council welcomes year of the monkey
More than 400 close friends gathered Tuesday evening (Feb. 10) as the Bay Area Council celebrated Chinese New Year and ushered in the Year of the Monkey at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco. Presented by the Bank of China, the 6th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration commemorated the Council’s achievements in 2015 and looked ahead to new opportunities for success in 2016. The Monkey represents creativity and invention—a particularly auspicious sign for the Bay Area.
Council President and CEO Jim Wunderman spoke about his optimism for greater partnership between the Bay Area and China, which was echoed by Deputy Consul General Faqiang Ren of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco. Bank of China SVP Lixin Gou shared his company’s excitement about doing business here. The Bay Area Council continues to expand its initiatives focused on increasing bilateral trade and investment activity through its district offices—located in the Yangpu District of Shanghai, Yuhang District of Hangzhou, and Gulou District of Nanjing.
The Council extends its special thanks to Presenting Dragon Sponsor Bank of China; Jade Sponsors: Nixon Peabody and Perkins + Will; Beverage Sponsors: Gordon Biersch, Kieu Hoang Winery, Wildcide; Venue Sponsor: Clinton Reilly Holdings; and to the Asia Society for its support. To engage in the Council’s China work, please contact Chief of Global Initiatives Del Christensen.