Board of Directors 2020
Bin Yu, Board Chair
Founder / Chairman
Bin Yu is the Founder and Chairman of Utegration, LLC. He received a bachelor’s degree in Industry Engineering from Beijing Polytech University in 1991 and a master’s degree in Management Information Systems from Mays Business School, Texas A&M University in 1997. Prior to starting Utegration, Mr. Yu worked for Deloitte Consulting and SAP America where he led US Utilities Professional Service practice. Mr. Yu started Utegration in August 2008, and with his leadership the company has grown into one of the largest SAP Utilities Practices in the industry.
Mr. Yu serves as board director on the board of the Asian Chamber of Commerce in the last 6 years, and Chair of the chamber in 2019. Mr. Yu was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Asian Chamber of Commerce in 2013. Utegration was recognized as one of the top 25 minority firms in 2015, received the Aggie 100 award 2014 and 2015, named SAP Partner of the year in 2016, and awarded The Best Place to Work in 2016. Mr. Yu was also chosen as a winner of Immigrant Business Magazine’s Immigrant Entrepreneur. As a first generation immigrant, Mr. Yu strives to provide entrepreneurial opportunities to young professionals who are just beginning their careers.
Mr. Yu is married to Cindy, with whom he has a twelve-year old daughter named Ella.
Kenneth Li, Vice Chair
Broker / Owner
Southwest Realty Group
Kenneth Li is the broker/ owner of Texas George Realty, Inc. DBA Southwest Realty Group, a full service real estate firm in Houston, Texas since 1988. Throughout the three decades of his professional career, he has been committed to excellence in real estate development for his community. Kenneth Li is known as a real estate specialist, developer and consultant. He was born in Taiwan and raised in Hong Kong and came to Houston in 1981. Kenneth was the founder of Texas George Realty, which was later named one of the top ten outstanding Asian-owned businesses in Houston by the “Houston Post”. Kenneth acquired Century 21 Southwest franchise in 1997 and later converted into Southwest Realty Group. Kenneth Li was considered a pioneer of Chinatown by the “Houston Chronicle” and said that he was the real estate broker aided growth of community and used his success there as an entry into the mainstream in both residential and commercial real estate. (Houston Chronicle, Aug. 11, 2002). Under his leadership and influence, the City of Houston approved a budget of $21,000,000 to improve Houston Chinatown road reconstruction plan finished in March, 2015. Both Texas Monthly and Real Estate Directory News named Kenneth Li as Houston Chinatown "Mayor".
Long active in public affairs in local community, Kenneth Li served as 2011 National Chairman of Asian Real Estate Association of America (www.areaa.org), Chairman of Chinese Community Center, Presidents of Houston Taiwanese Chamber, Houston Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Houston Chinese Merchants Association, Co-chair of Association of Chinese Organizations of Houston. He was appointed by Houston Mayors to serve as the first Asian American board member of City Planning Commission, board member of SW Houston Redevelopment Authority, and Chairman of Southwest Management District, Chairman of Houston Mayor International Trade Development Council/Asia & Australia, Mayor Turner’s International Advisory Board.
Kenneth graduated with honor from Houston Baptist University in 1984.
Walter Lawson, Vice Chair
Chief Financial Officer
Crisis management professional with 32 years of experience in crisis action team planning, force security, risk management and team building. For approximately 20 years, managed and enforced Houston airport policies and regulations and, at times, act on behalf of the deputy director. Additionally, thirty-two years of Naval Service in operational leadership, which included being the Deputy Inspector General for naval aviation. Concluded service with two Commanding Officer tours and retiring from Naval Reserve in 2007 as a Captain.
Currently Chief Financial Officer for ZroClient, a virtual desktop infrastructure solutions. ZroClient offer scalable high speed secure computing, storage, backup and service that lead in industry cloud applications. We help manage IT Infrastructure for Small and Midsize Enterprises(SME) in the Greater Houston Area.
May Wang, Secretary
Chief Operating Officer
Mark Kamin & Associates
As a Partner with Mark Kamin and Associates, May Wang has over 19 years of experience in bringing human and organization performance to the next level. Through a combination of performance coaching, team alignment and strategy implementation, May works with leaders and their teams to approach critical objectives in new ways, from measurable cost savings to dramatic productivity improvements. Clients credit May for her acumen in assessing the situation at hand, and helping them to develop and implement strategies that drive the desired results over time.
Samantha Chapa is the Supplier Diversity Manager for Lone Star College. The program focuses on providing assistance to local small business by teaching them how to do business with Lone Star College and also creating opportunities for them to connect with other small businesses. She graduated from the Rising Star Institute leadership program in 2019 which provides leadership development within Lone Star College for high potential employees. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Sam Houston State University, and has over 8 years of experience in event management, marketing customer service and team building.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Nguyen & Chen, LLP
Fan Chen is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Nguyen & Chen, LLP, where he leads the Firm’s Employment & Immigration Division and Corporate Division. With extensive legal experience, Fan has represented many companies and individuals in a wide range of immigration, employment, and corporate legal matters.
Fan is frequently invited to speak on various employment and immigration subjects, such as HR training, I-9 Audit, and Wage & Hour. He was invited to speak at Painter & Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) Texas Chapter Annual Forums and Houston Bar Association CLE seminars. The corporate clients represented by Fan comprise a broad range of industries, including oil and gas, construction, steel manufacturing, food processing, sanitation, grocery chains, hospitality, medicine, and engineering. His corporate clientele includes the world’s largest special steel manufacturer, one of the largest swimming pool construction service companies in the U.S., and the largest sucker rod manufacturer in China.
J.D., The University of Houston Law Center.
B.A., Foreign Affairs College (Beijing, China).
Education & Court Admissions
- State of Texas
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
Highlights of Fan’s extensive legal experience include:
- He has advised employers on hiring and firing decisions, wage and hour issues, employment policies and handbooks, restrictive covenants, general corporate matters, and mergers and acquisitions.
- He has conducted comprehensive I-9 audits (reviewed and corrected more than 15,000 I-9 forms), responded to dozens of Notices of Inspections, and negotiated with ICE field offices in Texas, Washington, Iowa, etc.
- He has assisted hundreds of individuals in obtaining working visas (including H-1B, H-2A, O-1, TN) and employment-based permanent residency (including EB-1A “Alien of Extraordinary”, EB-1B “Outstanding Professor/Researcher”, EB-1C “Multi-National Executive/Manager”, EB-2 “National Interest Waiver”, and EB-2 PERM Labor Certification).
- American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
- Legal Advisor of U.S. China Educational, Economic & Cultural Foundation (UCEECF)
Director of Retail
As a professional cheerleader a.k.a. publicist and marketing director, Sydney Dao launched Houston-based designer Chloe Dao into an international brand. Prior to that, she represented designers Monique Lhuillier, Stephen Dweck and Ralph Rucci to name a few at Michael Atchison & Associates and Randall Rutledge Public Relations in New York City. She simultaneously held the roles of sales representative and PR executive while managing both partner companies.
Sydney has had her hand in many aspects of the fashion industry from wholesale to retail, design to runway, and tradeshows to fashion shows accumulating over 20 years of experience. Shortly after she started her public relations firm Squid Inc in 2015, Houston First Corporation commissioned her to create and curate LAUNCH, a pop-up boutique showcasing only Houston designers and makers during Super Bowl LI. LAUNCH’s success lead to Sydney’s current role as Director of Retail for Houston First where she oversees three retail locations: LAUNCH, Flight and The Landing in the convention center. She currently serves on the Fashion Advisory Boards at The Art Institute of Houston, University of Houston, and Houston Community College.
Ilhaam "Illy" Jaffer
Intergovernmental Affairs Manager
City of Houston Health Department
Illy is the Intergovernmental Affairs Manager of State and Federal Affairs at the City of Houston Health Department. She is responsible for researching, monitoring, and analyzing federal and state legislation and planning activities related to government funded initiatives and regulatory changes related to health and human services policies. She works closely with state legislative leaders and any other government leaders to build coalitions to effect change that will have a positive impact on the managed care market and maintains strong relationships with federal and state policymakers in executive and legislative branches, their staff, as well as health advocates. With over 15 years’ experience in grassroots management, communications, political outreach strategy, and policy, Illy is an energetic professional remaining focused on management of project implementation adhering to deliverable timelines with a proven ability to utilize external stakeholder engagement by meeting organizational goals while collaborating in team settings.
Fay Linn Lee
Senior Product Implementation Manager
Americas Shell Lubricants
Fay Linn is currently senior product manager for Shell Oil/Pennzoil Lubricants. After earning her PhD in Chemical Engineering at Pennsylvania State University, she worked at Kendall Lubricants and later joined Shell Oil. Fay Linn’s 30+ years of industrial experience includes an international assignment as Lubricant Product Manager in London, UK. In her role at Shell Oil, she has led product development and supported quality assurance in numerous commercial products for Sales/Marketing and blending plant operations as well as managing the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) team at Shell. Professionally, Fay Linn has actively participated in industrial organizations and authored technical papers and presentations including co-authoring a book chapter on industrial lubricant additive trends.
Inside and outside of Shell, Fay Linn has chaired Shell Employee network groups as well as community non-profit organizations including chairing the Board of Directors for the Center for Healing of Racism, chair of the Penn State IPAC(Industry and Professional Advisory Council) and a board member for the Asian Chamber of Commerce and OCA (Asian Pacific American Advocates) and a member of CAPAW(Center for Asian Pacific American Women). She has organized several events to enhance culture-awareness.
She enjoys family activities, mentoring young people, traveling, sports (skiing, swimming, and tennis), exploring different ethnic foods, and learning about business development and finance. She actively participates in many charity and service organizations.
Assistant Vice President - Relationship Manager II
JPMorgan Chase & Co
Tuan is the Assistant Vice President and Business Relationship Manager at JPMorgan Chase & Co. He is a passionate and driven leader with an extensive background in sales, service, and risk management. With over 10 years of business to business sales experience with a focus on the financial services industry, Tuan has a long history of understanding bank client’s needs while presenting product solutions, experience in self-sourcing opportunities internally and externally, and comprehensive understanding of Business Banking products, solutions and commercial credit. Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Tuan served as the Vice President and Business Development Officer of Wells Fargo & Co at New Mexico.
Assistant Director of Graduate Studies
UHD Marilyn Davies College of Business
Dalia has dual faculty and staff roles with University of Houston-Downtown Marilyn Davies College of Business. Dalia has an MBA in I-O Psychology, and is an adjunct faculty member in that subject with more than 17 years of experience in marketing, communication, and international business. She has served as a Commercial Specialist facilitating government to government commercial dialogues and promoting U.S. exports.
Director of Retirement Plans and Time Off Policies
Rainier Villatuya is the Director of Retirement Plans and Time Off Policies at United Airlines. He is responsible for the design and delivery of the company’s five defined contribution plans and two defined benefit pension plans in the US, Guam and UK. Cumulative assets for the retirement plans are in excess of $20 billion. With over 20 years in the employee benefits industry, Rainier has uniquely experienced the benefits industry from three vantage points: vendor, consultant and employer/plan sponsor. Prior to joining United Airlines, Rainier led the health and benefits consulting practice for Mercer in Houston, Texas. He currently resides in Houston with his wife Kate and their dog Noah.