Arcadia resident Kin Hui, CEO of Singpoli Group, has been named Business Person of the Year by the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce and will be one of four awards recipients at the Arcadia Chamber’s 2015 annual Business Awards sponsored by Printing Control on Thursday, July 16.
And the new Vintage Treasures and Antiques Arcadia on Foothill Boulevard has been named New Business Member of the Year.Kin Hui
Hui is being honored for the wide-reaching expertise, services, companies, restaurants, hotels, and even horse-racing and TV businesses he oversees, as well as his respectful approach to business practices and his support of local organizations. Hui’s business ventures include eight companies and major hotel and residential towers everywhere from Pasasdena, Marina Del Rey and Temeculah to New York City and Silicon Valley near San Francisco (Details of Hui’s business ventures below).
The Arcadia Chamber announced the winners of the 2015 annual Business Awards to be presented at the monthly Networking Breakfast sponsored each month by Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary, 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m., in a new location this summer at Dave & Buster’s in Westfield Santa Anita mall, 400 S. Baldwin Avenue (enter from second level of parking garage — AMC movie theater entrance on northeast corner of mall):
- Business Person of the Year: Kin Hui, Singpoli
- Business of the Year: Sierra Honda/Autocars
- New Member of the Year: Vintage Treasures & Antiques Arcadia – Jeanette C. Beraha and Raquel Mc Laughlin
- Chamber Service Award: Patricia Colonello, MountainViews News
Tickets to the breakfast are $20 in advance ($25 at the door) and discounted to $15 for Chamber members who pay at least two days in advance ($20 at the door for Chamber members). No charge for those holding a Chamber All Access Pass. Call 626-447-2159 or purchase online in the “Shop” area at www.ArcadiaCaChamber.org, or at Chamber office, 388 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, during regular business hours.
If you would like to sponsor and/or congratulate the winners in the event printed program, e-mail your ad to the Chamber by Friday, July 3: Info@ArcadiaCaChamber.org.
- Awards Sponsor: $1,000 (full-page ad, optional table for promotional material, optional 3-minute presentation at event, logo on all publicity materials)
- Full page ad (8.5″ x 5.5″) = $200
- Half-page ad (4.25″ x 5.5″) = $100
A brass quintet from the Pasadena Symphony and Pops‘ Random Acts of Music community outreach program will perform prior to the ceremony as attendees arrive and eat breakfast. The Pops will be in the midst of their summer concert series at the Arboretum, which will continue with the Aug. 1 program, The Sinatra Project, featuring Pops conductor Michael Feinstein singing many of Ol’ Blue Eyes’ biggest hits.
Business Person of the Year: Kin Hui, Singpoli
If you are not familiar with the myriad ventures of the company formed and owned by Arcadia resident Kin Hui, they are showcased in the beautiful new SingpoliBrochure.
Even during Phase 1 of his reburbishing of an iconic building into the ultra-modern DusitD2 Hotel Constance in Pasadena, Hui maintained the core architectural values, earning the project a Historic Preservation Award. He also supports one of the oldest local traditions with spectacular entries the last two years in the Tournament of Roses Parade.
This spring he is celebrating the opening of new restaurants downtown in which Singpoli is partnered, such as Triple 8 China Bar & Grill in L.A. Live at 800 W. Olympic Boulevard, and The Big Catch Seafood Restaurant at 8th Street & Hoover.
Hui says Singpoli is a combination of three Chinese words that combine to define the company’s mission of honestly protecting the best interests of its clients, investors and employees. With his children attending every level of Arcadia schools and his oldest at university, Hui also supports many human and worker rights issues. And his Singpoli is among the biggest financial supporters of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles and the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce, for which he serves on the board of directors of each. In the past year Hui’s Singpoli sponsored the monthly Arcadia Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Forum, the annual Planning Conference, and was a Silver Sponsor of the Taste of Arcadia.
He is also a proud owner of a handful of thoroughbred horses stabled at Arcadia’s Santa Anita Park — all of which carry the word Diamond in their name. And he is developing a new business that would allow the average person to be able to afford to invest in thoroughbred horses in order to become more interested in the sport of kings with a rooting interest.
His many companies under the Singpoli Group, with offices in Arcadia (25 E. Foothill Blvd) and Pasadena, include:
- YUP racing, based in Arcadia: the first Chinese-language website that offers betting on horse races, powered by Xpressbet.
- 8sianMedia, based in Arcadia: the largest Asian-targeted Multi-Channel Network and Advertising Platform with more than 150 million monthly video impressions on YouTube; digital TV signage network with more than 100 signed locations reaching more than 3 million viewers per month (cloud-based Restaurant TV network); content distribution reaching 600 million smartphones and more than 500 million online video users.
- Singpoli Capital Corp., real estate investment and development with focus on acquiring, improving, repositioning, developing, and holding commercial real estate located primarily in Southern California.
- Singpoli Construction, a full-service construction company specializing in the construction and build-out of bank branches, commercial, office and retail space in California. Examples: Landmark Tower in Milpitas, Ca.; Europa Village in Temeculah, Ca.; 5 Beekman Street in New York City; Marriott Hotel in Marina Del Rey, Ca.; Colorado at Lake in Pasadena, Ca.; 2 North Lake in Pasadena; and Triple 8 in Pasadena.
- Singpoli Realty, with focus on commercial investment properties as well as high-end residential homes in the Southern California region for high net-worth clients and investors.
- Pacific Design Group, premier provider of Data Center Design services for business critical facilities, based in Orange County and Los Angeles.
- Invest L.A. Regional Center, offering investor Visa / Green Card through the EB5 Immigrant Investor Program and specializing in developing and managing commercial properties in Los Angeles and Orange County, including regional shopping centers, redevelopment mixed-use projects, entertainment centers and hotels.
- Tasty Dining Group, joint venture with M2K Group to develop Asian-inspired restaurant concepts such as the new Triple 8 China Bar and Grill, The Big Catch Seafood Restaurant, the Cantonese Monkee restaurant replacing McCormick and Schmick’s with a $4.5 million renovation on Bunker Hill downtown L.A., and others.
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New Member of the Year: Vintage Treasures & Antiques Arcadia
Vintage Treasures mother-daughter owner/manager team Jeanette C. Beraha and Raquel Mc Laughlin could not have come out of the gate any stronger after opening their eclectic and stylish V shop at 340 E. Foothill Boulevard. They had a huge turnout for their first event last fall — a fashion show fundraiser benefit in partnership with the City of Hope to raise awareness about breast cancer, at which dozens came dressed in vintage clothing and elaborate fashionable hats you would expect to see at the Kentucky Derby or a posh polo match.
Vintage Treasures followed that with numerous benefit programs and special holiday discount offers. They also loaded social media with the most eye-catching photos of their myriad items from jewelry and hats to lamps and collectible signs.
The duo also attended most Chamber networking functions wearing their exotic merchandise and offering many treasured items as give-aways for raffle prizes, cleverly standing out and drawing attention to the offerings of their new shop. They also generously loaned merchandise to Arcadia Chamber members periodically, and even collected some vintage furniture and items during a remodeling of the Arcadia Chamber office which was mutually beneficial.
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The winner of the Business of the Year award goes to Sierra Auto/Honda. The longstanding family-owned dealer continues to grow its portfolio of dealerships representing 10 popular auto brands and a commercial truck center. Sierra Honda recently renewed its greatly discounted two-year lease of a Honda Civic to the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce for the CEO, and Sierra Auto also supports local organizations, including being the sponsor of the Pasadena Pops summer concert series at the Arboretum. (More details about Sierra Auto below.)
Chamber Service Award: Patricia Colonello
Patricia Colonello, director of sales for the Mountain Views News, has been voluntarily managing many logistical aspects of the Arcadia Chamber’s monthly Networking Breakfasts practically by herself since she first joined the Chamber 14 years ago in 2001.
A former Pasadena teacher of preschool students for six years, she devotes a couple hours every month with Arcadia Chamber President-Elect Vicki Knight to calling all previous Breakfast attendees to invite them to come again. She also comes to the Chamber office the day before the event to collect materials needed the next morning. Then she arrives at the venue about an hour or more early each month — between 6 a.m. – 6:30 — to set up the check-in table and the other materials.
After the breakfast, she returns materials to the Chamber office, organizes the dozens of business cards she has collected, makes copies of the cards, and e-mails them anyone who had requested to see all of them.
In this past year these self-assigned duties have grown to include overseeing a Networking Breakfast committee that meets almost monthly. The committee determines and coordinates guest speakers, Business Icon recipients, and everything from new ideas in the past year like a Hot Sheet list of attendees who call in advance and a chance to win a Business Spotlight presentation, to how much to charge for tickets and how to set each agenda.
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The Pops quintet is performing as part of the Pasadena Symphony and POPS Random Acts of Music program or RAM. Ram’s are unannounced performances that happen all over the San Gabriel Valley area in banks, libraries, train stops and even the Rose Bowl running trail.
Conductor Larry Blank is one of the most prolific and sought-after composers, conductors, and orchestrators in the entertainment business today. His work has been presented all over the world, including some of Broadway’s most successful musicals, Carnegie Hall, and top television and film projects. He recently conducted the Pasadena POPS at the LA Arboretum in a celebration of Broadway music and will again lift the baton this Saturday as he conducts not only the Pasadena POPS but also Michael Feinstein for the July 19th concert, Michael Feinstein Sings Gershwin.