Diana Wang Madsen
Founder, Chairwoman of the board and President
Diana Wang Madsen is founder, Chairperson of the board & President of the
Marco Polo World Foundation. In 2007, she started the first Annual DFW
Dragon Boat, Kite, and Lantern Festival in North Texas. Since then, she has
devoted herself to organizing this event every year and its continuous
Diana is an active volunteer for the community and has served several
different organizations. She was elected for fourth term as the President of
the DFW Chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) in 2012,
2013, 2015 and 2016. She is the Former President of the Irving International
Women's Consortium (IIWC), and Former Vice-President of the Asian American
Cultural Association (AACA). She is a lifetime member and board member of
the DFW Asian American Citizens Council (DFWAACC), and a member of the
Greater Irving - Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Dallas
Regional Chamber. She also serving on the Project Advisory Committee of
Richland College Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving
Institution (AANAPISI) and as director of the Miss Asian American Texas
Pageant from 2009 to 2015. As an entrepreneur, Diana is the owner of Sen
Can International LLC. Before coming to the US, Diana worked as a
producer/director of sports and entertainment programs at Xiamen TV station
in one of China's booming economic zones.
For her dedication to community service and enrichment of Asian Cultural
Heritage, Diana has been awarded Community Service Excellence Award (2009,
2010, 2011), Best In Community Outreach Award (2012), Contribution to Asian
Culture Award (2014) from different organizations across North Texas.
Larry is a former Garland City Council member. In November of 2003 Governor Rick Perry appointed him to the Texas Workforce Investment Council (TWIC). The Council is made up of seven agency heads and representatives from business and industry, labor, community-based organizations, and education. TWIC is tasked with providing recommendations to the governor’s office and coordinating the efforts of the state agencies to develop an educated and skilled workforce. From 2005 to 2009 he represented TWIC on the advisory board for the Texas Technology Access Program (TTAP). TTAP is a statewide program that helps individuals with disabilities identify the most appropriate adaptive devices to help them in their daily lives and/or the world of work. From 2009 to 2012 he served on the Apprenticeship Project Leadership Team, which is helping to implement apprenticeship programs for skilled job training. Larry has been heavily involved in economic development in Garland and North Texas. He has served for four years on the Garland Economic Development Steering Committee, and he actively recruits new businesses for Texas. Larry is an education consultant and textbook author who retired after 40 years of teaching. As an author, Larry has published more than 200 technical textbooks since 1976.
Owen E. Stewart
Mr. Owen E. Stewart, CPA CMA is currently the CEO of Stewart Business Services, LLC dedicated to providing financial consultations, strategic planning, business development, accounting and tax services to individuals and small/medium size business enterprises. In addition to his expertise with small businesses, Mr. Stewart’s experience in the corporate environment as an executive in financial leadership, sales management, new business development and strategic planning in diverse retail and manufacturing environments gives him the appropriate tools for consultation to most businesses. Mr. Stewart has a Bachelor Degree in Accounting from the University of New Haven and holds certifications in both public and management accounting. In addition, Mr. Stewart is a licensed insurance agent in Texas and Arizona. Mr. Stewart is married with two children. He is an avid tennis player and enjoys golf and other sporting activities. Stewart also holds membership in several business, professional and community organizations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Hon. Former State Representative Linda Harper Brown
Executive Director of the Board
Former State Representative Linda Harper Brown is one of the most successful and well-respected lawmakers in the Texas Legislature. As the Representative for Grand Prairie and Irving, she is focused on protecting Texas jobs, finding fiscally responsible solutions for our state budget, finding ways to repair our education system, and keeping Texans moving on our roadways. Representative Harper Brown currently serves as the Chair of the House Committee on Government Efficiency & Reform and is a member of the House Committee on Transportation. In these key positions, she has an opportunity to play an active role in advancing policies that will protect taxpayer dollars, bring more transparency and accountability to government, and improve our transportation system. Elected by her peers, Harper Brown is serving her sixth term as Treasurer of the House Republican Caucus. In 2012, she was selected to serve as the President of the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute, an Austin-based public policy research foundation.
Prior to being elected to the Texas Legislature, Harper Brown was a strong conservative voice on the Irving City Council for more than five years. In addition, she was a former school board member and Irving Schools Foundation Board President. Married to Bill Brown, a Certified Public Accountant, Harper Brown is the proud mother to Timothy, Terry and Craig, and doting grandmother to Bethany, Cassie, Haleigh, and Harrison.
Executive Director of the Board
On 8th of June 1972, Mr. Minoru Makita migrated from Japan to United States. After obtaining Associate Degree in Theatre and Liberal Arts in Labette County College, Parsons, KS in 1974, he moved to Houston, TX, where he has obtained BBA in 1979 from University of Houston.During 1980’s, Mr. Makita developed business for one of the top five international logistics Company in DFW Market. During 1990’s, he became CEO of three companies, and invented a evolutionally equipment in printing industry, that made possible for printing companies to use printing presses 24 hours each day, and extended the press’s life, and sold world wide.During 2000’s Mr. Makita moved on to financial industry to become financial service agent and then broker. All his career life, Mr. Makita has been involved with community activities, and humanitarian efforts. He enjoys serving local communities, and currently a board member of OCA, DFWAACC and several other NPOs.
Director of the Board
Ms. Betty Bai currently works for HighFar Capital Management LLC as financial controller. She previously worked as a staff accountant at Lam Po & Xu CPA and as a financial representative with New York Life Insurance Company. She graduated with master degree of Professional Accounting from University of Texas at Arlington; with bachelor degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Fudan University, Shanghai China. She has extensive experience managing and assisting in managing companies in China. She currently serves on Mandarin Chinese School board as director.
Director of the Board
Hailong Jin has been a Product Engineer with Texas Instruments since 2006. Hailong graduated with master degree of Electrical Engineering in 2003 and master degree of Mechanical Engineering in 2001 from The Ohio State University. Hailong graduated from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Hailong has been actively involved in community services. He has been the vice Chair for the Green Technology Symposium in Dallas TX in August 2009 and has been the Officer/Secretary/Treasurer/Co-chair/Chair for Chinese Initiative in Texas Instruments, Dallas TX from June 2006 to present.
Qingsong (Jet) Li
Director of the Board
Qingsong (Jet) Li is the CEO and the co-founder of a Dallas-based biotechnology company, and the co-founder of Longstar Lighting. He graduated with MBA and master degree of Information System from University of Texas at Arlington in 2001. He worked as a salesman for a state-owned chemical company in China before he came to the USA in 1998. He graduated from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in Guangzhou, China in 1993 with a Bachelor degree in International Business. He has been a volunteer and supporter for OCEF (Overseas Chinese Education Foundation) for years.
Advisory Board Members
Hon.U.S.Congressman Pete Sessions
Congressman Pete Sessions currently represents the 32nd Congressional District of Texas and serves as the Chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee and is a member of the House Republican Leadership Team. Prior to becoming Chairman of the Rules Committee, Sessions served two terms as the Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), which is the principal committee dedicated to electing Republican candidates to the United States House of Representatives. Sessions led House Republican campaign efforts to win back the Majority in 2010, resulting in the largest Republican gains since 1938. Under Sessions’ leadership, Republicans won a net-gain of 63 seats and brought in a class of 89 freshman members. In 2012, Sessions once again led the fight across the country to maintain the Republican Majority in the House for the 113th Congress. A native Texan, Sessions was first elected to Congress in 1996, and he currently represents the 32nd Congressional District of Texas. His congressional priorities include advancing pro-growth, job-creation economic policies that will help American families and businesses earn and invest. Chairman Sessions lives in Dallas, Texas, and is active in his community. He is the former Chairman of the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce and is currently a member of the National Eagle Scout Association’s National Committee, serves on the Executive Board of the Circle Ten Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and is an Advisor to the President of Special Olympics Texas.
Chris E. Wallace
Chris E. Wallace, IOM, CCE is President and COO of the Texas Association of Business, the chamber of commerce of Texas. In this role, he oversees TAB’s operations including membership, administration and chamber relations. Prior to joining the TAB team, Wallace was the President/Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber, the third largest chamber of commerce in North Texas and the first national Five-Star Accredited Chamber in Texas. He also managed the Irving Economic Development Partnership. Wallace serves on the prestigious U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 and as a Trustee of the Institute for Organization Management as well as a Regent of Northeast Institute at Villanova University. He is among only 520 executives in the nation who have earned their CCE (Certified Chamber Executive) designation. Wallace is a past chairman of the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives Association and also serves on the national board of the Business Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC).
During his leadership at the Irving-Las Colinas Chamber, Irving was successful in attracting corporations such as Envoy, Celanese, CHRISTUS, Neovia (Caterpillar) Logistics Services, Blackberry, Fluor, TXU Energy, Consolidated Electrical Distributors and Health Management Systems to establish their headquarters in Irving. Wallace’s leadership also led to the construction and completion of an award-winning marketing center which showcases state-of-the-art technology as well as the development of an international trade center in partnership with the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce. Both are instrumental in promoting Irving as an international community that is home to more than 9,000 businesses, including the global headquarters of five Fortune 500 companies and the presence of 48 others.
Wallace has also served as the Vice President of Administration for the Las Colinas Association where he successfully developed and implemented a corporate communications and marketing program for the 12,000-acre Las Colinas development.
Wallace is a 1992 graduate of Texas Tech University and serves as a member of the Texas Tech Chancellor's Council as well as the Professional Advisory Board of the College of Media and Communication where he was named an Outstanding Alumnus in 2008.
Wallace has experience in economic development marketing, strategic planning, and public relations including management in both the public and private sectors. He has played an active role in several local and state political campaigns. Wallace is an advocate of strong civic engagement through his involvement with numerous social service, education, arts and municipal-related boards/commissions. He was a finalist for a 2010 White House Fellowship.
David Arbuckle, President of David Arbuckle Consulting, Inc. presents public policy solutions to enable businesses, political candidates, elected officials and units of government to better serve their customers, constituencies and communities.
After more than 33 years’ experience with AT&T, David incorporated a small business to share big business expertise with leaders of business, government and community. While David benefited from seeing and serving many diverse communities, he actually learned the telecom business by climbing telephone poles to connect customers before climbing the management ranks in a variety of roles and responsibilities. From network supervision to directing public affairs teams to shape and interpret the constant technological and regulatory changes of the telecom world, he worked with business leaders, elected officials, Native American Tribes and other community leaders in three states (OK, AZ & TX) for over 26 years.
David led efforts in producing best case results for communities, customers and his former company. In building sustainable value in communities by combining state-of-the-art telecommunications with community improvement initiatives, he led Chambers of Commerce, Education efforts, Work Force Boards, social betterment organizations and charitable entities. These efforts spanned a very wide spectrum of activities, but all centered on coordinating colleagues and communities to realize mutually beneficial outcomes for multiple and diverse constituencies.
David is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, and lives in Frisco, TX with his wife, Shanyn and son, Spencer.