The Hon. Jon M. Huntsman
Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., chairman of the Atlantic Council Board of Directors, began his career in public service as a staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan. He has served each of the four U.S. presidents since then in critical roles around the world, including Ambassador to Singapore, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia, U.S. Trade Ambassador, and most recently, U.S. Ambassador to China. In all three Senate confirmations, he received unanimous votes. He was twice elected governor of Utah, and the state was named Best Managed state in America under his administration. In recognition of his service, he was elected Chairman of the Western Governors Association, serving 19 states throughout the region.
Dr. Leroy Chiao
Leroy Chiao is a former NASA astronaut and International Space Station commander. He holds academic appointments at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine, and he is Special Advisor for Human Spaceflight to the Space Foundation.
Dr. Chiao has worked extensively in government and commercial space programs, and he has held leadership positions in commercial ventures and at NASA.Dr. Chiao left NASA in December 2005 following a 15-year career with the agency. A veteran of four space missions, he most recently served as Commander and NASA Science Officer of Expedition 10 aboard the International Space Station. He has logged over 229 days in space, over 36 hours of which were spent in Extra-Vehicular Activity (spacewalks). From June to September 2009, he served as a member of the White House appointed Review of U.S. Human Spaceflight Plans Committee, and he currently serves on the NASA Advisory Council.
Shirley & Walter Wang
Shirley and Walter Wang’s entrepreneurial and philanthropic endeavors are rooted in a family tradition of business excellence.
Shirley Wang founded Plastpro Inc. in 1994 and also serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Since 1994, Plastpro, headquartered in Los Angeles, has been a leading U.S. manufacturer of fiberglass entry doors, offering exceptional service and reliability. Plastpro’s customer-focused philosophy resulted in the highest-quality products on the market. The Plastpro product line is offered nationally through The Home Depot, Stock Building Supply and other national wholesale distributors.
Walter Wang is President and CEO of JM Eagle Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of plastic pipe. Headquartered in Los Angeles, his company employs more than 1,600 people in 23 plants throughout the United States and Mexico. Mr. Wang started his career at Formosa Plastics in Taiwan as a factory machinery operator, and within two years was promoted to internal corporate consulting project leader. In 1990, Mr. Wang was transferred to J-M Manufacturing Co. Inc. (JM) as a sales coordinator charged with improving J-M sales and reversing the erosion of its competitive stance in the building products industry. Under his leadership, J-M re-engineered the sales process, identified new markets and developed an Internet-based B-to-B management system. After serving in a variety of capacities, he earned the title of President in October 2000. Through significant capital investments and without adding head count, J-M grew annual sales from US$200 million in 1990 to over US$1 billion in 2005. In November 2005, Mr. Wang acquired 100 percent of J-M from Formosa Plastics, creating a fully independent, stand-alone company. Less than two years later, J-M acquired PW Eagle, the second largest PVC pipe maker in North America, to form JM Eagle, subsequently reaching combined annual sales of more than $1.6 billion.