Honors / Activities

From the start, Howard Li’s goal was “to create an organization where trust, respect and commitment to the client flowed from top to bottom.” The fundamental success of the Waitex Group lies in this shared vision as well as the dedication and efforts by management and its employees to its clients.

Below are some of the notable achievement, activities, honors and awards of Howard Li:

Honors & Awards


Ellis Island Medal of Honor

Mr. Howard Li was selected to receive Ellis Island Medal of Honor. The medal is presented to outstanding American citizens from all walks of life who have distinguished themselves among their specific ethnic groups. Past Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipients have included six U.S. Presidents and many Senators, such as George Bush, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, John McCain, and George Pataki. The recipients are read into the congressional record.


President’s Volunteer Service Award

Mr. Howard Li was awarded the the President’s Volunteer Service Award by President Barack Obama, recognising the time and contribution he has given over his lifetime to the Asian-American and community at large.


U.S. Dept. of Commerce MBDA National Director’s Pioneer Award

Mr.Howard Li was selected by US Department of Commerce (MBDA) to receive this prestigious Award in recognition as an individual whose leadership has helped lay the foundation for the development of new and emerging market business endeavors for minority enterprises. The Award also honors his commitment to socio-economic and entrepreneurial growth.


National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week 2002-2008 Appreciation Award

U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) sincerely thanked Mr. Li for his support and interest in promoting the growth of minority-owned businesses as Co-Chair of MED Week Conference.


International Leadership Award

Mr. Li was presented an International Leadership Award in recognition of his great achievements by the Secretary of Labor, the Honorable Elaine L. Chao, and the Secretary of Transportation, Norman Y. Mineta, from the International Leadership Foundation.


Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year Award Finalist

Mr. Howard Li was selected as a finalist of New York City’s and New Jersey’s Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year for 2001 and 2002. This is a prestigious honor for the most successful and innovative entrepreneurs and award for business leaders. The program was founded and produced by Ernst & Young, sponsored by CNN, Nasdaq, USA Today, Citigroup, Marsh, Kauffman Center, Scherzer & CO. and Business Now.


Social Activities


China General Chamber of Commerce – US

Vice Chairman
China General Chamber of Commerce in US unites all Chinese enterprises business chamber with over 1800 members. The association provides services to Chinese enterprises registered in the USA, protect their legitimate rights, promote economic and trade relations, communications among Chinese and the US business entities.


China Overseas Friendship Association

National Director
China Overseas Friendship Association was established to reach out to overseas Chinese to increase networking, foster unity, exchange ideas and promote business. This committee consults the central government of China about economic reform and social development in the global network.


U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Conference

Chairman Year 2005 and 2006
Co-Chair Year 2002, 2003 and 2004
In March 9 2005, US Department of Commerce, the minority Buisness Development Agency (MBDA) appointed Mr. Li as Chair of National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Conference, Mr. Li is the first Asian American in 23 years to lead the conference. Since 1983 the president of United States has proclaimed National MED week organized by MBDA-SBA in Washington D.C. which provides a unique forum to address the major issues affecting the growth and development of MBES.


The New York State and Local Retirement System

The New York State and Local Retirement System provides coverage in the form of service retirement to police, fire-fighters, teachers, sheriffs and other public servants. The Common Retirement Fund is valued at over $176.8 billion (as of March 31, 2014). In April 2003, the New York State and Local retirement system chose Mr Li among various leaders in government, finance and business as one of the 23 outstanding individuals selected to be on the Comptroller’s Advisory Council.


United Way of New York City

Former Director
United Way of New York City’s predecessor organization founded in 1938. This organization raises over $150 million US dollars annually to support all faiths, creeds, and races. Mr. Li serves as one of the directors since 2003.



Co-Chair (Greater China Region)
Committee of 100 was founded in 1990. It consists of group of prominent Chinese Americans in US buiness, Arts, Sports and other areas. The key function of the Committee is to encourage constructive relations between the people of the United States and greater China.



Former Commissioner
In January 2006, President George W. Bush appointed Howard H. Li to serve as a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders was established by Executive Order 13339 signed by President George W. Bush on May 13, 2004 Mr Li. also serves as the CO CHAIR of the Business Development Committee within the commission.



CAABO was founded in October 2005. Its commission is to establish a nationwide network among Asian businesses to promote cooperation and growth with a unified voice.