Ken Chong Received Shanghai Magnolia AwardKen Chong, vice president—Armstrong North Asia, has received the Shanghai Municipal Government's prestigious Magnolia Award. Named for Shanghai's official flower, the Magnolia Award honors foreigners living in Shanghai who contribute significantly to the city's economy, international relations, business environment, management standards and community development. Ken, a native of Hong Kong and a U.S. citizen today, was among 39 recipients this year.
"This award recognizes Armstrong's efforts over the years in contributing to Shanghai's growth as an international city, so I share this honor with the company," said Ken. "As vice president of North Asia, I've been focusing on improving the productivity and profitability of our ceiling and floor operations in Asia. Our Shanghai ceiling plant is one of the most efficient in the city, and, as a result, it's responsible for sizable exports and profits that benefit the local community and economy.
"The award also acknowledges our charitable efforts to improve education and help the Shanghai community. Each year we sponsor 20 primary and middle school students through the Sunrise charity, and we also support the Qingpu School for disabled children."
Ken joined Armstrong 27 years ago as a sales representative in Hong Kong. He moved to Lancaster in 1987 and has been active in the China-US Council, a private non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., and helped to host a number of Chinese government officials, including Shanghai's mayor, during their visits to Lancaster and the Armstrong Campus.
Since 1989, Ken has helped to establish joint ventures as well as wholly-owned manufacturing facilities in China. As the People's Republic of China became Armstrong's biggest single market in Asia, Ken moved from Lancaster to Hong Kong in 1996 and then to Shanghai in late 2005. Ken is responsible for overseeing all Armstrong operations in North Asia, namely, China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong.