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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Asian Business Association of Hampton Roads is composed of eleven Directors, elected directly from the membership at the Annual Meeting of the Membership held in May of each year.  No more than three representatives from a specific community can serve on the Board at a time.

The Board of Directors is made up of both respected elders and young professionals from cultural and professional organizations and the business community.  Directors serve one-year terms on a volunteer basis and are expected to attend monthly scheduled board meetings. 

 

6th Board of Directors

2016 - 2017

Petula Moy, President

Petula Moy is honored to serve as the 4th President of ABAHR. She has served on the Board of Directors since the organization was founded in 2010. Her goal is to put forth her best effort to assist in building a strong organization and making a difference in the Asian business community in the region of Greater Hampton Roads.

Petula was born in Hong Kong, China.  Her family was originally from Canton, China.  She was educated with Chinese Literature and Chinese History in her early years.  She was deeply rooted with Chinese tradition and culture.  She immigrated to America when she was a teenager.

Petula obtained her Bachelor Degree of Nursing from University of Virginia. She worked as a registered nurse and advanced to several management positions in Health Care Industry. Later, she returned back to school to further her education and obtained a Master of Business Administration Degree (MBA) from Old Dominion University. She took a great opportunity to become an entrepreneur when she enrolled in the Entrepreneur Program of Farmers Insurance Group. Since then, she managed her own Farmers Insurance agency for about nine years. She has the privilege to serve her clients as their personal and commercial insurance advisor. She was a recipent of District Commercial Agent of Year Award.

In 2014, Petula made a career change to financial industry and joined CommonWealth Planning, LLC as a financial professional. Currently, she is a Partner at CommonWealth Financial Partnership, LLC.  She creates value to her clients by helping them to achieve their financial goals and dreams in life. She is committed to assist individuals, families and business owners in guiding them through the financial planning strategies. She strives to build strong trusting relationship and always looks for the best interest of her clients.

She is actively participating in various organizations throughout the Hampton Roads community, including Advisory Board Director of Asian Indian Hampton Roads (AIHR), Board Director of National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisor (NAIFA), member of Greater24, member of Norfolk Sister Cities Association, member of Organization of Chinese Americans, and a strong supporter of Montero Medical Missions.

Petula is married to Mark, with 2 children Alex and Stephanie.  She enjoys reading, bird watching, gardening, and travel.

 

Petula Moy, President-Elect 
President, Jul 2013 - Present
President-Elect, Jul 2012 - Jun 2013
Founding Director (2010)

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Tony Astro, President-Elect, Director of Marketing

Tony was elected as President in January 2017.  He is also currently the Marketing Director.  Prior to that in 2016, he was Secretary for ABAHR. He has 25 years of experience on Career Development and Career Counseling on military, civilian and veterans.  8-year marketing and entrepreneur co-owner and founder of Mvoss Creation, a promotional product and promotional video micro-business company.

He is known for the following social networking group:  Chiefpreneur, MeetupVA, Institute of Career Credentialing International, Photodea, Faith and Prayer Book, FusionMeet & Career Wise with combined followers of 30,000 subscribers on social network from LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

Tony is the CEO for Mvoss Creation, Independent Career Counselor for Jobmetrx and LifeWise Consulting, Creator and Publisher of Career Wise bi-monthly newsletter sustaining 16,500 subscribers since 2010 on Facebook page. He has conducted and created over 150 public presentations on military transitioning, career development, social media, human relations, leadership, financial and other latest trends or topics on technology, career counseling and social services.  He wrote over 100 Blogs on social media, travel, career development, practical life tips, religion and counseling for LinkedIn and tonyastro.com.  Directed and edited over 200 business networking and promotional product videos published on YouTube and Instagram.

He is an active member of the community and mentor to many veterans and new entrepreneurs providing assistance on branding, promotional products, image development, logo creation and other business and career consultation.  His other leadership roles includes:  CBN-Regent Toastmasters Secretary, Editor and Administrator for: Toastminutes, Career Wise, ICCI.  

Tony was born and raised in Manila, Phillippines. He loves to travel and lived in California and Connecticut, now residing permanently in Virginia Beach with his wife Myla, an entrepreneur and co-founder of Mvoss Creation and son Samuel a pianist and a Rubik’s cube competitor.

Secretary, June 2016 - Present

 Philippines

 

 

 Frances Knight Thompson, Secretary

Frances Knight Thompson was educated in the Chesapeake Public Schools andis a graduate of Hampton University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education.  In 1989, she was awarded a Master of Science in Education degree in Guidance and Counseling from Old Dominion University. In 2005, Mrs. Thompson earned an Endorsement in Gifted Education from the University of Virginia.

Mrs. Thompson began her career as an elementary school music teacher with Virginia Beach City Public Schools and taught for 15 years.  She continued her career with VBCPS as an Elementary School Counselor for another 15 years. In December 2010, Mrs. Thompson retired from VBCPS after 37 years of service. At retirement, she was assigned as Guidance Department Chair for Kemps Landing Magnet School, a middle school for intellectually gifted students.  Following retirement, Mrs. Thompson worked part-time in the VBCPS Office of Equity Affairs as Project Manager, coordinating professional development for teachers and staff, managing the planning for the VBCPS African American Male Summit, facilitating Candid Conversations about Race, and assisting the Director of Equity Affairs in the daily operations of the office. She most recently was a candidate for a seat on the Virginia Beach School Board in the November 2014 elections.

Mrs. Thompson was awarded Kemps Landing Magnet School’s 2007 Teacher of The Year, has received the 2009 Humanitarian Award by the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission, and also received the 2009 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Leaders Award presented by the Urban League of Hampton Roads.   Her passion in education is increasing the identification of students in underrepresented populations for gifted programs as well as addressing the issue of the disparity in the achievement of African American males and their counterparts, a local, state, and national concern for all educators.

Mrs. Thompson is involved in the Hampton Roads community as a Director on the Board of Directors of Virginia Beach Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and Vice-President and Program Director of ChainBreakers, Incorporated, a Community Development Corporation located in Portsmouth, Virginia.  ChainBreakers, Inc. is dedicated to helping low-income families in the city of Portsmouth become self sufficient and better their quality of life. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Hampton Roads Diversity and Inclusion Consortium, a newly formed agency created to engage businesses and organizations in the process of examining best practices in the areas of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.  Mrs. Thompson is also a member of the Executive Advisory Council of Teens with a Purpose, a local youth organization focused on providing a forum for youth to use their voices, talents and abilities to positively impact the lives of their peers.

Mrs. Thompson is married, a mother of three, and resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

 

 

Director, June 2015 - Present 

 

 

 

Jennifer Priest, Director for Membership & Sponsorship

Jennifer Priest serves as Executive Director of Norfolk Sister City Association. A veteran fundraiser with twenty years of experience, past development posts include Young Audiences of Virginia; Old Dominion University; Elizabeth City State University; Girl Scouts Council of the Colonial Coast and College of The Albemarle.  She is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a degree in History.

Jennifer’s volunteer and civic activities include Norfolk Sunrise Rotary; Friends of Old Dominion University Libraries; Portsmouth Jewish Museum and Cultural Center; Victorian Society of America; Asian Business Association of Hampton Roads and W. H. Taylor Elementary PTA.

Jennifer resides in the Meadowbrook section of Norfolk with her husband Sean. She has three children, one at home, two grown up and self-supporting.

Director, June 2016 - Present 

 

 

 Manolita Holadia, Director

Manolita Akiko Holadia graduated from the College of William and Mary with a B.A. in History.  She received her J.D. at the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law in Michigan.  She is currently a partner at the law firm of Joynes & Gaidies in Virginia Beach and has been employed there as a trial attorney for over 22 years.  She licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia, U.S. District Court Eastern Division of Virginia, U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit and the Virginia Supreme Court.  Her licenses in Maryland and Washington D.C. are currently dormant.

Her professional associations are Virginia State Bar Bench/Bar Committee, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Virginia Beach Bar Association and Virginia State Bar Diversity Conference.  She is on the Board of the Port Alliance Federal Credit Union, Lynnhaven Kiwanis and a former board member of the Samaritan House.

Her volunteer experience includes:  People In Need Ministry, St. Mary's Home for Disabled Children, Edmarc Hospice for Children, Polar Plunge for Special Olympics, Judeo Christian Outreach Center, Ability Center of Virginia (formerly Cerebral Palsy of Virginia), Wounded Wear, former NAACP Legal Redress Committee member and one of the 2010 recipients of the Freedom Fund Community Service Award.

Her mother is from Nagasaki, Japan and her father from Chincha Baja, Peru.  She has a wonderful son in the 7th grade who volunteers for most of his mother's community services!

 

Director, June 2016 - Present

 Japan

 

 

Tim Bradshaw, Immediate Past President

Tim Bradshaw is the Association's third President, having served on the Board of Directors since the organization's founding as Treasurer and then Secretary.  He is Founder and CEO of Insercorp LTD, an award-winning website, marketing, and technology services firm headquartered in Franklin, Virginia.  His goal is to leverage regional business networks and technology to develop the strategic vision of ABAHR.

Tim is of Korean and American descent.  He was born at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.  His father having served in the United States Air Force, Tim has lived in Northern Virginia and the Virginia Peninsula on multiple occasions as well as Germany and Alaska. 

He studied Business Administration and Management at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and located to Franklin, Virginia in 2007 to start his business.  Tim was invited as one of 100 entrepreneurs from across Virginia for Governor McDonnell's kick-off event for the 2012 Year of the Entrepreneuer.  Tim is also involved in his local and regional communities.  His community involvement includes:

  • Founding Director, FUEL (Focused United Engaged Leaders) of the Franklin/Southampton Area

  • Member, Board of Directors, Downtown Franklin Association

  • Advisory Board Member, ECPI University's Web Development Program

  • Member, Membership and Communications Sub-Committee for Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce

  • Member, AsiaTown Committee

Tim Bradshaw, President of ABAHR
Immediate Past Pres, Jul 2013 - Present
President, Jul 2012 - Jun 2013
President-Elect, Feb 2012 - Jun 2012
Secretary, Jul 2011 - Jan 2012
Treasurer, Jul 2010 - Jun 2011
Founding Director (2010)

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