Businesswoman Fong Named Community Leader Of The Year
Kahala resident and businesswoman Sandra Au Fong was recently named 2009 Community Leader of the Year by the Organization of Chinese Americans Hawaii chapter, which honors local business leaders who have made significant contributions to the growth and development of Hawaii’s community sectors.
“I was especially honored to be recognized by an organization such as the OCA,” said Fong, who is vice president of Market City Shopping Center. She also has been honored as the city’s Honolulu Women in Business Advocate of the Year and the Organization of Women Leaders’ Outstanding Woman of the Year, among others.
“This award is especially meaningful to me because as a community volunteer, I strive to live up to the goals advocated by the OCA: to work for equality and justice, to be actively involved in our community, and to share the best of our cultural heritage. It also is a great privilege to be in the company of great leaders.”
During Fong’s 25 years at Market City, she said she enjoys waking up every morning and going to work to see shoppers happy and content with their experience at the shopping center. Currently the East Oahu merchant hub has leases with 26 tenants, including Foodland’s first supermarket, which opened 60 years ago.
“I enjoy overseeing day-to- day property management tasks, negotiating new leases, maintaining tenant relations, and especially planning promotions to draw more visitors to our shopping center.
“My passion for interacting with different people and helping tenants’businesses flourish drove me to it,” said the Kalani and UH Manoa graduate.
Fong chairs the Family Business Center of Hawaii and serves on the board for several organizations, such as the State Foundation on Culture and Arts and Hawaii Council on Economic Education.
Her dedication also enriches her role as a wife and mother. She and husband Marvin have two sons Nathan and Timmy, along with two dogs Chloe and Bella.
“My family is my biggest inspiration in life,” she said. “They gave me continued love and support over the years, and I wouldn’t be the woman I am today without them.”
Sandra Au Fong