Lily ChanFounder, Asian Focus Corporation
Lily Chan is a forward-thinking service leader who has started popular programs both nationally and locally. She brings more than 30 years of non-profit and management experience to the AF organization ...
As the founder of the Asian Focus Corporation, Lily brings more than 30 years of non-profit and management experience to the AF organization. She has served in numerous community programs; including service as the Vice President and President of the Triangle Area Chinese American Society.
CEO, Grand Asia Market
Jenny treats everyone from business contacts to employees as a friend, and is reputable for treating everything as an opportunity to do more together, including helping local Asians achieve their American dream.
Jenny treats everyone from business contacts to employees as a friend, and is reputable for treating everything as an opportunity to do more together, including helping local Asians achieve their American dream. She is the founding president of the North Carolina Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce and organizes and promotes local events, including the annual Dragon Boat festival. Grateful for so many active members and supporters, Jenny makes sure that the Asian community in North Carolina stays strong.
Associate Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Tim Flood consults with organizations—from charities and small startups to Fortune 100 companies—looking to streamline their communication processes and enhance their messaging efforts in nearly any context ...
Tim Flood teaches several courses on presentation skills, global communication, business writing, U.S. language and culture for international and exchange students, and segments of the Communication, Leadership and Career Management series.
Dr. Flood is the author of MBA Fundamentals: Business Writing (Kaplan Press, 2008). He also edited The Rhetorical Dimensions of Cyberspace with Beth Baldwin (1997). His research interests include the roles of media and technology in both interpersonal and corporate communication, cross-cultural communication and global business leadership fluency.
He has consulted with the World Bank/IFC and Egyptian Institute of Directors on issues of corporate governance and educational outreach, and has led study trips to businesses in Egypt, Turkey Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.
Prior to joining UNC Kenan-Flagler, Dr. Flood worked as a solutions consultant for Vanguard Cellular Systems (now part of AT&T Wireless).
Dr. Flood received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, his MA from Texas A&M University and his BA from the University of Maryland.
Gerald Fralick has more than 40 years of experience in the information technology field and public sector management and operations. He is a sought after speaker at numerous colleges including Harvard and many cyber security conferences ...
Gerald (Jerry) Fralick has more than 40 years of experience in the information technology field and public sector management and operations. As Lenovo’s Chief Security Officer (CSO) for the Research & Technology Group, and a member of the Product Security Office, Mr. Fralick has a multi-faceted role actively engaging with Federal/State agencies and commercial companies to further understand their IT security and procurement requirements. As CSO, Mr. Fralick works closely with Lenovo development and product engineers throughout the development life cycle of software and products. He provides assistance and oversight ensuring that appropriate product development security controls are met in accordance with new US Federal Government regulations, and that all Lenovo products meet the security control requirements for all low, moderate and high risk information systems.
Prior to joining Lenovo, Jerry was appointed by North Carolina’s Governor Beverly Perdue in late September 2009 to be the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the State. In this role, he oversaw the 600 person Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) that provided all infrastructure IT services and support to the Executive Branch agencies as well as all state agencies. Mr. Fralick also served on numerous statewide boards, commissions, and non-profit organizations. As the CIO for the State of North Carolina, from October 2009 – March 2012, with Mr. Fralick’s leadership, ITS realized significant savings by reducing yearly IT expenditures by 25% (from $246M to $184M), implementing a PC/laptop bulk purchase saving the State $7.4 M; established an enterprise license agreement with a geographic mapping software company saving the State $3.5M and allowed the opportunity for city, county and regional governments to reduce their software costs by 17%.
Before his post as CIO of NC, Mr. Fralick served 15 years with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), retiring as Chief Information Officer for the Office of Justice Programs (OJP). During his 15 years of service at the Justice Department, Jerry held senior executive IT management positions in the Antitrust Division, the FBI and the Justice Management Division. While at DOJ, Jerry served as the first Chairperson for Office of Management and Budget's Grants Executive Board, which oversaw all grant making activities for the 26 federal grant-making agencies. The board established grant policy and operating direction for the agencies. Jerry also was instrumental in developing the Antitrust Caseload and Evaluation System (ACES) for the Antitrust Division, was in charge of payroll and administrative systems for the FBI and was awarded the Attorney General's Special Commendation Award for his work on the Interpol Case Tracking System at the Justice Management Division.
As OJP’s CIO, Mr. Fralick reduced the IT operating budget in his initial year resulting in a cost savings of over $450,000 a month for the agency. He was responsible for the entire operations of the IT staff at OJP, including IT procurement, IT security, Customer Relations and oversaw a staff of more than 250 people including federal and contractor staff. He effected OMB’s decision to change the DOJ President Management Agenda scorecard from “red” to “green” for e-government initiatives specifically relating to DOJ grants. During his tenure at OJP, Mr. Fralick oversaw the improvements to the IT security and financial operations that allowed OJP to successfully “Pass” the Federal Government’s audit review.
Mr. Fralick holds a BS degree in Economics from Le Moyne College and a MS in Computers & Management of Technology from American University. Mr. Fralick is the recipient of numerous Federal awards, a recipient of the “Old State” award from North Carolina, and the recipient of the Triangle Business Journal’s/North Carolina Technology Association’s 2014 CIO Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Fralick is a sought after speaker and recently spoke at LeMoyne College, the Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College, Harvard University and many cyber security conferences. Mr. Fralick is a Combat Vietnam Veteran having served in a 155mm Artillery Unit, MACV from May 1969 to July 1970.
Steve Greene is currently Vice President of North America Geo Marketing for Wacom, the Japanese manufacturer of digital design devices for creative hobbyists and professionals around the world ...
Steve Greene is currently Vice President of North America Geo Marketing for Wacom, the Japanese manufacturer of digital design devices for creative hobbyists and professionals around the world. Steve’s global channel marketing responsibilities for Wacom throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia has brought him to China seven times and Japan three times.
Before joining Wacom, Steve was founder and CEO of ALPHA Marketing, the #3 Triangle Business Journal Top Graphic Design firm in 2012, which made the Inc 5000 list of fastest growing companies three times, was the 2014 Morrisville Chamber of Commerce James Pugh Small Business of the Year and the 2014 Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Forever First Pinnacle Award Winner. Steve participated in former Governor Beverly Perdue’s 2011 trade mission to China to help represent North Carolina business (this was not supported by local taxpayers – he paid his own way!).
Bill Opal started Sails-Up in 2010 after 15 years of experience in Corporate Recruitment leadership positions. Bill has experience building recruitment teams for a variety of successful projects, including ...
Jay Silver has more than 25 years of litigation experience serving clients as legal counsel in federal and state courts across the country. His experience includes a wide range of technology, licensing, trade secret and software development cases ...
Jay Silver has more than 25 years of litigation experience serving clients as legal counsel in federal and state courts across the country. His experience includes a wide range of technology, licensing, trade secret and software development cases. Jay also has a deep background as a crisis manager for clients confronting theft or infringement of their intellectual property and in leading internal investigations in complex technology and financial matters.
Representative Matters as Lead Counsel
- Internal investigations of IP theft and related misappropriation claims.
- Lead trial counsel for independent research company regarding purported rescission of title to patent portfolio and inventorship issues.
- Various internal and regulatory investigations representing limited partners of private equity partnerships with respect to conduct by fund managers.
- Lead trial counsel in numerous cases on behalf of both software developers and software licensees prosecuting and defending against fraud, breach of contract, copyright and trade secrets claims.
- Defended a large financial institution accused of fraud and misappropriation of trade secrets in connection with its procurement and bidding practices.
- Lead trial counsel for major international broadcasting company in defeating a preliminary injunction alleging trademark infringement and seeking to forestall delayed client’s launch of a well-publicized Web site.
- Defended an aerospace and automotive products manufacturer in licensing dispute and trade secrets dispute involving breach of contract and fraud claims stemming from a joint development agreement.
- Represented a semiconductor manufacturer against a large research university in a breach of technology licensing agreement.
- Lead counsel for a large office supplies distributor in successfully defending the award of a single-vendor, eight-figure contract from the State of North Carolina.
- Successfully represented insurance plan holders and fiduciaries of the largest private guaranteed investment contract portfolio in North Carolina against an association’s claims of fiduciary breach. The clients also recovered significant damages from an insurance pool funded by North Carolina’s licensed insurance companies.
- Defended various financial and real estate companies in a variety of consumer class actions or regulatory proceedings.
Publications & Presentations
- Quoted, "Report Says Schools Must Pay More Attention Inside Classrooms," Triangle Business Journal
- “Fighting Fire with Fire: IP Commission Says American Business Needs Better Weapons to Fight IP Thieves.”
- “A Short Primer on Amending Patent Contentions in the EDNC,” The Compass
- “Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight: One Simple Weapon to Fight Economic Espionage in a Cyberspace World.”
- Co-author, “Time to Accept That Information Drives Economy," Triangle Business Journal
- Chapters on “Indemnification of Board Members,” “Legal Duties of Board Members,” “Directors and Officers’ Liability Insurance” and “Personal Liability of Board Members,” Building a Strong Board of Directors/Advisors & Board Best Practices Primer
- “Winning in Litigation – Before the Suit is Filed,” Research Triangle Area Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel CLE Events
- "A Crisis Handbook for In-House Counsel.” Lex Mundi Counsel Global Symposium
- “New Rules of the Road: Recent Changes to the Federal Civil Rules.”
- “Mitigating Risks of Cloud Computing,” Research Triangle Area Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel CLE Event, September 19, 2012.
Board of Directors
Benjamin UySmith is a passionate, big hearted, critical thinker. He joined Asian Focus in 2013 as a project manager and day-of-operations for Asia Fest. Over the last seven years, he mentored under Lily Chan (founder) and Yun-Lieh Chuu (Vice President) to prepare for being the leader of Asian Focus. He has an extensive background in project management and a deep understanding of personal and business finance and taxes.
He calls Durham his home with his wife and their two daughters. His family doesn’t stop there! They also have quite the “menagerie” of animals including dogs, fish and several chickens. A partner in Prestige Financial Group, he enjoys working in our local community. When he isn’t volunteering or working, he enjoys traveling with his family and rolling up his sleeves on DIY home and old car projects.
Yun-Lieh ChuuVice President
Yun Chuu is originally from Taiwan. She holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Maryland and M.S. in Electric Engineering from Syracuse University. Yun worked for IBM for almost 20 years as an engineer in the Memory Reliability Department. She is currently an independent financial consultant under LPL Financial’s supervision with a focus on personal retirement planning and family financial planning which entails investment, insurance, and estate planning.
Yun and her family settled in Cary, NC in 1995 and continued her childhood passion of helping the community. She was the president of Raleigh Chinese Language School PTA, president of BLIA NC, Fo Guang Shan Temple NC Youth Orchestra co-organizer and NC Taiwanese American Chamber of Commerce Board Member.
Yun has been with Lily since the founding of Asian Focus and shares both Lily’s views and vision. The core team works alongside each other, each contributing their special talents, striving towards continuing Asian Focus' goals and mission. As VP she oversees all operations.
YuPei ChooiCo-treasurer | Director, Program & Project Management
Formally a quantity surveyor and currently a realtor, Yu-Pei served Asian Focus and Triangle Dragon Boat Festival since 2016. She strives to continue providing services and pay it forward ...
Yu-Pei’s passion for real estate continues even after relocation. She started her real estate practice in 2014 and continues helping others navigate the unpredictable tides of a real estate transaction. Her international work experience and multilingual skill has further earned her a certification from NAR as an international property specialist. She served the board of the Triangle International Council (TIC) of REALTORS in 2015-16, during which TIC was recognized by NAR with “GOLD” Global Business Council Achievement Award.
Beside real estates, she is an active volunteer in local communities and schools. She is currently program manager for the Triangle Area Dragon Boat Festival and Kiwanis Advisor for Keyclub. Currently resides in Cary, NC with her family, she strives to continue providing services and pay it forward.
Christin LaiCo-treasurer | Director, Program Management & Performing Arts
Christin Lai is a sales agent at Coldwell Banker Advantage team pursuing her passion in real estate. She enjoys working with local artists and performers, while promoting diversity cultures with Asian Focus and Triangle Dragon Festival since 2016 ...
Christin graduated from State University of New York at Binghamton with a M.S. degree in Systems Science. She later joined IBM at RTP working as a Software Engineer for 18 years. She currently works at Coldwell Banker Advantage team as a sales agent to pursue her passion in real estate. She lives in Durham with her husband , two grown children and a cute doggy. During her spare time, she likes hiking, reading and painting.
Gregoria Smith, PhDSecretary General
Gregoria Smith was a professor at the University of Guam (UOG) and appointed Chair of the Commission on Status of Women. Following her passion for peacemaking, she founded the International Women’s Club of Guam, her goal is ...
After UOG, she managed QI at the Guam Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse. Following her passion for peacemaking, she founded the International Women’s Club of Guam. In 1998, she moved to Houston where she tracked and trended quality performance for Blue Cross Blue Shield, working with Price Waterhouse Cooper Consultants in getting accreditation after merger & acquisition.
Education: Gregoria attended the University of the Philippines, came to the USA as an H2 Contract worker to teach on Guam in 1967. She holds an MA in Behavioral Sciences, MA in Community Psychology (New York University) and a PhD in Human & Organizational Systems (Fielding). Her goal is to help improve the adaptive capacity of groups or individuals to cope with internal & external challenges. She also served as a Stephen Minister for 18 years in Houston. Gregoria is a member of the Midtown Rotary Club, the AAUW, and a parishioner at the St Michael’s Episcopal Church of Raleigh.
Angela Hicks, Ed.D.Outreach Liaison & Grant Writer
Angela Hicks is CEO of Grant Professional, a $500K national Grant Technical Assistance company providing business development services to Nonprofit and Emerging Community Healthcare Centers. She has written successful grants with ...
Education: Angela Hicks received her Doctoral Degree in Adult Continuing Education from North Carolina State University, specializing in adult education strategies, program evaluation and community-based innovations. Her Master’s degree is in HRD and Organizational Change from Bowie State University in Bowie Maryland. In 2006-2007, she worked in Beijing China, teaching English and advising NGOs on English curriculum. Annually she and her adult son, who is fluent in Mandarin, introduce youth to global awareness by hosting one trip to China. She enjoys dragon boat racing, a healthy eating lifestyle and lives in North Carolina with her family.
Director of Marketing
Tho Nguyen grew up in Greensboro, NC and is an avid foodie, traveler and blogger. Tho holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University and an MBA in International Business from England as an Ambassadorial Scholar from the Rotary Club. Tho works in the in data and analytics industry for over 18 years and has recently published a book Leaders and Innovators: How Data-Driven Organizations Are Winning with Analytics with all proceeds going to charity. Tho and his wife live in Raleigh for over 20 years and have been very active in the community to preserve the Asian culture and values for their daughter and the future generation.
Director of Corporate and Community Relations
I am originally from India but moved to US with family in 2013 from Singapore. Has more than 15 years of experience in information technology field. Currently works in Swiss financial organization. Beside regular technology job, I am an active volunteer in local community organizations. Currently live in Cary, NC with family. During my spare time I like to spend more time with my family, friends & gardening.
Education: Master of computer Applications, India.
Eileen Culliney, CPATreasurer
Graduate from UNC Greensboro, Eileen Culliney is a financial auditor with concentration in non-profit organizations and insurance industry. She also prepares tax returns for individual, corporate and partnership ...
Education: Master Degree in Accounting, UNC Greensboro, NC
Hobby: Reading, watching online soap operas, travel, spend time with family, friends and 2 cats
Film and Video Production
Gowri Goli is a resident of RTP Area for about 20 years and contributing to the community through video and photography. For living Gowri is an IT consultant helping organizations to establish self-organizing teams consisting of motivated people to take ownership and deliver.
Director, Publication & Elections
Marko Fong is a writer, teacher, and attorney. He represented Northern California Public School Districts in Special Education matters and election matters, worked as a national advocate for urban high school reform, a researcher/writer for ...
His family came to California from China’s Guangdong province around 1900.
Education: M.A. Stanford University School of Educational J.D. University of California Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law B.A. Stanford University attended Rice University