MAABA’s Daniel Sakaguchi Named To St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40

2011 40 Under 40 Award Winner Daniel Sakaguchi and his wife Prof. Jennifer Kapczynski

MAABA is excited and pleased to announce that current MAABA Board Member, and former President, Daniel Sakaguchi has been named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list for 2011.  The award recognizes top talent in the St. Louis professional community in all areas who are under the age of 40.

Daniel received this award at the 40 Under 40 Awards Dinner on February 17, 2011 at the Renaissance Grand Hotel.  MAABA members Angela Yee, James Robinson, Julie Madsen, Amit Shah, David Kim, and Alex Lee were also in attendance to celebrate Daniel’s award.

This is a tremendous honor that is certainly well-deserved for Daniel.

2011 Kicked Off With Meeting At Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard

January 13, 2011- MAABA started off the New Year with a meeting at downtown St. Louis law firm Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard. SPvG hosted the meeting in its “Mock Courtroom.”

President of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA), Robert Palmer, was invited to speak at the meeting about MATA and its plans for 2011. Mr. Palmer expressed strong interest in future joint projects with other bar associations including MAABA.

MAABA would like to thank SPvG and SPvG attorney David Hoffman for hosting the meeting.

MAABA Holds Annual Holiday Party

On December 12, 2010, MAABA held its annual Holiday Party to celebrate the holiday season in the private room of a local Chinese restaurant. In spite of snow and wintery conditions, the event brought out over 40 members from MAABA and MAABA Partner, the Young Asian Professionals Association (YAPA).

The event was planned by MAABA Board Member, Angela Yee, and MAABA Secretary, Lilian Doan.

MAABA Participates in 2010 Adopt-A-Family Program

December 14, 2010 – MAABA continued its tradition of giving back to the community by participating in the St. Louis Catholic Charities’ annual Adopt-A-Family program. MAABA Board Member, Wil Holtz and Secretary, Lilian Doan, helped chair the project, and organized donations of Holiday gifts, clothing, and other necessities for a local St. Louis family in need.

MAABA Hosts Midwest China Hub Commission Luncheon for Chinese Delegation

On November 12, 2010, MAABA hosted a luncheon for 38 Chinese business leaders in industry and commerce, including the heads of the All China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC), and several pharmaceutical, agricultural, alternative energy and industrial companies at law firm Armstrong Teasdale’s offices in Clayton. The Chinese delegation was visiting St. Louis as part of the decision-making process to determine whether to establish a China Cargo Hub at St. Louis Lambert International Airport.

President and CEO of the Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA), Dick Fleming, moderated the luncheon and MAABA President, Alexander Lee, Armstrong Teasdale Partner and RCGA Board Member, Steve Cousins, and Director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development, David Kerr, offered welcome remarks to the Chinese delegation.

President of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), Eling Lam, and General Director of the Young Asian Professionals Association (YAPA), Peter Chang, were also in attendance.

MAABA members, Alexander Lee, Johnny Wang, and Jia “Holly” You, took Vice Chairman of the ACFIC, Zhuang Cong-Sheng, on a private tour of St. Louis after the luncheon.

MAABA Participates in Edwards Jones’ Diversity Expo

On November 8 and 9, 2010, MAABA participated in St. Louis-based investment firm, Edward Jones’ Diversity Expo which featured exhibits and presentations from St. Louis cultural and diversity organizations. MAABA sent representatives to meet with Edward Jones employees to explain and promote its mission.

MAABA Kicks Off Its Mentor-Mentee Program

Several MAABA members met with their mentee law students from Washington University and Saint Louis University for a dim sum brunch on Saturday, November 6. MAABA has been pairing public and private sector attorneys with law students for over five years now, and several former mentees are continuing their involvement with the program as mentors.

To join MAABA or participate as a Mentor or Mentee, click on our Membership Link, and download our application(s).

MAABA Hosts Midwest China Hub Commission Reception for Chinese Delegation

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.

MAABA Founder Judge Judy Draper Wins Judge Retention Election

MAABA is pleased and honored to announce that MAABA Founding Member and Historian, Judge Judy Draper, retained her associate circuit judgeship in a St. Louis County-wide nonpartisan retention election on November 2, 2010.

Judge Draper has served as a Judge in St. Louis County Circuit Court since 2004 when she was appointed by Governor Bob Holden.