Citizens for Quality Care (CQC) president Theresa Chang returned Saturday from New York City where she was a recipient of a national business award.
Chang attended the annual banquet of the Asian American Business Development Center as a winner of the “Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business” award. The event honors entrepreneurship of Asian Americans from across the country.
The objective of the award program is to “promote and strengthen the voice and role of Asian Americans and to highlight their achievement and contributions.”
Recipients are said to represent a microcosm of the best of Asian American business owners and professionals, coming from a pool of diverse and multi-talented individuals engaged in a wide range of business interests.
Honorees are chosen based on their accomplishments, contributions to society and and leadership qualities. Chang’s nomination was made by Dr. Keith Whitehouse of Morenci.
U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao was the keynote speaker at this year’s banquet Friday night at the Waldorf-Astoria on Park Avenue. More than 700 guests attended the event.
Chang opened her first CQC assisted living home in 1993 near Adrian and her second home in 1995 in Morenci. Both homes have been remodeled and enlarged.
She acquired the Stephenson Home in Adrian when it was threatened with closure in 1999.
As president of the company, Chang is responsible for overseeing all aspects of management and strategic planning. She possesses degrees in nursing and health care administration and has volunteered her services with the Alzheimer’s Association and the American Red Cross. She is also a frequent speaker on senior care topics at service club meetings.
She is involved with the Taiwanese American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Detroit where she created a young entrepreneur group to encourage Asian youngsters entering the business world. She created the Asian American Business Development Conference which is now in its fifth year.
She is the only woman to receive the best businessperson award from the World Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce and has served as a speaker and advisor in Taiwan hospitals.
She is currently working to complete a doctorate degree and studies the legal system.– June 27, 2007