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Panel: Fields, Factories and Faucets: Ensuring Safe and Reliable Water for Future Generations in Asia

Session: Tuesday, February 10 @ 4:00

Margaret Wong has been identified by the Sacramento Bee as the “Business Empress” based on her success in linking multi-million dollar businesses between California and China. For the past 20 years she has also served as Sacramento’s “unofficial ambassador” to China in her quest to promote better business and cultural understanding between the U.S. and China. Her goal has been to enhance economic opportunities between both countries she calls home. Margaret’s personal story represents the classic American dream, from the time she immigrated to the U.S. - to working with U.S. companies - to becoming one of the most successful U.S./China entrepreneurs in all of California.

A Hong Kong native, Margaret received her B.S. degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Hong Kong. She immigrated to the U.S. in 1974 where she served as the Corporate Controller for Bostrom Management Corporation in Chicago for 10 years. She worked as a Vice President of American Savings and Loans in Stockton before moving to Sacramento in 1984 to start her own business.

Margaret founded McWong International, Inc. in 1984 and since that time, she has used her extensive network in China and experience in doing business with China to create one of the west coast’s most successful China trade companies in the electrical and lighting products industry. In 1997, Margaret founded McWong Environmental and Energy Group (MEEG), which specializes in the export of environmental and energy related technology and equipment for industrial wastewater treatment projects in China. Margaret also founded “McWong Smart” in 2010, an effort focused on exporting smart lighting technology to China to promote “Eco City” green lighting systems. McWong currently has multiple offices and factories in China with its headquarters located in Sacramento, California.

In 2012, Margaret founded the “California Center” to expand business opportunities between California and China. The California Center has quickly emerged as a premier platform and vehicle for California businesses to introduce their products, goods, and services to China’s consumers. Margaret has been widely recognized in the industry for her strong business and government connections in China and inside knowledge of the “ways and means” of doing business in China, which serves as a great benefit to the California Center’s members.

Affiliations:

  • Board Member of California Chamber of Commerce
  • Board Member of California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce
  • Member of California Chamber of Commerce International Committee
  • Past Board of Community Advisors Member of California State University Sacramento
  • Past Advisory Member of Ecolinx Foundation
  • Dean Advisor, School of Environment and Energy, Peking University, China
  • Past President of the US-China Trade & Business Coalition
  • Past Board Member of Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Former Board Member of the YMCA
  • Past President and Board Member of Jinan Sacramento Sister Cities Corporation
  • Co-Chair of 150th Anniversary Celebration of Chinese Contribution to U.S. Railroad
  • John and Margaret Wong Foundation to support various U.S./China relationship projects
  • Nominations & Awards:
  • 2012 Presidential “E” Award for Excellence in Exporting
  • SBA (U.S. Small Business Administration) - 2011 Small Business Exporter of the Year for Western Region and Sacramento District
  • US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation - 50 Fastest Asian American Business Award
  • Coopers & Lybrand - Vanguard Award for International Trade
  • Inc. Magazine-Entrepreneur of the Year Award
  • Sacramento Business Journal - Sacramento’s 100 Fastest Growing Companies
  • YMCA - Outstanding Woman of the Year Award for International Business
  • Sacramento Business Journal - 1998 Women Who Mean Business Award
  • Margaret currently resides in Sacramento, California and travels frequently to China. Margaret is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.


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