Flushing’s business community: the lack of high-quality English language learning opportunities for new immigrants and professionals seeking to advance their careers.
Evan also worked with the Flushing Chamber to establish the first “Tech Boot Camp” in Flushing to meet the growing demand for entry-level IT professionals with enhanced technical knowledge and coding skills. Evan is passionate about assisting the Queens’ communities in its continued growth by offering its residents, community members, organizations, and businesses, educational resources through Monroe College.
He has worked at Monroe College since 1997. In October 2013, Evan decided to make a bold move and bring Monroe College’s King Graduate School to Queens by offering classes to students interested in pursuing an MBA degree. Through Evan’s leadership, Monroe College has also expanded their MBA course offerings and started Master of Public Health classes.