On October 22, 2013, Daphne and Charles Chan hosted a Breguet Private Reception at Hendricks Tavern in Roslyn, NY for Michael Nelson, President of Breguet North America, and Mark and Candy Udell, CEO and President of London Jewelers. Nearly 80 guests attended this celebration of time and close relationships with dear friends. Guests were able to converse over hot hors d’oeuvres and wines and liquors, and view the latest collection of Breguet’s timepieces. A three-course dinner reception along with opening greetings followed the cocktail hour.
Mr. Chan started off the opening greeting and said, “We were totally mesmerized by the timeless beauty of HRH The Queen of Naples–It’s the name of a Breguet watch. And so I acquired that Queen for my Queen. Gentlemen, this is the only time you can bring home a Queen without getting in trouble!” and this brought on laughter and applause.
The night ended with Breguet and London Jeweler’s goodie bags and the guests left with a great memory in time.
Charles (founder of Harvest International Commercial Real Estate) and Daphne Chan (President) celebrated the 10th Year Anniversary China AIDS Fund (CAF) Celebration Gala and Award Ceremony at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Manhattan yesterday evening. This annual event directs proceeds toward CAF programs in China and the United States that aim to spread awareness of HIV/AIDS and provide resources for prevention.
“Despite billions of dollars committed by the China government every year to this cause, we learn that there is still a need to help individuals on a very personal level, especially in the rural areas.” -Mona So (Honorary Chairwoman) and Michael Tong’s (Dinner Chairman) welcome message.
“The Annual China Aids Fund Gala was such a well-orchestrated event that truly touched mine and everyone’s hearts. Their mission is clear and powerful and each one of us should strive to help and support their cause.”
– Charles G. Chan
“I am very impressed by the fact that the organization has been able to get an abundance of support from top notch doctors and entrepreneurs for CAF! And now, they’re such powerful providers to individuals and families who have been affected by AIDS and other viral illnesses. I salute to the founders and to China AIDS Fund!” -Daphne Zhou Chan
This year’s 2013 Gala is CAF’s fourth time around and through continuous private donations and volunteerism, they were able to reach great milestones. Some of the milestones accomplished were the launching of the first public education campaign to bring awareness of AIDS in Hong Kong and Guang Zhou by providing billboards of the NBA Star Yao Ming next to Magic Johnson; China AIDS Media Project (a documentary on the reality of HIV/AIDS); Chinese Association of STD/AIDS Prevention & Control (providing care and support in the PLWHA community of Beijing); 1st and 2nd China AIDS Fund Henan Children Center; China AIDS Fund Sunrise Library and much more.
Today, Jessie Li, reporter, and Betty Lai, account manager of Ming Pao Daily News came into our Long Island office to conduct an interview with Charles Chan, Founder & C.E.O and Daphne Chan, President, about their past, current and up-coming commercial real estate deals and special projects. Keep an eye out for the story in Ming Pao Daily News!
Yesterday evening, the 6th Annual Chinatown Partnership Benefits & Awards Gala took place at the Jing Fong Restaurant in Chinatown, New York. It was a night filled with appreciation and recognition for the 2013 honorees: Dr. Matthew Goldstein, Chancellor, The City Univeristy of New York; Dr. Louise Mirrer, President and C.E.O, New York Historical Society; Mr. Louis Miu, Miu and Co., CPA; the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, U.S. NE Region; and the Kiwanis Club of Chinatown. Daphne & Charles Chan, Mr William Su, owner of Wyndham Garden Hotel and Mr. and Mrs. Hei Chan of Kam Man Supermarket Group.
Not only was this a night of recognition for the honorees, but it was also a night of recognition and celebration of the dedicated organization’s continuous efforts in the improvement of Chinatown. The Chinatown Partnership Local Development Corporation has been working hard over the past year, especially post-Sandy, in cleaning the streets of the community, providing programs, events and workshops, creating visitor-attracting events, and displaying the cultural treasures that the Chinatown community offers.
Our very own, Charles Chan, founder and C.E.O of Harvest International Commercial Real Estate, attended the event as a nominee. Charles Chan greatly appreciates the invitation and opportunity to participate in this special event where individuals come together to recognize the hard-working, dedicated, and humanitarian efforts from all individuals that gathered yesterday night to celebrate the accomplishments of the organization, honorees, and all nominated nominees’ contribution to Chinatown’s flourishing community.
While Daphne was pursuing her Masters degree in economics in 1986, she discovered her interest in real estate. In 1992, she found her niche in industrial brokerage and has kept this passion ever since. She started her focus in Flushing, Queens, where she is known as the area specialist. Soon thereafter she expanded her business into western Queens and Brooklyn. In fact, she was the first Asian female industrial broker who explored the Brooklyn market in the early 1990s.
Daphne is fluent in English and Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin) which provides her with a competitive advantage to be able to assist a broad spectrum of Chinese immigrants and overseas international businessmen alike whom require commercial real estate services and throughout the years, she has helped hundreds and thousands of customers in fulfilling their needs. She also has developed and is constantly developing strong relationships and ties with many property owners and developers, allowing her to procure deals before they even hit the market. Her motivation, dedication, persistence and professionalism in business have earned great trust and respect from her customers and clients, domestic and abroad.
With over 20 years of experience, Daphne has expanded her horizon into investment acquisition, property development & conversion as well as property management. As a partner of Harvest International, she has played a crucial role in growing the company by maintaining strong relationships, and closing complex transactions such as ground leases, leases with purchase options and private funding.
Daphne graduated from Queens College with a Masters degree in economics. She is a member of the Commercial-Industrial Brokers Society of Long Island and the Central Lions Club of Flushing. She is also a sponsor and committee member of the Greater NY Chinese Community Dollars for Scholars.
Significant transactions include:
1992 – Leased approximately 150,000 square feet of industrial space to multiple tenants at 40-22 College Point Boulevard in Flushing, Queens, NY. This old industrial site was formerly occupied by Con Edison and was later developed by the Muss Development Company into a 3.3 million square foot mixed-use development today known as Sky View Parc.
1993 – Represented the purchaser in the sale of a pre-foreclosure industrial building located at 1042 Atlantic Avenue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY.
1999 – Leased a 55,318 square foot 1-story warehouse plus 12,000 square feet of parking located at 1717 Flushing Avenue in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY. Daphne was the sole broker in this transaction.
2000 – Leased 100,000 square feet warehouse space at Bush Terminal located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY. Daphne represented both the landlord and tenant in this transaction.
2003 – Structured and closed a lease-with-option-to-buy transaction located at 2-39 54 Avenue in the Hunters Point South neighborhood in Long Island City, NY. 60,000 SF industrial building with 10,000 SF land. 2005 – Negotiated and closed a build-to-suit purchase transaction for a 25,000 square foot industrial building located within the Heartland Executive Park in Edgewood, NY.
2008 – Structured and closed another lease-with-option-to-buy deal located at 1250 Metropolitan Avenue in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY. 72,000 square foot industrial building plus an additional 33,000 square foot parking lot
2008 – Represented both the buyer and seller, sold an 80,000 square foot 1-story industrial building with 15,000 square feet of land located at 110-1 – 1107 Metropolitan Avenue in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY.
On March 29, 2013, Charles and Daphne Chan attended the gala of the Queens Museum of Art (an art museum and educational center), located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Seth Kupferberg, the QMA’s board of trustee kindly invited the commercial real estate couple to this exciting event.
“The Panorama of the City of New York,” a 9,335 square foot architectural model originally built for the 1924 World’s Fair, containing every constructed building in all boroughs before 1992 was displayed, and nearby it, was the reception–also near the new expansion of QMA. Major contributors to help fund this large expansion project included government sources, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office, the state, and the City Council. In addition, the museum itself raised $2 million; Charles and Daphne were delighted that they were able to partake and support the arts and the Queens community.
Yesterday evening, Charles & Daphne Chan attended a movie screening hosted by Tiffany & Co., who designed jewelry for the 2013 Baz Luhrmann film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great American novel: The Great Gatsby. The evening entailed a cocktail reception at Hendricks Tavern before the greatly anticipated film. Upon entering the already-filled room of black formal-wear and stylish dresses, waiters and waitresses warmly greeted the commercial real estate power couple with champagne and mint juleps-a nice nod to Gatsby.
A nice assortment of hot hors d’oeuvres were graciously circulating the white room while models dressed in luxurious gowns and adorned with jazz-age inspired jewelry, as seen in the film, mingled with guests. Outside of the reception, pictures were being taken while guests posed in front of the 1929 Duesenberg vehicle, the same model car used in the film. Even after the film came to an inevitable end, all the attendees kept the spirit of the Great Gatsby alive.