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Established in 1986, The Asian Chamber of Commerce (ACC), formerly known as the Pacific and Asian Chamber of Commerce of Nevada was formed to serve and represent the professional and business interests of Nevada’s growing Asian Pacific Americans. ACC, a non-profit corporation, was founded with the primary goal of economic growth for its membership. Our goal is to become a major forum and significant economic force in bringing about political, social, and economic party for Nevada’s Asian Pacific American community. The ACC is a conduit of business opportunities and a broker of information and resources for Asian-Pacific American entrepreneurs.Membership is open to any business or individual subscribing to our goals and objectives.

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Kathleen Blakley キャスリーン・ブレイクリー
Honorary Consul of Japan for Nevada 在ラスベガス名誉総領事

1. How long have you been a member of the Asian Chamber of Commerce?

I joined last year, but I have been attending ACC events since 2009.

 

2. Why did you join the Asian Chamber of Commerce? Any expectations?
I wanted to continue my relationship with the ACC and help support the Chamber by becoming a dues-paying member. AS Honorary Consul of Japan, I want to support the entire Asian community and reach out to everyone, whether a local resident or visitor, to help raise the profile of Japan in Nevada.

 

3. What committee do you currently volunteer with? 
None at this time, but I am happy to offer my time as a mentor to youth affiliated with the ACC.

 

4. What is your current occupation?
I am the Honorary Consul of Japan for Nevada. I was originally appointed Honorary Consul General of Japan in 2008. The US Department of State subsequently changed all the titles to “honorary consul” for simplicity. My responsibilities have not changed. Although not an “occupation”, I am also president of the Japanese Festival Association of Nevada (presenters of Aki Matsuri Japanese Festival) and Dean of the Nevada Consular Corps.

 

5. What do you do at ChargerGoGo and what circumstances would I come to you for something?
As Honorary Consul of Japan, I support the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco as a liaison to residents and Japanese visitors of Nevada by offering a local contact for questions about Japan, including public relations, cultural exchange, education and trade. In a nutshell, my job is to raise the profile of Japan in Nevada and to help support the Consulate’s care to Japanese residents. If a local resident has questions about a Visa to travel to Japan, or to have a Japanese Passport renewed, I can provide basic information and details to contact staff in San Francisco. For questions related to trade, I offer referrals to JETRO or the Consulate. I stay in touch with local Japanese cultural and education groups and can offer information or referrals. I am available to speak at local community events or schools about Japan and her culture.

 

6. What let you to this career?
I have lived in southern Nevada for about 30 years, and have been active in the local Japanese and Asian community since I arrived here. I joined several Japanese/Japanese American groups shortly after I arrived, including the Japan America Society of Nevada (JASN) and the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). I was active in those groups, particularly in JASN, and this came to the attention of the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco. I was interviewed and appointed to my post as Honorary Consul General of Japan in Las Vegas in October 2008 by Consul General Nagamine.

 

7.What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
That my dad is German/Swedish and I really want to take a river cruise on the Danube someday!

 

8.What is your favorite sport to watch and which team do you root for?
Hmm, tough question-I don’t watch sports so I don’t have a favorite team. But, if I had to choose, I would watch a Sumo match – I used to watch Sumo tournaments on TV when I visited my family in Japan.

 

9 .What would we most likely find you doing on the weekend? 
Probably catching up on my reading or doing chores.

 

10. If you could choose a superpower, what would it be? Why? 
Being able to FLY! Then, I could visit family in Japan anytime.

 

11. What is your favorite place to eat around here?
I love Chinese & Thai food, but my go-to is ramen!

 

12. What is your favorite Asian Restaurant in Las Vegas? 
Fukumimi ramen or Ton Ton Katsuya

 

13. What is your favorite TV show or movie?
I’ve been catching up on CSI and Criminal Minds on Netflix. I could watch Enchanted April and Room With a View over and over again!

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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6
Thu
2022
Annual Awards Dinner
Oct 6 @ 5:30 pm – Oct 7 @ 8:00 am

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Website link: https://events.lvgea.org/lvgeaawards/

When: Thursday, October 6, 2022 | 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Where: Aria Resort & Casino, Ironwood Ballroom

3730 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89158

Cost: $395

Your Ticket includes:

  • Valet Parking
  • Hosted cocktail hour
  • Plated dinner

About the Event: 

Our Annual Awards Dinner reflects on the year of accomplishments and celebrates our core values: innovation, leadership, partnership, and job creation. We will recognize some of the companies and individuals helping to further community and economic development in Southern Nevada.

The night will also bring together some of the businesses that are expanding in the region and helping to create jobs and diversify our economic tax base.

Contact info:
Jason Berthiaume
(702) 522-3334 or jasonb@lvgea.org

Oct
22
Sat
2022
Aki Matsuri Japanese Festival
Oct 22 all-day

Oct
27
Thu
2022
October Monthly Luncheon @ Gold Coast Hotel & Casino
Oct 27 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Nov
5
Sat
2022
25th Annual Golf Tournament
Nov 5 all-day

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

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  • Molina Healthcare
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Berkshire Hathaway Home Service Nevada Property
  • Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin LLP
  • DeVry University
  • Nevada Skilled Nursing Development LLC
  • Affinity Gaming
  • River Law Group Prof. LLC
  • Mys Firm
  • Optic Gallery
  • Miracle Wands Wellness Center – Lyndy Ngu
  • Gary Schofield – US Marshal Non-Profit Level-Boys Town Nevada
  • LPC Consulting INC
  • Global Stage Techs Inc.
  • Klingobal – KLIN Scents of Life – Sunet Klahan
  • Amplifire Agency – David Gutierrez
  • Battle Born Burgers LLC – Clifton Marshall
  • Vertex Realty Property Management – Jen Yang Zirzow
  • ADP Payroll Services
  • GWRITEON LLC
  • Neighborhood Housing Services of Southern Nevada
  • iVitalize Service Inc.
  • Noodle Asia
  • Echo Wealth Solutions
  • ChargerGoGo – June Zhu
  • Friday Health Plans
  • Spaghetti On the Wall
  • Alarmco Security
  • Nevada Mining Association
  • Stewart Title
  • United Way
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  • Heather-Shinyu Kemper – Genesis Solutions, LLC
  • Steve Lee – Celebrity Home Loans
  • Aaron Cheng – Cox Business
  • Adam Kent – Invictus Consulting
  • Tracy Hibbetts – Committee to elect Tracy Hibbetts for Judge
  • Tracy Ye – Soulife Trading LLC
  • Katherine Schlintz – Protecting Animal Life NV
  • Roger Ibrahim – R Insurance Services
  • Michael Johnston – Code 4 Consulting & Private Investigation
  • Andrew Holbert – Vegas Inspired UAV
  • Norman Prophett – Not Just Notaries
  • Amanda Flocchini – Calico Project Management
  • Cory Clark – Best Goods to Buy, LLC
  • Joel Franco – Chesapeake Films
  • Elaine Kennedy – Addicted Realty
  • Cindy Jackson – Mental Health Clinic
  • Cameron Burns – Chesapeake Films
  • Atif Sheikh – Law Office of Atif Sheikh PLLC
  • Tsering Song – Banking/Commercial Lending
  • Thomas Richardson – McKinstry
  • Nadia Wood – Committee to elect Nadia Wood
  • Cici Zhang – Yaham Optoelectronics Inc.
  • Ace Acosta – Snazzy Publishing
  • Gerry Diego Madrid – Legacy Banking Systems for Business
  • Jessica M. Goodey – Goodey Injury Law
  • Ronald Voigt – AAA Team Sales Tax, LLC
  • Daphne Lu – Shipp’d E-commerce Company
  • Gary Luu – Silvertech USA Inc.
  • Pauline Lee – Nevada Republican Club
  • Ailina Calip – Ailina C Life Coach
  • Matthew Nguyen – PeopleReady Skilled Trades
  • Patti Snodgrass – Hele On Notary
  • Michele M Barnes – Republican National Committee
  • Bill Gonzalez – Committee to Elect Judge Bill Gonzalez
  • Amy Hwang – Northwestern Mutual
  • Suzan Baucum – Las Vegas Justice Court
  • Karen Gonzalez – NV Insurance
  • William Zhang – Vegas Co-Op Language School LLC
  • Lana Kuang
  • Crystal Tani – CMG Financial
  • Anna Robins – Keep Memory Alive
  • Deborah Westbrook – Candidate, Nevada Court of Appeals
  • Mijung Lombardi – Bank of George
  • Jack Chang – Lone Mortgage

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