Chapter Milestones

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17 Graduates from the Phoenix Art & Business Council’s Business on Board
2 Graduates from FBI Citizen’s Academy
3 Board Members selected to each of the following Boards:

Valley Leadership Class 33 Leadership InstituteFBICA Alumni BoardWorld Affairs Council Board

1 Board member awarded: Positively Powerful Woman Award for Non-profit Leadership (Kristi Lee)

ACEL Toastmasters formed

Bronze Presidential Volunteer Service Award for having over (600 Hours) of community service

Highest Total # of Members (over 200)

6 Leaders attended the ACEL National Leadership Academy

5 Leaders attended the ACEL National Convention in Boston

Established relations with the following NEW Sponsors and Corporate Affiliates:


Wells Fargo


US Airways


Mass Mutual

ACEL reached a milestone for over 1000+ volunteer hours, impacted over 3000 families, helped provide 50,000+ meals to low income families

Hit the Century Mark by hosting our 100th event in February

Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman attended ACEL’s Kristina Wong comedy show

Director Nathan Grey of the Phoenix FBI & ACEL National President Brad Baldia as special guests of our Kickoff Celebration

Internal Revenue Service grants ACEL as a non-profit organization for exemption from federal income tax

1 member selected to serve on the Phoenix Art & Business Council board

2 members selected to serve on the Herberger Theatre Center board

1 member selected to serve on the Scottsdale Sister Cities Association board

4 members from the ACEL Leadership team selected & graduated from the Phoenix Art & Business Council’s Business On Board Leadership Program

Participated in corporate partnership event with ING

Participated in corporate event with Bank of America Asian Leadership Network

Phoenix represented at the National Convention in San Francisco

Became a designated “Certifying Organization” for President Obama’s Volunteer Service Award

Waste Management became a corporate sponsor

Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane attended the 1st Mentorship Graduation in Scottsdale

20 Mentors & Mentees graduated from the first year Mentorship Program

8 members graduated from the FBI Citizen Academy

New Logo created & implemented for chapter use

New website created & launched

Created online Membership database, Business Directory for our business members & Election Voting

Entrepreneur membership available

46 business memberships sold

Hosted the first joint cultural event with Salt River Project (SRP) Asian Interest Group

Created a separate Board of Directors & Executive Team

Launched the first certified Communication Development Series in September

1st Kick-Off Celebration & Volunteer Appreciation Event at C-Fu Gourmet

10 members served on Governor Janet Napolitano’s Asian American Advisory Council

Boeing became a corporate sponsor became a corporate partner

SRP became a corporate sponsor

Compass Bank became a corporate sponsor

Provided advice & help for NETIP (Networking Indian Professionals) to form a chapter in Phoenix

Mentorship Program launched

Launched first Social Media sites for members

Hosted the first major Arizona Asian American Documentary film (Passing Poston) screening at the UA Medical School in Phoenix – 260 attendees

Member’s retention rate increased to 87%

Business Membership made available for members

Mentorship Committee Created

Corporate Relations Committee Created

Marketing Committee created

Membership Committee created

Phoenix represented at the National Leadership Retreat in Philadelphia

Hosted the first major Asian American Independent film (Red Door) screening in Phoenix -180 attendees

Volunteers committed over 200+hours in community service

4 members served on the City of Phoenix Pacific Rim Advisory Council

Participated in corporate partnership event with City of Phoenix Asian Business Expo

Coordinated the first joint event with Asian American Journalists Assoc, Organization of Chinese Americans, Philippine American Chamber of Commerce, Japanese American Citizen League and Asian American Bar Assoc.

Launched First personal development event in spring – Mediation workshop

Launched First professional development event in summer – Elevator Speech

Established ACEL elections procedures & hosted the first board elections in summer

Social & Networking Committee created

Community Service Committee created

Professional Development Committee created

Cultural Awareness Committee created

Helped ACEL Tucson launch their first event

Interim officers were appointed in March

Incorporated as a Non Profit with the State of Arizona in March

Venture status granted by ACEL National in April

Launch party at the Chinese Cultural Center in July

Phoenix represented at the National Convention in Seattle

Website ( was launched in October

Produced 8 events – Cultural, Community Service, Business & Social Networking

54 individual members joined

Participated in corporate partnership event with Honeywell Asian Network – Dragon Boat

Events Committee created

Interviewed by Phoenix Business Journal

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