The Hong Kong Business Association of the Midwest (HKBAM) is the forum of choice for business executives involved in international trade between Hong Kong and the Midwest region of the United States. Through the sponsorship of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), HKBAM provides access to a worldwide network of international firms that have already expanded into this dynamic and fast-growing region. Here is your opportunity to tap into the experience and insights of this select group as a member and access markets through Hong Kong, the gateway to China and the rest of Asia.

Board of Directors


  • Mark Staublin
    President
    • Mark Staublin

      Garrett Brands

      President

      Mark is currently a Board Member of the Illinois District Exports Council, and the Senior Vice President of Business Development at Garrett Brands in Chicago.

      In this capacity with Garrett Brands, he is involved in developing the domestic and international expansion of Garrett Popcorn Shops. Prior to joining Garrett Brands, Mark spent the previous 25 years in various positions in the software and consulting industries. While at the Accenture division of Avanade in Chicago, Mark focused on catering professional services to large health care providers like United Healthcare. Previous to Accenture Mark was with Microsoft out of Chicago. Mark’s responsibilities included being an enterprise sales manager for the Midwest’s largest customers. In this capacity, Staublin’s teams were consistently ranked in the top 3 districts in revenue attainment; customer and partner satisfaction metrics and professional services. Staublin’s tenure included managing the renewal of Accenture’s global license agreement and the largest retail and healthcare clients in Microsoft’s Retail and Healthcare markets. Prior to the enterprise sales management position, Mark was a managing consultant for Microsoft Consulting with a primary focus on Accenture. In his initial role at Microsoft, Staublin served as the Central Region Retail specialist in the Business Solutions Group focused on providing specific line of business expertise to Microsoft’s largest retail clients, systems integrators and independent-software-vendors.

      Prior to Microsoft, Mark founded and worked for a number of Microsoft partners in Chicago, LA, and Boston. His experience in the partner community fostered relationships with many current Avanade and Accenture colleagues. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Mark has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He is active in a number of associations in the Chicago area; Mark sits on the Hospitality Advisory Board at Kendall College. He also served for many years on the Chicago Software Association Board of Directors. He is also a member of the National Monogram Club of Notre Dame and the Notre Dame Club of Chicago. Mark and his wife Valerie and two children (Caroline and John) live in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, IL. Mark’s personal interests include traveling; swimming; antique furniture and old house restoration.


  • Peter Kelty
    Immediate Past President
    • Peter Kelty

      Dillon Kane Group

      Immediate Past President

      Peter Kelty is a Chicago business lawyer specializing in business formations, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other commercial transactions. His practice includes serving as General Counsel for Dillon Kane Group LLC, a Chicago based group of companies focused on technology and financial services. Besides his legal practice, Mr. Kelty also is the principal for Kelyard Corp, which provides business advisory services to businesses expanding to Asia. Since 1995, he has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Primeline Energy Holding, Inc., a Hong Kong headquartered company listed on the TDX with a large oil and gas concession in the East China Sea, People’s Republic of China.

      Previously Mr. Kelty lived and worked as a commercial and investment banker in Hong Kong for nine years, assisting clients operating in various industries throughout South East Asia in connection with a variety of joint venture, merger and acquisition, fund raising and investment transactions. During this time, he worked as a corporate finance executive for Bank of Boston, AIA Capital (AIG’s Asian investment bank) and finally managed the very successful Hong Kong corporate finance unit of a large Asian group.

      Prior to moving to Hong Kong, Mr. Kelty practiced corporate and securities law for a large U.S. publicly traded diversified energy company and worked in public accounting. Mr. Kelty is a member of Illinois State Bar and is a Registered Illinois CPA. He has a B.B.A. (accounting) from University of Notre Dame, M.B.A. from DePaul University and a J.D. (cum laude) from Indiana University. He is currently a Board Member and the President of the Hong Kong Business Association of the Midwest, a business group sponsored by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. He also serves as a Board Member of St. Therese Chinese Catholic School in Chinatown Chicago. Mr. Kelty’s wife, Fowzi, was born and raised in Hong Kong.


  • Winchell Cheung
    Secretary
    • Winchell Cheung

      Hong Kong Trade Development Council

      Secretary

      Winchell Cheung was appointed Director, Midwest of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council in November 2013. The Council is the statutory organization responsible for promoting and developing Hong Kong’s external trade.

      He is responsible for the formulation and implementation of the Council’s trade development and marketing programs to foster business and investment ties between Hong Kong, Chinese Mainland and 20 Midwestern States. He began his career in international shipping, and before assuming his current post in Chicago, he represented the Council in various countries and regions. He has worked and lived in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Miami, Frankfurt, Sao Paulo and Panama City.

      He received his BS degree in Business Administration from California State Polytechnic University and his LLM degree in International Law from University of London.


  • Homan Wong
    Treasurer
    • Homan Wong

      Panto-Ulema

      Treasurer

      Mr. Wong has more then 25 years of Architectural Experience. He left Skidmore Owings and Merrill in 1998 to focus on providing individual service to clients and corporations. He has experience in a multitude of market sectors, but is especially adept at restaurants, hospitality, and hotels.


  • Margie Bell
    Past President
    • Margie Bell

      IsramWorld

      Past President

      Margie Bell, CTC began her travel career with Japan Travel Bureau in New York, and then went on to manage and own a travel agency in New York City. After selling her agency, Margie moved to Chicago where she was part of the IsramWorld team. In 2004, she further pursued her love for Asia by taking a position with the Hong Kong Tourism Board. She is now back with The IsramWorld Portfolio of Brands as Director of Sales.

      Margie is a member of HKBAM, SKAL, MTSA, and a lifetime member of the Travel Institute.


  • Philip Wong
    Past President
    • Philip Wong

      Philip Wong Law Offices

      Past President

      Philip Wong advises clients in a broad range of commercial real estate transactions. Philip has represented sellers and buyers, lenders and borrowers, and landlords and tenants in diverse matters involving shopping centers, office buildings, apartment projects, and industrial properties. He has negotiated over a dozen leases of high-end retail boutique and office spaces on Oak Street in Chicago (the Rodeo Drive of Chicago). He has successfully closed many complex real estate syndications. He has been involved in numerous 1031 tax-free exchanges, and closed many industrial development revenue bond transactions and 501(c)(3) bond transactions.

      Philip is a frequent lecturer in the area of real estate. He is the author of “The Leasehold Mortgage: Now You See It; Now You Don’t,” published in The Practical Real Estate Lawyer; and “Mortgaging the Ground Lease,” published in Commercial Real Estate Financing.

      Philip was one of the founders of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and has served as treasurer of the Association. He was formerly the Secretary and Director of the NAPABA Law Foundation. He was one of the founders of the Chinese American Bar Association and is currently a Director of the Association. He was the Chicago Co-Chair of the ABA Community Outreach Program.


  • William Delaney
     
    • William Delaney

      Delaney Law

      Mr. Delaney is the founding partner of Delaney Law a boutique Corporate and Commercial Litigation firm located in the River North neighborhood, downtown Chicago. The law firm focuses its practice primarily on corporate strategy, international business and litigation. In addition to managing the firm, he advocates for a wide range of corporate and individual clients. He has been instrumental in developing and executing business strategies for corporations ranging from start up to multi-national, enterprise level entities operating across multiple jurisdictions.

      Prior to founding the firm, Mr. Delaney was involved in - as founder, co-founder or advisor to - a number of successful start-up companies both domestically and abroad. He has lived and worked in Boca Raton, Los Angeles, Baton Rouge, Dallas, Manhattan and Hong Kong with extended stays in Europe (Dublin, Paris, Munich and most recently Madrid). Mr. Delaney originally hails from Evanston, Illinois with roots dating back to the 1930s. After travelling and living throughout the world, he chose to make Chicago his home and is active in numerous civic and community organizations including serving on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce co-founder and Chairman and of its International Business Council. He also serves on the board of the Hong Kong Business Association for the Midwest and as participant the Hong Kong-US Business Council during the 2015 Think Asia Think Hong Kong event hosted in Chicago.

      Mr. Delaney received his J.D. from Chicago Kent College of Law and with a Certificate in International and Comparative Law focusing on Business Transactions. In addition to his legal studies, he participated in a 1997 Syracuse University MBA program at Hong Kong University, concurrent with Britain restoring sovereign rule of Hong Kong to China during Handover.

      Prior to law school, Mr. Delaney earned his Bachelors in Speech Communication with an emphasis on Radio, Television and Film with a Minor in Journalism from California State University at Northridge. For the ten year period prior to law school he held managerial roles with companies in the retail and hospitality industries. After law school he founded two companies, launched a not-for-profit theater company and has produced award winning plays.

      Along with being a member of the Illinois Bar Mr. Delaney is also admitted to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Federal Trial Bar and has successfully prosecuted and defended cases throughout Illinois and across the country in diverse jurisdictions such as Washington, Wisconsin, and Florida. His professional memberships include, but are not limited to: Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the DuPage County Bar Association, American Association of Justice, River North Business Association, Economic Club of Downtown Chicago, Downtown Leadership Council and the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, USGLC among other organizations.

      In addition to professional organizations Mr. Delaney is a leader who sits on the board or is actively involved with multiple not-for-profit organizations including G-PAC (Gun Violence Prevention), Multiple Sclerosis Society, AIDS Ride, Theater and Performing Arts Companies as well as acting as Team Captain for multiple MS Rides and Marathons running in Chicago twice; Dublin and Kona Hawaii. He also a proud supporter Chicago Public Schools, Rogers Park Montessori School and St. Ignatius Colle Prep.


  • Kingsley Lam
     
    • Kingsley Lam

      JPMorgan Chase

      Kingsley Lam is responsible for the Greater China corporate coverage nationally in the US for J.P. Morgan Commercial Bank. JPMorgan Chase is the biggest bank in the US and has branches in 10 cities in Greater China. It is dedicated to helping Chinese corporations invest overseas, especially in the US.

      Kingsley Lam joined J.P. Morgan in 2009 and has years of experience working with foreign-owned companies in the US, especially in credit-related areas. Kingsley is one of the Founding Directors of China Executive Club, which serves as a platform for Chinese-owned companies in the Midwest. Kingsley also serves on the Board of Directors for the Hong Kong Business Association Midwest. He's been invited to multiple conferences to speak on US-China banking topics. Kingsley worked at Hong Kong Monetary Authority before joining J.P. Morgan.

      Kingsley has a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Economics from the University of Chicago. Originally from Hong Kong, Kingsley speaks fluent English, Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese Chinese.


  • Richard Paullin
     
    • Richard Paullin

      International Trade Association of Greater Chicago

      Richard Paullin has extensive international business and management experience, including six years residence in Japan during the 1970s as a consultant to Japanese trading companies.

      In August 2005, Mr. Paullin was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the newly-formed Illinois Global Partnership. The IGP was created to focus private and public resources to build collaborative international partnerships and raise Illinois’ profile as a global center of commerce.

      Under his leadership, the IGP became strategic partners with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Export-Import Bank of the U.S., and the first U.S. Private Sector Liaison Office for the World Bank Group.

      Since 1994, Mr. Paullin has been Executive Director of the International Trade Association of Greater Chicago, one of the largest and most active groups in the United States with nearly 600 small and medium enterprise (SME) members.

      He was first appointed to the Illinois District Export Council (DEC) in 1987 by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. He has been Chairman of the Illinois DEC since 2000. Mr. Paullin served three term as the elected Midwest Representative to the National District Export Council Steering Committee from 2000-2009.

      In April 2004, Mr. Paullin was named Special Advisor on Manufacturing to the Under Secretary for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce. For the next year, he advised the Under Secretary on matters concerning the Department's Global Supply Chain Initiative for SMEs and other matters pertaining to keeping American products competitive in overseas markets.

      In May 2000, Mr. Paullin received the Illinois Governor's Export Award for Public Service. In November 2001, he represented the President's Export Council as a Cleared Advisor to the U.S. Trade Representative at the Fourth WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar. 


      From January 1988 to September 2004, Mr. Paullin was a member of the Adjunct Faculty for the International Business Program at Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL. In 1993 he was appointed to the Adjunct Faculty at the Graduate School of Business, College of Commerce, DePaul University.

      From 1983-1987, Mr. Paullin managed the Caribbean Basin Promotion Center at the Chicago Association of Commerce and Industry. During this period, the Center accounted for over $110 million in cumulative trade and investment deals for Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras and Jamaica.

      Much of Mr. Paullin's trading and consulting activities have focused on the Pacific Rim countries, where he specializes in strategic planning, marketing and joint ventures for U.S. and Asian clients. He has conducted business in mainland China since 1988.

      Mr. Paullin also serves or has served on numerous public and private sector advisory boards; among them: Bretton Woods Committee; Chicago Committee of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Hong Kong Business Association of the Midwest; Policy Study Committee for the Illinois International Education Act, Illinois Board of Higher Education; MBA Executive Advisory Board, Lewis University; Advisory Committee to the International Business Program, Oakton Community College; Advisory Committee, Shanghai Science & Technology Museum Foundation.


  • Sandy Quirk
     
    • Sandra Quirk

      Cathay Pacific

      Sandra Quirk took up her current role as Sales Director, Midwest USA, in November 2012. In her role she is responsible for managing the sales territory for the entire Midwest which includes Chicago and the rest of Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri, Indiana, Kansas, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky and is based in Chicago, Illinois.

      Sandra is a 25+ years veteran of the airline industry. Prior to joining Cathay Pacific, she worked for British Airways in Chicago in various sales positions.

      Originally from Dublin, Ireland, she grew up in the Chicago area, where she currently lives with her husband and two daughters.

Chapter Heads


  • Bill Ng
    Des Moines
    • Bill Ng

      C K International

      Des Moines

      In 1995, after gaining years of experience in the financial and telecom industries, Bill Ng founded C K International, Ltd., the US branch of a multigenerational family business. Initially, CKI specialized in exporting fresh produce from California, Oregon, and Washington to Hong Kong. As CKI grew, it expanded to wider markets, including Europe, South America, and several other Asian countries. Responding to economic demand, CKI broadened its exports to pigskins and antibiotic-free pork while scaling down fresh vegetables.

      Before founding C K International, Ltd., Bill was an accountant in Time Warner Inc.’s construction accounting, income tax, and internal auditing departments. Additionally, he served in the corporate tax department of Principal Financial Group.

      Bill holds bachelor and masters degrees in economics, business administration, and accounting in the U.S. state run universities.


  • Julie Zhu
    Milwaukee
    • Julie Zhu

      Foley & Lardner LLP

      Milwaukee

      Z. Julie Lee is a partner and business lawyer in the Milwaukee office of Foley & Lardner LLP. Ms. Lee has extensive experience representing clients with their cross-border transactions, with an emphasis on China. She counsels clients on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and commercial transactions such as supply agreements, licensing arrangements, distributorship agreements, cross-border technology transfer and practical ways to protect intellectual property transferred to a foreign country. Additionally, Ms. Lee provides tax and business law advice relating to the formation, operation, termination and reorganization of corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships in the U.S. She represents taxpayers in administrative and judicial disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue on income tax, sales/use tax and property tax matters. She has also done a significant amount of international tax work, including assisting U.S. clients to structure acquisitions and reorganizations outside the U.S., structuring foreign clients’ investments in, and acquisitions/dispositions of, U.S. businesses and real estate, and advising foreign clients on U.S. estate tax matters. She is a member of the International, Taxation, and Transaction & Securities Practices and the Automotive, Energy and Sports Industry Teams.

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