Yman Vien

  • Executive, CEO, President
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Sep 02, 2020
Nonprofit Organizations Executive

Personal Summary

Ethnic Chinese woman from Viet Nam. Accomplished and Recognized Leader – Experienced not-for-profit organizations Executive Director, Founder and Board member.  Over 27 years of banking experience including 15 years as Bank President & CEO. Trustee for local health care foundation and current external advisor for University Hospital Cancer Committee.

Not for profit organization - Proven history of successful initiatives for two major cross-cultures and multi-ethnic joint projects coalitions serving refugee and immigrant communities. A visionary for communities in need of affordable senior housings. Passionate for mission returns in low and moderate income communities 

Banking/Financing/Consulting - Forward and creative vision; strong analytical and strategic skills in developing and structuring credit facility; solid auditing and accounting background; cost effective operations; compliance and regulations focus; real estate transactions structure for obtaining financing; and successfully fund-raised for projects and bank equity

Hard working individual with team building, execution, negotiation and excellent multi task skills to accomplish goals.  Passionate and committed.

Work Experience

Business Consultant
Jan 2015 - Lotus Financial Partners Inc.

Providing consultant services and assisting clients in preparing business strategies, projections, marketing, budgeting and planning for obtaining bank financing; raising private funding for real estate developers in residential, commercial and hotel development projects

  • Raised $3M in private funding helping drive more than $78M in development projects
  • Assisted developer successfully built and sold 104 town homes and 9 single family houses in LMI neighborhoods within 36 months
  • Facilitated a real estate transaction for turning a vacant library into multiple retail stores and led to development of additional 148 rooms limited service hotel
  • Experienced real estate knowledge for closing transactions and financing structure


Jan 2016 - Dec 2019 Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association
  • In charge of a $23 million development project to build a 83 units senior apartments and community service center including land purchase, zoning application, due diligence, feasibility study, architect and general contractor selections; obtained approval for bank financing and submitted number of grant requests to state and private foundations; project received the top 16 recognized proposals from a total of 86 projects by Chicago Prize/Priztker Traubert Foundation
  • Completed the renovation of Chinatown Gateway and Dr. Sun Memorial Garden
  • Worked with attorneys and accountant successfully solved complicated legal issues
President & CEO
Apr 1998 - Nov 2014 American Metro Bank

Responsible for overall banking affairs including lending activities, investment portfolio, business and marketing strategies, new business development, financing structures, deposit activities, operations and regulatory compliance

  • Lead loan committee review and approval process for credit applicants, Initial assessment and analysis of customers business plan and financial structure
  • Ongoing review of loan underwriting progress before presentation to loan committee
  • Structuring loan participation with other financial institutions or SBA qualification
  • Brought in over 60% portfolio through community connections and effective marketing
  • Experienced in solving and working out regulatory compliance
  • Lead ALCO strategies for interest rate pricing and interest rate risk analysis
  • Lead BSA team meeting regulatory compliance in record time
  • Obtained MDI and CDFI designation for bank


Jan 2007 - Dec 2018 Ravenswood Health Care Foundation
  • Reviewed and evaluated up to 10 assigned proposals annually
  • Participated in collective grant making decisions for over 50 proposals annually
  • Involved in setting priorities for funding strategies and developed RFP guidelines
  • Visited grantees to ensure performance and compliance with grant requirements
  • Ensure foundation mission fulfilled for addressing needs in serving Uptown, Edgewater, Lakeview and Ravenswood neighborhoods
Co-Founder & Board Member
Oct 1994 - Apr 1998 Chinese Mutual Aid Association

Co-founded with late father in 1981

Served as Board President and Executive Director in various time period to stabilize the organization.  Currently as board member

Executive Director - Developed outreach programs and fund raising activities while establishing relationships with funders, government authorities, and other community agencies. Initiated two national well-recognized projects:

  • Fiscal/lead agency for a coalition of 16 ethnic agencies - Coalition of African, Asian, Eastern European, and Latino Immigrants of Illinois (CAAELII) provided naturalization services 
  • Fiscal/lead agency for 5 Mutual Aid Associations (MAAs) - Uptown/Edgewater Multi Culture Youth – multiple years grant given by Chicago Community Trust to provide after school programs for HS youth


BS in Business Administration
Sep 1981 - May 1985 Loyola University Chicago
Graduate Degree of Banking
Jun 1998 - Aug 2000 University of Wisconsin, Madison