Busi­ness­woman Fong Named Com­mu­nity Leader Of The Year

MidWeek Islander (East Oahu) - - ADS - By ALANA FOLEN

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

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