Board Of Directors
CAREA 2020~2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS
Wilson Chai is a Vice President and Senior Lending Officer at Bank of America. He has been with the bank since 2004. Wilson is a highly-experienced mortgage banker and has always been a top originator in the nation. He has completed more than 2,000 mortgage transactions in his career.
Prior to Bank of America, Wilson was an independent financial consultant for several automotive and telecommunication companies. He was also a member of a professional Porsche race team which successfully competed in the 2004 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car championship series.
Earlier in his career, Wilson was Vice President, Investment Banking at Wells Fargo Securities, where he advised the bank’s S&P 500 clients on IPO, equity private placement, and merger and acquisition transactions. He was also part of the integration team for several Wells Fargo acquisitions.
Wilson was an accountant with Arthur Andersen from 1990 to 1993. He has a Master Degree in Business Administration from DePaul University. He also earned a BA degree in Economics from the University of Chicago.
Shen Li is a resourceful commercial real estate consultant who is well-connected with Chinese and US clients. Shen is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. With only five years of experience in commercial real estate, Shen has cultivated a loyal clientele including law firms, restaurateurs, auto dealerships, wine distributors, and startups.
Shen provides exceptional customer service and grows her client base mostly through referrals. She always goes above and beyond to deliver value, solutions, and results. Shen’s strength is to tailor a strategy to meet the specific needs of the customer. She is extremely patient, listens to her clients attentively and provides detailed analysis which enables her clients to make the absolute best decisions.
As an investor and a serial entrepreneur, Shen has strong business acumen which allows her to quickly understand and efficiently manage complex transactions. Shen is an expert negotiator who has her client’s best interest at heart. With a Master’s Degree in Education, Shen has a curious mind and she is constantly drawn towards exploring, understanding and learning new knowledge. Shen’s enthusiasm for real estate feeds the client’s trust in her. Her energy and drive are easily noticeable, and her likable, friendly personality makes it easy for her clients to feel comfortable with.
Michele is a seasoned real estate specialist in the Bay Area helping investors analyze and select suitable real estate investments for their portfolio. She is experienced in private equity and has helped many California investors and landlords double, triple, and sometimes quadruple their rental incomes through the 1031 exchange. Michele received her MBA from UCI’s Paul Merage School of Business in June 2016, and her emphasis on Commercial and Residential Real Estate has fortified the connections she maintains with leading developers and long-time real estate investors.
In addition to possessing a network of key players in the regional market, Michele has the ability to traverse cultural and linguistic lines. Michele’s capacity to capture the local Chinese-speaking and international Chinese community marks her as a powerful figure in both the Northern and Southern California real estate industry. Michele’s unparalleled client service and proven marketing strategies have made her a strong asset to numerous developers and their multi-million dollar projects around the world. She creates seamless transaction processes from beginning—curated selections of properties catered towards client’s needs—to the end of escrow. And because Michele understands that purchasing an investment property is a decision that requires utmost trust, she earns it by consistently delivering on her commitments—demonstrating her credibility through her diligent work ethic and comprehensive understanding of the industry.
Michele has been published multiple times in Inman News, the leader in real estate industry news and technology, and interviewed for the 2015 National Association of Realtors conference in San Diego for her expertise in foreign national acquisitions in the real estate industry. Now she continues to service her clients in both the Silicon Valley Bay Area, as well as the Orange County arena in Southern California. Michele is also a Founder of the Santa Clara County Landlords Mastermind with over 500 members.
Genzo Sekine is the Managing Partner at Prosper Development Partners, a commercial development firm specializing in small to mid-size developments in the San Francisco bay area. Concurrently, he is the Executive Vice President at Trilink Partners, a residential developer based out of Los Altos, CA. Genzo’s main focus and expertise is in real estate development and real estate finance.
Prior to that Genzo was the CFO/COO for Synergy California Green Hospitality Regional Center, an USCIS designated regional center focused on bringing international financing to domestic real estate projects. He was instrumental in developing various mixed-use development projects and hospitality projects.
Genzo’s prior experience also includes various accounting and financial assurance positions at Ernst and Young and PriceWaterhouseCoopers focusing on hospitality and real estate. He has an MBA with a concentration in Finance from San Jose State University and a BS degree in Managerial Economics from the University of California, Davis.
Yuan-Sing Chang has been in commercial real estate starting from 2001 and started out with BT Commercial specializing in retail and office leasing/sales in the Bay Area. Yuan is also a LEED accredited professional and was involved with the first LEED certified hotel in California. Yuan has represented many tenants including: Red Ribbon Bakery, Taste of China, Randstadt , Kumon, Foxconn, Boiling Point, Kimco, Hilton Garden, Holiday Inn, and many others. Yuan was also the president for CAREA (Chinese American Real Estate Association). Yuan is affiliated with Loopnet and Costar. He speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.
– 20 years of commercial real estate experience in Bay Area
– BA San Diego State University
– LEED A.P. (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design)
– President of CAREA (Chinese American Real Estate Association) 2019-2020
– Costar Powerbroker
– Loopnet Premium Member
– 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 top 5% at Intero Real Estate
– 2017 and 2018 top commercial broker at Intero Commercial
Major projects represented:
– Cupertino Village, Cupertino, CA, retail leasing
– Crescent Square, Milpitas, CA, sale
– Gaia Napa Valley Hotel and Restaurant, American Canyon , CA, sale
– Gaia Shasta Hotel, Anderson, CA, sale
– Legacy Partners, landlord representation
– Kimco Realty, landlord representation
– Monterey Plaza Retail Shopping Center, leasing
– Hitachi Office Building, South San Francisco, sale
– 960 Saratoga Office, leasing and sale
– 145 El Camino Real Office Building, leasing
– Berkshire Hathaway, sale
– Planned Parenthood, sale
– Catholic Church, sale
Dexter was born in Philippines. In 1985, his family traveled to the United States of America for new opportunities. His family traveled around the U.S. and finally settled in Fremont in 1986.
He attended San Jose State University and majored in Business with a concentration in Finance. In 1998, Dexter started his career in Oakland for The Clorox Company as an accountant and later became a financial analyst. He then moved to E-tek / JDS Uniphase in San Jose as Revenue & Sales Analyst and eventually became a Controller for a small product division within JDS Uniphase.
In 2000, Dexter started investing in real estate, and by 2006 he became a partner in Platinum Group Realty in Fremont. Two years later, he opened his own real estate brokerage, RE/MAX One Alliance in Newark and became a part of the RE/MAX network which has grown to nearly 90,000 agents in more than 85 countries. In 2013 he opened another Real Estate Brokerage, Realty World One Alliance inside Newpark Mall. Dexter has always been fascinated with Real Estate and is passionate about helping families with Real Estate. He uses his experience in finance and accounting to further strengthen his practice in real estate.
Dexter has served in many real estate associations. With The Bay East Association of Realtors, he served in The Members Benefits Council, and he chaired the Diversity Task Force. In 2005, Dexter co-founded the Alameda Chapter of The Filipino American Real Estate Professional Association (FAREPA). He was the first president of the association in Alameda. In 2008, Dexter chaired the steering committee for the second Bay Area Multicultural Real Estate Summit (BAMCRES). BAMCRES included seventeen professional real estate associations in the bay area. He also serves as an officer of the Chinese American Real Estate Association (CAREA). In 2013, Dexter became the president of CAREA.
Dexter Lat, CDPE, GRI
Certified Distressed Property Expert®
2013-2014 President – Chinese American Real Estate Association
Realty World One Alliance
President / CEO
CA License #01396615
1155 Newpark Mall, Newark, CA 94560
Phone :(510) 600-3398
Jennifer Chen was born and raised in Taiwan. Jennifer received her college education in the United States earning a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and a Masters in Business Administration from Notre Dame de Namur University. Upon gaining experience and knowledge during her real estate career as a licensed sales agent, Jennifer then obtained her real estate broker’s license and mortgage license. For the past 30 years, Jennifer has worked in the real estate industry in one way or another. In addition to representing sellers and buyers of real estate, Jennifer also has extensive knowledge and experience in property management, landlord/tenant related issues, loan industry, residential and commercial development, raw land acquisition and tentative map entitlement work. However, Jennifer’s real estate Speciality is taking value add property and completely turning it around into a profitable and marketable piece of real estate; during this process she takes a previously distressed commercial property, improves and updates the structure, then procures and leases to solid tenants. Her distressed projects include single family homes, multi-family properties, residential development land, commercial strip centers, enclosed malls and high-rise office buildings. She also does extensive volunteer work, including but not limited to organizations such as Joint Alumni Association of Chinese University and College, she has been the chairperson of the Double 10 Flag Raising Ceremony Committee and past president and member of San Mateo Metro Lion Club and current President of San Francisco Taiwan Club and Vice president of Silicon Valley Chinese Technology & Business Association.
Mark Zhang is a highly motivated real estate professional who is dedicated to fulfilling the needs of his real estate clients. Mark is trustworthy, organized, and willing to go the extra mile to ensure every transaction runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible. He carefully listens to his clients’ real estate needs and advises them by providing extensive market knowledge, proven negotiation skills, and industriousness in handling details, all while staying in close communication with his clients through every step of the journey.
A native of Beijing, China, Mark has resided in Silicon Valley since 2009 and this is home. Actually he believes this is one of the best places to live anywhere in the world. Mark speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese, a valuable asset she brings to prospective clients who are more comfortable communicating in that language. Described by clients and colleagues alike as smart, competitive, exceptional, and hardworking, Mark’s professional goal is to be the best realtor possible.
Mark enjoys cheering on our Bay Area sports teams, skiing the White Mountains, and cooking Chinese food.
Barbara is a San Francisco Bay Area resident for more than 30 year. Barbara is the principal of an Allstate Insurance Agency where she provides wide variety of insurance coverages and services. Barbara is committed to help her clients assess their immediate and long-term needs and choose options that will help them achieve their goals. When people want to explore options for protecting their home, personal property, or financial future, Barbara is always there to help.
Barbara has also accumulated over 25 years of both residential and small commercial real estate financing and investment experience in the Greater Bay Area. A license real estate broker since 2004, Barbara has successfully helped numerous clients to invest in real estate.
Barbara attributes her success to her passion for her work and her dedication to her clients. She always goes extra miles to listen to and understand her clients’ financial expectations and bring them the very satisfactory either in asset protection or real estate investment solutions. Barbara has a team of professionals to help the clients, ensuring smooth and hassle free transactions.
Barbara has been involved with CAREA since 2014 as a treasurer and later on the board of director. She is dedicated to community services and to help fellow Chinese American real estate professionals. In her spare time while she is not helping her clients, Barbara also enjoys challenging herself to be a marathoner, a triathlete, a trekker, and a world traveler. She is also an enthusiastic classical music lover.
All State Agency Principal
805 E El Camino Real, Ste A
Mountain View, CA 94040
*Broker / Senior Sales Consultant at Toll Brothers for over 16 years
*Awarded Toll Brothers Chairman’s Top sales manager in 2019
*National Chairman’s Club Sales Award 2019
*Received Best New Home Sales – Sales Team of the Year Award – at Building Industry Association (BIA) in 2019
*Past President & Past Board of Director – Silicon Valley Chinese American Real Estate Association
Eunice Chan have sold multiple new home communities for America’s Luxury Home Builder – Toll Brothers – Managing the sales of single-family homes, townhomes, condos in San Ramon, Danville, Sunnyvale, San Jose and Fremont ranging from $800,000 to over $3.5 million in price. Currently selling at Metro Crossing (a master plan community with over 600 condos) in Fremont. Annual sales volume averaged consistently over $45 million.
Previously, Eunice has been involved in the rezoning, development, marketing & leasing of Asian shopping centers – Milpitas Square – anchored by Ranch 99 and Mayflower Restaurant, leasing & marketing for Cupertino Village – anchored by Ranch 99. At the same time, helped clients with 1031 exchanges and sold commercial retail centers and single tenant/NNN properties such as IHOP, Applebee’s, Walgreen, Rite Aids, Jack in the Box etc. On the development side, Eunice has been involved in partnerships in development of small single-family homes project and townhome project in Milpitas and Fremont prior to joining Toll Brothers.
Eunice graduated from University of Oregon with an MBA degree in Marketing, go Ducks ! She is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and English. Eunice is now a proud grandmother of a lovely grandson (Lucas) who will be turning 1 year old in August!
Angela is a commercial realtor with Intero Commercial, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate. Angela specializes in business opportunities, commercial leasing, and commercial real estate investments. Angela has helped many owners to transition their businesses and commercial real estate investments to the right buyers and with the right deal structures for the maximum value. Her clients include owners of restaurants, liquor stores, supermarkets, coffee shops, hair salons, nail salons, beauty product stores, after school care centers, jewelry stores, Boba shop, etc. Angela provides consultation and evaluation services for business and commercial real estate owners, she also assists in market analysis and site selection for buyers as well. Furthermore, Angela works with many landlords and property managers to qualify tenant applications for leasing. Before she started her real estate career, Angela was a business owner in the food industry for 15 years.
Angela served as a commercial committee member and board advisor in the Silicon Valley Chapter of Asian American Real Estate Association in 2018. She earned her BS degree in Computer Information System from California State University. She is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
Jenny L. Wang
Jenny L. Wang
Jenny is a motivated, hardworking and trustworthy real estate specialist. She is from Guangzhou, China and she speaks fluent Cantonese, Mandarin and English.
As a very active agent who calls the Bay Area her home, Jenny serves clients in Alameda, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise about buying and selling real estate properties here.
Jenny serves a wide range of clients, from first-time home buyers to seasoned real estate investors and developers. Jenny is an expert in marketing property listings. From home renovation, staging, mass media marketing to price negotiation, she has the skills to efficiently manage all transactions from start to closing.
With deep market knowledge and broad-based experience from being a real estate investor herself, Jenny is uniquely qualified to advise buyers on how to add value to their homes. Jenny is always at the forefront of the latest industry trends which gives her unparalleled ability to find opportunities for her developer and investor contacts. Last but not least, Jenny Wang has strong negotiation and people skills, and she is always able to forge win-win agreements between buyer and seller in a transaction.
Keller Williams Realty Cupertino – Rookie of the Year 2019
Keller William Realty Cupertino Top 10 Individual agents in transaction volume for June and July 2020 for closing $11.5 million transaction
Instant Tek Solution provides professional computer instant services for businesses. In current times, the correct use of technology and its operations can save a lot of time and effort. Allen has more than 11 years of work experience in Cisco Systems and more than 10 years of experience with Instant Tek Solution. With Allen’s experience, he can digitalize your business and help you effectively manage your resources with his management system. The fundamental philosophy of Instant Tek Solution is to create a “WIN-WIN” environment for its clients.
CAREA 2020 ~ 2021 Advisory Board
John has over thirty years of commercial real estate sales and has cultivated an extensive following of loyal clientele during this period. He provides diverse array of services from acquisition or divestitures of investment properties, to more complicated projects such as entitlement consulting for very large shopping centers and major city developments, working with developers to identify strategic uses of properties and identifying retail clients for the many Asian shopping centers that he has worked on in the San Francisco Bay Area. He also spent four years on Milpitas Planning Commission.
John Luk, Founder of CAREA
Executive Managing Director, Commercial Real Estate Sales
GD Commercial Real Estate, Inc.
1455 McCarty Blvd
Milpitas, CA 95035
Sheena founded Vantec, a leading brad of storage, thermal & mobile solutions in 1993. Vantec received “State of Small Business” by California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce in 2012. Vantec is the sole recipient of this award in the entire California.
Sheena also has over 20-year experience in commercial real estate acquiring & development.
In 2006, Sheena was appointed as an Economic Development Advisory Commissioner for the City of Fremont. Sheena is a strong advocator of creating a business-friendly city and attracting businesses to Fremont.
PC Retail Properties LLC
Phone :(510) 4689976