Meet Our Board of Directors
Business Development Chair
AREAA Project Showcase
- AREAA National Chair – 2009
- AREAA Education Foundation Founder
- AREAA Global Inc. Founder/Chair
- AREAA Executive Board since 2005
- NAR Hope Award Winner – 2005
- NAR Hall of Fame recipient (2009 and 2017) and director
- CAR Director for Life
- Rancho Southeast Association of Realtor President – 2001
- Rancho Southeast Association of Realtor Director since 1992
- Citrus Valley Association of Realtor Director
- SoCal MLS President – 2004
Allen has been profoundly and widely involved in the real estate industry since 1987. Like everybody, he works every day. He even works on Thanksgiving and New Year. He is the owner of Presidential Real Estate founded in 1991. Despite his busy schedules with his business, he makes sure that he reserves time to serve the associations and boards. He has also done uncountable volunteer works and studies. He earned 16 designations including namely CCIM, CIPS, CRB, CRS, SRES, ABRM…
Jim Park has served as the President of AREAA Global Inc since its inception in 2013. Additionally, Park was the 2013 Chair of the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) and previously served as the association’s President and CEO from 2005 to 2011.
Park was the founder of several real estate as well as mortgage banking companies, including The Mortgage Collaborative, New Vista Asset Management and Community Asset Solutions. Earlier this year, Park helped to launch the Marquis International team within KW Realty to better serve global and luxury real estate customers and investors. Previously, Park spent many years in Washington, DC and worked at Freddie Mac and FHA as well as worked on affordable housing and community development issues on behalf of major cities throughout the US.
Mr. Park served as the last Chair of the Federal Reserve’s Consumer Advisory Council which provides advice on federal regulatory issues to the Federal Reserve on regulatory matters that impact consumers and communities throughout the country. Park also was the Chair of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies – a nonpartisan organization focused on developing the future elected leadership within the Asian American community. In addition, Park has served on numerous nonprofit and housing related boards including AAFE, the Low Income Investment Fund and Mercy Housing among others.
Chief Executive Officer
Carmen is the President and Broker of CC Legacy Financial Corporation, a company that was founded in 2006 providing excellent services and education in the Mortgage Lending and Real Estate industries. With her 28 years of experience in the Mortgage Lending, Real Estate, and recently adding Financial services specifically (Life Insurance and Annuities), she has created a complete circle of services for her network.
Carmen Chong has been a proud member of the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) since 2009, 2011 Founding President of the San Francisco Peninsula chapter, 2015 AREAA National Chairwoman and currently serves as the CEO for AREAA Global, the for profit arm of AREAA.
Being of Chinese descent, but born and raised in Nicaragua, Carmen is trilingual in English, Spanish and Cantonese.
Marc Weintraub is a senior, successful business attorney specializing in the negotiation and documentation of large international transactions. Marc has concentrated on negotiating multi-million-dollar investment deals between Chinese nationals and American businesses. Marc has also been lead counsel on industrial and commercial real estate developments with principals from China, Italy and Latin America. Marc received his law degree from the University of Maine School of Law in 1999, making the Dean’s List all three years and winning the prestigious Alumni Award.
- CapStar Commercial Realty & CapStar Properties – President
- The Johns Hopkins University – Carey Business School, Real Estate Program (Master Program) – Advisor
- University of Maryland, Colvin School of Graduate Programs in Real Estate Development, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation – Capstone Advisor
- Georgetown University Master Program of Real Estate – Capstone Advisors
- 2015 AREAA National – Commercial Committee Chair
- 2006, 2008 & 2017 Maryland Top 100 Minority Business Entrepreneurs
- Nanjing University Business School – Visiting Professor
John Lin, President & CEO of CapStar Commercial Realty, built one of the most ethnically diverse commercial real estate companies in metro Baltimore and Washington region.
Lin started his career in commercial real estate industry since 1983 and has helped some major regional companies in expanding its real estate business. Having graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Accounting and from Johns Hopkins University – Montgomery County Campus with a M.A.S., Lin’s educational background prepared him with financial accounting, insurance, security, investment, restaurant and information technology as well as real estate and business acquisition.
International Committee Chair
Michelle Lin is an insurance broker at Red Wave Insurance Services. She received her Masters from Pepperdine University and eventually opened her own insurance brokerage in 2009. After working for several years in the high tech industry, Michelle decided it was time for a change of career, where became an independent insurance broker in 2007.
In addition, being an insurance broker she has very involved in the real estate industry – Women’s Council of Realtor as the treasurer for three years, actively participates as the Board of Director Affiliate of Santa Clara County Association of Realtros, and a part of Asian Real Estate Association of America – Silicon Valley and SF Peninsula Chapters. She was originally from Hawaii. She currently resides in the Bay Area, CA
Co-Chair Development/ Projects
Kurt Nishimura is a licensed real estate agent Remax Excalibur and has distinguished himself as a top agent in Commercial and Luxury Real Estate in the Greater Phoenix market.
He has worked in the real estate industry for over 20 years and previously served as the Vice President of Acquisitions for one of Phoenix’s most successful real estate development and investment companies prior to starting his own real estate brokerage and consulting practice in 2009. His background includes residential, commercial and hospitality operations.
Kurt founded AREAA Greater Phoenix in 2014 and served as President for two years. He currently serves on the AREAA Global board as the Treasurer and is the Commercial Chair for AREAA National for 2018.
Kurt Nishimura has a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in real estate development from DePaul University and Bachelor’s of Business from Western Illinois University.
Ian MacLeod has been in the real estate industry since 1994, where he started selling for Club Intrawest and plus other real estate projects in Whistler, this after many years as a top ski instructor where he attained his Level 4 CSIA. He continued with Intrawest working in Mammoth Lakes California, as a sales specialist on the Village at Mammoth development launch.
From there he formed his own real estate marketing project and managed numerous projects in British Columbia and Washington State. In 2003 Ian then began working with S&P Destination Properties and directed several projects for Lowe Corporation in Seattle and Los Angeles. From there, he went on to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii to work for the Lyle Anderson Group.
Ian continues to manage real estate projects in BC and Hawaii plus owns and manages Luxuryhomes.com, which is one of the top luxury real estate websites in the world. As well, he is actively involved with AREAA (Asian Real Estate Association of America) as a co-founder and board member of the Vancouver Chapter and a BOD with AREAA Global Currently he is the Sales Director for The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Honolulu.