Arcadia resident Kin Hui invited Arcadia city officials to a special holiday lunch gathering today of his Pasadena-based Singpoli company employees alongside his third annual float for the Tournament of Roses on January 1 in a tent just outside the Rose Bowl.
Hui and his wife Ivy, who oversees all company finance and accounting operations for Singpoli, sat at a table with Mayor Gary Kovacic and his wife Barb, as well as City Council Member Sho Tay and his wife Sherry.
This year’s float is called Marco Polo and carries the theme of East Meets West. Hui said it is very important for different countries and cultures within this country to try harder to find common ground and get along better together.
Singpoli develops and oversees numerous construction projects all over the world and has recently partnered on the opening of several restaurants in Los Angeles and has a growing global media company called 8sian Media.
Kin and Ivy have several children attending schools in the Arcadia Unified School District; a couple daughters will be riding on the float in the parade.
Mayor Kovacic joked that since Arcadia has not had its own city float in more than a decade and since Hui lives in Arcadia, the city is unofficially adopting the Singpoli float as the float of Arcadia.
— By Scott Hettrick