Arcadia resident Kin Hui, CEO of Singpoli Group, has been named Business Person of the Year by the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce and will be one of four awards recipients at the Arcadia Chamber’s 2015 annual Business Awards sponsored by Printing Control on Thursday, July 16, at Dave & Buster’s in Westfield Santa Anita mall.
Hui is being honored for the wide-reaching expertise, services, companies, restaurants, hotels, and even horse-racing and TV businesses he oversees, as well as his respectful approach to business practices and his support of local organizations. Hui’s business ventures include eight companies and major hotel and residential towers everywhere from Pasasdena, Marina Del Rey and Temeculah to New York City and Silicon Valley near San Francisco (Details of Hui’s business ventures below).
The winner of the Business of the Year award goes to Sierra Auto/Honda. The longstanding family-owned dealer continues to grow its portfolio of dealerships representing 10 popular auto brands and a commercial truck center. Sierra Honda recently renewed its greatly discounted two-year lease of a Honda Civic to the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce for the CEO, and Sierra Auto also supports local organizations, including being the sponsor of the Pasadena Pops summer concert series at the Arboretum. (More details about Sierra Auto below.)
A brass quintet from the Pasadena Symphony and Pops‘ Random Acts of Music community outreach program will perform prior to the ceremony as attendees arrive and eat breakfast. The Pops will be in the midst of their summer concert series at the Arboretum, which will continue with the Aug. 1 program, The Sinatra Project, featuring Pops conductor Michael Feinstein singing many of Ol’ Blue Eyes’ biggest hits.
The Arcadia Chamber is proud to announce the winners of the 2015 annual Business Awards to be presented at the monthly Networking Breakfast sponsored each month by Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary, 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m., in a special new location this summer at Dave & Buster’s in Westfield Santa Anita mall, 400 S. Baldwin Avenue (enter from second level of parking garage — AMC movie theater entrance on northeast corner of mall):
- Business Person of the Year: Kin Hui, Singpoli
- Business of the Year: Sierra Honda/Autocars
- New Member of the Year: Vintage Treasures & Antiques Arcadia – Jeanette C. Beraha and Raquel Mc Laughlin
- Chamber Service Award: Patricia Colonello, MountainViews News
Tickets to the breakfast are $20 in advance ($25 at the door) and discounted to $15 for Chamber members who pay at least two days in advance ($20 at the door for Chamber members). No charge for those holding a Chamber All Access Pass. Call 626-447-2159 or purchase online in the “Shop” area at www.ArcadiaCaChamber.org, or at Chamber office, 388 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, during regular business hours.
If you would like to sponsor and/or congratulate the winners in the event printed program, e-mail your ad to the Chamber by Friday, July 3: Info@ArcadiaCaChamber.org.
- Awards Sponsor: $1,000 (full-page ad, optional table for promotional material, optional 3-minute presentation at event, logo on all publicity materials)
- Full page ad (8.5″ x 5.5″) = $200
- Half-page ad (4.25″ x 5.5″) = $100
Business Person of the Year: Kin Hui, Singpoli
If you are not familiar with the myriad ventures of the company formed and owned by Arcadia resident Kin Hui, they are showcased in the beautiful new SingpoliBrochure.
Even during Phase 1 of his reburbishing of an iconic building into the ultra-modern DusitD2 Hotel Constance in Pasadena, Hui maintained the core architectural values, earning the project a Historic Preservation Award. He also supports one of the oldest local traditions with spectacular entries the last two years in the Tournament of Roses Parade.
This spring he is celebrating the opening of new restaurants downtown in which Singpoli is partnered, such as Triple 8 China Bar & Grill in L.A. Live at 800 W. Olympic Boulevard, and The Big Catch Seafood Restaurant at 8th Street & Hoover.
Hui says Singpoli is a combination of three Chinese words that combine to define the company’s mission of honestly protecting the best interests of its clients, investors and employees. With his children attending every level of Arcadia schools and his oldest at university, Hui also supports many human and worker rights issues. And his Singpoli is among the biggest financial supporters of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles and the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce, for which he serves on the board of directors of each. In the past year Hui’s Singpoli sponsored the monthly Arcadia Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Forum, the annual Planning Conference, and was a Silver Sponsor of the Taste of Arcadia.
He is also a proud owner of a handful of thoroughbred horses stabled at Arcadia’s Santa Anita Park — all of which carry the word Diamond in their name. And he is developing a new business that would allow the average person to be able to afford to invest in thoroughbred horses in order to become more interested in the sport of kings with a rooting interest.
His many companies under the Singpoli Group, with offices in Arcadia (25 E. Foothill Blvd) and Pasadena, include:
- YUP racing, based in Arcadia: the first Chinese-language website that offers betting on horse races, powered by Xpressbet.
- 8sianMedia, based in Arcadia: the largest Asian-targeted Multi-Channel Network and Advertising Platform with more than 150 million monthly video impressions on YouTube; digital TV signage network with more than 100 signed locations reaching more than 3 million viewers per month (cloud-based Restaurant TV network); content distribution reaching 600 million smartphones and more than 500 million online video users.
- Singpoli Capital Corp., real estate investment and development with focus on acquiring, improving, repositioning, developing, and holding commercial real estate located primarily in Southern California.
- Singpoli Construction, a full-service construction company specializing in the construction and build-out of bank branches, commercial, office and retail space in California. Examples: Landmark Tower in Milpitas, Ca.; Europa Village in Temeculah, Ca.; 5 Beekman Street in New York City; Marriott Hotel in Marina Del Rey, Ca.; Colorado at Lake in Pasadena, Ca.; 2 North Lake in Pasadena; and Triple 8 in Pasadena.
- Singpoli Realty, with focus on commercial investment properties as well as high-end residential homes in the Southern California region for high net-worth clients and investors.
- Pacific Design Group, premier provider of Data Center Design services for business critical facilities, based in Orange County and Los Angeles.
- Invest L.A. Regional Center, offering investor Visa / Green Card through the EB5 Immigrant Investor Program and specializing in developing and managing commercial properties in Los Angeles and Orange County, including regional shopping centers, redevelopment mixed-use projects, entertainment centers and hotels.
- Tasty Dining Group, joint venture with M2K Group to develop Asian-inspired restaurant concepts such as the new Triple 8 China Bar and Grill, The Big Catch Seafood Restaurant, the Cantonese Monkee restaurant replacing McCormick and Schmick’s with a $4.5 million renovation on Bunker Hill downtown L.A., and others.
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Business of the Year: Sierra Auto/Honda
In the year following the death of his father Lathrop Hoffman, who took over Sierra Volkswagen in 1971 and began expanding its portfolio of dealerships in Monrovia and Duarte more than 40 years ago, Peter Hoffman has maintained and continued to grow the business while also expanding the already superior customer service and community support.
The Sierra Auto group offers free Wi-Fi and coffee at all their locations. At Sierra Autocars on Shamrock in Monrovia they offer a Café to customers, a play room for Children, and has a Solar Power Plant for over 10 years.
Sierra is a family-owned dealer group with roots in the Auto Industry going back 100 years and four generations in Southern California. Paul G. Hoffman went from selling Studebakers door-to-door to owning his own dealership on Figueroa Street in Downtown Los Angeles to being the President of Studebaker. His son Lathrop purchased the store, which remained open until Studebaker ceased manufacturing. After a brief time in ceramic tile manufacturing, Lathrop purchased Sierra Volkswagen on Sierra Avenue in Fontana in 1971.
In 1974, Lathrop moved to Monrovia where Sierra Autocars (Honda, Chevy, Subaru and Mazda) currently reside. Sierra eventually expanded to opening Sierra Acura in Alhambra, Sierra Fiat of Duarte, and Sierra Chrysler Dodge, Jeep & Ram in Monrovia. Peter, along with his sisters Mary & Liz (Lathrop’s children), his nephew Mike, niece Jenny, and daughter Leah carry on the family tradition of Sierra.
In the 1970s, when the United States got its ﬁrst panda from China, Sierra adopted the panda as a mascot. The panda is a representation of friendship and goodwill. Lathrop Hoffman, who died last year, believed that the panda mascot would bring joy to people as you cannot help but smile when you see one.
Sierra lives by the mission statement that we see each guest and employee as a member of one family.
Sierra has always been a signiﬁcant supporter in the community. In 2013, Peter Hoffman was nominated with 57 other dealers nationwide for TIME’s Dealer of Year Award – an award that is given based on performance and exceptional community service.
In addition to offering a deep discount lease on a Honda Civic for the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce CEO, among many of the sponsorships Sierra is heavily involved with are the Monrovia Library Foundation, Monrovia Chamber of Commerce, Duarte Chamber of Commerce, Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills, YMCA of the Foothills, Foothill Unity Center, Relay for Life, City of Hope, Kiwanis and Monrovia Reads.
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New Member of the Year: Vintage Treasures & Antiques Arcadia
Vintage Treasures mother-daughter owner/manager team Jeanette C. Beraha and Raquel Mc Laughlin could not have come out of the gate any stronger after opening their eclectic and stylish V shop at 340 E. Foothill Boulevard. They had a huge turnout for their first event last fall — a fashion show fundraiser benefit in partnership with the City of Hope to raise awareness about breast cancer, at which dozens came dressed in vintage clothing and elaborate fashionable hats you would expect to see at the Kentucky Derby or a posh polo match.
Vintage Treasures followed that with numerous benefit programs and special holiday discount offers. They also loaded social media with the most eye-catching photos of their myriad items from jewelry and hats to lamps and collectible signs.
The duo also attended most Chamber networking functions wearing their exotic merchandise and offering many treasured items as give-aways for raffle prizes, cleverly standing out and drawing attention to the offerings of their new shop. They also generously loaned merchandise to Arcadia Chamber members periodically, and even collected some vintage furniture and items during a remodeling of the Arcadia Chamber office which was mutually beneficial.
“We are so thrilled about being recognized with an award as New Business of the Year from the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce,” the duo said in a statement.
“The Arcadia Chamber of Commerce has been instrumental in the growth of our business. We are so grateful to their CEO, Scott Hettrick and their dedicated team! They are like a marketing machine extension of our very own business.”
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Chamber Service Award: Patricia Colonello
Patricia Colonello, director of sales for the Mountain Views News, has been voluntarily managing many logistical aspects of the Arcadia Chamber’s monthly Networking Breakfasts practically by herself since she first joined the Chamber 14 years ago in 2001.
A former Pasadena teacher of preschool students for six years, she devotes a couple hours every month with Arcadia Chamber President-Elect Vicki Knight to calling all previous Breakfast attendees to invite them to come again. She also comes to the Chamber office the day before the event to collect materials needed the next morning. Then she arrives at the venue about an hour or more early each month — between 6 a.m. – 6:30 — to set up the check-in table and the other materials.
After the breakfast, she returns materials to the Chamber office, organizes the dozens of business cards she has collected, makes copies of the cards, and e-mails them anyone who had requested to see all of them.
In this past year these self-assigned duties have grown to include overseeing a Networking Breakfast committee that meets almost monthly. The committee determines and coordinates guest speakers, Business Icon recipients, and everything from new ideas in the past year like a Hot Sheet list of attendees who call in advance and a chance to win a Business Spotlight presentation, to how much to charge for tickets and how to set each agenda.
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The Pops quintet is performing as part of the Pasadena Symphony and POPS Random Acts of Music program or RAM. Ram’s are unannounced performances that happen all over the San Gabriel Valley area in banks, libraries, train stops and even the Rose Bowl running trail.
Conductor Larry Blank is one of the most prolific and sought-after composers, conductors, and orchestrators in the entertainment business today. His work has been presented all over the world, including some of Broadway’s most successful musicals, Carnegie Hall, and top television and film projects. He recently conducted the Pasadena POPS at the LA Arboretum in a celebration of Broadway music and will again lift the baton this Saturday as he conducts not only the Pasadena POPS but also Michael Feinstein for the July 19th concert, Michael Feinstein Sings Gershwin.