17 June 2017: New York Chinese School Graduation Ceremony

First American International Bank staff attended New York Chinese School (NYCS) Graduation Ceremony including: Mark Ricca, President & CEO of FAIB and President of the New York Chinese American Bankers Association (NY-CABA), and Ling Lin, Flushing Branch Manager. Mark accepted a plaque (on behalf of NY-CABA) presented by the NYCS to NY-CABA for ongoing support.

233 students from kindergarten to high school took part in the graduation ceremony held in an auditorium inside the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association. Margret Chin, Council member for the 1st District of New York, along with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in NY Deputy Director, Rayjen Su, and NYCS principal, Nora Chang-Wang, were invited to speak at the ceremony.

New York Chinese School was established in 1909, with a class of 20 students. NYCS is a non-profit community-based organization that is located in New York’s Chinatown. Today, there are more than 3,000 students enrolled at NYCS. The NYCS mission is to teach verbal and written Chinese language, and to promote Chinese culture and heritage.

http://www.nychineseschool.org

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Mark Ricca and community leaders on stage
Mark Ricca and community leaders on stage with award plaque
Mark Ricca and staff of New York Chinese School holding award plaques
New York Chinese School students holding USA and Taiwan flags
Mark Ricca on stage with community leaders
Mark Ricca, staffs from New York Chinese School and community leaders
Margret Chin and community leaders on stage
Margret Chin and attendees
Mark Ricca on stage



21 May 2017: United Healthcare Financial Workshop

First American International Bank staff spoke at the United Healthcare Service Center workshop held in Manhattan. Jason Lau, Head of Retail Business Development, and Stella Shiu, Brooklyn Branch Manager, lectured on basic banking, identity theft, and how to establish personal credit in the U.S.A. Kenneth Lee, Residential Mortgage Specialist, followed up with a talk on  mortgages and refinancing.  

United Healthcare offers health insurance plans to meet the needs of individuals and employers. They serve millions of people from their earliest years through their working lives and into retirement. United Healthcare’s mission is to help people live healthier lives and make the health system work better for everyone.

https://www.uhc.com/

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Stella Shiu speaking at the United Healthcare workshop
Staff from United Healthcare, Jason Lau, Stella Shiu and Kenneth Lee at the workshop
Stella Shiu, Kenneth Lee, Jason Lau and staffs from United Healthcare
Stella Shiu and Jason Lau speaking at the United Healthcare workshop
Jason Lau at the United Healthcare workshop
Kenneth Lee speaking at the United Healthcare workshop



19 May 2017: P.S. 130 Benefit For The Arts Banquet

First American International Bank staff attended the P.S. 130 Benefit For The Arts Banquet including: Mark Ricca, President & CEO, along with Brooklyn Branch Managers Tracy Lam and Stella Shiu.

The annual banquet dinner helped to raise funds P.S. 130's arts and enrichment programs. Last year, they raised over $100,000, which paid for all of the extra programs offered this year.

P. S. 130 Manhattan of Community District Two is located in the Chinatown-Little Italy section of New York City. About 80% of students come from low-income homes where English is not spoken, making the school a "Title I" school. Despite the challenges, P.S. 130 Manhattan is proudly ranked in the top of all elementary schools in New York City.

http://www.ps130m.org/

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P.S. 130 music band, performing on stage
Photo of Tracy Lam and staffs from P.S. 130
Photo of P.S. 103 students, performing on stage with Chinese instruments



16 May 2017: Dance To Unite Benefit Gala

First American International Bank staff attended the Dance To Unite Benefit Gala including: Mark Ricca, President & CEO,  Jacqueline Kay, Chief Operating Officer,  Sharon Silver, Chief Human Resources Officer,  Lynn Zilka, Corporate Secretary,  Jason Lau, Head of Retail Business Development,  David Ma, Regional Business Development Manager, and  Stella Jiang, Human Resources Manager.

Guests of the gala enjoyed drinks, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, music, and a dance performance to celebrate dance and diversity in New York City. All proceeds went to fund Dance to Unite's free multicultural dance classes that are offered to public school students in Manhattan's Lower East Side, Chinatown, Chelsea, East Harlem, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

Dance to Unite is a 501(c)(3) organization that partners with afterschool programs to offer free dance classes with an educational component geared towards celebrating cultural diversity.

http://www.dancetounite.org/

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Mark Ricca, David Ma, Lynn Zilka, Jason Lau and rest of attendees for Dance to Unite Gala







6 May 2017: P.S. 130 17th Annual Family and Health Fair Day

FAIB employees who attended P.S. 130 17th Annual Family and Health Fair Day in Chinatown include:

Stella Shiu, Branch Manager
Holman Liang, Part-time Loan Associate
Hong Huang, Branch Greeter

The purpose of the Annual Family and Health Fair was to foster deeper connections among small neighborhood businesses, schools, banks, and advocacy groups. It was a day of fun, information sharing  (on topics such as housing, health, and finances), and networking as a means to generating creative solutions to community problems.

P. S. 130 Manhattan is located in the Chinatown-Little Italy section of New York City. About 80% of students come from low-income homes where English is not spoken, making the school a "Title I" school. Despite the challenges, P.S. 130 Manhattan is proudly ranked in the top of all elementary schools in New York City.

http://www.ps130m.org/


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Stella Shiu, Holman Liang, and Hong Huang
Stella Shiu and Hong Huang speaking with the attendees at the street fair
Stella Shiu and Hong Huang speaking with attendees at the street fair table
Hong Huang and Holman Liang
Stella Shiu speaking with attendee at street fair

Stella Shiu, Hong Huang and 1 attendee
Hong Huang and Stella Shiu


27 April 2017: Chinatown Manpower Project 45th Anniversary Gala

FAIB employees who attended CMP 45th Anniversary Gala at Capitale in Manhattan include:

Jason Lau, Head of Retail Business Development
Alex Cho, Loan Sales Coordinator
Stella Jiang, Human Resources Manager
Tracy Lam, Branch Manager
Yeliz Chen, Customer Care Representative
Lily Huang, Assistant Branch Manager
Jason Li, Financial Consultant
Stephanie Chew, Marketing Associate

CMP used this special anniversary year to pay tribute to people who choose careers in human services.

CMP is a community-based nonprofit organization in New York City that offers workforce development workshops and assistance to local entrepreneurs.

http://www.cmpny.org/

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Lily Huang, Yeliz Chen, Jason Lau, Tracy Lam, Stella Jiang, Jason Li and Stephanie Chew
Jason Li, Stella Jiang, Jason Lau and Lily Huang



19 April 2017: New York Chinese American Bankers Association President Installation Dinner

FAIB employees who attended NY-CABA President Installation Dinner at Jade Asian Restaurant in Flushing include:

Jacqueline Kay, Chief Operating Officer
Jason Lau, Head of Retail Business Development
Sharon Silver, Chief Human Resources Officer
Salvatore Mannino, Head of IT
Lynn Zilka, Corporate Secretary
Li Chen, Executive Assistant
Kevin Benes, Internal Audit Manager
Stella Jiang, Human Resources Manager
Dorine Chan, Branch Manager
Ling Lin, Branch Manager
Frances Leung, Branch Manager

FAIB President & CEO Mark Ricca, who was recently appointed NY CABA President, was honored at this event;  Jason Lau accepted the honor on Mark’s behalf: “Mark is honored and thrilled to be the new president of NY Chinese American Banker Association, and is looking forward to ensuring that NY CABA projects continue to make a positive impact on our community.”

The New York Chinese American Bankers Association was founded in 1988 to provide a forum for the Chinese-American banking and financial services community to discuss critical issues relating to their businesses and the community. 

Jason Lau, Lynn Zilka, Jacqueline Kay, Sharon Silver, Stella Jiang, Ling Lin and Frances Leung



6 April 2017: Museum of Chinese in America 6th Annual Celebration of Community Heroes

FAIB employees who attended the MOCA Annual Celebration of Community Heroes at Joy Luck Palace in Manhattan include:

Mark Ricca, President & CEO
James Lee, Director
Chester Lee, Director
Jacqueline Kay, Chief Operating Officer
Sharon Silver, Chief Human Resources Officer
David Christiensen, Chief Credit Officer
Garrett Michaels, Head of Marketing & Product Development
Eralda Xhebrahimi, Product Development Manager
Shariq Ali, BSA Officer
Natalie Khandros, Head of Loan Servicing
Kevin Benes, Internal Audit Manager
Jason Li, Financial Consultant
Li Chen, Executive Assistant
Dorine Chan, Branch Manager
Tracy Lam, Branch Manager
Stella Shiu, Branch Manager
David Ma, Regional Business Development Manager
Stella Jiang, Human Resources Manager

The Celebration of Community Heroes event recognizes the outstanding contributions and accomplishments of individuals, families, institutions, and organizations that inspire hope and help advance the local community. This year, FAIB was recognized as a MOCA honoree and featured in the following video:

The Museum of Chinese in America, founded in 1980, is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history, heritage, culture, and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States.

www.mocanyc.org

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Tracy Lam, Stella Jiang, Eralda Xhebrahimi, Stella Shiu, Kevin Benes, Dorine Chan, Mark Ricca, David Christiensan, Natalie Khandros, Li Chen, Garrett Michaels and Sharon Silver
Mark Ricca, 1 MOCA staff and 1 volunteer
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Mark Ricca and rest of honorees
Kevin Benes, Shariq Ali, Garrett Michaels, David Christiensan, Natalie Khandros and Li Chen
Mark Ricca at podium




22 to 29 April 2017: Eat Elmhurst Restaurant Week

It gives us great pleasure to announce that FAIB sponsored Eat Elmhurst, a week-long event celebrating cultural diversity through international cuisine. 

Check out event press coverage:

Eat Elmhurst Website: https://eatelmhurst.com/



4 April 2017: Cabrini Immigrant Services 4th Annual Benefit Gala

FAIB employees who attended CIS Annual Benefit Gala at Pulse Restaurant in Rockefeller Plaza include:

James Lee, Director and Cabrini Immigrant Services Board Member
Mark Ricca, President & CEO
Alex Cho, Loan Sales Coordinator
Kenneth Lee, Residential Mortgage Specialist
Jason Lau, Head of Retail Business Development
Dorine Chan, Branch Manager
Kyle Kymn, Assistant Branch Manager
Linda Chen, Branch Manager
Ada Li, Assistant Branch Manager

President & CEO of Cabrini Eldercare, Patricia Krasnausky, was honored at this event, which also included a silent auction. 

Cabrini Immigrant Services of NYC, Inc. is a multi-service community and faith-based 501c(3) Board of Immigration Appeals accredited agency that provides a broad range of culturally and linguistically appropriate services to immigrants, refugees, asylees, and their families.

www.cis-nyc.org


Photo of Ada Li, Linda Chen, Kyle Kymn, Alex Cho, Jason Lau, Mark Ricca, Dorine Chan and Kenneth Lee at Pulse Restaurant for Cabrini Immigrant Services event



18 March 2017: Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affair (APAPA) Civic Leadership Forum

Attendees sitting at tables, listening to the speakers on stage FAIB Branch Manager Ling Lin attended the Civic Leadership Forum at Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel. Congresswomen Grace Meng, State Senator Toby Stavisky, Councilman Peter Koo, District Leader Justin Yu, and Deputy Editor of World Journal Joe Wei all spoke at the event, sharing their respective insights on leadership skills.

APAPA’s mission is to promote the advancement of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans through active participation and leadership in civic and public affairs.

www.apapa.org


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12 March 2017: Flushing Central Lions Club (FCLC) Health Seminar

Photo of speakers for the Health Seminar FAIB Branch Manager Ling Lin attended the Health Seminar at Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel. Doctors across various areas of medical expertise lectured to over 150 attendees. Event coverage by World Journal, a local Chinese newspaper, featured Ling Lin— click here to read the article.

International Lions Club mission is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.

www.lionsclubs.org/EN/index.php

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Photo of Ling Lin and members of Flushing Central Lions Club

Photo of Ling Lin, members of Flushing Central Lions Club and community leaders




1 March 2017: Chinatown YMCA Badminton Match

FAIB President & CEO and Chinatown YMCA Board Member Mark Ricca , YMCA staff, and some members showed off their badminton skills at the Chinatown Y. In an epic badminton showdown Mark and his teammate played 3 sets of doubles versus Michelle Chen and her teammate.

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Photo of Mark Ricca playing Badminton with YMCA staffs

YMCA are a powerful association of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility.

www.ymcanyc.org/chinatown




24 February 2017: CaringKind Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration

Group photo of Caringkind staffs, William Cheung, Jason Lau, and Edward Lau FAIB Director Edward Lau , President and CEO Mark Ricca, Head of Retail Business Development Jason Lau attended the Chinese New Year Celebration. Festivities included: calligraphy, a presentation on health by Dr. Cynthia Lien, a film screening of a Chinese documentary called “Please Remember Me”, stage performances, a gift raffle, and Chinese food tasting. FAIB donated a gold rooster statuette for the gift raffle. 

CaringKind is New York City’s leading expert on Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiving.

www.caringkindnyc.org


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Photo of Jason Lau and Edward Lau doing a gift raffle

Photo of Jason Lau, Caringkind staffs and Mark Ricca

Photo of Caringkind staffs, winner of gift raffle, Edward Lau and Jason Lau



17 February 2017: The Chinatown Rotary Club Chinese New Year Banquet

Photo of Rotary Club members

FAIB Directors and NYC Chinatown Rotarians David Chew and Al Lau , President & CEO and NYC Chinatown Rotarian Mark Ricca, Chief Operating Officer Jacqueline Kay, and Executive Assistant Li Chen attended this year’s banquet at the Golden Unicorn Restaurant in Chinatown. Banquet festivities included: a gift raffle, a New York Chinatown history quiz, musical performances, a lion dance, and belly dancing! 

Rotary International is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace around the world.

www.rotarychinatownny.org


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17 February 2017: The Homecrest Community Services 20th Annual Lunar New Year Gala

Photo of Tracy Lam, Jason Lau, Stella Shiu and performer

FAIB President and CEO Mark Ricca , Head of Retail Business Development Jason Lau , and Branch Managers Stella Shiu and Tracy Lam attended the Lunar New Year Gala at Jing Fong Restaurant in Chinatown. True to the spirit of community service, Jason, Stella, and Tracy arrived early to assist with event preparations. 

Homecrest Community Services, an IRS 501C(3) non-profit corporation, provides community-based and multi-social services for senior citizens, immigrants, children, and families living in southern Brooklyn.

www.homecrest.org


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12 February 2017: The Chinese American Community Partnership 15th Lunar New Year Celebration

FAIB employees who attended the Lunar New Year celebration at the New Utrecht High School in Brooklyn include:

Mark Ricca , President and CEO
Stella Shiu , Branch Manager
Tracy Lam , Branch Manager
Wilson Jiang , Part-Time Teller
Holman Liang , Part-Time Loan Associate
Kevin Chen , Loan Associate
Tai Huynh , 5902 Part-Time Customer Care Representative


Photo of Mark Ricca shaking hands with Senator Golden on stage This lively event included traditional Chinese stage performances, and a visit by special guest New York State Senator Martin Golden.

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Photo of Mark Ricca, Stella Shiu, Tracy Lam, Senator Golden and attendees

Photo of Wilson Jiang, Tracy Lam, Holman Jiang, Senator Golden, Kevin Chen and Tai Huynh

Photo of Mark Ricca, Senator Golden and community leaders



11 February 2017: The Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC) Brooklyn Community Services Lunar New Year Celebration

FAIB employees who attended the Lunar New Year Celebration at P.S. 310 in Brooklyn include:

Mark Ricca , President and CEO
Jason Chan , Head of Retail Banking
Stella Shiu , Branch Manager
Tracy Lam , Branch Manager
Kenneth Lee , Home Mortgage Specialist
Wilson Jiang , Part-Time Teller from 5902 Branch
Holman Jiang , Part-Time Loan Associate
Danny Lo , Facilities Manager

Photo of Mark Ricca and community leaders FAIB had a booth at the event and organized gift giveaways for attendees. Event festivities included performances by students wearing traditional Chinese costumes.

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Photo of Mark Ricca, community leaders and student performers

Photo of Danny Lo, Wilson Jiang, Jason Chan, Holman Jiang, Tracy Lam, Mark Ricca, Kenneth Lee and Stella Shiu

Photo of CPC Brooklyn staffs, volunteers, Mark Ricca and community leaders

The Chinese-American Planning Council—as one of the largest Chinese-based social services agencies in the northeastern United States— provides culturally sensitive programs for all ages.

www.cpc-nyc.org



8 February 2017: The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Night Market.

FAIB employees who attended the MOCA Night Market include:

Mark Ricca , President and CEO
Jason Lau , Head of Retail Business Development
Dorine Chan, Branch Manager
Linda Chen , Branch Manager
William Cheung , Branch Manager

The Night Market festivities included: a lion dance, a hand-pulled noodle making demonstration, music curated by a local DJ, and delicious food and desserts made by Chinese American chefs.

The Night Market event helped MOCA raise money for their educational programming: teacher workshops, guided programs for K-12 students, and moderated discussions for both college and graduate-level researchers.

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Mark Ricca giving red envelope to lion

Photo of William Cheung, Dorine Chan, Mark Ricca, Linda Chen and Jason Lau

The Museum of Chinese in America, founded in 1980, is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history, heritage, culture, and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States.

www.mocanyc.org



8 February 2017: The Homecrest Bensonhurst Neighborhood Service Center Chinese New Year Party

Photo of Jason Lau and senior from Homecrest Bensonhurst Head of Retail Business Development Jason Lau and Branch Manager Stella Shiu attended the Chinese New Year party which doubled as a birthday celebration for several of the center’s senior citizen members. FAIB donated gifts to Homecrest Community Services to conduct a gift raffle.

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Photo of Jason Lau, Stella Shiu and staffs and seniors from Homecrest Bensonhurst Neighborhood

Photo of Homecrest Bensonhurst Neighborhood staffs, seniors, Jason Lau and Stella Shiu

Photo of Jason Lau, Stella Shiu and staffs from Homecrest Bensonhurst Neighborhood cutting the cake

Homecrest Community Services, an IRS 501C(3) non-profit corporation, provides community-based and multi-social services for senior citizens, immigrants, children, and families living in southern Brooklyn.

www.homecrest.org



27 January 2017: The Confucius Plaza Chinese New Year Luncheon

FAIB President and CEO Mark Ricca and Branch Manager Dorine Chan attended the luncheon at Royal Seafood Restaurant in Chinatown. Event attendees were real-estate industry employees from organizations that are active in local communities across New York City. Event media coverage by Compact News, a local community magazine, featured Mark and Dorine— click here to view the article.



25 January 2017: Luncheon for Wendy Pan Celebrating Her 15th Year Working at FAIB

Wendy Pan , a Wire Transfer Associate for FAIB, celebrated her 15th Anniversary at FAIB. Jacqueline Kay , Chief Operating Officer, and the Wire Transfer team organized a lunch outing for to acknowledge Wendy’s achievement. Wendy started her career 15 years ago in the Wire Transfer department; Wendy’s colleague and friend, Haiyan Zhang , who has worked at FAIB for 13 years, was also in attendance. From day 1, Wendy has diligently provided WOW service for wire transfer customers. Congratulations Wendy!

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Photo of Hai Yan Zhang, Yan Zhang, Wendy Pan and Jacqueline Kay

Photo of Yan Zhang, Hai Yan Zhang, Wendy Pan, Bo Su, Koey Li, Shirley Leung, Ivy Mai and Jacqueline Kay




January 19, 2017: NYS Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou’s Inauguration

President and CEO Mark Ricca attended NYS Assemblywoman’s Yuh-Line Niou’s Inauguration. Ms. Niou was elected to represent the 65th Assembly District a cluster of diverse neighborhoods in Lower Manhattan. Yuh-Line is deeply touched by the public support her campaign has received, is ready to advocate for her constituents, and push for a stronger community voice in our government. See pictures of event below.

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Photo of Mark Ricca with political leaders

As the next Assemblymember, Yuh-Line will stand up to Albany’s corruption and dysfunction, improving transparency while leading on issues such as creating green jobs, protecting tenants and expanding affordable housing, fighting sexual and racial discrimination, and keeping our massive systems of transportation safe.

www.nioufornewyork.com



FAIB’s Financial Workshop – Hosted by University Settlement and Confucius Manning Pharmacy

On January 17th, 2017, FAIB employees spoke at the financial workshop. FAIB President and CEO Mark Ricca gave the opening speech. More than 40 people attended: most were senior citizens who live in the New York Chinatown area. Click here for US China Press newspaper workshop coverage.

Other FAIB employees spoke at the workshop were:

Jason Lau , Head of Retail Business Development
Jason Li , Financial Consultant
Chang Vung , Financial Consultant
Kenneth Lee , Home Mortgage Specialist
William Cheung , Branch Manager

Please take a look at the pictures below!

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Group photo of Jason Lau, Kenneth Lee, Jason Li, Chang Vung and William Cheung

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University Settlement established the idea that immigrants and low-income families deserve basic services like quality education, decent housing, access to open spaces for exercise and to promote general health, and support programs for senior citizens. 

Confucius Pharmacy Inc., Confucius Surgical Supplies, and Mannings 8th Ave Pharmacy Inc. are affiliated medical industry providers located in lower Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, New York.

www.universitysettlement.org/us

www.nymannings.net/main-english2/index.php



30 December 2016: Happy New Year from Grand Street Branch

FAIB Grand Street Branch Assistant Head Teller Gorsar Yang , Customer Care Representative Sylvia Li , and Customer Care Representative Stella Zhang wish everyone a happy and healthy 2017! 

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Photo of Gorsar Yang, Stella Zhang, Ivy Wang and Sylvia Li



Celebrating 10 Years of Service at FAIB

FAIB President & CEO Mark Ricca hosted a dinner and karaoke celebration for employees who have served FAIB for 10 years, including:

Luiba Wang , Customer Service Representative
Ling Lin , Branch Manager
Danny Lo , Facilities Department
Sunny Sun , Home Mortgage Specialist
Su Yang , Customer Service Representative
Joyce Ng , Branch Manager


Group photo of Luiba Wang, Mark Ricca, Ling Lin, Danny Lo and Joyce Ng Danny, Ling, Luiba, Joyce, Su, and Sunny were given pins commemorating their 10 Years of dedicated service at FAIB. Congratulations to all on this milestone achievement. See pictures of the event below.



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18 December 2016: Flushing Central Lions Club (FCLC) Senior Appreciation Event

Group photo of Flushing Central Lions Club members

Branch Manager Ling Lin and Assistant Manager Amber Zhang joined FCLC's Senior Appreciation Event, where NYC Councilmember Peter Koo was a guest speaker.

Over 500 senior citizens in attendance enjoyed live performances, and prize giveaways. See pictures from the event below. 




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The International Lions Club mission is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace, and promote international understanding. 

www.lionsclubs.org/EN/index.php



FAIB Donates to Senator Jesse Hamilton's 3rd Annual Turkey Drive

FAIB had the pleasure and privilege of donating $200 to the Senator’s Turkey Drive. The Senator’s Office sent FAIB a thank you letter for our contribution.

Senator Hamilton has spent his entire career helping people including: over 15 years as an elected official in Crown Heights, 8 years as President of the Crown Heights School Board, and another 8 years as 43rd Assembly District Leader.

www.nysenate.gov/senators/jesse-hamilton



18 November 2016: GreeUSA Press Conference

(from left to right) Jason Li, Tracy Lam and Jason Lau

Head of Retail Business Development Jason Lau , Branch Manager Tracy Lam , and Financial Consultant Jason Li attended the GreeUSA press conference and cocktail reception to discuss the topic of “Sales Channel Strategy”.

Gree Electric Appliances Inc. of Zhuhai is an international air conditioning enterprise which has integrated R&D, manufacturing, marketing and service.

www.global.gree.com



12 November 2016: Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce of New York (TCCNY) 40th Anniversary Dinner

Group photo of Ling Lin, Flushing Center Branch staffs, Dick Liao and community leaders

FAIB Branch Manager Ling Lin , Assistant Manager Amber Zhang , and other branch staff were in attendance; see pictures below.


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17 September 2016: American Foods Merchant Alliance Banquet Dinner

FAIB employees in attendance:

Mark Ricca , President and CEO
Ling Lin , Branch Manager
Frances Leung , Branch Manager
Linda Chen , Branch Manager


Group photo of community leaders, Peter Koo, and Grace Meng

Special guests at the event included Queens Congresswoman Grace Meng, President of The Voice of Chinese Kenneth Cheng, President of Chinese American Business Association Shu Bo Chen, and NYC Councilmember Peter Koo. 

Mark Ricca gave an inspiring speech that included a solo vocal performance of the Bobby Darin classic "Splish Splash". Click for The Voice of Chinese event coverage.


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5 November 2016: Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association New York Chapter “Chinese Immigrants Building The US” Transcontinental Railroad Exhibition Opening Ceremony

Group photo of political leaders

Branch Manager Ling Lin , attended the opening ceremony. US Congresswoman Grace Meng, NYC Councilmember Peter Koo, and Chairman of Chinese Chamber of Commerce of New York Justin Yu, delighted the opening ceremony crowd with inspiring and informative speeches. See pictures of the ceremony below. 


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APAPA promotes the advancement of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Americans through active participation and leadership in civic and public affairs.

www.apapa.org



2 November 2016: Mark Ricca Inducted as Rotarian of the NYC Chinatown Rotary Club

Mark Ricca , our President & CEO, was inducted as a Rotarian of the NYC Chinatown Rotary Club, an international organization of business and professional leaders united to provide humanitarian service, help build peace and goodwill in the world. The induction was performed by Rotary District 7230 Governor Lora Hugelmeyer before a joint district meeting of several NYC Rotary Clubs at the Golden Unicorn Restaurant in Chinatown, New York.

As part of the induction, Mark has agreed to uphold the high standards of Rotary, and to live by its motto of “Service Above Self”. Also, he has agreed to live by the Rotary’s famous 4-Way Test. Mark is now a proud Rotarian, joining 3 other FAIB Directors as members of Rotary International. 

Check out the pictures of the moment Mark Ricca was inducted!

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Photo of Mark Ricca, Lora Hugelmeyer and attendees
Group photo of Mark Ricca, Lora Hugelmeyer, and attendees

www.rotarychinatownny.org



2 November 2016: Fuzhou Lang Qi Association 9th Term Ceremony

Chairman and former President of Fuzhou Lang Qi Association, Kai Ming Chen welcomed FAIB employees in attendance:

Jason Lau , Head of Retail Business Development
Linda Chen , Branch Manager
Jacky Wong , Commercial Lending Officer

See pictures from event below.


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30 September 2016: Flushing Central Lions Club’s (FCLC) 2016 Annual Fundraising Gala

FAIB employees in attendance: Branch Manager Frances Leung , Branch Manager and FCLC member Ling Lin , and Assistant Manager Amber Zhang

Special event guests were: Queens Congresswoman, Grace Meng, and Director of Chinatown Manpower Project, Hong Lee. FCLC President Simon Lee presented Ling Lin with a service appreciation award for her tireless dedication to Flushing Central Lions Club and the local community. See pictures below.


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The International Lions Club mission is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace, and promote international understanding.

www.lionsclubs.org/EN/index.php



9 September 2016: Chinese Business Association of NY (CBA-NY) 26th Anniversary 

Photo of Mark Ricca, holding appreciation plaque on stage with community leaders

Community leaders in attendance: President of CBA-NY Tom Wu, President of Chinese American Business Women's Association Jennifer Lin, President of Chinese American Business Association Shu Bo Chen, and Honored President of Chinese American Business Association Michael Kuo. Mark Ricci, FAIB President & CEO, accepted an appreciation award on behalf of FAIB from CBA-NY for the bank’s dedication to CBA-NY and the local community. See event pictures below.


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www.nycba.us/ch



19 August 2016: Mark Ricca Speaks at Chinese Chamber of Commerce of New York's (CCCNY) Seminar for High School Interns

Group photo of Mark Ricca and interns from Chinese Chamber of Commerce of NY

President and CEO Mark Ricca was a guest speaker at the CCCNY seminar for high school interns; sharing his business management knowledge and decades of stories from work experiences. In particular, Mr. Ricca recommended reading of the “Inside the Magic Kingdom Seven Keys to Disney’s Success” by Tom Connellan. He advised the interns to use these seven keys as improvement goals for themselves.

To learn more about the seminar, click here for the Compact News article.

The Chinese Chamber of Commerce is one of the organizations in Chinatown to promote and support the expansion and progress of Chinese commercial pursuits.



6 August 2016: Fu-Jen Catholic University Alumni Association of New York (FJCUAA) Dinner Gala to Honor Former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Dr. Elaine Chao
Photo of Ling Lin, Justin Yu and community leader

Our Branch Manager Ling Lin joined Mr. Justin Yu, Chairman of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in the FJCUAA Annual Meeting on August 6th, 2016, in which Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao and her father, Dr. James S.C. Chao were honored. Dr. Elaine Chao was awarded the Outstanding Public Service Leadership Award, and Dr. James S.C. Chao, an honorary doctorate in business. Read World Journal news coverage .



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2 August 2016: The 7th Precinct Community Council National Night Out Against Crime 

FAIB Branch Manager Linda Chen and Head of Retail Business Development Jason Lau attended.7th Precinct Commanding Officer, Captain Steven Hellman, and officers under his command hosted this event designed to educate communities on best-practice safety precautions.. See event pictures below. 

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The 7th Precinct services the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/precincts/precinct_007.shtml



9 July 2016: Union of Taiwan Universities and Colleges Alumni Association (UTUCAA) of Greater New York's 26th Annual Ceremony

Branch Manager Ling Lin attended the event. Ling Lin is a UTUCAA alumna who frequently collaborates with the alumni association.. Ling Lin’s contribution to UTUCAA was recognized, and she accepted an award for her dedication to the Association, and her neighbors in the community.


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24 June 2016: FAIB Honors Justin Yu of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of New York

President and CEO Mark Ricca , and Branch Manager Dorine Chan , hosted an award ceremony honoring Chairman of Chinese Chamber of Commerce of New York Justin Yu. Mr. Yu was given the Hua Guang Silver Distinguished Service Medal for his many years of tireless service to our community. Congratulations to Chairman Justin Yu!


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The Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Chinatown promotes the expansion and progress of Chinese commercial pursuits.



29 June 2016: Chinatown Partnership Local Development Corporation (CPLDC) 9 Years of Dedicated Community Service 

FAIB employees in attendance:

Mark Ricca , President and CEO
Jacky Wong , Commercial Loan Officer
Jason Lau , Head of Retail Business Development
Linda Chen , Branch Manager
Tracy Lam , Branch Manager 

The CPLDC event helped to raise money to support of their mission to foster economic development in Chinatown, and to improve quality of life, while ensuring the vitality of one of New York's most diverse and dynamic historic neighborhoods. See event pictures below. 


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Chinatown Partnership, led by Wellington Chen, was formed in 2006 to bring residents, business owners, and community groups together to rebuild Chinatown following 9/11, and to preserve the neighborhood's unique culture while ensuring its vitality in the future through strategic positioning.

www.chinatownpartnership.org



21 June 2016: Immigrant Social Services Inc. Honors FAIB

FAIB employees in attendance:

Mark Ricca , President and CEO
Linda Chen , Branch Manager

FAIB was recognized for its continuing support of ISSI and of the local Chinese community. FAIB is humbly grateful to receive such an honor. See pictures below and event coverage in The Voice of Chinese. 


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Photo of Mark Ricca and ISS staffs, holding a plaque
Group photo of Mark Ricca, ISS staffs and community leaders

Immigrant Social Services is dedicated to improving the quality of life and welfare of immigrants and other people in need who live in the in New York’s Greater Chinatown community.

www.issnyc.org



19 February 2016: FAIB Celebrated Chinese New Year at Joy Luck Palace Restaurant

FAIB employees and loved one gathered the Joy Luck Palace Restaurant to celebrate the 2016 Lunar New Year. The celebration included karaoke, gift raffles, food, drinks, games and an FAIB customer and employee testimonial video. Watch the videos below and click here to view our photo gallery:


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13 February 2016: Lunar New Year with Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC) Brooklyn

FAIB employees in attendance: President and CEO Mark Ricca , Head of Retail Banking Jason Chan , and Branch Manager Stella Shiu . Director of CPC Brooklyn Wai-Yee Chen and many local community leaders also joined in the celebration, which featured family activities, a Lion Dance, live traditional Chinese performances, other entertainment, and games. See event pictures below.


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Group photo of Mark Ricca, community leaders and performer
Group photo of Mark Ricca, Jason Chan and community leaders


As one of the largest Chinese-based social services agencies in the northeastern United States, the Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc. provides culturally sensitive programs for all ages.

www.cpc-nyc.org



Celebrating 15 Years of Serving Our Community
See Why People Love Us… 


On November 15, 2014, First American International Bank turned 15!

We want to give you all a giant shout-out of gratitude. We couldn’t have done it without you: our loyal customers and beloved community.

For a decade and a half, our bank has had the privilege to grow into a proud beacon in the Chinese-American community. We’ve given a helping hand to Chinese-American families, business owners and new immigrants and others. We’ve supported 100 non-profit organizations with worthy causes. It’s paid off in your smiles, your friendship, and your loyal business. It's our pleasure to watch and help you thrive. Take a look at these testimonials:



A Party in Every Branch

To commemorate the anniversary, all nine branches hosted receptions from November 15 to December 12, 2014. Great customers and community leaders including: U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng, New York State Assemblyman William Colton, NYC Council Members Margaret Chin and Peter Koo, and more!

We have posted our photo gallery of the celebration.


Also, check out press coverage of the celebration:



We’ve thoroughly enjoyed serving you. We are excited for what the next 15 years will bring. Please stop by a branch soon—and help us celebrate!

Group photo Community leaders with Mark Ricca and Jason Chan Visit our Community Activities Page and learn more about organizations we support in our community!

Group photo of Mark Ricca and staffs from Flushing Center Branch Check out our Employee Photo Gallery!