18th Annual Awards Gala

2022 Award winners

Entrepreneur of the Year
Abinash Parida
Agelix Consulting LLC
Corporation Above & Beyond
Kissick Construction
For past award winners click here.

2022 Special Recognition

Director Emeritus & Co-Founder
Young Sexton
WingGate Travel
Director Emeritus & Co-Founder
Joe Melookaran
LPL Financial
Director Emeritus
Benny Lee
DuraComm

2022 Scholarship Recipients

Jessica Eskina
Associates of Applied Science in Nursing/RN
Exp. Graduation:
May 2023
Kansas City Kansas Community College
Quang Minh Tuan (Brian) Nguyen
Associate in Engineering
Exp. Graduation:
December 2022
Metropolitan Community College
Yifen Wan
Computer Science
Exp. Graduation:
May 2023
Park University
Kriti Gyawali
MBA with concentration in Nonprofit Leadership
Exp. Graduation:
May 2023
Rockhurst University
Brandon Nguyen
Accounting, Pre-Optometry Focus
Exp. Graduation:
May 2024
University of Kansas
Kevin Nguyen
Accounting
Exp. Graduation:
Fall 2022
University of Missouri Kansas City

Speaker Bios

Keynote Speaker

BD Wong

Award-Winning Actor | Activist | Author

Tony-Award winner BD Wong has been one of America’s most versatile performers for more than three decades. He has appeared in such popular television shows as Law & Order: SVU, Oz, Gotham, American Horror Story, and more. His more than 30 films include Bird Box, Focus, Jurassic Park and Jurassic World (as well as the subsequent Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Jurassic World: Dominion), Seven Years In Tibet, Father Of The Bride 1 & 2, and he is the speaking voice of Captain Li Shang in Disney’s animated classic Mulan. 

He received Critics Choice and Emmy nominations for his dual role as Whiterose and Minister Zhang in USA’s Mr. Robot.  His Broadway debut in the play M. Butterfly earned him a Tony Award, Outer Critic’s Circle Award, Theatre World Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and Drama Desk Award; he is the only actor to ever win all five major New York theater awards for a single role.

In addition to his acting career, BD is a passionate activist. A winner of the GLAAD Davidson/Valenti award, he is an advocate for The Trevor Project’s “It Gets Better” campaign and was honored for his support of the LGBT community at the annual Marriage Equality Gala. Also, BD is on the Board of Directors of Rosie’s Kids, an organization that provides free performing arts classes to public school students.

Honorary Chair

Jennifer Schnack

Vice President HR | Talent, Development and Experience, T-Mobile

Jennifer Schnack serves as the Vice President of Employee Talent, Development &Experience for T-Mobile, where she leads the dynamic teams responsible for the creation of cutting-edge talent strategies, state-of-the-art learning and development, and a differentiated employee experience.  Her teams produce strategies that allow theUn-carrier to attract the top talent needed to continue a revolution in the wireless industry.

With over 20 years of experience in multiple disciplines including Recruiting,Development, People Analytics, Organizational Effectiveness, Program Management and Coaching, her work continues to align with leading transformative people strategies, developing top talent and building unforgettable employer brands.

A dedicated champion for employees, candidates, and the businesses they support, Jennifer pushes her team and the community around her to transform experiences, creating change for good. She appreciates that ongoing learning and development is key to organizational success, and cherishes her time spent mentoring and coaching both at T-Mobile as well as within the community. Jennifer has served on the KCADC Advisory Board, Strategic HR Forum, and the Lyceum LeadershipCommittee of Central Exchange.   

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2022 award gala sponsorship options

Platinum—$12,000

Premier reserved seating for 8 (1 table) • 5 tickets for VIP reception with Keynote Speaker • 10 tickets for virtual guests to livestream show • Full page commemorative advertisement in Awards Gala program • Logo on event entrance signage • Prominent logo/link on Chamber website and online marketing materials for one year • On-screen logo recognition • Pre/Post-show logo recognition on livestream presentation • Special acknowledgement from the podium at event • 15 second promotional video presented during live stream presentation (provided by the sponsor) • Complimentary AACC corporate membership for 1 year

Diamond—$9,000

Premier reserved seating for 8 (1 table) • 4 tickets for VIP reception with Keynote Speaker • 8 tickets for virtual guests to livestream show • Full page commemorative advertisement in Awards Gala program • Logo on event entrance signage • Prominent logo/link on Chamber website and online marketing materials for one year • On-screen logo recognition • Pre/Post-show logo recognition on livestream presentation • Special acknowledgement from the podium at event • 10 second promotional video presented during live stream presentation (provided by the sponsor) • Complimentary AACC corporate membership for 1 year

Gold—$6,500

Premier reserved seating for 8 (1 table) • 3 tickets for VIP reception with Keynote Speaker • 6 tickets for virtual guests to livestream show • Half page commemorative advertisement in Awards Gala program • Logo on event entrance signage • Prominent logo/link on Chamber website and online marketing materials for one year • On-screen logo recognition • Pre/Post-show logo recognition on livestream presentation • Special acknowledgement from the podium at event • 10 second promotional video presented during live stream presentation (provided by the sponsor) • Complimentary AACC corporate membership for 1 year

Silver—$4,500

Premier reserved seating for 8 (1 table) • 2 tickets for VIP reception with Keynote Speaker • 4 tickets for virtual guests to livestream show • Quarter page commemorative advertisement in Awards Gala program • Prominent logo/link on Chamber website and online marketing materials for one year • On-screen logo recognition • Pre/Post-show logo recognition on livestream presentation • Complimentary AACC corporate membership for 1 year

Bronze—$2,500

Reserved seating for 8 (1 table) • 1 ticket for VIP reception with Keynote Speaker • 3 tickets for virtual guests to livestream show • Logo/link recognition on Gala website/Program/e-newsletters • On-screen logo recognition • Pre/Post-show logo recognition on livestream presentation

On-screen Logo Recognition—$1,800

Two reserved seats • Logo with link on Gala website/Program book/On-screen

Individual—$250

2022 Gala Sponsors

Presenting

Platinum

Diamond

No items found.

Gold

HCA Midwest Health

Silver

KVC Health Systems
Kissick Construction Company
Menufy

Bronze

Agelix Consulting
Bank of Blue Valley
Enerfab Power & Industrial
Garmin
Global Soft Systems, Inc
Hallmark
Honeywell
KPMG
Kiewit
NvisionKC
Optum
Periodontal Specialists and Implant Surgeons

Logo Recognition Sponsors

Bukaty Companies
Capitol Federal Savings Bank
Farmers Insurance - Russell Barker
Haddad Financial Services LLC
JE Dunn
Mdivani Corporate Immigration Law Firm
Pirate's Bone Burger
Translation Perfect

2022 Annual Sponsors

Annual Gold Sponsors

DuraComm
WingGate Travel

Annual Silver SPonsors

American Century Investments
Black & Veatch
Blue Cross & Blue Shield Kansas City
Burns McDonnell
City of Overland Park
CrossFirst Bank
Equity Bank
Harrah's Kansas City
Husch Blackwell
J. Douglas Cusick M.D., F.A.C.S.
KeyBank
Object Technology Solutions Inc.
Overland Park, Kansas
Tous Les Jours

Annual Bronze Sponsors

AdventHealth
Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa
Asian American Bar Association of Kansas City
Catalyst
Community America Credit Union
Country Financial
Evergy
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Kansas City Kansas Community College
Lead Bank
Mazuma
McCownGordon Construction
Polsinelli
Power & Light District
Saicon Consultants, Inc.
Stinson

Community Partners

Ethnic Enrichment Commission
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
Filipino Association of Greater Kansas City
Heart of America Japan-America Society
India Association of Kansas City
Kansas City Chinese American Association
Kansas City Chinese Association
Korean-American Society of Kansas City
NAAAP KC
Vietnamese American Community of Greater Kansas City

2022 Silent Auction

ALL proceeds from the 18th Annual Awards Gala Silent Auction will be donated to student scholarships. Online bidding is available from 9 AM CT Monday, May 9th and closes 5 PM CT Friday, May 13th.

Donated by:
T-Mobile

Upgrade to an iPhone 13 Pro Max

Starting bid:
$
700.00
Value:
Priceless
$
1100.00
iPhone 13 Pro Max in Sierra Blue.
Donated by:
Black & Veatch and Sheraton Overland Park Hotel

Overland Park Weekend Getaway

Starting bid:
$
375.00
Value:
Priceless
$
750.00
Weekend stay at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel & Overland Park area restaurant gift cards
Donated by:
Mazuma Credit Union

Sporting KC Package for Four Guests

Starting bid:
$
350.00
Value:
Priceless
$
700.00
4 tickets, Shield Club passes, and parking to a Sporting KC game.
Donated by:
Lohan Clinic

All Inclusive Treat Just for You! Be Pampered and Feel Better!

Starting bid:
$
325.00
Value:
Priceless
$
650.00
It’s your special day! Treat yourself with a one-hour Deep Tissue or Thai Massage, Premium Facial, Chiropractic Adjustment, Therapeutic Exercise and Acupuncture Treatment
Donated by:
Benny and Edith Lee

4 Box Seats to Carmen at Kauffman Performing Arts Center

Starting bid:
$
300.00
Value:
Priceless
$
506.00
Select one of three dates to see one of the most popular operas of all time, Bizet's free-spirited femme fatale, Carmen at the Kauffman Performing Arts Center.
Donated by:
Argosy Casino

Argosy Staycation Package

Starting bid:
$
250.00
Value:
Priceless
$
500.00
Hotel stay, Journey Steak House voucher and free slot play.
Donated by:
Stinson

KC Current v. NJ/NY Gotham FC

Starting bid:
$
250.00
Value:
Priceless
$
500.00
4 tickets to KC Current v. NY/NJ Gotham FC at Children's Mercy Park on Saturday, June 11 @ 7:30 PM
Donated by:
UMB

Sporting KC vs Vancouver Whitecaps for Two

Starting bid:
$
250.00
Value:
Priceless
$
500.00
2 premium tickets and parking to the Sporting KC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps match on Saturday, May 28
Donated by:
Saicon Consultants

Golf Night Out with Friends

Starting bid:
$
200.00
Value:
Priceless
$
300.00
Gift certificate to Top Golf
Donated by:
YMCA

Get Moving at the Y!

Starting bid:
$
150.00
Value:
Priceless
$
300.00
Membership pass to any Greater KC Y locations plus YMCA swag!
Donated by:
KC Current

KC Current Match

Starting bid:
$
150.00
Value:
Priceless
$
288.00
4 tickets to KC Current match
Donated by:
Garmin

Venu Sq GPS Smartwatch

Starting bid:
$
100.00
Value:
Priceless
$
200.00
Featuring a bright color display, the Venu Sq GPS smartwatch combines daily style with health monitoring and fitness features that inspire you to keep moving.

Health & Safety Guidelines

Health and safety of our members and guests are very important to us.  We have added accommodations to increase health and safety of the attendees including hand sanitizers throughout the venue and reduced guest capacity. Attendees are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing unless actively eating or drinking. We will continue to monitor the COVID health situation in our area and take appropriate precautions, as necessary.

Please note by voluntarily attending this event during the COVID-19 pandemic, you acknowledge you are aware of the risks involved, and will not hold the Asian Chamber or the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel liable for any claim.