Buick was a proud sponsor of the 2013 WWAAC Alliance Conference & Awards, where five individuals were honored for their community contributions. September 7 in Atlanta, Buick, alongside WWAAC, carefully selected these five individuals and celebrated their success. The honorees are recognized for their hard work and success in and out of the workplace. Buick thanks Donna Cole, Richard Lui, Yixuan Matt Ma, Anthony A. Quan and Major General Antonio M. Taguba for all your hard work and for providing shining examples of success for the Asian American community.
Donna began her career in the chemical industry working for Del Ray Chemical. She worked her way up to Vice President and became a 26 percent owner of Del Ray as well as a 3 percent owner of its parent company, Gold King Chemicals. Donna later started her own business at the request of clients such as Shell, DuPont, Monsanto and Exxon who valued her passion for customer service. Today, under Donna’s leadership, Cole Chemical continues to do business with those clients plus many more. She now has multiple clients in all 50 states and many foreign countries. In 2009, Houston Woman Magazine named Donna one of Houston's 50 most influential women.
Richard currently serves as MSNBC’s dayside news anchor and as rotating news reporter for NBC’s weekend Today show. Since joining MSNBC in September 2010, Richard has covered some of the network’s top breaking stories, ranging from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami to the Tea Party movement. Prior to assuming his position at MSNBC, Mr. Lui was news anchor at Channel NewsAsia and CNN Worldwide. While at Channel NewsAsia, an English-only news network based in Asia, Richard covered a number of breaking news stories, including the 2003 SARS and bird flu outbreaks, live coverage of the South Asian tsunami and the 2004 assassination attempt on Taiwan’s president during the national election.
Yixuan Matt Ma
Originally from Xinjiang, China, Yixuan (Matt) came to the United States when he was eight years old. His passion for the Asian/Pacific-Islander American community took off as he began his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. During his freshman year, he served as the Finance Chair for the Generation Asian Pacific American (APA) culture show on campus. Recently, Matt served as the co-director of the Midwest Asian American Student Union’s 2013 Spring Conference, the largest student-run ADIA conference in the mid-west. As a senior, Matt serves as a co-chair of the United Asian Organizations and as the President of the Taiwanese American Student Association at the University of Michigan.
Anthony A. Quan
As Chief Financial Officer and Director of Business Strategy for the Coca-Cola Company, Pacific Group, Anthony (Tony) is committed to mapping the financial and business strategy in this region for the world’s most famous and iconic brand. The Pacific Group covers more than 51 percent of the global population and comprises of over 40 countries across North Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania including Japan, Greater China, India, Korea, Australia, Philippines, Singapore and more. With more than 3,200 employees and full year total revenue of $7 billion in 2012 (Pacific Group), Tony is charged to develop both tactical and long term strategic initiatives that ensure sustainable top and bottom-line growth while maximizing long-term shareholder value.
Antonio M. Taguba, Major General U.S. Army (Retired)
Major General Taguba retired in January 2007 having served 34 years on Active Duty in the U.S. Army. Upon his retirement, he served as Vice President for Army Account, SERCO Inc., the North America division of SERCO Group, a privately owned services company headquartered in London, England. He served in this capacity from July 2007 to November 2008. He was responsible for developing strategic programs in support of U.S. Army Soldiers and families by providing enabling services comprising of human resource management support, logistical support and IT professional services throughout the United States and overseas locations.