Webinar Series - Part 2
Can Leadership Be Learned or Are You Born With It?
- Comparing military leadership traits with those of business leadership
Ken Wong is a principal in NavPac Advisors, LLC which assists U.S. entities in developing strategies and building working relationships in China. He is the President of CIG Asia, Ltd., a national property and casualty insurance brokerage firm. Mr. Wong has been appointed to numerous leadership and advisory positions at the state and federal levels and is currently a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the U.S. Army.
The multi-dimensional Kenneth Wong represents the promise, as well as the reality of one of America’s founding principles as he opens new avenues for business opportunity and active civic engagement.
Mr. Wong is a principal in NavPac Advisors, LLC that brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to both the US and China markets. NavPac Advisors, LLC, under the leadership of Mr. Wong, assists US entities navigate through the complexities of developing strategies and building working relationships in China. In a very short period of time, entities in China realized that NavPac Advisors, LLC could do the same for them in the US market. Today, NavPac Advisors, LLC successfully “navigates entities across the Pacific” utilizing their many skills and established relationships to achieve their clients’ goals and objectives.
For over 30 years, Mr. Wong can be credited with combining his business acumen, cross-cultural facility and focused management tactics to establish CIG Asia, Ltd., a successful Philadelphia, PA-based national property and casualty insurance brokerage firm. Under his direction as president, the company provides its diverse client base with the coverage and advice required to weather the vagaries of a complex business environment.
Mr. Wong’s commitment to full inclusion of Asian Americans and new Americans living, working and doing business in the United States in general, and the Delaware Valley, in particular, has landed him in numerous leadership positions. As example, Mr. Wong, from 2004-2007, was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as a commissioner on the President’s Advisory Commission for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders where he focused on economic strategies and community development. Through Mr. Wong’s efforts, both in Washington, DC and across the Nation many doors of opportunity have been opened for Asian American economic development for large and small businesses.
In May of 2012, Governor Tom Corbett of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania appointed Mr. Wong to the Chairmanship of his Advisory Commission for Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders. Mr. Wong’s agenda includes both Economic and Leadership Development for the Asian American & Pacific Islander communities.
is also a member of the Executive Board of the Hong Kong Business Association Worldwide Federation.
On April 19, 2017, Mr. Wong was appointed by Acting Secretary of the Army, Mr. Robert Speer, as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army. In this role, Mr. Wong is a liaison between the Office of the Secretary of the Army and the citizens of the United States.
Locally, his civic participation includes service on the boards of Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA; the American Red Cross for Eastern Pennsylvania and serving as the chair of the Services to the Armed Forces Committee; Liberty USO- Pennsylvania & Southern New Jersey; The Philadelphia Sports Congress; the Multicultural Affairs Congress; the Greater Philadelphia Veterans Network; Philadelphia Hospitality; the Philadelphia Convention & Visitor’s Bureau; Board of Managers of the Central High School of Philadelphia; Collective Success Network; American Heritage Federal Credit Union; The West Point Society of Greater Philadelphia and member of the American Legion Benjamin Franklin Post 405.
Mr. Wong is a member of the Union League of Philadelphia and participates on the Armed Services Council
Mr. Wong lives in Philadelphia and is the father of two daughters.
Brigadier General James P Wong
Prior to Brigadier General James P Wong retirement on February 2018, he was assigned as the U.S. ARMY SOUTH Deputy Commanding General - Operations, Army National Guard (ARNG) at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. As the Deputy Commanding General, he served as the General Officer responsible for providing oversight and integration of all operational functions within Army South. General Wong ensure that Army South is executing the Theater Campaign Strategy, Theater Security Cooperation Plan, and the Title-10 Army Service Component Command functions within the 31 counties and 15 areas of special sovereignty in the United States Southern Command Area of Responsibility. Represented the Commanding General at Senior Executive engagement and negotiation with Partner Nation and Interagency official resulting in Bi/Multi-National agreements.
Brigadier General James P. Wong began his military career when he enlisted in 1981 and severed three years with the 330th Engineer Battalion (USAR). He was a member of the Temple University ROTC program, participated in the simultaneous member ship program, and was commissioned in 1984 as a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers. Upon receiving his commission, he was assigned as Support and Line Platoon Leader in the 330th Engineer Battalion and later became Commander, 369th Engineer Platoon (Firefighter) from August 1986 to May 1988.
In November 1988, Brigadier General Wong became a member of the Army National Guard and was assigned to the 103rd Engineer Battalion where he served in several positions including Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, S1, and S2. In 1992, he was employed full-time as the Battalion Training Technician and subsequently became the Administrative Officer (AGR). In March 1994, Brigadier General Wong transitioned to Title-10 (AGR) position as a TAC (Teach Assess Counsel) at Officers’ Candidate School, Fort Benning, Georgia. Upon completing this assignment in May 1996, Brigadier General Wong was reassigned to the Senior Army National Guard Advisor Office in Panama as the Operations Officer and then the S3 for the Exercise Support Command (Provisional) until July 1999 with the transfer of the Canal Zone. After graduating from the US Army Command and General Staff Officers’ Course at Fort Leavenworth he was assigned as a Plans Officer, G3, Eighth United States Army, Korea. Brigadier General Wong returned to the National Guard Bureau in July 2001 as the Combat Training Center Branch Chief in the Operations Division. Brigadier General Wong Commanded the 103rd Engineer Battalion, 28th Infantry Division from February 2002 to May 2004. Afterwards, he deployed to Afghanistan from June 2004 to June 2005 as the ETT Team Chief, CS and CSS BN, with ANA during Operation Enduring Freedom. Completing his tour in Afghanistan, he attended the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania and the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia. Following his studies, he was assigned as Chief of Staff–ARNG, MANSCEN from November 2006 to September 2008 and was then appointed as the Reserve Force Advisor to the J8, Joint Chief of Staff from September 2008 to August 2011 including a second deployment to Afghanistan as the Chief, National Guard Affairs Team, United States Forces Afghanistan. After deployment, he was assigned as the Senior National Guard Advisor and Division Chief, M&RA, Unites States Army Europe until departing in April 2014. Upon returning to the US, he was assigned as the Division Chief, NG-J35, Future Operations, NGB and as the Special Assistant to the Director, Army National Guard. In February 2016 was assigned ARSOUTH Deputy Commanding General, Army National Guard (ARNG) at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
Brigadier General Wong is a Graduate of the Army War College, Joint Forces Staff College, Army Command and General Staff Course, Combined Arms Service Staff School, Engineer Basic and Advance Courses, and Sapper Leaders Course. He holds a Bachelor degree in Finance and Business Law from Temple University, a Master of Science in Business Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the Army War College. He is a graduate of Executive studies from: Harvard University General Officer Homeland Security Seminar, Harvard University Senior Executives in National and International Security, and Syracuse University National Security Studies Management.
Some of Brigadier General Wong’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit w/2 OLC, Bronze Star Medal w/1OLC, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal w/Silver OLC, NATO non-Art 5 Medal, Sapper Tab, Airborne, Air Assault, Pathfinder, Combat Action, German Armed Forces Military Proficiency, Guatemala National Medal, The Department of the Army and Joint Staff Identification Badges.