Asian Real Estate Association Gala At Leonard’s

October 27, 2015
By Sheri ArbitalJacoby

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Centered is Charles Chan, CEO

The Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) New York East chapter’s 2015 3rd Annual Dinner Gala was held on Oct. 15 at Leonard’s Palazzo of Great Neck.

REAA recognized honorees Charles Chan, CEO of Harvest International, for Outstanding Leadership in Real Estate & Global Relations; Grace Shim, Esq., executive director of MinKwon Center received the Community
Action for Outstanding Community Service Award; and Yong Lee, president of X-Treme Care, LLC, for Outstanding Contribution to Real Estate. Citations were awarded from Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano as well as the New York State Assembly office of Edward Braunstein.

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Asian Real Estate Association Gala At Leonard’s

Mr. Charles Chan, CEO and Founder of Harvest International

Mr. Chan went to Honolulu Hawaii in his early teens as a full-scholarship student from Hong Kong to pursue college studies in Hotel & Hospitality Management.  After he received his diploma and worked up as the Front Desk Assistant Manager position at the Ambassador Hotel in a short time, he enrolled to the University of Hawaii to better himself in the field of Accounting and Business Management.  Shortly afterwards, Mr. Chan was recruited by Delta Airlines (then Western Airlines). Based in San Francisco he started his airlines career in reservation and sale while pursuing higher education.  He finished his undergraduate works in Human Relations and Behavioral Science in U.S.F. (University of San Francisco) while working for the airlines and further received his Master of Business Administration in International Business Management with emphasis in Real Estate Investment from Golden Gate University of San Francisco.

Powered by his dream to succeed and ambition in the business world, he moved to New York after receiving his MBA. After he resigned from his airlines supervisor career, he began his journey in the real estate brokerage industry in 1986 and became the top producer of the then Merrill Lynch Realty (which later merged with Prudential Realty) and was recruited by Sutton & Edwards, a commercial real estate firm based in Long Island, and received his training in the commercial real estate field.  After working for a year in the firm he followed his instinct and left to form his own retail leasing company, known as Harvest International.

Harvest International, established since 1992, models after major houses of the American mainstream commercial real estate firms.  Mr. Chan specializes in Restaurant and fashion tenants rep works and had performed project financing by bringing Swissotel, a subsidiary of Swiss Air, to Paris and matched it up with the prominent S.A.R.I. Grouppe of France to joint-venture for a hotel development in La Defense, Paris.

In recent years, Mr. Chan has spearheaded the business growth and expansion trend by leading Asian tenants into mainstream shopping malls. For example, malls owned by General Growth (then The Rouse Company) in America on a national scale to operate and expand.  Mr. Chan was also instrumental in helping customers to successfully complete several triple net lease projects of over 100,000/sf in each case on buildings that are under utilized, turned them around and has earned himself a name of as a well-respected and prominent commercial real estate broker in the Asian American businessmen society, particularly in New York.   Harvest International is now an established, successful commercial real estate company and recently launched a retail and restaurant concept development consulting service so more clients can fuel their growth and expansion by bridging West to East and East to West.

Degrees Received

Hotel Management, Cannon’s College of Honolulu, Diploma Accounting, University of Hawaii (LCC), A.S. Degree Business Management, University of Hawaii, A.S. Degree in Human Relations and Behavioral Science, University of San Francisco, B.S. Degree in International Business Management, and Golden Gate University of San Francisco, M.B.A. Degree.

Languages & Skills

Bi-lingual in Chinese and English, some conversational Japanese and French.

Accomplishments

Gold Key Award, an outstanding employee award for devising a monitoring system for Western Airlines competitive route and market studies, 1984

Completed the largest triple net lease projects both in Flushing, NY and Elmhurst, NY in 2004-05

Awarded the exclusive agency rights to market a high-end mix-use 250,000/sf project in downtown Flushing by planning the appropriate tenancy mix as well as pre-lease and sale.

Email:  charlesc@harvestinternational.net

Mr. Charles Chan, CEO and Founder of Harvest International