About USPAACC Midwest Region

The United States Pan Asian American Chamberof Commerce Education Foundation - Midwest Region is an affiliate of US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC), founded in 1984 national nonprofit, nonpartisan Pan Asian American organization representing Asian American and Asian American-related groups in business, sciences, the arts, sports, education, public and community services. As a thought leader with 30-year of track record in business matchmaking , strong partnerships with corporations, government, and Asian American businesses, USPAACC is poised to raise the bar to yet another level.

Our Vision

The vision of USPAACC National and its Regional Chapters is to be recognized as the premier educational, training and networking organization that connects business to business to government, and that opens doors to contract, professional and educational opportunities to Asian Americans and their partners in Fortune corporations, government, nonprofit organizations and the small and minority business community.

Our Mission

Our mission is to be the gateway to corporate and government contracts, Asian American (includes East, South and Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander) suppliers, information about Asian Americans and the Asia and Indian Subcontinent markets. We promote Asian Americans businesses and their strategic alliance partners for economic growth by enabling procurement contract opportunities with corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies.

Our Values

The US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) was founded in 1984 as a national, non-profit business organization to showcase all Asian Americans and Asian American-related groups in business, sciences, the arts, sports, education, and community services.

USPAACC Northeast Region promotes, nurtures and propels economic growth by opening doors to contract, educational and professional opportunities for Asian Americans and their business partners in corporate America, the federal government, and the small and minority business community in the Northeast.

We represent all dimensions of Asian Pacific Island heritage-owned businesses

Our members’ heritage includes, but is not limited to, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines, Korea, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Pakistan, Mongolia and Indonesia. We welcome all people who believe in the power of diversity and inclusion for mutually beneficial economic gains.

Our Board

http://uspaacc-midwest.com/images/uploads/staff/krishna_bansal.jpg

Krishna Bansal is an entrepreneur with more than two decades of experience in business, finance and technology. He is the President and CEO of Q1 Technologies, Inc., a technology and services company that he founded in 2002. Headquartered in Aurora IL, his company has worked with educational institutions, governments and fortune 500 corporations with complex technology and improving global operations.

http://uspaacc-midwest.com/images/uploads/staff/perry-mehta.jpg

Perry Mehta

Vice President Finance

Perry Mehta is an accomplished professional, hard core entrepreneur and strong visionary leader. He started FutureNet Group, Inc. in 2003, as Innovative Infrastructure Company. Today, FutureNet Group is considered as one of the most premier Perimeter Security Company and Technology Company who has more than 300 employees amongst four offices in the United States, and an office in India.

http://uspaacc-midwest.com/images/uploads/staff/ortiz.jpg

Edilberto C. Ortiz, CPA, is the managing partner of E. C. Ortiz & Co., LLP. Ed has been in the practice of public accounting since the 1960’s and oversees the management of the firm in its daily operations. Ed has over 30 years of auditing and accounting experience. He was formerly employed by Ernst and Whinney and Arthur Andersen before he founded E. C. Ortiz and Co., CPAs as an Independent Practitioner in 1974.

http://uspaacc-midwest.com/images/uploads/staff/elizabeth-tran.jpg
http://uspaacc-midwest.com/images/uploads/staff/susan_allen.jpg

Susan Au Allen

Member at Large

In 1984, Susan founded the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Education Foundation (USPAACC) with a group of business and civic leaders in Washington, DC and California, to bring the diverse Pan Asian American business and professional people together as one unified voice in business, commerce and trade. In 2001, she won two Federal cases for her clients, took a sabbatical leave from her law practice, volunteered for USPAACC as its National President & CEO, and took USPAACC to a new level. She did not return to practice law and remained full time National President & CEO.

http://uspaacc-midwest.com/images/uploads/staff/rona-fourte.jpg

Rona Fourté

Director, Supplier Diversity

Rona is the director of supplier diversity for Walgreens, member of Walgreens Boots Alliance. In this capacity, she leads a team to impact the diverse owned business inclusion rate in contracting for merchandise, goods not for resale and professional services. She and her team serve as the primary liaison and subject matter experts for identifying, developing and introducing diverse suppliers for opportunities at Walgreens. Rona has also supported HR Transformation for Walgreens and is an integral leader within the Global Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

http://uspaacc-midwest.com/images/uploads/staff/ruby.jpg

Ruby was appointed Director of Supplier Diversity with United Airlines in 2008. In this role, she is responsible for developing United’s Corporate Supplier Diversity/Supply Chain strategy across multiple product lines and services. Under her leadership, United’s supplier diversity spend has grown to over $1B annually; creating a Best in Class Supplier Diversity brand at United. As a successful advocate on behalf of Women and Minority Business Enterprises, United has been named one of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council’s America’s Top Corporations for WBEs (women business enterprises) five consecutive years, Corporation of the Year by CMSDC (Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council) in 2013 and 2016 a host of other accolades.

http://uspaacc-midwest.com/images/uploads/staff/tom-lutz.jpg

Tom D. Lutz

Director

Tom D. Lutz joined U.S. Bancorp as Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer in April, 2008. He is responsible for the corporate procurement organization involved with strategic sourcing, vendor management, and supplier diversity. Since joining U.S. Bancorp eight years ago, Tom has focused on delivering significantly greater value across the enterprise through more effective internal alignment, improved vendor relationships, strategic talent management, and a shareholder-centric view of operating costs and business practices.

http://uspaacc-midwest.com/images/uploads/staff/kc.jpg

KC Sukumar

Director

KC Sukumar has a lifetime of industry experience. He has served in the computer industry in several positions until he started his firm TAJ Technologies, Inc. 30 years ago in 1987. KC Sukumar has an Engineering degree from India and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota.

http://uspaacc-midwest.com/images/uploads/staff/reshma-sambare.jpg

Reshma Sambare practices law at Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone PLC and focuses her practice on legal issues related to commercial construction, commercial real estate development, commercial contracts, and economic development incentives involving national and international clients of public, private, and public-private-partnership nature.