DEARBORN - The Ford Chinese Association (FCA), a Ford Motor Company employee resource group (ERG), recently celebrated the Year of the Snake. The annual event was held at the historic Dearborn Inn where more than 300 guests attended, including company executives, employees, family members and friends.
In a departure from previous FCA celebrations, the formal keynote speech was replaced with a fireside chat featuring the Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr., and moderated by the award-winning journalist Carol Cain from CBS Detroit.
Governor Huntsman, who serves on Ford Motor Company’s board of directors, has held numerous public and private positions around the world, most recently as the United States Ambassador to China, Governor of Utah from 2005 to 2009 and 2012 Republican presidential candidate, answered questions ranging from Chinese-American relations, the automotive industry’s future in China, to manufacturing throughout the United States. His years of experience in China were evident as he shared insightful anecdotes. Governor Huntsman used the example of a marriage to explain the relationship between America and China saying, “in this case, divorce is not an option.” Governor Huntsman believes the foundation of understanding between the two countries will have to come more and more from local leaders, business people, and the rising generation.
Following the fireside chat, Governor Huntsman was presented with a special gift, a copy of the letter from the founding father of the Republic of China Sun Yat-Senwritten to Henry Ford in 1924. A new award, the Ford China Ambassador Award, in honor of Governor Huntsman, also was presented during the evening.
Jay Zhou, the winner of the inaugural Ford China Ambassador Award, was pleasantly surprised to receive the award from Governor Huntsman and Paul Mascarenas, chief technical officer and vice president, Ford Research and Innovation, and FCA’s executive champion. This award recognizes groups or individuals who have gone further to support the growth of Ford’s business operations in China.
From the impressive list of nominees, Dr. Jay Zhou was acknowledged for his tireless work in quality. Dr. Zhou, executive tech leader, FAP PD Technology Deployment, has made 50 trips to Greater China to coach and share expertise in quality and reliability with local teams, and has trained 5,000 local team members and personally coached high-quality-risk suppliers. Dr. Zhou helped improve key quality metrics like 3MIS R/1,000 and TGW.
The evening would not have been complete without the recognition of the individual efforts of key FCA members. The recognitions were presented by Mascarenas. Ford’s Director of IT Operations Paul Landray received the 2012 FCA Peng-You (Friend) of the Year Award for his support of FCA events and activities. David Chen, a system analyst in Computer Research Systems, received the 2012 FCA Volunteer of the Year award and Dr. Kevin Zhang, APA C520 chief program engineer, received the 2012 FCA Board Member of the Year Award. Many FCA members have been recognized throughout the years for their distinguished accomplishments, including receiving the Henry Ford Technology Award and being named SAE Fellows.
Following the awards, FCA President Raymond Xu gave a stirring speech focusing on the impressive 30-year history of the FCA. From its humble beginnings as the Ford Chinese Club with just a few members, FCA has grown into a vibrant organization with an impressive vision and strong team. This vision of supporting Ford’s business objectives, promoting professional development and supporting community outreach was evident in the 2012 FCA highlight video. FCA’s contribution to Ford business was highlighted by the five Diversity and Inclusion Awards in the past 10 years and 456 patents granted to FCA members. Xu assured the audience of an exciting 2013 and beyond.
Many FCA members expressed great pride when commenting on the evening calling it a great success and a wonderful start to the New Year. Gong Xi Fa Cai!
The FCA is one of 12 ERGs at Ford Motor Company.