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Sacramento Asian Real Estate Association of America Holds 2022 Installation Gala At King Palace

Sacramento Asian Real Estate Association of America Holds 2022 Installation Gala At King Palace

On April 26, 2022, the Sacramento chapter of the Asian Real Estate Association of America gathered at King Palace Restaurant to celebrate their Asian heritage and install the new executive officers, board members, and advisors for the next year. The event was joyful, as AREAA members and community partners all enjoyed the opportunity to get out and celebrate, after enduring a few years of the Covid-19 pandemic.  The event included a twelve course meal, a prize auction, music, and dancing.

Important to note, the event was sponsored by Wells Fargo, Emerald, Home Mortgage, US Bank, Big Valley Mortgage, Chase, Loan Depot, The BNKR Group Group Cross Country Mortgage, Rube, Prime Lending, Loan Factory, and MetroList.

Sacramento Pro Tem Mayor & Assembly Candidate Eric Guerra speaks at AREAA’s Installation Gala. Photo Credit: Advisory Board Member Samantha Tov

Notable political leaders in attendance included Elk Grove City Council Member Stephanie Nguyen, City Council Member Pat Hume, and Sacramento Mayor Pro Tem Eric Guerra. The event was emceed by Van Tieu of Channel 10 News. Meanwhile, Barry Brome of the Greater Sacramento Economic Council was the keynote speaker. AREAA National President Amy Kong was in attendance as well.

Photo Credit: Advisory Board Member Samantha Tov

2022 Sacramento AREA Executive Officers, Board of Directors, & Advisory Board

Treasurer Danny Kwon, BOD Dennis Ngai, BOD Jonathan Lee, BOD John Lanting, President Vaneesa Lam, BOD Maymay Huang, BOD Spring Ho, Secretary Fam Saechao, Advisory Board Member Patrick Liew, Immediate Paste President Malyna Phan, BOD Connie Van, Vice President Tuan Tran, Founder John Wong, & Founder Allen Okamoto

During the event the new 2019 Executive Officers and Board of Directors were installed.  The 2022 AREAA Sacramento Chapter Executive Officers & Board of Directors are:

President – Vaneesa Lam
Vice President – Tuan Tran
Secretary – Fam Saechao
Treasurer – Daniel Kwon
Immediate Past President – Malyna Phan
Board of Directors – Maymay Huang
Board of Directors – John Lanting
Board of Directors – Connie Van
Board of Directors – Jonathan Lee
Board of Directors – Spring Ho
Board of Directors-Dennis Ngai
Advisory Board Member – Samantha Tov
Advisory Board Member – Randall Hom
Advisory Board Member – Luanne Shikasho
Advisory Board Member – Patrick Lieuw

President Vaneesa Lam plays the guzheng Chinese zither as Vice President Tuan Tran looks on.


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The Festivities

Afterwards, President Vaneesa Lam, Vice President Tuan Tran, Immediate Past President Malyna Phan, and Advisory Board Member Samantha Tov, helped to lead the festivities. This included calling out raffle winners. Raffle prizes included gift certificates to breweries and restaurants, Chanel perfume, and Black Label Johnny Walker. At one point President Vaneesa Lam performed a solo on stage playing a guzheng Chinese zither.

A full twelve course Chinese banquet was served. Some of the meal’s highlights included lobster, honey walnut shrimp, steamed chicken with ginger scallion sauce, and braised beef with vegetables. Sangria was also available for everyone to partake. Everyone in attendance seemed to enjoy the food and the festivities. Towards the end of the night, the deejay put on dance music and people migrated from the tables to the dance floor.

Keller Williams RE Agent Lien Tran, Elk Grove Tribune Editor-In-Chief Dr. Jacqueline “Jax” Cheung, Mia Lam, Jasmin Nguyen, Keller Williams RE Agent & Community Partners Advocates of Little Saigon Sacramento Vice President Nikki Nguyen, Kim Huynh, and Bick Lam

The event, according to AREAA Sacramento Chapter President Vaneesa Lam, was completely sold out. With a sold out event, great food, lively entertainment, and the fact that over $2000 was also raised for the AREAA Foundation (501c3 non-profit), the 2022 annual Installation Gala could definitely be considered a great success.

From Sacramento AREAA President

“I am so excited this year to lead AREAA Greater Sacramento Chapter to continue on our legacy of giving back. As we uplift our community one family at a time, we bring light and hope to society as a whole. I am so humbled and honored to stand amongst so many founders and leaders of AREAA to offer my time and service to advancing and advocating for sustainable home ownership in the AAPI community. It is my goal and intention to lead this chapter to focus on small acts, but with great love.”

President of Sacramento AREAA Vaneesa Lam


The Asian Real Estate Association of America is non-profit “professional trade organization dedicated to promoting sustainable homeownership opportunities in Asian American communities by creating a powerful national voice for housing and real estate professionals that serve this dynamic market.” ** There are 43 chapters and over 17,000 members across the United States and Canada. AREAA is the largest Asian organization in North America.

AREAA Members help to advocate for policies that grow and improve homeownership within the AAPI community. In addition, they often participate in community service events to benefit the local Asian Pacific Islander community. Free education courses are offered to members. Plus, members have the benefit of being able to come together and learn from each other’s experiences.

If you are interested in joining Sacramento Chapter of AREAA or would like more information, you can contact them at

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