David S. Chang

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David S. Chang
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Born David Sung Yeul Chang
(1980-01-04) January 4, 1980 (age 37)
Sacramento, California, U.S.
Alma mater United States Military Academy at West Point
University of Hawaii at Manoa, East-West Center, Covenant Theological Seminary, UCLA Anderson School of Management
Occupation Entrepreneur and CEO, Wealth Manager, Chief Editor, Former Chair of the Hawaii Republican Party, Hawaii Army National Guard Military Intelligence Officer
Office Past Chairman of the Hawaii Republican Party
Political party Republican
Website Company Website Blog WebsiteMember Website

David Sung Yeul Chang (born January 4, 1980) is an Korean-American political figure, military combat veteran, entrepreneur and CEO, keynote speaker and editor of The Art of Thinking Smart,[1] based in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is the chairman and CEO of Chang Holding Company Incorporated,[2] a military intelligence officer in the Hawaii Army National Guard, and is the Past Chairman of the Hawaii Republican Party[3] and the Republican National Committee.[4] Chang was elected chair in November 2011 for the 2011-2013 term[5] and re-elected for another two-year term in May 2013,[6] but resigned in March 2014, before the end of his term.[7]

Early life[edit]

Chang was born in Sacramento, California, and is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Computer Science. After West Point, Chang was selected as an East-West Graduate Degree Fellow and attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he graduated with a Masters in Arts in Political Science, with a specialty in Asian Politics. He received a Leadership Certificate from the East-West Center and received his Masters in Theological Studies from Covenant Theological Seminary.

Chang is a second generation Korean-American.[8]

Political Life[edit]

2010 Campaign for State Representative for the 28th District[edit]

In 2010, Chang ran for State Representative for the 28th District (Palama, Chinatown, Downtown, Lower Makiki, Sheridan) as a Republican. Chang was unopposed for the primary election and received 597 (77.5%) votes.[9] In the general election on November 2, 2010, Chang lost to incumbent Democrat and Chair of the Labor Committee Karl Rhoads by 3,203 (52.3%) to 2,636 (43%) votes.[10]

State Chair of the Hawaii Republican Party[edit]

On November 5, 2011, in an uncontested election, Chang was unanimously elected by the Republican party's state committee to the unpaid position of State Party Chair of the Hawaii Republican Party, to fill the remainder of the 2011-2013 term previously held by Jonah Kaauwai.[11]

The party’s state committee is made up of 51 elected House District chairpersons, 4 county chairs, executive committee members and Republican leaders in the Hawaii State House and Senate.[12] At the time, Chang was 31 years old, making him the youngest person in the country to ever to assume the position of state party chair at the time.[8]

In December 2012, Chang was selected by Campaigns & Elections Magazine as one of the five Republicans for Hawaii’s Top 10 Influencers of the 2012 Elections.[13]

Due to his position as Chair, Chang served as a superdelegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention.

In March 2013, Chang traveled to Seoul, Korea for an appearance with former American President George W. Bush.[8]

On May 18, 2013, Chang was reelected to a second term to run 2013-2015.[14] On the same day, Chang stated that during his first term, the party moved from being $110,000 in debt to posting a modest surplus and that the party attracted 5,000 new members and 1,000 new donors.[14]

In March 2014, before the end of his 2013-2015 term, Chang stepped down as Chair citing his desire to concentrate on his military and business commitments.[7]

Professional Life[edit]

Military[edit]

Upon graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, as a member of the Bicentennial Class of 2002, Chang was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army as an Armor Officer. After finishing graduate school, he attended the Armor Officer Basic Course and was assigned to the 3d Regiment, 4th Cavalry Squadron, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, as a Ground Scout Platoon Leader, Assistant Intelligence Officer (S2), and Assistant Operations Officer (S3).

He then branch detailed to Military Intelligence and attended the Military Intelligence Tactician Course. He served as the Battalion Intelligence Officer (S2) for 3d Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, and the Deputy Brigade Intelligence Officer (S2) for the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08 and served 15 months in Northern Iraq. Chang is a veteran of the Global War on Terror and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He joined the Hawaii Army National Guard in 2009 and has served in the Joint Forces Headquarters and 103d Troop Command as an Intelligence Officer. He was selected as the Company Commander for Military Intelligence Company (MICO) B Company, 29th Brigade Support Battalion, 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and the Brigade Intelligence Officer (S2) for the 29th Brigade Combat Team. He currently serves as the Vice Chief of Staff of Intelligence (J2) for the Hawaii Army National Guard.

Business[edit]

Chang is the chairman and CEO of Chang Holding Company,[8] which currently comprises WealthBridge Inc., Home Care Solutions and Care for Life. In 2015 Chang was selected by Investments News 40 Under 40 financial professionals in the financial industry.[15] WealthBridge Inc., was selected as a FIVE-STAR Wealth Manager for the State of Hawaii in 2015, 2014,[16] 2013,[17] 2012[18] and 2011. WealthBridge Inc. was selected by The National Association of Board Certified Advisory Practices (NABCAP) as a Premier Advisor for 2014, 2013 and 2012.

He was selected as a member of The Top 40 Under 40 Military Class of 2013.[19] In 2011, Pacific Edge Magazine selected Chang as Young Professional of the Year.[20] In 2010, he was selected as the Business Leader of the Year[21] from the Pacific Business News 2010 class of Forty Under 40 in Hawaii.[22] In 2011, he was a finalist for The Business Leadership Hawaii American Savings Bank Business Leader of the Year.[23]

Chang currently has a blog called The Art of Thinking SMART[24] and The Art of SMART Money, and the [25].

Personal life[edit]

Chang received his MBA and Certificate of Entrepreneurship from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and is an alumnus of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program and received a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from Babson College. Chang also earned a Certificate of Leadership from the East-West Center and was selected as an East-West Graduate Degree Fellow.[26]. Chang also has a Masters in Theological Studies from Covenant Theological Seminary.

Chang is a member of the Financial Planning Association, Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, Young Entrepreneur's Council, and is the past Chair and member of the steering committee for the Young Professionals program of The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Art of Thinking Smart". The Art of Thinking Smart. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.changholding.com
  3. ^ "Hawaii GOP | Republican Party of HawaiiHawaii GOP | Republican Party of Hawaii". Gophawaii.com. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Welcome to the". GOP. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Hawaii Republican Party names David S. Chang chairman - Pacific Business News". Bizjournals.com. November 8, 2011. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  6. ^ Blair, Chad (May 18, 2013). "Hawaii GOP: 'Republicans Will Rise Again' - Honolulu Civil Beat". Civilbeat.com. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b DePledge, Derrick (March 13, 2014). "Chang out as head of state Republicans; Saiki may get post". Honolulu Star Advertiser. Retrieved September 15, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c d "'Work ethics key to achieving American dream'". Koreatimes.co.kr. March 7, 2013. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Certified Report of 2010 Hawaii Primary Election" (PDF). State of Hawaii Office of Elections. September 18, 2010. Retrieved September 15, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Certified Report of 2010 Hawaii General Election" (PDF). State of Hawaii Office of Elections. November 2, 2010. Retrieved September 15, 2017. 
  11. ^ "David Chang Elected Hawaii Republican Chair". Hawaii Free Press. November 8, 2011. Retrieved September 15, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Hawaii GOP elects David S. Chang new chairman - Hawaii News - Honolulu Star-Advertiser". Staradvertiser.com. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Campaigns & Elections Magazine Names Hawaii’s Top 10 Political Influencers of 2012". Hawaii Reporter. September 26, 2013. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  14. ^ a b Blair, Chad (May 18, 2013). "Hawaii GOP: 'Republicans Will Rise Again' - Honolulu Civil Beat". Civil Beat. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  15. ^ http://www.investmentnews.com/section/40-under-40/2015/profile/2/David-Chang
  16. ^ "2014 Hawaii Five Star Wealth Managers" (PDF). 
  17. ^ "2013 Hawaii Five Star Wealth Managers". 
  18. ^ "2012 Hawaii Five Star Wealth Managers". 
  19. ^ "CivilianJobs.com Announces The Top 40 Under 40 Military Class of 2013". Archived from the original on August 14, 2014. 
  20. ^ "2011 Business Achievement Awards Gala | Pacific Edge Magazine". Thepacificedge.com. October 20, 2010. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Young business leader sees world of opportunities - Pacific Business News". Bizjournals.com. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  22. ^ "FORTY UNDER 40 - Pacific Business News". Bizjournals.com. June 17, 2010. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  23. ^ "PBN presents its 2011 Business Leadership Hawaii awards - Pacific Business News". Bizjournals.com. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  24. ^ "The Art of Thinking SMART". 
  25. ^ "The Art of SMART Money". 
  26. ^ http://www.westpointaog.org/document.doc?id=2058

External Links[edit]

Campaign website, www.forDavidChang.com (Internet Archive link)