Ying Sa is the founder and Principal Certified Public Accountant at Community CPA & Associates, Inc. The firm provides tax, audit, accounting, business re-structuring and business IT solutions to businesses and individuals across the United States, Canada, and around the world. A native of China and former resident of Canada, Ying served five years as Vice President of Controllers for Wells Fargo Financial Inc. in Des Moines, IA and six years as the Chief Financial Officer of the Iowa Manufacturing Extension Partnership at Iowa State University.
Ying has been featured in the Des Moines Register and the Des Moines Business Record on numerous occasions as recognition for her tireless and selfless work on behalf of the community, as well as the success of Community CPA & Associates, Inc.
Ying has been honored many awards for volunteerism, entrepreneurial and community spirit. These include the Community Business of the Year Award from the Chinese Association of Iowa in 2006, the Jim Goodman Entrepreneurial Spirit Award from the East Des Moines Chamber of Commerce in 2008, and the Passport to Prosperity Award from the Iowa Council for International Understanding in 2009. On February 23, 2010, in a ceremony at the Iowa Capitol, the Governor and First Lady of Iowa presented Ying with the Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame, the highest award given for volunteerism in the State of Iowa. On May 6, 2016, she was the recipient of the Iowa SBA Minority Small Business Champion of the Year Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Ying has successfully helped numerous large corporations, nonprofits, small businesses and individuals with a broad range of complicated tax and accounting issues. She enjoys interacting with people of all backgrounds and cultures, and she is passionate and generous about sharing her expertise with her clients. As a successful immigrant woman with broad corporate and business experience, Ying masterfully blends her unique life experiences and perspectives into her own professional work and her services to clients. In May of 2013 and 2014, the governor consecutively appointed Ying to serve on the Board of Iowa Accountancy then on the Iowa Lottery Board, respectively.
Carlos Rios is the Chair and lead Executive Director of the Immigrant Rights Network of Iowa (non-profit organization). Originally from Perú, Carlos received an undergraduate degree in political science (1986), Juris Doctor Law degree (1989) and accreditation as Immigration Representative (2010). Before coming to Iowa, he worked for ten years with United Nations peace-keeping operations in Africa and peace-building in Central America.
Carlos is one of the members of the United Nations awarded with one of the portion of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. In 2006 was featured by Point Blank Newspaper as “People Making a Difference” creating a better Central Iowa. And in 2010, he was awarded with the Community Leadership Award from the State of Iowa.
Lori Bosley is an Iowa native and serves as the Secretary for the Immigrant Entrepreneurial Summit.
Lori is a graduate of UNI. She is the General Manager of North Grand Mall in Ames, Iowa. She holds a commercial real estate license.
Lori has helped organize the summit yearly and is a committed team member. She has an interest in small business development in Iowa and is passionate about helping local businesses succeed.
In her spare time Lori enjoys motorcycling with her husband, Jack. She is an avid runner and is an active member of her church, Lutheran Church of the Cross in Altoona, Iowa.
Benjamin Jung – Also serves as an officer for the IES
A native of Des Moines, Ben currently serves as vice-president for the Immigrant Entrepreneur Summit.
Upon graduating from the University of Iowa in May 1993, Ben postponed his graduate school education to spend six-months working in Seoul, Korea for the American Embassy Foreign Commercial Service before returning to begin a U.S. Department of State internship in the summer of 1994. He completed his law degree in 1997 in Washington, D.C. at the American University Washington College of Law.
After a successful clerkship in Iowa at the Office of General Counsel for the Iowa Utilities Board he decided to join his father in the family business in Des Moines. Ben became active serving as a commissioner for the Iowa Grape and Wine Development Commission under the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. He currently serves as a member on the Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute Advisory Board.
Outside of his professional responsibilities he is active in his church and likes to keep fit exercising at the local YMCA.