DCBA Cancelling Chinese New Year Gala 2020

Dear DCBA Friends, Family & Associates,

Due to the abundance of concern regarding the current health warnings of Coronavirus in China, and to show solidarity for those currently confined, The DCBA is taking precautionary measurement by cancelling our Chinese New Year Gala 2020, which was scheduled to take place on Valentine’s Day February 14th.

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“Made in North America with DCBA” seminar was held on March 15th


The Detroit Chinese Business Association, in cooperation with NAI Farbman, hosted the “Made in North America with DCBA” seminar on March 15 at the Sheffield Office Park in Troy.

Mexico was the featured country in this first in the DCBA International Series of seminars to be held to promote international trade partnership opportunities and educate attendees on cross border challenges and global commerce best practices.

Brian Gao kicked off the seminar by introducing Mexico Consul General Fernando González Saiffe, whose welcoming remarks were followed by Xin (Joe) Zhang, VP of Hofusan Industrial Park. His presentation “HOFUSAN-The Ideal Investment Platform for the North American Market” gave background on this joint venture between Holley Group, Futong Group and the Santos Family of Mexico. Located 15 kilometers north of Monterrey, Mexico, Hofusan Industrial Park features residential, commercial, entertainment, sports, medical, and logistics facilities.

Al Chu, Senior Manager of Asia Pacific Projects with Farbman Group (Nai Mexico) next spoke of Mexico positioning and competition in the new (ratified) United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). He also discussed how the agreement relates to Chinese investment in Mexico as well as strategies for Chinese companies to plan and select sites.

Ge Yu, Director of Corporate Communications with China Telecom Americas then gave a presentation titled “Will the USMCA Diminish the Global Competitiveness of Chinese Businesses: Strategic Impacts on Automotive, Technology and Telecommunications Industries.”

Jeff Jorge, Principal/Firm Leader with the accounting and advisory firm Baker Tilly’s international services department, and also serves as a Board Member with the US Mexico Chamber of Commerce. He provided a brief overview of global enterprise and cross-border taxation issues affecting the manufacturing sector.

Michael Murphy, Vice President of Corrigan Air & Sea Cargo then touched on his company’s best practices in Mexico and cross-border logistics management.

Lei Jin, Senior Vice President of Global Delivery at HAND Enterprise USA, whose company specializes in providing manufacturing ERP solutions shared their long-term development plans.

Jessica Xie, Vice President, Hylant Group’s presentation “Transfer Your Risks in Mexico Through Insurance” introduced aspects of cross-border risk management and business operations.

William Trapani is General Manager, North America Business Center with Minghua USA. A manufacturer of automotive bumpers and accessories, William’s presentation covered the advantages of establishing a North American presence.

The seminar wrapped up with Mexican food, drinks, and a networking session.

DCBA Chinese New Year Gala 2019 was held on February 23rd

DCBA Chinese New Year Gala 2019 was held on February 23rd



On February 23rd night (Saturday), DCBA Chinese New Year Gala 2019 was held at the quaint and elegant Royal Park Hotel in Rochester Hill. Over 320 friends, members and sponsors gathered to celebrate the Chinese New Year together.

In order to better encourage members to interact with the cities and businesses around Detroit, we have carefully selected the annual New Year Banquet venues. The ingenious design of the banquet halls and the unique decoration and embellishment of the banquet halls have brought out the details DCBA’s teams considerations.

At 5 pm., the guests begin to arrive at the hotel one after another. Gala guests stopped at the front of the welcome board to leave a beautiful commemoration for the annual dinner.

During VIP welcome reception before the general banquet, guests greeted each other and everyone cheered happily to exchange the joy and harvest of success in the past year. Musicians from Oakland University Music Department brought a wonderful sonic performance during both receptions and main cultural program.

At 6:30 p.m., the New Year banquet officially began. Mr. Dan Wiiliams, a well-known host from China International Television, and Ms. Carol Cain, the famous host of CBS 62 Television, co-hosted the dinner and kicked off the banquet. On behalf of the Detroit Chinese Business Association, they first welcomed the guests whom travelled from the East and West Coasts and other states to attend the event. They then introduced four junior hosts; Troy Liu, Erik Josson, Jenny Tian, and Chanel Stevanovich, they presented in Mandarin Chinese and English languages to our gala audience.

At the invitation of the host, Ms. Carol Cain, Mr. Brian Gao, the president of Detroit Chinese Business Association, first delivered a speech. He first warmly welcomed and thanked all the guests and politicians for coming. He also thanked the sponsors of the event, the annual sponsors, members, and governments at all levels, business and industry friends, and volunteers for their many years of support. He said that the team of Detroit Chinese Business Association will continue to contribute to the exchanges between China and the United States in all aspects of economic and cultural exchanges. He reviewed the major achievement of the Association in 2018. Although there has been a transition period of friction between China and the United States due to trade issues in the past 2018, the Michigan and Great Lake regions, which are the manufacturing centers of the United States, have also been affected in varying degrees. He believed that the economy will continue to develop in 2019, and the relationship between China and the United States will surely grow.

DCBA hopes that everyone can make full use of our business platform to support each other. At the same time, Mr. Gao also mentioned the three targeted activities were launched in the following March-April to enhance exchanges and interactions among members and explore new ideas for trade issues.

Mr. Jeff Mason, President of the Michigan Economic Development Corp., attended and represented on behalf of the new elected Governor, The Honorable Gretchen Whitmer, who planned to attend, though scheduling conflict with national Governor’s conference.

On behalf of the Governor, MEDC CEO Jeff Mason first affirmed and praised the Detroit Chinese Business Association for its contribution to the economic development and cultural exchanges of the region over the years, and made outstanding contributions to the economy and friendship between Michigan and China. At the same time, the current state government will actively support the development of Chinese business enterprises.

Secretary of Transportation Madam Xiaolan (Elaine) Zhao, who originally planned to attend and deliver a keynote speech on the infrastructure construction policy of President Trump’s government. Because of the federal shutdowns, Ms. Monica Kuo, her special assistant Envoy attended and spoke on her behalf.


Before that, Madam Xiaolan Zhao sent a congratulatory letter to Detroit Chinese Business Association for the contribution of building a friendship bridge between China and the United States.

Subsequently, Mr. Jun Liu, the Acting Consul General of the Chinese Consulate General in Chicago, delivered a speech. He optimistically and positively reviewed the recent achievements in the cooperation between China and the United States in the fields of economy, trade, culture and education. Although there have been some frictions in trade between China and the United States, the two sides try to negotiate and resolve their differences. He praised the contribution of the Detroit Chinese Business Association over the years and hoped that they will continue to play its role. Lastly, he sincerely invites enterprises and to actively participate the 2nd China International Import Expo.

Under guidance and support of Advisory Board Member, Detroit Chinese Business Association has been sustainably developed. Mr. Jason Luo, the Chairman of the DCBA Advisory Board, fully affirmed the work of the Association and expected to achieve greater results in the future under the leadership of President, Mr. Brian Gao.

He then introduced the special event sponsors, BMTS Technology, Mr. Scanny Cai, the Vice President of Global Strategic Planning from BMTS Technology, gave a speech and broadcasted the company’s film, which introduced the comparison of future turbocharging trends and battery energy.

The development of Detroit Chinese Business Association is inseparable from the long-term support of the sponsors. With their support, the association can develop better and go further.

The sumptuous dinner was served right after the sponsors took the pictures on the stage. While everyone enjoyed the culinary delights, the musicians from Oakland University Music Department performed a beautiful music pieces, “Ballade No.4 in f minor Frederic Chopin’ and “Colorful Clouds Chasing After the Moon” enjoyable and memorable dining experience.

In order to discovering and encouraging students to be more involved in business between China and the United States, the MAYE Foundation awarded scholarships to two outstanding student representatives this year. Congratulations to Chining Qiu from Taiwan and won the “Outstanding Volunteer Award”, and Kailin Wang from Shanghai, and won the “ Outstanding Dedication Award’. Ms. Peiyu Wu and Dr. Dan Hoppe from MS&P, a long-time supportive sponsor, awarded scholarships and certificates to two award-winning students.

Rocket Mortgage PGA Classic sponsored the annual golf tournament tickets as a lucky draw for the banquet. Mr. Andy Walters, from Rocket Mortgage PGA Classic drawed four lucky winners from the guests for VIP golf tournament experiences.

This year’s Chinese lunar calendar is the Year of the Pig, which is the symbol of wealth, joy and peace. Detroit Chinese Business Association specially prepared the “Fu Pig” piggy bank for the guests who born in the years of the Pig, and wished them a happy and full of wealth in the new year.

In order to grow and provide better services to sponsors and members, and contribute to the development between China and Michigan relations. Susan Zhang has joined the DCBA team, and she introduced herself on the stage to everyone.

We are also grateful to the volunteer team for this New Year event. Their dedication and support ensure a successful event for everyone’s benefit.




DCBA Annual Advisory Board Meeting & Sponsors Appreciation Dinner 2018

On November 16th (Friday) afternoon, the Detroit Chinese Business Association (DCBA) held their annual advisory board meeting & sponsors appreciation day at the Global HQ of Nexteer automotive in Auburn Hills.

President, Brian Gao reviewed the activities and achievements of the DCBA for the past year and shared the future plans. He thanked to the Advisory board’s advice, guidance, suggestions, and the long-term support of our organization.

At 3:30 PM in the afternoon, the annual sponsors of the DCBA also joined us at Nexteer’s Global HQ to participate in tours, presentations, refreshments and business networking.

The company’s Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Tao Liu introduced the company to the guests as one of the world’s largest auto suppliers and industry leaders. Nexteer has achieved remarkable results and good development under the current impact of Sino-US economic and trade relations.

Nexteer’s VP Government relations Mr. Jerry Rush and his team led the guests to tour the company as well.


At 5 pm, all 120 guests moved up the street to the Crown Plaza Hotel for reception and dinner.

President Gao introduced the new DCBA sponsors accrued in 2018, and invited their company’s representatives to give a brief introduction about the company.

The Winners of the annual DCBA Excellence Awards were Nexteer and PAGE Toyota/Honda for their beyond the call of duty support of our organization which has allowed us to promote our regions assets to the local and global audience.

Ms. Wang Wei from PAGE TOYOTA/HONDA accepted the trophy


Mr. Liu Tao from the chief operating officer of NEXTEER accepted the trophy

DCBA celebrated the operations of our new China Visa Application Service Center and announced the launch of a group health insurance program, working with MARSH to provide comprehensive solutions to solve the challenges of medical insurance for SME’s and large groups.

DCBA Sponsors Joyson, Miller Canfield and many others are already onboard.

Mr. Gary Abernathy from Marsh gave the guests an overview of the health care solution and welcomed the needs of companies and individuals.

At the end of the meeting, a lottery was held. Mr. Jim Paye, Vice President of A123, and Mr. Joseph Buick of Marsh McLennan, respectively, selected the raffle prize winners.

Congratulations to Mr. Feng Weiqiu for the $100 Fogo De Chao VIP card.


Congratulations to Mr. Zhou Xianliang for his membership in R&S Sharf Golf Course, worth $1100 a year.

Once again, we are grateful to all the advisory committee members, sponsors and partners for their support. We look forward to working closely with you in the New Year (2019) to better serve everyone and contribute to the bilateral academic, business, cultural, economic and employment development of our State of Michigan.








The 23rd Detroit Chinese Business Association International Golf Open & Banquet

On August 28th 2018, the 23rd International DCBA Golf Open & Banquet was successfully held at the R&S Sharf Golf Course & Pavilion at Oakland University. More than 120 guests from across the State, Country and from China attended the Open and the evening banquet.Attendees enjoyed a great day for golf, relaxation and meeting new acquaintances and making new friendships.

At Noon, President Brian Gao welcomed all of the foursomes, the rows of golf carts sailed to their respective starting holes, and friendly  competition quietly unfolded in a most pleasant atmosphere at OU.

Although the weather in the morning was a little foggy, with the breeze blowing, the sky began to clear during play, while contestants enjoyed a day of camaraderie on the course.

After endless joys on the course, nearly five hours of play, the game had come to an end, with the team from Kerr Russell PLC. Winning the “Golden Ball Award” for this event.

Mr. Jim Cambridge, member of the DCBA Advisory Board, congratulated the champion team and presented the “Golden Ball Award”

Ms. Jue Wang form Page Toyota Southfield and Page Honda in Bloomfield, presented the “Silver Ball Award” to the 2nd place runner-up team.

Manager Lei Jin From Hand Enterprise Solutions LTD. awarded the “Bronze Ball Award” to the third place team KPMG

Golfers freshened up after play, and returned to the club’s Pavilion for the Cocktail Reception and Banquet. At the Banquet new attendees joined the fray, and conversations of the day’s play, swept through the cocktail reception. The beginning of an enjoyable evening …

After the reception; County Executive Mr. L. Brooks Patterson gave a welcome speech to all attendees.He warmly welcomed everyone to Oakland University and was thankful to the Detroit Chinese Business Association for bringing our annual event to Oakland’s most esteemed university. Mr. Patterson also had the pleasure to introduce County Deputy Executive Phil Bertolini to the podium, whose presentation delighted the guest. And thanked for all fo cooperation and collaborations with the local Chinese American Community, which has resulted in sustainable and healthy development of economics of Oakland County.


Subsequently, Dr. Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, newly inaugurated President of Oakland University was keynote of the evening. Dr. Pescovitz welcomed the guests and briefed the guests on the development and vision of the University and looked forward to cooperate with the guests in the near future to promote further developments, collaborations withthe community.

DCBA would like to thank all of our annual and event sponsors and partners; starting with E.M.M.A International, Kerr Russell Plc., Oakland County Medical Main Street, Fogo de Chao, HAND Systems, especially Page Toyota Southfield and Page Honda Bloomfield, whose were sponsors of the “One Hole Award” in this competition.

The DCBA board, volunteers, and staff wish to thank everyone at Oakland University & Oakland County for their support, and to all of our attendees, and of course our annual and event sponsors.

We are proud to host guests and bring our local community together, we look forward to seeing all of your smiles at a future DCBA Event!