Ying Sa, Chair
Ying leads the IES program on the day to day basis.
Ying Sa is the CEO and the lead CPA at Community CPA & Associates Inc. in Des Moines, Iowa. As a leading minority-owned financial service institution in the state of Iowa, Community CPA provides tax/accounting services and business consultations to business and individuals across the U.S. and Canada.
Community CPA & Associates Inc has been providing funding and in-kind support to CTC since 2006. Ying and her professional staff members served as volunteer trainers for immigrant and minority business owners for more than 15 years in Iowa. Ying was the Vice President of Controllers at Wells Fargo Financial, Inc and she was named as one the most respected business leaders at Wells Fargo Financial.
In January 2008, Ying left her executive position with Wells Fargo Financial and started to devote her talent and energy full time to Community CPA & Associates Inc. and Community Tax Clinic as the Chair of the Board of Directors.
Carlos A. Rios, Co-Chair
Carlos Rios is the Chair and lead Executive Director of the Immigrant Rights Network of Iowa (non-profit organization). Originally from Perú, Carlos received an undergraduate degree in political science (1986), Juris Doctor Law degree (1989) and accreditation as Immigration Representative (2010). Before coming to Iowa, he worked for ten years with United Nations peace-keeping operations in Africa and peace-building in Central America.
Carlos is one of the members of the United Nations awarded with one of the portion of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. In 2006 was featured by Point Blank Newspaper as “People Making a Difference” creating a better Central Iowa. And in 2010, he was awarded with the Community Leadership Award from the State of Iowa.
Lori Bosley, Secretary
Lori Bosley is an Iowa native and serves as the Secretary for the Immigrant Entrepreneurial Summit.
Lori is a graduate of UNI. She is co-owner of Mojos on 86th, a restaurant in Johnston, and is the General Manager of North Grand Mall in Ames, Iowa. She holds a commercial real estate license.
Lori has helped organize the summit yearly and is a committed team member. She has an interest in small business development in Iowa and is passionate about helping local businesses succeed.
In her spare time Lori enjoys motorcycling with her husband, Jack. She is an avid runner and is an active member of her church, Lutheran Church of the Cross in Altoona, Iowa.
Benjamin Jung, Marketing and PR Director
Benjamin Jung – Also serves as an officer for the IES
A native of Des Moines, Ben currently serves as vice-president for the Immigrant Entrepreneur Summit.
Upon graduating from the University of Iowa in May 1993, Ben postponed his graduate school education to spend six-months working in Seoul, Korea for the American Embassy Foreign Commercial Service before returning to begin a U.S. Department of State internship in the summer of 1994. He completed his law degree in 1997 in Washington, D.C. at the American University Washington College of Law.
After a successful clerkship in Iowa at the Office of General Counsel for the Iowa Utilities Board he decided to join his father in the family business in Des Moines. Ben became active serving as a commissioner for the Iowa Grape and Wine Development Commission under the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. He currently serves as a member on the Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute Advisory Board.
Outside of his professional responsibilities he is active in his church and likes to keep fit exercising at the local YMCA.
Abid Talic, Treasurer
Abid Talic has established a strong track record in the hospitality management and community based projects for nearly sixteen years in the Greater Des Moines Area. Mr. Abid Talic was born in small Eastern European country, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since immigrating to United States of America, Mr. Talic was the instrumental link in helping Bosnian refugees settling in the State of Iowa area. As the leader in the emerging community, Mr. Talic for two years served as an active member of the The Diversity Board for Greater Des Moines area.
He first graduated from Upper Iowa University earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management followed by his 2009 Master Degree in Public Administration from the prestigious Drake University located in State of Iowa capitol city of Des Moines. Mr. Talic received a 2008 Immigrant Leadership Award at Immigrant Entrepreneurial Summit and 2006 J.W. Marriott Award of Excellence placing him at top ten Marriott Corp. associates worldwide based recognition.
Mr. Talic, currently holds a General Manager position at Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott hotel in West Des Moines , specializing in all aspects of hospitality industry operations . In 2011 he founded Bosnian Herzegovinians Association of Iowa focused at representing and supporting business, institutional, cultural and individual community empowerment throughout the State of Iowa and around the United States of America .
Mr. Talic is a member in good standing with the Iowa Lodging Association and an active member of the Immigrant Entrepreneurial Summit Board of Directors. Abid is married, has two children and enjoys travel, playing classical guitar and spending his time with family and friends.