Event Re-Cap: Asia Service Center Opens At The Great Wall Mall; Creates Hub For Foreign Nationals To Seek Professional Advice In Real Estate, Legal, Accounting, & Insurance

By Amanda Lybeck |

This spring, members of the Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty’s (RSIR) executive team and many of the firm’s brokers attended the Grand Opening of the Asia Service Center (ASC), a new “one-stop shop” where foreign nationals will have access to expert real estate, legal, accounting, and insurance advice, in addition to strategic partnerships with mortgage companies and banks, wealth management firms, property management companies, and travel services, among others. All of the center’s professionals are bi-lingual and bi-cultural with experience living, studying, and working in both China and the U.S.

Robert Pong, ASC Member and broker with RSIR, introduced the concept of the ASC before welcoming Mayor Suzette, who gave well wishes on behalf of the city of Kent. Then Christine Lee, Owner & Developer of Great Wall Mall, offered her congratulations before Dean Jones, CEO & President of RSIR, discussed what promises to be a symbiotic relationship between the ASC and his firm’s Asia Services Group. Finally, Robert Purdy discussed the ASC’s importance and how it will help Chinese investors as they search for properties in the U.S.

“It was a pleasure seeing so many faces at the Grand Opening event,” said Robert Pong. “I was honored and humbled by the strong showing of support with guests who traveled from as far as China, Amsterdam, and San Francisco. We have developed a true spirit of community building and collaboration in this new space, and will continue in our endeavor to do great things for our community. I look forward to what the future will bring!”

The center will, in many ways, serve as a concierge for its clients. Each core member of the storefront has their own office in Seattle or the Eastside, to serve clients from around the Puget Sound. Its location within the Great Wall Mall allows the ASC to benefit from the Mall’s tremendous growth in recent years and act as a complement to the EB-5 center across the way, so that foreign investors may seek service nearby or find other locations to meet as needed.

Pong extended his gratitude to event sponsors that included Ferrari of Seattle, who provided luxury vehicles on display in front of the Asia Service Center, Ferretti Luxury Yachts and NEXUS, a new condominium development tower in downtown Seattle.

Among those in attendance were Suzette Cooke, Mayor of Kent; Christine & Omar Lee, Developer & Owners of the Great Wall Mall and Washington Tower EB-5; Dean & Stacy Jones, Owners of RSIR; Lee Travis, Owner of Wipliance; David Leong, President of Great Seattle China Chamber of Commerce; Benjamin Lee, Former President of the Hong Kong Association of Washington; Robert Purdy,’s Vice President of Sales in North America; and Andrea Keikkala, CEO of the Kent Chamber of Commerce.

Interested parties are encouraged to call or visit the Asia Service Center:

18230 East Valley Highway, Suite 120   |   Kent, WA