(PHOENIX, AZ) — The Asian Corporate & Entrepreneur Leaders (ACEL) is honored to welcome Hon. Mark Keam as a keynote speaker at the upcoming ACELebration of Leadership Gala on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Wrigley Mansion, Phoenix, Arizona.

Mark Keam manages a full plate and a busy schedule, but the many hats he wears – as lawyer, business consultant, political activist, fundraiser, policymaker – represent his passion for connecting people and leveraging human capital to create community-based solutions.

Born in South Korea, Mark and his family relocated to Vietnam as a child of a Presbyterian minister who established a church. The fled Vietnam as the country fell to communism in 1975 and moved to Australia for a few years. He finally immigrated to the United States and settled in Orange County, southern California.

The ability to quickly adapt to new surroundings and to foster new relationships would end up serving him well. “When I was young, I quickly identified that my strengths were my interpersonal skills, abilty to adapt to new environments and make friends quickly, and helping people find common ground.”

As the first Asian-born immigrant and the first Korean American to serve in the Virginia General Assembly, Mark represents Fairfax County in the oldest continuous legislative body in the modern world, with roots dating back to Jamestown in 1619.

He is passionate about paving the way for other Asian Americans to pursue public service and other fields where Asian Americans are not well represented. “It’s about being proactive and identifying potential candidates, educating them about what positions and paths are available to serve, and providing mentoring,” said Mark.

As the keynote speaker for ACEL’s 2017 Leadership Gala, Mark wants to start a conversation with the audience regarding the role of Asian Americans in the 21st Century. “We all have a responsibility to break Asian stereotypes, identify opportunities where we as a community are not doing as well, and strategize on what we should do to make progress together.”

Outside of the Virginia state legislature, Mark serves as interim CEO of the Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (National ACE) and as an independent business consultant. He holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science from UC Irvine, and a JD fromUC Hastings College of Law in San Francisco. He is married to Alex Seong Keam, an intellectual property attorney, and together they have two children.


Ticket Price:

$85.00 Member* (Early Bird rate available through 12/31/2016)

$125.00 Non Member* (Early Bird rate available through 12/31/2016)

$150.00 General Admission* (after 12/31/2016)

Attire: Business professional/Semi-formal.

All tickets are non-refundable. All payments must receive by 4 p.m. on Jan. 7, 2017 to guarantee your seat. Corporate Tables are available, please inquire for more info.

For more information please contact us at Registration@ACELphoenix.org or visit us at www.ACELphoenix.org

More information available on our website: http://acelphoenix.org/events/event/31-acelebration-of-leadership-gala

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Direct email to register: Registration@ACELphoenix.org

* Please note that the PayPal will charge a 5% merchant fee.

Asian Corporate & Entrepreneur Leaders will use part of the proceeds from this event to award scholarships, or the funds will be placed into a scholarship endowment to be awarded in the future.