On November 4, 2010, MAABA hosted a cocktail reception for a delegation from China including leaders of the Civil Aviation Association of China, heads of Chinese airlines, and representatives of the Chinese Consul General’s office from Chicago at law firm Bryan Cave’s offices in downtown St. Louis. The Chinese delegation was visiting St. Louis through the Midwest China Hub Commission (MCHC), the public-private effort to establish a China Cargo Hub in St. Louis.
Welcome remarks were made by Chairman of Bryan Cave, Don Lents, and President of MAABA, Alexander Lee.
The reception was well-attended by St. Louis business and community leaders including Chairman of the MCHC, Mike Jones, Director of St. Louis Lambert International Airport, Rhonda Hamm-Niebrugge, CEO of the Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA), Dick Fleming, RCGA Senior Vice President, Steve Johnson, St. Louis County Associate Circuit Judge, Hon. Judy Draper, and Executive Director for the World Trade Center, Tim Nowak.
Members of other St. Louis Asian American organizations were also in attendance including General Director for the Young Asian Professionals Association (YAPA), Peter Chang, and President of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), Eling Lam.
Several MAABA members also attended a Blues Hockey game after the reception with the Chinese delegation and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.