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Kenneth Wong, CIG Asia, Ltd.

Kenneth Wong
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
President/CEO, CIG Asia, Ltd.

I am the son of Chinese immigrants and was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I attended Penn State University as a varsity athlete and am currently the President/CEO of CIG Asia, Ltd., a property and casualty brokerage firm. In addition to my business interests, I am actively involved and serve on the boards of directors for the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Philadelphia Dragon Boat Association, Philadelphia Sports Congress, Liberty USO of Pennsylvania and South Jersey, the Greater Philadelphia Veterans Network, PHL Diversity and the American Heritage Federal Credit Union. I also served on the President’s Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders during President George W. Bush’s Administration and as the Chairman of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian American Affairs under Governor Tom Corbett.

Q: How did you become involved with the Army?
In 2008, a representative from United States Army Recruiting Command (USAREC) asked if I was interested in supporting the Army’s recruiting mission through local community efforts. I said “yes” before he even finished his question! Since 2008, it’s been such an honor and privilege to work with Soldiers and civilians involved in these efforts.

Q: What has been your most interesting or memorable experience or interaction with the U.S. Army?
I have had so many memorable experiences with the Army – enough to last a lifetime. I’ve had the honor to meet two of the Army’s Medal of Honor recipients, Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta and Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry. When I met them, I thought they exemplified America’s finest in their demeanor and commitment to Our Nation. My other memorable experience was jumping with the Golden Knights, the U.S. Army’s official aerial parachute demonstration team. Their precision and skills were a testament to the U.S. Army’s reputation as the most professional Army in the world. That is just one experience that solidified my belief in the importance of the Army’s recruiting efforts.

Q: Why do you feel military service should be considered a viable post-secondary option?
Military service should be a top choice when young people are considering future career pathways. The commitment, teamwork, selfless service and leadership development instilled in U.S. Army service is what will make our next generation strong. If students can learn these valuable lessons while serving in the military and obtaining their post-secondary education and/or job skills training, they will be more productive citizens when serving their communities in the long run.

Q: Why do you feel it is important to support the Army as a leader in your community?
As a community and business leader, I think it’s critical to support the Army because the Army can do a lot to improve our businesses and communities. The Army is the largest source of highly-trained, educated and motivated employees in America. I consider the Army the largest job training program on earth. In addition, the Army Values instilled in Soldiers carry over into their civilian lives and impact everyone around them. We continue to need leaders in our communities to help young people understand the values that will make them productive Americans. I believe the U.S. Army provides opportunities that can help young people achieve their dreams. I’m committed to assisting the Army in recruiting the “best” and the “brightest” for the future of the United States. 

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