07/14: APEX Dallas Professional Development Mini-Lecture - Module II: "Career and Professional Development Initiatives"
07/21: Professional Development: APEX Power Lunch
07/28: APEX After 5
07/30: APEX in Action: DFW Youth Speech Contest
feb - aug: APEX Dallas College Mentor Program


07/04: VOAAA Invites You to Come Walk in the Fourth of 4th of July Parade in Plano
07/07: Exclusive Screening of "Purple Butterfly" presented by Asian Film Festival of Dallas
07/21: Dallas-area SMU Young Alumni Cool Thursday


07/14 APEX Dallas Professional Development Mini-Lecture Series - Module II: "Career and Professional Development Initiatives"

Event Name: Professional Development Career Event
Date: Thursday, July 14, 2005
Seminar : 7:30 pm
Location: Nedley's 1801 N. Plano Road , Richardson TX (972)690-1944
Cost: FREE
Contact: RSVP to Min, min@apexdallas.org

APEX Dallas would like to invite you for our second exciting career development event of the year. Our guest speaker Mr. Albert Tan, founder of PA2, the APEX Honorable Advisory Board Member will focus on "career and professional development initiatives". The content of the seminar is drawn from Mr. Tan's rich personal and professional experiences, as well as his observations of other professionals in other fields. The format of the seminar will be an informal dialog between Mr. Tan and the audience. So, come and join us! Bring your active mind! Tough questions are always welcome!

Below is the Bio of Mr. Albert Tan.

Albert C. Tan


Mr. Tan's practice focuses on debt financing and cross-border transactions with an emphasis on representation of domestic and foreign financial institutions in the United States and foreign direct investment and project development transactions in the Asia-Pacific region. His experience includes negotiating and documenting secured and unsecured credit facilities, joint ventures, and project development transactions in China , Korea , the Philippines , Thailand , and the United States .

Mr. Tan has practiced in Hong Kong , where he served on secondment from the Firm, as Chief Counsel for Greater China of Caltex Corporation (a wholly-owned subsidiary of ChevronTexaco). He currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Firm's Attorney Diversity Committee.

Mr. Tan has completed transactions and represented clients as follows:

- Represented major U.S. and foreign lenders as lead agents and arrangers in over $5,000,000,000 of structured secured credit facilities to domestic and global real estate opportunity and venture capital funds, secured by the capital commitments of institutional investors.

- Represented US joint venture partner on the negotiation and documentation of a 30% equity share transfer in a US$109,000,000 Sino-foreign JV project for the development, construction and operation of the 108,000 metric tons LPG underground cavern storage and breakbulk terminal facilities in Shantou, China.

- Represented Sino-foreign JV on the enforcement of construction bonds of KEXIM and initiating and settlement of claims in Korea against a large Korean conglomerate relating to its construction deficiencies and delay damages in the Shantou LPG project.

- Represented US major oil company on the negotiation and documentation of a proposed formation of a RMB 116,000,000 Sino-foreign JV with CNPC for the construction and operation of lubricant oil and engine coolant blending plant, with offload and transport pipeline facilities in Tianjin , China .

- Represented US major oil company on the negotiation and documentation of a US$29,000,000 WFOE in Changzhou , China and the sale of a US$28,000,000 LPG air mixing plant in Guangzhou , China .

- Represented international power project sponsor on all project-related matters, including the conversion of construction financing to US Eximbank term-loan financing, for its 440 MW coal-fired power project in Quezon, Phillippines.

- Represented a US utility on its formation of a JV with a large Japanese conglomerate to collectively take on a 20% stake in a project company that will develop, construct, own and operate a 1200 MW natural gas fired combined cycle generating plant in Batangas, Philippines.


"Texas Rising Stars" ( Law and Politics, Texas Monthly , 2004 and 2005)

"Best Lawyers under 40" ( National Asian Pacific American Bar Association , 2003)

"40 Under 40 in Dallas-Fort Worth business community" ( Dallas Business Journal , May 2002)

"Best Lawyers under 40 in Dallas " ( D Magazine , May 2002)

"40 Up and Coming Lawyers Under 40 in the State of Texas " ( Texas Lawyer , September 2001)


LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center

J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

B.A., San Diego State University


Chinese (Mandarin)


Asia Society Texas (Board of Directors); State Bar of Texas (Executive Council, International Section); Inter-Pacific Bar Association (Vice-Chair of Cross-Border Investment Committee); APEX Dallas (Honorable Advisory Board); and Fellow of Dallas Bar Foundation.


07/21 Professional Development: APEX Power Lunch

Would you like to enjoy great food while making quality business connections? Try our business networking Power Lunches. To fit your busy schedule and for your convenience, we have provided three locations for you to choose from. We will maximize business synergies by making best efforts to seat you at a table with the types of professionals you are looking to meet. After the lunch we will email you the list of attendees to help you to follow up with your new contacts.

If interested, please RSVP with the coordinator at each location and provide the following information:

First Name:
Last Name:
Email Address:
Your Profession:
Would you like to make your contact information publicly available? Y/N
What type(s) of professionals would you like to meet:

Location: Dallas Time: 11:30am , Thur, July 21
Restaurant: Panera Bread at Park & Central
Address: 7839 Park Lane, 75231
Coordinator: Angela, angela@apexdallas.org

Location: Plano Time: 11:30am , Thur, July 21
Restaurant: Cafe Express
Address: 5800 Legacy Drive, 75024
Coordinator: Wendy, wendy@apexdallas.org

Location: Richardson Time: 11:30am , Thur, July 21
Restaurant: Jeng Chi
Address: 400 N. Greenville Ave. 75081
Coordinator: Min, min@apexdallas.org


07/28 APEX After 5

Date: Thursday, July 28
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Razoo's Cajun café. (Located on the corner of 75 and Spring Valley) Tel: 92-235-3700
Drink specials: $1.75 drafts, $3.25 premium drafts, $3 frozen hurricanes, $2.50 wells.
Contact: Wendy, wendy@apexdallas.org - no reservations required!

APEX-Dallas is back from summer-breaking and invites you to enjoy some Cajun favorites with us. Spice up your night and get a taste of Bourbon Street right in the heart of Dallas. Join us on the corner of Spring Valley and 75, next to the Loews Theatre in KeyStone Park!

Enjoy drink specials until 8:30 p.m.~ Look for us in the section especially reserved for APEX


07/30 APEX in Action: DFW Youth Speech Contest
sponsored by CIE, Texas Dragons ToastMasters Club, TI Chinese Initiative and UT-Dallas

Date: Saturday, July 30, 2005
Time: 8:00am-12:00pm
Location: The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), CN 1.120, 800 West Campbell Road, Richardson 75080
RSVP: Angela, angela@apexdallas.org

APEX in Action is the new name for our Community Service part of the organization. We are dedicated and driven to volunteer for various community service projects. We're taking action by giving back to the area community.

Time to get your stopwatches out! For another segment of APEX in Action, we are heading over to UTD to help shape little ones and teens into future leaders for our community and beyond. What's this all about? CIE and others are sponsoring a Youth Speech Contest for DFW area kids from 1st-12th grade. The contest will be run Toastmasters-style with timers & judges.

Volunteers needed to help out as:

- Timers: bring a stopwatch
- Registration assistants: help sign people in
- Runners: help judges & coordinators

If you want to volunteer, send an email to Angela at angela@apexdallas.org as soon as possible.

The Chinese Institute of Engineers Dallas/Fort Worth Area Chapter (CIE/USA-DFW) is a non-profit organization established in January 1989 . The Objective of CIE/USA-DFW is to promote communication and exchange of information among engineers and scientists in the various fields of engineering science who are interested in the well-being of the Chinese engineering community in the U.S. and abroad. For more about CIE/USA-DFW, visit their website at http://www.cie-dfw.org.

feb - aug APEX Dallas College Mentor Program

Date: February - August
Contact: Justin Hung, justin@apexdallas.org

APEX College Mentor Program: Sponsored by Deloitte


The APEX College Mentor Program is a chance for our organization to give back to the community while also committing to help develop the Asian American leaders of tomorrow. This year, from February to August, APEX Dallas will host the pilot program of the College Mentor Program. 15 mentors will be paired up with 15 students from the Southern Methodist University. Our goal for the first year is to develop a strong foundation of mentors, sponsors, and resources to build upon for the following years.

Mentors will be required to spend at least 4 hours per month communicating with their mentees through email, phone, or face-to-face. Additionally, mentors will be encouraged to bring their mentees to their workplace. A feedback survey will be distributed at the end of the Spring Program to both mentors and mentees to help improve the program.

Our mentors have the following backgrounds:
ˇ At least one year of professional work experience.
ˇ Comes from one of a diverse range of fields (medicine, law, engineering, marketing, finance, IT, retail, accounting)
ˇ APEX Membership for 2005
ˇ Enthusiasm to pass on knowledge and wisdom about their careers and job industry.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Justin Hung at justin@apexdallas.org or Anthony Luu at anthony@apexdallas.org.


To help foster the career development of undergraduate students in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area by providing a program for which young professionals can mentor students with similar backgrounds and interests in building a professional network, developing a professional skills set, as well as achieving their overall career goals.

APEX Dallas Mentors will achieve its mission by
ˇ Providing advice on how to succeed in the corporate world
ˇ Passing on experience and knowledge about specific industries
ˇ Advising students on job searches and networking tips
ˇ Encouraging mentees to follow their career dreams
ˇ Building lasting relationships with their mentees

Program Schedule

Saturday, February 19th
Mandatory Mentor Meeting - Review mentor responsibilities and bid for mentees.

Saturday, March 5th
Kick-off Luncheon - The kick-off luncheon will introduce the program to both the mentors and mentees and give them a chance to mingle and interact with one another in a relaxed environment. The event is scheduled for March 5th, 11:30 am at the Blue Mesa Grill on Belt Line.

Monday, August 1st
Feedback forms will be sent to both mentors and mentee to review the program strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement.

Wednesday, August 30th
Close of the College Mentor Program pilot program.

Program Sponsor



07/04 VOAAA Invites You to Come Walk in the Fourth of 4th of July Parade in Plano

Date: Thursday, July 4th
Time: 9:30 AM Start Time, Line-Up at 7:30 AM
Location: Parade Route - Starting at Plano Sr High School at Independence Parkwy at Park
Going north along Independence to Spring Creek Parkway; Ending at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.
Contact: Please direct inquiries to Khatina Wahab at 214-454-6300 (mobile) Or May Li at 214-868-3109 (mobile)

The entire parade is only 2 miles but will take about 2 hours to complete. Reception afterwards for our volunteers and participants at a local restaurant (Location will be sent out later)!

Dear APEX members:

Voice of Asian American Association (VOAAA) would like to invite you to participate in this year's Plano Independence Day Parade. You can wear your own logo T-shirts and carry a banner to publicize your school/organization. There is no cost to your organization since VOAAA has already paid the fee for participating in the City of Plano's Forth of July Parade.

We hope you will help to encourage Asian representation in our ethnically diverse Plano community.

Thank you.


07/07 Exclusive Screening of "Purple Butterfly" presented by Asian Film Festival of Dallas

Date: Thursday, July 7th
Time: 7:00 PM (arrive at 6:30 PM to purchase tickets at the door)
Location: DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART, 1717 N. Harwood (at the corner of St. Paul), Horchow Auditorium
Cost: $8 or free with the purchase of a $50 Festival Pass. Purchase tickets at the door (cash only), or use Paypal to send money.

Paypal Instruction:
- payment email address: mailbag@affd.org
- please write "Purple Butterfly screening" or "Festival Pass" in Subject box.

Using Paypal is quick, easy and FREE!

"Charismatic and intense,Zhang Ziyi excels in her most grown-up role to date."

"Give in to the mood piece and bathe in its glamorous nostalgic glow. It's a beauty."

PURPLE BUTTERFLY is a melancholic, brooding romantic thriller starring Zhang Ziyi ( House of Flying Daggers ; Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon ) as Ding Hui, a Chinese woman who is part of a secret anti-Japanese terrorist organization in 1931 Shanghai . Three years earlier, under her real name, Cynthia, she was a factory worker in Manchuria carrying on a romance with a Japanese man named Itami (Toru Nakamura) who has since become head of Japan's Shanghai branch of the secret service. As Japan and China prepare to go to war, Itami and Cynthia are doomed to face off against each other. Meanwhile, an innocent couple gets caught in the crossfire during a train station shootout, and the grief-stricken survivor, Szeto (Ye Liu), becomes a double agent in the war between the Chinese and Japanese spy groups.

PURPLE BUTTERFLY is all about mood: lots of lingering close-ups of characters sulking in the rain, smoking lots of cigarettes in squalid rooms, or dying slowly from bullets lodged near the heart. The film's dreamy romance, restless handheld camerawork, and nonlinear plot recall the films of Wong Kar Wai, and fans of that director's work should be similarly seduced by this elegant Asian period film noir .



07/21 Dallas-area SMU Young Alumni Cool Thursday

Date: Thursday, July 21, 2005
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. (Meet inside the main gate at 6:30)
Place: Cool Thursdays at the Dallas Arboretum: 8525 Garland Rd. on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake
Band: Satisfaction: A Rolling Stones Experience
Cost: Tickets are $12, but go up $2 the Monday before the concert. Tickets are $3 for Arboretum members. To purchase tickets, go to www.dallasarboretum.org or call 214-515-6594.

Bring your coolers, picnic baskets, blankets and beach chairs!
Parking is included in the price of the ticket, but limited, so carpooling is encouraged.
Order early, tickets could sell out!

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