AACCKC: CelebrASIAN Gala
Thursday, May 11, 2017
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM, Sheraton Overland Park Hotel - MAP

Join us for our 14th annual gala. Registration & Reception starts at 5:30 PM. Individual tickets are $125.


• Registration and Networking
• Dinner
• Presentation of 2016 Awards
• Keynote Speech

Keynote Speaker
Brian Wong, Co-Founder & CEO, Kiip

Brian Wong is the co-founder and CEO of Kiip (pronounced "keep"), a category-creating mobile rewards network that is redefining mobile advertising through an innovative platform that leverages "moments of achievement" in games and apps to simultaneously benefit users, developers, and advertisers. He recently authored The Cheat Code: Going Off Script to Get More, Go Faster, and Shortcut Your Way to Success.

Kiip has been named one of the world's 50 Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company, listed by Forbes as one of the Four Hot Online Ad Companies to Put on Your Watch List, and included on the Dow Jones FasTech50 list. After skipping four K-12 grades, Wong received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia at age 18, and shortly after became one of the youngest people to ever receive venture capital funding.

He has been recognized with many awards for his accomplishments and leadership, including the Business Insider's Top 25 Under 25 in Silicon Valley, 30 Under 30 in Advertising, 18 Most Important People in Mobile Advertising, Mashable's Top 5 Entrepreneurs to Watch; one of the iMedia 25 Internet Marketing Leaders and Innovators; and Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in multiple years.

Honorary Chair
Ray Kowalik, Chairman & CEO, Burns & McDonnell

Ray Kowalik is the Chairman and CEO of Burns & McDonnell, leading 5,700 employees whose work generates annual revenue of $2.8 billion. Burns & McDonnell has more than 40 locations across the globe and ranks No. 14 on the list of largest engineering, architecture and construction firms, according to Engineering News-Record, and No. 16 on Fortune's list of 100 Best Companies to Work For.

Kowalik joined Burns & McDonnell in 1987 and built his career in the Energy Group. He served as the group's vice president in 2001, senior vice president and general manager in 2004, and president in 2007. Kowalik joined the firm's Board of Directors in 2009 and was named executive vice president and president of global practices in 2015. Kowalik became the firm's 8th CEO in 2017.

In addition to leading the company, Kowalik invests time and energy into organizations that support education, health and economic development for the Kansas City area. His civic involvements include the Board Chair for United Way of GKC, the Board for the KCADC and Notre Dame de Sion, the Civic Council, and a member of the Dean's Engineering Advisory Council for the College of Engineering at his alma mater, the University of Missouri.


*The Filipino Association is a community partner with the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City (AACCKC), and as a benefit to our members, you are entitled to the member activities, benefits, and area discounts of the AACCKC. Network with the Asian business community, attend development seminars, post job openings/resumes/bids, receive discounts at participating locations, and more! E-mail us to request an AACCKC membership card.

Contact: Sook Park / 913-338-0774